This week I am choosing to feature another wonderful lady who has been a key player in helping me get this blog up and running - Jennifer Myers, a very well respected local Business Coach, Trainer and Keynote Speaker. Without her amazing help and guidance it would still be just a vague idea swimming around in my head, waiting for someday – which more often than not means never. She came by word of mouth recommendation which always seems promising. I love a great referral and as you may have gathered by now, I'm a firm believer in people and things finding me if they are meant to or vice versa. I did a little bit of research before contacting her and was inspired by the notion that she gets her clients focused, gets them into action, and gets them results. This was exactly what I needed – a good kick up the behind to set me on my way! To be honest, I was a little nervous about contacting her as I thought she may well laugh me out of the room. I was slightly worried that she'd find my idea of wanting to build a "Happy Place for Happy People" silly and that my aspirations of spreading joy, love and simple pleasures would seem trivial if I explained them out loud... As it turned out though, I had nothing to be worried about because she is an extraordinarily kind, approachable, warm and lovely person who's mission in life it is to positively impact as many people as she possibly can. She feels blessed to be able to do this every day through her wonderful work and so she totally got where I was coming from wanting to do a similar thing – what a relief! Within no time she had emptied my confuddled brain of all the thoughts, ideas, plans and options I had in mind and from all of that (eventually) this blog was born.
So Jen, I thank you for your guidance, I thank you for your patience and I thank you for steering me in the right direction... x
Now over to you:
1. What does Lovelyness mean to you?
Whatever makes me smile.
2. When are you happiest?
I am definitely happiest when I’m hanging out with my little family – my husband and daughter are just the best things ever. Josh and I have been married for 22 years, now, which just blows my mind (we must be getting ‘old’!) and Erin, our daughter, just turned 13 this year. Even though we’ve started down the ‘teenager’ path, she’s such a sweet kid! We feel really fortunate that she still wants to hug us and be around us.
3. What brings you joy?
I naturally tend to notice small things throughout my day that make me happy – the brilliant blue of the sky on a fine day, the sound of the many birds around our house, the smell of cut grass coming in through the car window as I’m out and about. I really love being in nature. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not someone who enjoys camping, but I absolutely respect nature and enjoy being outdoors.
4. What are you most grateful for in your life?
My family. Moving here 5 years ago with nothing but them and very little ‘stuff’ to set up a new life, I realised that ‘stuff’ doesn’t matter at all – it’s having those you love around you that makes a home and a life.
5. What would you list as your top 3 priorities in life?
OK – at the risk of sounding repetitive…first would be my immediate family. Second would be ensuring I do whatever I can every day to make a positive difference in the world. Third would be staying connected to my friends. I’m social by nature, so feeling connected to people is really important to me.
6. Who’s your current role model and why?
My husband Josh has to be one of them. His determination and work ethic are really admirable. I think he thrives on people telling him he “can’t” do something! I guess I really don’t have many ‘role models’, per se, but I admire plenty of people for things they’ve accomplished or for who they are.
7. Who do you see as being lovely and why? (Famous or not)
I have a client at the moment – not famous yet – who I consider lovely. She’s a local business-woman in the prime of her life who is comfortable with herself and appreciates the small but important things in life. She’s adventurous, cultured, educated and kind. That’s an awesome combination. I also have a male client who I like to think is ‘lovely’ in his own way. He’s kind of like a loaf of good bread – crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside! Lovely.
8. What's your favourite type of food?
I LOVE Italian food. Pizza is my absolute favourite. AND besides being a great husband, Josh can cook some mean Italian dishes! BONUS!
9. What are your favourite pastimes?
Definitely reading. When I have time on the weekends, I devour books. And I love REAL books, by the way. There’s just something satisfying about holding a book and flipping pages that an e-reader just can’t hold a candle to.
10. Do you have a favourite quote?
I’m going to paraphrase here, because I can’t remember it word for word, but it’s by Maya Angelou: People won’t remember what you said; they won’t remember what you did; but they will remember how you made them feel. I love that one.
11. Where’s your favourite place?
I went back to the States with Josh and Erin in 2012 for a visit, and we went to a place in southern Utah called Zion National Park. WOW. It was unbelievably beautiful, and the feeling I got there while in the lodge at the bottom of the canyon was of being very much at peace and protected by the enormous golden-red canyon walls. I know that sounds kind of weird, but it definitely made a big impact on me. If you get a chance to go – you should!
12. Which is your favourite season and why?
Definitely Autumn. I grew up in Michigan and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the States – two places with beautiful seasons. I miss really bright autumn colours, but love the chill in the air and the crisp mornings. Specifically the smell of oak leaves on the ground brings back very clear memories of being a kid!
13. Do you have a signature style?
Not really. Next question…
14. Who was your biggest inspiration growing up and how have they shaped who you are today?
My “aunt” Kay Grauer (not an actual relative) was my biggest inspiration as a kid. I met her at age 6 and we were fast friends until she died when I was 26. She was like a mother to me and taught me to embrace life, get a great education and not settle! She was rafting down the Colorado River and traveling the world well into her late 70’s, so I hope I have as much energy and zest for life as she did. I will never forget her.
15. Which qualities do you value most from those closest to you?
My husband Josh’s logical mind. My daughter’s ability to get in front of a crowd of people and SING beautifully.
16. What are your best attributes?
I’m a really good communicator. I have a positive outlook on life. I like to think I’m genuine and kind. What are your worst? Self-doubt strikes every so often. And I’m not the most disciplined when it comes to taking care of my health with regular exercise – it takes a lot of effort.
17. How would you most like your friends to describe you?
As someone they admire for being genuinely caring and comfortable in my own skin.
18. If you could pick any place in the world to live, where would it be and why?
I have romantic visions of living in Italy with my hubby at some point in our lives. I love really old cities with lots of stories and character, and there are certainly plenty of those in Italy! (AND it’s the birthplace of pizza – how could I go wrong?!)
19. What are your aspirations for the future?
Family-wise, I just want to contribute to raising a well-adjusted teenager who makes good decisions. Business-wise, I can see myself scaling my coaching practice up over the next 5-10 years to include online programs that anyone in the world can access as well as building my brand to the point where I am running highly-sought-after business retreats for large groups and speaking internationally at conferences. I just want to add value to as many people as I possibly can. I also want to have published several books within the next 10 years.
20. Can you recommend: a lovely book, a lovely movie, a lovely song?
- Hmmm… a lovely book that I’ve read this year is called “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye” and its follow-up “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Henessey.” They follow the lives of some really great characters and their friends.
- A lovely movie would have to be War Horse (I’m a sucker for a good movie about a horse);
- And a lovely song – ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Keane.
21. Any Lovely Last Words?
Take a deep breath and look around you. There’s loveliness everywhere.