ERM 017 Dr. Danielle Eaton: Leading By Example, Living Fully & The Pursuit of Freedom

IMG_0030Dr. Danielle Eaton is a Chiropractor in St. Louis, Missouri.  She’s also a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.  Most of all, she’s a wife and mom to two little girls who are 5 and 2, and stepmom to a 13 year old step daughter.

Danielle is quite an accomplished woman! With a multitude of professional degrees, a teaching position at a Chiropractic college and a successful practice, she shares how after investing so much into her 10 year career and building up her private practice, she made the very big  decision to leave it all behind and focus on motherhood.

On this episode, Danielle gets candid about all the emotions that surfaced with that choice, how she worked through them, and ultimately how it has led her to now create a lifestyle that honours both her passion for her career and her passion for motherhood. Danielle also discusses her marriage, the tools she uses to keep herself connected to her values, and how she has learned to ‘enjoy the ride’ and live her life fully in every dimension.

Great insight on this interview today, check it out!

ERM 016 Jane Schnurr: The Sandwich Generation, Letting Go of Fear & Creating Memories

All images (c) TEMPO PhotographyJane Schnurr is a Business Coach for Entrepreneurs and has worked with a cross section of industries and business people across Ontario. In helping her clients, Jane draws on her 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner.  She thrives on helping overwhelmed and stressed entrepreneurs and senior executives make notable improvements and lasting changes to their business and personal lives.

She is also the single Mom of two beautiful young ladies! 

On this episode we talked about Jane’s experience as a single mom early in her life and how although many days felt like ‘mission impossible’  she was able to make everyday experiences memorable for her daughters and raise them into the women they are today. We also discussed how Jane’s experience of losing everything when she went through a difficult divorce but how ultimately that forced her to rebuild her life, think about what she really wanted, find her own power as a woman and become an entrepreneur.

Jane talks about her ritual of journalling and how it helps her to feel more grounded and connected to herself, how it helped her to trust her intuition more and let go of fears she had while her daughters were growing up. Now that Jane’s daughters are older Jane is able to shed some wisdom on how to she has been able to let go of expectations she had for her children and embrace the adventure of motherhood.

With an aging mother who was one of her strongest influences, Jane also discusses the challenge of continuing to nurture her adult daughters, while doing the same for her own mother. An inspiring story with lots of great wisdom in this show – check it out!

ERM 015: Can Women ‘Have It All’?

chiro-10aCan women ‘have it all’? We think so.

In this brief episode Dr. Melissa shares her thoughts and personal experience on the ‘having it all’ topic that often creates a lively debate among many women! She shares the consensus from many of the guests to date, what it takes to ‘have it all’ and a few simple, powerful steps you can take today to define ‘having it all’ for yourself and find a little more joy in your daily life.

ERM 014 Dr. Laura Gravelle: Running A High Frequency Home, Asking For Help & Just Being Yourself

drlaura-web01Dr. Laura Gravelle  is a family based wellness Chiropractor and owner of Gravelle Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre located in London Ontario.  Her passion for life, health and humanity are clearly demonstrated in all she creates. She believes we all have maximal potential within waiting to shine. She speaks widely in her community at the corporate level and at seminars on health, mindset, positive thinking and steps to creating an abundant life!

On this episode Laura talks about focusing on the health of her young family and being a busy mom to 4 young ones under the age of 8! She shares her journey starting a business while mothering young children, her personal growth in finding a career path that is congruent with who she authentically is, and how she manages to keep her family life and marriage strong.

We also discussed a serious health challenge with her youngest child’s and how she found the strength to get through it, the challenges of feeling overwhelmed, and the importance of being open and willing to ask for help.

Laura is a passionate woman, an inspiring health advocate in her community, with lots of great insights and experiences she openly shared today – check it out!

ERM 013 Kim McNabb: Putting Kids First, Focusing On The Big Picture, & Take It One Day At A Time With a Blended Family

2013-09-07 16.50.43Kim is  a 48 year old, married, mother of 6 children.   She is a foodworker, working for Community Action Program for Children.   She is an active volunteer in her community and involved with My Friend’s House women’s shelter for the past 7 years, 3 of which she sat as Chair of the Board.  She has a passion for advocating for abuse victims and equality of women.  

On this episode Kim talks about the challenges, but incredible joys of a blended family, and how together with her husband they created a wonderful home life for their children. She also shares her story of escaping an abusive situation and how that influenced the kind of mother she is today and the incredible work she has done advocating for women and her involvement in the local women’s shelter.

Kim also talks about what prompted her to get married again, how she and her husband are able to find the moments together in a house of 6 kids, and how an indispensdible group of female friends offers her support, fun, and helps her on a daily basis.

Kim’s commitment to her family, and making a difference in her community is admirable, I appreciated how real and open she was on today’s interview – It’s a great episode, check it out!

ERM 012 Dr. Diane Meyer: The Balance Myth, Focusing on Gratitude & Relishing The Moments

diane head shot dec 2010Diane Meyer is a Chiropractor in private practive for over 20 yrs, happily married and is the mother of 4 healthy kids 8-21 yrs.

Diane has been one of my mentors professionally since I was in Chiropractic school, and I had the opportunity on many occasions to learn from her, develop my clinical skills, understand practice life, but on this episode I get to chat with her about motherhood, which was a whole new perspective that I really enjoyed. Diane talks about starting her practice with a young family, and she also discusses guilt she felt as a working mom, how she was able to let it go and why she thinks there is no such thing as balance.

We also talked about her supportive husband, how they keep their marriage strong, living with the occasional chaos of a family of 6 and how she turns to gratitude and her spiritual foundation to ground her and focus her energy.

Diane has always had great wisdom for many Chiropractors, today she shared some great wisdom about being a mom. Check it out!

ERM 011: Drop The “I’m Not A Rockstar Mom” Mentality

IMG_2631On this episode Dr. Melissa shares her insights from the first 10 episodes, and two ways moms are limiting themselves from adding excitement, challenge, growth and joy to their lives.  She discusses why it’s important to do things that scare you a little bit, and why all moms deserve to give themselves credit for the emotional and physical demands of motherhood and all the great stuff they are doing everyday to support their family life. A short episode filled with inspiration to help you step up your game and rock your life a little more.

ERM 010 Lisa Wilby: Take Charge of Your Happiness, Celebrate the Little Things & Love Yourself First!

FullSizeRenderLisa is a food and health enthusiast, and a single mom of 3 children, 2 teenage boys and one daughter who is attending university. She  currently  works  full time for a non – profit organization  as a teaching kitchen manager,  teaching  clients  about healthy food and cooking on a budget and about how food relates to our health. She loves connecting with people and sharing good food and conversation.

On this episode we talked about Lisa’s journey in motherhood, her transition in relocating to another part of the country, starting a business, ending a business, and ultimately finding meaningful work that also allows her to be present for her children.

Lisa shared how her separation from the father of her children was a pivotal step in her own growth as a woman, how she has found happiness on her own, and the joy she finds in everyday moments. Lisa believes we are all in charge of our own happiness, certainly something she is modelling for her children and people around her. Great conversation on this episode, check it out!

Get In Your Garden!

Finally the weather is warming up and many people are getting ready to get their hands in the dirt to plant some seedlings, flowers and have some fun in their garden! Working outdoors in your garden and yard is a great form of physical activity, even better if it’s something you are passionate about. However every year people come into the practice because they have inevitably irritated their body or  strained a muscle somehow! To protect your body and avoid injury, consider some of these tips when stepping out to get your garden started this season:

  1. While mowing the lawn, keep your head up and stand directly behind the mower so you can keep your hips and shoulders in line with your spine. Push the mower uphill rather than pulling. Always use both hands rather pushing  or twisting with one.
  2. When working in the dirt, crouch down, sit on a stool, or squat instead of bending at the waist which can strain the joints in the low back.
  3. Bend your knees when lifting anything so that you can use the strength of your legs.
  4. Keep yard waste bags close to your body while lifting them. 
  5. Hold a rake with one hand at shoulder height, one hand at waist level and walk or drag the pile.

Most importantly, vary your tasks and take breaks when necessary.  Avoid staying in prolonged postures involving the lower back and neck.

Your best bet for protecting your back? Consider regular Chiropractic care! Waiting until symptoms appear before taking care of your body often can make the problems worse, ultimately causing them to take longer to heal. Chiropractors assess your posture and spinal joints to ensure they are moving properly and that your body is physically balanced. The results people experience from regular spinal care are profound, and the increases in their quality of life measurable….which allows you to keep playing in your garden or in any other hobby you enjoy! 

ERM 009 Dr. Sabrina Bercovitch: Parenting With Intention, Working With Your Spouse & Learning From Illness

AEF3CA41-A2C0-46A0-875C-B1D71CBDCA7EDr. Sabrina Bercovitch is a mother of 3 beautiful, healthy, vibrant awesome children and a passionate Family Chiropractor. She sees lots of expectant Moms, children of all ages and families in the practice she owns and runs with her husband, Dr. Jason Bercovitch. She transforms lives every day with the LiveWell For Life program, a lifestyle program which teaches and guides people to Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well, Sleep Well and Be Connected Well through optimization of the Brain-Body Connection For Life. Sabrina can be reached her anytime at www.livewellhealth.com or drop her a line at drsabrina@livewellhealth.com.

On today’s episode Sabrina talks about motherhood, the partnership she has with her husband in both work and life, and how they have created a life balance that works for them. She also shares her story of dealing with Lyme Disease and how her health recovery has profoundly impacted her life, and the mother she is today. Sabrina is a dynamic entrepreneur and mother with lots of great tips in this episode today.  Check it out!