I hope you are enjoying the great give-aways this week! Be sure to “Like” my Facebook Page to stay up to date with other prenatal fitness give-aways from fellow FitFluential ambassadors this week. Molly from Miss Molly Motivates is giving away a Prenatal Yoga DVD, Jess from Blonde Ponytail Fitness will be giving-away products from GNC and Reebok, and Katie from Moms Little Running Buddy announced a give-away for a FREE subscription to the SHAPE or Fit Pregnancy magazine in addition to the For Two Fitness apparel give-away we are running through the end of this week.
Today I participated in a wellness coaching session with Kelly McNelis from New Leaf Wellness. I have to be honest, when I first considered reviewing and giving away a free one hour coaching session, I couldn’t think of a good topic to discuss during my own session that I would review. On her wellness coaching site, Kelly says the following about her coaching:
“As a wellness coach, I help moms achieve balance in their lives. Often, that includes working toward goals in exercise, healthy eating, and time management. Having a baby can spur big life changes too, like finding a new career. You pick what you want to work toward, and I’ll help get you there.”
This past week, a few events that happened at work caused me to do a bit of thinking about my job situation after I deliver Baby Tress #2. I am currently working a full-time web marketing job for a university, working part-time (nearly full-time) for my fitness business, raising a 1-year-old, trying to keep the house clean, etc. I absolutely love working and will never stop working at least part-time, but I have been considering scaling back.
This topic of discussion proved to be the PERFECT fit for our coaching session today. Kelly is a fellow FitFluential ambassador, and I met her via Facebook a few months ago. I was aware that she had a coaching business, but was not exactly sure how it worked. Let me tell you, the 45 minute conversation we had was one of the most productive and encouraging conversations I’ve ever been involved in. It left me craving more coaching and wanting to set up some consults for the future! I consider myself someone who “has it together.” In fact, I even questioned whether coaching could benefit me. But, I had a huge misconception about the process and now I think everyone should have a life coach!
Kelly asked me a lot of great questions throughout our conversation. Any time I have considered scaling back my jobs, I have focused on what I would lose by scaling back (money, a sense of purpose, fulfillment, etc). Previously, I have only considered my fears. However, without me even realizing it, Kelly asked me to verbalize what I would gain by scaling back. I was listing off huge benefits that I would experience if my schedule was less busy (more time with Emma, more flexibility to go on vacation, the ability to pour more time into my fitness business and realize some amazing potential there, more quality time at church with fellow moms, the opportunity to cook for my family, etc). Kelly made me realize that there are far more exciting possibilities than negative realities if I scale back with work.
I left my coaching session with Kelly feeling confident, excited about the future, clear on my decision-making, and with some tangible goals for how to accomplish my idea situation for the future after Baby Tress #2 is born.