This week we are featuring Lifestyle and Business Coach Jessica Estrada!
Jessica helps businesses take themselves to the next level. She’s a boss babe who shares with us how she started her own business and paved her own way as an entrepreneur. Thanks Jessica for sharing your story with us!
How did you decide to start your own business? What did you do before?
It kind of started by accident! I had just graduated college with my BA in journalism and I was working at a non-profit agency as a coach for adults with developmental disabilities. More than anything, I wanted to work in the editorial world, but I just wasn’t having any luck finding a job in the field. So I started freelance writing on the side and one client led to another and another and before I knew it, I had a full-time writing business. That was five years ago and I’ve never looked back. During that journey, I became really passionate about helping women create freedom-filled lives and businesses that they love and that’s what inspired me to get certified as a life coach and start my coaching business.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the life and business I’ve created for myself. I LOVE what I do and still can’t believe I get paid to do it. Like, seriously, I pinch myself every day. I remember a time when this vision felt absolutely impossible and so far-fetched but it’s here now and I’m living it. Whatever you want to do IS possible and now I’m on a mission to help other women create their own dream life and biz. And I’m really proud of the journey itself. There is so much beauty in it. There are highs and lows, for sure. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned in running your own business?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that success is all about your mindset. You can take all the action steps, but in order to really manifest the success your heart is craving, you also need to be doing the inner work too. It’s about raising your self-worth and really stepping into your power as a woman and as an entrepreneur. The inner work is so vital and that’s why I dive really deeply into it with my clients. That’s what creates the transformational experience and the big results.
What does fashion look like for you in your career?
I work from home so my every day fashion might be different from those that work a 9 to 5. When I first started working from home, I really enjoyed working in my pajamas—It felt luxurious. But, after some time of doing that, I realized that what I was wearing was affecting my mood and my productivity. So now, even though I still work from home, I make an effort to dress up a little more. I put on makeup and wear actual clothes instead of pajamas and it has a been a big game-changer. I get more done and I show up more confidently in my business even if no one actually sees me.
What are your opinions on fashion in the workplace - does it matter to you?
Yes, it absolutely does matter. I started my career as a fashion writer and editor so style is something that’s really important to me. I think fashion is not about what designer you're wearing or what trendy piece you just snapped up. It’s more about how you present yourself to the world. What you wear says a lot about you and how you value yourself. Plus, when you’re wearing a bomb outfit, you feel like you can do anything.
What are your goals for the future?
I’m always working on growing and expanding myself and my business. I have really big goals, but I also love that when you have your own business, it can really be whatever you want it to be. I love how expansive and free it feels. I love knowing that I can follow my intuition and do whatever I feel called to do at that moment in time. Right now, for example, I’m launching an exclusive 1:1 manifestation coaching program, which is totally different from the business coaching, but it’s something that I’m really excited and passionate about. Not knowing what exactly I’ll be working on a year from now or five years from now is pretty freaking exciting.
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