Episode #46 - Being A Life Coach For Working Moms - Liz Lima - Blog Post

Being A Life Coach For Working Moms With Jeneli Almonte


In today’s podcast, I am with Jeneli Almonte, a business coach who works with mothers who seek balance in their lives and fulfillment in the labor force. She helps women balance motherhood and a business career. In this podcast, Jeneli Almonte tells us more about being a life coach for working moms and how she herself shares the same dilemma that most of these women face in a daily basis.

In most cases, if not all, being a mom and a businesswoman at the same time can be so draining that you feel so emotionally and physically exhausted at the end of the day. Especially when you don’t have the flexibility for simultaneous activities, you’ll find yourself in a state of burnout midway to your work, and it’s hard to get back up again. This is where a coach inserts herself. Being a life coach for working moms takes dedication and right perspectives. Rest assured that they have a companion in whatever problems they face.

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Jeneli Almonte also talked about how getting fit and being healthier improved her mood, outlook and activities in life. She stresses about how finding your strength and inner peace could do so much to a person’s growth. Being a life coach for moms is more than just a job, it’s a vocation, a mission and a calling.

To know more about Jen, you can check out her accounts below:

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/parent_ceo/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheParentCEO/ 

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Liz:

Welcome back. Venus Warriors. Thank you so much for being here for our special episodes on Fridays, which are the interviews with aids, Venus Warrior, and you know that these interviews I picked these women who have gone through some type of struggle. Overcome something and are now actively going after whatever it was that they were attaining before, right? They found some change and now they're going after it. Whether it's a business, a career change, whatever it is, but I want them to share their story. So you know, and you hear and you see that other women are also doing these things. They went outside of the box. They finally went after what they wanted and now you hear it and you see that they are real and they're doing it so that you can do it too. But today I want to introduce the lovely Jeneli.

Liz:

How are you today?

Jeneli:

Yeah, I'm doing. Wow. Thank you so much for having me. Excited to be here.

Liz:

Absolutely. And so just for our listeners so they know, can you explain what you do in your business right now and how you're helping people?

Jeneli:

Yes, I'm on mindset and business coach and I serve overwhelmed working ambitious mothers who are seeking balance in their life as well as yes, fulfillment in the labor force and whether that means, changing careers or starting their own business on that, they may have the flexibility needed with motherhood.

Liz:

Awesome.

Jeneli:

That's where I'm starving.

Liz:

So it's mostly mothers that you're helping right now?

Jeneli:

Correct. Correct.

Liz:

And okay, so how did that start? Like, well, you weren't five and said, I'm going to help moms when they want to have another career change, right?

Jeneli:

Yeah. Well, it all started when I went back to work as a mother. At first time mother and I felt bad. I fell out of love with my career. The career that I worked so hard for and was able to achieve. So I knew that it didn't fit me as a mother. Now I didn't have the flexibility it needed. I felt like I was missing out on motherhood. I'm missing out on my daughter's first words, first steps. And also I spelled as a inconvenience to my peers at work because I had to call out when emergencies of motherhood came up. So I felt very overwhelmed after I wanna say like two months returning to work from maternity leave. And I know that's not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life because I was no longer being the best version of myself. And I didn't want my daughter to see that person. And I decided to invest in myself.

Jeneli:

I hired a coach. I was like, I need to know. I need change. I'm going to do it. And going back to school with one option, right? Changing careers like that. But I know that's not what I wanted. I want it to be present for my daughter. I want it to be the boss and I want it to have flexibility. And I knew that that would be the only way possible. And the way I came to wanting to work with mother was because I started speaking to other mothers. I was like, what is the secret? What is the secret? How do they make it all happen? Like how are they doing it? Working, attending to their partners, balancing lives. Like how are they doing it and looking amazing at it and the surface, right. Because I was a wreck at first. And the truth is that everyone I spoke to was extremely overwhelmed.

Jeneli:

They were not their best self present for their children and nobody was, none of the mothers were truly happy. And I was like, no, that can be it. That's not going to be, I'm not going to be part of that, that sick. So that's when I decided I wanted to work with these overwhelmed working mothers. They were all very ambitious and they felt like they didn't have the support. They didn't have the guidance or education needed and I was like, no, that's not even true. You have all the tools you need to succeed in life, and I want to be that person to tell all these mothers. Like there is a will, there is a way and you just have to find the right people to guide you through that process.

Liz:

See and I love that because it's something that you went through, right? And this is how it just happens. So you stepped into it. You didn't say, oh well I guess this is just the way it's going to be. Right. You know, now I'm a new mom and I just have to struggle because that's just the way it is. You actually asking questions. Right? Then let's go back to the very first look. Right in the beginning of when you were feeling overwhelmed or it just didn't feel right. That was it, right? What was it fully you want it to be present with your daughter? Like how did you have the snapping moment?

Jeneli:

I want it to be present for myself, for my family. I didn't feel like I was the best version of myself before I became a mother. I was like excelling at self care. I was the best version of myself.

Jeneli:

I was taking care of things and handling stuff and getting stuff done. But when the trillion one responsibilities came into place with motherhood, after I became a mother, I just saw that I wasn't the best version of when I was present with my daughter. I wanted her, I want it to be happy. I want it. The flexibility needed when there was an emergency, when she was sick and stuff like that. And I just know that, that I found myself crying one day. I was so tired. I was extremely exhausted. My daughter was up at like three o'clock in the morning attending some, my daughter when I had to wake up at six in the morning to be at work and I was just like, I can't do this. I will get through this and I will find a way to get out of this situation that I'm in.

Jeneli:

But I know that this is not life. And my daughter doesn't deserve a tired mother, my mom doesn't deserve overwhelmed mother that's crying and she's not the fall. I told myself, it's not my daughter's fault, it's just a new time and we need a new plan.

Liz:

Yup. Yeah. And I think a lot of Moms, I know, I mean I'll share my story is that when I, so before I had kids, I was also super achiever, completely independent. I knew who I was, I mean no problems. Right? And, and I was go getter and had everything. And then I had my son and I remember it was like day three of bringing him home. And I literally was like, Oh my God, I don't even know who I'm going to be anymore. Like right. It just all came crashing down.

Liz:

I thought, oh, I lost myself. I thought I was never going to be myself anymore. And I think a lot of moms go through that, but they don't share it. Do you see that commonly with the women that you are helping now?

Jeneli:

Yet, too often. And I just feel like that's the worst thing we can do because there's so many women going through the same thing and we need to start developing support groups where we can help each other through these things. We're not alone. And that's why I started the parents. Oh really? To start that community and start these conversations so that we can empower each other to be better, to find solutions to the motherhood struggles, which are what I'm calling them now. And yeah, it's, it happens too often. And I think the problem becomes traditionally women are expected to, put themselves last, so we have to attend to motherhood or child's or partner. And it's okay. That's just life. We have to go with the flow. But I'm here to say now, not anymore.

Liz:

No. And I definitely and you see that changing, right. Do you see that changing now where women are finally stepping into this being open?

Jeneli:

Yes, very much so. It's like a big movement and I'm loving it and excited to be a part of it as well.

Liz:

It is, it is exciting. So tell me a little bit more of how it goes, the process of how you help these women.

Jeneli:

Right. So right now I do one on one coaching and I meet my woman where they are at. I asked them what are their current struggles, what have been done to resolve them? What do they feel they're lacking? What support do they need to overcome their struggles and we take it from there. So it through one on one coaching and as the CEO and as the parent CEO, my mission is to empower these women, so become the CEO of their life.

Jeneli:

So I try to find out what are their struggle? What is it that they're seeking to resolve and teach them that self care is so important that they have to put themselves first or their family. Because when take care of yourself, you'll be present. The better version of yourself will be present. And it's like that also as far as, just that it's just self care and being a mother, but also overall wellness. What are they doing to be healthier so that they can be happier and all that good stuff. I've had experience where I've helped people transform their lifestyles. So that is something that I also want to incorporate and I've been incorporating with my clients where they have to just relearn how to be a human again, if you will. And that's where I guide them through the one on one coaching.

Liz:

That's awesome. Yeah. And something that I've learned along the way with also helping women and coaching them was that, it's like you're mentioning like the wellness and all of that. So it is like a holistic idea because you're a whole being. It's not just I'm going to fix, you know the lose 10 pounds, let's just say it's lose 10 pounds. Right. And it's not just the, okay, eat this, don't eat that, work out here. Don't work out like that. It's more of the whole picture what's going on. Are you stressed at work? Right? It's so do you see these things as well? Like it's a whole picture?

Jeneli:

Absolutely. Before you want to lose 10 pounds, why do you want to lose 10 pounds was currently going on in your life? What does your day to day look like? What is your surrounding life? Are they on the same path? Like you, you need to take every little thing into consideration. And that's how I've been helping my clients, just to be more aware of their surroundings and when they have a goal, everything, everything is incorporated. So that changing the lifestyle.

Liz:

Yeah. So how do you see this affecting your daughter, if at all?

Jeneli:

Okay. You mean as far as being, an entrepreneur? She's gonna see mom that's strong. She's not gonna see an unhappy mother. She's not gonna mother with low self esteem. She's going to see someone who's more present, best version of herself and I've changed so much. My daughter's only one, she'll be two in July. And in that time I've changed so much. I worked on my self esteem. I've worked on, starting my own business and just, I want my daughter to be the best version of herself, to be confident in her powers to find ways to achieve what she wants to do. And I just know that when I'm working on myself, I'm actually working on my daughter because whatever I reflect and whatever energy I put out into the world, she's just going to suck it right in like a little sponge. And this is really why I'm doing it more, not just only for myself or for her because growing up for me, I was very low self esteem.I wasn't very confident in being able to achieve things. I thought that I wasn't good enough. Oh, I don't have enough education or I'm not smart enough. I don't have enough credentials, blah, blah, blah. The list goes on, right? So that's not going to be my daughter. I told myself, no way.

Liz:

So let's touch on that then because, so that's something that you, you had to deal with yourself growing up then. So how did you, how did you cope with that? Do you remember like specific things? Like, because I'm with you on that too. Like that was way back then was not a good place. Yep. What were some things that you think helped you become who you are?

Jeneli:

I just want to say, that's a good question. I remember that I would avoid like big crowds because I didn't feel like I was articulating enough or I wasn't, you know, pretty enough it's, you know, stuff that teenage girls go through or I can't remember a particular event just because I been doing so much good stuff lately that the past, I, I'm learning that the past is in the past and what matters is right now. But what helped me change was being of healthier. Deciding that I need to be healthy, I want to be a healthy person. I don't want to be, I don't want to be unhappy anymore. I don't want to go to bed crying for reasons that didn't really make sense. And that when my daughter came into a place that's just like an icing on the cake.

Jeneli:

Okay. So I was working out, I started eating healthier and all these things started to incorporate, like all these things were like little seasonings on the food that I was making. And it really all fall into place. When my daughter came, was born. I just knew that there was no excuses anymore. I just had to do it. I had to learn, relearn everything. I had to start eating healthy again. I had to start incorporating movement again. I had to start talking to myself. These inner voices that were not positive. I was like, you know what? Sure, I'm sure there's a problem, but you know what? I'm better than that problem. And waking up were always a difficult part at the beginning of motherhood. So I started telling myself, you know what? Gratitude. I started naming my blessing and shouting them to the skies and just these inner voices so that I can be a better version of myself for myself and my family.

Liz:

That's right. Yeah. And you have to, and that's the thing is that you have to be healthy. Well, all of it, the whole picture of yourself, because if you're not, then how are you to help others. Right. Completely. And I love how you mentioned the, the inner voices. I actually did an entire challenge for that, a 30 day challenge for the inner critic. And I love how you said it. You said it perfectly where you're like, yeah, okay, I know there's something there. Maybe it's a problem, but I know about it and I'm going to fix it. Oh, that's awesome. So with your, with your coaching, you did mention, um, one-on-ones. Is this something where right now, currently you're doing in person one on ones, or is this, it can be virtual, where are you at right now?

Jeneli:

Right. So if they're in my area, I've done one on one in person and if they're not in my area it's virtually yeah. Through zone.

Liz:

So that's good. So it's possible. It doesn't matter. We don't have to be near you.Okay, awesome. Is there anything you feel that, you would like to share with the audience about something that you've gone through? Where are you at right now? Something that maybe I didn't touch upon that you'd like to share?

Jeneli:

Well, that anything is possible. There's going to be ups and down in life and we just have to find that inner strength in us because we all have that in us. I want to say Beyonce in us although the mothers have the Beyonce in with them. So just excel in life, to do what they have to do for their family. And you may not be always able to do it alone. So you want to find someone that's going through the same thing as you or been through the same things as you to help you guide you and get you to where you need to be. Anything is possible.

Liz:

That's right. Oh, that's perfect. So how can anyone read up more about what you're doing? How can they find you online? All that good stuff.

Jeneli:

So I'm mainly on Instagram and that's on at the parent. Well, parent, P A, R, E, N, T, underscore,C. E. O. I'm also on Facebook. My name is Jeneli Almonte, so that's J, E, N, E, L, I. Last name Almonte, A. L. M. O. N. T. E. And my website is on the construction. I'll be launching that hopefully the end of this month or beginning of next month.

Liz:

Perfect. And so for everyone listening, I will have all of this in our show notes so you can just scroll right down and then you can see all that information and click right on it. And then you can watch generally in her magic when she's helping all amazing woman. Thank you so much. I really going on today. Thank you.

Jeneli:

Thank you. I appreciate it.

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