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Conversations with the Inspiring Jen Morris

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Morris.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My roots are in musical theater and acting and that dream led me to NYC. But pursuing an acting career is far from glamorous and I pretty quickly burned out. I wasn’t treating my body well and was juggling multiple jobs just trying to make ends meet.

But after a while, I realized that it was time for a makeover.

So, I started to make some serious changes to take back control of my life. Goodbye Diet Coke and a candy bar at 3 pm every day. Goodbye jobs that sucked the life out of me.

Hello entrepreneurialism, clean(ish) eating and exercise.

I went back to school and became a Certified Integrative Health Coach and launched several businesses in the nutrition space focusing on clean eating, cleansing, coaching, and supplementation.

And then, I got married and moved to Denver and less than two years later, gave birth to my amazing, hilarious and most adored daughter.

Happily ever after, right?

Well… no.

Motherhood is f’ing HARD!!!

I was trying to balance business, marriage, friendships, and baby and it left me unmotivated, overwhelmed and unable to focus. I wanted to Netflix and chill basically all of the time.

I was buckling under the mental load.

My go-to clean eating routines and supplements weren’t cutting it anymore. I needed something different to address this new mind and body that was born after I gave birth.

After a few months, I was so ready to get back to work. Yes – I loved being a mama but I also loved being me – all of me. The things I loved before giving birth were still there and my hunger for personal, financial, and business growth were increased 10 fold when I became a mother because I had so much more purpose in my life as a result of my amazing daughter.

So, I knew that I needed another makeover.

I discovered nutrition protocols designed to address mental wellness by healing the gut. I’d been studying gut health for years and it just made sense. Heal the gut, heal the body, heal the mind.

And I knew that it was time to take my business to the next level by going beyond bowel movements and bloating and helping women put on their oxygen masks and better manage the mother load of the mental load.

And before I knew it, I was feeling better. The life ‘stuff’ was still there but I was managing the stress better. I had more vigor, more mental clarity, more resilience and 16 months later, it’s only gotten better.

My business is thriving in a way that I had previously only imagined possible. I have a purpose, focus, determination, and excitement. I have a choice over how I spend my days. Some days, I’m with my daughter all day making messes in yoga pants and some days, she’s in childcare and I put on my ‘nice’ jeans and a little make-up and dive into my business. I have an incredible community of awesome human beings who I am so lucky to call my friends and team. I help women give up the struggle and embrace MORE.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has most definitely not been a smooth road. Entrepreneurship is a constant up and down an adventure. And I think that too many coaches/mentors/public figures in this space just aren’t sharing this enough.

I’ve experienced struggles. Building several businesses turned me into a bit of a workaholic and I struggled a lot with self-doubt, anxiety, and general overwhelm. But I did a pretty decent job hiding it as I think so many women do.

But I’ve received a lot of support from coaches, mentors and mental health professionals and I encourage every entrepreneur to build a village to help support ALL areas of life. Sometimes, we get so focused on our business that we forget about the person running it! We have a business coach, a CPA, a bookkeeper, a social media person, a writing coach, a networking group, an IT person, etc., etc. But we don’t have a nutrition coach, a life coach, an energy healer, a therapist or whoever else you need to help keep YOU in optimal condition.

If the business owner burns out, the business will burn out. And I think this is even more important for working moms. Moms feel this overwhelming need to be everything to everyone and put their own needs last. And eventually, it shows up physically, mentally and emotionally. We have to put on our oxygen masks first so we can show up best for everyone else who needs us – family, colleagues, our team, our employees, our clients.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a Certified Integrative Health Coach and founding wellness partner with Amare, the first mental wellness company. I help individuals improve their mental and physical wellness by targeting the gut-brain axis and microbiome. Our protocols and products combine ancient herbal traditions with advanced science to improve signaling between the gut (the root of our health) and our brain. I’ve helped individuals improve their mental wellness (anxiety, depression, postpartum, brain fog) along with a variety of physical ailments (thyroid dysfunction, weight, GI issues, inflammation, etc.).

I also offer gut health coaching programs and business mentorship.

I’m also the co-founder of Gather, a new networking village for women that recently launched in Denver. My co-founder is the amazing Anna Costello, owner of Ship Sunshine.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Put on your oxygen mask first. You have to take care of your self physically, mentally, emotionally, FIRST so that you can show up as your WHOLE self for others. I know this is easier said than done, but it’s easier to start with self-care boundaries than to try to go back and create them later. Invest in your WHOLE health. Having a successful career or business means nothing if you aren’t healthy enough to enjoy the journey.

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Krissy Blackband

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