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Abidemi (Abi) Marsh

Abidemi (Abi) Marsh

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Hello Beautiful Soul. I am Abi Marsh, the Chief Reinvention Officer at Reinvent Your Identity, LLC. I am currently focused on launching Motherhood2Menopause, a program designed to help organizations in supporting women's wellness in the workplace, and empowering women to self advocate from the bedroom to the boardroom.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

When I first joined Ellevate in 2018 I treated it like a booty call relationship. I only showed up when I felt drained. This time around I took time to really understand the organization and attended quite a few virtual coffee chats to make sure I had a plan of how I can give as much value as I received. This is why I am a member, Ellevate offers a rich community of women to network and grow with.

How would you define your professional mission?

As a female empowerment coach, I empower my clients to rediscover, recover, and reclaim their pleasure, inner intuition, creativity, and body wisdom to regain power so they can build a business and career that reflects their unique skills, strengths, and values and have more impact and influence from the bedroom to the boardroom.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

I care about women living integrated lives starting from being connected to themselves and having a strong support system around them to help facilitate their growth and development. l I feel fulfilled and accomplished when a woman gets a solution or aha moment after a discussion with me that helps her to feel safe in her body and confident about making decisions for her own wellbeing.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Women choosing to leave the workplace or opt-out of promotions because they do not feel empowered or a lack of support for women's wellness in the workplace from motherhood to menopause.

Women go through many stages and changes in our lifetime, and there are many common gynecological issues that we have to navigate and make decisions about our health that affect our careers and lifestyle. For example: During our 40s and 50s, both men and women are ready and qualified for executive leadership and retirement. That is the same time when changes in women’s bodies occur. The effects of these changes, especially if coexisting with other gynecological issues, often feel like our bodies are betraying us. This often makes many women choose not to advance in their careers. These issues are not just isolated to the workplace; they also affect our relationships with ourselves and others.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I am grateful when a woman trusts me to empower her to understand the stages, processes, and unique needs pertaining to her physical, spiritual, and mental health. I am fulfilled when I help an organization take a great leap in destigmatizing women's wellness in the workplace.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

Ultimately, I want women to feel free and safe to connect with their bodies, emotions, intuition, creativity, and things that give joy in an empowered way. I hope that this gives her the confidence and clarity needed to speak up and boldly express her needs to her partner, boss, healthcare practitioner, colleagues, children, and anyone who requires that she holds space, give herself in service, or make a significant decision that will have an impact on her wellbeing.

What is your morning ritual?

I start my day with silence, gratitude, movement and prayers.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

I don't believe there is such a thing as work-life balance. I pursue work-life integration instead. I prioritize pleasure by doing the things that give me joy, and it includes self-care. I love hiking and spending time in nature. I also love the time I spend with my children, especially my twelve year old daughter. I create harmony when I make sure that I am planning the time I spend for both work and pleasure in ample amounts for me to avoid burnout.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Pursue work-life integration and prioritize pleasure. Pleasure is about enjoyment and requires a connection with our whole selves, including our bodies. Integration requires self-care, self-love, and self-awareness. It would be best if you took care of yourself first.

Connecting to our bodies can feel uncomfortable and even impossible if you have never done it. But your life will remain status quo until you are willing to lean into and invest in this process. For most of us, the status quo is the disempowered cycle: the good girl, the victim, or the disgruntled.

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