HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WHAT YOU DO, AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A MINDSET COACH FOR VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS?
To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting compelling story, that brought me to where I am today – coaching veterinary professionals like you on exactly how to end burnout and reduce anxiety so you can rediscover your passion, enjoy your life again, have more fun, and make more money. That defining moment in my life happened in 2014, then again in 2016 when I gained even more clarity!
For several years, up until the end of 2013, I worked as a weekend emergency and on-call vet, sometimes working as much as 72 hours straight. My husband worked overnights, and I juggled overnight babysitters for our first child. In addition to working all day long, I was on-call at night and would often barely hit the pillow before the phone would go off again. I was exhausted, I barely saw my husband, and I was missing out on my son’s childhood.
After more than three years of that schedule, my body and mind couldn’t take it anymore. At the end of 2013, we moved to my hometown state of Utah for what sounded like a great opportunity – a small practice in a great location with no on-call. I was excited to have a better quality of life.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be an environment that made me dread going to work every day. By this time, we had two small children. I’d taken a pay cut out of desperation for a better quality of life – and now we could just barely make ends meet. This time, the stress took a toll on my body – I broke out in hives three months into the job, and they stayed for a year and a half (autoimmune disease, anyone?)! I was depressed, I was sick, and there were many times when I debated whether it was worth continuing. The perfect job had turned into a nightmare.
I knew I needed to make a change. Several months into that job, I decided I needed to be the boss so that I could set my own hours and make more money. I started to look for my own practice. Fourteen months after moving to Utah, I bought my own practice – in rural Montana (30 minutes outside of our favorite city).
By this time, I had started to learn some of the frightening statistics among veterinarians. I started hearing the percentages of depression and the rate of suicide in the field. I was determined not to become one of those statistics. And now that I could be in charge, I felt pretty confident I would be one of the lucky ones and escape that devastating fate.
We loved Montana! As soon as we moved, the suicidal thoughts that ran through my mind while I was in the old job faded away. My love for my kids and husband gave me motivation. What I didn’t love was that I’d moved into a small town of 2,000 people. The clinic was great (at first), but I learned that I really didn’t like small town living (the distance from our favorite city felt much further than I had thought it would).
About six months into owning my own business, I felt trapped. Again. It was a rude awakening to discover that I’d traded bad jobs where I felt trapped for a business where I was equally (if not more) trapped! I couldn’t even take a day off. The suicidal thoughts returned. I knew nothing about running a business and almost bankrupted my family in the first year.
I just kept saying to myself: “How did my life end up like this?!”
I had wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 8 years old! How did I end up in my early thirties, trapped in a business that I was starting to hate, in a field I was starting to resent, up to my eyeballs in student debt and watching my marriage go downhill? This is what I’d spent years training to do, and if I didn’t like working for someone else OR working for myself, how would I ever escape?
I made a decision right then and there that I was going to figure out this whole “happiness” thing, even if it killed me! At that very moment, I made a commitment to immerse myself in absolutely everything that had to do with happiness: I learned how to set goals, I learned to be open to new opportunities, and I learned to be happier where I was WHILE I was working on achieving my goals. A year later, I outsourced myself from my business and moved to the town of our dreams (back in Utah!).
Talk about a turnaround!
I started working as a relief vet when I wasn’t in Montana checking on my own clinic. I had freedom, I had flexibility. I could take as many shifts as I wanted, and I could take a vacation whenever I felt like it.
But there was still one problem. I was still stuck working in clinics to pay the bills. And on top of that, I knew that my real goal was helping other veterinarians. I wanted to help other women who felt frustrated with their lives or with the field, and I wanted to help them build the lives they wanted to live. I wanted to help them be able to spend more times with their families, not dread waking up in the morning and feeling anxious about going into the clinic, even make more money and be able to travel more (or whatever your specific hobby is!).
So, I started coaching. I cleaned up my past and started teaching women veterinarians how they can do the same. I watched the life come back into their eyes and bodies as they found the passion they had lost along the way. I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other professionals (veterinary and otherwise!) turn their lives and careers around, regain their passion, have more fun, and make more money so that they can build the life they want to live.
Since then, I’ve worked with many women and spoken in front of many groups. I am living my dream of traveling with my family and serving amazingly talented women veterinarians. In the process, I realized that I actually did still love being a veterinarian so when I’m not traveling I still work in clinics as a relief vet, and am loving practicing again! And I have created “Happy Vets: 90 days to more money, fun, and freedom!” This is a series of seven important inner and outer business and life-building steps that every veterinarian needs to live life again on her own terms, while having more fun, being happier, and making more money!
WHO ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
I work with veterinary women and other professionals just like you (dentists, medical doctors, chiropractors, technicians, etc), who are really good at their jobs but a little closer to burnout than they’d like. Women who are ready to make changes to their lives, to create the lives they thought they’d be living! If you’re ready to spend more time with your children… be able to get off work on time… not have to constantly dread the sound of the phone going off or a new email (those messages that you’re needed, or requests for free advice from people you barely know)… If you’re ready to start being excited about jumping out of bed in the morning again… Whether you’re completely burned out and dreaming of being a barista, or whether you’re just ready for a few things in your life to be different, you’re in the right place!
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE THE VETERINARY FIELD A HAPPIER PLACE?
When working with me, we will occasionally talk about practical steps such as time management and other practical mindset practices (meditation, gratitude, etc.) However, while working together, you have me as a confidence and action consultant (I am an expert at seeing outside of the box, finding solutions that are hiding in the shadows). I work on the inner and outer principles for success and look at your career and your lifestyle from an outside perspective.
What that means is you get input from someone who has been there, done that, and who is great at finding solutions that are perfect but that may not have seemed obvious at first. You also get someone to keep you accountable, to help you take the steps that are necessary to creating your dream life.
I’m concerned with helping you enjoy your life more, creating the mindset shifts necessary to get you focused on taking action to move towards your goals more quickly! I spent years trying to find the solutions and now you don’t have to. You may not always like what I tell you, but you can be sure I’ll always tell you the truth about what’s standing in your way and how to make changes so you can start getting results quickly! (I also try to bring a lot of humor and inspiration to the conversations!)
WHAT TYPE OF PERSONALITY DO YOU WORK BEST WITH, AND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?
The Happy Vet workshops, products, and programs were created for women who are absolutely excited and dead serious about breaking out of their rut, re-finding their passion, making more money, and living their lives with more freedom and fun! They were created for you to put systems in place within a few months (sometimes weeks!) that will eventually lead you to having more fun, spending more time with your family, being more excited about your goals, and having more confidence that you’ll be able to achieve them.
That’s what I call FREEDOM.
Being a high-achieving go-getter myself, I’m known to work best with other high achieving go-getters (which most veterinary women are) – women who are committed to their success and goals, no matter what. I work with women who are completely ready to get going and just want to know what steps to take to get where they want to go. My clients often tell me, “Wow, I hadn’t thought of that option, now how do I do it?”
Consider the program to be a crash course in changing mindsets, creating goals, and developing the steps and habits to create your dream life. You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. This is for people who are tired of excuses and ready to make changes, who are open to a different way of thinking, and who want full support while they achieve this incredibly exciting goal: more money, more freedom, more fun, and the life of your dreams!
FOR WHAT TYPE OF PROFESSIONALS ARE YOUR PROGRAMS NOT GOING TO WORK?
Please know that I’m very selective in who I work with, choosing to (gently) turn away people who aren’t suited for my programs and won’t get the results for which they have signed up. It wouldn’t be fair to either of us to work together.
The Happy Vet programs are NOT for those who have no money coming in and who are absolutely financially desperate, at least not right away. They’re also not for people who are actively suicidal (please seek help from a licensed mental health professional first!). It’s been my experience that people in financial or emotional crisis do not trust the recommendations I give them and do not do the work (probably because they spend so much time worrying about other problems).
If you fall within that category, it’s okay. I’ve been there. Before joining my programs, please do yourself a couple of favors:
- Do whatever you need to do to get stabilized, whether that’s therapy or a part-time job or something else. This will create a little more space and peace of mind for you. It will also declutter your mind enough to allow you to focus on your Happy Vet assignments and the big picture. Once you start seeing the improvements you’ve been wanting, then you’ll likely be able to reduce your other efforts and focus on your goals.
- Take the free 5 day Happy Vet challenge.
- Be protective of your energy. If you’re hanging out with people who only want to complain about their jobs and their finances (or whatever) rather than people who are ready to make changes and support you in yours, this will only drag you down. So make sure you’re hanging out with the right people (and this includes in Facebook groups, by the way).
Doing these things will really help you get primed for our work. When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get you started (I’m in no rush, I’ll be here when you need me).
Beyond that, I work with people who are self-motivated, ready to take action, who are done with excuses and open to new solutions and creative ideas that they may not have thought of or tried yet. If this is not you (if you’re happier complaining instead of making changes), then I respectfully ask that you not call, and I hope you understand why. We’ll probably not work well together, and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money. Is that fair?
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE HAPPY VET SYSTEM, AND WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
Refinding your passion and creating your dream life begins with understanding your true value, where you are right now, and what you really want. It involves creating powerful intentions that get you results as well as the practical steps to get where you want to go. Here’s what the system gets you to do:
1- SET YOUR INTENTIONS
We examine where you are right now and get CRYSTAL clear about your intentions, where you want to go, and what you want to experience in both your personal and business lives. Before you can achieve your goals and get what you want in your life, you have to KNOW what you want! You’ll learn how to plan those goals, and the biggest mistake veterinary professionals make when trying to change their lives.
2- PAVE THE WAY FOR YOUR DREAMS
Often, the biggest thing standing in the way of our dreams is US! I’ll show you some habits and tricks you can utilize to start moving in the direction you want to be moving, and how to get yourself out of your own way!
3- PUTTING YOURSELF FIRST
You’ve heard the saying about putting on your own oxygen mask first. As healers, we are used to using all our energy and time to take care of others (patients, families, etc). It’s time to put ourselves first. We can’t help others if we’re drained, so putting ourselves first is actually very practical and allows us to help others even more! But because it’s not always something that comes naturally to us, we’ll talk about ways to incorporate it better into our lives.
4- CREATING BOUNDARIES
It is often very hard for us to say no or to establish boundaries. This applies to clients, bosses, families, and even ourselves! We create lists of things that we need to do, and get so overwhelmed by trying to do them when really, none of it matters anyway!
Now that we’ve figured out where we want to go and put some boundaries in place so we’re taking care of ourselves, it’s time to figure out what those next steps are to transform our lives and achieve our goals! Sometimes this is just an action plan, sometimes we actually have to close one door before we can open another!
6- AMP IT UP!
We’re on the right path, we’re excited, now it’s time to amp it up! Very often, this is as simple as actually being open to seeing and receiving the opportunities that are available to us!
Celebrate your wins! It’s so easy to get pulled down by the business of life, but what you focus on is where your energy goes! So make sure to take the time to celebrate all the wins, little or big!
DOES THIS REALLY WORK?
Yes! The result of our work is an approach to shifting your mindset and clarifying your goals so that with time and consistency, you’ll create exactly the life you’ve wanted to live. After working with many many women, I can tell you that if you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll see the results. (See testimonials)
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
If you’re willing to do the work, you can expect to:
- Gain unshakeable confidence in yourself and your goals.
- Release your anxiety and internal resistance.
- Get crystal clear on where you want to be so that you can figure out how to get there!
- Create a plan and the steps to take to get you closer to your goals.
- Learn to enjoy the life you’re in more while you’re here, which will help you achieve your goals more quickly!
- Fill your gas tank first, and learn the keys to self-care! (Hint: it isn’t just massages.)
- Increase your production (or your profits) as you become more passionate about your field again.
- Create healthy boundaries in your life and in your business.
- Have more fun in your career, or figure out where you want to go next if you truly want to leave the field.
- Be happier in your life, and watch your best life unfold before your eyes.
- Feel empowered and be excited to wake up each morning!
HOW QUICKLY CAN I EXPECT RESULTS?
That depends on your dedication and how quickly you can make some of the mindset shifts. Some clients start to see results within a few days (yes, days!) to weeks, simply from taking the small initial steps. Others have a bit more work to do. It also depends on how drastic the changes you’re wanting to make are – whether you’re wanting more enjoyment from where you already are, or whether you want to completely change your life around! But I can tell you that just like a ship that is heading in the wrong direction, once we get clear on our destination and change the direction of the ship, you can start to feel better very very quickly!
HOW CAN I GUARANTEE MYSELF THAT I WILL EXPERIENCE MORE HAPPINESS IN RECORD TIME?
Do all of your homework. Be totally committed to your success. Understand that this is a process, a proven one, that works if you take action and implement all of the steps. All of my clients who have diligently applied every step of the Happy Vet system have started to achieve their goals and increase their happiness in much less time than they would have on their own.
WILL I RECOVER THE INVESTMENT THAT I PUT INTO THIS COACHING PROGRAM?
The reality of this question is that you’re making an investment into yourself. Yes, many of my clients end up making a lot more money with the changes that I talk about in the program (including myself, making more money IN the vet field!). But I also want you to stop and ask yourself, “What is change worth to me? What would I pay to be happier again? To love my career again? To have a chance to make more money and have more fun?”
Chances are, whether you recover your investment in a week or in a year, you’ll more than make it worth it with the changes you see and the goals you achieve.
What you get in my programs (and my coaching) is a series of major breakthroughs that will move you towards your goals faster than you would on your own. Expect to get a lot of these breakthroughs, as well as the resources and systems that you’ve been looking for and haven’t found until now.
That’s what you’re investing in – results – more fun, more money, more confidence, and not just more “information.”
JENNY, BASED ON EVERYTHING I’VE READ AND HEARD ABOUT YOU, I KNOW YOU’RE THE ONE I WANT TO LEARN FROM. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH YOU?
Congratulations on making a decision to take control of your life! I’m happy to work with you to achieve your goals for both your business and your life. The best place to start is to go through our FREE 5 day Happy Vet challenge to get you started! You can also join the waitlist for the Happy Vet Society, which is our community and program designed to help you go from burned out, anxious, and exhausted to having the life, career, and happiness you DESERVE!
IF I’M NOT SURE I’M READY TO GET STARTED, CAN I SAMPLE YOUR WORK AT LOW COST TO SEE IF IT’S THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR ME?
Absolutely! You are always welcome to come join us in our free Facebook group for veterinary women who are working together to improve the quality of our lives! In addition, if you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to take the free 5 day Happy Vet challenge, where you can get a taste of what I do and get started on the path towards taking control of your life and building the life of your dreams! Furthermore, we have a community membership program and you can sign up here to learn when the doors open again.