We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Schroeder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
This is SUCH a great question because for the longest time I didn’t even know what work/life balance was. Before becoming an entrepreneur, while working in corporate advertising, my entire life was surrounded by my job. I think most of us have been conditioned to believe that you should spend your entire life working hard so you can climb the corporate ladder and eventually have a life you love. But from witnessing many unhappy yet “successful” people who have spent their entire life dedicated to a job they don’t even enjoy, I’d say that thought process is a little outdated. After only living for the weekends and two weeks paid vacation, I started to realize that I couldn’t do that for the rest of my life. So I became an online business owner and decided that I was going to create the life I love, filled with freedom, starting now. Surprisingly enough, as free and exciting as entrepreneurship sounds, it definitely wasn’t easy to release that conditioning. When you run your own business, you’re always on the ‘clock’ and it can be hard to mentally unplug and create that balance. I know this because I eventually hit burnout in year 2 of running my online business. It wasn’t until my physical body started to shut down on me, that I had a big enough wake-up call to change the way I was running my business. I had to unlearn the way I’ve been taught to build a life and create success because my mental and physical health was at stake. But it was more than that. I had to ask myself what did I truly want in life? How do I want to feel and live my life everyday? Am I willing to WAIT until an unpromised future ahead to feel truly happy? The answer was no. Here’s the thing, when I think about balance I think about my current wants & needs. It’s hard to create balance if you’re fixated on future outcomes because you’re only deciding what you think is best for yourself in the future. What if that means hustling 10 hour days, working in a field you hate, being surrounded by people who lower your vibration. Is it worth it- to ‘one day’ experience freedom and success? I personally think we have to cultivate those feelings now and work to create sustainability that way. After all, the better you feel, the better results you attract… and I can vouch for that!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a semi-spiritual business coach for entrepreneurs. I’ve been running my own business for the last 3 years and have pivoted from custom brand & website design to full-time business coaching within the last year. It’s funny because I absolutely love design and art, but after hitting burnout in my business and struggling with paralyzing feelings of anxiety and stress, I was introduced to the life coaching/healing space and Human Design. It was there that I truly found my purpose and calling. During the height of the global pandemic, I was doing some deep inner work and diving into Human Design and the energetics of humans simply because I wanted to feel more fulfilled and happy with my life and business. I made massive shifts in my life that looked like: more confidence & self-love, self-acceptance, stronger relationships, better boundaries, minimal anxiety & stress, and so much more. The physical symptoms that were manifesting from this burnout were disappearing and that’s when I realized that this stuff is super powerful. They don’t give you a rulebook when you become an entrepreneur so in the beginning it’s really just you trying to find your way. But somewhere along the way, we forget about the reason why we started entrepreneurship and we start to get caught up in the hustle and grind, we get addicted to the shiny objects, and we start to base our meaning of success on the numbers in our bank account rather than the quality of life we’re living. At least that’s how it was for me and the clients I now mentor. There’s a lot of noise in the online space and learning to filter that out truly is the biggest challenge I had to overcome. But I realized I had to experience burnout, unhappiness and challenges with my mental and physical health, in order to get where I am today. It was through this journey and learning lesson that I discovered my purpose- helping entrepreneurs create a life of freedom from the inside-out. Without the inner work and learning about my unique human design, I’d still be chasing someone else’s version of freedom. There’s always more work to be done but while I’m on this lifelong journey of discovering myself, I’m happy and grateful that I get to run a business that creates an impact AND an income. I’d love for entrepreneurs to know that if they aren’t an overnight success, or if they’re struggling to feel truly fulfilled in their business that it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with them. It simply means there’s other work that needs to be done and it’s probably internal. And once you decide to commit to THAT work, there’s so much more in store for you than you can imagine.
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?
I’d take them to my hometown of Delray Beach for the day! Some of my favorite things to do around town are visit the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens to witness some incredible and unique foliage, head to the beach in downtown Delray and then grab lunch at one of our favorite spots- Beer Trade Co. It’s a great locals spot with a huge selection of beers and great food! During the evening we like to find live music and 3rd & 3rd always has some on the weekends. It’s is a great local spot with incredible food. There’s so much to do in Delray Beach whether you’re downtown or just outside!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to dedicate this Shoutout series to my incredible online social community. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d make so many connections that lead to lifelong friendships, soul-aligned clients, life-changing mentors & coaches to learn from, and just all around supportive community. These people keep me going and deserve a shoutout for all their support!