Hello! I'm Jodi
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Can You Guess...
...which of the titles below I have had since starting my career decades ago?
- Holistic Professional Coach (Mental Fitness, Resilience, & Habits Specialist)
- Small Business Consultant / Coach
- Pro Organizer / Productivity Trainer
- Licensed Real Estate Sales Consultant
- Admin / Office / Biz Manager
- Web Builder
- Yoga Instructor
- Massage Therapist / Studio Owner
- Restaurant Manager
If you guessed all, you win.
Want to know the biggest lesson I learned that could
transform your business & your life?
Let me share a little story...
Running Your Own Business (& Life) Can Be Exciting... and Scary
I am an entrepreneur at heart. I had my first solo side hustle idea at 22 after managing my "own" fast food restaurant at 20. I've launched several businesses and sold a couple. I know first-hand how overwhelming and isolating operating your own business, as well as navigating life's challenges can feel.
At times I wondered if I would ever get in a groove or create the success I envisioned. But I felt determined to make it on my own. This would be a very valuable thing for me later, but not just for business. That will make sense a little later in the story
Can I be totally transparent?
I admittedly had some serious reservations about sharing all of the job titles above and especially the rest of my story (you'll understand why).
What would people think? Would they judge me as incompetent or unqualified to help them? Would they think I was broken or pathetic and feel sorry for me? After some soul-searching I realized that if my commitment to myself and my advice to others is to be totally authentic (which it is), then it would be hypocritical not to share my whole story. So, (deep breath) here goes...
Here’s where it gets more interesting (and a little sad)
The fear, stress, loneliness, and uncertainty of going it alone in business was greatly amplified for me by a steady string of tough personal losses and significant change.
I lost both parents and all three siblings before turning 45, including my older brother when I was 9 (accident) and mom at 27 (MS). I cared for mom while attending high school and living in low-income housing after she was diagnosed when I was 14 and the only one left at home with her (Dad left when I was 10).
Then came the devastating loss of my twin sister (Leukemia) when we were 36, followed by my father's passing when I was 43. Finally, my last remaining original family member, my older sister, left this earth when I was 44.
Obviously, that was a lot to navigate and process. I helped care for the all of these family members (except my brother) at some point during their illnesses. I was present for the passing of my father and both sisters and had to make the heart-wrenching decision to stop life-saving/sustaining medical intervention for both my father and twin sister.
And as if that wasn't enough...
I also made the tough decision to end two marriages, and moved homes on average less than every 2 years (I'm happy to say I've been at my current home for 7 years).
Professionally, a couple of my businesses never got real traction and one failed miserably. You can see why I was reluctant to share, right? That's a lot of drama, trauma, failure and stress!
This kind of stuff can mess with your head!
Not surprisingly, all of the losses triggered some big questions about life and why I am here. I often felt lost or feared I was running out of time (since life can be short and end abruptly), which prompted attempts to find more meaning and purpose through my work or by pursuing what might be a quicker path to financial success.
That explains the many professional titles, right?
All along, my deepest desire was to have a positive impact on this world before I leave it...and if my family history was any indicator, I feared that might be sooner than I hoped.
A healthy lifestyle became one of my biggest priorities and I wanted to inspire others to prioritize self-care.
But, I was still trying to find my way in business and create more financial stability. I was forced to file bankruptcy as part of the 2nd divorce and several years later was up to my eyeballs again with my own $30k of credit card debt.
The word people most use to describe me has been resilient.
No matter how many times I had to recover from a setback, start over or reinvent myself, I was determined I would eventually have my breakthrough. And finally, it happened...
Breakthroughs and Success…
They're an Inside Job
Once I finally paused long enough to reflect, I realized all roles I took on had a common thread. They were driven by my deep desire to help people live healthier and happier lives with less stress. Even as a Real Estate Sales Agent, I focused on helping people navigate the process with more ease (even producing a book called "8 Steps Home - The Keys to Buying a Home with Less Stress").
So, if it wasn't lack of clear purpose that kept me from success and happiness, then what was it? Digging deeper through coaching helped me see it was my own thoughts, beliefs and patterns that were sabotaging me.
So, what do I do with that?
Well, I had some work to do! I practiced meditation and mindfulness techniques and got more valuable coaching to quiet doubt, fear, perfectionism, self-criticism, and all the inner saboteur voices. I started to shift to more empowered perspectives and actions.
The more committed I was to the practices and staying true to my values, the more in flow I felt and the more success I created. I even paid off $30k of credit card debt and took my credit score from low 500s to 820+.
But, inner saboteurs are pretty ingrained, insidious and relentless...and quite sneaky. So, it often felt like I took one step forward and two steps back. it wasn't all rainbows and sunshine.
How do I get off this roller coaster?
I found something that made a huge difference in helping me to create more consistent ease and flow.
I had done a lot of self-development programs as well as psychotherapy, and was a Certified Professional Coach, but nothing had the powerful impact of The Positive Intelligence® Mental Fitness Program. It was profoundly liberating and empowering...truly a game-changer.
The game-changer that turned out to be a life-changer!
It was so transformative, indeed life-changing, for me that I deeply wished I'd had this training early in my life to help me navigate all those heartaches and challenges. I knew I had to share this gift with others!
I dove into the advanced Positive Intelligence® coach training to become a Mental Fitness Trainer and Coach. I I now enthusiastically guide clients through the program and support them to the have their own transformations. If you're curious about the Mental Fitness Training, read more HERE.
The journey continues...
Despite some significant ahas and breakthroughs, life continues to throw challenges my way. I know there will always be another layer to uncover, more healing to happen, and more growth opportunities that will reveal themselves to me.
But, I now have some powerful tools to help me, and I can say with confidence and joy that I'm on the right path. It's an indescribable feeling to help others get their own ahas and breakthroughs, and I'm deeply honored to be doing this work.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you. I would love to know your story and how I can support you. If you'd like to explore the possibilities, let's connect.