"When the sharpest words wanna cut me down. I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out. I am brave, I am bruised. I am who I'm meant to be, this is me." ~Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman
How do you go about pursuing your dreams and finding creative work that is fulfilling, rewarding and meaningful? How do you experience success with your creative endeavors?
I believe both women and men can find the answer in what I like to refer to as, your feminine superpowers. Whatever your industry or sector, I firmly think this is key to your success.
Sometimes I feel like I'm actually living my life backwards. Like the older I get, the more I become like a child.
I mean, I'm obviously getting older and I can see the future ahead of me (grey hairs and all), but when I get very still and dig deep into my heart I notice something profound:
I'm reconnecting with my inner child more and more every day. (Yes, I'm about to get a little woo-woo, but just hang in here with me.)
This week I'm honored to be the featured guest on Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn. I met Jodi in a classic networking way via an introduction from a friend (hat tip, Christie Mims of The Revolutionary Club). Jodi's work inspiring women leaders around the world to take the lead is admirable and I am so excited to share our conversation with you.
In this episode, I had the unique opportunity to be on the other side of the mic sharing my own personal story of career and business. I talk about why I'm passionate in helping women achieve more money, success and joy in their careers and I share personal details I've not disclosed publicly before.
I hope you enjoy my career story born of humble beginnings and the journey to where I am today. Might it lift you up and inspire you to go bigger, reach higher and pick yourself up when you fall.
A Look Back and an Intention for the Future
Last year I forgot to set my intention on a word for the year. I had a good reason. I was struck by an awful flu in the new year that had me down for over a month (and buried deep into the fantasy of Once Upon a Time to be honest). So it was almost like my new year and my birthday (which is on the first week of the year) just happened without my presence.
As a result of weeks on the couch, I made some pretty big decisions about my life. To start, I committed to launching my coaching business in the months that were to come. And as I entered deeper into this commitment with myself, it felt like I was stepping into a light and leaving a heavy darkness behind. And so I knew I was doing the right thing even if it felt uncertain, scary and hard.
And for the last 12 months it has been hard. It has quite literally felt like I’ve been giving birth to something massive. Sometimes it has felt like the air between the cells and molecules of my body was shifting, and painfully so. I got sick a lot, found out I had adrenal fatigue and took a lot of naps.
In 2009, I moved to Portland, Oregon to start my life over. EVERYTHING had to change. In this new city, I wanted a new career, a new outlook and a whole new life. BUT it took a lot of time, a lot of mistakes and many wrong turns to get to where I am today.
Early in my move, I remember saying to my father, “My dream is to help women. I want to be a mentor and leader for women, so that they feel empowered to make courageous decisions about life and work.”
In 2009, at the height of the recession, it took me three months to put together part-time work that barely even paid the bills.
At one point, I got scared of my financial situation and flew to Sonoma, California for a job interview where I was hired on the spot. I accepted the offer and flew back to Portland to pack my things. Three days later, I called and declined the offer. I couldn’t go. My heart wasn’t in it and I wanted to stay in Portland.
I currently work at Prichard Communications as an Account Director for Mac's List - Oregon's number one online community connecting jobseekers and employers. I love my job at Mac's List and Prichard, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to have served such an amazing community.
However, on June 30th I'll be leaving Prichard to start Jessica J Consulting. I've always wanted to run my own business and now I'm excited the time has come. I'm so glad you're here to make the journey with me. I know two things: it's going to be an adventure and it's going to be fun.
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I'm on to something and it's BIG. And the momentum is FIERCE. And I'll keep you updated every step of the way.