The Interviews: Working Mom’s Daily Motivation

It doesn’t seem as though things have slowed down since the holidays. Do you feel the same? I have been swamped with so much that my attitude has pretty much stunk, which is the nice way of putting it. That’s why I am so thrilled that my friend, Stacey, is joining us with her interview about motivation, focus and more!

Stacey Herrera is a mother and life coach ready to share her easy tips for getting motivated. You can find Stacey at One Foot First.

Enjoy the interview and get inspired!

Share with us how you started One Foot First.
I worked in the insurance industry for years, but could never really get settled. I would always get bored with whatever position I was holding at the time, always feeling like I needed more of something. I changed jobs a lot, holding most positions for three years or less.

One thing that was always consistent, no matter where I was – people looked to me for guidance and advice. Even when I was not in a position of authority, I was always the “go to” person for work related and personal matters. For a while I thought I was supposed to be a therapist, so I pursued education in that field. But obstacles always kept the degree out of my reach. Of course now I know that the Universe was trying to lead me in another direction.

One day I was having a pow-wow on the phone with two of my girlfriends, when one of them said “you should start a life coaching business, right now, right where you are.”   The rest, as they say, is history.

It was rough going at first because it takes a lot of work to get a business off the ground, but even more than that it takes patience.

Being a mom and business owner can be pretty hectic. How do you make space to do it “all?”
Balancing motherhood and running a business (or working any job for that matter) is challenging, but completely doable. Now that my daughter is older (she’s 17 now), it’s much easier. But when she was younger, having her on a schedule was essential. That meant making sure that she was in bed, on time, every night. Looking back on it, I wonder how I managed to make it happen, but I did.   See I needed the time after she was asleep to work on writing projects, to do my own homework, etc. I also needed this time to unwind from the pressures of the day, to sit still with my thoughts, and to create. Now that she’s older, I don’t stay up late anymore… now I get up early instead!

Children not only need structure, but they thrive in it.

Having a schedule makes life easier, for the entire household.

What are some simple ways to de-clutter and get focused?

  • Making time everyday to connect with your spirit is essential.   Prayer, meditation, chanting, dancing… whatever that looks like for you.
  • Journaling is also very important. You need to make space in your head, daily. Get rid of thoughts and ideas that do not serve you. Remind yourself of the things that are working, so you can do more of those things.
  • Keep your personal space as clean as possible. A cluttered room makes for a cluttered mind (that’s a fact!).

Why Daily Motivation is so important?
I believe that encouragement is vital to our existence. It would be nice if we could all motivate ourselves all the time, but that’s not the case. Sometimes we need to be inspired, to be reminded that we don’t have to go it alone, and that whatever it is that we are going through is “normal.” I’ve been sending out daily motivation every weekday for well over a decade – I guess that was my first life coaching gig!

Any “me time” tips you would like to share?
I think “me time” is especially important for mothers, because our plates are perpetually full all the time. No offense to dads, but nobody has to tell them to make time for themselves, they just do it.

  • Make time for yourself, every single day. If you’re a morning person – get up early to make the space. If you’re a night owl – go to bed late. It doesn’t matter how you choose to use your time. Read a book if that’s your thing. Be still. Catch up on your DVR shows. Do whatever it is that makes you feel how you want to feel.
  • Don’t compromise on your time. The people who love you will not always understand, but that’s okay. Make it clear to everyone that your time is your time. And everybody knows that when Mama is happy, everyone is happy. A mother’s energy is felt throughout her home, even when she’s not physically present. When Mom takes care of herself… she’s taking care of everybody.

 

About Stacey

Stacey Herrera is a mother, writer, and devoted way finder. She uses her life coaching practice to help men and women return home to themselves. She declines all pity party invitations and pursues truth like a bloodhound. You can check her out at www.onefootfirst.com.

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