NICE TO MEET YOU!
I'm Renée Janes-Reid: 40-something career strategist and work-life ninja on a mission to help high-achieving professional women break free of their exhausting, unfulfilling work lives and instead create an impactful, energizing career aligned with who they are and what matters to them most...without compromising their wellbeing.
I've had all the jobs: cleaner, barista, retail sporting goods manager, bartender, customer service rep, horseback riding instructor, exec assistant, career counsellor, program manager, operations director, development coordinator, business affairs director, and entrepreneur.
All that stuff has spanned 5 industries, public and private companies varied in size, and 20+ years.
Holy crap. I really get around.
Throughout my career I've experienced a lot of crazy shit, but the craziest shit of all is how many women I know who think they have to hide who they are and push down what they value to be “successful” (whatever that means).
They believe "hustle" and "busy" are badges of honour and oh-so-necessary because, duh, that's how you get ahead and adult and stuff.
They believe that looking after themselves is selfish, and that they don't deserve to collapse into bed or go on vacation or fucking EAT until they've taken care of everyone else first.
And it drives me nuts. NO NO NO NO NO.
There's just so much more for you, and you definitely don't need to be everyone's cup of tea.
I used to be so damn tired at the end of each day from playing my assigned part that I had pretty much nothing left in the tank to give to my family or my wellbeing, let alone friends or fun stuff that wasn't, to be honest, totally mindless escapism.
Maybe you can relate.
It felt like I was living a dual life - kind of like Batman but without Wayne Manor and Alfred and the bazillionaire lifestyle. Also, I've never been a vigilante.
Ok, maybe not like Batman. But you get the idea, right?
It wasn't until just a couple of years ago that I rather unsexily hit my wall of pain, which is much less fun than House of Pain, let me tell you, and finally started consistently practicing this stuff myself instead of simply believing in it.
Because knowing isn't doing, and I knew (even though it sucked to admit it) I wouldn't get somewhere new by doing the same old crapola.
Cue the facepalm because KAPOW, Batman!
As I developed simple but consistent habits geared towards creating work-life alignment, my confidence skyrocketed, I tapped into my "why" (hello stranger!), and I moved out of a job that wasn't working for me to create a business that totally is.
Along the way, because I was self-caring and protecting my energy like a mofo, I got stronger mentally AND physically.
It was truly a (r)evolution. And when I elevated myself, everything around me elevated too.
My relationships with my partner and family deepened, I started taking risks and making big moves (hello, own business!) I wouldn't have even dreamed of before, I got in the best shape of my life, and my everyday routine became simpler but at the same time, a lot more vibrant. Who knew?!
Of course, I wanted to share all the wonderful. I started a blog and gradually transitioned into coaching full-time. Being a career strategist and work-life alignment champion is the very best way I can think of to simultaneously serve others and explore my passions while using my unique gifts and simply being me: a down-to-earth dork with a rainbow unicorn heart.
Waking up every day excited about what I do and I how I do it also happens to be the overall goal of all my clients. But you don't need to have your own business to feel aligned with your work. You can do whatever the eff you want, and if what you want is to feel a high level of joy and connection with your career without losing your proverbial banana in the process, then let's chat.
Welcome to my galaxy. The water is warm.
Pssst…..you're still here? WOW. I'm impressed.
You want to know more about me, as in, me-me, Renée the human? Ok. Here's the Coles Notes version because we all have shit to do, right?
Besides being a badass career & wellness strategist, I'm also a certified Level 1 exercise nutrition coach (Pn1) with Precision Nutrition
I live in Toronto with the world's best dudes - Tyson (13) and Perry (classified)
My MBA is in Strategic Management and my MA is in Adult/Higher Education
I'm into consulting detectives, wizards, spaceships, hobbits, and superheroes
My uniform = hats and funny t-shirts; I don't "do hair"
I could live on tacos and key lime pie
I'm a music, TV, and movie nerd/encyclopedia
I lift weights, run, and practice yoga to ensure I outpace the zombies