Lara Galloway, The Mom Biz Coach
I am a work-at-home-mom to three children, who are the light of my life. Everything I ever really need to know, I learn from them.
I married my college sweetheart 15 years ago, and I am grateful he has found a way to accept and allow my entrepreneurial drive and ambition. We live in Michigan, where it is a constant challenge for me to be grateful for winters that last for six months. When I’m not hibernating, I love to hike, bike and camp all over Michigan, the U.S. and Canada. I’m passionate about sunshine, family, good, homemade food, love singing, baking with my kids, traveling anywhere (but especially to Europe), and drinking wine while chatting with some friends.
I have a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon, so that means I’ve read a lot of books, written a ton of papers, and that I know how to make compelling arguments. I taught Spanish while I was getting my degree, and I still remember most of it, but it takes some extra practice (or maybe two margaritas) to get it out of me these days.
I was born in Georgia and miss my huge family there, but my heart yearns to be in Colorado, full of mountains, trees, fresh air, stunning wildflowers, crystal blue lakes and people who truly appreciate the gorgeous outdoors that surround them. Lucky I have a business that I can take anywhere I go! For now, we’re raising our kids in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan.
When I had my second son, I struggled with a nasty bout of Post Partum Depression that taught me many things:
- I was no SuperMom (and I realized I no longer wanted to be).
- Raising a family is the most challenging job I’ll ever have.
- Thinking I wasn’t good enough was a really silly thing, since I was obviously doing an amazing job with my kids (They really are amazing, and that’s a totally objective statement).
- Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself or give up all the other things you love as a sacrifice for loving your kids.
- As challenging as motherhood is, it doesn’t use up all the strengths, talents and gifts I have in me.
- I am the only person who can make me happy.
- Taking great care of myself and taking responsibility for my life is one helluva gift to pass on to my kids.
Though I have had many teachers over the last 42 years, none have been as effective in getting her message across as Motherhood. I had two life-changing experiences before motherhood: spending a summer in Spain when I was 21, and spending a summer studying Native Americans in New Mexico. Both helped shape the woman I was in my 20s. Then, after I had my first two children and while I was taking mind-altering drugs for the Post Partum, I signed up for my Life Coach and Leadership Training Program. Traveling to New York City for one intense weekend each month for a year (and leaving my two babies with my husband while I studied) taught us all some lessons. And that coaching program opened the door for the life I live today.
Over the last seven years, I have built a successful business helping other women blend work and family. This was a tough lesson I learned myself when I started my business sevenyears ago. I had so many conflicting priorities and felt I wasn’t honoring any of them very well. Turns out I faced some of the same obstacles as the women I now coach!
Being a mom and an entrepreneur is a huge challenge for women who:
- Started their own businesses in hopes of getting the freedom, flexibility and fulfillment they wanted, but wound up working more than they ever did before they had kids
- Are masters of their craft or service, but lack the skills, expertise and resources required to successfully grow a business
- Don’t know how to create goals that support their business AND their family life
- Lack the support they need from their spouse, family and friends
- Never have enough time to do all it takes to run a family while running a business
- Fear marketing and sales and other core business processes required for business growth
In 2007, I decided to stop trying to coach everybody on anything and declared my niche to be business coaching. I chose to focus on one specific target market: mom entrepreneurs, since I figured I knew them pretty well. So I re-launched my coaching business with a new name that reflected that focusand set out helping other mothers with their number one challenge: finding enough time to “do it all.”
Since then, I’ve published my first book with my wonderful co-author Erin Baebler: Moms Mean Business: A Guide to Creating a Successful Company and a Happy Life as a Mom Entrepreneur. Find out more about the book and join our community over at momsmeanbusinessbook.com.
I’m an in-demand speaker for company retreats, conferences, round tables and more. Find out my speaking schedule, download my speaker sheet, or contact me at laragalloway.com for more information!