Diane Schroeder Red Shoes

Hi Friend,

I am Diane, and I believe in a world where when leaders focus on self-care, leadership, and community, they become the authentic version of themselves. As a leader in the male-dominated fire service for over 20 years, I know that practicing self-care and having a supportive community enables leaders to find their authentic style, have a work-life balance, and increase productivity.

We all have a fire inside of us that is meant to shine, but life happens, and our fire can get buried under all the things; kids, work, competition, partners, parents, and other responsibilities that we put ourselves last.

Trust me; I have been in the crawl space below rock bottom.

My professional and personal life were a mess. I was in survival mode jumping from one life raft to another. I was scared, tired, frustrated, and holding it together with pieces of tape covered in dog hair. I thought something had to change; I didn’t realize that I had to change.

Putting the pieces of my life together has been a journey. I promised myself and my son that I would work to create a life where we could thrive.

What did I do? Self-Care (Reimagined)

  • I found a good therapist and started to heal my traumas.
  • I fell into the loving arms of my community.
  • I learned how to build capacity in my life.
  • I started to do things that brought me joy.
  • I began practicing yoga and meditating daily.
  • I uncovered my fire and used it to light up my world.
  • I stopped settling for crumbs.

What Lessons Did I learn?

  • Self-care allowed me to reconnect with my authentic self.
  • Self-care has made me a better human, mom, partner, and leader.
  • Self-care is a personal journey to self-love and freedom.

Awesome Diane but what is a self-care strategy?

In the fire service, a strategy is a plan to mitigate the emergency. A self-care strategy is a similar approach. Using my wisdom, education, and experience, I help leaders create a self-care strategy that creates capacity, confidence, and clarity. If you are looking for a place to start with self-care, you can start with this free audio.

Do you want to continue this relationship but are unsure of the next step?

  1. Sign up to receive my emails, where I share tips, tools, and stories to make you laugh and motivate you for the week. ** I send these semi-regularly, so you don’t have to worry about inbox overload!
  2. Listen to the Fire Inside Her Podcast on your favorite podcast platform, with new episodes every Wednesday.
  3. You can always email me with questions at diane@thefireinsideher.com

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