We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, is there something you believe many others might not?
I disagree with the statement: “As a woman, you can have it all.” Let me first say that I don’t believe anyone (not just women) can have it all, at least not at the same time. I firmly believe and advocate that if we do try to “have it all” that someone will suffer. I’m a mother, a wife, a friend and a business owner. If I attempt to be all things to all people all the time – good grief…something will collapse and I will not only disappoint someone else, I will let myself down. A sure-fire way to set myself up for success is to know ahead of time that this is instead true: “I can have it all, just not all at the same time.” Perfection is not obtainable. I can achieve far more with realistic expectations and when I do this I also set a good example for (my now) adult children.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Not every part of being a business owner has been easy but almost every part is gratifying. I truly love it. I’ve done it for so many years now that I find that I view it through different lenses as time goes on. In the beginning, I started the company because I saw a need in the marketplace and I needed to have a job that I loved. As time went on, and I grew busier in my personal life – my business was extra work that stressed me out. But now, as I begin to venture into the new world of becoming an empty nester – I’m so thankful I have my company. It was my “first born” after all. It’s nice to have that baby still at home to nurture and grow. I run a company called Formal Faces. We are an On-Location Wedding Hair and Makeup company. I employ 11 other amazingly talented hair and makeup artists. We do spectacular work for the city of Atlanta and other surrounding areas including the North Georgia mountains. We love what we do! There is nothing more precious than contributing to someone’s wedding day.
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?
As a successful woman I want to thank two incredible men in my life. These two men have always believed in my success and have never hesitated to lift me up. First there’s my husband of almost 25 years now. Bo Adams, you never doubt me. You always prioritize me and our beautiful family. What truly amazes me is your ability to listen to me and my crazy plans and ideas. You see the best in me. I am a better woman because you allow me to grow and thrive while standing on your shoulders. Secondly is my father, Kel Weller! He is the man who built my self-esteem with his loving words. He always told me how beautiful I was. In fact, to this day he tells me I’m gorgeous when in fact I’m an aging woman in my mid forties. He taught me what unconditional love is and what I wanted in a husband one day. Good job, Dad! I found him! I know how blessed I am to have these two men in my life. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t thank the Lord above for them. It’s a rare thing indeed.
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