We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Bohlinger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is something we hear about a lot and yet seems to be one of the greatest struggles that working people, and especially working parents experience. As a wife, mom of 4, and business woman for the last 24 years I have experienced the same struggle during many different seasons of my life and career. One of the things I have found is that the word balance indicates equal parts for those things that are being weighed. When we think about our life, it is very improbable that we have equal time for family, work, friendship, personal growth, etc… so when we use the word balance, it seems we often come up short. Instead, I have shifted to seeking work life harmony. Harmony means “the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords having a pleasing effect.” This seems more doable. To achieve this harmony I must first know what pleasing effect am I seeking? Or in words that we use today, “what is my personal definition of success?” We have to fill in the blank of Success to me is…… When we can get clear on this first and take into account what success looks like in our family life, our physical health, our spiritual health, our mental health, our finances, our professional goals and our leisure time, then we can start to craft a schedule that aligns with the harmony we are seeking. This harmony is very fluid. As our life situations change our schedule will need to change but when we know what measure of success we are after we can make the pivots that we need as we need them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have had the privilege of coaching business owners for the last 2 decades. 2 years ago I decided to start my own company called Fiorii Coaching and Consulting. As the founder and Executive Leadership Coach I work with individuals and companies to help them unleash their greatness. I believe we have all been given very unique gifts, talents and potential. In my work, my goal is to help others identify those gifts and move toward their ultimate potential. I work with people everyday who are wanting to level up in their leadership, looking for more life and job satisfaction, making a career transition, or trying to recover from or prevent burnout. In addition to individual coaching, I work with companies, churches, and teams to improve culture, job satisfaction, and unity of vision. Through an assessment tool, the Birkman, I am able to help teams know and work better together, avoid conflict, minimize turnover, and maximize productivity. A healthy team is one where the right people are in the right seats. My company is one that focuses on holistic success of individuals and companies. We believe that people don’t just want a great career, they want a great life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
OOOH, this sounds fun! Over the course of the week I would definitely want to take her to Rocky Mountain National Park to hike. You can’t come to Colorado and not get up into the mountains, On our way to Estes we would stop at the Cherry store to grab a cherry juice and a bag of taffy. After a day of hiking we would enjoy walking in downtown Estes to enjoy the little shops, candy stores and finish the day with some pizza. I’d want to show her the Botanic Gardens in Denver and enjoy dinner at Osteria Marco on Larimer afterward. A little shopping in Cherry Creek North, a stop into the Kendra Scott Store, and lunch at True Food Kitchen. I’d love to show her Old Town Fort Collins which would include breakfast at Lucille’s, a stop at Nuance Chocolates, browsing in the Perennial Gardener, a stop at Lucky’s tea house, strolling through the shops in Old Town, and dinner outside at Cafe Vino. Her visit would include a day in Windsor with a walk around Windsor Lake, a stop at Four and Twenty Blackbird, coffee at Coffee House 29, and watching the sunset from The Hearth restaurant for dinner with a Sangria. We would sit on the front porch and talk for hours, catching up on life, and the kids.
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?
My shoutout goes to my husband and children. They have been a constant source of support, love and encouragement along the way. They are my greatest inspiration, keep me laughing, challenge me to be better, and pick me up when I need it.
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