Q: What Is Your Business?
A: Life Yoga Coaching is about life coaching through the process of yoga whether you're on or off your mat. It's about life and yoga being intertwined. Interceding in people’s lives to provide space; to envision an intention with purpose and guiding them into a flow with awareness to move forward. Empowering them with encouragement to let go with perseverance and confirming them in their ability to stand firmly with integrity in greater alignment.
When I take a client on, our first meeting is a get to know each other. We figure out what areas need attention whether it’s physical or life.
With a clear agenda in view I work with the client one on one to move forward in the area that the client has proclaimed they need assistance. I help them to begin to evaluate the self, to become aware of their bodies and minds through a series of techniques. This process aids in their being able to see where they might be holding on to something that is no longer useful. As we work together, I guide them as they begin to shift into a new found awareness.
Q: Where Did You Grow Up?
A: Born in Elkhart, Indiana moved to Grand Rapids and raised here; My parents both had careers, Mother was Art Teacher for Sparta H.S., my Father was a Free Lance Model/Actor/Voice
My parents were very active in their careers as well as church and family.
Q: What Was Your Inspiration to Become an Entrepreneur?
A: My entrepreneurialism came out of the blue. I was working outside the home, decided to quit my job for personal reasons. I had no idea why or what I was starting when I made that decision but just knew I wanted to do something that I loved. NOTE: This was the first business that I started, Slipcovers Plus Home Decor; Life Yoga Coaching is my second business.
Q: What Do You Most Enjoy About What You Do?
A: I love meeting with individuals and helping them start to move forward in achieving their aspirations and goals!
Q: What Has Been One of Your Biggest Accomplishments?
A: My most significant accomplishment in my career is the ability to sustain the longevity within my first business. To watch is manifest in to something bigger than I could have imagined on my own, has always been something I am in awe of.
Q: What is a Day in the Life of Jessica?
The day-in-the-life of me is taking time each day for myself to maintain a healthy life style. I make certain to spend time with my husband on a daily basis. On a weekly basis, I take time to watch my grandkids, to not only be a light in their life but to also help my daughter as she substitute teaches as well as spending time with my aging parents as they need me. I teach Yoga at MVP twice a week. I maintain my other business as needed. I seek opportunities to volunteer my time to help with projects that are of interest or individuals that have a desire to move forward.
Q: What Is Your Best Business or Productivity Tip?
A: I have always been extremely self-motivated but if I had to pick one, it would be that I take time for myself to maintain a healthy life style. I am an early to bed early to rise type person, I eat healthy, I exercise every day and I take rest when my body needs it. My thoughts are that you cannot maintain being a light in someone else’s life if you cannot maintain the light within your own self. This keeps me focused and productive.
Q: How Does Your Business Affect Your Relationships?
A: By my example, I think it helps them to think outside the box or the four walls of an office or building.
Q: How Do You Achieve Work/Life Balance?
A: I keep a calendar and I keep extremely focused and on task with all that I have to balance. Making sure I know my limits and use the, “NO” muscle when I see fit.
Q: What's the Single Most Important Reason for Your Success?
A: My most important reason for my success is has been my focused attention, hard work and knowing my limits.
Q: What is Your Biggest Struggle?
A: My biggest struggle if I had to pick something would be the ability to not think about what, where, when or how I will be. This is where Yoga comes in to help me become aware and to release or let go of the cycle of thought.
Q: What is the One Thing You Wish You Knew Before Starting Your Business?
A: The one thing I wish I knew is what it was that I was starting in the first place. If I knew I was starting a business then I would have liked to know how to work on the business instead of in the business.
Q: What is the Best Advice You Ever Got?
A: Best advice, “Don’t burn your bridges, you never know when you’ll need them” Worst advice, “Screw them”
Q: What is the Strangest Thing You Ever Have Done as an Entrepreneur?
A: Maybe the strangest thing I’ve ever done was to be an entrepreneur in the first place. When I started my friends and family were probably scratching their heads wondering what it was that I was doing. I do know it took quite a while for people to really see this for what it was and maybe because I didn’t realize what I had started.