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

Hi Miranda, how has your work-life balance changed over time?

I don’t really love the phrase “work life balance” because I feel like it sets people up for failure. The word balance implies that things need to be exactly 50/50. That’s not really how balance works for me or my clients. I think balance is more about choosing how much time and energy you want to spend on each area of your life and then setting out to do just that.

When I talk to my clients about balance, I push people to re-consider what they assume has to be true about work life balance. We are all living within a system that says we are going to work at least 40 hours a week, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. So many of us don’t agree with this idea, but don’t take the time to clearly articulate that. So, we keep working within a system that feels like it’s taking too much from us. When people say they want a better work life balance, they almost always mean they just want more time for life.

I love helping people redefine what a good work life balance means to them and then put a plan in place to make it happen.

For me personally, my work life balance has changed depending on the season of life. There were many years that it was the right choice for me to be working, what I would now consider is, way too much. After each of my children were born, I obviously wanted more time at home. Now that they are getting a little older, I’m completely content spending more time working. It keeps me connected to who I am as a person, not just mom.

I would say that the critical piece is to decide for yourself what you want to do with your time and if you’re not living into that, it’s time to make a change.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I am both a business coach and life coach. I am that person that loves going to work every morning. I look at my calendar and think “Oooh, that’ll be fun!” or “I can’t wait to talk to that person!”

I’m an Elite Business Coach with Elite Entrepreneurs. With my team, we help entrepreneurs build meaningful businesses. We help businesses with a yearly revenue of $1-3M get to $10M and above. We mostly do this by helping people shift from the hustle and grind of entrepreneurship to learning how to lead a team. I love how my work with business owners impacts their teams and beyond.

I also have my own coaching business where I coach mostly working moms. These conversations are equally about life as they are about work. I love being able to help women that are in my same shoes.

It was not easy to get to where I am today. Firstly, the journey to figure out what I wanted to do with my professional life was long and confusing. Then, once I finally got some clarity and decided to be a coach, there were so many opportunities and ideas coming my way that it was very hard to decide on a clear path. In all honesty, I never really chose a clear path. I sort of bumbled through trying many different things until I settled into where I am today.

If there’s one lesson to pull out from those years of confusion and misdirection, I would say that it’s OK to be unsure of what you are doing. Action is still better than inaction. Keep moving and pivoting however many times it takes until you have found the right place for you. And there’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, in the meantime.

I want to be an example of someone who has created success in her life by not being afraid to make a change or to speak up. I want to be a luminous example of sincerity and kindness. I want to show people the power of wearing your heart on your sleeve. I want people that spend time with me to feel empowered to live life on their own terms.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my guests to Cave Creek. It’s just north of the city, about 30 minutes. It happens to be where my husband grew up and it’s absolutely magical. It’s a little less hot then the Phoenix area with a small touristy town feel nestled around Black Mountain. You can do anything from have a beer at a biker bar to attend a Mindfulness Retreat with Deepak Chopra.

When I’m in Cave Creek, I must hike Black Mountain. It’s like hiking a stair-stepper. You hike up for 30 minutes, turn around and it feels like you’re miles above the city.

I would have breakfast or lunch at Local Johnny’s. Then I would walk around the shops in Carefree. Stopping at Lucid Arts and Desert Moon Market. Then happy hour at Janey’s, which happens to be where my husband and I got married. It’s tucked into the side of a little hill. They have live music nearly every night with saguaros in the background. It’s the perfect AZ experience.

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?
How do I clearly and concisely give credit to everyone that has impacted my story? It’s nearly an impossible task. My family has been instrumental in giving me the support and safety net needed to be brave enough to reach for my dreams and create a life on my own terms.

My friends are my biggest cheerleaders. I’m perfect in their eyes and I fall back on them when I doubt myself, which is often.

I’ve had really exceptional mentors in my professional life. Namely, Dr. Alan Christianson, with Integrative Health. He saw so much more potential in me than I ever would have considered. Working for him set my life down a path that I’m certain would never have come about with him. Now I’m lucky enough to have found myself with a new team and equally great leaders. Brett Gililland and Stephanie Hitchins with Elite Entrepreneurs have already shown so much confidence in who I am and pushed me to challenge myself beyond what I thought possible.

I also have to mention Brendon Burchard. His work as a thought leader in personal development and business really lit a fire for me.
There’s no possible way that includes everyone. But, I’ll stop there and leave that as a great start.

Website: https://www.theluminarygroupnd.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mirandadaigneault/

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

Image Credits
Mandi Maher Photography

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