We had the good fortune of connecting with Carley Schweet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carley, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important thing I’ve done as a parent to positively impact my children (one is two years and the other is five months) is going to therapy. Hear me out: becoming a parent is an absolute whirlwind. Every day, you face new challenges and obstacles while running on broken sleep.
For me, therapy has become my outlet to feel seen and validated in my parenting experience, but it’s also given me a chance to understand and address my childhood trauma (we all have it!). The more that I understand my inner child and the old patterns and behaviors that influence my parenting today, the more supportive and compassionate parent I can become. There’s real, tangible power in breaking intergenerational trauma, and it’s something I’m committed to doing for the sake of my children.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In my 10+ years working in the professional world, I’ve held many roles and learned more lessons. My professional life started in New York City in 2012 when I worked in the fashion industry. After five years, I was burned out, chronically exhausted, and looking for a change.
After a period of radical self-growth, I quit my corporate fashion job and launched my own coaching business. Over the five years of that work, I authored two self-care books, published countless articles, held interviews, recorded podcast episodes, and more.
Then life took another turn. After the birth of my first child, I realized just how lost I was in my role as a mother, specifically when it came to postpartum healing. It quickly became apparent just how little information there was for new parents that specifically focused on the period of time after birth. So, I created it. Linking arms with postpartum experts and professionals, Hello Postpartum was born in 2020.
Along the way I realized a few very important lessons:
1. You don’t have to do it all yourself. In fact, you shouldn’t. People want to help you, you just need to ask the right people for the right thing.
2. Know when to pivot and, more importantly, when to let go.
3. There’s always someone out there that knows more than you. Be open enough to learn and humble enough to understand.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend come visit Seattle, here’s what I’d do:
1. Head out to Little Si for an early sunrise hike
2. Swing by Twede’s for a greasy post-hike breakfast
3. Make our way into the city for facials at Cake Skincare followed by ice cream at Frankie & Jo’s
4. Head to Pike Place Market for fresh blooms
5. Go home for an afternoon nap followed by dinner at Mamnoon
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My story – personally and professionally – wouldn’t be possible without the unwavering support of my husband and business partner, Corbin. He’s been a constant in my life on many, many levels. Someone else that I’d like to recognize is our nanny. Without her fierce dedication to our family, I wouldn’t be able to be of service to so many others and create the work I do. It’s a privilege to have her in our home.
Headshot: Ryan Flynn Photography Others: Talitha Photos