helping mothers be Imperfect out loud
Like many women, I worked for years to create a picture-perfect life.
I accumulated accomplishments that masked my fear of never being enough.
And then one day I realized that the job I'd convinced myself was my dream, wasn't.
And my marriage - the one that looked perfect from the outside - was actually rocky and uncertain.
My life included everything I had put on paper and what I said I wanted,
but the experience was far from what I signed up for.
I began working with a coach, who helped me see more clearly the truth
about my “perfect” existence. I got vulnerable — really vulnerable. My husband did, too.
Miraculously (or so it felt at the time), the more real we were with each other, and with ourselves, the stronger our relationship became. After a lot of intense and honest work, I broke through the beliefs I was holding onto that got in my way.
I accepted that life can be messy and beautiful at the same time — that without the possibility of failure, there can be no courage, and without room for fear, there is little room for love.
And then one day, my husband and I did the bravest, most challenging thing we’d ever done: We became parents.
I like to say that on the day my daughter was born, there were actually two births:
My daughter’s, and my own, as a mother.
Becoming a mother is that profound of an experience; it’s like beginning again. Like so many women before me, I felt pressure to be the “perfect mom.”
And yet the more I embraced a practice of unapologetic imperfection, the more joy and power I experienced in my relationships with my daughter, my husband, and most importantly, myself.
Today, my company, Laura Kline-Taylor Coaching, helps fellow mothers replace the persistent feeling of never being enough with the true power and serenity that come from being imperfect out loud.
I live with my husband, our four year-old daughter and one year-old son in Rochester, New York.
These days, I see choice as a daily practice.
I choose the things I want my life to include and I create the experiences and relationships I get to have around those things.
I choose myself and all my imperfections.
I choose my husband and our marriage.
I choose coaching as the full expression of my purpose.
I choose motherhood.
And I choose imperfection as a mindset and a way of being.
When life looks good, but it feels like a nightmare, it’s a lot of work to keep it all together and my power gets lost to the show and to managing around people and situations.
When I allow life’s mess to show up both inside and out, I get full access to my love, my power, and my creativity.
And then I also get the dream.
What life will you choose?
I'm here to help you make it real.