No one else can share your gifts, talents, and skills - and they're needed.
Hi, I'm Jen Pillipow
Founder of Making Space
How it began...
I used to think you are/aren't authentic.
Because it had to be all-or-nothing.
I've realized it's not that simple.
Authenticity is more like a dial
and I want to be really conscious, deliberate, and empowered about how I operate that dial.
Sometimes I need to be inauthentic. But, it's a conscious choice, I'm in control, and I'm aware.
It wasn't always like this.
I call the decade of my 30's the decade where I "went to sleep".
I overworked, over-exercised, overate, but mostly, boy did I overwork. I hustled for a paycheck, for worthiness, to do "what I'm supposed to do" to be "happy". Yet...
I was exhausted all the time. Sick all the time. Constantly burnt-out. Everything in my life felt like chores and things I "had" to do, but none of it brought me any joy.
What's the point of that?
It was such a dichotomy.
On the outside I was thriving in my work, receiving raises and promotions, I was training and participating in triathlons, I had good relationships, I was completing a masters degree.
It "looked" like I was authentically living my best life, and doing things that bring joy and health.
But it didn't feel that way on the inside.
Too many days I said to my now-husband, "I can't keep doing this."
Too many weekends I just lay in bed staring at the ceiling, too exhausted to move.
But it felt so overwhelming to untangle.
Where did I even start?
I dove into personal development and growth.
I took more courses than I can count, read hundreds of books, worked with coaches, lightworkers, somatic experience and nervous system experts, therapists, and invested in my own knowledge and training.
I reconnected back to me and it started to click.
Fast forward to today...
My life looks very different.
I can't remember the last time I got sick.
I weather stressful circumstances remarkably well.
I'm connected to my intuition. I feel connected on a soul level.
I'm present with my clients, my kiddo, my husband.
I create and hold healthy boundaries.
I stopped defaulting to people pleasing (and learned to do it with grace).
I stopped letting perfectionism sabotage my goals.
I stopped relying on coffee, food, wine, and distractions to get me through the day.
With my increased self-knowledge, I practice self-compassion, self-care, and because of this I'm more creative, connected, intuitive, and my life has flow.
No need to force and hustle and break myself.
These are the gifts or self-knowlege, self-liberation, self-awareness, self-compassion, self-trust.
It all starts with self. You.
Which is why I created a place for us to gather, learn, transmute, and support each other through these transformations.
I know it's cheesy.
But I truly mean it when I say we need all the voices in the choir to harmonize.
There's only 1 one of you. No one can share your gifts, talents, and skills like you.
And if you don't (because of the layers of protective personality layers) - we all lose. Not just you.
If you're too busy people pleasing, dancing for worthiness and acceptance, you'll be too exhausted to create, to be in flow, to be YOU.
And the world needs YOU. WE need you.
You are a one-of-a-kind.
I'm passionate about more people living in alignment to their true authenticity. Otherwise, so many talents and gifts are left masked and dormant. We don't need more of the same. We need unique voices and perspectives shared.