AS SOON AS I GRADUATED from Naturopathic college I knew I needed to bust my ass to build my practice before the kiddies started to show up.
I successfully established two practices, created my own brand – The Maxim Movement, and developed my 4-tiered approach to establishing health in my patients.
Being a driven and motivated business women, this was not enough. I knew I needed to reach a larger audience. So I took on the adventure of becoming an author.
I signed up with a self-publishing company, wrote voraciously for months and a year later my “first born” was complete. Welcome, MAXIMized Health: A new, intelligent system for optimal digestion and hormones. Five months before the release date, we found out we were pregnant and now starts full-time job number 2- motherhood.
Balancing a Business, a Baby and your Body
How do you balance all of your jobs and your health at the same time?
If you’re a parent then you know how quickly your routine changes with an infant at home. Aria is now two months old and I finally feel like I can get back into my healthy routine as she is establishing her own. Up until now, it was just about survival, and that’s ok. It’s ok to not be perfect all of the time.
Here are my top 5 ways to be a successful Mompreneur, and maintain your health:
#1: Stick it to Stress
Managing your stress is one of the MOST important things you can do for your health. How many patients do we see where stress is the underlying cause to many of their issues?
One stigma I hear is,
“we need to do everything perfectly because we are the Naturopathic doctor and we need to set the example”
I don’t agree. Patients are more likely to trust you if you are real and IMperfect.
Be honest with yourself and what you can handle. If you need to sleep 10 hours one day, do it. If you need to have a sweet treat every once in a while to survive, eat it. Do not be afraid to ask people for help. Don’t be afraid to tell people that you’re struggling and need a break. It is amazing how wonderful people are when you are honest and vulnerable about your stressors.
#2: Any Movement Is Good Movement
Exercise is probably the first thing to go when times get tough, at least for me it is. A lot of time is eaten up with:
- Going to the gym,
- Thinking up a workout,
- Taking 30min-60min to complete,
- Showering afterwards then
- Driving back home again
I found working out at home to be the easiest and most attainable. No weights, no equipment, only body weight exercises.
Simply doing wall push-ups between patients, squats while waiting for Aria’s bottle to warm up and lunges to deliver it to her add up over time.
There was even a time where I was trying to do my workout and Aria was crying, my dog needed to go out and a business webinar was starting and I didn’t want to lose my seat. It can get complicated but if you are determined, you find a way to make it work. Any movement is good movement. Eventually, exercise will come easier and longer routines more attainable.
#3: Use Your Blender
Magic bullet, Blendtech, VitaMix- who cares! Do not let it take up room on your counter, use them! One of the easiest ways to get all of your nutrients is to blend them all together into one easy to consume super drink. 5 min and you’ve flooded your body with tons of macro and micronutrients.
Here’s my favorite veggie smoothie:
- 1 cup spinach/kale
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp chia
- 1 scoop protein powder
- honey/all-natural maple syrup to taste
- 3-4 ice cubes
Blend it up the night before or make multiple batches in one. Easy peasy!
#4: Let Others Inspire You
Every week I listen to business-related or health-related webinars and put them into action. While I’m proud of what I’ve built, I’m constantly inspired by others.
Remember, these people are the authority on their particular topic. Why not implement their success into your own business? The key point is to save your brain cell and energy for other things in your life. Follow the leaders in your industry and quit trying to recreate the wheel when it is moving quite smoothly for someone else.
- Favorite Health Podcasts: Underground Wellness, Marie Forleo
- Favorite Business Webinars: Sean Malarky, James Wedmore
#5: Motherhood is a Motivator
I was motivated to be healthy and successful prior to having a family but now the drive is even greater. Everything I do is to help support my family and show my daughter what women are capable of.
You are no good to anyone if you’re unhealthy. Do what you can- it doesn’t have to be perfect. Set an example but let it be a REAL example of what is possible.