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Mom Squad with Beth Yarzab (CareerFit Mom & Fitness Coach)

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June 5, 2017
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I had the pleasure of meeting Beth at the beautiful Evergreen Brickworks for a morning walk (how appropriate!). As we ventured through the lush, green trails and gazed at Toronto’s skyline, we discussed the transitions mothers face as they acclimate to life after birth and how many of them opt for career transitions during this new stage. Beth is a certified Fitness Instructor Specialist and certified Personal Trainer Specialist through Can-Fit-Pro. Because of her extensive background in HR, she helps women to navigate their careers post-baby and help empower them to go after their goals and live the life they want. 

Grab a cup of tea or a foam roller (my glutes were firing today!) and learn why Beth is a perfect member of the #MomSquad.

What problem are you solving?

I help moms build confidence. So much changes when we have children. Our bodies are different, our career outlook may be different. As a Fitness Trainer and Career Coach for moms, I provide practical tools and motivation around women’s fitness and career development. When you’re feeling good in your body and your career, your confidence is boosted and nothing can stop you!

When should a woman access your services?

On the fitness side, CareerFit Mom has small group classes at oaks ‘n acorns (1856 Danforth Ave.) that women can take during pregnancy, during post-natal recovery and as their children grow.

On the career side, I typically help moms reinvent their career during the following transitions:

  • While they’re on maternity leave when they know they don’t want to go back to the job they were in
  • If they’ve been staying at home with kids and they want to re-enter the workforce
  • If they’re currently working, but hating it, and need help figuring out what they can do with their skills and qualifications, or need job search support

What’s your personal or professional motto?

This changes for me every year. Right now it’s: Slow Down, Experience Fully, Enjoy Flow.

What’s your favourite thing about your workspace?

That I can look outside to my backyard. Sometimes I see amazing birds like blue jays and cardinals!

What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day off right?

I’m up at 5:30 am. I drink warm water and lemon and make coffee! I’m working on adding 10 minutes of meditation with the Headspace app. I have an accountability partner that I read a Law of Attraction passage with for 10 minutes. Then I write to my Intuition in my journal to get clarity on any challenges I’m facing. I also write about my goals. Putting pen to paper to describe goals and your vision of success really helps make it happen! Finally, I usually do 30-45 minutes of exercise. I love the potential each morning brings.

What’s your favourite self-care practice?

Massage. Wine 😉

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Your work does not define your worth. Healthy at any size.

What unexpected lessons have you learned along the way?

I never knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur or that I would enjoy it so much.

Connect with Beth

Isn’t Beth fantastic? If you want to learn more about her, or connect on social media you can do so at:

Website: www.careerfitmom.ca
Twitter: @CareerFitMom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/careerfitmom
Instagram: @CareerFit_Mom

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Other #MomSquad members: Angelique Montano-Bresolin & Olivia Scobie

Mom Squad with Olivia Scobie (Coach, Counsellor, Doula)

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May 2, 2017
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I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia last year at one of the postpartum mom groups that she runs (she has groups in both the Junction and Danforth area).  She sets a calming and supportive tone where moms can honestly share how they are doing, what’s bothering them, share advice and support other moms who are transitioning into their new mother roles. Read on to learn more about how Olivia supports moms (and families!) and how you can connect with her. 

What problem are you solving?

Wanting to make mental health services for parents more affordable and accessible. Through the not-for-profit, Postpartum Support Toronto, we offer free drop in groups and an online group for parents struggling while adjusting to life with a baby. In my personal therapy practice, I offer e-counselling or home visits for parents having trouble getting out of the house as well as online group courses to make therapeutic content as affordable as possible.

When should a woman access your services?

After a baby if she is feeling anxious, depressed, or like she isn’t enjoying motherhood the way she thought she would. Also if she has had birth trauma. Moms with older kids should contact me if they are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with work/life balance.

What’s your personal or professional motto?

“nil carborundum illegitimi” (translation – Don’t let the bastards grind you down)

What’s your favourite thing about your workspace?

I just re-did my office and love it so much now! Besides new art and freshly painted walls, I now have a tea station for clients and an aromatherapy diffuser, which makes it feel extra cozy and comfortable.

What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day off right?

Coffee. I like to start each morning and a coffee and seeing what’s been happening on social media. I’d like to say I meditate and do yoga, but I much prefer caffeine and celebrity gossip.

What’s your favourite self-care practice?

Bubble bath + wine + zombie movie is an evening combo that can’t be beat. I bring the laptop into the bathroom and just keep refilling the tub with warm water (and the wine glass with fresh wine) until the movie is over.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Everything changes. Just when you think you can’t go on, things change. And just when you think you have it all figure out, it changes again. Tough time and worth riding out and good times are worth enjoying when they are happening.

What unexpected lessons have you learned along the way?

Not to wait to ask for help. I tend to think I need to figure everything out on my own, but it’s pretty incredible how people step up if you just ask them ☺

Connect with Olivia!

Website: www.livwithchange.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/livwithkids

Facebook: www.facebook.com/livwithchange

Instagram: www.instagram.com/momcounseloroliviascobie

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Other #MomSquad members: Angelique Montano-Bresolin (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist)

Mom Squad with Angelique Montano-Bresolin (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist)

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April 3, 2017
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Welcome to my new interview series – Mom Squad! This series aims to showcase women within the Toronto community who are helping to improve the lives of moms and moms-to-be!

This month I’m introducing you to Angelique Montano-Bresolin who is a pelvic floor physiotherapist and owner of the Proactive Pelvic Health Centre (where I am currently based out of). Angelique graduated from the University of Toronto Physical therapy program and has been practicing as a physiotherapist for over 15 years! Over the last few years, she has focused her practice on pelvic health physiotherapy which includes pre and postnatal care, labour and delivery preparation, prolapse, sexual pain, urinary incontinence and complex pelvic pain. She is truly a superstar, and a health practitioner that should definitely be part of your squad!

Grab a tea and learn more about Angelique and the excellent work that she does to help women: 

WHAT PROBLEM ARE YOU SOLVING?

Proactive Pelvic Health Centre and our multidisciplinary staff is here to assist women with pelvic health issues. 1 in 3 women will experience bladder leakage in their lifetime and although it is extremely common, it is NOT normal. We are here to provide pelvic floor physiotherapy and other holistic options to help women manage and/or resolve a variety of pelvic health problems.

WHEN SHOULD A WOMAN ACCESS YOUR SERVICES?

The age range of women that develop pelvic floor dysfunction is quite broad. We see women from adolescence to the elderly. The main indicators for someone to access pelvic floor physiotherapy include: abdominal and pelvic pain, sexual pain, urinary or bowel leakage or pelvic pressure and heaviness. Having said this, pregnancy itself (regardless of the mode of delivery) puts a woman at higher risk of developing pelvic floor issues. If it was up to me, all woman should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist at 6-8 weeks post-partum.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE?

A workspace can be aesthetically pleasing and functional which is all fantastic; but my favourite thing about my workspace is the people I work with day in and day out. A workspace is really about having a cohesive team that speaks the same language and are as passionate as I am about pelvic health.

WHAT UNEXPECTED LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED ALONG THE WAY?

As a health professional and business owner, I initially thought that reaching out to doctors was the best (and only) way to reach clients that needed help with their pelvic health. Although this is an important avenue, I quickly learned that women are the best advocates for other women.

It is only recently that maternal and women’s health issues have started to take a stronger stance in the media. We have the ability and power to share our experiences and spread the word about women’s pelvic health via a variety of social media platforms to a simple face to face conversation with a friend, mother, sister etc. There should be no shame or stigma in speaking about these issues and every woman deserves to be empowered with options for their health.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SELF-CARE PRACTICE?

At the end of a busy day, I find it very helpful to listen to some guided imagery. It helps me relax my body and settle my mind prior to bed (hint: everyone should do it!).

HOW CAN MOMS CONNECT WITH YOU?

Website: www.proactiveph.com

Twitter: @ProactivePHC    

Facebook: Proactive Pelvic Health Centre

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Other #MomSquad members: Olivia Scobie (Coach, Counsellor, Doula)