Hello SOTGC community,
A mutual friend introduced me to Jennifer Laurent as someone who is a day-to-day inspiration and would be perfect for an interview for SOTGC. She has published a book on “conscious parenting” as well as has a website that I subscribe to on Facebook as it gives amazing messages about being present and appreciating life and the journeys that it takes us on. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I am enjoying getting to know this remarkable woman.
I was born and raised in Rockland County New York. I have earned a BA in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. I also have a teaching certification in yoga and am a certified NLP life coach.
Over the years, I have worked as a rape crisis counselor, provided therapy for struggling families as well as those dependent on drug and alcohol, and experienced trauma in the Emergency Room as a social worker. I am grateful for these opportunities, as they have led me towards the desire to spread my message of conscious living – and to launch my company titled LiveThroughTheHeart.com – which allows me to share my work through writing and life coaching.
I have written my first book entitled Excerpts from the Heart of a Mom that will be published this fall. Excerpts is a “feel good” book in which I share concepts that allow parents to parent consciously so that children are allowed to remain connected to who they are at their core. These are concepts that can be applied to a broad range of parenting styles.
LiveThroughTheHeart.com is the companion website that I have launched with the intention of creating inspiration, connectivity and wisdom. I also have a blog where I share my insights through my personal life experiences in hopes of inspiring others to live consciously. I share my poetry and photography on my blog as well. You can “like” LiveThroughTheHeart.com on Facebook and receive daily inspirations, words of encouragement, and many other messages that spread the word of love and conscious living.
My all-time favorite thing to do is spent time with my five year-old son. In addition to my little guy, my hobbies include reading, dancing, traveling and fitness. I dedicate a great deal of time toward personal growth through meditation, yoga, challenging my fears, and helping others.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
I admire those who are able to put themselves authentically out there with everyone they meet.
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
My willingness to honestly look within myself to grow and change.
Which quality or attitude internal to women have you observed that sets them back in the workplace?
I think that what sets us women back most is our unfounded fear of one another. We can be so unfairly cruel and jealous of other women. This causes us to work against each other instead of working together. When women decide to work together and take each others back the results are palpable and powerful.
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
It can be difficult for women to accept that we can’t always do it “all”, and that being “superwoman” is not a reasonable request. There will be times when someone will be unhappy—whether it be a boss, a spouse, a child, or a friend/family member—someone won’t be receiving enough attention which can make us feel inadequate. It is important to learn to do our best with any given situation and quite simply, give ourselves a break.
Which book is on your nightstand?
The Gift of Forgiveness: A Magical Encounter with Don Miguel Ruiz by Olivier Clerc
What woman do you feel is a role model in today’s working industry (could be any industry)?
The quality you admire most in a successful man?
His ability to maintain balance in all areas of his life
The quality you admire most in a successful woman?
Her ability to fulfill so many roles
A virtue you believe is underrated?
What is your idea of happiness?
Rolling around on the floor with my son engaged in a full belly laugh
What do you value most in friends?
A willingness to stand by one another’s side, even in the dark moments.
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Losing someone that I love
What do you believe is a working woman’s greatest fear?
Losing sight of the things that matter most to that individual
What is your greatest extravagance?
In your career, what has been your greatest regret? Do you feel this is a male oriented regret or one shared by men and women alike?
I honestly don’t have regrets. Each and every choice I have made has brought me to where I am now.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Actually” and “oh my gosh”
Cite an example of a woman who you feel made a great achievement?
List five qualities that this woman had that you feel helped her achieve her success.
Courage, determination, creativity, compassion, integrity
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
A greater willingness and acceptance for living outside the proverbial box.
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace
Be true to yourself. There will always be others that will judge and give you their opinions. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is the feeling of peace and contentment that results from following your heart.