We had the good fortune of connecting with Bonnie Wilt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bonnie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My business Bonz Voyage was created on a weekend solo trip in between work trips in 2019. A quick back story – I have a corporate job in tech I have been working ever since graduating from college in 2016. Pre-COVID I was traveling nearly every week of the year – even on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Needless to say my job, like many corporate jobs, is extremely demanding and takes a lot of my energy away from friends/family/personal life. I had a realization that my life was completely being lived on auto-pilot from one work trip to the next without thinking about what I wanted and what actually made me happy.
To say that I ‘felt called to do something about it’ doesn’t even begin to describe the fire that ignited within me that I needed to make a change. It was a knowing. A calling so deeply rooted within me that I could not ignore.
I needed to embody this change right away. I started making more time for myself and doing my best to be present and make active choices that served me and my goals, and I wanted to empower others to do the same (re :Bonz Voyage was born!)
The ‘Bonz’ of the Bonz Voyage brand is a nickname of mine, and the overall name stems from the term ‘bon voyage’. The idea came from my desire to combine my love of traveling with my love of holistic wellness, my passion for self-improvement and understanding that a lot of other people could also be living on auto-pilot too. Bonz Voyage is really a space I have curated to offer anything from 1:1 yoga/meditation/fitness services and similar group classes to international wellness retreats that combine travel, culture, self-awareness and wellness all in one!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business, Bonz Voyage, is a service based company that will help any individual tap into their personal power through different wellness modalities: yoga, meditation, reiki, personal or group training. For anyone in my community and beyond who likes to travel – another main offering of my business is Wellness Retreats – both domestic and international.
Something I am extremely grateful for is the ability to be able to lead my retreats throughout the year and offer a space for people to step out of the normal ‘day to day’ life and put an intentional focus on themselves. My retreats are truly remarkable in the amount of impact they can have on an individual in such a short amount of time. Each retreat includes yoga and meditation, exploration of the area and time for reflection, release and reconnection to self.
If there is one thing to know about my brand/business it’s that every person I come across I make an intentional effort to SEE. No matter how I come into contact with a client of mine, my intention is to provide space for people to go inward and be empowered to ask themselves if they are living out a life that makes them joyful. My motto is ‘shining light on the warrior within’ – acknowledging that we’re all fighting our own unique battles and yet we have an amazing light/energy/presence that this world needs.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend come visit, we would do the following in no set sequence:
I would absolutely show my friend around the Bishop Arts area – we could grab food at Tribal Cafe or Tejas, buy a plant or two at Oasis Plant Shop and then stroll the streets at all of the cute stores there.
Another stop would be the Dallas Farmer’s Market – more plants, great food and tons to see!
If my friend was into yoga, I would definitely bring them to a class at Black Swan Yoga…including mine! If they liked HIIT style classes we would hit up F45 in Deep Ellum or Class Studios in West Village or Preston Center. I’d also want to show them Le Sol House in Bishop Arts – such a beautiful space that is new to the area!
Klyde Warren Park is also another great place to go. I love all of the food trucks and events hosted here for our community and definitely need to show it off to whoever visits Dallas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would LOVE to shout out my girl, Emma Scharping, of Emma Leigh Studios. Her business is a one stop shop offering beautiful branding packages, website design and curated content for you and/or your brand – plus photography! Emma and I met in high school and have been best friends ever since. She’s been a major factor in the success of my Bonz Voyage brand taking off (and looking SO good doing so!) If you ever need any of the creative services listed – she is your gal!