Thrive Thursday: Jodi Aman on the power of presence as an awakened entrepreneur
Welcome to Thrive Thursday. Each week I feature a conscious & creative woman who has made self care a non-negotiable part of her life, love and business. Self-care is not a perfect practice but it is necessary for a thriving life. This series spotlights women who are dedicated to #fullnessfirst because they know exhaustion & depletion are not the way forward.
I believe there is Genius in every living room across the nation. I believe there are scores of women looking for “another way” to bring their dreams to life. Women who want to live, breathe & create at a natural, elegant pace. A harmonious balance between life and work allows us to live fully, while also freeing up the time and energy so we can come together and co-create a thriving new world for all Beings.
This series illuminates the power of exquisite self care as holistic fuel for elegant & effective productivity. As we return to lifestyle practices that support the unstoppable power behind a well nourished woman, we simultaneously create a more loving & harmonious world.
Meet Jodi Aman
Jodi Aman is an anxiety tamer, forgiveness counselor, relationship coach, guilt releaser, unconditional lover, and a hope renewer. And that’s before she leaves her house in the morning. She created The Map To Whole Peace: Move Past Your Past. Get your free copy here: http://jodiaman.com/themap
Are you a Budding or Established entrepreneur?
Monica! Thank you so much for having me in this self care series. Women’s connection with other women is how our world is going to shift to a more peaceful and evolved space. You gathering us together, talking about self compassion is spreading the love in a multitude of ways!
I have been in the counseling business for 20 years, and over the last year, I have been transitioning from running a practice of six counselors and two support staff to a solo practice that will have more impact in less time by leveraging myself using digital and print materials. Are you a Mother? If so, what ages are your children?
My three kiddos are my greatest joy but also have been my biggest challenge. It’s funny how our children play out our issues, isn’t it? I raise them with the best life partner a girl could have, Ted. Thank Goddess he is with me! His son, Calin is 23 and graduating college. Our son, Leo is 14, and our daughter, Lily is 10. They are all creative, funny and completely likable. A great combo in my book!
Do you consider yourself to be a spiritually conscious/awakening woman?
As a student of life, I have been on this path for many years. I don’t wear my spirituality on my sleeve, but it is infused in every part of my being. I breathe constantly and center myself throughout my day. I use constant reminders and gentle self compassion to remind myself who I am and what I am doing. Opening and being flexible to how Spirit is working through me, letting me know when I am meant to bend and how I am meant to serve each moment. I am at peace.
As an entrepreneur, when did you realize self-care must be written into your business plan and why?
It was years into my business when I realized I needed to take care of myself. I had babies at home and a hubby to give attention to, then my clients to care for. I came last in the beginning. It wasn’t until I realized my connection to all of them that I shifted things.
If I felt undeserving, not only am I allowing that doubt to stay in the world, but I am modeling that! This was the opposite of what helped heal the people I treated. I realized that all I had to do was help myself and everyone would feel better. I vowed to practice what I preach. And I have had a great balance ever since.
A woman who creates from fullness honors rhythm & ritual in her life. Can you share how you manage your business with the changing tides of your inner being – with who you are as a woman?
My first business model was supporting other therapists, but all along I wanted to grow leverage and have a greater impact. My time used up doing what really frustrated me and there was nothing left for my baby. I decided to shift, but I had to unpack the business in a responsible way, this took a while, but it felt awesome to ease out gently so everyone was cared for. I exited that business the way I live, smoothly and gracefully, giving me more energy to begin the next phase.
Managing an administrative assistant hasn’t been as smooth, I have been through 7 this year alone and looking for the lucky number 8! In it’s own way, however, it is healing old stories I have about myself, because it is forcing me to look at myself and sit with my frustrations. We may not like the process, but there is potential to come out better after facing ourselves and our frustrations in this way.
What are your non-negotiable self-care practices that put your well-being first in life & business?
Spending time with my husband. He is the one person in my life taking care of me, while I take care of everyone else. If I shirk on that, I am doomed. I couldn’t do what I do without his emotional support and belief in me. Plus he is a blast to be with and this downtime hanging, chatting and laughing with him fills me up like nobodies business.
Exercise. I need to do it. I hope to live long and want my body to be as active as I can be as long as I can. I combine this with time spent outdoors.
Learning new things. I just love it and can’t live without it.
Let’s go deeper – we live in transitional times where many women are building a business & parenting while also in a spiritual awakening journey. There are times when self-care is not enough to alleviate the transitional symptoms of a woman’s soul unfolding so that it’s business “as usual.” What have you learned about yourself and building a business during transitional times, as a conscious heart centered entrepreneur?
I learned not to expect too much. Whatever doesn’t get done, doesn’t get done. If I never make getting things done a big deal, somehow time expands and I am able to do more than I thought. Worry about getting things done is the most time consuming thing! Also, letting go of perfectionism is another tactic I use. I go with the flow and always choose people over tasks.
I also see my source from outside of myself. I don’t have to have the energy for it all by myself. I’m not really alone, so I don’t have to worry. All I have to do is get out of the way and it flows.
I often said that I have been on retreat in the middle of a busy life, and that is how it has felt. I was awakening but could maintain business as usual. If I had to stop my awakening process, or stop my business, I think they would have prohibited the other. Learning how to be present while in the midst of life is what people need to know about.
Riding the waves of a dynamic and creative life, our point of balance is constantly adjusting. What aspects of your nature tend to challenge you the most around maintaining balance in life & business, if you are not mindful?
Eating sweets when I say that I am not going to is a bone of contention with myself.
How has your life & business changed as a result of placing self-care a non-negotiable foundation?
I am much happier and my family has me present much more. It’s a hard balance some days but I fit it all in and put love first. I think people can see that when they meet with me. No matter what is going on, when I close the door of my therapy room, I am just with that person, mindful and present. It calms me to be so focused and heals me to see someone healing in front of me.
I am very close to Ted and the kids and this is the most important thing!
Learn more about Jodi at www.jodiaman.com