Archetypal Woman Series: Meredith Kimmel

The old one-dimensional female archetypes -- the soccer mom, the starving artist, the successful-but-lonely boss lady -- are dead. Women are creating new, multidimensional archetypes and defying stereotypes.

The most fulfilled women are constantly creating in multiple areas of their lives, whereas burnout often happens when we feel like the routine of our day job is all we have time for. The Archetypal Woman Series is a tribute to inspiring women who rearrange time and space to explore and excel in a range of activities. May their stories encourage you to expand into your own uniqueness for the benefit of you and everyone in your orbit.

Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do?

As an ICF Credentialed, Certified Professional Coach, I work with people who have undergone grief, loss, or other life transformations. I help these people recognize the changes that happened to them and find resiliency. By finding resiliency they are able to create successful and meaningful lives beyond the change that happened.

We are in a time of rapid change! What encouraging trends are you seeing in your industry?

I am seeing a lot of people turning to coaching. People are willing to ask for help and they are open to receiving it.

I am also seeing that people want to make positive changes in their lives and they want tools for how to do this. They also want someone to either hold them accountable, or help them come up with an accountability partner. I'm finding more people are open to making changes and wanting to better themselves both personally and professionally. People don't seem complacent to being who they are, they want to be better and it is very encouraging.

What are some practical tools you use to help manage your time and energy?

I am a planner and I'm super organized. I live by my calendar. I schedule everything, including downtime/me-time. I even color-code items on my calendar so I know if they are personal or professional appointments, and I have a specific color for category.

While that may sound rigid, I'm actually pretty flexible. I can move things around or reschedule them, but I do like having a framework set up. I also have a self-care routine of starting my day by doing either yoga or cardio. Following my workout, I immediately do my journaling practice.