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My lightbulb moment

Written by Sharon Keegan on Monday, 23 August 2021. Posted in Start-up Diaries

Growing up I always wanted to impress my Dad. He was a business man and entrepreneur. I would sit and watch him as he did his paperwork in the evenings, stapling invoices and dockets together and neatly piling all his stationary and papers on his desk.

My lightbulb moment

Growing up I always wanted to impress my Dad. He was a business man and entrepreneur. I would sit and watch him as he did his paperwork in the evenings, stapling invoices and dockets together and neatly piling all his stationary and papers on his desk. I was intrigued by the word entrepreneur. I loved the idea of business, I often played office with my toy typewriter and mini stapler in our garden shed while all my other pals were playing mummy's with their dolls and toy prams. I visualised myself as head of a company, managing people. I was a bossy little madam, as least I was told I was by everyone around me, but this was a natural characteristic, a personality type, I was born bossy or some might say a true leader. 

I started my first business when I was 19 importing spray tanning products from the UK and selling tan at tanning party's all over Dublin. This led me to a role with St Tropez Tanning as their tanning rep in Ireland. I went on to run an Irish subsidiary of a well know UK food company selling food at events all around Ireland, Pieminister.co.uk  this was so much fun!

I became a mum late in life, I was 33 giving birth to my first son Liam, he is now 6 and at 35 I had my second child, Bobby, he is now 2.  I found it difficult to transition from busy business women and entrepreneur to a stay a home Mummy. I found myself overwhelmed with sadness and later was diagnosed with post-natal depression.

My journey through PND led me to fitness, which helped with depression and also helped to shift my weight. I joined a local gym which had a creche and for one hour a day I gifted myself Movement. Movement of whatever weight I was carrying both physically and emotionally. Lifting the heavy weights in the gym was lifting my anxiety and stress, and in turn shifting the burden of 5 stone in emotional weight. In recovery I decided to enrol in a post grad at UCD innovation academy, this sparked my creativity and confidence and was the start of what was to become my lightbulb moment.

I have always had an eye for Business and had a couple of failed attempts along the way. Like a vitamin D skincare range that was a bit before its time.. I needed millions to get it tested and trialled. I also needed quick cash to feed my boys, so went back to the drawing board a couple of times. 

One of my dreams was to create a community where people supported each other on their journey to success! A space where people could say out loud what they wanted from their life without fear of judgement and the network around them would support encourage and maybe even make things happen, something I badly needed myself. In my darkest days I’d head off the my local gym wearing spanx under my fitness leggings to feel added support for my new mum tum,  I remember thinking one morning,  if I can get women into the gym with a designed product that makes them feel supported enough like shapewear but as comfortable as activewear we can get them moving for their mindset and then the community will follow, so that’s where I started. Peachylean was born! My lightbulb moment, sparked out of darkness. 

Our Peachylean collection offers support like shape wear giving women the confidence they need to just start on their movement journey. Like spanx for the gym. Our brand speaks to the women who the bigger brands seem to have forgotten about! Some brands don’t even cater for women over a size 16, we cater from 6-26 empowering women of all shapes and sizes to get moving for their mind! 

About the Author

Sharon Keegan

Sharon Keegan

CEO & Founder of Peachylean

Irish born Sharon Keegan is Founder and CEO or ‘Chief Confidence Creator’ of the award winning Peachylean. A natural leader with 20 years of experience, Sharon is the former Irish Operations Director for Piemister.co.uk.She started her first business when she was 19 selling tanning products, which led to her running sales and marketing for top UK brands in Ireland, such as Australian Body care and St. Tropez. Sharon has a long list of academic achievements as well as business achievements, including most recently securing investment of £100,000 from Three Dragons – Touker Suleyman, Sarah Davies and Tej Lalvani on BBC Dragon's Den.

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