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About Mommas and Mimosas

Mommas and Mimosas follows my journey to figure out what makes for real happiness and how to get more of it in my life.  Don't get me wrong, I have a great life that I am tremendously grateful for.  I have two amazing and awesome kids.  However, sometimes I can't help but wonder if I am getting the most I can out of this one precious life.  After reading an article on the 5 regrets of the dying, it struck me that real, authentic happiness is created or gets lost in the tiny decisions we make on ordinary days.  It's not winning the lottery, taking a great vacation,  or landing a huge promotion, and it isn't found in waiting on "someday" to arrive so we can finally do whatever it is that we are waiting on doing.  So what is it and how do we get the most amount of happy in our lives? How do we learn to happily bloom where we are planted?  How do we put enough good in our bank so that we have enough to lean on when things aren't so good?

That's this pessimist's mission, to figure out what makes for real happiness, and how to get it.  

There are some basics that seem to be the same for everyone when it comes to happy. Research, both anecdotal and real, have consistently pointed to Relationships, Meaning (what makes you want to get out of bed in the morning), and having goals (or a purpose).  That seems like as good a roadmap as any for this journey.  

Making space for yourself to figure it out also comes up consistently as necessarySo, there will also be information on how to make some room in a busy life to think and plan and just be.

So please join me as I research,  experiment, and share what I learn in the hopes that it inspires all of us to find ways to put more happy in our lives because we deserve it.

And, if you do have an Eureka moment or found something that has worked for you, or even just need some encouragement, share with us, please! The more ideas, the more support, the more conversation the better for us all.  We all benefit from a collective wisdom that leads to more happiness and peace in our lives (and no regrets on our death bed).  Plus email and comments make me feel good (and remember, relationships are important.)

About Me (Gretchen)

I am a business coach, but I also do life coaching.  Having a dream or a goal is a big deal, and my role is to help people get from where they are now to where they want to be, wherever or whatever that is.  I love that work because I truly believe given any circumstance, you have choices, and sometimes you need a little help figuring those options out and navigating obstacles, and that is where I come in.  I walk beside you on your journey from wherever you are to wherever you dream of going.

As a person I am a naturally curious, socially awkward introvert who has been described as “reverently irreverent”, which I think is a fancy way of saying that I try to find humor in everything often dancing dangerously close to that “inappropriate” line (hence the socially awkward adjective).  I have also been known to call attention to the elephant in the room rather than ignore it.

I believe that your intent matters than the actual words that come out of your mouth, and I am not easily offended.

Not to say that I don’t take things seriously. I am very serious about people living the best life that they can because life is too short to do otherwise and too short to spend time on things that don't really matter.

I left the world of work as an Human Resources Executive for a major chemical company when my son started kindergarten, and after a year or two finally admitted I was bored out of my mind with the the mundane task of laundry and housework, and tired of only being described as someone’s Mom.  I mean, I love my kids, but I also don’t want to be only a Mom or a wife because… boring, and I think I would be in great danger of “over-parenting” (I think the term is helicopter Mom?)  I missed discussing issues, creating solutions, and helping people be the best they could be at work and actually be excited about work again.

So... I received my certification in coaching, so I could continue to help people reach their goals in work or in life.  If you are interested in receiving coaching, or even just curious about it, you can reach me through the blog email or at my email gretchen.sawchuk@gmail.com.

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