Welcome to the first blog post for The Identity Trainer.
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First, I’d like to share a little bit about myself as the founder of The Identity Trainer. My name is Emilie van Oosten, I’m a mum of two boys (Luke & Harrison) and a wife to my husband Will, living in Melbourne, Australia. I have 15 years experience as an event manager in my corporate life and a life worth of experience as an organiser (my passion). I’m soon to be qualified as a personal trainer, doula and nutrition coach….. stay tuned.
I recently left my event management career after some serious burn out, which was largely caused by my desire to hold on to my pre-baby life. In otherwords, crazy hours of work, intense pace of living and a belief when my first child was born that babies just go with your time schedule. I’ve now since realised that babies will go with their own schedule especially when it comes to sleeping and sleep deprivation often follows you. However, I pushed through the sleep deprivation in a desperate desire to hold onto my previous life until 2018 when my kids are now 2.5 & 3.5 years.
The biggest thing that I noticed after returning to work was that I was terrified. I was terrified about who I was as a mum, as a person, as a professional and I didn’t want to ‘fail’. What I’ve since realised is that after some soul searching I actually love being a mum and realised that pushing myself in a professional career at the intensity I was pursuing was not healthy for myself or my family. I also noticed that this seems to be a very common conversation amongst mums who are trying to find that balance between mum, self, partner, family, work and all the other identities that we have. For some mums this falls into place easily, but for others it can be overwhelming. It can be something simply from just getting family organisation under control to weight loss & nutrition to the full meltdown of “who the heck am I now!”
The vision for The Identity Trainer is to help give women the tools and support they need to transition to motherhood and find their new identity. It may not be a massive change or it may be a total overhaul, it’s different for everyone. The common theme is the same though, which is wellbeing for mums is vital so that you can be the best version of yourself, feel confident and happy with your new role in life.
Really looking forward to helping you on your journey.