She/Her. As Gemini as they come . Haven't had an office in 6+ years; I work 10 (ish) hours a week, usually with snoring dogs at my feet.
ONCE UPON A TIME
What no one tells you about private practice is that to make money, most people massively overwork. I was once super proud of my ability to see 9 clients a day - diagnosing, assessing, treating & drowning in mental health care plans. Until I started getting migraines and had a small stroke.
I thought I learned my lesson, but a few years later, I became a mother. With both my daughters I experienced hyperemesis gravidarum and random pregnancy-related hearing loss. In between vomiting 20 times a day and not being able to hear, I simply couldn’t function to see clients. Add in the "blessing" of two daughters who hate sleeping, and I was a vomiting, sleep-deprived mess. My idea of 'work' simply had to change.
In the first year of my PhD I had a small stroke (TIA). I cut right back, I quit taking the contraceptive pill (that's a whole other story!) and thought I learned my lesson.
Slow, sustainable growth means strong roots. I teach women to reject everything we’ve been taught about rushing, hustling and being too available. I LOVE my 1:1 work, but I love it more when I'm not wishing I was in the garden with my kids and my animals.
I’ve learned that time management really is a core spiritual practice. By reducing your available 1:1 work hours, you have time to build repeat revenue (passive income). This opens up a world of time for rest, holidays, high-quality leisure and play.
I encourage women to consider that you have ONE life. Is your business + life a reflection of what you value most or simply a reaction to what you think you should want?
I put the ‘gem’ in Gemini. Haven't had an office in 6+ years; I work 10 (ish) hours a week with snoring dogs at my feet.
My happy places: hanging with my chooks & dogs, & picking flowers with my babies
MY OFFICIAL BIO FOR Official things
Dr Erin Bowe is a Clinical & Perinatal Psychologist, Course Creator, Business Mentor and Author. Host of the Mum as You Are podcast. She teaches over 2700 students from 42 countries. As seen in the Sydney Morning Herald, Kidspot & more.
NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF
I come from a long line of shoemakers. I love shoes, but I'm usually barefoot.
I can't roll my 'R's. No one has succeeded in teaching me. #badscottishdaughter
I talk to dogs like they are people (& often forget to say 'Hi' to their owners)
I gave birth to a 5.0kg (11.3) baby with severely stuck shoulders...without drugs (see my book!)
Not quite your Cosmo quiz, but I was a 90s teen
I love pasta. I over gesticulate. But no Italian heritage!
Russell Brand (followed with a Bex & a lie down)
Daggy dancing to 80s music
Florist! Or Journalist for Rolling Stone
San Sebastian. The food, the people, the dogs!
Sparkly wine or sparkly water
Wild bird song & the smell of the bush
Coffee. My kids don't sleep through the night
'Wobble' & 'Petrichor'
Gilmore Girls. It's a lifestyle.
Rather than use social media, I make a conscious choice to send a weekly email instead. You'll get insights about mothering, perinatal mental health, stuff I'm working on & a spot of whimsy.
I love getting pen pals! Slow down, breathe & delight in my random, whimisical stories.