104 Juggling Commitments, Interview with Laneic Lavalle
Laneic had commitments to school, work, and the Army when she was happily surprised with a new baby. Unfortunately, juggling all her responsibilities became more than she could reasonably manage. Her lifelong journal habit, along with her commitment to spending time with friends, became a form of self care.
Due to a number of reasons, Laneic faced a disappointing career determination. She spent several months debating whether to fight the decision, or accept it. Upon deciding to accept it, she was also forced to move back in with her parents. During that time, she realized the importance of self care. When the obligations were forced off her plate, she learned the key to self care included limiting her obligations.
Q & A
Why do you believe that self love is important?
I really think it’s important because you’re the foundation of everything that you output. So, if you feel good about yourself and you’re loving yourself, that radiates into everything else that you’re doing. And it affects everyone else that you’re around. So you really want something like that to resonate around your environment and other people.
What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?
Most definitely, guilt. I was feeling guilty that I couldn’t handle everything.
Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?
My son and my mom. My son motivates me to get things done and inspires me to practice self care.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
“Let it go,” from the movie Frozen.
What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?
Journaling and long showers.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Just because you’ve reached the top, don’t forget the work that’s underneath all of it.”
Can you share a resource, an app or a tool that we can use to build our selfcare practice.
I use Evernote to help me stay organized. I also use sleep tight.
What book are you reading right now?
Give More Love.
What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?
Connecting with other women.
Laneic Lavalle is a self-care and wellness coach for busy mothers. With a 2 year old of her own, and a busy business owner of Mynameisnotmommy, she believes maintaining a self-care routine is crucial. Laneic’s goal is to help other moms make it a part of their regular routine as well.