We had the good fortune of connecting with Renee Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renee, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Learning to balance work and life is an on-going and evolving process. As our lives change the balance often shifts and so we need to learn to shift with it. For me a balanced life includes balancing the mind, body, work, and family.
For me, learning to balance work and life has always been an evolving process and I have come to realize that we need to be balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally and if any or all of these states are not in balance then we are not living our optimal life.
When I was younger, my children were my focus and as they became adults my focus and balance had to change, and I felt as though I had to reinvent myself. Who was I now that I wasn’t a stay-at home mom? It was during this time that I realized I wasn’t balancing things as well as I had thought I had been and needed to make some changes. I started doing more meditation and yoga which eventually led me to starting my business.
In the past few years, I have had several friends become ill with life-altering illnesses and many of these illnesses were caused from stress and unhealthy living. This reminded me again of the importance of work life balance and lead to me to become a health coach. I truly believe we need an integrated approach to our lives that includes balancing the body and mind.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the owner of Infinite Lotus Wellness, specializing in helping clients find balance and purpose in their lives through reducing stress, accomplishing their health goals, and mindfully constructing their lives so that they can achieve their desired potential.
My business has grown organically over the past few years from doing yoga for over 20 years, to teaching yoga and meditation, to becoming a certified health & wellness coach. I love sharing what I have experienced and learned along the way with others. I am very excited to have added the certification of NBC-HWC (a Nationally Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach) to my other credentials in coaching, meditation, and yoga.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really enjoy going to the Heritage District in Gilbert and sitting outside (as long as it’s not mid-summer) with a coffee or cool drink and people watch. On a Saturday morning, Bergie’s Coffee Roast House is a great place to get a chai and head over to the farmer’s market and spend time browsing. A great place for lunch is Green New American Vegetarian in Tempe and then strolling along Mill Avenue and checking out all the stores. My favorite place for an Italian dinner is Salerno’s Family restaurant and for Sushi it would be Ryu Sushi & Teppanyaki both of which are in Gilbert. I am also a huge fan of the Changing Hands Book Store in Tempe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first people that come to mind are the clients/students I have been honored to meet along the way. Each one has taught me so much from learning gratitude from difficult experiences to how important is be mindful and express how you are feeling in the current moment. Learning and listening to their stories has indelibly changed my story. The other people that are so important to my story are my children and my parents. Their unwavering support in my personal and professional growth has allowed me the space and strength to spread my wings. I am so extremely grateful to have them as a part of my life.