Wing Woman of the Week with Jenn Lau

If you caught last week's interview with Linna, you just know that we couldn't pass up also interviewing this #wingwoman, Jenn - the other half of Goal + Glow. Together, they do brand building, mindset coaching, and teach emotional intelligence to help people accomplish their goals. In our interview, Jenn shares how she loves to host and to entertain, how she believes that your uniqueness is what makes you special, and how her mom is one of her heroes. Continue reading to learn all about Jenn!

1. What makes you happy?

Good food and good company. :) I’m a total foodie and a social eater too - it’s bad. I seem to not think chips have calories when people are around LOL! I love entertaining guests and being in the comfort of my own home.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell myself that people will love you for who you are no matter how different you may feel from others. Your uniqueness is what makes you so special. Growing up as a minority in a small town was hard for me. I always felt different, I grew up wishing I looked different and felt almost ashamed of my culture. My self confidence was low, and I always tried to make myself smaller so I wouldn’t stand out. Knowing what I know now, I would fully embrace my differences.

3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?

I would solve racism.This is something that is still around, and sadly, I think will always be around. However, you aren’t born a racist, this is something you are taught, and that’s really what is so sad about it. This doesn’t have to be a problem, but it is.

4. How did you find your purpose?

Oh gosh, it took me a long time! It really wasn’t until my life settled down after having a stable career of over 10+ years, got married and built a family when I realized even though all of my life goals are accomplished, I still felt so unfulfilled. This was a huge eye opener for me, and I realize so many people are on the same boat. So once I started understanding and working on my mindset and realized true happiness comes from within, I wanted to share it with everyone.

5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?

For me, the biggest pain point is the feeling of rejection. As a young kid, I was a very shy and socially awkward girl. It was hard for me to open up because I was so fearful of being rejected, so it was easier for me to be speak less and just be a listener. Even in my adult life, with making friends, I always feel like I need to over compensate and give me in the relationship. I’m always the person that organizes events, hosts parties etc. because that’s my way to protect myself from feeling like I don’t belong.

6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?

I learned that you get what you give. If you want to build a strong connection of trust and openness, then you need to open up as well. Learn to be a good listener, support your friend, and never go into a friendship hoping that person will change. I had a few friendships that I felt was surface level, however, I now realize perhaps I never allowed myself to fully open up to them. I also am working on my empathy compassion. Often times when I hear someone with a problem, I jump ahead and offer solutions or ways for them to no longer feel that way (it’s the coach in me! Lol). However, I know now sometimes all that person needs is for me to sit there with them and let them feel all the emotions and just be there. It’s definitely something I’m still working on!

7. Who are your SHEroes (AKA female heroes)?

My female heroes are my mom and my sister (Linna Hoang) for two complete different reasons.

My mom was a “boat person” that left her family behind and escaped on a boat from Vietnam with my dad’s family not knowing where they would end up. Eventually after 2 years, they landed in Canada not knowing how to speak English with nothing but the clothes on her back. She had me at 25 years old and decided to be a stay at home to raise me and my 2 siblings and started a day home of her own. She sacrificed her entire life to watch over us, and now she’s an amazing grandma to my kids. She’s taught me unconditional love, integrated our culture while allowing me to be my own person, and has been a role model for me to be a the best mom I can be.

My sister is the ultimate powerhouse. She works FT as a senior HR practitioner where she coaches leaders on how to manage their teams. She’s also a mom of 2 young boys and an entrepreneur of 2 thriving side businesses. No matter how busy her day is or how much she has on her plate, she always has such a positive attitude. She has taught me how to go after what I want in life, work hard, and to also dare to dream.

8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?

For podcasts, I love The Ed Mylett show, Straight up with Trent Shelton, John Maxwell Leadership podcast and Oprah’s Super soul conversations.

For books, I am currently reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown.

9. Where can we find you?

Website: Instagram: @goalandglow Facebook: Goal + Glow Youtube: Goal and glow with Linna + Jenn

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