Trusted confidant. Architect of solutions. Style maven. Procrastinator and perfectionist. Random. Continual learner. Wine and scotch enthusiast. Witty. Introvert. Runner. Classic over thinker. Punctual. Paddleboarder. Pretends to have life figured out. Encourager. World traveler. Gadget aficionado. Tightly wound. Health seeker. Crier. Speed demon. Shoe and handbag collector. Occasional battle-axe. Challenger of status quo.
I’m happy to be a part of Pursue Yourself if only to have an excuse to hangout with four of my dearest friends who happen to be a group of diverse, smart, beautiful, accomplished women who continually inspire and challenge me to live life big. My desire is that Pursue Yourself is a platform for inspiring others to pursue a life of adventure, to throw off the shackles of perfection and fear, embrace grace, and just. be. brave. Bring your friends, build your tribe, and love them hard. That’s where the magic is.
Over the last 20 years, much of my time has been focused on building a successful career in business development with a Fortune 500 corporation. My work has provided wonderful opportunities to travel the world and work with some amazing people on rewarding projects, which have included multiple short term assignments throughout Europe and Asia. For the past 12 years I have worked from home when not on the road, which is convenient but can be isolating to live alone (except for my fabulous dog, Margo) and work from home.
A few years back I recognized I was way too focused on work, I was unhealthy, sedentary, and l used the career that I love and the travel associated to avoid building relationships. Deciding I was worth pursuing and endeavoring to stop using my work as an excuse to not engage with the world has changed me. I’ve researched and experimented with eating plans and found what works for me, lost a significant amount of weight, become a runner, and rediscovered the fun Jennie. I found an amazing tribe that loves me and all my quirks, recognized the strength and resiliency my body possesses and became a fitness instructor. I have discovered a deeper dependence on prayer, recognized that taking a step back can sometimes propel you forward, and I’m getting my perfection-plagued head wrapped around the fact that motivation for change wanes and that’s okay. For real. I’m developing the discipline to be all in for the long haul, won’t you join me?