Soul Talk Interview: Jamie-Lynn Weeks

The Natural Wanderer blog Introverted Creative Women

let's meet...

Name: Jamie-Lynn Weeks

Creative Industry that you are in: Self-discovery through astrology, tarot, and mindful practices

Years in Business: 3 total - Mindful Manipura is an infant though.

Favorite Food: Any sushi with salmon or tuna in it

Favorite Color: Pink!

Favorite Drink: Black coffee. No question.

Best music (singer or group): Totally obsessed with Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars lately

A pet peeve you have: When people eat noisily.

Name something that brings you joy: My guinea pigs! lol

In 3 words, how would a friend describe you?  Funny. Smart. Courageous. (I've polled on this! lol)

to the heart talk...

If you had to choose an animal to represent you, which would you choose and why?

Definitely a lion. A big cat for sure, but I think a lion. I'm a Leo and so the lion has just always resonated with me deeply. They're fierce and take no BS, but can also be silent observers of their dominion. I've always felt royal ;)

What is the passion behind your business? We know all businesses have heart behind them, but in what ways does your business give you purpose?

You know, I think astrology always kind of crept into my life in my lowest moments with some kind of guidance and new knowledge about myself that gave me the confidence to move forward. Learning about myself in a deeper way by using my birth chart opened the door to a spiritual journey that has, over time, grown to include the use of mindfulness practices, healing crystals, tarot and oracle cards, and developing a greater sense of intuition. The whole experience has been life-changing and so I started Mindful Manipura in case other people have never had that door opened for them.

How do you measure your own success? When will you know when you have "made it"?

Success to me is a feeling I get at the end of the day based on my own results. I don’t compare my growth to other people’s, and I always make it achievable. In a moment of transparency, I’m an entrepreneur who struggles with bipolar disorder and severe anxiety. My to-do list used to get so overwhelming sometimes I would just shut down. Now, I make small lists based on what my energy is like in the morning that push me to be better, but that I also know I can accomplish by day’s end. Success to me isn’t about my cash flow or how many followers I have. It’s about just showing up and putting forth everything I’ve got.

As an introvert in the creative industry, what has been the most difficult for you in growing your business? Have you made any adjustments to work through this difficulty?

Live video. It terrifies me. Every time we turn around it’s in our face, our business besties are live in their group now, entrepreneurship gurus are live telling us we have to go live, every article out there is preaching the power of live video, there’s Periscope, and Instagram stories. It’s hard not to feel the pressure, but it makes me so nervous. I try to embrace it by telling myself that everyone feels nervous and nobody can SEE my nervousness. When I really don’t feel like going live, I just record a video and then post it. It’s been helping me get more comfortable on my camera and I still get to share videos. Eventually I’ll work on live streams because I know there will be added value in being able to interact with people. But I’m just not there yet and that’s okay.

What do you excel in as an introvert owning a business? When did you realize that this is a strength in your business?

Over the years as I’ve really embraced my inner introvert and started owning that piece of my personality, I’ve gotten so much better at setting boundaries. I still have a moment here and there when I slip back, but I used to be so afraid that taking time to nurture my own need for downtime would make my clients leave me. In reality, setting up boundaries for my business like having specific office hours and consistent days off has made me much more productive during my work hours because I’m showing up well-rested and well cared for. I have more to GIVE now than I did when I was running on E and people-pleasing.

Can you talk about a time you felt out-of-place? What thoughts went through your mind and what was the outcome of the situation?

When I first became an entrepreneur three years ago, I thought I had to go to all of these in-person networking events. I lived in Chicago at the time, so I would get on Meetup and try to find things happening around me that I could go meet people at. It was horrible. I’ve never been more uncomfortable. I can make friends anywhere, but the sheer amount of people yammering on about themselves was just so inauthentic to my vibe - there were no meaningful connections taking place. I just scratched that off the list as a way I would market my business, and took it in stride as a lesson about not forcing things that don’t go with my flow. I can put my time to better use doing things I’m good at!

What have you learned about yourself in this business process so far? What goals do you have for your personal growth in the next 5 years?

I’ve learned that it’s so important to push and stretch my idea of what I’m capable of. That getting comfortable gets dangerous because I’m no longer expanding. But I’ve also learned that while those periods of forward movement and business development can be so exciting, it’s equally as important to pull back sometimes and turn inward to reflect on what’s working and what’s not, whether I’m still in alignment with my services (and that it’s actually okay to pull things off the table), whether I’m attracting the types of clients I really want to be working with, etc. It’s all a beautiful, delicate balance. I’m just so excited to see where my astrology practice is in the next five years, and how much deeper my spiritual practice is. It’s been deepening so much lately and I’d really like to be leading a lot of people through their own self-discovery by then!

What tip would you give other introverted creatives who are looking to make meaningful connections with others? (Ya know, beyond the small talk) :)

This is my secret, but I’ll share it with you. The best relationship building tool I have is a spreadsheet. I make it a point to have a conversation with at least two new people every day, just to catch up and chat and see how they’re doing. I ask a lot of questions and try to keep them talking. People love talking about themselves and I think it’s so fascinating to hear about their lives. But beyond the conversations themselves, I make notes really simple notes in the spreadsheet about what we talked about. And I cycle back every week or so just to say “hey” again and follow up on whatever our conversation was. “Girlfriend! How was your trip to California? Is your brother doing better?” They love that I remember so much about what they told me!

What is one pieces of advice that you would give creatives in how to find purpose and balance in their life and business? How has this advice played out in your own life and business?

Let me read your chart! Haha! Besides that though, I can't stress enough how important it is to make time for yourself. I get up 5 hours before my office hours every day (I choose not to work until 11:30, by the way, because... my business, my rules). Those hours are mine. They're for meditation, coffee, being in communion with my breakfast, walking over to the ocean to say hello, setting my intentions for the day, sending warm loving energy to the people I want to connect with, and my favorite: writing in my journal. Meditation and my journal are my top two personal growth tools. Sitting in silence and allowing creativity and inspiration to come to me rather than desperately seeking them out has been a game-changer. And my journal allows me to have a personal growth resource. I can go back and see what I've accomplished, what struggles or fears I've overcome, how much Spanish I've learned, etc. If you don't know how to start, as silly as it sounds, just commit to "Dear Diary, today I _____" daily for 30 days. I promise it gets way more natural with practice.

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