Your evolving identity
Thursday 28 February
Claire Boyens led an evening for Mums to self reflect on their identity, values, set goals & visualise their future.
Connect with Claire Boyens
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instagram - @cmboyens
More about Claire Boyens
I began my career with lululemon almost 10 years ago in New York City, I had recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and was desperate to make my mark on the urban world in North America, until I found lululemon and my whole world changed.
On my first day of work, I was coached to write a vision for what I wanted my life to look like ten years later, when I was 35 years old, and from there write a series of goals or steps to focus on what would support me in achieving this vision.
Fast forward to present day and my 35th birthday, I have literally achieved all that I wrote for my self that very first day of lululemon, thanks to the incredible power of goal setting. I have raised three beautiful children, Harriet, Alice & Vinnie, I still date my husband every Thursday night and most recently I was the Regional Manager for lululemon New Zealand, a dream career role I had always wanted, until I woke up one day and realized that by saying yes to my dream career I was saying no to what really mattered most to me - my family. Somehow, through balancing multiple maternity leaves, a crazy travel work calendar and family life, I had lost my self, lost my identity and lost what really mattered most.
So I made a stand for me and was extremely supported by this incredible company. I now work three days per week, consulting on all aspects of Business Development and Leadership Development as a Training Manager for lululemon Australia/ New Zealand, – how grateful I am!?
Now I completely understand that not all women want a career, not all women want a family and not all women want both at the same time. And I definitely do not pretend to have the whole working mum life nailed or have all the answers to how to achieve both, how can I? - we each have our own unique vision of what we want our own lives 10 years from now to look like, made up from our own individual life experiences, values and dreams. But what I can share are some of the tools, resources, tips & tricks that have supported me in achieving what matters most and the tools that I believe have truly supported my journey through maternity leaves and the return to work and the ever changing struggle of identifying as a working mum.
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