Tiffany Mason is 25 years old and lives in New York City. She started Mason Coaching and Consulting a year ago and is expecting her first child in December 2015! I love that Tiffany responded to my callout on Sourcebottle for working parents to share her perspective of being right at the beginning of this journey.
Brief description of “Life Before Children”:
As far as my business, I’ve been traveling for speaking engagements, tv appearances, and book tours. Life before children has allowed my husband and I to travel, be spontaneous with our weekends, and enjoy quality of time with each other. Now that we are preparing for this new chapter in our life, we’ve been making changes to our lifestyle. We believe in the importance of simplicity. It’s about spending quality of time with your children more so than giving them bunch of toys and technological distractions. We believe in working together as a team and constantly communicating. This will be our foundation when baby Eli is born.
How does this compare to “Life After Children”
I’ll have to let you know later!
(Approximately )how many hours a week do you work?
I work Monday through Friday 8:30a.m-4:30p.m. 40+ hours a week. Knowing that we are about to have our baby, I’ve been making changes within my business. Focusing on building my practice virtually so I can spend as much time with our baby.
What are the main challenges in your country/location in terms of achieving balance?
Biggest challenge with having a home business and raising a newborn is time management.
Your top tip/s for Family Work Balance:
As a speaker and life coach, I specialize in working with modern working women on work-life balance, self-care, and personal growth. It’s all about defining your values and beliefs, prioritizing your tasks and activities, and making sure you’re constantly in alignment with your values. I talk more about work-life balance in my upcoming book, The Professional Woman-Creating a Work-Life Balance.
Short explanation of how and why you came to start your own business:
7 years ago, my world turned upside down when I was sexually molested and exploited. After this adversity, I was faced at a cross road. I had the option of allowing this experience to negativity affect the rest of my life or to view this as an opportunity to grow and develop as a woman. This was when I started down the path of personal transformation. Throughout this chapter, I learned many lessons along the way, including how to achieve personal success and happiness, overcoming adversity, moving past limiting beliefs, and keys to a happy marriage. Now at the age of 25, I’ve made it my life’s mission to empower modern working women to overcome their challenges and design a meaningful and successful life.
Ever since I’ve been married, I’ve been building my practice from the ground up. While I was writing my first book, The Power of Adversity- A Guide To Finding Your Greatest Gift In Life, I found myself spending a lot more time in the evenings and weekends building my practice. It started to affect my relationship with my husband. This was when I started interviewing other women about work-life balance and their challenges around this topic.
Any professional qualifications/training you’d like to mention?
Certified Relationship Coach, Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Psychology, Best selling author, The Power of Adversity- A Guide To Finding Your Greatest Gift In Life. Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, Marriage Facilitator, Workshop Leader
Do you find these qualifications/training still relevant now you’ve become a parent?
I believe my experiences, qualifications and training will definitely help me as a new parent!
What was one of the most unexpected things about becoming a parent?
I’ll soon find out!
What is one of the greatest wishes for your children? And yourself?
My greatest wishes for my children is for them to grow up knowing that they are capable of living the life of their dreams. To never let anyone hold them back from accomplishing all that they want in life. My greatest wish is to constantly live in alignment with my deepest values and beliefs.
One of the moments you are most proud of in the last few months?
My husband and I started making some lifestyle changes. We started reading health and fitness books. Since our research and reading, we’ve turned our living room into a gym, strictly eating organic and grass-fed meat, de-cluttered our whole house, and are living a healthier and happier lifestyle.
One of the biggest challenges in the last few months?
One of the biggest challenges is preparing for motherhood and all that is yet to come.
Share one of your favourite resources for working parents (website/book etc.)
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam
What kind of work does your partner do?
My husband is in the military
What do you love about being a working parent?
I love being able to make a positive difference in the lives of modern women and their families while spending quality of time with my family.
What do you think is a myth about being a working parent?
A common myth is that working parents can’t have it all, especially for women. I believe that modern women can have it all so long as they prioritize and consciously live in alignment with their values and beliefs. It’s easy to get distracted, especially when you have a busy schedule. But, if you prioritize your tasks and activities and are clear with your values, you really can have it all.
Do you and how do you support other working parents?
As a speaker and life coach, I work with working mothers on work-life balance, self-care, and how to achieve personal success.
Describe your office:
My home office is in the master bedroom of our house. We moved our bedroom in one of our guest rooms and turned the master bedroom into my office. I have a lot of natural light and enjoy having my windows open in the mornings so I can listen to the birds chirping.
Describe your “typical” day or week:
My typical day consists of waking up at 4a.m and read for about an hour. Then I change into workout gear and do weight training in our home gym. Then I shower up and get breakfast ready. My work day starts at 8:30a.m. I always focus on my highest priority tasks first thing in the morning. I take a break at 11:30 to make lunch for my husband and I. He comes home for lunch. I begin my work at 1p.m and go until 4:30p.m. I do cardio for about 30 minutes in our gym. I begin dinner at 5pm and have it ready by 5:30p.m. John and I spend our evenings talking about our days and planning for the future. We read in bed at 8 and turn the lights off by 8:30p.m.
What are one or two of your favourite products or services?
What was one of the most unexpected things about starting a business?
Building a successful business takes time, dedication, and patience.. and a lot of it!
Where do you see yourself and your business in 1 year?
I’m in the process of building my FEEL (Feminine Essence Excutive Leader) community which offers modern working women the opportunity to collaborate, network, share, and connect. I see the FEEL movement growing and expanding internationally. I envision taking care of our little Eli as a new parent and enjoying the ups and days of motherhood.
And in 5 years?
I envision FEEL being a global movement that positively impacts the lives of thousands of women. I envision traveling and exploring the world with my husband and children. I will be living the laptop lifestyle where I work from anywhere around the world while being financially free and secure.
What advice can you give others just starting out in business?
Visualize the lifestyle you want to create. Take the time to do a lot of inner work such as journaling, mediating, and learning from others. Starting a business is hard work and takes a lot of time, dedication, and patience. It’s important that you are sure with this decision and that your family supports you.
Is your partner/family/friends supportive of your business?
What is your favourite thing about being in business?
Being innovative, collaborating with like-minded women who are making a positive difference, and receiving raving testimonials from my clients and audience members of how I’ve motivated them to make the necessary changes in their life.
What do you think is a myth about being in business?
That is requires thousands of dollars to get started. There are many resources and books available that can get you started on a budget. Here’s a great book: The Budget Entrepreneur: Starting Your Own Business Without Breaking the Bank.
Special offer for the Professional Parents Network:
Receive a complimentary 30-minute coaching session with Tiffany Mason (valued at USD$97). Together we will look at your current challenges, your goals, and you’ll leave this session with an action plan. Deadline is August 24th, 2015.
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