*Are you happy at the moment?
About 90% of the time I truly feel happy. I have challenges going on in my life (like we all do) that are overwhelming at times. But, if I take the time to “sit” with them and do the work I need to surrounding them, they all of a sudden become “learning experiences” where I feel personal growth and my life is enriched.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
I would tell that young girl that there are so many opportunities out there for you to take advantage of. I would have taught her how to take IP classes that counted as college credits. I would have encouraged her to look at all the art classes that were available at school. I would have let her know that she was beautiful just as she was, and gave her positive feed back in her ability to love and be kind to everyone.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
That I really need to “meet” people where they are in life. That if someone is really down, they don’t need a pep talk on how they can move forward in a positive way. They just need to be met where they are. When they feel safe to feel where they are at that moment, they feel loved for who they are, as they are.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want to write a few online classes for my Life Coaching business and finish my book “Tuning In, One Woman’s Journey Of Listening To Her Intuition” that I am writing. I want to travel to New York, and see more of Oregon this summer. I want to enjoy my life doing the work I love. I want to paint and shoot photography, and hire a assistant to submit my photography to my stock sites.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
Being able to look at life with the glass half full. When hard things happen, look for the lesson in them, and do the work to move forward. Not judging myself or others gives me such freedom in my life. I’m able to appreciate the challenges I’ve been handed in life and move forward in a positive way and help others do the same.
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
I love meditating and writing in my journal each morning. I am able to write out my feelings and if I’m dealing with anything challenging a the moment, I receive guidance on how to move forward. I love writing what I’m grateful and thankful for, and I’ve learned to be grateful for the challenges as well as the blessings. I guess I can say my I find blessings in each challenge I’ve gone through, because when I get past the hurdles, I look back and see that they have brought me my biggest rewards and growth in life.
*What’s your biggest regret?
That I didn’t backpack all through Europe after I graduated from college and before I started my career. I love traveling and I love photography. I didn’t even think of it at the time.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
Forgiveness, to forgive yourself and others. That this one action alone can give you the freedom to do what you are meant to do in life. Your past is part of who you are but it does not define you. Allow others to be where they are in life, that they are the only person who can change themselves, you can’t change them. That you can be yourself in this world, and to allow yourself to “stand in your own greatness.”
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
Saying “um”, I notice it when I listen to my recorded calls. I joined toastmaster recently and they actually count your “ums.” So hopefully this will disappear from my vocabulary.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
My abilities as a Artist and Photographer. I love how I find beauty around me always. I love being a Life Coach and watching people grow in such a beautiful ways in all areas of their lives. I love that I know how to receive all the beauty life has to offer.
*When were you happiest?
Right now! I love my life! I have such an amazing partner, I love my girls! I love my family, my friends. I love being a Life Coach, it is the most fulfilling career I have had. I love helping others create a beautiful life for themselves.
*What ten words best describe you?
Happy, Joyful, Loving, Caring, Healthy, Silly, Thoughtful, Generous, Kind and Friendly.
Jeanne Provost lives in Portland, OR where she has her Life Coaching Practice. She is a well know NW Artist, and Stock Photographer. She’s raised two beautiful girls, and at 49, her life took an unexpected path that led to divorce. She is writing a book, a wellness memoir about listening and following your intuition and the beauty that comes from it. You can find Jeanne at www.livingwelllifecoaching.com