With the swarm of warnings about what not to eat while you’re pregnant, Janice wants to help conscientious mamas-to-be figure out what to say yes to.
“We have this mama bear instinct to want to protect our babies, even though they’re not ‘here’ yet — because we know that they’re at their most vulnerable stage, growing every organ and every system in their body,” she says.
Janice understands firsthand that despite the desire to make thoughtful choices during pregnancy, it can feel overwhelming.
“You’re in the right to be concerned and to be on top of what you’re eating,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be really complicated, even though the internet makes it seem that way.”
Her Facebook group, Healthy Pregnancy Made Simple, is just the beginning of a new chapter for the wellness coaching business she started 4 years ago. She’s taking a holistic approach to helping women through those crucial 40 weeks.
“It’s not necessarily about what you eat. It could be what you drink, it could be what you’re breathing in,” she says. “So I go beyond the nutrition side of things so that women are feeling great during their pregnancy, hopefully reducing their symptoms, and feeling like they’re doing all they can to set the stage for a smart, healthy baby.”
How Motherhood Inspired a Business
After starting her career in the consumer packed goods industry, Janice decided to get smart about what she was putting in her body before starting a family.
After spending years trying to increase the consumption of most of the major brands you see in the grocery store, she came to the realization that “the messages that I’m putting out there aren’t really helping anyone.”
She planned it out financially with her husband, left her marketing job, and entered the world of wellness and nutrition coaching.
Her newfound freedom has also allowed Janice and her family to spend a few months abroad in Columbia, where her husband has roots.
“We decided to try and get away from the Canadian winters,” she says. “We have the flexibility, so we figured let’s give this a try.”
Women Helping Women Succeed
“Now that we can do everything online, it’s just amazing,” Janice says, as she describes how she’s tapped into groups of wellness experts, fellow moms, and masterminds to build her business.
“Being a mompreneur can feel very isolating, when it’s just you and the kids and the house,” she says. “So having these connections have been really helpful, because I was used to going to the office everyday and working with 40-50 people and having that social network.”
Similarly, Janice wants the moms she coaches to reap the benefits of a supportive community.
“Sometimes if you’re trying to do things differently, and you’re getting those head turns and eye rolls, having someone in your corner to say ‘yeah, it’s okay that you’re worried about that kind of stuff and trying to take action’ can really help.”
How This Mompreneur Makes it Work
“If you’re starting a business, and you’re trying to manage being a great parent, you can’t do everything all the time,” Janice says.
She encourages entrepreneurial parents to build a support system and create daily rituals that bring them energy, while letting go of the things that don’t.
“If you can afford to have somebody to clean the house, or do the grass, or shovel the snow, you can then use that time to spend better quality time with your kids or work on your business.”
She gets up before 5 a.m. and writes for an hour and a half before her kids wake up. They have a little bit of “cuddle time” before she heads off the gym, while her husband makes breakfast for the kids.
For any parent who finds it challenging to build in time for self-care, Janice recommends keeping it simple.
“Focus on doing the things that give you joy, whether that’s talking to a friend on the phone who lifts you up, reading a great book, watching a romantic comedy, or taking a nice bath,” she says.
The highs and lows of building her business have felt similar to parenting, “80 percent of the time it’s difficult, and 20 percent of the time it’s the most amazing thing ever.”
“It’s hard work, but at the end of the day I love what I do,” Janice says. “It’s not all rose-colored glasses, but I’d much rather being doing this than commuting 2 hours a day to work, missing my kids.”