Working Women Wednesday is a weekly highlight of the hard-working women within the Girl Gang. This week’s feature is Jessica Parks, Owner of Lotus Life Coaching, Inc.
Your Local Girl Gang: Tell us about your business. What is your mission statement? When did you launch?
Jessica Parks: Lotus Life Coaching, Inc. features the life coaching services of Jessica Parks, a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach and Cleveland State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Jessica specializes in providing a holistic approach to helping her clients enrich their mind, body and spirit. Lotus Life Coaching services are personalized for the individual and help clients with self-discovery and determining their purpose.
Lotus Life Coaching launched last January (2018) and has been growing ever since!
Mission Statement: Lotus Life Coaching offers one-on-one coaching encouraging clients to rise above the stigma of societal norms and be themselves by addressing self-care, increasing motivation, overcoming obstacles and practicing gratitude. Lotus Life Coaching can help you break through roadblocks that are holding you back from becoming the best version of yourself so that you can radiate your light into the world.
YLGG: When and how did the idea for your business come to you?
JP: My business is a complete reflection of who I am, where I have come from, and what I want to be in the future. After meeting one of my professors in college while earning my Bachelors in Psychology degree, who was also a life coach, I became interested in pursuing that path. From there, I researched The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and applied for their coaching program. I was the youngest applicant to ever apply and eventually complete the program! I knew coaching was my purpose so I took a leap of faith and started Lotus Life Coaching.
Why “Lotus”? Lotus is the only flower that grows from mud and when blooms is completely free from the mud underneath it. This is symbolic of where I have come from and where my clients come from. I believe they have the power to write their own narratives, instead of falling into the ones that have been written for them.
YLGG: What is the best piece of business advice you have received?
JP: “Don’t compare your chapter 2 to someone else’s chapter 20”
YLGG: What characteristic do you most admire in other entrepreneurial women?
JP: The characteristic I admire most in other entrepreneurial women is the ability to lift other women up. When we are put in a position to grow and prosper, it is important that we rise together instead of putting someone down to make yourself look more successful. One woman’s dream is never more important than another. When we realize this, forward movement happens and we foster an attitude of women’s empowerment.
YLGG: What piece of advice you would give to women starting their own businesses?
JP: Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from living your dream. As a business owner, you will hear lots of “No’s”, and it is easy to feel discouraged and question if this was the right thing to do. Just trust that every “No” is preparing you for an even bigger “YES”. Everything happens for a reason and if you believe this is where you are supposed to be, then it is!
YLGG: What is something you could not go a day without?
JP: Gratitude. Even on the bad days, I am grateful for the lessons that are revealed to me. When we express gratitude we tell the universe that we appreciate what is happening and we are ready for more positive things to come our way.