Building a business from the ground up is no easy task.
We chat with Jessica, a Nutritionist & Medical Herbalist about the evolution of her brand Wellness By Jessica. She shares her advice for women struggling with their hormones & what a well balanced day looks like for her.
You’re a leading expert in the field of women’s health and fertility. What do you wish more women understood about supporting their health and hormones?
That they have the power to change many of their symptoms, and they don’t have to live with them. Too much of what women go through is considered normal, when in fact it’s just common.
Diet and lifestyle changes go a massive way towards supporting healthy hormones.
What are the most common causes of hormonal imbalances? What should women be doing to reduce their risk?
Lack of sleep, low veggie intake, low water intake and too much coffee and alcohol – these are the key things I see that interrupt health hormone function, and can be easily fixed. The basics need to be supported before looking at any kind of supplement.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My days will look very different, and it’s very rare for me to have a typical day. Some days I will be commuting to Auckland, from the Waikato, for events or clients, other days I will be doing online consults all day from home, or helping my husband on our sheep farm for a large chunk of the day. I’m lucky to have so much variation in my days.
I always start the day with a cup of herbal tea in bed and cuddles with my cat before I get up. Then I will start to look at emails and social media while I have breakfast. Then I will be off down the farm or consulting with clients online.
Most days I try to fit in some kind of exercise, at the moment it is walks around the farm or a session from Wild Pilates online.
You describe looking after your health as an ongoing ‘balancing act’. What does a typical day on your plate look like?
No matter where I am I try to have a protein rich breakfast, which will usually be eggs, then always a coffee, usually decafe.
At lunch I will have leftovers or make a quick stir fry or salad. It’s usually a combo of meat + veggies and then I will have fruit or some kind of baking with it.
Dinner is a pretty consistent format of meat/fish + lots of veggies + potato/rice/pasta. The complexity of our meals very much depends on my work load.
Wellness by Jessica recently turned 7! How has the business evolved over the years?
WBJ has undergone many changes over the years, and I think my willingness to try new things has allowed me to adapt with the changing business landscape in NZ.
I started out only working with clients in person, then moved towards online consults, and now onto online programs with both individuals and companies.
My clients have been very supportive of my business since the start, which has given me the confidence to try new things, knowing that there was so many people supporting my services made those risks seem safer.
If you could turn back the time and talk to your 18-year old self trying to navigate life and your career direction, what would you tell them?
I would say not to worry about booking one-way trips to Europe on a whim, it will be fine! And to not over work yourself for other people’s brands, because at the end of the day they won’t value you and you will just get burnt out.
I would also say that you don’t need a massive social media following to have a very profitable business, and that it is more important to focus on taking care of your clients well than posting 4 times a day.