Boss Mom of the Week: Arianna Taboda
Arianna Taboda is a maternal health consultant who works with experienced entrepreneurs who are becoming first time mothers, helping them customize their maternity leave plan and return to work. She is deeply committed to providing on-going, multi-faceted support that meets the professional, physical, mental, social, and emotional needs of entrepreneurs as they babyproof their business and navigate new motherhood. Prior to her consulting practice, Arianna worked on maternal health issues for over a decade as a health educator, a social worker in a mental health clinic, a reproductive health researcher, and a yoga therapist. She draws from her expertise as a maternal health professional, combined with her experience as a business owner and mother, to provide highly personalized services so expecting entrepreneurs have the tools and information they need to make decisions and take action when it comes to balancing their business with a new baby. Arianna lives, works, and plays with her family in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Tell us a little bit about your family and your Boss Mom journey.
My family is actually in the middle of a huge transition. As I write this, we are packing up our house and moving in three weeks…but we don’t know where we will land! We received lots of signs that where we currently live is just not the right place for us as a family or as business owners (my husband and I are both self employed) so we are hitting the road. It’s exciting and scary at the same time, but I know on a gut level that it’s the right decision. Tuning in to that intuition has been a key part of my Boss Mom journey. I could analyze potential options all day (I am trained as a researcher after all!) but when it comes to making decisions (for life and business) it has to not just be the right choice based on logic and intellect, but gut and heart too.
What are some of your favorite go to meals when time is tight and dinner MUST get on the table?
A whole chicken into the crockpot first thing in the morning, and cutting up veggies/sauce that I have on hand and throwing them in there at noon. When all else fails, quesadillas — we eat a lot of them at my house!
Where do you go for inspiration?
Doreen Virtue’s Angel Therapy Oracle Cards.
When I’m searching for inspiration, motivation or validation externally, they have been a truly impactful way to shush the mental chatter and tune in to what’s going on internally. I can usually reconnect with what my personal inspiration or “why” if I just pause long enough to listen.
What are you currently reading or listening to (podcasts, books, blogs etc)?
Love Tara Gentile’s site and podcast for all things business, the BizChix podcast for its “on-air” coaching calls, and I’ve been devouring an early reader copy of Lori Mihalich-Levin’s “Back to work with Baby,” which launches in April.
What is one piece of business advice that you’d give to a mom just starting out?
Do what you can with what you’ve got now and grow from there.
In one word, sum up your life as a Boss Mom.
What are three core values of your business and how do those values relate to your motherhood?
- Comprehensive support – as I mentioned before, support networks are everything!
- Navigating the unknown – The only constant (in motherhood and business) seems to be uncertainty and it’s a challenging but beautiful wave to ride.
- Evidence + Intuition – research away, but when it comes down to it, make sure you listen to your gut too.
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