You’re a high achieving professional, but your successful career has been met with the nonstop cycle of “do more NOW!” The career you love so much has left you feeling overworked.
You can barely remember when your life was less stressful. You know life can be hectic every now and again, and sometimes you may feel like super (wo)man when you can actually get “all the things” done. But lately you’ve been going full speed and now you just feel super drained.
I get it. I can help.
Hi, I’m Mary Stewart,
I help professionals who have a successful career they love but are exhausted from working long or unpredictable hours.They feel run down and overworked and want to take better care of themselves—but don’t know where to start. I help them find ways to make time for themselves so they can feel more balanced and fulfilled than they’ve felt in years.
How it all started.
I knew I wanted to help others after finishing college with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I started out helping foster kids in my hometown find a safe place to live. I continued my education in nursing after a year or so as a caseworker. I decided to serve in a different capacity and I set out to become a nurse practitioner. I had to become a registered nurse first, so I signed up and the journey began.
I was excited that my path in health care would allow me to continue to serve in a capacity that felt good to me. I got started in a very specialized part of pediatric nursing. I had experienced a few long evenings in social services but I couldn’t help but notice the long shifts in nursing. However, I knew that I was on track to becoming an NP so I kept my eyes on the prize.
Finally, in 2010, I became an NP. I’ve always felt honored to serve my patients. The triumph and sorrows I’ve witnessed in my career have reminded me to be thankful and to always be kind to whomever I meet. I can never know what each person may be dealing with, so it’s imperative that I practice the art of love. LOVE WINS.
Things began to unravel.
I enjoyed the work I was doing but I knew the work conditions were taking a toll on me. I also felt restricted as there were no opportunities for career growth. I craved growth and a solution to the long hours almost every shift.
After more than a decade of experiencing long hours and periods of high stress, I found that I had gained unwanted pounds. I found myself anticipating busier days and spiraled into mindless eating. I was not spending as much time with my support system which are my family and friends.
My priorities changed.
I was well aware that society has created a “do more, do it now” system that is downright unsustainable. When I reflected on my life, I realized that my day to day grind was not contributing to a well life. I wanted to gain some insight to help myself get back on track. I set out to find the next steps for me to achieve a lifestyle that served me well.
I signed up for the Mayo Clinic’s health and wellness coaching program. The program was so valuable and incredible. I realized that I needed to focus on what was important to me.
A challenging supportive environment with room to grow is important to me. I also need my personal wellness to be a part of the equation. When I’m around people who don’t support me or recognize my input, I feel like my contributions are not important or that my wellbeing does not matter, and I always worry if my performance is enough.
I’ve learned that, for myself to be successful and thriving, I need to be in a work environment that supports all of me.
I began setting up routines in order to move more, eat better, and scheduling downtime. When I began realigning my values and priorities to the right path for me, my stress decreased and balance was easier to attain.
Once I started taking time for myself, my mood improved; I wasn’t as isolated on my days off. I decided to finally tap back into my support system and find time to actually enjoy life.
I visited my friends and family more. I found time to cook more instead of ordering take out and I dusted off the recreation center entrance card! I started noticing that I was able to physically and mentally recover after a long stressful shift.
A new beginning.
I wanted extra accountability with like minded individuals so I formed a small wellness accountability group called Blaze Wellness. Soon after, I started retreats as a way for women to connect. I ran my first boutique retreat in 2017 and successfully gathered an amazing group of women to strengthen connections, exercise, rest, and relax. The retreat was so amazing that I decided to keep the momentum going by holding more retreats on an annual basis.
After that wonderful retreat experience, I knew it was time to expand my health and wellness coaching practice beyond retreats, to connect with busy professionals on a day to day basis.
Today, I get to help professionals make time for themselves and honor their wellness as they continue in their chosen careers. I help them prioritize what’s important for them despite what society may deem as important or necessary. I feel that when our actions are in alignment with our priorities our overall stress is decreased. I’m thankful for the experiences that led me to this point.
I’d love to hear from you. To learn more about how I can help you find balance as a busy professional, check out my Work With Me Page to see how we can work together.
Something inside of you is ready to get back on track. All you need is a spark, TOGETHER we will Blaze!
Join me and let’s do this together.