We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Jespersen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Leslie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My balance with work and home life has ebbs and flows. Some periods of time I am fully immersed in work for a specific project or event, mostly in the summer. Other times, I don’t have much work and allow myself to slow down, rest, and relax. It took me a while to be okay with this because I used to hold all of my worth in alignment with the work I produced. I now allow the balance to flow more intuitively. If I’m excited and passionate about a particular product, I will take that excitement and run with it! If I’m at a roadblock, I’ll take a break. There’s no more forcing it. I’ve also had to learn how to not compare my work style with others. Being an entrepreneur means sometimes we take days off and work at 2am, or sometimes we cram all of our work into a few morning hours so we can have the afternoon to ourselves. The most important lesson for me was to allow myself to just be what I need without judgement.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My journey to becoming a self love coach, speaker, and author happened very organically. I always documented my self love experiences very authentically, with transparency and honesty. As my audience grew, I felt a responsibility to be for others what I needed when I first began. I did my first boutique event as a speaker and loved being able to bring women together as a community. It wasn’t until the pandemic that I dove into learning more about myself and how I’d be able to serve others on a higher level as a coach. Investing in myself was tough! I was already struggling to make ends meet with my other job’s out of commission and it didn’t really make sense from the outside looking in. However, I knew that if I didn’t use this downtime as a gift to grow my skills, I would regret it. I felt that I had a responsibility to my audience to continue to show up, and that pressure was difficult at first. I struggled with my integrity, and imposter syndrome, wondering who I thought I was to charge someone for coaching services. I’ve since tried a bunch of different modalities and found that the way I can be most impactful while also honoring myself was to stop doing group programs and move into 1:1 coaching. I also continue to speak, write, and create content on the topics of body image, self compassion, self worth, and make it so that the work I do is accessible to all levels.

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?
This shoutout is dedicated to my partner Eric and my children Alex & Avery. They support and encourage me throughout all of life’s ups and downs, crazy work schedules, trips, and everything in between.

Website: www.lesliejespersen.com

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