Meet Caryl Mix: Author, Speaker, and Coach
What is your story? Or in other words, what makes you so awesome?
Although there are various chapters in my life, I think the recurring theme, that has made me who I am, in my life and in all of the businesses that I have owned really comes down to these several points:
- It’s okay for things to fall apart in your life. I spent the majority of my life trying to “balance” my hectic home and work life. I tried so hard to keep everything together while trying to do it perfectly. What an absolute waste! I was so afraid that everything would fall apart and that I would make a “mistake”. Little did I know that sometimes, everything is supposed to fall apart. Sometimes things need to fall down and crumble all around you in order to let go of what no longer serves you and it also allows you to see what is strong enough within to support you.
- 100% Responsibility: When I began to become 100% responsible for everything that I was feeling and experiencing in my life, I began to feel more in control of my life. My thoughts, responses and behaviors began to become more proactive instead of reactive. I get to choose how I feel and how I will respond in any given situation. That was a total game changer for me.
- There’s no such thing as failure, only feedback: When I began to see that my perceived failures were simply data and information that I need in order to grow or change, I was able to expand in an even greater way in both my personal life and my professional life. When I traded defensiveness for curiosity, I was able to learn from my mistakes or the opinions that were shared with me and purposefully change how I was thinking, behaving and showing up in the world. Now I don’t think of failure as much as I consider what information can I look for that will help me in the areas where I need to grow.
I am super passionate about helping exhausted and overwhelmed people understand that they are meant to do more than survive their busy lives. We are not meant to just survive our marriages, our families or the work that we do. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and it’s not meant to be used running yourself into the ground. We absolutely can be calm in the chaos, connected in our relationships and empowered in the work that we do.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
I share my group programs with several large health care organizations to help men and women not only see their goals through, but also learn new strategies for a deeper connection with themselves and others.
In biz or life, share a struggle you overcame that other woman can relate to.
At one point, I had become so disconnected, depleted and overwhelmed from the entire life that I have created. I placed myself on the bottom of the priority list, put others needs in front of my own (even their non-critical ones) and consequently became very ill and lost unto myself.
Yes, I have had several mentors and coaches that I have worked with over the years. While there are too many to list, I can say that I had a fierce team of women around me along with one fantastic man. I strongly believe in coaching, as it is a fast effective way to create momentum and lasting change.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
I think the most rewarding thing that I can do is work with a client that needs to have systems in place in order to succeed as well as empowering someone take their hearts deepest desires and bring them to fruition. So powerful.
If you could give one piece of advice to women who are entering the workforce or launching biz?
The most important piece of advice that I can give another woman is to tell them that self care is one of the most critical and overlooked issues that can make or break yourself and/or a biz or within the work that you do. Be sure to take good care of YOU so that you are available, present and able to take care of what’s most important to you, your time and the relationships that mean the most to you.