Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Stepping Out on Faith: Jennifer Lucy

Today's Stepping Out on Faith feature is on author & motivational speaker, Jennifer Lucy. 

Former Job:  Executive Assistant
Passion:  Writing, Speaking, & Empowering people across the nation to live their best life in Christ!
When did you discover your passion? I discovered I loved to write and speak as a little girl. I have always written as a hobby and spoke in front of audiences since I can remember. When I began to live for Christ, that’s when I knew I was to use my gifts to glorify Him. As I began to walk in wholeness, I would write devotionals to myself as the Holy Spirit ministered to me. This is how my first book, Dried Tears, A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming was formed.
What career field were you in before stepping out to start your own business?
I was an Executive Assistant for a non-profit organization.

What was your "breaking point" when you knew it was time for you to do your own thing?
When I was laid off from my job for the second time in 2 years! In this economy it became imperative for me to trust God, and step out in Faith while using the gifts and talents He’s given me. Jennifer Lucy Inspires was born, and I completed my first book project!  In addition, to my speaking and facilitating workshops I have launched an Administrative Consulting, Personal Concierge business called “Personally Yours.” This business was birthed out of my professional background having been an Executive Assistant for 9 years! I also enjoy serving others and seeing their dreams and visions come to pass.

What has been one challenge in stepping out and running your own business? 
The greatest challenge has been getting used to a “different” pay schedule. When you have a 9 to 5 gig, you have regular paychecks that may come every 2 weeks. When you are newly self employed, the money may not come every 2 weeks, but the great part is it could come every other day, or every week! Networking through social media and other avenues becomes a part of your daily tasks.

What has been the best part? 
Having control over my time has been the most amazing part!  I set my hours and my rules. This allows me to promote my book freely and help others through my business! My ability to serve and give of my gifts and talents are not limited. I feel as though I’m walking on the moon! J
Jennifer's book

What advice would you give others ready to step out?
Have a relationship with Jesus Christ! Pray, a lot! It gets challenging from time to time, but because of my relationship with God, I have been able to hear from Him. Not only does this bring me comfort but I am guided to make the right decisions for my business and for myself. My relationship with Christ has allowed me to have peace when stepping out in Faith!
Lastly, count the cost! Being self employed is a lot of work! Yes I am in control of my own time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t work 8 hours a day. In fact, I work more! I’m just working my passions now so it doesn’t feel like work at all.

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1 comment:

  1. Very inspiring!


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