We are excited to recognize Ellen LaFleche-Christian as our featured blogger this week!
Ellen is a busy mom of a 19-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter. She owns five blogs and is addicted to social media. Ellen believes that it doesn't have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple, healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives.
“If you’ve ever felt like the only way you can get everything done in one day is by working 12 hours a day and living on a diet of frozen pizzas, diet soda, and coffee, you’re not alone. I felt that way for years and my health suffered for it. I was forty pounds overweight, sick, tired and fed up with everything. My house was a mess, my husband forgot what I looked like when I wasn’t wearing sweatpants, and I couldn’t remember the last time I spent time with the kids.”
I cannot speak for all of our Vibrant Nation readers, but I personally have been where Ellen was. “Fast forward several years and I’ve got it (mostly) under control. Back at goal weight, I rarely turn to processed foods and try to create meals that use healthy, whole foods.” Ellen has found a routine that works for her and her family that lets her get everything she needs to get done without neglecting herself or anyone else. One of her five blogs, Confessions of an Overworked Mom, is the result of her journey toward a more healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle.
“Don’t worry; you won’t find any recipes that have 15 complicated steps or crafts that take you two months to complete. I know you probably don’t have any more spare time in your day than I do. I will share healthy recipes, easy crafts & DIY projects and tips and tricks that get me through my busy days. I still drink way too much coffee and am addicted to technology, but I’ve got the rest under control most of the time.”
We were so happy to have the opportunity to interview Ellen and find out what makes her a Vibrant Woman!
What is one thing you do every day to inspire other vibrant women?
When I first started blogging, I had a million questions about how to blog, and I met a number of really nice women who were kind enough to answer my million questions. I've always made it my goal to help others who are in the same place that I was. I hope that this inspires other women to keep the cycle going.
Tell us about yourself - what stage of life are you in? Where are you from? Where do you blog and why?
I just turned 50 years old a few weeks ago. My kids are 19 and 23 and are currently living with my husband and me, along with their significant others while they try to become independent. I think that gives me a unique perspective of somewhere between an empty nester and a busy mom. I've been blogging since 2008 when I left a full-time government job to search for something that made me happier. I blog from my living room where I spend part of the time looking out at the flowers and nature and part of the time typing furiously to get all of my ideas into my latest blog post.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" by Henry David Thoreau.
What makes you a Vibrant woman?
I think that what makes me a Vibrant woman is my desire to give back to others. Just imagine what an amazing place this world could be if we all did that.
What is the best advice you have ever gotten from another woman?
I think the best advice I've ever gotten from another woman came from a quote by Loretta Lynn "Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best."
What is your best “advice for life” for other women?
My best advice for life for another woman is: Do what makes you happy. We spend most of our lives planning for "someday, " and we forget to live today. Don't waste your life living for tomorrow.
What do you think is the best part of mid-life?
The best part of midlife? I think the best part is getting to the point in your life where you're strong enough to be who you really are without excuses.
What are you most proud of accomplishing?
I think the thing I am most proud of accomplishing is deciding to blog the way that makes me happy. There are a lot of people offering advice on how to be successful and that may work for some people, but to me, it's more important to blog the way that makes you happy and find your own success.
What Vibrant woman do you most admire?
The vibrant woman I am most admire is my Grandmother. She was divorced in a time when it wasn't common and held down a full-time job in a manufacturing plant. Despite having a very difficult life, she still managed to raise two children, save for retirement and be a lady every step of the way.
Thank you, Ellen, for sharing yourself and your struggles and successes with us!
You can find Ellen – well – all over the place! Pop on over and say hello!