Elena Lipson is a Divine Self-Care Mentor who helps conscious mamas take care of their most important asset: Themselves! Women work so hard in their businesses and in their lives as mothers, friends, wives, etc. But what is it all worth if they are too tired, sick and stressed-out to enjoy it? That’s the focus of Elena’s programs & retreats. Elena’s passion is to help tune the mind, body & spirit into income, balance & inspiration.
Lindsay and Ashley talk about how it all starts with self-care.
The Power of Self Care
Q: Tell us a little about yourself
I am a mama and an entrepreneur and am married to a sweet, kind and supportive husband. I am so grateful for all the twists and turns my life path has taken, because they have all led me here to this moment of true appreciation for my life, my health and the world around me in each moment.
I spent many years in my twenties and thirties dealing with subtle health issues which landed me in a health crisis and an early diagnosis of cancerous cells in my colon.
This crisis point led me to a complete shift in the way I eat and to moving deeply on to a spiritual path which has literally saved my life and shifted my world into gratitude and thriving health. Today, I make ME and time to replenish and refresh a priority. I have built my business and my day around my dreams, and not the other way around.
This is a lesson I learned by working too much and looping into the cycle or overwhelm and exhaustion too many time. Today, I know that I can create a business I love and still feel healthy and have the time and space to do the things I love with the people I love.
Q: Tell us about your path to creating your business and your vision
I love looking back on the path that led me to my current work because it seems so divergent. And yet, I can clearly see the connections now. I’ve always love to express myself through my work and inherited a rock-solid work ethic from my parents, so going to work was always a given. I spent my teen years working at least part-time to have money in my pocket. I learned that I was a great sales-person and worked really well with people. In my twenties I moved to sales and technology which I loved, and led me to becoming a corporate trainer within organizations. As part of my role as a trainer I learned all about creating course curriculum and standing in front of a room of people teaching them something that I created. This was a role I truly loved and thrived in. I also learned about Life & Business Coaching and instantly knew that this was a path I was meant to take.
Once my son was born, I decided that I would leave the corporate world and work in a way that would give me the freedom to raise my son and be home as well as create a job and business for myself that had load of personal freedom and flexibility. This led me to the online world, first as a retailer and then as a blogger, and eventually to my role now as a coach with a focus on Self-Care for conscious mama’s who are looking to create the freedom and joy in their lives while creating a fulfilling business and lifestyle for their family.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your philosophy on wellness:
I believe that the way I start my day, is the way I show up in the world. I take this belief very seriously. After years of feeling controlled by time and the perceived lack of it, I took a step back from my work and my life. Getting sick and tired gave me the much needed break and space to examine and decide HOW I wanted to spend my life and each day in it. I realized that I was stuck in some not so healthy habits of staying up late, saying yes to all requests on my time and energy and NOT taking enough time to rejuvenate and to do things just for me.
I’ve taken everything I’ve learned about the connection between my own Self-Care habits and have turned this philosophy into the work I do with my clients, in my online programs and in my retreats.
Q: What was the catalyst in your life to fuel your commitment to wellness?
I can see that there were many small nudges along the way that I could have responded to. I became used to the cycle of overwhelm, exhaustion and feeling stuck in my work and life. Finally, in my mid-thirties, I found myself on a colonoscopy table getting checked for colon cancer. The result … pre-cancerous cells in my colon from years of eating foods that my body did not approve of and years NOT making ME a priority. As a mama and a wife, it’s easy to be brave and just keep going each day because we have to. Taking time away, even for an afternoon can create such guilt in women who are taking care of children. But I promise, it gets easier. In fact, I KNOW it not only gets easier, but it gets amazing. For me, the more I realized that Self-Care was NOT a guilty pleasure or something to do on my birthday or Mother’s Day, but instead it’s a lifestyle, everything changed for the better.
Q: How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
Today, I stay healthy, resilient and vibrant by sticking to my daily Self-Care routine. I have a specific set of rituals each morning and evening that keep my connected to my highest self. My Self-Care routine has another side effect … and that is a higher level of self-worth and self-love. I’ve learned that by treating myself like a queen, I inspire those around me to take better care of themselves to. When it comes to my clients, I take pride in knowing that I embody what I teach to the deepest levels.
Q: If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority what would it be?
Take time each and every week to set a date with yourself. Take yourself out to a nice lunch, go peruse your favorite bookstore, or simply sit in nature and breath. This can and will change your life.
Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote for wellness / awesomeness / thrival?
My all time favorite quote:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin