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How I Balanced Being a Working Parent with Four Boys in School: A Personal Account

When our youngest of four boys went to first grade. I decided it was time to dig my business suits out of the closet and rejoin the land of people who work in offices. It sounded like a great change for me!

As I settled in as the vice president of a financial services firm, I quickly discovered it was impossible for me personally to be great at being both a mom and being employed outside the house.

It felt like I was sharply divided in two or maybe even three with being a wife, mom, and now working outside the house.

I became exhausted, torn, extremely frustrated and a bit jealous of everyone else who seemed to do it all.

One day while contemplating my options, I closed my office door and began to brainstorm.

I figured if this was happening to me, it was happening to others and an effort to figure out how to be my best moving forward, I wrote down the words Best Ever You.

In that moment, The Best Ever You Network was born. I quit my job on the spot. I went home and asked a pal to register a domain and put up a small website.

The next day it was up and running.

I believe it’s time to stop spinning our wheels and over-working for a fragile concept of success that feels outdated, unworkable, unattainable, and one-size fits all.

Success is so much more than the dollars in our bank accounts or analytics.

Traditional measurements of success are unrealistic and often feel unattainable.

These mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual disconnects have created multiple issues on many fronts.

We need a new way forward and a definition of success that is individualized. When you have that, you have your best awareness, which will help you excel in all areas of your life.

True success is reflected in the intention and actions to be our best in each moment. It’s time to fully understand how you can live a life most authentically and aligned with your heart, truths, and energy.

It’s time to feel proud and valuable, rather than searching and seeking thing after thing or the next best thing and always feeling less than. Breakthroughs happen when truth intersects with infinite possibilities.

Success is a tricky topic.

I believe success can be achieved and felt in everyday moments, rather than only on a grand scale.

I also believe each person has the capacity to cultivate a fulfilling and successful life, regardless of their circumstances or external achievements.

Please comment about success in your life.


About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

In 2008, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino closed the door to her office to think about her life. When she opened it, she walked through, leaving behind an almost two-decade career in the financial services industry in order to open the doors for The Best Ever You Network.

Elizabeth is a bestselling author, success strategist, change facilitator, trainer, and speaker focused on helping others root in gratitude and compassion to navigate change and breakthrough to their best success. 

She is the founder of Best Ever You, a revolutionary multimedia brand and platform with millions of fans and followers around the world. She is a tireless champion of others and believes in the need for the individual light within to raise the collaborative power of us and we.

Elizabeth is the author of the bestselling, five-time award-winning book, The Change Guidebook: How to Align Your Heart, Truths, and Energy to Find Success in All Areas of Your Life and The Success Guidebook - How to Visualize, Actualize, and Amplify You. She is also the author of PERCOLATE - Let Your Best Self Filter Through published by Hay House.

A highly sought-after expert and frequent speaker, Elizabeth has been featured by national and international media publications including Good Housekeeping, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Thrive, Medium, and more. In addition, her popular 4-4-4 Newsletter is sent out to thousands of subscribers each week.

Elizabeth and her husband, Peter, have been married for more than twenty-five years and have four adult sons, three rescued cats, and two dogs. They can often be found in Maine in their gardens, in the pool, raking leaves, or, depending on the season, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

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