We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Noerenberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
As the mom of a post-covid toddler my sense of work life balance has changed a LOT over the past 2 and a half years. Especially early in my son’s life, I didn’t have a lot of balance. I was as all in as I could manage in all areas of my life and honestly, it burned me out EXCESSIVELY. It has taken a lot of trial and error to find ways to be fully present in what I’m doing, when I’m doing it. When I’m in mom mode, an identity I adore, I have had to purposefully give myself permission to let my entrepreneur hat go away for a bit.
The reality is that it’s hard some days to have what could feel like “competing” passions: Loving my role as business owner and loving my life as a mama and wife. What I’ve had to give myself permission to learn with my body and through repeated practice, is that the ways I show up in all the areas of my life are beneficial to all of the other areas of my life as well.
Silly times with my son help me remember a spirit of play in my work. Seeing people’s brains and creative genius in action in my work helps me to see the magic in my son even when we’re having a hard day. I’m not sure “balance” is ever fully achieved, but I think much like the body, we’re always seeking homeostasis. We’re always seeking a neutral place where all of our needs are taken care of. I find a grounding energy in seeking to care for all parts of myself and my life, though the goal is never for that to look “perfectly balanced”.
What should our readers know about your business?
Starting my coaching business, “Expressed Life” was a very organic process.
I’m a singer by trade and went on to become a voice teacher which was my work for the past 15 years. In the process of working with so many singers and artists, I started seeing a really interesting pattern emerge in my studio. Typically students came in looking for “technical” help on their voice, but ultimately it was the way they were interacting with their thoughts, their stories about themselves, their bodies and their voices that were either helping or hindering how they were able to express themselves in their craft. And those factors had a direct impact on how successful and sustainable their careers ended up being.
I explored all sorts of avenues of intense training to dig into my own curiosities of somatic awareness, personal discovery, and personal expression that have aligned to form my Expressed Life Coaching Process. The reward has been seeing the way singers and performers are finding a DEEP returning to themselves and their bodies both in life and in their art and subsequently unlocking a level of potential that astounds even their own minds.
The Expressed Life process combines an understanding what makes people tick, how they experience the world, what perspectives make a life feel magical, and how to build more of what people TRULY want for themselves. Then we add music in as a current to carry any of those stories from within someone’s mind and body and deliver them out into the world. It’s heaven for me to help facilitate and witness such a deep level of personal discovery and expression.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that I need to take responsibility for buying into my own vision for what I want before I look to others to confirm it for me. Often times we are waiting for permission from other people: partners, clients, parents etc.. to tell us our vision is the “right choice”, but ultimately we’re the one showing up every day making the dream a reality. I think the single most influential thing I did for growing my business was DARING to trust my instincts on what I wanted to create and showing people what mattered to me, instead of asking for their permission.
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 am so grateful to the mentorship and support of my coach Beth and my embodiment teacher Tracy! Through both of them I have unlocked a permission from deep inside myself to really tap into my own true nature and follow my body and heart’s wisdom. I’ve also met communities of women through them that have astounded and inspired me with the ways they are showing up in the world.
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