Why I’m going from business mama to study mama

It was only a few years ago that I really started to look into my future. As a parent – actually, no, let’s call that ‘individual’, because I am still one, my role and life have been both subtlely and mind-blowingly changing over the last decade. Prior to having kids, I was kept completely busy with my casting consultancy and photographers businesses. And once the kids came along, my ‘busyness’ merely changed its shape into full-time mother and home-maker.

But as my kids started to grow up, I started to wonder if I’d need something to fill the void when I hit the ‘Big 5-0’, and the kids have left home (please God…), I’ve been out of the workforce in, like, forever, and the husband starts taking an odd interest in sports cars …

My decision was fairly easy in a way. Given the enjoyment and fulfilment I experienced in my previous work life, starting a new business was a natural decision. The question was what type it would be.

In pursuing my passion for nutrition and wellbeing, I decided to study to become a health coach four years ago, establishing my business Brenda Janschek Health and Lifestyle once the course was completed. To be honest, I had no real plan, but I thought I’d love to do pantry makeovers. It didn’t take long to realise that this service alone was not going to reach everyone I wanted, nor make me a sustainable living.

Almost three years on, and I still run my signature pantry makeover service as well as other successful offerings, and I’m much clearer about my passion and my direction. I have to admit, it’s been hard, and I have wanted to give up 100 times, but bottom line, I absolutely love what I do.

I love connecting with my beautiful Facebook community of like-minded spirits, I love working closely with women in my one-on-one coaching and reaching hundreds of women through my online courses.

I love the messages of gratitude from those whose lives I’ve helped in some way, I love recipe creating, blogging and being a part of a movement of wellness warriors who are all striving for positive change in this world.  And I love how all of my work is at one with my core beliefs and values.

Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it. Buddha (563 – 483 BC)

One part has been missing however, how to make it truly financially viable and therefore sustainable. Which is why I jumped at the chance to do my Diploma of Business through Business Mamas.

Brenda Janschek - Business MamaPukka Tea and Chewy-Choc Banana Cookies help me concentrate!

So while I’m overloaded as a mum and entrepreneur, I’m optimistic that doing this course will help me become clearer about the best way to propel my business forward. I hope that my studies will provide the direction my business needs to become more efficient, and provide the tools necessary to support it’s success.

My ultimate dream is about creating  positive change to the health and wellbeing of precious families all over the world and so affect a change for the generations to come, so wish me luck!

I truly don’t know what will come of it, but am grateful that the opportunity to do this course has come into my life and to have you on this journey with me.

If you want to take the first step to live happy, work happy, be happy, contact Business Mamas today and the Business Mamas team will be in touch with more information.



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  1. Jo

    Good on you Brenda! I want to study more nutrition, but think that’ll have to wait a little longer….starting a business and being a mum is already stretching me! I found your post interesting though that after 4 years of a successful coaching business it’s still not really financially viable. Shame it’s not easier to make money while spreading health and wellness around. x

    • Brenda Janschek

      It’s a stretch all right Jo!Almost 3 years, not 4 years Jo. It’s just so hard to create and get things done when you are also raising a family. My other businesses prior to kids were instantly financially viable, I think patience is definitely required and I believe it will come very soon. xx Nutrition and/or psychology studies are on my hit list too!

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