Embracing Motherhood by Corrine L. Bucher, Life Coach
Corrine L. Bucher, Life Coach

A Matter of Perspective
Identifying Your Priorities

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Take some time right now to identify your priorities.

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September 2008 Newsletter - #4
Embracing Motherhood:
Identifying Your Priorities

Dear Friends,

Fall planning and scheduling has my head spinning. I naively thought that the start of school would mean more time for me, but between walking my daughter to her kindergarten class and after-school activities I seem to have less time. Therefore, identifying priorities is my topic this month. I would also like to introduce you to Karen Riley-Grant in my Modern Mom Spotlight, a great example of how identifying and honoring priorities can have a positive impact on family. Finally, don't miss joining one of my Moms In Balance 90 day coaching programs starting this month (see below).

Whatever your stage of motherhood, I hope you feel inspired and supported each month to live more fully and joyfully. My mission is to bring you simple, practical ideas that you can use right now to usher in more energy, time and dare I say – balance.

I welcome your feedback. Please let me know what will help you make the most of your adventure.

Corrine Bucher
Life Coach and mother of a pre-schooler and kindergartener

A Matter of Perspective

Identifying Your Priorities

A pang of panic shot through me as I read the email from a friend saying she couldn't come for a play date because her son has his first AYSO soccer practice. It wasn't about the fact that I wouldn't get to spend time with a friend; my anxiety sprang from the fear that my son was missing out on something. AYSO soccer? That wasn't even on my radar. How could I have missed that while I was signing up for swimming, dance and Spanish tutoring?

As a mother of a kindergartener for the first time, I discovered how complicated the start of a school year can be. One of my friends refers to their intricate family schedule as the 'activity matrix'. As a Coach I do a lot of work around defining priorities and thinking about what one deeply wants for his or her family. But in my moment of panic, I forgot that and the pressure to be "the perfect mom" hit me.

Just a few days earlier, my husband and I had decided what our priorities are for our family and ourselves this Fall, and one was, as a family, to have time to just BE and play. So, when I brought up AYSO soccer he burst out laughing, lovingly reminding me of our decision. For identifying priorities is only half of the equation - following through with them is equally important. I've found that when my priorities reflect my core values, it becomes a lot easier to stay true to them. It also helps to have an accountability partner!

I have included an exercise below to help you identify and keep tabs on your priorities. Notice that I only ask you to think about the next three months: Motherhood is an ever-changing adventure, which means frequently re-evaluating what's most important. AYSO, for a four-year old, just isn't for us. This week, anyway.


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Into Action

Take some time right now. Get out a sheet of paper. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths, focusing on breathing in peace and out stress.

Now when you are ready, answer the following questions:

What are the top priorities for your family this Fall?
What are the top priorities for you this Fall?
How does each of these reflect your core values?
What might you need to adjust in your lists to have them reflect what is really important to you?

Email me at Corrine@corrinebucher.com and share with me what you come up with!

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Modern Mom Spotlight

Karen Riley-Grant
Co-Founder of Baby Bliss and Owner Baby Boot Camp

Following a successful 11-year run in corporate marketing, Karen decided to take a two month personal leave and explore a more family-friendly career path. She focused on two areas that drew on her background in marketing, while allowing her to tap into personal interests not yet explored: fitness and baby planning.

As an accomplished triathlete and former collegiate varsity athlete, fitness had always been a passion. That made it easy to become, a Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with an expertise on prenatal and postpartum fitness, which led to ownership of a Baby Boot Camp franchise (www.babybootcamp.com) .

Lunch with a former colleague on maternity leave raised the idea of a “baby concierge” service for new and expecting parents. Baby Bliss™ was born. It was a busy 2 months! Karen left her corporate position and currently splits her time between Baby Boot Camp and Baby Bliss™. Both businesses allow her maximum flexibility to be with her family while challenging her in new and exciting ways.

1.What is your top tip for balancing it all?
Fresh air, exercise and "me time". Short pauses throughout the day help me regroup, ground myself and keep my creativity flowing. This really increases my productivity as these self check-ins fuel me and help me optimize my potential, both in my personal and professional worlds.

2. How has being a mother impacted your success?
Being a mother has helped me slow WAY down. I'm more focused and thoughtful in my actions – I want to do things right the first time and do them well. The more focused I am, the more efficient I am at work and ultimately the more free time I have in the end to spend with my family. Additionally, I'm more patient now than ever before. I now know that good things come to those who wait. Potty training a 2 year-old can do that to you.

3. What is your best mommy moment?
My then nearly 2-year old daughter was sitting in my lap. I was trying to explain something to her -- going on and on and on when she took my face in her tiny hands, looked me straight in the eye and said, "ssshhh Mama, Phoebe talk". Her words forced me to put things in perspective so quickly - I realized that it wasn't all about me anymore. There was a world outside of me that was more important - my daughter, my husband, my family.

Coaching Groups

90 Day Moms In Balance Coaching Groups launching in September!

Offered as a tele-class and in-person (in Half Moon Bay)

You will walk away from this affordable group coaching experience with:

- A clarified work/life vision
- Tools for managing guilt, fear and stress
- The ability to say "no"
- An extreme self-care practice
- A detailed plan with accountability

You are guaranteed to have a break through.

Hope you can join us! For more information contact me: corrine@corrinebucher.com
Corrine Bucher, Life Coach

International Coach Federation


A veteran coach and mother, I am devoted to transforming the lives of mothers, whether working or not. Known for my enthusiasm, spiritual touch, and practical strategies I have spent the last 9 years coaching women who strive to find more balance and fulfillment often to remarkable results. This is success from the inside-out, deep lasting change driven by taking compelling inspired actions. 

The co-creator of corporate programs for Working Mothers, I challenge and inspire women to define their work/life balance vision so that they can begin to feel a sense of control again.  Offering tools to manage the guilt and stress of motherhood, my clients take away practical strategies to implement immediately.

Recently asked to host a Working Mothers' weekly radio show on Exceptional Wisdom Radio, I will interview experts in the field of Working Mothers. Bringing real solutions and answers is my passion.