Many thanks to Laura Watkins for today’s post! Laura Watkins is a marketing manager who moonlights as a yoga instructor. She has developed programs for individuals with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury and has taught individuals from a wide range of demographics. She is also the former editor for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability and a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Laura is passionate about helping others lead healthy, active and independent lifestyles. She is currently training for her first half-marathon since giving birth to her daughter Ava Grace.
The other day I was listening to a friend share how her life has gotten so stressful that she’s had to increase her anxiety medication so that she can focus on her demanding job. Although she is going to therapy, has hired a maid and is exercising consistently, she’s completely overwhelmed. This woman is smart and successful. She has a darling family and a beautiful home in a nice part of town, and yet she can barely get through her day without having a stress-induced meltdown.
Thanks to the talented Emily Pardy for today’s blog post! Emily is a counselor and founder of Ready Nest Counseling in Nashville, TN. Ready Nest Counseling helps couples prepare for parenthood by caring for their relational wellness as they transition through conception, pregnancy, post-partum, and infertility. Emily has written for multiple parenting publications including Thriving Family magazine and ParentLife magazine. She has her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Lipscomb University and is the author of For All Maternity, a humorous memoir of her own journey into motherhood. Emily resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and three rambunctious daughters.
Parenthood comes with many paradoxes. You may have tried and tried to conceive, only to instantly sense deep doubts or dread once the pregnancy test turned positive. You can pray all evening for your screaming baby to fall asleep and then miss them desperately a mere minute after they are tucked in bed. You might plan a getaway with your spouse in an effort to escape the humdrum of domestic daily life, only to find yourself filled with worries and anxiety steering your heart back home.
If you’ve ever wondered how to balance two careers and have a pretty amazing life all at once, look no further than Danielle Leeke. This influential juggler of careers owns San Francisco event planning and production company, On The Run Events, and is part-owner of The Brick Yard, an SF-based sports bar. Ink & Well has been lucky to call this lady a client, a friend, sometimes keeper of secrets, and ALWAYS an inspiration. This Q&A will motivate you to go for what you want. Even if what you want is everything.
Job Title(s): Owner, On The Run Events, event planning, and production company, and Operating Owner of The Brick Yard.
Alee and I are so thrilled to welcome Mary Charles Abbott to the Ink & Well team. She has joined us as an Account Manager, helping with business development, client engagement, and project execution. Her sweet and engaging personality has been such a fun addition to our team and we’ve been so thankful for her hard-working, get ‘er done attitude. We know our clients are going to love her too! Get to know Mary Charles by following her on social media: Instagram | Facebook and check out today’s post from Mary Charles to get to know a little bit more about her and what she loves (hint: she loves coffee and coffee shops!)
5 things about Mary Charles Abbott
- I’m a southern gal born and raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee. I moved back to Nashville a year ago after spending 4 years living on the west coast.
- I love to travel but my only international trip was to Costa Rica in college. I’m going to Europe for the first time this summer!
- I met my boyfriend swing dancing and as a former dance instructor … I may have met my match.
- My alarm clock has been Whitney Houston’s song “How Will I Know” for the past 3 months and I’m still not sick of it.
- I may have a slight obsession with coffee, but probably more because I love being in a coffee shop than I do actually drinking coffee. See below for more about my coffee love, including my five favorite Nashville coffee shops for getting a great cup of joe and doing some work too.