In Her Shoes: Tammy Tkachuk of Transition Life Wellness

Tammy Tkachuk is a certified psychotherapist, counsellor and life coach in Alberta, Canada.

As a new mom, she has seen first-hand the struggle of balancing work, family and friendship. At a young age, she has experienced marriage, divorce and motherhood. This experience has inspired her to refocus her business, Transition Life Wellness, towards helping mothers and young families reach personal goals, achieve balance and reduce stress.

Tammy has made it her mission to guide men and women through the personal, mental and emotional hurdles that they are faced with in life. She wants everyone to feel that they have a voice and they are not alone in life. Tammy also wants clients to feel they are are achieving successes in life and are moving forwards on their own personal path.


What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?  Move close enough to the ocean so I can go for walks on the beach every day!

What is your favourite hobby?  Hard to choose just one…running, reading a good book, baking/cooking a new recipe

What do love most about what you do?  Having clients tell me how much it has helped them to finally have someone to talk to!

What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?  Financial planning, budgeting and saving.

What’s your favourite sound?  I have two faves, the sound of my son calling me “mama” and the sound of the ocean.

How would your friends describe you?  Motivated, driven, and organized.

What’s your favourite song right now?  Bibia Be Ye Ye – Ed Sheran

What was your first job? I was a shampoo girl at a local hair salon.

Name a gift you will never forget.  Having a baby on Christmas eve – best gift ever!

Do you have a favourite quote? “Wherever you go, there you are.”

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?  There were some waterfalls in a cave we came across in Costa Rica, it was the most magical place I’ve ever seen.

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?  I had a really early curfew so I would sneak out to be able to meet with friends…this got me in trouble a few times…

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Learn how to take more business risks.

What is one thing you wish you could be better at? Keeping focused on task – I can often have so much on my mind that I try to do multiple things at once.

One word to describe your business?  Wellness.


Do you think women feel intimidated in business?  Yes, I think that they do because it is still very much so a male dominated industry.  However, I have seen more and more women open themselves up to the idea of being an entrepreneur which I think is awesome!

How do you achieve work-life balance, does it exist?  I think it does exist but it isn’t easy! I rely on my planner to organize myself, plan both work and personal life (gym, friends, playdates)… I also try hard to set boundaries with clients so that I am not working on the weekends or after hours.

How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way?  Hard work, education, and support of my close family and my peers.

Other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success? To believe in myself throughout this process.  I am definitely an optimist and believe that whatever I set out to achieve I will be able to achieve… that has helped to take me a long way.

If you could time travel back to day one of your startup, what would you tell yourself?  I would tell myself to spend the money and do it right the first time.

What would you tell women entering into the same field? Believe in yourself, don’t let competition hinder or scare you, you do have amazing ideas so run with them!

When budgeting and building your business, what is one thing you spend or spent money on that you believe is “worth the money”? My website, all the way.  A good website is a good foundation.

What habits help make you successful?  Being organized, being professional (look, behaviour, education, how you present yourself), and continuing to educate myself.

Do you feel working with a business partner is a good idea or bad? Both! Good, because it is great to collaborate with someone else and bounce ideas off of, but also sometimes not so good because you would have conflicting ideas about how things should be run etc. Sometimes it just easier to run your own show, and have colleagues/peers to reflect with.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the women of the world who are thinking of entering into business for themselves?  If you have an idea, a passion and a desire to be an entrepreneur take the leap and go for it! It really is rewarding in the long run!

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