Who can coach you better than a person who has been through what you are going through right now? Christine is a Working Mom Coach who is passionate about serving working moms, juggling working full time and raising young children. As they say, there are much more open when one door closes, which happened to Christine Anastasia. After being laid off, she found the opportunity to share her voice inside her and show the world her passion and help others. In this opportunity, we were lucky enough to interview her and learn a little more about her. Read on to find out what we discovered.
1. Tell us a bit about your experience before becoming a Mom Coach – What did you work on and how you would relate it to what you do now?
I worked in higher education for almost eleven years before my pivot into life coaching. While working in higher education, I helped students with their study abroad experiences and set up international travel programming for faculty and staff. I’ve always been a lifelong learner who enjoys learning about other cultures, languages, and people, so it came naturally to me to be in creative, artistic and stimulating environments like college campuses. While working in higher education, it didn’t become immediate that coaching would be my next pathway. Still, I always have had an intuitive ability to help others, and I genuinely love the professional development field. While working in higher education, my children and my life changed quite dramatically from when I was working without kids. I really wished to create another better formula for my career and family through some of my daily challenges and working life.
2. What was the main reason you decided to start in the coaching industry?
I’ve always been a creative, artistic and expressive person, and I enjoy helping other people. During the global pandemic, I had the opportunity and a window to explore what was next in my career path. While I had never been an entrepreneur who had my own business, something inside of me felt compelled to make this pivot with my background and skills. Life coaching was not only a calling that was relevant to the here and now, but I thought I had something to offer and give to other working moms experiencing similar challenges that I went through.
3. What does your program consist of? What is your methodology?
I offer 1-1 coaching and group programs for working moms. My focus has been on overwhelmed, stressed and burned out moms with young children (mainly under five years old). My methodology has been that when mom is doing well (physically, emotionally and spiritually), this is when you are performing at your best, living in your highest self authentically and thriving. While coaching moms, I hope to uncover where they are in the moment after kids come. Most working moms go from one child to another and their active lives don’t shift; that is when burnout, overwhelm, and exhaustion can come quick. I invite my clients to take a step back and see how they can make shifts both mentally and sometimes even job shifts or other boundaries to take care of their well-being in a more sustainable way for their life.
4. What is the best advice that you can give to a new mother who is currently working in a company but now has to take care of her child?
It’s important to have conversations with your supervisor and leadership on collaborating ways to support you being a working parent and working full time. Often, companies have benefits like child care subsidy, therapy, and varied services; however, it’s still important to take a holistic look at your work hours, schedule, and flexibility to see how that will inform you and your family’s rhythm and life. I also encourage working moms to see if they can do a “soft” return after their maternity leave, whether a reduced schedule, part-time or job share options, to see what is available to have the most success in the transition. Some companies offer more flexibility than others. It’s also important to reflect on the support you have with childcare, your commute, and other factors that may influence your bandwidth as a working parent. It would help if you considered all this to navigate your postpartum journey and return to work.
5. As a coach, how do you perceive the importance of investing into a program like yours?
As a working mom, sometimes we are in a state of being in “survival” and on the “hamster” wheel of life for too long before we realize we are burning out, stressed and overwhelmed. As a coach, I encourage working moms to invest in support for themselves (for their mental health) and their careers as it influences their long-term trajectory in a big way. Many working moms continue to work full time and try to “do it all;” at some point along their journey, balls are dropping, and their mental health tanks. I encourage my clients to give permission to acknowledge where they are and take the steps they need to find balance, support, and purpose without all the stress and overwhelm attached. For everyone, this looks different.
6. Finally, is there anything that you’d like to leave us off with?
The working mom formula can be simple. It can be prioritizing your family and finding work that fulfills you. You don’t need to struggle or feel guilty any longer to figure this out. It can be as simple as choosing and creating a well-lived life—one that brings you joy, empowerment, and happiness.