Hey there!

This life we live is a journey.  There are times where it is full of laughter and joy and other times it is full of stresses. Life is full of to-do’s, and so often we get bogged down with the here and now we lose focus on the future. I know I lose focus on the future.  Like you, I am still trying to figure out how to get from here to there, all the while enjoying this life to the fullest.  But I have figured out some things along the way.

Being married, with two little kids and a full time job means that to thrive in this life, I have to figure out how make the most of my time. There was a time when I was simply trying to survive the day to day. I woke up, got ready, went to work, was stressed to the max so brought work home, and then went to bed, just to do it all over again. I was trying to do it all which ended with me being burned out and barely surviving.

It was when I was in grad school that I began to come alive. I realized how important good leadership in all areas of life, at home and at work, are. I began to understand the difference between being a leader and being a manager. I learned that good communication skills could make, or break, a company. This was true for a household as well. I had the opportunity to write a book on becoming a leader worth following that will be released in January 2016.

As I continued in grad school, I had the opportunity to focus in on leadership coaching and mentoring. It was through these classes that focused on the Core Competencies of the International Coaching Federation that I was able to discover what was important to me. I created a life plan that allowed me to prioritize my time and goals.

I discovered that I could be more than a wife.

Or a mom.

Or an employee.

Or a business owner.

Or a student.

I could be a wife & mom & employee & friend & business owner & community advocate.

What it came down to was learning to prioritize my time and passions in such a way that I could do it all. I could do everything that was important to me. I could be the Ampersand Woman.

It comes down to being real with who I am, what I want in life, and then having the processes in place to make it happen.

I have discovered that I do not have to be one thing or the other. I can be mom and business owner. I can be employee and wife. I can have a professional career and make my family a priority.

We are all on a journey. Sometimes that journey is intentional and full of purpose, and other times it is simply about surviving. I hope that as we journey together, you will begin to live a more intentional life. My hope is that through my story, you are able to better define your purpose, your direction, and to stay focused so that you may be able to live a purposeful, prioritized life.

Here’s to the Journey!

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