Have you ever stopped to think about the different stages of your life? We were all young once—we had our hopes and our whole lives ahead of us. Then we started pursuing our dreams, maybe settled down with a steady job and a family. What comes next?
My-Cherie Haley is someone who is intimately familiar with the stages of life. During my Remarkable Women podcast last year, she talked with me about the challenges she’s faced, and the insights she’s gained from acknowledging the different seasons of life.
My-Cherie seeks to live each day fully and bring her best to all she meets—something that definitely resonates with me. Also like me, she has a strong passion for inspiring others, particularly children. As the owner of a talent consulting agency and a professional model herself, she focuses on helping children and teens enter the modeling and acting world. She also coaches parents through the process. To top it off, she is a mom of two adorable children, earning a degree at St. Edwards University in Austin, and is involved in many community organizations.
Sounds like she has a lot on her plate, right? Well, one of the challenges My-Cherie related to me was that she loves to have a hand in everything, and that doesn’t often leave her time to focus on any one thing. She’s had to make tough choices.
For example, before she founded her consulting business, she worked as an artist hand-dying silk scarves. She felt like a failure when she thought about leaving that business to start her own agency. But ultimately, she realized that all of us have different roles at different times in our lives, and it’s okay to move on to something new.
Her advice: Follow your intuition. If there’s something you’re passionate about, do it. Believe that you are valuable and that you have something valuable to share with the world.
Now that My-Cherie has reached the stage in her life where she’s once again ready for that something new, she wants to focus on what she loves—and that’s working with remarkable women, doing either consulting or public speaking. For her, that clarity of focus comes from taking time for herself—Zen time, as she calls it—to think about and pray on the opportunities ahead.
My-Cherie says (and I agree) that, as women, we must learn to take care of ourselves first so that we’re mentally and physically strong to take care of our families. It’s crazy to me how women sometimes associate this mentality with selfishness. We need to break that cycle and set an example for our children and other women. If we take care of number one, then number two, three, and four will be all the better for it.