Dr. Maura Moynihan Amoroso is one of the most loving, nurturing, humorous, joyful and playful women I know. Her laughter and smile are contagious. Her intelligence and wisdom are beyond her years. Over the twelve years that I've known Maura, I've experienced her magic as a chiropractic doctor for women, infants, and children, as well as blossom into a mother of four boys (yes, I did say four sons). If you find yourself uncertain of how to manage to be an entrepreneur, mother, wife, friend and ultimate lover of life, read below for Maura's tips on how she maintains her strong sense of self amidst it all.
How does spirituality impact your business?
Spirituality is the backbone (ha) for how I show up, how I create, and how I serve in my business. The quote from Ron and Mary Hulnick "Healing is the application of Loving to the places inside that hurt" is on my business card and it is from this place that I work with others. People tend to think of going to a body worker for fixing, but I work under the tenant that the body is merely one component of our experience and when it is hurting, more often than not, there are some opportunities in the mental, emotional or unconscious levels to look at.
How do you stay motivated through the ups and downs of owning your own business?
This is such a great question because staying motivated during the ups is very similar to the downs. I find having a spiritual practice, for me, meditation, prayer, journaling, processing with a small group of my like-hearted sisters - is the foundation, so no matter what is happening on the outside, my inside experience has a consistent invitation to connect with the Divine. Also, having a practice of observing my thoughts and labeling them as just thoughts, has been transformational in keeping myself present to what is. By observing my passing thoughts, I don't give them too much credence, as another thought quickly follows. Whereby, I gain altitude and have space for inspiration to come in.
Also, I notice that when I have said "I need a break!" my schedule slows down. This is usually not what I am looking for so I tend to make a deeper inquiry when this thought arises. If I need more self-care, connection with my husband, girlfriends, etc. or if, in fact, I need a 'break' from working or I need to refuel.
What would you tell the younger you just starting her business?
Oh, I love this. I would tell that eager little lady to be patient. To enjoy the learning, because as long as you are in a body you are learning! I would happily tell her that her practice will morph and evolve and grow. I would tell her that I will be humbled and inspired, I will make mistakes and I will make a difference. I would tell her that it just gets better and better, that my service is a blessing to me as I fall in love with my patients again and again and again.
How do you balance your clients, professional projects, and personal commitments?
Now, this right here is the question. This is where the word "balance" is tricky for me. The spinning plates are never truly in balance, I attend to all aspects of my life but the loudest and most pressing gets most of my attention until the next one hollers. Delegating the less pressing issues has been paramount.
I experience mothering my four boys, nurturing my marriage, tending to my friendships, honoring my inner growth and spiritual practice, and serving my patients by heavily relying on a schedule. When I have it on the calendar it happens. I schedule my workouts, I schedule my date nights, I schedule hanging out with friends. Things happen when it's on my google calendar. It's the best!
The other huge supports are having really loving child care, and having a self-nurturing practice. I leave my house pretty much every morning by 6 am to take care of me. Whether it's exercise or reading at a cafe I leave and fill up my cup so that I can show up in the world for others.
What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome?
My biggest challenge has been the refinement and the time management with mothering and partnership and serving and self-care and friendship and education and staying inspired. I grew up interpreting being a mom as the primary role for a woman. And as motherhood is one of my biggest gifts, it is not who I am. I am Maura, showing up as a mom, a doctor, a friend. Staying true to myself keeps the challenges as hurdles and not road blocks.
What project are you most excited about right now?
I just moved my office to West Culver City and am really excited about working with some extraordinary and heart-centered women healers. So excited! I also am lit up about my new offering of coaching women. This was fun Gwen! So much love to you!