We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Mesereau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Creating balance is about getting really clear on our priorities. Foremost, is maintaining our own heatlh because without that the rest of it can’t happen. I live with my priorities front and center; raising my daughter (family is everything!) and being of service to other women as a nutritionist. My work life balance is ever changing! As a working mother ive had to become a ninja with time management skills. I used to pack my schedule so that i could see as many clients as possible in the work week. Now I work fewer hours and see fewer clients and I over deliver. My clients need to be 100% committed to the work we do together (they don’t need to be perfect- just committed!) and they get huge results. It makes my work meaningful. Work life balance as a mother has required me to have strong boundaries with commitments. There are only so many hours in the day and I never want my days recklessly packed. I say no to things unless I really want to do them or they are for my top priorities. This allows me to keep stress in check and live my life at a healthy pace.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m in the business of improving lives. It’s an honor and incredibly rewarding. I’ve helped over a thousand clients use food to heal so that they can live the lives they dream of. I’m most inspired in my career when I see people surprise themselves with reaching their goals. Clients will often come to me with limiting beliefs because of the struggles they’ve had in the past. We create a plan out of their current situation. I make impactful recommendations they build new patterns and consistency and then magic happens. I don’t ever get bored with my client’s success stories. I still get the chills when I get reports of significant weight loss, improved cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, etc. This is music to my ears as a career practitioner. My job definitely comes with its challenges but as long as I listen well and stay close to the science. I can always find positive solutions for my clients. Sometimes less is more espcially when we are talking about creating new habits!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Early Rise with a warm green tea latte and morning chats on my backyard sofa. Coastal walk on the Tamarck Beach path. Watch the waves and feel the ocean air. Breakfast Sammie with bacon at Necatarine Grove in Leucadia. Self-realization fellowship meditation gardens in Encinitas. Then a stroll through the cute shops on Highway 1o1. If they were up for it, paddle board session at the Carlsbad lagoon. My favorite! Then an unforgetable dinner at Campfire on State Street. This place never dissapoints 🙂
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All the women in my life that are living with purpose. I come from a family of women that have had, or currently have, epic careers that make an impact on other peoples lives. The women in my family live with integrity and there is nothing more important in my mind. They inspire and support me in my journey and I hope to do the very same for my daughter and (baby on the way!).
Danielle McBrayer http://www.dphotopro.com/