We had the good fortune of connecting with Renae Fieck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renae, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work-life balance is a myth. That’s what people used to tell me when I became a mom and returned to work. For a long time I strived to find that perfect spot that would bring my sanity. There were so many things that I highly valued and couldn’t let any of the balls drop. I used to feel like I was running a million things in my life and not doing any of them well. Then I was introduced to the concept of rhythm, in particular, aligning with my body’s natural rhythms. As women, we don’t have the same body chemistry, energy, focus, or connection day to day. When we align with those rhythms, it allows us to maximize our energy and productivity when we benefit from it the most. As well as high productivity weeks, we also have weeks with the focus on rest, restoration, and rejuvenation. It’s the interplay of work-life-rest fluctuating in a fluid dynamic rather than a static state. This shift set me free from trying to balance all things all the time, to honing in and focusing on specific tasks or activities when I was most suited to address them. This CHANGED my world and has changed lives for so many of my clients. When I began to see my year, my month, and my day in cycles and aligning the activities I was doing based upon each of those cycles, it beautifully allowed for rest and high levels of productivity. With the grace found in living with rhythm, we allow ourselves the space to create, the space to pursue big goals, the space to rest, rather than pushing forward at the same speed; which can quite possibly lead us to burnout.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
About 4 years ago my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was the same year he started having seizures and we had our 3rd baby. I was a working mom to 3 kids under the age of 5 and the sole driver and caretaker within our home. It was the year I reached my lowest point in motherhood and seriously considered whether it was worthwhile. A group of other moms friends told me I wasn’t experiencing postpartum and that mom life was just hard. When I reached that moment, I realized what I was doing wasn’t working. I wanted to be a happy and thriving mom who didn’t just let the season pass by. That’s when I decided to do whatever it took to figure out how to find my mom life joy and gain my sanity back. I spent the next few months reprioritizing my life, focusing in on that which mattered most, and clearing out the clutter that was distracting me from those things. As moms, we spend so much of our time running around frantic and busy, yet still not (feeling like we’re) getting anything accomplished. But what I realized most is that it’s not that moms are too busy, it’s that the clutter in their homes, in their calendars, and in their homes is robbing them of the joy in their lives. Once I cleared out the clutter, I found my joy. But I couldn’t just stop there and keep it to myself when I knew so many other moms were struggling. That’s when I started sharing the tools I was using, the mindset shifts I was gaining, and how I created a cleaner home with less time. So many other moms have found their joy in mom life within the Rising Moms Club and I’m on a mission to help every mom who desires more joy, a cleaner home, and get her sanity back.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is a dream city with literally something for everyone. But no visit to San Diego should be spent indoors. The beauty of the city, the amazing weather, and the friendliness of the community make it the greatest place to relax and restore. Rather than pounding the pavement and hitting all the tourist spots, we’d spend our time together savoring the moments and slowing life down. So, on our adventure together in this most wonderful city, we’d spend some time lounging at the beach, catching some waves, paddleboarding at the bay, and filling our days with the salty breeze. We’d likely find ourselves riding bikes around the bay, hiking Torrey Pines (or one of the many other amazing hikes), boating at Lake Capitan, or visiting the animals at the zoo. We’d spend our evenings grilling freshly caught fish with a beer from one of the local breweries and just relaxing in our backyard. Or maybe pick up tacos from the Kiko’s Taco truck and sit in the park or from South Shore Beach club while we watch the sunset on the beach. (PS- Sunset Cliffs is a great place to watch the sunset too!) Some of our most favorite restaurants are those with experiences and particularly kid-friendly, such as Stone Brewery, Station Tavern, or Liberty Station. But our most favorite is the Beach House at Belmont Park because as we sip a mule or tasty beverage, the kids can play cornhole or jenga in the sand. For a kid’s free night and a beautiful view of the city, we’d head to C-level for dinner. But I can assure you that the time would be spent with sun, salt, sand, and tasty foods!
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?
Mentors have been key to where I am today. When I felt scared or unsure of my dreams, my mentors have been there to help me take those first few steps. I look back now on of my first personal development conferences with Brendan Burchard, and am so blessed that I was exposed to the world of growth. He made growth exciting and engaging and have fallen in love with the growth ever since. The first time I invested in myself I was scared out of my mind. It felt like one of the biggest risks, constantly questioning whether the investment would be worthwhile. Then I realized investing in myself is the one investment that will pay back greater than any other investment I can make. Becoming the very best versions of myself is one of the greatest gifts I can give not only give myself, but to my familyand everyone else around me. The ripple effects of investing in yourself are priceless. To all the amazing authors, podcasters, and speakers I’ve listened to over the years, I thank you! There have been so many, yet your words and thoughts have been paramount stepping stones in my life. However, I’d love to shout out some of my key influential mentors and support have been Andrea Sims, Jen Dawson, Sarah Try, and James Wedmore (and his entire team!). Without these amazing people standing by my side, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. And the biggest shoutout to my most loyal support and encouragement has been my loving husband, Joe. On the days when I wanted to quit in any area of my life, he’s been there to champion me and keep me going forward.
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