with Nancy Stevens
Start Your journey to balance and wellness
Your life is busy and successful, but underneath that exterior, you’re feeling burned out and overwhelmed.
You can’t shake the feeling that you’re out of balance and out of touch with your own life. “Something” is missing and you can’t quite put your finger on what you want for yourself.
You’re putting everyone and everything before your own needs. Your schedule is so packed that finding time to spend on yourself feels impossible-there just aren’t enough hours in the day!
...And when you do squeeze in some “me time” it doesn’t always feel amazing: you might worry you’re being selfish for not spending that time on work and other obligations.
You’re feeling increasingly stuck and don’t know how to make yourself and your own needs a priority again.
This is where I can help.
I work with busy working women who want to have a balanced life but struggle with making time for self-care a priority. Together we create a plan for work-life-balance that is easy and achievable so they can feel energized and in control again.
I didn’t always prioritize self-care.
A few of years ago I was so busy with everyone else’s needs that I became my own lowest priority. I knew I needed a break, I needed to recharge but I struggled to find any time for myself.
It was a pretty stressful season; my four boys were ages 13,11,3,18 months, and I was basically doing life as a single mom. My husband is super driven and has a demanding career in the music industry (he’s had the honor of winning several Grammy’s over the years ). And because of his work, he was rarely at home.
Every part of running the household and caring for the kids was on me. I was constantly running from activity to activity just trying to check all the boxes. I managed my family’s emotional needs, organized my husband’s business, put together fancy dinners and events and let me tell you, I took pride in my ability to handle all of those obligations and to do them well.
But the stress was taking a toll on me.
In the midst of all these obligations, I wasn’t taking any time for myself. I was physically and mentally depleted and I started developing unhealthy ways of coping. I would hide junk food around the house then I would eat it at night after I put the kids to bed. I would get together with the women in the neighborhood, but instead of looking for friendship and support, it was mostly an excuse to drink.
From the outside, everything in my life looked great, but on the inside I was stuffing my emotions down as far as I could send them, numbing myself with food and alcohol just to cover up what I was feeling.
Then one day I made a decision that would change everything.
A local gym had just opened in my neighborhood. Intrigued, I decided that I would go and try out a fitness class. At this point, exercise and my physical health were pretty low on the totem pole. I was unhealthy (physically and emotionally) and wanted greater wellness in my life, but finding the time to attend a class was a huge step for me.
I had no idea what to expect...and the first class I went to just happened to be yoga.
As the class started, what immediately stood out to me was just how kind the instructor’s words were. I was hearing that I was okay. That who I was and where I was, were actually okay! For the closing portion of the class, called savasana, we had permission to be completely still. To simply sit and breathe and be. As I let my body relax on the mat, I felt tears slipping down my cheeks. For the first time in years, I was getting in touch with me. In those minutes of stillness and quiet, I was coming to terms with who I was..and maybe who I was missing.
This powerful experience of taking time for myself, and spending time with myself, brought the value of self-care back on my radar. It was a deeply emotional experience that went on to have a lasting impact.
My journey to balance and wellness was set in motion.
During the next couple of years, I went to many more yoga and fitness classes, eventually to the point where I was asked to sub in for the regular teachers! Bringing self-care back in the picture was having transformational effects on my life. Through practicing yoga I learned that tools I needed to get back in touch with myself. My stress was so much lower and I had given up my unhealthy coping methods. I was finally in touch with and valuing my emotions. As my yoga practice progressed, I longed to take the next step and do yoga teacher training. But my family’s busy schedule made it hard for me to travel to a training out of town and it seemed like this would not happen for a long time.
Then one day a door opened. (actually, it was a magazine!) I picked up a copy of Yoga Journal and the page it fell open to was promoting a teacher training in Nashville. Would this actually be close enough for me to attend?? It seemed too good to be true… and I put the magazine down! Thankfully three weeks later I picked it up again and realized the studio was even closer that I’d thought, and I still had time to send in my paperwork. In 2010, I proudly completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training and continue to be active as a teacher and student!
The yoga door opened up new possibilities.
As a yoga teacher my students came to me seeking advice on their own health and wellness wanting my guidance and support. I realized I enjoyed connecting more deeply with others one-to-one which led me on another path that intersected nicely with yoga.
In 2014 I completed my Life Coach certification and in 2016 another in Health and Wellness. Through this process I came to learn so many things on a deeper level which helped me to bring everything I had previously learned on my yoga mat - the knowledge, experience, and intuition - to my individual clients in a powerful way.
Today, I’m just as busy as I ever was, but my life is now one of balance.
I now have the ability to recognize when I’m feeling overwhelmed and to use the skills and tools I’ve gathered to re -connect with myself and get back to a place of calm and focus.
Caring for my physical health is an everyday part of my life. Instead of reaching for alcohol or hidden junk food, you can find me hiking, walking and practicing yoga.
As a Life, Wellness and Health Coach, I work with busy women who feel overwhelmed and out of balance. They feel like they’ve given everything to their career, to other people, or to their family, at the expense of themselves. I connect with them wherever they’re at, and give them the skills and life tools to navigate where they are today, as well as who they’re going to become.
You too can make yourself a priority while achieving a great work-life balance.
Are you feeling disconnected and stretched to the limits, like you’re living your life on autopilot, struggling to hold it together?
Do you long for more energy-emotional and physical?
Are you worried there’s zero time in your busy schedule to focus on your physical and emotional needs?