I found out I was pregnant at exactly this time last year. I remember it was Martin Luther King Jr day because Omar was home from school. He was lying in bed that morning when I peed on a stick for the sixth month in a row. Only this time I shouted from the bathroom, "Hey! Come here right now and tell me if that looks like a second line!" Seven additional pee sticks later with seven faint second lines and we officially started celebrating.
But by the end of the day I also had something else on my mind. What would happen to Professional Wild Woman after I had a baby? My business has been my baby for the past five years. Of course I will love my new baby immeasurably, but I love my work, too. Will there be room for both in my life? And will I still be as passionate about helping women find their voices and live from their inner wildness, or will I only care about "mom stuff?"
Now that my son has been on the other side for four months, I can see that my motherhood in no way impinges upon my work with women. On the contrary, it enhances it.
I once thought that Professional Wild Woman's mission was to help women quit jobs that made them miserable and start successful, life-affirming businesses (like I did when leaving my stressful school principal gig and launching my coaching biz.) And while I'm honored to have walked alongside many, many women as they did just that, I see now that the mission is much bigger.
Professional Wild Woman is about identity. It always has been.
What is our driving, core identity as women in this world? Not the identities that have been handed to us or imposed upon us. Not even the identities that we wear as badges of honor - like wife, mother, writer, coach - but which, given too much power, would box us in and limit our boundless potential.
I am interested in the true identity howling inside each of us, connected to the earth and our ancestors and unaffected by external circumstances like jobs and partners. The identity of Wild Woman.
Because, sure, I could tell you the success story of a client who worked with me to retire early from her teaching career and discover a new passion as a self-employed doula, but she would tell you that her real success was remembering how to know herself and love the journey.
Or I could share the testimonial of a client who worked with me to finally launch her dream business as a chef and children's cooking instructor after years of talking about it, but her true celebration was stepping into her own unstoppable power and creativity.
This work is about guiding women to dig underneath the surface ways they have identified themselves their whole lives and at last claim their true identity as Professional Wild Women. Being a mother has only confirmed for me how truly vital that work is.
Because "mother" is now a huge part of my identity, but it is not, nor will it ever be, the sum total of who I am.
So I am thrilled to announce that I am officially back from maternity leave and ready to see clients again. I have room for SIX women in my private practice; six women who are ready to make 2017 the year they move past their limiting surface identities and boldly claim their wildness like never before. That could mean working together to discover your passion, quit a job or relationship, launch a business or creative endeavor, or simply learn how to put yourself first and use that beautiful voice of yours.
How to grab a $97 Wild Woman Strategy session:
No commitment to go further together is necessary - we'll only do so if it flows for both of us. Plus, we can get a lot of juicy stuff done in one hour - as you can see by the yelp reviews that have made me the #1 rated life coach in Santa Cruz for the last three years.
Choosing to be a Professional Wild Woman is about choosing the most authentic identity of all. Let's choose it together. 2017 will require it.
What type of wild woman are you?
Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!