“Women are meant to live out their Dream… through a life of Balance, Purpose and Victory.” ~ Renee Metzler
The Work She Loves:
Founder – Total Home Makeover
Coaching women to know God, manage life and home and drink more coffee.
Renee considers herself a Jesus follower, wife, mom, writer, creator, entrepreneur, speaker and mentor. Nine years ago, she went from a career woman (teaching 7th grade English) to a full-time stay-at-home mom which she says is the best decision she ever made. However, when she first beganher season of motherhood and home manager, she felt lost. She wanted a coach to help her manage all aspects of life – God, family, self, home, organization, planning, meals and “drinking Mocha.” She wanted a planner that taught her how to plan. She needed some serious help in creating structure into her day that would bring about success. And what she discovered was a way to create hope for herself and for others.
How did you discover your current position?
When I first became a home manager, I felt lost. I began to research how to manage all aspects of life well. This lead to the beginning of a book, blog and coaching/mentoring career.
What was the path you took to get you where you are today?
I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Secondary Ed. English and taught for 1.5 years. I then began my career as a full-time mother and home manager. I realized the need to find systems to manage well and began researching smarter ways to manage all aspects of life. I felt other women could benefit from this information and began to create a book. In the middle of my research, I started a business with Mary Kay Cosmetics which lead to a 4 year career, Directorship, and helping 100’s of women start their own businesses. This was a great learning experience.
In 2010 I decided to liquidate my Mary Kay Business and begin to coach, blog and mentor women in life skills. I particularly have a desire to teach women through workshops and work with them in a hands on fashion. My goal is to help women know God intimately and to manage all aspects of life. Women are meant to live out their Dream. How? Through a life of Balance, Purpose and Victory.
Was there any one person or situation that has helped you along your way?
My husband and children have been a source of endless encouragement. My own heart has told me what I long to do. God has placed gifts and talents within me to give back to the world. When I liquidated my Mary Kay business, it took a lot of faith to believe that my next step could actually happen. One day, when my 8 year old daughter came home from school, out of the blue, she said, “Mom, you’re supposed to stop doing Mary Kay and write your book.” I imagine an angel whispered that in her ear.
What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?
My job is really just speaking a message that I feel others need. When I get to encourage another woman to move toward the dream in her heart, connect with a heavenly Father that loves her or give her a tip on how to manage a practical aspect of everyday life, it gives me great joy.
What have you found to be the most challenging?
The most challenging aspect of my current path is marketing – or letting others know my services exist. I’d love to be able to afford to hand over the marketing tasks to a marketing expert.
Though you make it look easy, what is the biggest personal sacrifice you’ve made because of your job?
My job can be summarized in one word – motherhood. I also want to mentor others to mother well. Motherhood is bringing life, calling out life, and encouraging another into growth and development. This life is passing quickly, and investing in our children’s hearts is what will last. At first, when I became a full-time mother, I thought I was sacrificing my dreams of an “important” career. In the midst of my decision to value full-time motherhood, I realized that hearts are “important”. Motherhood isn’t a sacrifice at all, but a joy. I know what I’ve chosen has great value in our world. Our world desperately needs tending to the heart.
What are the top lessons you have learned about life and/or business that sticks with you?
A life, a soul, a heart is a miracle. Hearts are what matter. Live more from your heart than your head.
What would you say are the rules you live by?
Find the gift you have within and give it back to the world. See the potential in others and call it out. Speak the truth in love.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for work at home moms today, particularly those in your industry?
I believe the economy has affected every household budget. I also believe that business is still personal. Computers are not a business, people are. We have to develop business relationships/coaching relationships with the person in front of us. Help one person at a time. This will grow to a successful business over time.
What advice do you have for other work at home moms who want to be in your industry?
If you long to be a mentor/speaker/author/blogger, I suggest getting connected with a mentor or a network such as a local writer’s group. I also suggest developing your message and presentation and then letting others in your community know what you have to offer.