Need a great place to stay in the heart of Portland far less expensive than the local hotels? You’ve got to see The Slater House PDX and its host! Kim Gordon-Cumbo is not only a 5 1/2 veteran Airbnb SuperHost for The Slater House PDX in Portland, Oregon;
but also The Airbnb Host Coach helping new hosts succeed sooner than later. She has been a professional Life Coach since 2009. Her passions and skills as a Reiki Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master, Laughter Yoga Leader, SoulCollage® Facilitator are tools and skills that Kim utilizes in all the work she does to help her clients create success and live their dreams.
1) What exactly is your business and what inspired you?
Part One of my business is called The Slater House PDX and we have two rooms that we post on Airbnb; Part B is Airbnb Host Coaching which is new. I help new hosts create success sooner than later. And I have classes and in-person trainings for new hosts to go through to become confident and accomplished in their business and in becoming a great host who racks up five star reviews.
What inspired the Airbnb Hosting Business was from my Divorce Resilience Coaching as a way to support me while I built that business. What I discovered is my love for guests, hosting, and travel became more of a fulltime business than my Divorce Resilience coaching business. And when friends started asking me to help them create their Airbnb’s, it was a natural unfoldment for Airbnb Host Coaching to be grafted onto my Airbnb Guest business. I am excited that I can use all my tools from Life Coaching, Reiki, Laughter Yoga and Meditation in a new way to help new hosts create success sooner than later.
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused?
The night before I write a sticky note with my Most Important Things to accomplish the next day; then that morning I meditate and activate Reiki before I open my email inbox.
3) Where do you find your inspiration? By being silent and still and asking for guidance, inspiration pops up throughout my day as I am paying attention, listening, and ready to receive.
4) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
I meditate to clear my mind. I laugh frequently: Wake Up Body Laughter to start my day. I set a timer so I move every 30 minutes for 5 minutes. I found a great water bottle and drink a minimum of two quarts a day. I take vitamins, supplements, have a morning yoga routine, and use some 3 lb weights. I write what I am thankful, blessed, or grateful for, for the previous day; and then ask for help in what I need in the coming day. I brush teeth/floss. Connect with my kids and family almost daily. I appreciate my partner and thank him for the active work we do together to maintain our great partnership; and he does the same for me.
Being in nature is crucial to my health, so I am lucky to have 4 rose gardens in my neighborhood, Mt. Tabor a 1.5 miles away, and Forest Park across the river to wander, explore, hike, and be.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
The previous questions play right into this question. Self-care is a huge part of what I focus on as I am pushing forward. I have learned that if I ignore the basics: enough sleep, healthy food, water and movement that ALL areas of my life suffer.
As I care for one part of my life, that care trickles down into the other areas. So by sleeping well my body feels good, so my emotions are more balanced. When I eat well my body feels good which then helps ME FEEL GOOD emotionally and able to do what I want and need to do physically, business-wise, spiritually, and with Joy. Meditation helps me listen for the truth and let the ego go, so that the fear, doubt, anxiety about what I am doing is lessened. Then I go push forward to what I am learning, creating, or doing that is new.
These two quotes are the ones that I am working with daily right now: Helen Keller’s “Life is a great adventure or nothing” And that “EVERTHING DOES WORK OUT FOR ME” bring me back to the present. I have my team: Fred, doctors, Power Partners, friends, trainer, shiatsu, and dance/music/nature/SoulCollage/self-coaching/Gratitude/Reiki to get me on track, when I invariably do lose my way.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
Being a Host: The best part of hosting is meeting and getting to know the guests; the worst part is when you bend over backwards to help and they leave you a poor review, but to your face they rave about you.
When I am The Airbnb Host Coach the best part of working with new hosts is their excitement and desire to be great hosts; and then the hardest part is acquiring clients who want to avoid a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
I can sum this up easily with the words of Samuel Beckett: Ever tried. “Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
I would be a travel photographer and journalist. And a retreat center owner in a beautiful part of nature: dessert, beach, mountains- somewhere warm with water.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
Intimately understand what your WHY is for creating this business. Do research to see if your business idea is wanted or needed. Hire a business consultant to help you determine the numbers you need to make a living, let alone a profit.
Explore before committing and jumping ship: do not quit your job and then start a business. I worked full time while I built my Airbnb Guest Business for two years until I could be sustained by the business, then I quit.
What I found is that I had to (have to at times) cultivate FOCUS, patience, GRATITUDE, have regular WORK hours and Schedule them on your calendar, then stick to it for either business to grow and be successful.
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
I found and learned (learning at times) 3 Super Powers in my life: Resilience, Forgiveness, and Gratitude
I had physical and emotional trauma growing up, but I was born a fighter at 3lbs. 12 oz. so I learned not to give in or give up: I developed my resilience to weather the storms as a child and as an adult.
In my adult years I had miscarriages, divorces, 5 orthopedic surgeries, 4 other types of surgery, and 4 people including my mom died in 18 months.
Yet in amongst all of this there was great joy, happiness, laughter and I know without a doubt that my life is of value and that I contribute to others lives in a positive way. I have 4 adult kids, 7 grandkids, my dad is going to be 86 and we are going to Ireland in the Fall.
So to sum this up: The Super Power of Resilience is always bouncing back like a Jack in a box. Another Super Power I found that helped me move past the past is Forgiveness, of myself, others, the situation. And the third SuperPower I am cultivating is gratitude for Everything…everything.
10) Any last parting words?
Thank you for helping me tease all of this out. This really made me think…which is good!
– Fear, doubt, and anxiety can hold you back and they are part of the Ego that is trying to protect you from failure or worse. Your wise inner spirit/self on the other hand is there to give you intuitive nudges, support, encouragement and guidance. When in doubt consult your wise inner self for a clear voice.
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