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Jessica Finn

Be happy doing work that is aligned with your inner purpose

By Nika Jazaee

Jessica Finn is a law and finance graduate with ten years of experience in the industry. Today, Jessica has a certification in Kinesiology and helps clients feel more balanced, clear and energised. Jessica reveals in this interview that her lowest point in life was when she lost her mother, and only then did she start to get to know herself. She realised that you can always find your path and start a new journey that is more aligned with your inner purpose.

 

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Tell us about your early years in life.

From an early age I wanted things to be ‘normal’ and predictable. I wanted everyone’s approval, from my parents to my teachers. I made sure to get good grades; I picked a degree that everyone agreed would lead to a good job. It became a pattern and I soon lost the ability to identify myself in anything. I got the good job and I got the promotion, everything I sought for it to look like a successful life. I worked really hard to succeed; only I never felt I was pleasing myself but someone else. The successful life I had built for myself was just a façade, but within I was lost. I started to think that maybe if I got the next promotion I will be pleased, or maybe if I start to work for another person things will change. However, I got the next promotion, and yet felt unhappy, actually it started to get worse. I could no longer understand why I was unhappy, I felt more lost than ever.

 How did you move forward?

During this time of self doubt, my mother passed away very suddenly. My mother’s death was when I reached the lowest point. It was here I realised how much time I had invested into keeping myself unhappy. I came to the realisation that life is too short and I cannot waste more time doing the wrong things for me. This is where I started to invest in myself, through personal development, attending seminars and meditation. One of the seminars I attended was in Kinesiology; it has a holistic approach to health and treatment focused on how you can connect body and mind. Kinesiology got my attention so much that I started to study the subject alongside my work, and I am now a certified Kinesiologist. The treatments I received during my training helped me to clear out tensions and blockages in my body. It cleared my mind; I slowly started to feel more and more happy with my work, not only because of what it has done for me on a personal level, but also the fact that I can help others. Getting the help to be more connected with my inner self has taught me to appreciate what I do.

How do you combine all your skills and knowledge today to provide a successful business model for yourself? Apart from being an economist and now certificated in Kinesiology, I also educated myself in property investment. Property investments got my attention because I realised that through it you could get financial freedom through passive income and to be in control of your own time. The thought of working because you want to and not because you have to really intrigued me. I have put all my skills together and have managed to balance them well. Having gone through the anxiety and doubts I have in my life, I realised that I wanted to help others to achieve more in theirs. I enjoy connecting with like-minded women and talking about our situations and supporting each other to reach success. I believe we can achieve so much together. I would like to see more empathic women in leading roles, this way they could pave the way and be a good inspiration for others.

It seems you have changed your life – in fact how much has your life changed throughout the years?

Before, I was living a life that I thought would make me happy and successful because that was what I was being told. I was the perfect good girl that always did everything right. I was convinced that if I did so I would end up having it all. And that “all” was something that I was working hard for: university degree, good job, career, high salary, successful spouse, nice home. I finally got there, but it didn’t feel as good as I thought it would be, it did not feel that good at all, at least not for a longer time. I realised I was not living a life that I was meant to, it was hard to acknowledge but so important for my future. I recognised that to be happy I must look inside myself, and really live the life that is meant for me. I strongly believe that we all have a personal mission and it’s our responsibility to figure out what that is. No mission is better than the other, what’s important is that you live the life that is meant for you. That’s when we really can make a difference and develop as a person. I started to do a lot of personal development, went to a lot of seminars and workshops to find something that would get my interest. I met a lot of new people, and some made a huge impact and really changed my perspective on things. Some stayed for a short time, maybe just to point me in a new direction. Some are still very close friends. The more I was opening myself up to new things and trying different things I became more sure on where I was going. I learned to look and feel inside and trust my gut instinct on what was the right thing for me and what was not. Today I am much more clear on what I like and enjoy. It’s a good feeling and I can appreciate life more, even the small things. I always keep on learning and doing things that challenge me to grow. Step by step I’m creating my future.

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We all need role models and sources of inspiration to help us understand that we can do what we want to do at some point in life – who inspired you and what keeps you going every day?

I met a fantastic woman at one of the networking events that I attended, and she shook me to question myself one more time, why I started to practice Kinesiology. I wanted and needed to connect with myself to understand every part of who I am and not bury anything behind. The connection I managed to achieve within I also wanted to help other women to achieve. Kinesiology helps me to have a direct and measurable effect on people I meet face to face. Work that is aligned with your inner purpose and is not based on approval from others, that’s when you start to do things for the right reason. So I decided to put my analytical and financial skills together and I am now working with a very holistic approach, helping companies to see the bigger picture. I help them to simplify, systemise and create a more efficient process while at the same time helping my clients to dissolve physical and mental blockages. Through my journey so far I have learned that you can always find your own path, if not today, maybe tomorrow. You always have the possibility to change and start a new journey, something that is aligned with your inner self. This is when happiness will come and you will feel success.

It seems you have changed your life – in fact how much has your life changed throughout the years?

Before, I was living a life that I thought would make me happy and successful because that was what I was being told. I was the perfect good girl that always did everything right. I was convinced that if I did so I would end up having it all. And that “all” was something that I was working hard for: university degree, good job, career, high salary, successful spouse, nice home. I finally got there, but it didn’t feel as good as I thought it would be, it did not feel that good at all, at least not for a longer time. I realised I was not living a life that I was meant to, it was hard to acknowledge but so important for my future. I recognised that to be happy I must look inside myself, and really live the life that is meant for me. I strongly believe that we all have a personal mission and it’s our responsibility to figure out what that is. No mission is better than the other, what’s important is that you live the life that is meant for you. That’s when we really can make a difference and develop as a person. I started to do a lot of personal development, went to a lot of seminars and workshops to find something that would get my interest. I met a lot of new people, and some made a huge impact and really changed my perspective on things. Some stayed for a short time, maybe just to point me in a new direction. Some are still very close friends. The more I was opening myself up to new things and trying different things I became more sure on where I was going. I learned to look and feel inside and trust my gut instinct on what was the right thing for me and what was not. One seminar I went to was on the subject of kinesiology, which really got my interest. I loved the holistic approach to health and treatments which connect body and mind. Alongside my job I went back to school to study and am now a certified kinesiologist. Today I am much more clear on what I like and enjoy. It’s a good feeling and I can appreciate life more, even the small things. I always keep on learning and doing things that challenge me to grow. Step by step I’m creating my future.

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How do you deal with change?

I believe that change is necessary if you want to achieve your goals and get results. If you always do what you’ve always done you will get the same results. If you do something different and open up to change, you can get a different outcome and reach your dreams in ways you never even thought possible. You can choose to see change as something positive or something negative, and depending on what you choose this is what you will experience. Everything changes and the best thing is if you can embrace and trust that you will be all right, no matter what. I believe that everything that happens is either for the good or something that is here to teach us something. You might not know what the lesson is right now but eventually you will and then it will all be worth it, because you learned skills and experienced things that has helped you to become who you are today.

You mention your relationship with your mother – what about the relationship you have created with your father?

My father is my safe rock, he is always there for me and I can always count on him. We have a close relationship. He grew up in the countryside with four brothers and times were tough. To support the family my grandfather worked a long way from home as a bricklayer and only got home at the weekends. Hard work and taking your own responsibility is something that was very important to him and something that permeates the family values. These values are very important to me as well and has been a big part of me getting to where I am today.

How do you spend your free time?

My free time the last few years has been spent on creating my future. I spend my time where I can to learn new things; seminars, workshops or read books. I network and meet interesting people that inspire me. I participate in groups where we help each other to reach our goals and move forward, to get new perspectives on things and to have fun together. I enjoy the outdoors and take long walks in nature.

 

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What are the biggest challenges you have faced in life?

One of the biggest challenges for me has been to overcome my shyness, that was really preventing me from living the life I wanted. I remember my teachers were always worried about me because I didn’t speak and they tried to help me by bringing in specialists. I was also very secretive and didn’t want people to get to know me. Another challenge was the relationship with my mother and her sudden death. We never got a chance to clear things and make our relationship better. It was hard to accept and to forgive myself for not trying harder.

What are your biggest dreams?

My mission is to help people create more clarity for themselves so they can live a fulfilling life. I want to inspire people to connect with their inner self and feel the desires and wishes coming from there. I want to teach, write books and give lectures on things that creates more clarity, things that have been helpful to me and I’m sure can help others as well. I want to continue to practice kinesiology, which is a powerful tool to gain balance and focus and feel more energised. It connects the structural, emotional and chemical parts of you where each is equally important. If one part is unbalanced it will affect the other two. In the future I can see myself having centres where people come to feel better and learn how to live a more balanced life.

 

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My key factors to success

This is what I live by and educate my clients to prosper.

Meditation & Visualisation

Daily meditation and visualisation is good for the mind and body. It reduces stress and tensions in the body; Improves memory, creativity and sleep. You also get in contact with your inner self, which can help you become more clear on where you are going.

Goal setting

Write down your goals and review them often. Be specific and focus on one goal at a time. If it is a big goal, break it down and do it in smaller steps. Make a plan and follow it up. When we write down our goals we get a boost of clarity and direction.

Try new things

To find out what you really want you have got to try new things. To do what you’ve always been doing will lead to the same results. Things will start to get much more clear when you are moving than when you are standing still.

Eat healthy and work out

Eat as natural as possible, organic, lots of vegetables and fresh juices and smoothies. And work out – we are built to move. This will keep your mind and body sharp and alert.

Choose your friends

Choose the ones that encourage you on your journey. Those that are focused and have a plan and know what they want. The people that leave you with more energy and more prosperous than before you met them. Friends who see your potential and you help each other to be the best you can be.

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