Name: Monica Kerik
Business: Life Full of Goodness
Location: Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Industry: Professional Services
Reason for starting? Motivated by curiosity and a need for continuously sharpening the saw, I took several courses in Buddhism, Meditation, Creative Writing and Organizational Leadership. I’m a certified LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator and workshop designer, and I’m being trained as a certified Co-Active Coach. My experience in understanding facts and human insights coupled with my passion for life and helping others has brought me to create Life Full of Goodness, whose mission is to inspire others (and myself!) to create a more mindful, balanced and fulfilling life. I blog, facilitate workshops and coach individuals and teams with the purpose of igniting business and personal growth.
How do you define success? Success for me is as simple as feeling fulfilled, content and happy at the present moment. It is to have the right attitude to face what life throws at us and adapt accordingly.
Biggest success: My biggest successes have been, firstly, realizing what I am really passionate about. Secondly, creating a concept that holds all the different activities I do towards my goal of inspiring and helping others to live a fulfilled and balanced life. And lastly, being able to balance a happy family life and having launched two small businesses.
What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? My top challenge at this moment is prospecting. And deciding what would be the best strategy for getting myself known to specific individuals, within the community and with the corporate world. As a woman, wife and mother, it is always front of mind to make sure the realities of having a family are taken care of before launching any business or continuing within a specific corporate role. Having the support of my spouse and my kids have been very important for my decisions. Working as a team with my husband, having clear responsibilities and expectations has been key to feeling peace with every decision taken on the way. Also, adapting to the different stages of life, there have been times where both of us worked full time, times where I wanted and needed to step out of the corporate ladder to focus on my family and supporting my husband to grow in his role. And now a time where kids are sufficiently independent for me to start a new business.
Who is your most important role model? I honestly do not have a specific role model, I do admire the achievements and values of different people I know in person. I admire my friends that have overcome illnesses and personal loses. I admire the teachers and coaches that have made a difference in my kids’ life with their advice. I admire my husband’s kindness and both of my parent’s attitude during tough times. I admire my kids’ persistence, determination, joy and compassion. I learn from each person I know and try to develop those good qualities in myself.
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