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How I Simplified My Life by Becoming an EP

© 1999, by Melanie Berry

I am 36 years old and married to the same, supportive, love of my life for almost 15 years. We have an 8-year old and a 4-year old. Five years ago, I gave up a six figure executive track management job and moved from a hustle, bustle suburb of Washington, D.C. to a horse farm county of the Maryland countryside.

There were many factors leading up to our dramatic change in lifestyle, including Nanny nightmares, long work hours, 2-3 day a week travel schedule, and having to be forced to leave town on business when my daughter had pneumonia.

Our move resulted in significant changes for the better personally, and the invention of a career professionally. I now make my living coaching moms with kids and careers that want more balance in their lives. Last summer I taught a seminar on Stress Strategies, published two short articles on recognizing and combatting stress, and gave a talk to the Women's Bar Association in D.C. on Survival Strategies for the 90's.

The transition from being a corporate executive in a metropolitan area to becoming an Entrepreneurial Parent in the countryside has been a five-year process so far, and I would never turn back!

Melanie Berry is a Life Management Coach, Columnist and Founder of She can be reached at P.O. Box 794, Mount Airy, MD 21771, by Email: , by Phone: 301-829-3876, by Fax: 301-831-4436, or at her Web site:

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