Feature Friday

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What inspired you to start your business?

I had always been involved in the blogging community and there was so much collaboration, events + fun things happening. Once I moved into the creative industry as a social media consultant and business coach, I realized that this field lacked that same “feel”. So, one day when I was visiting Santa Barbara the idea just hit me! I quickly thought of the concept for SocietyGal and just went for it!

At the time, there was really no agenda. I just wanted to provide a community based off of trust and value; so I never thought that it would turn into what it is today. I dove in head first January of 2016 in hopes to educate, expose and bring together female entrepreneurs who are absolutely crushing it online!

Now, with the combination of creativity, networking, + branding, we have created a flourishing community of over 35,000+ #societygals in just a year!

How do you stay motivated through the ups and downs of your business?

Mindset. I can’t stress this enough! This year has been the most transformational year for me, I am almost 80% better from having a chronic illness that left me bedridden and it's because I learned how to CREATE balance. I'm really into neuroplasticity - I totally recommend that you check out Dr. Joe Dispenza, he will change your life!

For those of you who have never heard of it before, I like to think of neuroplasticity as a brain hack. A lot of us are in a place of self sabotage and survival and until you get to a place of restore and creation you'll stay stuck.

Here are some quick tips I use to get into a place of creation.

1. Become Aware of Your Thoughts. What are you thinking about subconsciously most of the day? Are you in a place of self sabotage? Negative talk? Constant worry?

2. Shift Your Thinking.  When you notice these thoughts, you have to shift your mindset to something in order to counterbalance. So, say you notice that you are starting to compare yourself to someone else. You want to acknowledge that you’re doing this before you get lost in it.

You need to counteract the self sabotaging by saying something positive about yourself. This will interrupt and redirect your previous thought process into something constructive rather than destructive.

3. Lift Your Mood. Make it your goal each day to do things that make you truly happy.  Whether it’s listening to your fave song before work, helping someone in need, or talking to one of your friends about all the funny times you had in college together. Whatever it is that helps put you at ease or bring a smile to your face is worth making time for!

What advice would you give the younger you?

Not to internalize things! I truly believe you have to give yourself room to mess up. So, I’d want to let me younger-self know that everything is a learning opportunity - so embrace the mistakes. There’s always time to grow and evolve so when things don’t work out at planned don’t take it personally because there will be something better ahead. Don’t allow a change in agenda to make you doubt yourself.

How do you stay in a “high-vibration” traveling so much?

It’s definitely tough, I am not going to lie. I sometimes struggle with anxiety and traveling can often bring that stuff up.  But I would say that over the years I have learned to manage my stress and that helps wonders with my attitude. I constantly remind myself that I am fortunate enough to do things that most people don’t always get the opportunity to do. I am happy to have these experiences good or bad. Just take everything in stride and look forward to what’s next.

How does your spirituality impact your business?

Oh it does, 100%! I am a very spiritual person and every day I take an hour to ground my energy and connect with myself. I am a firm believer of gratitude and it’s really important to me to always come from a place of thankfulness.

For a long time, I thought you had to be pretentious or superior in business in order to get ahead. The thing is, that just wasn’t who I am, so I felt really disconnected for a while. I’ve learned how to come into my own and be myself and in doing so, it’s allowed me to tap into my purpose.

I feel called to do what I do and I never want to lose sight of that.  Overall, I’d say that at some point or another we all question whether or not we’re on the right path and my time of gratitude each day helps me realize I’m where I need to be.

How do you balance all of your commitments personally and professionally?

First and foremost, if you can afford hire an assistant - do it. It keeps me sane.

Other than that, I’m really big on calendaring. If it’s not in my iPhone, it doesn’t happen. This helps me to make sure things don’t overlap.  

The MOST important piece of advice I can offer would be - say no. I used to think that I had to say yes to everything because otherwise, I had a serious case of FOMO. But I’ve realized that I had to say no to some things in order to say yes to the things I really love.

Going back to my hour of gratitude each day, something I constantly remind myself is  “I am full of an abundance love, joy, success, health, and wellness + as I step into the world, help others do the same”. My main rule of thumb is: if it’s not going to help anyone, then the answer is usually no.

What has been your biggest challenge along the way and how did you overcome it?

So a couple questions ago, I briefly mentioned my chronic illness. I have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, but back in 2012 doctors weren’t quite sure what was wrong with me.  So I was bedridden, exhausted and broke (due to student debt and medical bills). It was an extremely hard time for me.

I felt lost, not sure if I was going to ever be myself again, or get better. But, as crazy as it sounds, something inside of me just knew I needed to go through this hardship for a reason. I couldn’t give up - and I wouldn’t.

I think we’re all given challenges in our journey and they differ in intensity but it builds your character and makes you who you are.  Looking back, I wouldn’t be who or where I am now if I didn’t go through that.

Always hang on to the tiniest piece of hope. Now I am a better person because of it and I can use that to help others because we can relate on a deeper level.

In what ways do you feel like you are impacting the world by doing the work that you do?

My main goal is to encourage others to be their best self. I want to be everyone’s number one cheerleader because in the worst of times or even the best of times people need that support.

There’s so much out there for people to achieve as long as they have the courage to pursue it. So, I guess I am being the person that my younger-self needed back then.

Honest and truly, I have to say that between my clients and the SocietyGal community, we all always help each other.  Even when they hire me, I can learn and takeaway so much from them too.

There’s never a day that passes where I don’t realize how lucky I am to be in these shoes.

To connect with Jennifer you can check out her Instagram HERE and HERE and visit her website HERE

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