(So)(Co) Sit Down with Michelle Ward

I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you. Michelle Ward was the first coach I ever knew, without even personally knowing her. She interviewed my cousin, Beth, a while back and I was totally mesmerized by what she was doing professionally. I loved her branding, the spin she put on things to make it really authentic and fun. She documented her journey with breast cancer and what she's done in the community to support others going through similar situations. In the past year or so, Michelle and I have connected (and still haven't met) in regards to our businesses. She featured me in her Recession is Bullhonky section on her blog back in January, you can read it here



How do you spend your days?

Oh, it varies so much it's tough to make it a cut-and-dry answer! Recently, it's work (client sessions, writing, project work, speaking, business building, rebranding), playground time with my baby, running (I ran my first half of 4/19 and trained 3-4 times/week since February), more time with the baby (I tend to only work 20-30 hours/week), renovating our bathroom, spending time with the fam (lots of holiday stuff and events recently), and - of course - watching Netflix. 

What are three things you are grateful for? 

My health, my family, my biz... not necessarily in that order!

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Do what you love!

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

I'm SO not a cook. I'd probably make my husband bake something and bring that. He makes the best cookies and brownies from scratch.

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

The Renaissance Soul by Margaret Lobenstein. It's the book I talk about to everyone I meet, since everyone I meet usually resonates with the subtitle: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One. 

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Usually it's getting my baby out of the crib, changing her and giving her a bottle. But if she's not up yet or my husband's doing it, it's to get in the shower or get ready for my run!

If you could change on thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?

I'd want to meditate daily. I have an app that dings me every morning at 10:30am to take a 5 minute break, but I often ignore it. I'd probably be able to change that by taking those 3-5 minutes before I dig into my work. Once I open the laptop, it's all over.

What does being healthy mean to you?

As a cancer survivor, it's about two main things: putting good things in and on my body, and making sure you move your body. If I'm doing that, I feel healthy.

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change you lifestyle?

Oh yeah - the boob cancer thing. Pre-boob cancer (I was diagnosed in 2011 at the age of 33 - thankfully it was only Stage 1, we got it all out, and it hasn't come back). I was eating meat pretty much daily and not paying attention at all to being organic, toxic makeup and skincare, etc. I read Anticancer after my diagnosis as a way to answer the WHY? question, and it opened my eyes to SO much. I'm now mostly vegetarian, follow the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists when it comes to buying produce, and live by the EWG's SkinDeep guide. I've ditched plastic containers, most of my makeup, non-organic meat... it's been a big change, but one for the better, truly!

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Valerie by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson. It gets me up and dancing so quickly!

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted you way of thinking?

That you can do anything, but not everything! SO important for me to remember, especially being a multi-passionate extrovert!

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

Ooh, this is hard! I think my running clothes, because I've never seen myself as a runner, and I know when I wear then I feel healthy and strong! 

Complete this sentence: "In order to be happy, I need to..."

Be doing work I love to do and be around people who I love (who make me feel loved).

What do you have going on in you life that you'd like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?

From 5/12-5/14, I'm co-running the 3rd annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale, where we'll be offering 25 products to rock your career - a $1,746 value - for just $97. We donate $10 from every sale to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer team, and in the last 2 years we've raised almost $19k just from the sale! If ya visit http://bit.ly/wigumpmh before the end of the day (5/14/15), you'll be able to snag it before it's gone forever! 

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Michelle Ward (CPC, PCC) has 1 questions for you: What do you want to be when you grow up? She's answered that question for herself, and as The When I Grow Up Coach she helps women transition out of soul-sucking jobs and into work that feels like play. You may have seen or heard her in New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Etsy, Newsweek, Freelancers Union, the Forbes Top 100 Websites for you Career List or 100+ other media outlets. She's the co-author of The Declaration of You, which was published by North Light Books, and the teacher of the 2nd highest-viewed course on CreativeList's Craft & Makers channel, Create Your Dream Career.  

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