We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Flynn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance has been a particular area of focus for me in my life so much that it became the focal point of my business and career. I help entrepreneurs and business owners build a business that acts as a vehicle for a life they love to live. On my own journey I have learned the importance of being BOTH professionally and personally fulfilled. I might argue that your don’t truly have on without the other. You have to find your fulcrum between them. There are times when it is necessary to create an intentional imbalance to achieve ones goals. they key here is it has to be intentional and not accidental. The accidental or default imbalances are where life gets tricky. I have found that it is necessary to educate people on what balance really means when applied to work life balance specifically. Balance is a bit of a misnomer. It is not a static point but rather a more dynamic act of juggling. They key is to trade things out as your priorities shift and ensure that the balance always tips in favor of your goals. Sometimes we have to tip that favor in one direction over another or a short time to achieve something that contributes to the greater good of the whole..and then tip it back. I often liken balance to more of a juggle than a scale where we try to keep equal weight in each arena. We have to juggle the things that serve what we want to experience in life. Sometimes we have to trade out a lot of lighter things for fewer more heavy things and visa versa. For me, I have been able to create clear vision for what I most wanted to experience both personally and professionally and then reverse engineer a strategy to get there. Some of that strategy was on the feeling vs the thinking level. You have to be aligned first before any strategy will serve you. Early on I believed that the only way you could have the life you wanted was to work yourself to death and then fit in all the things you wanted to do around it. This is not sustainable nor does it lead to any level of satisfaction. You are too worn out to enjoy the fruits of your labor. I put the most important things into my schedule first. ( kids, homeschool, relationships personal growth etc), then I had to ask myself, What would need to happen in the time left in order for me to reach my financial and professional goals. I then creates a business model that allowed me to stand in my zone of genius and feel totally professional fulfilled and create the financial resource to support my daughters. Now I can gratefully say that I am tremendously blessed to not know the difference between work and play… I always appear to be doing both! 😉
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Balance Maven was built to help service based entrepreneurs experience the restoration of balance in the mind, body, spirit, and business. and the dream-fulfillment that comes with that.
I don’t believe anyone should have to choose whether they experience gratification in work or life. We are all allowed to want both career success AND spiritual fulfillment. In fact, I believe a business in its optimum manifestation is a soul container for the fullest expression of its owner: Their truth, their needs, their gifts, their passion, and their dreams. A business is simply an extension of the purest essence of its owner. With the right strategies, a business becomes the facilitator for a life that loves to be lived. So if one’s best self, business, and life are all dependent upon soul and strategy… it requires a coach with insight on both
I did not come by my balance expertise easily. In fact, my insatiable curiosity and resilient spirit seem to have become an open invitation to the Universe for the brutal exploration of my edges. I have known proper imbalance and rapid oscillation across a number of life’s metaphorical scales. As a result, I have come to understand balance as a foundational pillar of existence. When we master balance, we find the freedom to live as our best selves in our best lives. And my experiences have led me to discover that balance is not a stagnant point to be maintained but rather that balance and imbalance can both be intentional and necessary in their own right.
Balance is a rhythm, a dance, and if mastered, it is the key to a successful business and fulfilling life experience.
Through my uniquely balanced approach that combines an omnipresent intuitive gift with experienced-informed strategies, I help clients overcome the imbalances operating in their own lives and tip the scales in their favor in order to realize their soul-inspired end goal and the steps to get there.
Things that set me apart:
1. I fuse soul and strategy
2. I have an intuitive ‘how does she know what I am thinking and just get it’ super power
3. I help make that outside world match the inside desires
4. I prove it’s easy
5. I help create feeling led goals…so when you hit the mark you really FEEL the satisfaction
6.I hold people accountable by not letting them give their power away
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live and operate my business in a rural mountain town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is a year round outdoor mecca. My favorite time is summer. There are wildflowers everywhere you look and I love to paddle board on the lake or down the river. There are endless places to hike and bike and explore. In the winter I love to cross country ski.
If I were to engage in a week long excursion I would choose summer. We would spend the days hiking through nature up at Mill Creek, Paddle boarding Blue Mesa, rafting down the Gunnison River and in the evenings sitting around a campfire laughing until we cry. We would be sure to hit my favorite dining spot The Black Stock Bistro for some yummy mac and cheese with candied Tabasco bacon and some fish tacos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
all of my amazing clients both private and in my ‘Find Your Fulcrum’ program. Without them none of this would be possible, I am so blessed to be in service of such an amazing tribe.
Linda Bard, the ‘Godmother’ of The Balance Maven brand. It was her guidance and support that helped me stand fully in the truth of what sets me apart and own it.
Michael Thomas a dear dear friend and mentor who helps keep the intuition and all ‘That Clairs’ in tune.
Emmeline Bramble, the genius behind all of the imagery and graphics and bringing my voice to life.
Local Business Marketing Solutions who made the vision real and brought the website to fruition