Today I get to share a very special interview with you! I recently had the opportunity to talk with Shana McLean Moore, an awesome life coach, motivational speaker and mom of two, to learn a bit more about how she stays motivated and the teacher who has impacted her the most.
I first met Shana years ago in a very different capacity. If you’ve been around the blog for a bit, you may know that before writing, I spent years teaching English.
Well, one of my years teaching 8th grade, I had the incredible privilege of teaching Shana’s youngest daughter!
So, when Shana left a kind comment on my last interview post, I jumped at the chance to get her in the hot seat, too.
If you’ve ever been curious about the daily life of a life coach, either from a professional or personal standpoint, you’re going to love this deep dive into Shana’s world.
But, first, let me share a little bit about this interview series and what inspired it…
What is The Lesson Plan Interview?
I decided to create an interview series, inspired by my years as a teacher, to glean wisdom, advice, tips and best practices from accomplished women who embody all the qualities of the modern woman.
This interview series is not looking for answers to questions covered in their resume.
No. The purpose of The Lesson Plan is to dig deeper, to go to the heart of their motivation, how they stay productive, their hacks for balancing all the things, and, of course, a few of their guilty pleasures (or just pleasures – sans guilt).
I want to round out these incredible women so that we all walk away from these interviews with useful nuggets, some solid inspiration we can put into practice, and a feeling of empowerment.
I’ll be sharing her candid answers to my questions in her own voice below, because – quite frankly – nobody can say it better anyway.
The Daily Life of Life Coach: Shana McLean Moore
ISF: Shana! Thank you for your willingness to answer some questions for my readers! Why don’t we start with a little background on what you do!
SMM: I am a life coach and wellness speaker who talks to people who feel crushed by the 24/7 work culture that’s expected of us. I provide practical tips and inspiration to fight back against the grind.
ISF: I totally feel that in a major way. What led you to choose this path?
SMM: You know, a young client once asked me why I became a coach and I hesitated before answering. I felt hesitant because to hear a life coach have a sad response to that question seems like breaking the news that your parents are Santa.
ISF: I love that. It is incredible that when we pursue our own best life, that energy shift can have such a positive impact on the people in our lives, too. So, when do you feel most inspired? Are you an early bird or night owl?
ISF: I honestly wish I could be an early bird! But, once I accepted that my creativity really wakes up later in the day and evening, I was able to increase my productivity and reach goals faster, without working more.
Tell me about any routines or rituals that you do before getting to work:
ISF: Great idea! You’re in good company – many past philosophers and inventors were big walkers! Once it’s time to work, how do you stay organized, so you can manage all the moving pieces of what you do?
ISF: Yes, absolutely. So, let’s dig a little deeper: what motivates you and keeps you going, even on days when you may not feel particularly motivated?
ISF: “Life is not supposed to suck.” That is simple, but powerful. My mom always says, “Choose happy.” I think it helps for people to hear that it is often a deliberate choice! Do you have any favorite apps or technology that you use to keep the day-to-day running smoothly?
ISF: Yes, so great to reconnect with you on LI! Talk to me about some professional mistakes you have made and what you learned from them!
ISF: Oh man, I agree with you. I have said for years that students should be given more opportunities to explore different career paths and do short internships throughout high school, so that they can make more informed decisions in college!
Speaking of school, which teacher in your life has inspired you the most?
ISF: Gah, she is amazing! I have saved so many of her quotes. On that note, do you have any favorite quotes?
ISF: Couldn’t agree more! Before we go, let’s finish up with one last question that I think everyone experiences on occasion – what do you do when you are struggling to get motivated or be productive?
ISF: Imposter syndrome is a gremlin – for sure. Thanks so much for sharing!
I know it’s hard to imagine Shana being unproductive. She’s a positive force and a true inspiration for so many of us.
If you’d like to learn more about Shana, her life coaching groups and private coaching, or more about her speaking engagements, you can find her at ShanaMcLeanMoore.com, her Instagram @yourcoachshan, Facebook, or LinkedIn!
Big thanks to Shana for letting me pick her brain for a bit and give you all a little mini life coaching session, too.
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Thanks for reading!
Have a fabulous day,