We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Vander Linden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work – life balance. I think the concept of balance is misguided and dangerous particularly when it comes to working moms. I’m a much bigger fan of rhythms. We have to stop believing that there’s some magical way to juggle all the different activities and tasks we have demanding our time and energy. I see it fueling so much “mom guilt” and is counter-productive! I recently heard a quote that there’s no such thing as time management; there is only choice management. I feel like that is a much healthier way to look at things. It gives us a chance to increase our awareness and get honest about our priorities. My life changed quite a bit when I had each of my two children, again when I started my own business and again more recently with opening a whole new space that added yoga and more! And now we are homeschooling! As they say, the only thing that is constant is change. So for me, I have to say I don’t give much thought to balance. I think about my priorities and I try to make sure that how I spend my time reflects those priorities. I just try to make small shifts such as trying to read more and watch less TV. I try to have some focused time with each of my kids and quality time with my husband. With opening the new business, they all knew that there would be some times that I had to be at work more but I’m also trying to finish my work at work so that when I’m home I can be more fully present which is often difficult for an entrepreneur. It’s an ongoing journey for sure! The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry is a great book on this topic!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are an incredibly unique physical therapy practice. I started out as a solo practitioner because I felt so passionately about providing fascial release as my main therapy so I started my own practice in 2012. I started specializing in women’s health and focused our care on pregnant and post partum women in 2015. I grew gradually and moved into my own space in 2016 then started adding employees, including massage therapy. We just recently moved into a brand new building and realized a dream I’d had for years to add a yoga studio and combine our physical therapy practice in with the yoga and other services to build a community. We have a midwife, counselor and holistic nutrition coach in our space in addition to our team of 4 that provides physical and massage therapy, focusing on women’s health. Opening something like this during a pandemic seems crazy but I had already been through a year of crazy. I learned so much about my own becoming and journey as a leader, about the community I wanted to serve and the amazing women around me who pressed into the challenges with me, who encouraged me, and our amazing clients who deserve a space this beautiful and all these services under one roof. My family is extraordinary and without my husband and also my parents, this never would have come to fruition. It’s impossible to sum up all the lessons from this journey, partly because they are still coming, but God is faithful and perseverance matters. At Moment of Truth Physical Therapy and now including the Healing Space, we want women to have healthy, active pregnancies, optimal deliveries and faster recoveries to get back to thriving at the activities they love. And we want them to do this with more awareness of what their bodies are capable of, to know their healing power and to really connect with how they want to feel every day.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well we’d definitely do some yoga in our new studio, Moment of Truth Healing Space! Hiking would have to be on the agenda, ideally Sedona. If she brought her kids, we’d probably hit up the Phoenix Wildlife Zoo as it has an aquarium and is one of the most unique zoos with lots of fun outdoor areas. For dining, I’m loving some of the new restaurants in Peoria, including Mochilero. Nektar has great fresh juices or we might need some coffee and head to Daily Drip. Maybe we’d go see Shellie at her new Pinspiration store and do some fun creating, a perfect activity with Christmas coming up. I love the northwest valley!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My story absolutely begins with God’s grace and mercy and never-ending patience as I grow and learn. Without His provision, and guidance, I have no idea how this would’ve turned out. My amazing husband and parents have shown such extraordinary support in every imaginable way. My kids cheer me on and I have an unusually exceptional team of women who have been on this journey with me, staying faithful, committed, praying through it all. I’m also part of a business mastermind group that has been an invaluable sounding board, helped me keep my head up and provided wisdom to stay focused. There are dozens of people, many books, many podcasts and tons of worship music so get in touch if you want details!
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