02 Apr The Creation of Jenerate Wellness
My face resembled the look of someone who just saw a ghost. My palms were sweaty. My heart was racing.
I was pretty sure my boss was going to totally support my decision, but I feared the finality of the conversation and what I knew I had to do next. There was no going back, at least not in my mind. My many years in corporate human resources taught me once you make a decision, it’s best to hold firm and follow through with your word.
You know those pivotal moments in life when you recall every detail of everything around you? This was one of those moments for me. I remember exactly what I was wearing. I remember the song playing on the radio. I brought my bosses name up on my phone, but didn’t have the guts to hit the send button just yet.
Instead, as if I were in a trance, I starred at the $10 radio I bought at Family Dollar back in 2000 when I first started my career at Coca-Cola. That radio sat in the corner of my window sill, (so it could get mediocre/good reception for the local 90’s HITS station) but suddenly it was like the only object in my vision and the only thing I heard. I told myself, “when this song is over Jen, you are going to hit the send button”.
Sidenote: No disrespect to high school, college, or the education system as a whole, but I have to credit the majority of my “knowledge” to real-life, on-the-job experiences. Learning to work with and for others, wearing numerous hats in a cut-throat business setting, managing human relations (which thickens your skin very quickly!), and navigating through the waters of economic change (and how it impacts day-to-day operations) came from my job, not a text book.
Working FOR others also played a major role in my career. It taught me the value of leadership.
Early on in my career, I worked for someone who didn’t SHOW me how to be successful. Unfortunately, she simply saw me as an employee, not an asset, to the company. She didn’t actually want to teach me anything, she wanted me to “fill in” where she didn’t want to be.
Not exactly what I signed up for. Plus, it didn’t align with my goals and the degree I was working towards.
So as you can imagine, my “that’s just fine I’ll be over here teaching myself” attitude didn’t stop me. In fact, it motivated me. A LOT. At the age of 19, it lit a fire in me to do whatever it takes to keep my chin up and always keep moving forward.
No worries, it wasn’t too far after that, she left and I was appointed a new boss.
She turned out to be my boss, mentor, and a great friend. She shined a new light on my abilities and taught me how to succeed in business. She showed me what it meant to be in control of my success and helped me understand the meaning of “manage”.
Because of her, I raised the bar high and became the leader in my industry across the Midwest. I was offered numerous jobs within the company and was able to set my own job description based on my strengths and what I wanted to do.
It was glorious. And empowering.
She was/is not a great “boss”. She’s a leader. There’s a huge difference.
Anyway, back to my call…I pushed the send button on my phone (I secretly half-hoped she didn’t answer…but she did) and I hit send on the email. My resignation letter was sent. There was no going back.
Jenerate Wellness was officially happening.
This was back in the Fall of 2013. The day I got up the courage to tell my boss that I wanted to quit my very stable job, leave my hometown to move to city where I knew virtually no one, and open my own wellness center. A dream that I made my reality.
If you can take away one thing from this rambling story…
inspire to do great things with your time…the risk is worth the reward.
I hope you enjoy the video! I appreciate you taking the time to read this. And I appreciate YOU for being a part of the JW community!