We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennica Klemann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennica, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I was a young single mother 16 years ago, I was attached to my phone and computer at all times. I responded to texts, emails, and phone calls as soon as they came in. My son who was 5 at the time, hated my phone because I was always on it. My business was my “other child” and my actual son couldn’t compete with that. I justified it, of course, I had to work to provide for him…he didn’t understand that my business paid our bills. But knowing what I know now, I regret it. I’ll never get that time with my son back. In 2011, I opened my spa. Again, getting a business going requires a lot of time and attention, however, I finally learned proper time management. It wasn’t easy to let go and maintain my boundaries. I began keeping lists, and eventually a task journal. Setting alarms on my phone and prioritizing my daily and weekly tasks have kept me mindful and on track with how much time I was devoting to social media and other activities that can be a time “vortex”. I’ve compartmentalized my to-do’s and now I’m able to do what needs to be done at work, so when I was home…I’m HOME and focused on my husband and son. After owning my business for the last 10 years, I feel much more balanced, more present-minded, and less stressed which benefits everyone!
What should our readers know about your business?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Of course, I’m going to say to get a massage at Spa Daze and then go to lunch or brunch right behind us at Hifalutin Rapid Western Grill…that’s the easiest to recommend off the top of my head! But other places that are great for lunch/brunch/dinner in our area are The Parish, Michaelangelo’s, Tohono Chul Park, and any of the restaurants in the Casas Adobes Shopping Center, La Encantada Mall, or St. Phillips Plaza. Outdoor activities (if it’s not too hot) include biking or walking the Loop which is a river walk that is connected all through Tucson. Spending the day at the Southern Arizona Desert Museum, or Reid Park Zoo is fun and not too strenuous. If you’re into hiking, there’s Mount Lemmon or Madera Canyon. Indoor activities include our popular crafty places like Arte Bella at Park Place Mall on the east side and Board & Brush on the northside, Splitting Timber Axe Throwing Center, The Breaking Room destruction room, and the Escape Room.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I couldn’t do what I do without my husband. He supports me, encourages me, and keeps me on track. He has also had to carry our family financially during my start-up phase, and most recently with our pandemic closures. From staffing issues to decision challenges, he has amazing logic, a firm shoulder, and a great ear…but also celebrates victories and accomplishments with me along the way. I think what I appreciate most is that he doesn’t interfere with my role as the employer and leader of my team, he is my silent partner in every sense.
Both photos: Alaina Chapin, Don’t Dare Move Photography (Tucson, AZ)