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

Hi Melissa, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balance has definitely shifted in the last couple of years. When I started my business, I felt I needed to work 24/7 to launch everything; establish clients; feel stable. And when you offer that to yourself and to your clients, it becomes a habit and an expectation. I built a thriving client-base, but I never took time off. I was working 7 days a week and I was burning out. So these last couple of years, I have shifted away from that. Granted, during covid shutdowns, I think we all blurred lines again between our Off and On time – but I received some great advice from a friend: Put daily personal time in your calendar. Whether that’s for a workout, stepping away from the computer to eat a meal, or just a hard Clock Out time. Then stick to it. “I am unavailable” is a full sentence. We don’t have to explain that it’s because getting some fresh air or savoring instead of inhaling our meal helps our sanity.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I offer a well-rounded and supportive take on personal health and wellness. When I first moved into this field, I was drawn toward the Mind-Body food relationship because I suffered from an eating disorder in my late teens and early 20’s. Media has for so long taught us we must look a certain way, and life feels even more youth and body obsessed in Los Angeles. So I first pursued a path to help people heal their relationship with food and unlearn media’s teachings. I also am a E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and YACEP registered with the Yoga Alliance and a certified personal trainer. I build whatever kind of physical program my clients are interested in – but generally focus on yoga and circuit training. Personally, my body and mind feel better with a healthy balance of nutrition, yoga, weight training, and fun. But everyone is different, so I gained the tools to tailor programs to the person or group I’m working with. We can’t all rock the same pair of jeans, and we can’t all benefit from the same meal / the same workout.

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’m an avid hiker and outdoor lover, so we’d definitely head to Griffith Park, Temescal, Topanga, and Solstice Canyons. I haven’t been out to places much due to covid restrictions – and some of my favorite places have closed indefinitely – but I do love cocktails Rose Cafe’s bar, sipping wine at Esters, indoor rock climbing at LA Boulders and heading next door to refuel at The Factory Kitchen, the arcade bar EightyTwo, and I will take anyone who wants to go to Disneyland as often as they want to go. I do hope theaters and venues open up again soon, I love dressing up for the opera and that’s always a nice treat for my mom when she visits.

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?
I’d love to shout out my partner Amir, my family, and my friends. I am so fortunate to have them as my advocates, boosting me up when I am not feeling it, and celebrating when I thrive. A couple of years ago, I had a serious bout of depression and generalized anxiety; they are things that always danced within me, but ooowee they took over in 2019. I picked up and went home to Iowa for a month – I’m so grateful to my parents for supporting that stint and to my friends for checking in while giving me space to clear my head. I am also grateful I have clients who I could step away from for a period of time and return to! The list is long and not exclusive, but to my parents – Matt and Maureen, Amir Rahmani, Megan Petro, Nicole Heetland, Joy Rath, Jen Thomas, Liz Johnson, and Ashley DeMeza – you got me through a very challenging time, and I love you.

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Image Credits
Courtney Paige Ray (except the Yellowstone Lake photo)

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