We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Esquer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Going into Entrepreneurship, you realize that the “work life balance” challenge really increases. It is difficult to pull yourself away from work when it is your passion, you want everything to be perfect, and when it is always sitting right next to you at home. Work life balance for me is more about learning the work life integration. I work well at certain times. Maybe my best creative working time is from 8pm-12am (it actually is, I know…. not the greatest sometimes), but it is when my mind is most ready to dive completely into some big projects. Rather than fighting this, I just make sure to put on my blue-light blocking glasses, and I sleep in a little more. This just means that I get to schedule in my personal, me time a little differently. Like taking time to work outside or go on a lunch date with my fiancé. Speaking of my fiancé, we both now work together! This is something that we now BOTH get to be aware of as far as the work life integration goes. We now are constantly finding the most optimal way for us to integrate our business time, relationship time, and personal time and make that time intentional and committed. In the life of entrepreneurship, you definitely have more freedom to work when it best fits for you, however you always need to be intentional to schedule that personal and family time. In general, there is no perfect “balance.” It is a continual process that you get to be conscious of, reflect on, and adjust throughout life, while letting go of that expectation of finding a “perfect work life balance.”
What should our readers know about your business?
I think that my business sets me apart from others in this industry because I’m not selling a certain fix. I’m not selling a certain set of skills or movement that will be the cure all for everyone. In the world of health and wellness, we are constantly told that we need to use something outside of ourselves in order to correct the things that aren’t “right.” With my program, The Mobility Method, you become your own best investigator. This program will help you to self assess your body and find the biggest restrictions and movement barriers for yourself. It then takes you through the corrective mobility exercises to help you work on the restrictions you find. This is the principle The Mobility Method started on. Once you do the assessment yourself, learn the exercises, and feel the difference, you have suddenly been provided with the tools to promote independence to overcome your movement barriers long term. Not just by using a quick fix. From there, the business blossomed into a membership program called The Optimal Body. This is meant to be where you come to find YOUR Optimal Body because, the main message is, there is no one Optimal Body. Each of our bodies needs slightly different things and responds in slightly different ways. This membership provides the members new HIIT workouts, Core Stability workouts, Mobility flows, Activation Exercises, and more every single month! They months are meant to build in difficulty and intensity within each month itself and then throughout the whole year as well. This is really where you start to optimize the way you move. I think that the craziest thing for me is that this business is something that I NEVER expected for myself. I never thought I would be an entrepreneur. I never thought I would own my own business. And I never thought that I would be the one hiring people to help out with the things that I need to do. Was it easy to start? Heck no!! Was it fun and was I finally doing something that I truly felt connected with and so fortunate to be able to spread in this world? One-hundred percent. The toughest thing with starting up a business is that everything is new. I didn’t have any business experience, so I had to lean on new mentors, friends in the fitness/wellness entrepreneur space, and a lot of online videos to learn how to put everything together. Also, as business has grown, challenges emerge as to how you become a good business leader or administrator, instead of just being a solo entrepreneur. I would say the thing I am the most proud of is that I trusted myself. I trusted myself to start putting my story out there more. I put the program together that I felt would empower people in their own bodies, put it out there into the world, and people loved it! That growth I see in The Mobility Method and The Optimal Body movement communities is what continues to make me feel prideful and energized to keep doing this work. Some of the lessons that I have learned along the way: Learning to let go and trust in your business is difficult. It is your baby. You grew it. When you learn to surround yourself with people who have the same purpose as you and communicate well with you and your team, letting go, delegating, and trusting is much easier. Growth in business will absolutely come with those pains, mistakes, detours, and speed bumps. If you use those as opportunities to become more efficient and aware in your business, you are winning. If you are reacting, getting angry, or having team breakdowns because of these thing, you are missing the opportunity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you had three days in the area, here are a few things that would be great to check out! I live in the Marina del Rey area, so I’ll try to keep the adventures near to this area of Los Angeles. Day 1: -Morning breakfast/lunch at Playa Provisions -Walk around by Lagoon del Rey or Playa Del Rey beach. – Spend an afternoon walking down Abbott Kinney Blvd and peaking in all the interesting shops. -Great dinner places to choose from on Abbott Kinney. The Butcher’s Daughter is a really creative plant based restaurant Day 2: -Hit up a Farmer’s Market for some breakfast/lunch or food for the weekend (there are really cool ones in Marina del Ray, Playa Vista, and Santa Monica on different days of the weeks) -Go to Venice beach/boardwalk and muscle beach (great people watching and classic sight seeing) -Paddle Boarding on the Marina del Rey at Mother’s Beach -Dinner at Charcoal, my favorite restaurant on Washington Ave Day 3: -Morning Hike of Baldwin Tower Hills (shorter hike/staircase with city overlook) (Runyon Canyon is always fun too if you haven’t seen the Hollywood sign) -Check out muscle beach in Santa Monica and then spend the afternoon on 3rd St Promenade -there are great bars or restaurants that have good views over Santa Monica beach for lunch and dinner options
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Physical Therapist Vinh Pham (@vinnierehab) for being one of my mentors who convinced me that I had an amazing message to spread and to start delivering online education.