We had the good fortune of connecting with Brenna Payne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brenna, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking… well considering I was a member of the U.S. National Luge Team for 15 years, I’ll tell you I am not a stranger to risk. However, when I became a mom I definitely settled down and had to think long and hard about the kinds of things I took on; it wasn’t just me this would have an effect on anymore. My family is always at the top of my mind now, but because of that, I know I need to model for my children what hard work and perseverance looks like. Risk taking is an integral part of reaching goals. When they see their mother set a difficult/risky goal, and then work day-in-and-day-out to achieve it, they learn to do the same. As a life coach for moms, I teach my clients how important goal setting and modeling is as well. I hope to lend a hand to the next generation to show that setting risky goals and doing the daily work toward the goals, is a healthy and what it takes to reach success.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a life coach for moms. For 15 years I was a member of the U.S. National Luge Team. I traveled and competed internationally, and was a 2-time national champion in the sport. When I became a mom after retirement I waited and waited for motherhood to come naturally to me. It never did. I was working full-time, was experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety and ended up showing up as an angry mom. I yelled at my kids when they wouldn’t listen. It just wasn’t what I imagined I’d be as a mom. Finally I had an epiphany and realized that if I did the things as a mom that I did to reach success as an athlete – goal setting, visualization and self-reflection- that I could be a happier/healthier mom! It worked! Now I help moms do the same. I teach them the things my sport psychologist and I worked on throughout the years and help them apply them to their motherhood goals. Athletes are tough. Moms are tough. Entrepreneurs are tough. I think it’s so cool to realize that the skills that I used to be successful as an athlete can be used across all walks of life. It’s exciting to teach others but it’s also a lot of hard work. Building the foundation of a business takes a lot of time and energy and reaping the rewards of that won’t happen over night. I love thinking about it like I used to think of training as a luge athlete. I put in a lot of hard work in the off-season. It wasn’t until months later that I could see that pay off. I’m so excited to bring my knowledge and unique mindset and outlook on things to other moms.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, I’d take them mountain biking. I love Apex Trail near Golden. It is a TOUGH ride, but my best friends are tough and they’d like the challenge. I might even consider taking them to Evergreen and going on a ride there at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. Then we’d hit up the Beau Jo’s to grab the classic Colorado-style pizza with honey to dip it in. Of course there’s nothing better than a nice cold beer after a ride, so we’d have some wheat beer. I also think it’s important to put some relaxation time into a trip. My mom-friends come visit me and we hit up a spa. We’d maybe even go up to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs for a weekend if we could take time away from family. While we were there we’d hike around the area- so many great trails in and around Buena Vista and Salida. If we had the kids with us we’d take an afternoon and go to the Museum of Science and Nature in Denver- what a great spot for families. There are so many great interactive displays! I also think the Colorado Springs Zoo is amazing! I love taking friends and family there. They have updated so many things over the years. My favorite exhibit are the new hippos. Holy smokes they’re so fun to watch!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without my friend, neighbor and fellow life coach Jen Lebo, I wouldn’t have ever considered becoming a life coach! She made me see that what I was doing for myself as a mom, I could help other moms do for themselves. She has opened my eyes that what I’ve figured out – mothering like I used to train as an athlete – can work not only for me but help other moms get on the right track when they’re struggling and feeling aimless. Also, Positive Discipline, a program created by Jane Nelson, Ed.D. is amazing. I am now a Certified Positive Discipline Educator and it has helped me and my clients immensely.