Live it to Give it

Live it to give it. That’s the first thing I learned in life coach training.  

I need to be living and doing the very things I help my clients to do. How can I tell someone to do something I’m not even doing for myself?

That’s why I invest so much time, energy, and money into having my own coach and continuing to do the work on myself that my clients are doing...digging deep to know myself better and become the women I was created to be.

Personal growth is a top value for me...I want to continue to grow, change, and evolve. The work I’ve done in the last few years, and especially recently, has led to so much goodness. I have redefined success and I have realized how afraid I am of doing things wrong, even having fun!

It’s always my goal to be transparent with you. I don’t ever want to give the impression that I’ve got it all figured out because, friend, I’m far from it. What I want you to know is that I’m right there with you in the trenches of becoming the best person I can be. The best version of me.

But, what is the best version of me? What does that even look like?

I’m a wife, a mom, a friend, a coach, a daughter, an aunt...and I show up differently in all those different parts of my life. You probably do, too. It’s pretty normal.

Lord knows, we don’t behave in the same way with our grandmas as we do with our besties, right?

My coach challenged me to define what showing up as my best self looks like. I definitely already had a vision of that in my head, and I certainly was NOT living up to it. I actually didn’t love cooking with my kids, I wasn’t great at making all the holiday themed cookies and cupcakes, nor was I ever making three meals a day for my family!

But when I got down to it, I knew in my heart what it looks like to be the best wife, mom, daughter, friend, and coach. I knew what matters most to me.

And guess what!

Yep! I’m already being the best version of me. Sure there’s room for improvement, but I’m mostly there. Problem solved, right?

Ha! It’s never that cut and dry for me, or any of us that are HUMANS!

See, even though I discovered I’m showing up as the best version of me, something still felt off.

Long story short, I’ve been compartmentalizing like a pro! I’ve been showing up in my various roles, as THAT version of me, not the WHOLE me.

My family doesn’t get to see much of the coachy, self-help side of me.

In my work, I’m not sharing much about my hobbies, my family, or my homelife. You definitely haven’t been getting the full picture of me.

Because I don’t like to do things “wrong,” I’ve been showing up in my work like I thought I SHOULD like working hard to make great programs. And working towards goals like getting more email subscribers, getting to a certain income range, and having a certain number of clients. Listening to all the noise out there about HOW to do business.

It didn’t take long before I started to feel trapped. I need(ed) to break out of all my compartments.

It’s more than a little scary to think about showing up as all of myself in every area of my life.

It’s hard to ditch the stories and the lies I’ve been believing about how I SHOULD show up. It’s hard to not care about what everyone else thinks, but I’ve gotten to the point where I want the freedom more than I care what anyone else thinks.

I’m living it to give it.

I want to follow the joy and curiosity in my life and inspire you to do the same.

I want to practice having fun every day and encourage you to add more fun into your life.

I want to live each day as fully and as intentionally as I can each day and share the journey with you.

Tell me, sweet friend, what if you showed up as your WHOLE self in every area of your life? How would your life be different? You may not TOTALLY know, I don’t know exactly yet either. But I do know that being able to show up fully as myself in my business will feel great, and I’m willing to explore the rest.  Wanna join me?

 

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Have FUN

What if your favorite coach assigned you the task of doing something FUN everyday? Most people would jump up and down with excitement, right?

Not me.

This was actually my homework from my coach recently. Attempting to have FUN every day gave me anxiety! In my head I was thinking all kinds of things…

What kind of fun does she want me to have?

How much fun?

How long should it last?

Should it be at home or somewhere else?

Should it involve other people or is this just for me?


Seriously! This assignment is WAY TOO loosey goosey for me! Where is the structure?

How am I supposed to know if I am doing it right?!

Y’all!!! I wish I was kidding!!! But I shit you not...these were my thoughts!! Clearly I NEEDED this assignment!

See, if you can’t tell, I’m a recovering people pleaser. This work I’m doing with my coach has revealed yet another layer of my crazy and shown me how uptight I really am!

I’m also learning about how fearful I am of doing things “wrong.” If I have structure and rules, I’m golden. I can follow the rules and play within the constraints of any situation or assignment SO WELL!

If only life came with a rubric, I’d be all set!

But the thing is, there’s no right or wrong way to do life.

It’s all about what works for ME, and it’s all about what works best for YOU. It seems like a simple concept, but for people pleasers, this can be a struggle because we’re constantly wondering in the back of our mind what other people think!

I’ve had some time to lean into FUN, and I’m getting better and better at it.

You know by now how much I love being creative and making things. This year the #the100dayproject came at the perfect time for me to practice unstructured fun.

Basically, this is a creative project where you select anything creative you’d like to improve upon in 100 days. Most creatives pick things like painting, photography, writing, memory keeping, etc.

I’ve chosen to do 100 days of embroidery stitching. I’ve started with a blank piece of linen, and I’m randomly stitching on it for 100 days. But, I’m not doing this to improve my embroidery skills!

I’m doing this because this type of thing would normally paralyze me due to the lack of structure.

I’d be so afraid to start because…

What if I mess it up?

What if it doesn’t look good?

What if I miss a day?

What if I do the stitches wrong?


You know what? All those things might happen! For me, this project is about showing up for myself every day, or at the very least...MOST days.

It’s about continuing to add stitches even though I don’t have a plan and have no idea how it will look in the end.

It’s about being ok with imperfection.

It’s about leaning into the idea that there’s no right or wrong way to do it, it’s about what works for me. As uncomfortable as it is, it’s an important thing for me to be working on.

Have you ever struggled with not wanting to do things “wrong?”

Jump into my FB group and let us know how you overcame that or how you’re still working on it! You can also follow my project in the group, and I’d love for you to share your own project there too!

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The Truth

What would it feel like if you didn't feel you had to uphold appearances and you spoke your truth? How would your live be different?

It’s easy to get caught up in doing and saying all the things we’re supposed to do and say.

We get caught up in the formula of how things are done in our society, especially in parenting and business. I think it happens so easily we can lose sight of what our truth even is!

I don’t know about you, but I feel inundated with noise in the form of “information” about how to be the best mom, how to create a sales funnel that converts beyond my wildest dreams, how to keep the love alive in my marriage, and on and on.

I know if it’s true for me it’s probably true for you, too.

Let me tell you, I sure as hell don’t want to contribute to the noise, so let’s talk truth.

It’s SUPER scary to me for you to know this, but here’s what’s true for me right now:

  • I’m curious what would happen in my business if I threw my “message” aside and only talked about what I’m thinking about and what interests me. What if I didn’t follow a business plan and I made shit up as I go according to what felt good to me?
     
  • I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m 45 years old and I’m still trying to figure my shit out and it’s really hard to not beat myself up for not having it all figured out by now.

That doesn’t mean I’m lying around dying inside, unable to function, but it does mean that I don’t have everything in my business figured out. It means that I can’t possibly imagine what my home is going to be like when my oldest daughter goes to college this fall. It means I’m feeling allll the feels in life right now and it’s ok. I’m ok.

  • I love all our pets but I’m really freaking tired of not being able to have nice things because of them. We have dogs and cats and it seems like someone’s always puking somewhere in the house, most usually on my new rugs. The new bedding on my bed is being picked and pulled at with little cat claws. And the hair! The hair is a constant battle, and I’m so over it.
     
  • I’m tired of being something to everyone. There’s always a role to play, and lately I just want to play ME.
     
  • I’m experiencing decision fatigue big time, and some days I want to crawl in a hole and answer to no one.
     
  • Social media takes up too much of my time. Not from a business perspective but from a lack of using my time wisely kind of way. I’m checking in WAY too often out of habit.
     
  • I have lots of great ideas in my business. Usually a couple of days after said good idea, I’m on to something else. #shinyobjectsyndrome
     
  • I’m discovering through working with my business coach, I spend too much time thinking about what my tribe would like me to talk about rather than showing up and doing things that excite me. I’m a work in progress.
     
  • I’m craving spontaneity. I long for the days when I could have a thought and drop everything and act on it. I’m making a plan for getting more of this feeling back into my life.
  • I’m tired, friend. I’m tired of following all the rules. Sure there are rules in our society that I choose to abide by, but you can’t even imagine the rules I’ve created for myself in my mind.

A good wife does x, y, z.

A good mom serves a nutritious meal 7 days a week or something insane and super unrealistic like that.

A successful entrepreneur has at least three big launches a year.

Success looks like this

I’m telling you the rules in my head go on and on. And the real bitch of it is, with the expectations I have set for myself, I can never win!

And so, I’m tired.

I’m tired and I’m ready to surrender to all the hype and the noise online, all the BS society says I’m supposed to be doing, and all the crap rules and expectations inside my head.

I’m not telling you all this so you will feel bad for me. I’m sharing my truth today in hopes that it will help you cut through all the noise and the BS and tell YOUR truth.

“When you write your truth, it is a love offering to the world because it helps us feel braver and less alone.”― Glennon Doyle Melton

Sometimes the truth is a hard pill to swallow, but I also know the truth will set you free.


If you’re a smart, creative woman (even if you’re not QUITE owning it yet), looking to get clear about what you crave, how to write a new story for your life, and move beyond fear that’s holding you back from making it all happen, let’s talk.

I want to help you begin to have the life you want NOW and start planning the legacy you want to create.

Click here to book a free call mini session with me. We’ll spend 30 minutes diving into your life, setting some goals and talking about what the accountability and support of working together would look like.
 

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Defining Your Vision of Success

Success is personal and it's defined differently by each of us.

I thought I knew what my definition of success was until last year.

Success in my mind wasn’t so much a list of criteria as it was a look. The criteria were there, but my vision of success was a VERY specific physical look.

Success was tall and thin, not overweight like me.

Success was a pencil skirt, silk blouse, and a coordinating blazer, not jeans and a tshirt. And it sure as hell wasn’t sweatpants and a messy bun like my favorite go-to comfort outfit.

Success was heels with a pointy toe, not flats or cute sandals like my sensible mom shoes.

I’m not sure where I came up with this vision of success, but I’ve had it since I was a young girl. Now, MANY years later, I can see that it’s done nothing but hold me back. I could only allow myself to feel successful IF I met the criteria and looked like this fictitious corporate type woman.

Isn’t it crazy how our minds can create such unrealistic expectations and keep us stuck? Talk about setting myself up for failure and making it almost certain that I feel unsuccessful.

Now I can see how this is a lie and a story I’ve held onto for a long time that no longer serves me. I’m not sure it ever did serve me since there’s no part of this vision that relates to my life, my lifestyle, or my career path!

I work from home, not a corporate office.

I travel for fun, not for work.

I am rarely “seen” each day as opposed to being in the office and being seen by others all day everyday.

Letting go of that vision meant I got to redefine and create a new vision of what success is for me.

As I started to do that, I realized I’d been holding onto certain shoes and clothes in my closet because they represent a part of this old physical image of success. In the past, letting them go felt a little like saying I was giving up on being successful.

Have you ever done that? Are you holding onto things in your closet that no longer serve you because they represent something you want or a time in your life you want to hold onto?

Now, I believe success can be any body shape.

Success can shop at Target or Old Navy.

Success can be jeans and a tshirt, yoga pants and sports bra, messy bun, flats, or tennis shoes.

There’s no one look to success.

I’m comfortable considering myself successful even though I’m overweight and a size 14, even though my “dressed up” would be super casual to the woman I previously envisioned as successful.

Success is a FEELING.

That’s why it’s different for each of us. No one else can tell us if we’ve arrived. It’s not even a destination!

As I’ve done the work around redefining success, I can see I was successful BEFORE I had a business or helped a single client. I had become a wife and a mom and I was traveling the world. As a young girl, that’s all I ever wanted. I achieved it! At the same time, I never let myself FEEL successful because the way I looked didn’t match my vision of success.

I’ve redefined what success looks like in my work.

This is what’s most important to me:

  • showing up consistently
  • growing my tribe
  • creating community
  • connecting with people
  • continuing with my own personal growth


It’s not about the look or the money. It’s not anything external.

It’s knowing I show up 100% myself and with all the love and encouragement I can give.

I urge you today to consider the vision of success you have for yourself.

Is it holding you back?

Is it based on external criteria that makes you feel like crap if you haven’t met them?

If that’s the case, my friend, it’s time to redefine what success looks like for YOU. Share your new vision with me in my Facebook group, Live Your Legacy NOW.

Let’s get a discussion started!


 

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Do Over!

Happy New Year!!!

Whaaat??? Yea. I know it’s March!

Let me tell you friend, I’m making claim to a do over! A hard reset. A fresh start. A clean slate.

Y’all know that I LOVE the end of every year and all the dreaming and scheming about the new year on it’s way. Last year was no different. I was so excited for this new year.

Then came January 1st. The start of this year was nothing like I anticipated. I’ve had so much personal growth since January 1 that I didn’t see coming. I should’ve known since my word of the year is stretch!

We are complex people, and a layer of my onion has been pulled away, revealing things I either thought I’d already dealt with or things I didn’t even realize about myself and the way I’m showing up in the world. Fortunately, I have an awesome coach to thank for helping me through peeling back that layer.

To start the year, things didn’t go well. Little things went wrong that made every day feel like a struggle. Nothing terrible, just annoyances. Then at the end of January I finished my free mini course and experienced what I’m now calling “the slump.”

You see, I’ve found myself in the slump before. I create something big, give it my all, and release it into the world and BAM!

I hit a wall.

I have a hard time continuing on in my work. Self doubt sets in. Who’s reading what I have to say anyway? Why bother? This is never going to work.

That’s when my coach started asking me about my upper limit problems. Read all about those in the book The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Seriously. Go read it. It makes so much sense! 

Along with upper limit problems, my coach asked me to define what success and living up to my potential looks like for me. This meant releasing ideas I’ve held onto for YEARS! It meant admitting to myself that it’s ok to have a different outcome than what I had planned.

To change something that’s SO INGRAINED in you can be hard and painful.

Digging even deeper, we discovered a lot of value conflicts. Anytime I’m living out one of my values (which is a good thing!) my mind creates a negativity around it that keeps me from enjoying it. As soon as I lean into joy, my mind reminds me of the opposite, leaving me to live in SO MUCH FEAR.

Fear of disappointing. Fear that I might lose all that’s good in my life. I’d hear myself say, “It’s too good to be true. This is too perfect. Something is bound to happen.

See how I set myself up so I can’t win? My life felt like one giant pot of resistance, wanting to enjoy all the good, but scared to really lean into it.

Discovering so many values conflicts in my life was painful. There was some sorrow in knowing  my whole life has had more suffering than necessary because of my own thinking. I’m proud I’ve been able to love myself through it and forgive myself.

There has been remorse in the forgiving. Remorse because I feel so bad for having treated myself that way for so long. I’m embracing the idea that when we know better, we do better.

There has been grieving...wondering how differently my life would’ve been, how much happier I could’ve felt all these years if I had allowed myself to truly enjoy things.

As painful as it was to learn this about myself, it was also very freeing!

Being aware of my behaviors helped me change them. We can’t change what we don’t know is happening, right? Now I’m able to stop myself from going to the negative side when I’m feeling joy and happiness. It’s not easy. I’m still learning and I suspect it’s something I’ll always be working on.

Allowing the pain, sitting with it and not trying to change it or power through it has helped me get to the other side so much more easily. Having the support of my coach and my VA (who totally picked up the slack when I couldn’t) made all the difference!

My coach sat with me in the mess and asked the questions to help me go deeper into what I was discovering. It was painful, like the shutting-everything-down-doing-nothing-and-only-existing-for-several-days kind of painful. I’ve come out on the other side more clear and much stronger.

The beauty in all this is I didn’t have to do it alone. If I’d gone through this alone, I wouldn’t have had the same results. It’s so much harder to gain the perspective that a coach can give when we’re on our own.

You don’t have to do it alone, either. I am here for you! I love sitting with my clients in the mess the same way my coach did for me.

I want to help you move beyond the fear that holds you back so you can truly enjoy each day and begin working towards the big dreams you have like starting your own business or going back to work because being home with the kids isn’t for you.

I want to help you out of self doubt so you can feel more confident about moving towards the goals you set at the beginning of the year instead of letting them go untouched for yet another year.

I want to help you with your own do over. It’s ok if you haven’t worked on your goals in the last month. It’s ok if you don’t even like the goals you set for this year. We can work together to shift things around so they work for you and so you can have goals you’re excited to work on.

I’ve declared March 5th as my day to begin again. I’m starting again with the same anticipation and enthusiasm as I had as I approached January 1st.

Join me! Everyone deserves a do over!

With a fresh start I know good things are on the way. I can feel it!

Happy New Year!


I’m excited to help you find that something more you’ve been craving. You’ve got big things to do in this world and I’m ready to help you begin living your legacy NOW.

To find out how working together will uplevel your life so you can leave your fears behind, begin to write a new story for your life, and feel more bold, fulfilled, and sparkly, book a FREE 30 minute discovery call.

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Right Now

I think I'm almost always in a state of working on myself.

Although I’ve made a lot of progress over the years, I definitely have not waded through all the shit.

I’m definitely still in the muck.

I’m willing to guess you are too.

What’s on my heart is sharing with you some of the lessons I’ve learned or am in the process of learning. I hope you realize you’re not alone. I hope you find some inspiration and a lot of permission to go after the things you’re craving so your life feels meaningful and fulfilled.

Right now, I want you to know that you don’t have to have that big dream of yours all figured out to get started.

Start your business.

Start making plans for the trip you’ve been wanting to take.

Get the gym membership.

Go on the first date.

Start now. Start before you’re ready. That’s the only way for forward momentum to begin.

Right now, I want you to know the world needs to hear what you have to say.

We could all share the same message, but only you can say it with your unique voice and from your own unique experiences.

Use your voice to create the life and the lifestyle you want to have. Advocate for yourself at your doctor’s appointment.

Call your congressmen and representatives.

Tell your husband you need a day to yourself.

Ask for the raise.

Using your voice might be the opposite of what you’ve been taught, but let me tell you, we need to hear what you have to say!

Right now, I want you to know our thoughts create our own suffering.

We don’t just have feelings. The thoughts we think create the feelings we have.

Feeling sad because the dress doesn’t fit? The dress not fitting isn’t what’s making you sad. It’s the thoughts you’re thinking about the dress not fitting that makes you feel like crap.

Let me guess what’s going through your head. “I’m so fat! How could I let myself go like this?” “Ugh! This dress fit last year. I suck.”  

The good news is, you can change your feelings by working on changing your thoughts! It takes practice, but it’s SO DOABLE. This is one of the main things I work on with my clients every day!

Right now, I want you to know it’s ok to want more for yourself.

Even if your life is pretty damn good, it’s ok to want more.

Even though you’re happy and your life is good, you might feel like you’re not living up to your potential.

Your business might be making plenty of money to pay the bills, but maybe you’d like to be putting more into savings.

Wanting more doesn’t mean you don’t love and appreciate what you already have. I believe you wouldn’t be hearing the whispers of “more” if you weren’t meant to have it.

Right now, I want you to know it’s time to stop chasing perfection.

Girl, this one is a big one! Stop holding yourself to a set of expectations you’d never expect of anyone else!

You don’t have to have the perfectly clean and tidy home for your friends to feel welcome.

You don’t have to have the perfect goodie bags to have a fun birthday party your child will never forget.

You don’t have to have the perfect thank you card to send a meaningful note.

When we chase perfection we operate from a place of stress and trying to do it all, it robs us of the opportunity to enjoy the here and now.

And typically, it leads to us beating ourselves up because things didn’t go exactly the way you intended.

Right now, I want you to know it’s time to stop beating yourself up.

Seriously! Stop speaking to yourself in a way that you’d never speak to someone else.

How many times a day do you call yourself stupid or lazy? How many times a day to you tell yourself you SHOULD HAVE done better or known better?

I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t say those things to your best friend.

You deserve love and kindness especially from yourself. It takes practice but noticing how you speak to yourself and changing it up is possible.

Right now, I want you to know it’s time to get in the picture.

Stop avoiding the camera!

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but someday you’re not going to be here and your family and children are going to be thrilled to have ANY photo of you.

They’re not going to notice your size, your hair, or your clothes. They’re going to see YOU and be so grateful to have a piece of you there with them.

I could go on and on...there’s so many thoughts I want to share to encourage you.

None of us have it all figured out. We are all on this journey together, and it’s my mission to be the biggest cheerleader and encourager I can to my fellow sisters.

Fellowship and community is vital to our success. We all need someone to say, “Yea. I hear you. I’ve felt the same thing,” or “I get it. I’m struggling, too.”

I believe women are better together, and community over competition wins every time!

If you believe this too, I’d love you to join my in my Facebook group, Live Your Legacy NOW, where we support each other around all these things and more!

 

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Love Yourself

February is the month of love, and this week is Valentine’s Day.

While it’s nice to have someone special in your life, I want to remind you to show YOURSELF a little love.

My clients are so good at taking care of the people they love, but it’s not always as easy for them to love themselves. Showing yourself some love is so much more than bubble baths and massages.

Here are 20 ways you can show yourself a little love, starting today!

Buy yourself some flowers. There are a lot of inexpensive flowers at the supermarket. Or if you’re into gardening you can plant some flowers in a pot. Either way, it brings a little joy into the day to see fresh flowers in our homes.

Listen to your body and rest when you feel tired. Taking a nap instead of reaching for food is the best afternoon pick me up ever. When you tune into your body and how you’re really feeling, rest is often what you’re craving, not food.

Make time to spend with friends. Being connected to others is what matters most. It’s easy to want to stay home, but it always feels so good to be with friends, even for just a little while.

Make time for your hobbies. Making time for things you enjoy is definitely part of self love. Reading? Sewing? Painting? Photography? No matter what you enjoy, you won’t be sorry to make a little time in the week for something you love doing.

Spend some time outside. Spending 10-15 minutes in the fresh air and sunshine (even when it’s cold) can completely change how you’re feeling. Get outside for a refreshing break from work or the kids and come back with a new perspective!

Eat well. What better way to show yourself a little love than by eating food that makes you feel good and energized. Tune into your body. It knows what it wants to eat.

Celebrate the little things. Notice all the things you do in a day. Give yourself a little credit and acknowledge all you do from getting yourself showered, getting the kids where they need to be, and stopping to get gas to finishing the big project at work. Celebrate more than just the big things. Celebrating puts you in a positive mindset. Who can’t use more of that?!

Speak kindly to yourself. Pay attention to what your inner mean girl is telling you everyday. It’s time for her to be quiet. Learn to say more kind, loving things to yourself. It takes practice, but it’s worth it.

Get clear on what matters most to you. It sounds silly, but it’s true...you can’t get there if you don’t know where you’re going. Getting clear on what your big picture vision is for your life helps you create a life you love.

You can do this by joining me in my FREE mini course, From Stuck to Success: A Guide To Clarity, Better Goals, and Bigger ResultsYou’ll walk away with a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and an action plan to make it happen so you can make this your most successful year yet!

Show up with a plan. Showing yourself love happens when you have a plan for your valuable time. Don’t just let life happen TO you. Take charge and make the things that matter most happen.

Get out of your comfort zone. Show yourself you can do things, even when they’re hard or you’re not sure you can. You’ll feel so proud of yourself for trying, even if you don’t fully succeed.

Give yourself some grace! Stop expecting yourself to be perfect at everything. It isn’t realistic at all. Stop holding yourself to a set of expectations you’d never expect of someone else.

Indulge! Have that piece of cake or that cookie. Savor it! Enjoy it! Let it satisfy you. I promise it’s so much better than deprivation.

Make time to read. This is one of my favorite ways to slow down and have a little me time. Reading, even if it’s only 15 minutes, takes you away from it all and gives you a chance to get out of work and mom mode.

Journal. Instead of keeping negative thoughts racing around in your mind where they can snowball into bigger worries and anxiety, get them down on paper. It will help you get some perspective on what you’re feeling, and it will feel great to vent all those frustrations.

Use the good china. Why should we deny ourselves the “good stuff” just because it’s not a special occasion? Being alive is reason enough to celebrate! How much more joy could be added to your life if you stopped denying yourself something special because there wasn’t an occasion to go along with it?

Say yes AND no. A big way to love yourself is to know what you want to say yes and no to each day. What do you want more of in your life? Say yes to those things! More laughter, more snuggles, more time outside. Yes, please!

What do you want less of in your life? Say no to those things! Less social media, less arguing, less rushing.

Make plans so that your days can include more of the things you want and less of the things you don’t.

Keep your promises to yourself. Love yourself enough to follow through with the things you promise yourself. Those self imposed deadlines? Meet them just like you would if it was for someone else. You are as important as everyone else on this planet.

Practice gratitude for what you can do and have done. Learn to love yourself and your body more by practicing gratitude for what you are able to do. Your legs help you get where you need to go. Who cares how big or thin they are? They’ve carried you through your whole life so far. How cool is that?!

Also, take note of all you’ve accomplished in your life so far. Focus on the good things you’re proud of. You deserve some acknowledgement and a pat on the back every once in a while!

Ask for help when you need it! Instead of trying to do it all and feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, be brave and ask for help when you need it. Asking for help can take some things off your plate and make your day seem less stressed. When we’re trying to do it all, it’s hard to do any of it well.

There are countless ways to show yourself more love. I encourage you to be aware of the things that bring you joy and pleasure and add those to your days. Even the small things that might seem silly can add so much unexpected joy in your life.

Play the music while you get ready in the morning. Use cloth napkins and light a candle during dinner. Wear sequins on a Tuesday just because.

You deserve the very best you can give yourself, and learning to love yourself is important. After all, you are the one person you’ll be with for the rest of your life!

Keep the love to yourself going by joining my Facebook group, Live Your Legacy NOW where you’ll find TONS of support for living a life you love with other amazing women. 

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Push The Applause Button and CELEBRATE

The flu recently hit our house.

My two girls were sick, and I thought I’d avoided it, but no. Not so much.

Once I was on the mend, I took my first shower in a few days. You know how exhausting the first shower after days in bed is when you’re sick, right?! Stepping out of shower, I realized what a feat it was...I felt like I deserve an award.

My business coach and I work in an online platform called Basecamp where there is literally an “applause” button to acknowledge the work of others on your team. It even makes a little bell sound when you click it.

I’ve never given that button much thought until I was stepping out of the shower, exhausted, and I said to myself, “There needs to be an applause button for this! And for everything we do!”

It made me think about how much trouble I have recognizing the things I do...even the little things.

Days can go by and I feel like I haven’t done much, but if I hit the applause button every time I accomplished something I’d be hearing that little bell all day long.

So often we don’t slow down enough to recognize how much we accomplish in a day, in a week, or in a year because we’re not keeping track.

We finish one thing and we’re on to the next task without much thought.

When I’m working with my clients on goal setting and follow through, one of the things I ask them to do is to know how they’re going to celebrate having completed the action items that are part of their goal and how are they going to celebrate the big goal when it’s accomplished.

It’s almost always something they struggle with answering.

Many of us have no idea how to celebrate and acknowledge our own efforts.

I don’t think it enters our mind, and if it does, it’s easy for us to say we don’t have time for that kind of thing.

Culturally, I’ve noticed that we tend to save celebrating for the BIG things.

Birthdays. Promotions. Anniversaries. A new home. Holidays, etc.

We don’t give much acknowledgement to the little “have tos” we spend our days doing like folding that load of laundry instead of leaving it in the dryer. Like stopping to get gas even though it’s raining. Like feeding the dogs, the kids, and dealing with the cat litter. We just do it without thinking because it has to be done.

But you know what?

Celebrating is important because it recognizes our efforts.

It puts us in a positive, successful mindset. That positive mindset keeps you focused on what you’ve done, not all that you still have to do, which leads to more success in accomplishing not just all the little to dos, but the big goals, too.

And when you take the time to give yourself a little applause, it keeps you motivated.

Positivity is totally connected to motivation.

And you know what else? Celebrating is happy, and who doesn’t need or want more happy?!

Part of living your legacy NOW and making your life full is celebrating every day! It’s not waiting for a big occasion. Today I’m encouraging you to think about all the small ways you can celebrate or give yourself applause, even for the little things you do.

Like I said before, a lot of us have a hard time knowing HOW to celebrate and acknowledge ourselves.

Well, I’ve got you covered.

Join me in my FREE five day mini course, From Stuck to Success: A Guide To Clarity, Better Goals, and Bigger Results.

This mini course was created to help you get clear about what you want and why you want it, set meaningful goals you’re excited to work towards and stick with so you see results that help you create a full life NOW and a legacy you’re proud of.

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Cultivate Connection

A few years ago my aunt unexpectedly passed away.

She was a pretty special lady, and by the size of the crowd that gathered to say their goodbyes, a lot of other people thought so, too.

I stood around for hours talking to people I hadn’t seen in years and to relatives I usually only see for the holidays. And as I stood there and took in how many people came to pay their respects, it really hit me just how important connection is.

I know it’s kind of cliche and it’s something we hear around the interwebs from time to time, but in that moment I realized it didn’t matter what my aunt had done as a career, what car she drove, how much money she had or didn’t have, how stylish she was, how educated she was, or how big her house was.

All that mattered was the connection she’d had with so many people.

Family and friends and the connection we have with them, in the end, is what matters most to 99.9% of us. My aunt’s passing was a heart-felt reminder of the importance of connection.

Our connection to the people we love and the friends in our community is one part of the legacy we leave behind.

I’m working hard to cultivate more connection in my life. You might remember my recent post about making new casserole friends and how that’s a priority for me this year.

I have terrific connections with friends and family that live far from me, and I’ve been lucky to create some meaningful online friendships, too. And right now I’m aiming to make more friendships in my local community.

Connection is one of my top five values, so naturally I want my legacy to be centered around my connection to the people in my life. Legacy is important to me, and I want to make sure I’m living each day in a way that creates the legacy I want to leave behind.

That’s what I love helping my clients do, too. I love helping women discover what their top values are guiding them toward the clarity they need to create goals that are in line with their big picture vision of their life.

I hear from so many awesome women that they feel they are lacking clarity.

Clarity to know what they want.

Clarity to know which awesome idea to implement first.

Clarity to know what fears are holding them back.

That’s why I’m excited to be offering a FREE five day mini course, From Stuck to Success: A Guide To Clarity, Better Goals, and Bigger Results.

This mini course was created to help you get clear about what you want and why you want it, set meaningful goals you’re excited to work towards and stick with so you see results that help you create a full life NOW and a legacy you’re proud of.

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4 Steps to Clarity + Goal Setting

I love my work! I get to work with awesome women every day. They come to me for different reasons...they're feeling stuck, they want to take better care of themselves, or they want to gain confidence.

Two of the reasons I’m hearing most often are...

  1. They are full of awesome ideas and they want to start making positive changes in their life, but they don’t know where to start.

  2. They know they are meant for more and they want their life to feel different, but they don’t know what they want.

They need clarity. They need to know how to determine what matters most.

Helping women through this process is one of my favorite things!

There are four main things I always recommend my clients do to gain the clarity they need to create meaningful goals that they will stick with.

1. Ask the tough questions and be SUPER honest with yourself

Think about what you’ve been struggling to accomplish in the past. Lisa Jacobs asks in her book, Your Best Year 2018, “Why haven’t you fixed it yet?”

We can easily rebel against our own best intentions, but it’s time to take responsibility for our actions! Asking ourselves the hard questions makes it easy to see where our weaknesses are if we’re honest with ourselves.

So...why haven’t you accomplished the goals you’ve been wanting for a while? Seriously!

What have you been doing with your time instead?

Where has your focus been? It’s time to own how you’ve been using your time.

2. Get clear on your values

Doing an exercise to help you determine your top five or ten values will help you narrow in on what’s most important to you.

You can have a lot of awesome ideas, but the ones that are in line with your top values are going to be more meaningful accomplishments.

Knowing your values also helps with decision making. If you’re top value is freedom, taking a job that is super structured and demanding of your time probably wouldn’t be the best fit.

3. Spend time creating a big picture vision for your life

What do you want your life to be like when you’re 85?

What do you want for your health? Your marriage? Your children?

Who are the important people in your life at that time?

When you’re 85, what do you want to be able to say you’ve accomplished in your life?

Are you going to wish you’d spent more time at the office? More time traveling? More time snuggling with your kids?

The answers to these questions reveals what’s most important to you. I encourage you to take some time to think and journal about these important questions.

4. Be willing to let go of old stories, old beliefs, and habits

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

It isn’t realistic to think we can make changes in our life without having to change our current thinking or habits.

What old stories or beliefs about yourself have you been carrying that simply aren’t true? What do you KNOW you need to let go of to move forward?

When you start to challenge what you believe about yourself, you might discover a few things that simply aren’t true.

For example, you might think you’re bad at managing money. Is it really true?

Can you let that belief go and choose to believe something more positive about how you’re managing money?

Instead of believing something negative, you could change the thought to “I’m learning how to manage my money.”

Question your negative thoughts and be willing to let them go. Be willing to believe something else about yourself.

Be willing to drop the habits that are no longer serving you, and create new ones. Our own resistance to making changes is often what keeps us stuck.

I truly believe it’s possible for you to achieve whatever you set out to do!

Having clarity is the key to a strong start towards achieving your goals and dreams.

For a deeper dive into clarity and goal setting, join me in my new FREE mini course, From Stuck to Success, so you can create more meaningful goals, stick with them, and have bigger results.

In this free mini course, you’ll get an email every day for five days, guiding you through exercises to help you get clear about what’s most important to you and show you how to create meaningful goals that you actually follow through with so you can see positive changes and forward momentum in your life.

No more setting intentions and not seeing them through! It’s time to get clear and take action.

I hope you’ll join me! 

 

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Time to Declutter

It's January! It's the season of goals, resolutions, words of the year, and declutter! 

Stores like Target (my fave!) have cleared out the holiday goodies and made storage bins, organizing supplies, and cleaning products front and center in the store. I’m not gonna lie...I SUPER love organization products!

I love the products, but I don’t necessarily love the cleaning or the organizing part.

There’s a difference between clean and clutter free. Clutter is the STUFF we hold onto that no longer serves us and often doesn’t even have a proper home within our homes.

I’m SO NOT perfect with keeping my house clutter free. I am typically an “out of sight, out of mind” person, which means I like to keep things out where I can see them on shelves and in baskets. If it’s behind a cabinet door, I’m likely to forget I own it.

I’ve also noticed I have a lot of similar items in various places. For instance, markers and crayons. Why do I still have so many of these? My kids are teenagers!

There are LOTS of books throughout the house. Some I’ve read and many I might never get to.

My kitchen and the extra pantry are full of serving dishes for entertaining. I can’t tell you the last time we had anyone besides family over for dinner!

Can you relate? Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

Do you like to keep things out where you can see them, or are you the type that’s afraid to open the closet door for fear that everything will topple onto your head?

Enough is enough. It’s time to clear the clutter!

I have a plan to do a whole house declutter this year! I’m sharing this with you because I want accountability, and I want you to know, if you’re like me, you’re not alone.

Clutter accumulates so easily, and it’s important to take care of it periodically.

You see, all this stuff has an energy that comes with it. Here’s what I mean:

Seeing clothes that no longer fit in the closet everyday has the potential to make us feel bad that our bodies have changed or we didn’t lose the weight.

Seeing magazines we haven’t read can make us feel like we’ve wasted money. It’s one more reminder that you didn’t get to something you wanted to do.

It’s the same with craft supplies. It’s easy to get sidetracked from a project. Seeing unused or half used supplies (even neatly stored items) can have you beating yourself up for not ever finishing your project or remind you that you generally have trouble following through with things.

The stuff we intended to be something positive in our life can easily become negative if we continue to hold onto the things that no longer serve us. Too much stuff can hold us back by keeping us in a feeling crappy with a negative mindset.

Here’s how I’m tackling my massive decluttering project this year…

I made a plan...

I used these project planning sheets to make an individual plan for each room. Each room will be it’s own project. I broke each one down into the teeniest, tiniest tasks so it’s easy for me to make progress a little at a time.

The thought of tackling the kitchen in one big span of time seems totally overwhelming to me. But planning to clean out the three drawers to the left of the sink seems so much more doable. It wouldn’t even take that long.

Little by little progress adds up to big success!

I’m drawing inspiration from these two books…

I love Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Though I love her book, I probably wont follow it exactly. I will, however, use her guiding principle of only keeping things that spark joy.

I’m excited about the day that I can walk into any room in my house and only be surrounded by things I love and spark joy instead of looking around at all the stuff that needs to be put away or needs my attention.

Another book I’m enjoying right now is, A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. This book is all about life not being complicated and simplifying areas of our life as a whole, not just our homes.

I can’t wait to dive in and see what she has to say about simplifying technology! It will feel so good to have a plan to declutter my digital life, too!

A neat and tidy space feels freeing to me. And I totally subscribe to the idea that there’s nothing magical about January 1st.

Whether you start now or in three months, it’s always a good idea to declutter and let go of the things you’re not using and no longer serve you so you can free your mind from the negative thoughts that comes along with what your stuff represents.

A free mind can be more creative, so you can dream bigger and actually see HOW to make those dreams happen.

A free mind is energizing! Getting rid of the draining mental energy of clutter can give you so much more energy to make the things that matter most to you happen.

More creativity and more energy will get you where you want to go even faster. I promise.

How about you? Do you need to declutter any of your spaces?

Join me in my Facebook group and share which room is the biggest clutter problem for you and your progress on tidying up. OR if you have it all under control, let us know that, too! We’d love to learn what works best for you!

I can’t wait to see you there!

 

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A Confession of Friendship & Community

My message as a life coach is mostly about three things: mindset, community and legacy. 

I’ve made great strides in improving my mindset in the last 10 years. My inner critic used to have a much louder voice, and I’ve learned how to tune her out. I used to strive for perfection, and now I know how to let progress be the victory. It feels so awesome to be able to help others do that, too!

Legacy feels like it’s something that’s always been a part of me  because it’s the end goal. Legacy is what the journey of our life is leading up to. I’ve been a big dreamer and planner most of my life! I’ve learned how to be intentional about what matters most to me. I love helping women get clear about the legacy they want to create!

And community? Well, that’s what I want to talk about today.

I think there are several types of community & friendship. I kinda use these terms interchangeably.

Online communities and online friends. Facebook provides us with a plethora of communities where we can belong. It’s super easy to find people that have our same interests, and social media and technology makes it easier than ever to cultivate those relationships.

Long distant friends. These are probably college friends, friends from back home, and the friend you met at a retreat that lives across the country from you. Most of us have at least a few friends we don’t live nearby.

The community of family. Sometimes we get lucky enough (or not so lucky, depending on your situation) to have family living nearby. Now matter where they live, family is a community in our life.

And, of course, there’s our nuclear family...our spouses and children we’re living with. THEY are a community in our life, too.

Local friends. The town where we live is probably the biggest community of our lives. It’s where we live our day to day and these are the folks we interact with everywhere we go, whether we speak to them or not. Think the bank, the grocery store, driving, the doctor’s office, etc.

I’m sure we all have acquaintances...other moms at school, the neighbor we wave to when we get the mail, people we see at the gym, etc.

We have even closer connections to the people we spend a lot of time with, like people at work or the folks at our church or synagogue.

Then there are the people we know best. I call them casserole friends. These are the people who will bring you a casserole when there’s a death in the family or your husband’s in the hospital. They take care of you, and you take care of them. You love their kids almost like your own.

All of these types of communities play an important role in our everyday life, mostly because we all want to belong somewhere. And, according to Psychology Today, having a sense of belonging is a human need like food and shelter.

We, as people, are better together. Life can be easier, more fun, and less stressful with a community of people to support you and love you.  

But you know what? Many of us feel SO lonely.

And here’s my confession...I’m one of those people.

I feel completely fulfilled by my online community, my family, and my long distance friends. I have AMAZING long distance friends. But I feel lonely because my local friends are nearly non existent.

Seriously. I have no casserole friends. #truth

There are a lot of reasons why I haven’t found my local peeps, and I’ll share those with you later. For now, know that this has been an ongoing problem for a long time! Years!

When I chose my word of the year, STRETCH, a few weeks ago, I couldn’t have imagined that THIS casserole friend problem would be the universe’s way of making sure I realllly stretch this year!

This word was supposed to be about me stretching myself in my business, stretching my body with pilates and yoga, and stretching myself as a mom as I watch my oldest go to college this fall. I know it still will be about those things, too, but...

Damn.

I did not think STRETCH would be about me stretching WAY outside my comfort zone to face an issue that I thought I had made peace with long ago. And, yet, here I am!

The thing is, I know I’m not alone. I know there are a lot of awesome ladies out there that feel lonely, too.

It’s freaking hard to make friends as an adult and have it move beyond pleasantries and small talk. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

We can do the work to change our mindset, and we can be crystal clear about our legacy, but without community we don’t have people to share it with. We can create the community we long to have!

I have several amazing communities in my life, but I want you to know I don’t have it all together. I struggle with making friends, just like a lot of you. So, this is going to be one of my biggest missions in my personal life this year...finding casserole friends! You know...the kind of people in your town who show up when the messy stuff hits the fan.

Be sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook, so you can follow along on this journey.

It will be an adventure for sure!

#findacasserolefriend

 

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Memory Keeping

I'm a memory keeper through and through.

I love documenting my life and the stories of my family. You might remember me talking about this when I shared the three things I geek out about in the fall. 

I’m also all about legacy. I believe it’s so important to know how you want to make your mark on this world, and I talked about having a big picture vision for your life in this post.

One part of my legacy is being creative and crafty. I love making things for the sake of making and making things for the people I love. This includes scrapbooks/photobooks of my life and the life of my family.

I love documenting our adventures and the relationships we share.

I look at our life through the lens of “What do I want to remember when I’m 85?” and “What do I hope I never forget?” THAT’S what I record.

Documenting our lives over many years has changed my life in several ways. I have so much more gratitude for my life and the experiences we’ve had.

Seeing our lives in photos and stories gives me a great perspective on all that we’ve seen and done. There’s nothing like grabbing an album from a few years ago, looking through it, and being reminded of things I’d forgotten. I always walk away feeling grateful I have those memories recorded and also feeling grateful for all the time together and experiences we had.

As we go through our day to day life, it’s easy to forget how much happens in a year or how much our children have grown or all the places we’ve been. Seeing these memories all together helps to cultivate gratitude for all of it.

Memory keeping is a great way for me to express my creativity.

I create scrapbooks in a variety of ways. With pretty paper and embellishments, digitally on my computer, and in an app on my iPad.

Over the years, I’ve learned to use photoshop and I’ve learned a lot about design principles. I’m so grateful for online learning and the fellow memory keepers that have taught me what I know.

I also express my creativity through photography. I think my love of photography happened first...I’ve always been a documentor. The scrapbooking came along as a way to do something with all the photos I had, especially once my children were born.

Memory keeping is a great way to work through my feelings and record my feelings in real time.

I think the writing and journaling is one of my favorite parts of memory keeping. It gives me a chance to really process things that I’ve done or how I feel about my children’s accomplishments, etc. The writing becomes love letters to my children and my husband.

I don’t always scrapbook events as they happen. So many times, I use photos and stories from years past. Having some distance from the memory gives me a whole other perspective that I don’t often get when I’m documenting in real time. It’s truly therapeutic.

I’m preserving moments in time.

Have you ever picked up an old photo and noticed the old car in the background? Or the old TV? Or the wallpaper that Grandma used to have?

To me, that’s the beauty of capturing it all. Things change. Kids grow up, we move homes, we change jobs, we have different pets over the years. So many things change, and that’s probably my biggest why for scrapbooking.

I would love to know what it was like for my mom when she was a new mom. I would love to know what my grandma thought of having seven children. I would love to know how she took care of everything.  

I try to record things like this. I’m often approaching my life as a bit of a historian. It’s a way for me to say I was here. I had a life, and this is what it was like.

I’ve made amazing friends, both online, and in real life because we share this hobby.

This has been the biggest benefit of all! There’s nothing better than meeting someone that totally gets my love of preserving my story.

There are so many great online communities of memory keepers, and so many awesome ladies running online classes and creating amazing products to use to document our stories. There are retreats and conferences dedicated to the craft, as well.

I’m SO EXCITED (and proud!) to announce that I’m on the 2018 Project Life Creative TeamProject Life is ONE WAY to document your life, and it’s the simplest way I know. I can’t wait to share my digital Project Life pages with the Project Life community throughout this year. And I’m even more excited to see all the new friends I make!

I’ll be sharing more about Project Life and my memory keeping journey as the year goes on. In the meantime, you can find out more about Project Life here

Our culture is taking more photos than ever before, but for the most part, these photos don’t ever make it off our devices. Creating photobooks and scrapbooks helps to make our memories more tangible.

Memory keeping doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. Simply pairing a photo and some words about the story are enough to preserve that moment for years to come.

Life is short, and no matter how much we want to remember, our memories fade.

How will you remember your life experiences?

I’ve created a list of 10 story prompts you can use to begin recording your story. Bonus points if you write down a memory AND pair it with a photo! Download the prompts here

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Choosing A Word

Ever wonder what the big deal is about choosing a word of the year?

How could one word make that much of a difference?

I’ve had a word for the last several years and here’s the thing…

To me, having a guiding word is a whole lot better than making resolutions. A word helps me focus on what I want to invite into my life.

I never feel good about myself when I reach the end of February or March and my resolutions are only distant memories. Having a word to focus on feels so much more freeing and positive.

There’s no right or wrong way to have a word. There’s nothing to DO with a word, unlike resolutions that you either do or don’t do.

A word is simply a reminder of a way to BE or of something you want to invite into your life.  

So how do you choose a word?

Here’s where I start…

I think about how the current year is going. Has the year been particularly challenging? Am I looking forward to a more passive, gentle year?

Or has it been a more quiet, passive year and I’m feeling ready to hit the ground running with big ideas and big goals?

I’ve experienced both kinds of words. And usually it’s easy for me to know which kind of word I’m ready for.

Then I ask myself two questions:  

What do I want to invite into my life?

What sort of guiding principle do I want to remember throughout the year when I’m making choices?

Those questions will usually bring up a list of four or five potential words.

Using the dictionary or thesaurus helps me find more words that have similar meaning to the ones on my list. Sometimes it’s not the initial word I choose but something I find while I’m  digging a little deeper.

Once I have it narrowed down to one word, I let it sit for a while. I try it on for size and see how it feels for a couple of days.

As you are working through the process it’s important to not judge your word.

That’s happened to me. I’ve picked a word, then tried to pick a different one. But ultimately, the original word kept coming back, no matter how hard I tried to choose something else.

One of my favorite ways to keep it in front of my mind throughout the year is to do Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop. 

This workshop provides a monthly prompt to do something with your word. It might be a photography prompt, a journaling prompt, or something more artsy like painting or collage making. The main thing is that it keeps my word alive for all 12 months.

I’m super excited about my word for 2018...STRETCH.

I’m ready to stretch and grow personally and in my business. I want to stretch myself to get out of my comfort zone. I want to literally stretch my body with pilates and yoga. I want to stretch myself to show up for business in a whole new way.

I can’t wait to see how STRETCH plays out in my life next year.

Are you choosing a word for 2018?  

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Just

December is the month of parties.

There’s the office party. The family get togethers. The neighborhood party.

You know the drill.

In years past, there were lots of times I fretted and fussed about going to my husband’s office party.

Every year it hit my vulnerable points.

First of all, I had to get dressed up in a fancy cocktail dress or formal gown. That alone was enough to have me crying in the mall parking lot weeks before the event.

Showing up at the party, I felt completely self conscious and uncomfortable in a dress I didn’t love. I bought it because it fit, not because it made me feel beautiful or sexy or elegant.

Then there was the small talk.

So, what do you do?” the successful wife of one of my husband’s colleagues asked.

“Oh, I’m just home with the kids,” I answered, feeling completely embarrassed that I didn’t have more to share.

Do you see what I did there?

Just.

I’m just home with the kids. I’m just a stay at home mom.

I diminished myself with my words, and I did it all. the. time. I really didn’t feel my own value because I attached my value to external sources, like my career.

And I didn’t love myself either, so I did anything I could not to draw attention to myself.  

Can you relate?

Here’s the thing though. Diminishing what we do or who we are only makes those negative feelings feel worse and feel more true.

Gaining confidence, loving ourselves, and feeling our own value starts with noticing how we’re talking to ourselves and changing the negative chatter to something more positive.

How much more empowering would it have been if my response at the dinner party was, “I spend my days at home with the kids?” Period. End of story.

Your words have power whether you’re speaking them out loud to someone or silently to yourself.

Remove diminishing words from your vocabulary.

I’m just writing a few articles for a local magazine becomes I’m a freelance writer.

I just have a little shop on Etsy becomes I have an Etsy shop.

I’m just letting you know I’m not sure if I can come becomes I’m not sure I can come.

It’s ok to be bold.

Own what you do.

Own who you are.

Notice how often you’re using diminishing language. Correct yourself when you realize you’re doing it.

The more you practice this the more confident you’ll become.

The best place to practice being bold, building confidence, and feeling your own value in a completely safe and loving space is in my FB group, Live Your Legacy Now! Join our amazing community of women! I hope to see you there!

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Live Your Legacy

We only get one life. That’s it. Just one.

One chance to make what matters most happen.

I hate to be so grim, but with all the discussion this time of year about goals, I think we also need to talk about legacy.

According to Google, the definition of legacy is “an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.”

That’s nice, but that’s not what I’m talking about. To me, legacy means so much more.

Not only is it what we leave behind, but it’s also how we live while we’re here.

To me, legacy is about REALLY living.

It’s about knowing what you value and what’s most important to you, and making those things a priority so that life feels full and meaningful.

It’s creating a life that says you were here.

It’s making your mark on the world, even in the smallest of ways.

It’s leaving the world better because you were here.

It’s knowing what kind of woman do you want to be.

Your legacy doesn’t begin when you’re no longer here. You can live your legacy now.

As Annie Dillard says, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

So true, right? Time goes so quickly, and it’s super easy to just do what we can to get through each day.

But the days turn into months and years, and if we aren’t mindful of what we want our legacy to be, then time passed can be opportunities lost.

The good news is, we don’t have to let life happen TO us. We can create the life we want to live!

When you think about planning ahead, making goals and resolutions, Dr. Stephen Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind.”  

Having clarity on your big picture vision of your life and keeping the idea of legacy in mind, helps to create purpose in each day.

So I ask you, how do you hope people will describe you when you’re gone?

Is how you’re spending your days getting you closer to being the kind of woman you want to be?

In your old age, what do you want to say you’ve accomplished?

What will matter most at the end of your life?

Spend time tending to those things now.

There’s a fantastic poem in the book Live Your Dash, Make Every Moment Matter by Linda Ellis that I highly recommend. The poem talks about the dash between our birth date and our death date on our tombstone. Here’s an excerpt:

“...To many, it is but a hyphen...marking time between the years, but in that little dash, is a lifetime of laughter, love, and tears. We each create the legacy our dash will someday represent and decide if the life we’re given is truly lived...or merely spent…”

As you create your goals for next year, I urge you to keep a big picture vision of your life in mind as you plan so you can begin to live your legacy.

Join me in my Facebook group, Live Your Legacy Now. It’s the best place to get support, encouragement, and some accountability to make what matters most to you happen!

I’d love to see you there! Click here to join the group!

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Feeling Lonely?

More and more my clients are telling me they feel lonely and have a lack of community in their lives.

These clients have said they have friends, but they’re pretty superficial with them.

Things are good as long as they’re talking about the weather, the kids, the kid’s school, their diet, etc. You know. Surface level stuff.

These days it seems no one wants to have deep, meaningful conversations. No one wants to get vulnerable, but that’s also the one thing we’re all craving!

We want to know we’re not the only one who yelled at their kids for the 18th time this week.

We want to know we’re not the only ones who dread having sex with their husbands because it feels like one more thing to do.

We want to know that we’re not the only one scared to death that something is going to happen to them or their children because our anxiety is at an all time high.

Life is FULL of ups and downs, and in our social media driven world, most of the time all we see are the ups!

We need community and connection to help us deal with the downs.

Keeping our problems to ourselves does nothing to help us move beyond them.

Feeling like we have to deal with everything on our own can turn into resentment and anger.

It seems difficult to “go there” with many of our friends, but it just takes being brave one time to break the ice and get to more meaningful conversation.

Here are some of my favorite conversation starters that can help get the conversation flowing on a deeper level:

  • Ask a friend how she is, then when she responds with the typical “Oh, I’m fine,” ask her again. “No. Really. I want to know. How ARE you?”
     
  • Is there anything going on right now that you could use some extra support with?”
     
  • What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do?”
     
  • Admit your own struggle and ask for her support or advice. “You know it’s really hard for me to admit this right now, but I’d love to have a little advice…”
     
  • Have a “year end” conversation and ask what her greatest success was this year and what she struggled the most with this year. Then share your own.
     
  • Have a favorite/least favorite conversation about anything...what’s your favorite thing about being a mom? What’s your least favorite thing about being a mom? Then share your own.
     
  • Often times opening ourselves up automatically puts the other person at ease. They feel flattered that you’re willing to trust them with the conversation. They feel relieved that they’re not alone feeling the same thing or similar.

It can be uncomfortable to be vulnerable, for sure.

But it has big payoffs. It creates real connection and community.

One thing I love about technology is the ability to create community no matter where we live.

I’ve done that in my Facebook group. It’s a great space to connect, get support, and have real conversations with other like minded women.

I’d love to see you there! Click here to join the group!

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P.S. HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT MY BIG GIVEAWAY!?

There’s nothing better than this time of year when we start thinking about all the things we want to change and accomplish in the new year ahead.

It’s so exciting to think about all the possibilities!

You’ve got BIG goals and BIG dreams. And sometimes those big plans can get a little overwhelming without support.

That’s why I’m SUPER excited to let y’all know that I’M DOING A GIVEAWAY!!!

And this isn’t just any ol’ giveaway. There will be NINE winners!  

Here’s what you can win:

  1. A three month 1:1 coaching package with me so you can get clear on your goals and start making what matters most to you happen instead of your plans fizzling out by February 1st.
     
  2. A 2018 Powersheets Intentional Goal Planner by Lara Casey...one of my absolute favorite tools for making sure my goals are aligned with what I want most in life and for helping me live intentionally every day.
     
  3. A 2018 Get To Work Book by Elise Blaha Cripe...another one of my favorite tools! This planner is where I schedule my day to day priorities and activities. I especially love the project planning pages!
     
  4. One of six spaces in a virtual vision board workshop...we’ll work together online digging deep to discover how you want to feel and what you’d like to accomplish in 2018.


Who wouldn’t want all this awesomeness?! Did I mention it’s a FREE giveaway?

I know you’re serious about growing and creating the best life you can. So take a stand for yourself and give yourself a gift by entering this giveaway!

Click the link below to sign up and fill out a short application (to help me with market research) and to be entered to win one of these 9 amazing prizes!


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A Good Story

Everyone loves a good story.

I’m not talking about stories like the time I totally scraped the entire side of the rental car in a too tight parking garage.

Yep. That’s a true story.

I’m talking about the stories and narratives we carry around in our mind and that shape the way we live our life.

I’ve already shared one part of my story. You can read it here.

But that’s not my only story. We all have lots of stories in our life. Some of them are stories that are old and no longer true. We’ve just accepted them, not realizing how much they hold us back.

Not sure what stories you’ve been telling yourself?

Take a look at your bookshelf. 

What stories do the books you own tell about you and your life?

When I examined my shelves recently I saw that...

I have a lot of parenting books. They tell the story that I wanted to be the perfect parent. They tell the story of a new mom that wasn’t confident in her intuition to know what her babies need from her.

I have a lot of books about diets and weight loss. They tell the story that I didn’t think I was ok just the way I was.

I have a lot of books about finding my purpose. They tell the story that I knew I wanted more out of life, but I wasn’t sure how to figure it out what that “more” was.  

I’m so much happier since I’ve been able to let these stories go, and I began writing new stories in my life!

Now, I know I’m a good mom.

I know my body is just fine the way it is.

And I have found that “something more” in being a coach.

Most of these narratives are absolutely a direct result of the messaging we receive from our families and cultures about what we SHOULD do. About what is acceptable. About what makes us a good person.

That’s why one of my favorite books is The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna (get your copy here). You might remember it from this post about my favorite resources

I LOVE this quote from the introduction of the book!

These pages are a pep talk to honor that voice inside of you that says you have something special to give. It’s a reminder that while there is no map for where you’re going, many have traveled this road before. It’s permission to unlearn everything you’ve ever been told you should do in order to learn what you must.”

See? It’s totally ok to let go of the old stories that no longer serve us. It feels amazing knowing that I can rewrite my stories which means I’m rewriting my life.

Life isn’t just happening TO us. We can create the life we want to live!

So, tell me, friends. What are the stories you’d like to change about your life? What stories do the books on your bookshelf tell about you?  

I’d love to hear from you and get to know you better! Share your comments in my FB group, Live Your Legacy Now, where we focus on personal growth and creating a life we love!

 

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P.S. HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT MY BIG GIVEAWAY!?

There’s nothing better than this time of year when we start thinking about all the things we want to change and accomplish in the new year ahead.

It’s so exciting to think about all the possibilities!

You’ve got BIG goals and BIG dreams. And sometimes those big plans can get a little overwhelming without support.

That’s why I’m SUPER excited to let y’all know that I’M DOING A GIVEAWAY!!!

And this isn’t just any ol’ giveaway. There will be NINE winners!  

Here’s what you can win:

  1. A three month 1:1 coaching package with me so you can get clear on your goals and start making what matters most to you happen instead of your plans fizzling out by February 1st.
     
  2. A 2018 Powersheets Intentional Goal Planner by Lara Casey...one of my absolute favorite tools for making sure my goals are aligned with what I want most in life and for helping me live intentionally every day.
     
  3. A 2018 Get To Work Book by Elise Blaha Cripe...another one of my favorite tools! This planner is where I schedule my day to day priorities and activities. I especially love the project planning pages!
     
  4. One of six spaces in a virtual vision board workshop...we’ll work together online digging deep to discover how you want to feel and what you’d like to accomplish in 2018.


Who wouldn’t want all this awesomeness?! Did I mention it’s a FREE giveaway?

I know you’re serious about growing and creating the best life you can. So take a stand for yourself and give yourself a gift by entering this giveaway!

Click the link below to sign up and fill out a short application (to help me with market research) and to be entered to win one of these 9 amazing prizes!


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There’s Nothing Magical About January 1st

"I've never seen any life transformation that didn't begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit." ~ by Elizabeth Gilbert


It’s always this time of year when I start reflecting on how the year has gone and I begin dreaming of all the things I want to accomplish in the new year. I LOVE this reflection time.

Today, I thought about all those years when what I was hoping for in the coming year was the same stuff I was hoping for the year before. Nothing had changed. I was still in exactly the same place.  

I remembered how many years in a row every birthday and every new year I would declare, ‘This is it! This is the year I’m going to get healthy. This is the year I’m going to lose the weight. I’m really serious this time.”

I seriously got tired of wishing for and wanting the same things every. single. year.

There were huge gaps between where I was and where I wanted to be in a lot of areas of my life...my weight, my jean size, how I spent my time, and how I felt in my own skin.

True to Elizabeth Gilbert’s quote, I eventually got tired enough of my own bullshit, and I started doing the work to make some real changes in my life. My relationship with food and my body was top on my list.

I knew I needed to do something different in order to get different results, so I hired a coach. Hands down, that decision was one of the best I’ve ever made for myself.  

We tackled my relationship with food, but we also covered so much more. We worked on changing my thinking, decluttering, creating more joy and pleasure in my life, eating mindfully, and moving my body.

Now, on the other side of it all, I’m so happy to be able to help other women do the same.

My dear, sweet friend, Lara Casey, taught me, “There’s nothing magical about January 1.”

It’s true. It doesn’t matter if you start today, next week, or January 1...nothing much will change until you begin making changes consistently.

The holidays are fast approaching, and there’s no better time to begin than now!
 

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That’s why I’m SUPER excited to be hosting a BIG giveaway in December! I’ll be giving away:

  • One three month 1:1 coaching package

  • One 2018 Powersheets Intentional Goal Planner by Lara Casey

  • One 2018 Get To Work Book calendar planner by Elise Blaha Cripe

  • Six spots in my virtual vision board workshop held in January

That’s NINE winners!!! You may think I’m crazy, but I just love this stuff and I want to make sure y’all are getting to enjoy my favorite resources!

The giveaways are happening in my Facebook group the week of December 11th.

Click the link below to sign up and fill out a short application (to help me with market research) and to be entered to win one of these 9 amazing prizes!

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Negative Body Image

Last week I was scrolling on Instagram and saw a post from a mom with five year old twins. The post caption was a conversation her twins were having in the other room. It went something like this:

One child to the other: I’m skinny.

Julie, you’re skinny, too.

Daddy’s skinny.

Mommy is chubby.

I’m not sure why I’m always surprised when I hear small children demonstrate how aware they are of how people look. It happens all the time. Children are sponges, soaking in all the messages around them.

In our society we are being inundated with messages of how we ‘should’ look or messages that tell us we’re not ok if we don’t look a certain way. The messages are everywhere...in a multitude of ads, movies, song lyrics, magazines, tv shows, sometimes even from the people we love.

Some girls are beginning to diet as early as 9 and 10 years old.

We are not born thinking there is something wrong with our bodies. In fact, I think most grown women (or even teen girls) can remember a particular moment or time in their life when they realized their body was not ok. That somehow what they see in the mirror isn’t the way it “should” be.

These messages have deeply impacted me over the years. I have felt like I don’t fit in with other moms because I wasn’t as skinny as them.

I’ve felt like not going to the party because I didn’t find an outfit that fit well, let alone, that looked cute and I felt awesome in.

I developed some pretty harsh words that I’d say to myself about my body.

I’ve cried many tears because I didn’t look they way I thought I should and the way I wanted to.

I know I’m not alone.

I know women of just about every size, shape, and weight feel insecure about their bodies at some point, or at least feel like there are things they’d change about they way they look.

The diet industry is depending on it. It’s what keeps them in business.

Think of the time and energy we’ve spent on thinking negative thoughts about the way we look and hating every minute of every diet we’ve tried.

Now imagine for a minute... how different would your days and life be if I could wave a magic wand and you were no longer able to think negative thoughts about your body?

How much more could you get done with your time?

How much more could you accomplish in your life?

One of the biggest, best lessons of my life was learning I didn’t have to believe the crappy thoughts I had about myself and my body.

One of the most liberating lessons was learning how to change those thoughts to something more loving and kind.

I finally started taking huge steps towards being the women I want to be in this world when I started to love and accept myself just as I am. My life became much bigger and way more brave.

Showing my clients how to change their thoughts to something more loving and kind is one of my favorite parts of coaching.

Changing our thinking is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight, but when you learn how to manage your mind’s negative beliefs, you free yourself.

If you’re ready to silence your negative inner critic and learn to love your body exactly as it is, I invite you to join me in my Facebook group (click here to join!).

In the group we’re talking a lot about personal growth & taking care of ourselves, and you’ll find lots of encouragement and support from other amazing ladies and me. I hope to see you there!

 

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