We’ve all been told—and likely re-told—the virtues of goal setting. If you’re like me, the concept of “goal setting” may feel akin to long walks on the beach or hugging a tree for a really long time while listening to Paul Simon. BUT, as a newly reformed goal-setter myself, I can say it is worth doing.
And, it’s not hard to start
"Mom's a good designer." My six-year-old niece told me at the kitchen table on Sunday. It was Mother’s Day, and her mom (and my sister) Molly was celebrating a few things. One, her heroic work as a mom. And two, her two year anniversary of jumping into the world of interior design.
Today, another mom takes on another big life adventure: our very own Amy VanHaren, the do-all marketing director for When to Jump, embarks on a side jump: crossing 10,000 miles around the States to promote visibility and awareness for breastfeeding moms in the workplace. The “Breast Express” will hit 30 American cities as Amy and a few co-captains (including our other marketing whiz Ally!!) rally together content, support, and resources to moms everywhere—all while Amy and her co-pilots continue holding down their jobs and family responsibilities.
Elizabeth failed. Then started again. She loved photography, but found a different path forward to tell stories. Nate slept in his car and then an air mattress, to push through on his jump. First backpacks, before launching a gym. Steve edited magazine articles, but adored miniature golf. Mid career, he rolled the dice to design his dream course.
These three folks are just some of the many, many, many small business owners with a jump story behind their establishments. While it’s fun to romanticize the famous rags-to-riches, “overnight” (though nothing is ever overnight) success stories of well known jumpers, what I think makes the When to Jump community fabric real is that it’s real people. Faced with real challenges: failed first (and second..and sometimes third and fourth!) attempts, cash constraints, and twenty (or more) years down the wrong line of work.