What Personal Success means to me – Jenny Garrett
In our new series of interviews, Successful Mums founder Jane Knight talks to a number of women about what personal success means to them and how they combine work and family to achieve it.
Jenny is an award winning coach and speaker and a fan of the work we do at Successful Mums. Jenny has managed her business whilst inspiring her daughter to achieve her dreams too. I asked this ambitious, kind and forward thinking lady what personal success means to her..
JK You have 1 child and own an award-winning business, so what does a typical day look like to you?
JG There is no typical day in my life and that’s how I like it. I have a seventeen-year-old daughter and anyone with teenagers knows that they are unpredictable!
Sometimes I am in the office coaching over the phone or online, other times I am writing articles, designing programmes and catching up with my team and doing admin.
When I am out and about, I am delivering talks and training programmes around inclusive leadership and empowering women in the workplace, or providing face to face career coaching or attending networking events
JK In what ways has becoming a mum had a positive impact on your approach to your work life/business?
JG Being a Mum has inspired me to be a better a version of myself, it has made me think of my impact in the world and that I am a role model. As a result, I want to make the world a better place for the next generation of women, I am much braver than I would be because I know that my daughter is watching. As a boss I think that I am flexible with those who are Mums and those who aren’t, we all have lives outside work and when we know that we can bring our whole selves to work we perform at our best. I have the potential to be a workaholic and becoming a Mum was great for me to have to stop and have family time. I have carried this on and even now finish work at 3pm when I am in the office.
JK What does personal success mean to you?
JG Personal success is enjoying the small things that make me happy, knowing that I am making a positive difference in the world, making time to enjoy what’s important and being financially secure.
JK What one piece of professional advice would you give other working mums/mums in business?
JG Ditch the guilt. Guilt is a set of rules that we create that we decide that we cannot break. Rip up your old rules and create some new ones for the life that you lead now. It’s empowering!
JK What one thing for yourself do you always make time for?
JG I started running weekend women-only retreats three years ago, I get as much out of them as those that attend. A space to renew, reflect and come home to myself, I am a better person in all aspects of my life as a result.
JK If you were invited on Desert Island Discs, what would your top music choice, book and luxury be?
JG I love a song by Des’ree called Kissing You, it really moves me
My book would be a book of poetry that I often go back to entitled Coming Home to Myself by Marion Woodman and Jill Mellick
My luxury would have to be a journal with unlimited pages and a pen to capture my thoughts and reflections.
JK Is there anything you’d consign to the ocean & why? (I’m thinking of that children’s book you’ve been asked read a thousand times etc..!)
JG The pile of odd socks that seems to grow larger and larger in my home!
JK Finally one last tip for women returning to work after a break?
JG Get yourself out there, start networking with adults in the workplace again, you’ll realise that you are not so different and it will increase your confidence and may even lead to opportunities.
Big thank you to Jenny for her time and look forward to our catch up at the next women’s conference. If you’d like to find out more about Jenny’s business check out her website here.