We had the good fortune of connecting with Jillie Johnston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jillie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Abso-freaking-lutely. 3 years ago I don’t think I had the word balance in my vocabulary. It was do more, be more achieve more, how can I sacrifice more to get ahead. I was burnt out, exhausted, not taking care of myself, immune system was down, and I had been working 50-70+ hours a week for years. One of my affirmations at the time was, “I have complete balance in every aspect of my life. I live a life of purpose, pleasure, play, prosperity, and service in all that I do.” 3 years later, balance is a leading force in my life. I devote my life to my work, but this has a new meaning. It means that my “work” includes self-care, practicing what I preach, investing in my own growth and healing, moving my body, and taking time off whenever I need it. I have healthy boundaries around my phone and my computer, when I’m accessible and when I am unplugged. This balance of when I’m on, I’m fully on, and when I’m not I give myself the space and rejuvenation I need. My new mindset has allowed me to triple my business, work with more people, scale, be of full service to others, all while feeling nourished, fueled, and taken care of. Balance is essential for the people who want to change the world.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a Worthiness Coach who helps people see and cultivate their sense of self=worth to create a life that sets their soul on fire. From 1:1 coaching, to group programs, to online course, and facilitated events, you walk away understanding your worth and love for yourself like never before. We dive deep into your limiting beliefs, change your narrative around your worth, and help you design a life that feels true and authentic to you. Throw the shoulds out the window. Table those doubts and everyone who said you couldn’t. We are leaving those behind as you step into the person you always knew you were meant to become. What I’m most proud of is the relationship I have with myself. How I show up for myself on a daily basis blows me away. I am so proud of the woman I see in the mirror. I truly believe she is worthy of every effort, risk, success, and try again it requires to do the work I do. Was it easy to get here? If it was, I wouldn’t be able to help others change their lives in the ways I do. Entrepreneurship, healing, growing, facing your fears and doubts…this is the hardest work of your life. To look at your life and take full responsibility takes courage, commitment, and dedication. It is not for the faint of heart. I’m all in for it….for myself and for you. It’s worth it. It’s worth it when you begin to see how you feel freer, more peaceful, more joyful, more abundant than ever before. You continue to show up for the work because your relationships become more meaningful, you let go of feeling guilty and harping on your past, and fully invest yourself in the present and future. Once you experience this, there is no going back and it makes all the hardship worth it. A lesson I’ve learned along the way is: Be willing to be wrong. About everything. When you’re done trying to prove yourself right (I’m not enough. I don’t deserve this. I’m not the type of person that…., it has to be hard, I have to struggle, etc) you are free to design your life instead of living by default. When you’re wrong you’ll see your potential, all that you’re capable of, that failure means nothing about you. It’s one of the most beautiful gifts you can give yourself. I want the world to know that I’m a living, breathing example of what’s possible. That everything I’ve created in my life, let it inspire you to do whatever sets your soul on fire.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Leave the airport and then: 1. Stop at Just Be Kitchen for lunch. 2. Take them to a SoFar concert in the city. 3. Head to Vantage Movement for a Saturday morning workout with a coffee date after at Allegra in Tennyson. 4. Go climbing at Movement Climbing Gym in RiNo and pop next door for an afternoon Kombucha. 5. Grab dinner at Blue Pan Pizza. 6. Sunday spend the day playing spikeball and volleyball with friends in Cheesman Park. 7. Grab a sandwich at Olive and Finch.
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 would not be where I am without my support system, coaches, teachers, mentors, books, and experiences that led me here today. My Fiance who believes in my even when I forget to. My family who gave me all the tools and experiences to be here. My Soul Sister Mastermind girls is a group of 4 other women who are a part of my daily life, I wouldn’t be where I am without them. My amazing coach, Lindsey Mango, I wouldn’t have the tools I needed to create the life I have today. Really, every person who has been in my life and been a part of my journey. There are too many to name, but if you’re reading this and you know me…thank you. You helped me to get where I am today.