We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenee Day and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenee, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I am not a fan of the “hustle” mentality. I see it promoted so much on social media, and I know it’s meant to be motivational, but I think it can be damaging, too. This idea that we need to get up early every day, grind at the job or the side hustle all day, eat, sleep, repeat. I think it sets people – even extremely productive people – up for failure and exhaustion. It affects mental health and self-perception in a negative way, as well. Instead, I like to promote balance. Hustle as hard as you can some days, and allow time to rest on other days. Consistent action in the right direction will get you where you want to go, and that action will look different from day to day, and that’s ok. You do not have to push to the point of burnout in order to achieve your goals.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I had been through this major upheaval and trauma in my life, and within that time I experienced intense anxiety. When I started healing, I understood that this was something that needed to be talked about. So I started talking. Starting was easy for me because I had a sense of purpose, and I think when you are inspired like that, you can create naturally. I sat down on my bedroom floor with my little iPhone and just went for it. Most of the time I hadn’t made any kind of notes or outlines because I just wanted to chat. I wanted the podcast to sound informal and authentic. Over the last couple of years, I have learned a lot and made some changes, but some things are the same. I still sit on the floor with my iPhone. I have learned to prepare for episodes with what I call “light notes”, which is basically just a list of points I know I want to touch on. I never want to have a script or sound like I’m reading to my audience. That’s not real. Anxiety has such a stigma attached to it, and I feel like when someone tunes in to hear what I have to say, they’re trusting me. That’s big. I have a responsibility to be real with them. The highlight of my journey has been connecting with people who tell me that listening has helped them heal or to ask for help. That’s everything to me. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family is my biggest support, and I am so grateful that no matter what I’m doing, they always cheer me on. I always like to mention Tony Robbins, because reading his books introduced me to the idea that my life didn’t have to look the same as everyone else’s, and that we are all truly capable of achieving great things, and that starts with believing that we can.
The first photo in this questionnaire, with hands on hips and me looking down, is Shannon B Whittington Photography. All others are my own.