Meet a Mother on Fire
Laurel Crossley-Byers Founder of Opti-Mom
Laurel’s passion is simple; to support moms' well-being and help them live an opti-mom life! Opti-Mom was born when a local mom asked Laurel to start a moms support group. Now Laurel can be found speaking at community and organizational events, specialized events for women and on Opti-Mom TV. She is an avid champion of moms living a balanced and whole life!
1. What inspired you to follow your passion and create "Opti-Mom?"
I was approached by a Mom from one of my classes at Sheridan College to support a group of neighbourhood moms that got together regularly and in her words "or there might be dead children". All kidding aside, this is how Opti-Mom began and once I started telling other moms about what I was doing, they began clamouring for my speaking. The rest, as they say, is history!
2. How did you make it work with your kids and family?
My children are older now 16 and 12 so it's a lot easier now that I don't have to worry about childcare. I prioritize my life very simply; self-care first (mind, body and spirit) and base all my decisions business and personally ensuring that balance is a top priority. When the kids were younger I had some GREAT childcare support because my husband worked incredibly long hours in the film industry (I was one of those Film Widows). Kids don't pay much attention to what I do rather on who I am.
3. What was your biggest obstacle?
I still work long hours and work very hard; my commitment to self care (mind, body and spirit) keeps me in tune with what I need. I no longer struggle with mom guilt or balance and I am a better Business Owner, wife and mom because I am nourishing myself. My biggest obstacle was the need to control everything. I now realize I can't do everything myself and have given up a lot to the people that work with me
4. What did you learn?
I learned to follow my intuition, nourish myself and teach others to do the same!
To learn more about what Opti-Mom offers please visit www.opti-mom.ca