We are so excited to have Inc. Magazine writer and life coach, Marla Tabaka, be our guest blogger this week. Tomorrow, she is going to share some fantastic tips for using Linked In. Today, though, we get to learn more about her personal life and how she has overcome some seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
I was inspired by how Marla was able to adapt to an unexpected change in her life years ago, and found creative solutions to allow her to not only survive, but to thrive! I love how Marla’s career has evolved into 3 seemingly disparate jobs that all meld into the perfect entrepreneurial adventure!
Tell us about all the different facets of your business.
I help business owners grow, both personally and financially. What I most love is working with someone who has a scalable business model but who also has something blocking them from attaining growth. It’s wonderful to witness the change that coaching can bring to their life and to see that business take off once the barriers are dissolved.
I also write for Inc. Magazine online and host two internet radio shows (The Million Dollar Mindset and EFT Radio Online). This gives me the opportunity to reach so many more people, not only with my own insights and experience, but also with expert advice from the brilliant people I interview from time-to-time. It’s exciting because I learn from them as well!
Lastly, I am an EFT practitioner and Reiki Master. EFT (emotional freedom techniques) is a very powerful modality that allows people to let go of fear, anxiety, limiting beliefs and the affects of trauma. I credit EFT for a great deal of my success as a coach – it’s my secret weapon!
Can you share about how you stayed motivated when you lost your husband 16 years ago and became the sole provider for your 8 year olds?
I still wonder how I did it! To this day I am so grateful that our children were a part of my life; they gave me the determination and strength to face the challenges and deal with the grief. My spirituality grew more important to me during that time and frankly, I believe that this life experience is what ultimately led to my choice to become a coach. I also had a wonderful career at NBC-Chicago so I could manage financially.
But a long commute and long work day was a challenge. So I offered room and board to a woman and her young son who had just fled from an abusive marriage. She cared for my children while I was away at work. The understanding that we were helping one another kept us both strong and determined.
What is the best advice for your business you ever received?
To stop trying to do it all alone! Entrepreneurs get caught up in wanting to do it all, and I fall into that trap as easily as anyone. Letting go is the only way to grow – that’s my motto!
What quote or mantra defines you?
My favorite quote is “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is my reminder that anything is possible.
What’s the latest piece of technology you fell in love with (phone, tablet, app, website, blog, tool, etc.)?
Every time I use my financial banking app I thank the tech-gods for the time and frustration that it saves me!
What business book would you recommend to someone just starting out?
Definitely the e-Myth by Michael Gerber.
How do you balance wearing all the hats in your life (from mom, to writer, to life coach, etc)?
Life balance? What’s that? Seriously, I listen to myself when I’m coaching clients and make sure that I take my own advice. I remind myself that when I take the time to meditate, play, be in nature, and enjoy my relationships I’m not only better at what I do, but I also have more focus and clarity. Taking time for yourself actually creates more time for what you need to get done because of the increased clarity. As long as I remember that I’m just fine.
Where is your dream place to travel?
Ever since I read Eat, Pray, Love I’ve wanted to go to Bali. I will someday.
If you could eat only one meal for the next 6 months, what would it be?
Anything Thai. Well, I think I’d have to toss in a pizza now and then.
What movie can you watch over and over?
Sleepless in Seattle. I’m a hopeless romantic!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Night Owl or Early Bird? Early bird for sure!
Beach or Mountains? I couldn’t choose just one!
Cats or Dogs? Large, crazy dogs.
Hugs or Kisses? Kisses
Finally, What is something about you that would surprise your readers?
When my kids were still at home we had a “zoo” consisting of 2 dogs, 2 birds, 2 rats, 2 snakes, 2 iguana’s, 2 cats and a pond full of koi. Noah’s ark had nothing on the Tabaka household!
Thank you Marla for taking the time to share a bit about yourself. We can’t wait for your post about Linked In tomorrow!
about the author: Natalie Eckdahl is the co-Founder of ScheduleMAX.com, an online scheduling solution that is easy to use and elegant. ScheduleMAX allows your clients to book online 24/7, reduces no shows through automatic confirmations and reminders and saves everyone time!