Do you feel completely overwhelmed by your business?
Does the idea of work-life balance seem as mythical as a unicorn?
Let’s change that!
I’m Valerie, a wellness blogger, life & wellness coach, and Pinterest strategist (I like wearing lots of hats!). I help creative female solopreneurs who are overwhelmed in their business weave more self care into their day and strike a healthier balance between working and living.
You probably started your business because more than anything else, you wanted FREEDOM.
Freedom to be creative, call the shots, work when and where you please, and not have to report to a real-life Michael Scott.
Being a solopreneur is amazing, but it can also be overwhelming when you’re responsible for every single part of your business!
It can start to feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around.
Eventually you find yourself skipping your workouts, sitting for hours at a time without even standing up (much less moving), eating unhealthy takeout because you didn’t have time to plan meals or buy groceries, never having time for anything fun, and skimping on even the most basic of self care (who has time to shower when you’re building your empire??).
Which is kind of the opposite of freedom, right?
I know, because I’ve been there.
About 6 months into going full-time with my business, I was struggling to stay on top of my work and really feeling the stress of it. I felt completely overwhelmed, like I was drowning in my business. (And I’m a wellness coach — I should know better!)
I went to see my holistic practitioner, and she basically told me I was heading straight for burnout if I didn’t start making my wellness and self care a priority.
So with a lot of (ongoing) trial and error, I’ve started bringing my body and life back into balance.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I feel totally overwhelmed (and there are still days when I don’t get around to showering!).
But I’m learning how to manage this awesome crazy solopreneur lifestyle so that there’s time in my day and week for self care, spending time with my peeps, and actually having fun!
Because THAT’S what life is really about.
In everything I do, I ultimately want to help you and other female solopreneurs (and aspiring solopreneurs!) . . .
Be well . . . being healthy, strong, and centered in mind, body, and spirit.
Work well . . . having a business that allows you to work on your own terms doing meaningful and fulfilling work while striking a healthy balance between work and life — and making a good living doing it!
Live well . . . having the time, energy, and resources to have and do more of what lights you up.
So if, like me, you’re ready to start running your business and life more intentionally, and get back to the reasons you started your business to begin with, then you’ve landed in the right place.
Choose your own adventure. . .
The Blog . . . where I share tips, ideas, strategies, and resources to help you be well, work well, and live well. You’ll find everything from healthy eating advice to productivity tips to even the occasional travel guides. >>You can check out the blog here.
Life & Wellness Coaching . . . this is where the magic happens (and I love magic!). I work with a very limited number of women (solopreneurs and those aspiring to be) to find and follow their North Star by creating their vision, getting clear on their intentions, and following a plan of action steps to start making their life and wellness goals a reality. >>You can learn more about coaching here.
Pinterest Strategy & Management . . . As a Pinterest strategist, I help women bloggers strategically manage their Pinterest presence and grow their website with this awesome platform. This one may seem like an outlier, but it relates to wellness and work-life balance because if I can take the time-consuming task of managing your Pinterest presence off your plate, then that frees up time to do the work that only you can do in your business + have time for a little relaxation and fun! >> You can learn more about Pinterest management here.
How did I get here?
Like so many people, I spent a lot of time and money on college (and grad school!), only to end up spending years in jobs I couldn’t stand and that sucked the life out of me.
I was miserable in my work and it was affecting every area of my life.
I’d always had a love for all things health and wellness (inspired I’m sure by tagging along with my mom to Jazzercise when I was little). So along the way, I got certified as a personal trainer and a health and wellness coach.
For years, I did some coaching and blogging on the side. But I didn’t have the confidence to pursue it full-time and leave my job, even though it’s what I wanted more than anything.
My husband, tired of seeing me miserable and completely stressed out by my job, gave me the push I needed to finally start making moves to branch out on my own.
I began coaching and blogging more, and using Pinterest to promote my blog because I’d heard that was a good thing to do.
I learned a couple of things about myself during this early phase of entrepreneurship . . .
First, as an introvert and empath, coaching really takes a lot out of me (even though I love it), so I have to limit the amount of coaching I do. Which meant I needed to find another way to generate more revenue if I was gonna leave my job.
And that’s when I figured out I had a knack for Pinterest marketing — and that being a Pinterest strategist is actually a thing.
After studying Pinterest marketing relentlessly, I added this component to my business and it took off. I love that I get to help female bloggers who empower and inspire other women grow their business and reach more people through Pinterest.
I quit my job and I’ve spent everyday since being so grateful that I get to run my own business, do work that I love, and do it on my own terms (and for having a husband who supported my dream and believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself).
Not gonna lie . . . starting and running my own business has been so much more challenging than I ever imagined, but every bit as rewarding as I knew it would be.
And that’s why I’m so committed to helping other women solopreneurs create work-life balance, so they can keep living their dream. And to helping all the girls out there like me who have a dream of being their own boss but don’t have the confidence or know-how to get started.
A little more about me . . .
I’m a small-town Southern girl from rural Georgia, now living in Orlando, Florida with my awesome husband and our two sweet (but very mischievous) cats.
My husband and I met at a wedding, where one of my closest friends married one of his closest friends. We’ve been together ever since. He’s Chinese (as you might have guessed from my last name), so I like to think of us as an Asian-Southern fusion.
I’m a huge animal lover, and my dream would be to have a big farm in the mountains where I could have an animal sanctuary. (So far, my husband does not seem to be on board with this dream.)
I believe in magic and love all things mystical, like my oracle cards, astrology, runes, Tarot, the energy of the moon, crystals, manifesting, and numerology.
A few of my favorite things are great food, being outdoors, country music and jazz, the mountains, the changing of the seasons, all things cozy, and Stevie Wonder (my fave musician of all time!).
I’m a tea drinker and have a collection of really cute tea cups and mugs. Every morning it’s a very important decision figuring out which cup is just right for that day. 🙂
I’m kind of a nerd and obsessed with my planner, pretty office supplies, and books, blogs, and podcasts about personal development, productivity and business.
I’ve always been completely out of touch with all things trendy (my sweet co-workers back in Dallas had to explain to me who the Kardashians are — but I still don’t really get it).
The highlight reel…
In case you were wondering about my credentials . . .
Master of Social Work (MSW) degree (with a concentration in counseling) from the University of Georgia
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). I am proud to be one of the first wellness coaches in the country to earn this credential from the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), a collaboration between the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).
Wellness Coach training and certification from the Mayo School of Public Health
Holistic Health Coach training and certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition