We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Hipps and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrea, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
As I move into greater clarity about what is uniquely mine to give in the divorce recovery space, I tend to think more about work life harmony versus work life balance. Balance implies segments that offset each other at separate times where harmony integrates the pieces and acknowledges that hard lines rarely exist in my day to day reality. It’s not unlike what I encourage my clients to imagine, which is a way to move forward with your divorce instead of completely separating from it and disowning it. When we own it fully, we can start looking for how we bring all of the elements together in the next chapter, rather than breaking them off into distinct pieces.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a divorce coach, I get the privilege of walking with people through what is simultaneously the most painful and potentially the most growth-producing time of their lives. What sets my practice apart is my belief that we can create beautiful two-address families and lives, even when our former partner is difficult. I’m most proud of my book that came out last year The Best Worst Time of Your Life: Four Practices to Get You Through the Pain of Divorce, which teaches people how to take back their own power, build a solid family structure independent of their former spouse’s participation, and confidently move forward into what is next with mindset and communication skills that support them. My brand and my logo center around the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which seeks to repair broken pottery using lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. It treats the breakage and repair as a part of the rich history of an object, rather than trying to hide it. The repair is literally illuminated, revered, and treasured, reminding us that our difficult circumstances can be remade more beautiful than they were before. When carefully pieced together, we can bring about a new object, a new story, or a new life thread that wouldn’t have been possible without the painful breaking. In doing so, you can become recognized for what you experienced and what beauty you made with it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Must do: Hike in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Late and lazy lunch at Pizzeria Bianco splitting a can of Dos Cabezas Pink
Massages and pooltime at the Omni Montelucia
Sunday brunch at Hash Kitchen
Shopping at Frances and Bunky boutiques
Book browsing at Changing Hands
Cocktails and dinner at Mora
Kayaking on Canyon Lake
Tacos from Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my core group of friends who walked with me through my own breaking and remaking over a decade ago. They were longsuffering as I figured out how to approach my divorce disruption with heart and courage, and now they cheerlead me as I serve others to do the same.

Website: https://www.andreahippsdivorcecoach.com

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-hipps-certified-divorce-coach-lbsw-56374058/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andreahippsdivorcecoach/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR3D21llVthKOdvvMc6lmtg

Other: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Worst-Time-Your-Life-ebook/dp/B08TP6XWBN https://www.coachaccountable.com/offering/Pckm3Ol4MJo1sGW65bg5eBk9KhiTUjZ

Image Credits
Jessie Boyd for headshot photos Elly and Nora Creative for logo and book cover

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