We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariel Hoffman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariel, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Absolutely. My work- life balance continues to evolve because my priorities shift as I enter into different stages of life. This approach has a direct effect on how I define what work-life balance is to me and how I can manifest it.
When I was in my twenties and early thirties living in NYC, I was laser focused on my work and career. I poured everything I had into it. So much so that I eventually burned out and needed to make major changes. Injuries and other circumstances forced me to re-evaluate how I was working, why I was working so hard, and for what purpose. It’s funny isn’t it? Sometimes it’s only until you are in the moments where you are completely out of balance that help you take the necessary actions to help you find the right balance.
As an entrepreneur, running my own business has allowed me flexibility to set my own goals, standards, and expectations, so that I can decide what is most important to me at any given time in the day, week, or month (whether that is working on my business, or spending time with my family). Now, I am very clear on what I want that work-life balance to look like which ultimately boils down to how I spend my time and with whom. My boys, who are my husband and 1.5 yr old son of course top the list, but I also love that I also get to work with people and pick projects that bring me a lot of joy. Finding the joy in anything we do is essential in achieving balance.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business, Ariel Hoffman Wellness, is on a mission to change the way people – especially women – view and treat their bodies and themselves. My company helps career driven women and mothers struggling with chronic stress, fatigue and burnout, create a personalized wellness strategy that fits into their busy schedule so they can feel attractive, focused, and energized to do their best in work and in life.
What sets me apart from others is my ability to listen, to meet my clients where they truly are. I am able to really hear what it is they need in any given moment so they can take the appropriate actions to be healthier on terms that work for them. I provide them with the necessary support that goes beyond the basics that they already know, and I empower them to bridge the gap between their own health challenges and overcoming them.
Clients trust my recommendations because they know I am providing them with most direct and strategic actions that help clients feel strong, more energized, way less stressed, and more focused in whatever goal they are trying to achieve. They know that I am driven by what truly matters to them as well as the belief that their health journey may take some work but should also come with more simplicity, ease, and joy. Those reasons inspired me to create my complimentary Wellness Kickstart Guide (that can be downloaded from my website) which is meant to offer tips that are easy to incorporate into busy schedules, and can be done with relative ease that give people energy to thrive. When people have hit a wall with their fitness and health, and need a plan and strategy that works, I’m the person who helps them get their groove back and keep it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Considering the state of things with a pandemic, there are certainly things that are simply off limits. However, I am a nature lover, and being in LA, we still have access to so much, especially since the weather here is great! Being a health coach and former athlete, I love to do activities that involve getting outside and in nature. I am still a relatively new resident of Los Angeles, so I would take them to the places that I have been drawn to the most so far as well as seek out some new experiences for all of us to try.
I am first and foremost a beach lover, and it’s one of the things that attracted me to live here. I would first recommend a drive over to the coast and take a nice long drive on the PCH, stop at one of the amazing beaches in Malibu, and then head to Malibu Farm for some amazing farm to table food. Hiking is another thing I love to do, and there are so many trails right in our backyard. A few of my favorite trails are Tuna Canyon, Backbone, and Malibu State Park (where you can hike to the site where the tv series MASH was filmed). Keeping up with the outdoor theme, I would take them somewhere that offers a fun outdoor dining experience, where wine can be involved, like Malibu Café.
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?
Here’s to you Roni Mahler. She was my ballet teacher at 15 years old, and the lessons I learned from here are with me to this day. She has an innate ability to recognize a student who has passion and guides all of her students with keen interest, the kindest heart, and the best metaphors. Very early on, she instilled in me that working towards a goal takes discipline, commitment, and hard work, but also joy. She’s the best ballet teacher I ever had, and she is my mentor and friend to this day (she was at my wedding, and you bet she was on the dance floor). She continues to give me life advice both professionally and personally which is a true gift.
The lessons I learned from her all those years ago have stayed with me, and I still tap into them when I work with my clients today. Teachers like Roni are rare to come by so it’s important to recognize when you have been graced by one. Part of becoming a successful coach, is by weaving in the knowledge and skills that came from working with such a wonderful mentor.
I also have to give a shout out to my clients. After all, they are the reason I have my business. Whenever I hear a client say to me after a program or a session “you have something so unique” or “nobody has ever taught me that before”, or “you have transformed my life” that’s encouragement in itself because I am reminded of the true impact that I have on people. It’s nice to be able to use their feedback as motivation whenever I hit a wall and I am fortunate to have such wonderful people all around supporting me along the way.