Are you happy at the moment?
At this very moment, yes I am happy. In fact, in most moments I am happy. It is when I project my thoughts into the future that discontent seeps in.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Yes, you really are as smart as you appear to be. It isn’t luck, it isn’t typical, and no, not everyone knows this stuff. You are uniquely brilliant.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
My worst fear isn’t as strong as my greatest joy.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want to grow my business into a strong, six-figure mini empire.
What’s your secret to happiness?
Living life moment-by-moment. I used to be preoccupied with either the past or the future. Once I understood that all I could really control is right now, I started making decisions that make me happier right now.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Dinner with my family. We eat together almost nightly and it keeps me in touch with the people who matter most. They are also the most honest with me, so there is nothing like dinner with the family to keep it real.
What’s your biggest regret?
I didn’t understand the power of connection when I first started my career. I see how powerful it is now and think about how many relationships I could have cultivated and, instead, I just let them wither.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
The most important lesson I have taught my daughter is to ask for what you want. She started saying, “I wish I could have…” We had a long conversation about the difference between wishing and asking. Wishing is passively hoping for something that you think probably won’t happen, asking is believing you have a right to what you want.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
Well, my husband wishes I would stop, slow down and focus when I speak. I am a chronic multi-tasker and I do it by habit; I don’t even think about it. I would like to be more singularly focused, especially on the important things.
Aside from motherhood and marriage, what are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of myself for taking the risk to start my own business. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I am so proud that I had the guts to pursue my dream. It has been a challenge and true a spiritual journey for me but I am still standing and, in fact, prospering.
When were you happiest?
I don’t know if I would say this is when I was happiest, but I would say I realized how happy I could be. When I first had my daughter and my husband and I banded together as a family. We became an offensive team, the three of us. It felt like we had set out on the adventure of a lifetime. And well, honestly, we did.
What ten words best describe you?
Passionate. Gregarious. Approachable. Sharp. Smart. Fun. Strong. Quick. Intuitive. Determined.
Jennifer McClanahan-Flint is the Founder & Family and Career Strategist at Food On Our Table. She helps high-achieving alpha moms feel comfortable thriving in their careers while loving their families.
Before starting her own practice, she worked as a law firm administrator and human resource professional for more than 15 years. After her success in the corporate world, she shifted her focus to provide a deeper level of service to high-achieving professional, working mothers determined to ascend in their careers while remaining deeply connected to their families.