We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Kluver-Fensler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Before I became a mom, I used to think that balance was about getting in enough heart pounding exercise, eating a “balanced” diet and finding time for all of my social obligations. Now that I have two kids, a husband and my own business I realize that balance is so much more than that. Balance is about doing meaningful, heart centered work. Balance is about helping others while still taking care of myself. Balance is about organizing my day so that I prioritize myself. Balance is still about getting exercise but also about slowing down and listening to my body so I know when to do more stretches instead of HITT workouts. Balance is about understanding what my body needs when it comes to food and being aware of what foods feed it and what foods inflame it. I now know that balance is about trying to incorporate body movement, healthy food, plenty of rest, getting out in nature, time for family and friends, and creating a a daily routine that feeds my soul.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Lemonade Living is my holistic wellness coaching business. It comes from the idea that when life has thrown me lemons I always make Lemonade. I believe that we all can follow the same philosophy and that life can be a series of sour moments but it is how we mange them and nurture the sweet moments that really matter. I also believe that I am not the guru but instead a guide for people on their wellness journey. I am not an expert but instead help to lead my clients on a journey of self discovery so they become empowered to live balanced, fulfilled and healthy lives. I was not always a holistic wellness coach, I started my life after college in the Hotel Restaurant business where I quickly realized that long hours a the hotel selling over priced orange juice wasn’t my calling. I then went back to school and got my masters in education and taught in Denver Public Schools for over 15 years. I loved teaching, making connections with my students and coaching colleagues through difficult moments. But again felt the tug to change it up after my two kids started to get older and I wanted to spend more time in their lives. I also had a few health issues that I needed to address because of the stressful nature of teaching. I have always been a health and wellness junkie spending most of my money on taking care of my body and mind through using different practitioners but also purchasing bookshelves of books around these topics. I am also fortunate to have a husband that understands the entrepreneurial world and encouraged me to start my own business. I became certified as a wellness coach because I knew that helping people on their own wellness journey was my next calling. I enjoy talking with people and listening to their stories around health. I enjoy helping people find solutions to their struggles and celebrate in their joys when the plans they laid out finally come together. I enjoy helping to guide and empower people. especially women, to make positive changes in their lives and finally prioritize themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being a Denver native this is a tough question to answer. There are so many beautiful places in and around where I live in Southeast Denver. Also, keep in mind because I have two kids many of the places I think to visit are kids friendly. When I have had friends and family visit from out of town we always take time to head downtown on the light rail. We may enjoy a visit to History Colorado museum and experience the dust bowl exhibit or a show at the DCPA, a visit to Tattered Cover or tea at the Brown Palace. We usually find a great place to eat at or around Union Station with a visit to the outdoor fountains for the kids. We also would take time to head up to Red Rocks one day for some exploring and sight seeing bringing a picnic lunch to share at the top if the stairs. We usually focus our adventures on outdoor activities and would take out of towners up to the mountains for a day drive up Mount Evans or down to Colorado Springs to the Pikes Peak Cog or a drive up the mountain. We live near Cherry Creek Reservoir so walking or biking around the lake, kayaking or paddle boarding is also a must do early evening activity. Later we may head over to Park Burger for dinner with a visit to Bonnie Brae Ice Cream and a walk around Wash Park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout to my family which not only includes by husband and kids who are a constant support to me but also my mom and dad who have been wellness role models from the very beginning.
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