Every so often, The Study Room catches up with our favourite freelancers, creatives & fellow business owners to find out what really makes them tick (and jump out of bed everyday) This week we have spoken to Lindsey and Jenna from Nourishing Real Talk; a weekly podcast dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and helping to create a harmonious work/life balance.
With a myriad of additional occupations, it's incredibly these two entrepreneurs find the time to sit down and find out exactly what makes them tick and how they manage to fit all of their projects into a day!
What does a typical day look like to you?
Days for Lindsey and I look a bit different. For me (Jenna), my days are varied between one-on-one client work, blogging for my coaching + counselling practice, working on the Nourishing Real Talk podcast, freelance editing, and behind-the-scenes admin tasks.
I tend to start my workday around 9:00 AM by checking my inbox + social media, and on nights when I
have client sessions, I finish around 8:00 PM.
The true luxury of working for myself, though, is that I take breaks throughout the day. I love working from home, cooking myself real
meals and taking my dog for walks whenever I want.
Even though I end up doing some work on most days, I almost always have a few days where I will work for half a day or less And I always take Friday afternoons off.
Lindsey’s days start bright and early at 6:00 AM with some sort of exercise to get her body and brain fired up. Lindsey heads off on her mile-long walk to university for college classes. In the afternoons, you’ll always catch her at her favourite yoga classes, running errands and (her guilty pleasure) going to the market.
Lindsey somehow also finds pockets of time to work on Nourishing Real Talk and run her graphic apparel and freelance graphic design businesses. Lindsey’s day-to-day includes classes, homework, tutoring, writing, design, and admin tasks for her businesses.
Both Lindsey and I start our mornings in the same way, with some intentions, goal-setting, and a daily gratitude practice using our Desire Map planners. We would be lost without them!
Where do you call your ‘Office’?
My home office is my sacred space, and I spend some time there every day. I like to keep things clean and minimal
I always have my diffuser running with whatever custom essential oil blend I’ve chosen for the day. Being surrounded by gorgeous scents makes my work space feel spa-like, indulgent, and inspiring. The little touches in my office remind me how fortunate I am to work for myself from my home.
Lindsey’s office is also in her home, and you’ll find her working at her desk multiple times every day. Her simple, minimal desk sits under a window that overlooks her lovely neighbourhood, and her work space is adorned with a clean-lined lamp and beautiful notebooks, stationery, and props for styling photo shoots for her design work. Lindsey believes that a minimal space is better for her creative brain because she can play more that way. When she’s working, Lindsey likes to get messy and lay everything out. She’s a very immersive worker, but she likes to tidy up when she’s finished. She would be lost without her oversized wall calendar. At any given time, you’re also likely to find fresh flowers in her space. flowers are her favourite indulgences. She sometimes works at her favourite coffee shop Scout, a couple of times a month.
How did you end up in your line of work?
After several years spent working as a psychotherapist in various settings, I started my first part-time brick and mortar practice, which was really my first experience with entrepreneurship. From that moment, I was hooked. Working for myself, the way I wanted, setting my own schedule…it was so exciting and freeing!
In 2014, I decided to expand into a more holistic way of working with my clients, became certified as a health coach, left my job for a nonprofit agency, and launched my full-time online practice. In 2015, I expanded into business coaching and launched the Nourishing Real Talk podcast with Lindsey in 2016.
Lindsey is a born entrepreneur who built a thriving babysitting business by age 11. She first became interested in graphic design when she joined her school’s yearbook committee and has been working in InDesign ever since. She began designing in Illustrator and Photoshop at age 16 and then transitioned into blogging at age 18 as an outlet for her photography. After years spent dreaming about it, Lindsey launched her graphic apparel brand in 2015.In order to express her unique design skills and passion for meeting a need she identified in the industry, Lindsey started her graphic design business in 2016 alongside the Nourishing Real Talk podcast.
What is the one thing you wish you had known at the beginning?
I love this question! I wish I had known that I should always play to my strengths and not let the fear of rejection hold me back from being visible and really putting myself out there. Also, to follow what inspires me and lights me up, not what I think I “should” do. Entrepreneurship is a long-term endeavour and requires huge investments of time, dedication, and hard work. If you’re not totally passionate about what you do, you can burn out really quickly.
Lindsey wishes she would have launched her first business sooner. Like the Nike slogan says, “Just do it!” She also wishes she wouldn’t have allowed the comments and critiques of others to affect her so deeply.
Differing opinions and criticisms are inevitable in business and in life, and she wishes she would have realised that earlier on in her journey.
What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is any time I’m interacting and connecting with others, whether that’s interviewing guests for the podcast, working one-on-one with clients, or strategizing with Lindsey or my mastermind group. I thrive on engagement and connection, so any time I’m connecting - discussing, listening, problem-solving - is the best time for me.
Lindsey finds that the best parts of her day are whenever she has the opportunity to truly do the work, whether it’s design work or editing podcast episodes, and connect with Jenna about strategy and where we’re headed
What are you working on at the moment?
Lindsey and I are working hard to create awesome content for our podcast, and with our weekly episode format, the schedule and pace definitely keep us on our toes! I’m having a blast creating Self-Love Notes for my blog, and Lindsey is ramping up for a major collaboration
collection, “The Makers Collection,” which will launch in January through her graphic apparel brand, Fearlessly Authentic Living.
What have you learnt from each other's working style?
I’ve learned how much it’s truly possible to get done in a single day or week. Lindsey is a force! She has so much on her plate at all times, and somehow, she still manages to get it all done - and done well. I’ve also learned how incredibly rewarding it is to work with someone who is as
dedicated to realising a shared vision as I am. I am so grateful for that and for not only our partnership, but our friendship. Lindsey says she’s learned how refreshing it is to work with someone who is as interested, dedicated, and passionate as she is. She says she’s also learned the power of communication and how important the words we choose can be.
Any tips for a working partnership?
Be sure that you are both have a shared vision of what you’re working toward. Having a sense of your partner’s work ethic, habits, and working style is also really helpful. When you’re familiar with those factors, you know what to expect and how to help one another work best.
One of the keys that Lindsey and I found early on was identifying the strengths, expertise, and interests that each of us brings to our partnership and choosing our roles and duties based on those skills and interests. As with most things in life, open communication is a top priority, and simply appreciating and valuing one another really helps, too
Nourishing Real Talk provide a wonderful place to understand both yourself and your business.
Working in a partnership can be a harmonious and fruitful experience and Jenna and Lindsey are an inspiration.
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