Word of Mom on BlogTalkRadio 2pmET June 9, 2011
This afternoon, I was sitting on my patio, basking in the sun, catching up on client emails and listening to the recording of a marketing podcast I’d been meaning to review when a deep voice filtered through from behind the bushes ‘how am I ever supposed to get a hold of you if you’re hiding out in your back yard?’ Turned out it was my landlord and he’d been standing out front for several minutes, ringing the doorbell with no response, to collect the rent. He laughed when he found me working away and commented on how lucky those of us who work from home are.
That moment reminded me of how lucky I am to be a mompreneur. Even if it’s a day filled with health coaching clients, I’m able to be at home where I can cook healthy meals, get the laundry done, keep the house (relatively) tidy, and still be able to be present when Little J arrives home from preschool. I’m also lucky to live with a dadpreneur, so we are able to balance out our schedules to ensure that someone is fully present and available to Little J when she’s not at school.
It’s hard for me to believe sometimes that this is really my life. Three and a half years ago, when Little J was born, I knew I needed to make changes for myself. I was 100 pounds overweight, my marriage was strained to say the least, I didn’t have much of a friend-base in this town I hadn’t been living in long, and although I knew I didn’t love my work anymore, I had no idea what to do next.
As time passed, my husband and I have been fortunate enough to craft a life that we all really love. I don’t pretend like it was easy. It took a lot of time and effort to get here. Part of that journey for me was discovering health coaching, falling in love with the possibilities, and then launching my own health coaching practice.
While health coaching is certainly about the foods that we eat, it’s also about creating this kind of true work-life balance for yourself. I believe that optimal wellness can only be achieved when we look at our lives from a holistic perspective. We certainly need healthy foods that are easy to prepare and that the kids will actually eat. But we also need to have a career that feels fulfilling, healthy and enjoyable exercise, strong and loving relationships, and exercise that makes our bodies feel good and keeps us in shape.
In the work that I do, I’m privileged to help busy parents and professionals all over the world to create this kind of life nurturing existence. I’m honored to support people as they learn alternatives to what they are currently doing, and implement small and manageable changes to create the life of their dreams too. I’m looking forward to sharing more about that in my upcoming conversation with Dori DeCarlo on Thursday, June 9.