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Meet the aspiring actress turned integrative nutrition health coach, Angela Simpson. She is a self-proclaimed ‘happiness expert’ who works with women to help them regain their health and happiness.

Full name, title/position: Angela Simson – founder of The Gratitude Project

As a kid, what was your dream career? I really wanted to be an actress. I loved being on stage and I loved dressing up and really showing a more creative side of myself.

Tell us about your path to where you are now? My family background has lots to do with where I am now. My dad is a coach and my mum is the most generous and kindest human I’ve ever met (I know everyone says this about their mums but, really, the woman has a heart the size of the country!) and so it was always important to be in a position of service, but also in a position of self-care. Mum gives a lot, but also gives so much to herself – she’s always making sure she’s taken care of too, getting massages, sleeping in when she needs to and putting self-care as a high priority. Because she gives so much to herself she has so much more to give in return. I studied in 2014 at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified Health Coach and, other than giving me a qualification, it gave me a new life. It gave me back my health and also helped me to create a heart centered business that lets me stay home and do mum care instead of daycare while earning a living!

Was there a defining moment in your life? Meeting my husband. I remember the first time I saw him. I remember telling my bestie I was going to marry him (I was 16!) and I remember the feeling of fullness when I realized that I was actually right and we were meant to be. He’s been with me and watched me grow from that lost teen to who I am today and he has never held me back, questioned me or told me I couldn’t be what I wanted. He holds me in a light that I could never have seen myself in without doing so through his eyes and it’s been such a huge part of my success and happiness.

What is your favorite part of your current role? I have several roles but all of them let me be me first, a mum and wife second and a mentor third. I get to work with women to regain their health, my husband and I work with women to help them create an income from home doing what they love, and I get to share a really strong message of gratitude with anyone who will listen!

What is your least favorite part? I’m a little addicted to it all. Sometimes I forget to have a life because I’m so in love with working from home and being with my little family. I need to remind myself to get out and away from the bubble sometimes!

Do you have children? What are your tips to work/life balance? I have two girls, Bo (4) and Harper (4 months) and it’s REALLY HARD to balance life and career! But it’s possible. I mess up sometimes and other times I rock it like a pro. But at the end of the day, it’s vital to me to be working from home. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do from an office space because my family is my priority. And if that means I stay up late and wake up at 4am to get work done so I can spend time with them, I do that. Because it’s important to me and my values and I get to choose how to consciously construct my days.

In relation to balancing it, I try (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) to keep work time as work time and family time as family time. I’m guilty of saying “I’ll be there when I finish this email” to Bo, but I aim to always let her know she’s important – especially more important than an email that can wait 5 minutes.

What piece of advice or encouragement would you give to someone still looking for their big career break? Choose your career based on your values!  Like I mentioned, my values are service and family. To stay in alignment I need to work from home and I need to serve, so I do work that fits in with that. Your values are yours and decide on them from a place of zero judgment. Also, ask for help! Email people you admire, ask them for advice, what they do to build their business or income. Most people are very willing to be of assistance, you just need to ask!

What do you do in your downtime to escape the work headspace? Cuddle my baby!

If you could completely change your career right now, what would you do? I’d do this for free if I could.  To be honest, if I won the lotto today I would still keep going with everything, just on a more toned down level. I freaking love it!

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