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What is a Self Care Coordinator?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

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Joie Grandbois, Self Care Coordinator

When we meet new people and engage in typical getting to know you small talk, we will eventually get around to asking the question, “What do you do?” This is a pretty normal question, but what gets me isn’t the question, it is how we respond. More often than not, when asked what we do we respond with a statement that doesn’t say what we do, instead we respond with, “I am…”

We don’t say, I practice medicine. We say, “I’m a doctor.”

We don’t say, I help people create more comfortable living spaces that reflect their personal style. We say, “I’m a designer.”

We don’t say, I make sure that the items you want to buy are accurately totaled and your payment is processed correctly so you can get on with your day, we say, “I’m a cashier.”

When I was at the age when it seemed everyone I knew was deciding what their “I am” was going to be, I was lost. While I had many suggestions – you should be an artist, you should be a writer, you should be a lawyer, you should be a biologist – I found I couldn’t settle on any one thing, in fact the thought of deciding on one thing was practically panic inducing. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to make a difference in the world – to leave it better than when I arrived.

Over the years both Darcy (my business partner and our Director of Dream Fulfillment) and I been many “I ams.” Depending upon when you asked us, “What do you do?” We might have answered with…

I am a camp counselor.

I am an administrative assistant.

I am a customer service representative.

I am a marketing manager.

I am a paralegal.

I am an artist.

I am a creative director.

I am a dance teacher.

I am a research assistant.

I am a student.

I am a sustainability professional.

Personally, I often found I answered with more than one, “I am a part time paralegal, part time research assistant. I do a bit of freelance writing on the side, Oh… I’m also a dance teacher. And did I mention that for the past decade I’ve also been the creative director for a variety show troupe?”

The fact is that none of us can be easily summed up with any one “I am.” We are multifaceted, diverse individuals, doing the best we can with what we have in any given moment.

Today though, if you asked, I’d say I am the Self-Care Coordinator for Nouvelle Lune Business Solutions. This is probably the closest thing to an accurate “I am” that I’ve had.

I believe that we as human beings are at our best when we live lives that give us a sense of purpose, and make room in our lives for those things that feed our souls in a deep way.

Finding and tending to these things is often what drives many of us to become entrepreneurs, starting our own businesses where our “I am” is in alignment with our “I do.” What else is this but a deep form of self-care? So whether our support helps you build a solid foundation for your new business to grow and succeed; or aids you in creating space to more deeply explore your purpose ; or simply helps you manage those time consuming tasks that direct you away from the work that feeds your soul, then I will have fulfilled the duties of my title.

As for that other goal of making a difference in the world? It is our hope to work with entrepreneurs, startups, and creatives who share this purpose. In supporting you, and your purpose, we support our own, and in the end we all, hopefully, leave the world a better place than we found it.

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