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Jennifer Whitney

Jennifer Whitney

“Lose the mental burdens, gain endless possibilities. Stability does not lead to discipline. Discipline leads to stability.”

I was a single working mom to 3 young kids while in a demanding travel all the time job selling mutual funds to non-US citizens, while running a house by myself. I did what I thought I needed to do to survive, making choices that didn’t serve me.

I felt “fine” and proud I was staying afloat, but I also felt overwhelmed, overburdened, and overweight. I promised myself I’d change… tomorrow. I wanted health and a sense of calm but didn’t know how to get there. “One day… Someday… ” I thought. But tomorrow never came, and being “fine” is dangerous. In January 2018 tolerable mediocrity became change worthy pain. I was done with mediocre. I decided #itsnowoclock and at 47 years old I took the first step across a very foggy bridge to get to the other side where I knew it was beautiful. Everything we want is on the other side of fear. I didn’t have a road map, but I set up accountability in all aspects of life I wanted to change and took action steps. My life completely changed and fast too!

NOW I still manage the same house by myself, I still travel in a demanding sales career, and I even still parent the same three kids! But I don’t do what I need to do anymore to survive, now I do what I want to thrive! After only 9 months last year I didn’t feel overwhelmed, overburdened, and I lost 64 pounds! But it wasn’t about the physical weight, it was about the mental weight I lost!

What makes people gain weight?

Bread & booze? Cookies and cake? Pizza and Pie? Or could we look at weight an entirely different way?

Because things such as the stories we tell ourselves that no longer serve us, limiting beliefs, chaos, clutter, addictions, distractions, procrastination, toxic people places and things WEIGH HEAVY! Lose the mental burdens, gain endless possibilities. Stability does not lead to discipline. Discipline leads to stability.

You don’t have to know what the other side of a foggy bridge looks like to take a step. Know it’s beautiful. You don’t need a 5 year vision plan to start doing shit.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Not someday, or one day, make the now the primary focus of your life. It’s NOW O’Clock!

Set up accountability and take an action step!

Last year I exceeded goals and create dreams I didn’t even know were possible when I started this journey. I competed in #austinsfittests only 17 women over age 40 did it! I fell in love with a worthy man. I spoke at Austin’s non alcoholic bar- @sansbar about my journey. I made new friends, in the city I live in because I had stopped running away. I leaned into fear and magic happened! Now I know to use the word impossible with caution!!

I signed up to speak on stage. 4 cities. Fearless Women’s Summit. Im applying to TedX events. I had no idea what I would say or how I would overcome the mega stomach turning fear. But I signed up anyway and fiercely trusted it’s part of my journey. I knew I’d figure it out. And it’s been an absolutely rewarding experience!

Showing vulnerability is the deepest way to demonstrate strength. Stepping onto the Fearless stage helped me be fearless!

Accountability Breeds Action

Action leads to possibilities.

WHAT’s YOUR NEXT MOVE? It’s NOW O’clock.

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