Get your hearts ready for this week's #wingwoman, Jenny Paul! Jenny is a former corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur where she works one-on-one with people and helps them build the businesses of their dreams with her company, Live Long + Hustle. She teaches them how to create profitable and meaningful businesses and to do what they love without burnout or overwhelm. In our interview, Jenny shares how she discovered her purpose when she intentionally took time to reflect, how joining like-minded communities has helped her prioritize relationship building, and how she believes the world needs more women to rise up and to step into their power. Continue reading to learn all about Jenny!
1. What makes you happy?
Simple moments with the people I love. My husband walking through the front door. My mom saying hello on the other end of the phone line. Long chats with my best friends. My nephews excitedly showing me all their toys.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
I would go back and tell my younger self to take her time choosing a career path and to follow her bliss instead of doing what she thought she "should". I chose my first career as a corporate lawyer without taking the time to figure out what I was really passionate about. As I climbed that ladder, I wasn't happy or fulfilled. With every passing day, I felt less and less like myself and eventually, I quit in search of more meaning. 3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Lack of compassion. Particularly this year, we've seen how divided the world can get. I think with more empathy and tolerance, we could solve a lot of the world's problems collectively, but we just spend too much time arguing from the other side of the fence. Compassion helps to knock that fence down, making it so much easier for us to put our heads together and find solutions for the greater good.
4. How did you find your purpose?
When I quit law, my husband also quit his job and we went on a six-month backpacking honeymoon across SE Asia and India. We took that time to connect with each other as newlyweds, but also to reconnect with ourselves and figure out what we wanted the rest of our lives to look like. It wasn't so much the traveling that led me to my purpose, but just intentionally taking time to reflect. It helped me realize what was truly important to me and set me on a path to live a more authentic life.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
It can be tough to carve out quality time in today's fast-paced world. Especially as we get older, maintaining friendships can easily get pushed to the back burner as we try to balance our careers, home life, self care and everything else in between. That said, joining like-minded communities or masterminds make it easy to prioritize relationship-building, so I try to be proactive about that.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
I've learned that it's important to open yourself up to honest, vulnerable communication in all friendships. If you've tried, but things just aren't going to work out, let them go with gratitude for the time you had and with the understanding that not all relationships are meant to last forever.
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
Every single woman that has taken a step to living a life that feels authentic to who they really are, whether that step is big or small, is my SHEro. The world needs women to continue rising up and stepping into their power.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
I'm currently reading "Dotcom Secrets" by Russell Brunson to up my online marketing game and I've been listening to the audio book "Do the Work" by Steven Pressfield, which is all about overcoming self-doubt so that you can put your best creative work out into the world.
9. Where can we find you?