A year older, a year closer

A year older, a year closer

This time last year I was World's apart from the 29 year old that I see in the mirror. I was freelancing and recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I had let my birthday come and go simply because it felt too overwhelming for me to spend time with those I knew loved me. I wanted to be alone yet not-alone. This was the painful paradox that my mental health kept me in.

Though the support of friends, family and the NHS I emerged from that season a lot closer to the woman I am today and vowed to myself and anyone that would hear me to Live & Love intentionally. All things were for a reason and as I spoke with my mum about my business and ideas I said "I'm going to call it Just Jaz; because everything I do is an expression of me". Almost a year on I think it apt to share the intention behind my ideas, services and project:

The Palm Podcast - A project where I aim to gather and share 250 stories of personal development and human growth. Stories from all walks of life, to empower people to remember, cherish and share the wisdom often brushed-off; and to create a magnificent resource those who seek and need that wisdom for their stage of the journey. This project birthed events where people genuinely connected around the stories heard on the podcast, people made new friends and passionate-project-partnerships were borne. The beauty of human connection surges through this project; and I'm only on episode 15! More here

Just Jaz Life Coaching - After my experiences of mental health over the years I personally used coaching as a way of figuring myself out, finding my own solutions and essentially unlocking a more abundant life for myself. Determined never to let my anxiety stop me from achieving anything that I wanted to I wanted to show others they could do the same. I wanted to give others the space that I had been given. I wanted to show others themselves, in a true and clear mirror so they could see the magnificence the possess and walk through life from the inside-out rather than the outside-in. More here

Tech Career - I found myself in tech after a career in hospitality and real estate (with the degree certificates to prove it) I entered tech with my eyes wide open to the possibilities of technology, the human element (as a customer success manager) and the innovation needed for such an entrepreneurial environment to take place. Most people ask me "don't you want to coach full time?" and I say not really because the lessons I learn during my time in tech are invaluable and feed so well into all other project, I have had colleagues on the podcasts and my journey to coaching began with a period of burnout at my first startup, my business was launched after being made redundant from this role also. It's a part of my journey and more than anything, somewhere I can be my full-self as a non-coding-techie, as an advocate for flexible working, as an entrepreneur, as an avid-learner and as a British millennial woman of colour. More here

Being myself 24/7 is the greatest achievement of my life thus far. I wish the same for you also; to be able to live and love intentionally as expressions of yourself as "Just {insert your name here}"!

To read more of my reflections, just my mailing list for an occasional update here.

Introducing Natalie Scott

Introducing Natalie Scott

3 steps to change

3 steps to change