We are super excited to have the chance to talk to Jennifer Sparks Berthelot, the head honcho of Swift Kick Life. She’s a life coach bent on helping people live a full and sustained life. So in anticipation of her newest book Happy on Purpose, we asked her to come hang out and share some wisdom with us!
UnLa: Tell us about you! How would you describe your job?
Jennifer: I am almost 43 years old. I am a single mother of two teens and I have have two jobs. I am a teacher with the local school division and about three years ago I launched my company SWIFTKICK Life when my daughter became ill and I was unsure if I would be able to work outside the home. I love coaching people towards increased health and wellness because I was once very lost. My goal is to continue to help others who struggle with overwhelm and who often have themselves at the bottom of their priority list. I am here to help women reclaim and design lives they love.
Why did you choose this job? Describe your path a little bit.
I love helping people. I started out on this path as I searched for my own ways to increase my health and wellness over ten years ago. I was overweight, tired, and had begun to experience chronic unexplained pain. I was also fueled on a processed food diet that was doing me absolutely NO good. But I knew it was time to change my life so I knew that I needed to acquire some knowledge and skills to make things happen. My journey was made one step at a time. Consistent effort WILL pay dividends!
What does success look like to you?
Success for me is about life balance. It is about living simply and under my own personally constructed definition of happiness. I don’t tolerate lots of the things I used to because I realize that it just brings toxic drama into my life. I eat clean but I live tight and clean too. I surround myself with people who will lift me up. Success is about being happy and creating memories with loved ones.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing young women today?
Media. This idea of perfection that is unattainable. As a teacher I hear the things young girls say about their bodies every day. I wish they could put themselves thirty years into the future to realize how beautiful and smart and talented they are now at this moment of time and stop wishing away parts of their bodies or faces.
How do you think women can fix this issue?
I think we need to take back control. Stop buying the magazines with the glossy photo shopped covers and images that tell us to hate ourselves (and buy this product to make everything better). We need to value ourselves!
Do you think “having it all” is possible? Have you personally struggled with this idea?
I think having it all is possible – just perhaps not all at the same time! It is so variable. I am a single mom, so having it all depends on many other things I need to juggle. I also think we THINK we want to have it all but then you actually examine what that means, if we defined what happiness meant from an individual perspective we might find that we have it all in other ways.
Should we kill “having it all”?
Perhaps. Or modify the idea of what that means. I often live in phases. Life balance is also a tricky thing because so many of us operate in the red zone that as soon as one little thing throws off our day we are overwhelmed and then having it all doesn’t feel so good!
What’s one piece of advice you’d give your 25-year-old self?
Love yourself. Know yourself. Take control of your own life and make conscious decisions based on what you want, not society’s ideas of what you should do or want. Be brave and bold. Dream big. Walk through fear and understand that this is your life to create as you wish.
What are your plans for the coming year?
Well, every year I pick a theme for the year. A couple years ago it was bliss, this year simplicity, and for next year it’s SAVOR. I have worked hard and my life has changed dramatically in the last few years. I want to take the time to savor the little moments that string together a day, a week, or a month. I want to savor the moments that make me smile.
Finally, the obligatory plug question: What are you making next that you’d like us to know about?
I am a bestselling author. My books WTF to OMG: The Frazzled Female’s Guide to Creating a Life You Love and the recently released Happy on Purpose have opened doors and introduced me to amazing people. I have online courses available for people interested in learning more about how to increase their happiness and enhance their health and wellness. The OMG Sessions is my introductory level course and in 2015 I will be launching my updated signature coaching package, called The LIFEMAP. Information about my books, courses and other services is available at my website.
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