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How I Simplified My Life by Becoming an EP

© 1999, by Lori Hermann

I am 36 years old, married to a very supportive husband, and am the mother of two precocious children -- a son (5 1/2) and a daughter (2 1/2). Becoming a parent has prompted me to re-evaluate and re-engineer my career, in order to be more compatible with my role as a mom, to be more aligned with my burgeoning sense of "life's purpose," and to shift the emphasis from earning money to living more fully.

My career began and thrived in the healthcare consulting field. It was a natural extension from my studies in college, where I earned a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Systems Management, and from being at the right place at the right time, when the managed care industry expanded considerably. However, my work was a means to an end -- a nice income -- and did not provide me with any soul food -- I felt like a cog in the corporate wheel, working in an industry that bureacratized the delivery of healthcare services. I became increasingly more unsettled about the type of work I was doing, while at the same time needing to feel more of a sense of making a positive contribution.

After my son was born in 1993, I felt an urgent need to change my ways. I trained to become a certified massage therapist, and started to build a private practice while working part-time in my corporate job. After my daughter was born in 1996, with my husband's blessing, I let go completely of my well-paying "day job" and took the leap towards simpler living and self employment. My work is dedicated to helping other moms feel more empowered, balanced and satisfied in their lives; I too experience those qualities in my own life as a result of shifting gears.

The transition was not always that easy. After living most of my adult life quite independently, I struggled with becoming financially dependent on my husband, and with assuming the more traditional role of primary caregiver. But with that struggle came growth. And with time I continue to feel more comfortable with my current role. Surrounding myself with other entrepreneurial-minded women making similar choices helped considerably.

There were many adjustments to be made after giving up my income. Not only were our spending patterns cutback severely, but also our savings were being depleted. Although I feel like I'm working much harder now performing the day-to-day activities involved with supporting my family and household, I'm feeling so much more satisfied. We've traded off money for time. As a result, I'm able to enhance the quality of my own life, in addition to my family's, by making self-care a high priority. And with a more balanced lifestyle, I'm noticing my massage practice has been thriving, which has helped to replenish our savings.

I feel very lucky and grateful to be where I'm at, and I hope my story helps to inspire others to simplify.


Lori Hermann, CMT is the owner of Mother Nurture, a home-based business offering massage therapy and support services to moms in Sacramento, CA, and can be reached by Email: [email protected] or by Phone: 916-992-1127.

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