We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Christin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Total transparency I did not have a long thought process. I tend to be a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person, which has its pros and cons! For me, I knew I was passionate about helping other women, about making a difference in the world and about creating financial and time freedom for myself.
I already found myself providing health and wellness advice to friends and family, so figured why not create a business around something I am pretty much already doing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My business and brand have changed drastically since I began for a few different reasons. But, the first point I want to make is that change is okay and inevitable, especially if you are someone who is doing personal development and inner work. As you change, as you become ore clear about your beliefs and get more comfortable becoming your true authentic self it is going to reflect in your work, in your messaging and in your overall brand!
I started out as a Health Coach doing online nutrition coaching. I thought that was my dream. I have been in the health + wellness world for so long, and had been through so many of my own obstacles that it just seemed like the natural path to take. I
If I am being totally honest with you and with myself doing that was coming more from a place of ego than a place of love and passion, I had created this image in my mind of having this perfect image and lifestyle. Being known for being fit + healthy. Getting paid to educate others, being able to travel and live this life I saw splattered all over Instagram.
For over a year I tried to build this business. I spent thousands on business coaching, branding, marketing and tried everything but nothing seemed to stick. I was struggling financially, I was SO tired, burnt out, exhausted and many of my health issues started coming back due to the stress.
Covid hit and really forced me to take a look at what it was I doing and why I was doing it. I realized I was SO sick of talking about food, weight and the body. The nutrition space was just so filled with dogmatic view points- one person saying keto is the answer to heal and another saying going vegan or raw or carnivore.
I was so over it and realized I did not want to tell anyone what or want not to eat. There is SO much more to our relationship with food than that and I did not want to add to the problem.
Admitting this was incredibly hard and defeating because I had just spent so much time, energy and money into this business. But, thanks to jumping into deep inner work, shadow, inner child and really facing my stories and limiting beliefs about myself and my success I was able to accept that everything happens for a reason and was able to see all that I learned through this process.
And, if I had not started that business I would never have created what I am building now. As a Health Coach and as a person who dealt with a TON of hormonal issues myself I started to learn more about the ingredients used in our everyday products and how they impact our health.
I learned about the lack of laws and regulations in the industry and that companies can use ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens in products we are slathering on our bodies daily. That the last law passed regulating any of this was in 1938 and only consisted of a page and half of legislation.
I am someone who is a huge advocate for empowerment and everything about this was not only shocking and enraging but completely disempowering and it became my mission to educate others so they can make more informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
I partnered with a Clean Beauty company who is also advocating for more laws in the industry, I completely changed my social media handle, blog + website and have not looked back!
Not only do I get to educate others and provided them with amazing safer products. I have also discovered SO many companies out there doing things the right way and trying to create real change. It has been a blast getting to collaborate and support not only my business but other women who have the same vision and dreams as myself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh I LOVE this question. In addition to being obsessed with everything clean beauty a closet hobby of mine is obsessively looking at Air B and B’s. travel destinations and the best, local food spots. I actually have a dream of one day having a luxury and completely eco-friendly Air B and B space dedicated to hosting wellness retreats!
I digress, okay so we would wake up naturally and do a little at home Kundalini yoga or meditation to clear our minds and start the morning. After a homemade breakfast we would swing by one of my favorite local coffee roasters, Corvus Coffee, Sweet Bloom or Method Collective to grab a coffee or latte.
From there we would head out to Evergreen or Morisson for a nice, ling hike. A few of my favorites are Three Sisters, Parmalee Trail and Red Rocks Trail. We would, of course, swing by Red Rocks Amphitheater maybe do a little stair workout if we were feeling up for it.
From there we would stop somewhere for food + a drink outside on the Avanti rooftop. One of my favorite spots for the best view of the city and some amazing local food options. After that we would sit outside at one of my favorite parks Sloans Lake or Wash Park to people watch and read.
After showering up we would grab a happy hour glass of wine at my favorite natural wine bar, Noble Riot and head to get dinner at Root Down for some more local ingredients or some gluten-free pizza at Bar Dough!
A few other spots we would have to visit throughout the week would be Nurture, a wellness center over on Federal for a massage. As well as pick up some local tea + tinctures from their apothecary and of course enjoy amazing food, smoothies, coffee + and more natural wine. We would absolutely do some hiking in Boulder + Estes Park as well!
I am sure I am missing some things but those are a handful of some of my go-to activities and food spots in and around the Denver area!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Too many to name! I am a huge believer in personal development and 100% know I would not be where I am today without and without the support of amazing mentors + coaches.
The ones that have been the most profound:
Lacy Phillips and her online business To Be Magnetic
Jacki Carr Denver based goals coach
You are a Badass at Making Money- Jen Sincero
Podcasts: Almost 30, The Sam Skelly Show, To Be Magnetic, and Elevate the Globe
Elevate The Globe- Rise Up Kundalini and Chakra Balancing course
Lalah Deliah- monthly membership
Shaikha AHLIA RASMUSSEN, Ahlia Photo