Episode 15 - Jessica Blasingame
Starting at a very young age we begin to cultivate ideas of who we want to become when we “grow up”. We want to be an astronaut. A doctor. A painter. A scientist. A rockstar. As we get older, adults and other influences often push us to further refine these ideas of who we want to be. Typically well-intentioned, they want us to have something we are working towards, a single path to stay on.
As I reflected upon this recently, I was struck by one thing in particular: we’re conditioned to think we can only focus fully on being one thing. One career path. One goal in mind. Yet in my adult experiences, I’ve come across many friends and acquaintances that have managed to apply themselves fully to multiple pursuits. They are scientists AND poets. Politicians AND artists. CEOs AND writers. Or in the case of Jessica Blasingame, an accountant AND a wellness expert.
Jessica first began her career in the world of corporate accounting. Early inklings told her that entrepreneurship might be a part of her future path, and she chose to pursue accounting because she knew that the skill set would come in handy if those ideas ever came to fruition. However, the more time Jessica spent in the corporate environment, the less happy she became with her work. Around this same time, her health began to decline. Battling chronic fatigue and pain, she started to seek out solutions of any kind to ease her condition. It was then she realized she needed to make a critical challenge both in her life and in her work. Inspired by everything she was learning about health and nutrition, and encouraged by friends and family, she struck out on her own as an entrepreneur working in the world of wellness
Since that point in time, her entrepreneurial path has continued to evolve. Working as a yoga instructor and wellness coach, she was consistently interfacing with other small business owners in the space that needed help with their finances. When they learned about Jessica’s background, they would approach her for help, which is how she came to realize she could marry both of her passions into a single business. It was at this point she decided to start Beam Financial Group, a business coaching & bookkeeping firm that specializes in working with companies in the health and wellness space. By allowing her business to change over time she has created a company that allows her to bring all of her interests and expertise to her work every day.
Listening to Jessica’s story was an important personal reminder for me that we do not need to separate our passions. We don’t have to only bring part of ourselves into our work and fit all of our other interests into small sporadic blocks of free time. We can be a business owner AND a mother. A consultant AND a gym junkie. An accountant AND a yoga teacher. It is these seemly different pieces that make up who we are, give us a dynamic perspective, and help us be fully invested in our lives and in our work. We can be it all and in fact, we can be better for it.
Use the audio player above to listen to my conversation with Jessica Blasingame.