Let me start by saying I stumbled across Jenny a few months ago on YouTube, and found her videos there empowering. I recognized down in my gut/soul the truth in her message and wanted to shout from the rooftops so other women could hear it as well. Jenny spoke to the very thing I have been working to overcome the past two years, the surrender of my own identity in exchange for the roles I played as Mother and Wife for 20 years. The struggle back from that was a lonely road, one I thought was unique to me, until I began blogging about it in posts such as this: The One Question No Woman/Wife/Mother Likes to Answer. Turns out, this is a struggle for many women. Once I found Jenny, I knew I wanted to share her story here on my blog, to share her wisdom with you all. Not only are we in control of redefining ourselves, but we are not alone in this journey.
I the catalyst for me came from women just asking how I seemed to do everything and do it well. They were always shocked that I seemed to always be put together, showered with make-up on. So, I started a blog and have been helping women live better lives ever since. It's been fun to look back and see how Planner Perfect has evolved.
How did your hubby and kids respond to that idea when you told them? How do they support you in this new role? Or do they just leave you to it?
My kids, being home schooled, have always been fully aware of my passion. I'd have to run errands and package my planners; they would tag-along and such. My husband got involved with my business when we opened in June of this year. He has been the backbone of Designs by Planner Perfect and my biggest support.
If a woman were new to Project Me and found the process overwhelming as a whole, what is the first step you recommend to get her on the path to self-discovery?
To just begin to script out her life as it is now and then begin to script out all she'd want to change. Digging deep, rewriting her hurts and look and see what's holding her back. This process takes a little time but is vital for growth. She should then begin to slowly write a better story; a story she wants to live, one that includes her; her dreams and her goals.
What are your top 5 self-care daily (or weekly) to do's that YOU can't do without?
Rising early to take care of my mental health is huge for me. Being a mom mandates an early rise. Getting ready for the day, every day. I take the time every day, usually before kids rise out of bed, and take my shower, put make-up on and get dressed for the day. I also take time to read or listen to my audible of my favorite inspiring mentors of mine. I also always take time to use my gifts and talent. I'll paint, do videos or whip up a huge dinner and invite friends over.
Is there anything you'd like to share about your journey that is not well known? Any personal struggles that you had to overcome to get to this healthier place of self-love and worthiness?
I had lots of hurdles to overcome. In my 20's and early 30's I didn't know who I was, what I stood for, nor what i believed. I was insecure and fearful and only knew the role I played to be my identity, that being a mom of a lot of home-schooled children. I now know that all my problems and insecurities came from a place of fear. God kept tapping on my shoulder, nudging me to find me again; to know who I was as a woman, to heal from past hurts and to follow my heart and my dreams! The journey has been remarkable in that once I invested in myself, began to love myself, and grow and learn all I needed to develop my talents and gifts, I began to see doors open and my life was and still is full of joy!
What is next for you and Planner Perfect?
What's next for me? I have huge plans. I have an e-course coming January 1 2017, and books I want to write. Books to inspire women to be all they were created to be.
Thank you, Jenny, for taking the time to chat with me and share your encouragement with my readers.
Thank you for the thought provoking questions, hope this helps other women to work on themselves and to be all they were created to be!
If you would like to find Jenny on line, I have provided a few of her links. This is journey worth taking ladies, you will emerge on the otherside a changed woman. Blessings!