Annnnnnnd we're BACK with another interview in the Celebration Series! I'm super happy to introduce y'all to my dear friend, Jessica Henry. I try not to mention this too often as it really messes with my Portland street cred, but I was in a sorority in college. And so was Jessica (sorry for outing you too, Jess, but you're going to have to take the fall with me on this one). I had the distinct honor of being Jess's "big sis", which honestly is hilarious because she has always been (and always will be) so much more mature than I am. She was constantly giving me advice, rather than the other way around. I absolutely treasure this girl and her friendship and I've looked up to her since the day we met.
If I had to chose one thing that I love most about Jess, it'd have to be that she has always marched to the beat of her own drum. She's never been afraid to chose her own path, even when faced with lots of pressure to fit in. We were in a sorority, remember? :)
Jess is adventurous, kind, loyal and un-apologetically herself. She's the kind of girl that creates opportunity rather than hoping for it to find her. I hope you enjoy her interview and are as inspired by her as I am!
Give us a quick background on who you are and what you do for work.
I’m mostly a girl who lives in San Francisco and loves to travel. Over a year ago, I started my own business helping brands and startups grow and tell their story. Hey Henry sort of epitomizes my approach to life and work: I take on projects that inspire and challenge me, where I can have fun along the way. This year I’ve worked with several tech startups, venture capital firms, non-profits, Francis Chan in self-publishing his latest book You and Me Forever, Mutual of Omaha, and I’m currently working on a fun project with Whole Foods.
What about your work brings you the most joy and fulfillment?
I function best while I’m on the move. I’m at my most energized and creative when I have a new project coming down the pipeline or a flight to catch. So that’s really fulfilling right now. I also like helping people think of new ways to approach their business. Nothing is more satisfying than inspiring others to unlock their potential.
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
I love living in San Francisco (and Silicon Valley) because there is this contagious energy to make big ideas reality. I get inspired when I hear/read about people chasing new dreams, starting companies, or executing really creatively on current projects. Recently I started listening to the podcast Startup by Gimlet Media. That’s a very inspiring story.
What has been difficult lately?
I am a perfectionist. That makes taking risks or starting new things hard, and I get discouraged when I don’t hit my own expectations. I’ve been trying to start a podcast for like 6 months—but the sound quality keeps frustrating me! So we’ll see what I do with that. I’m just learning not to compare my “starting out” with something world-class, and have fun with it.
What makes you different from everyone else in the world and how does that uniqueness manifest itself in your work and life?
I guess I live a pretty mobile life, so I see every trip as two or three cities at least. It helps me be more present with clients, friends and experience new places along the way. I don’t think I’ve been in a city for longer than 2 weeks since last January. I literally sublet my apartment for the year, which freed me up to spend “rent” on flights/airBnB’s/meals/etc instead. I lived in a shipping container tiny house for October. That was fun :)
What's the most embarrassing thing in your google search history?
Well I do all my REALLY embarrassing google searches in incognito so I don’t get re-targeted ads for freaky medical conditions and the names of ex-boyfriends won’t auto-fill in the future. Kidding. Kind of.
But seriously though, I just looked and my last three searches were “weather in Mazatlán Mexico;” “apartments for sale in in Piran Slovenia;” and “airbnb treehouses in northern california.” So I’d say I have a pretty real addiction to adventure.
Thank you, Jess, for sharing what makes you unique and making me want to drop everything and travel. :)
Love & Respect,