Diving Into 2018 with Jacki Carr
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, motivational speaker and Mama. She is the co-creator of Rock Your Bliss, a transformation company with a mission to bring your intentions to action. On January 25, Jacki will lead Visioning Your 2018 with SheSays members, where we’ll create vision boards that tap into our goals for the year and set us on a path to success. Space is limited for this event, so RSVP here!
SheSays Denver: Tell us a little about what you do and how you got to where you are?
Jacki Carr: As we all do, I took a pretty winding path after college. I moved out to LA and worked in “The Biz” for two years at an agency and in PR and I burned out very quickly. I ran my first marathon in San Francisco and shortly thereafter found the company we all know as Lululemon. I immediately fell in love with the spandex, the vibe, the community, and the culture. I applied and started from the ground up on the retail floor. in their first store in the US in Santa Monica. This is where I found vision and goals; the company has a culture around goal setting. I moved into management positions quickly in LA then got promoted to the head offices in the Brand team. I ended up on their HR team, where I got certified in Lightyear Leadership. I was leading visioning and goals for the company, and I started to really find my voice in coaching. I was there for seven years; 5 years ago I left Lulu Lemon and founded Goals on The Rocks, which is my own leadership consulting company where I’ve worked with companies like Patagonia and others in Colorado and beyond. And then a year later, I started Rock Your Bliss, a yoga and coaching transformation company with my business partner.
SSD: was it’ scary to leave LLL and start your own thing?
JC: TERRIFYING! It was terrifying to leave a cushy job and a great salary and benefits to start a new company. However, it was time. I got some great feedback from someone that my Jacki Carr voice was louder than my LLL voice. That was the exact ticket I needed.
SSD: How did Rock Your Bliss come to be?
JC: My best friend Mary Beth LaRue is a yoga teacher and I was sharing with her how so much of my coaching practice and principles come alive on the yoga mat. I told her I was starting to experience the work on a deeper level. Marybeth was like “Let’s do it! let’s build a retreat around that!” So we brainstormed what it would look like to do a retreat together. What would it look like to do yoga and coaching togerhet? We hadn’t seen anyone doing it yet. We planned our first retreat which we thought would be just fun. Our first retreat was 17 people for 7 days and we had an amazing experience. Upon returning, we knew that this wasn’t over. Since then, Rock Your Bliss has evolved to all kinds of retreats, online workshops, and we even have a podcast now!
SSD: What has it been like to run your own business and work for yourself?
JC: It’s been a rollercoaster! As anything, when you start out, you’re a beginner. You’re feelings around and it’s something foreign. Especially when your paycheck has been landing at your doorstep every two weeks ad you’ve been traveling for a corporate company on their cooperate card. I used to miss that corporate American Express! In the beginning it was rocky. I don’t a lot of people who start a business and it’s easy from the beginning — and I think that’s important for people to hear. It’s a learning curve you jump on. You get to explore and root in your values, have a vision set, and see what happens in between.
SSD: What was the biggest challenge you faced when you were just starting out with your own business?
It’s interesting when you have your own company because you feel like it’s just you. You have to learn to reach out to others, to have a mentor. I believe in support and building a support system so you’re not just a team of one. You have a board of directors, friends, family, mentors, and people in their own entrepreneurial world who help you in different ways. My challenge was learning that and learning how to reach out versus my ego telling me I should already have everything figured out.
SSD: how did you start reaching out to people and building that network?
JC: Luckily I traveled so much for LLL and I lived in LA, which was quite a mecca for connections that I had quite a foundation built before I left my corporate gig to build my company. I will say my website, blog, my writing, and my newsletter have been amazing, and have helped make sure people know I’m for hire. I started out by sending offerings to my friends and by offering thigs for free so I could practice and get experience and be open to learning from those experience.
SSD: What has been your favorite career stepping stone so far?
JC: Last year I set a goal to speak on a stage or to a large group of people every month. I wanted to explore my speaking voice. I see myself as a less crazy Matt Foley from SNL. I really love sharing tools that have really inspired and changed my life with other people so they can have the same tool. I achieved that goal in December and it was great to add an offering like that to my website. It’s something I really look forward to and love so much.
SSD: What do you do when you’re not working? How do you spend your free time? Is there pressure to feel like you have to keep going because you run your own business?
JC: I used to feel like I had to be on and available at all times. That definitely came from an old belief around scarcity. I thought if I wasn’t all the time I’d miss opportunities. I don’t feel that way anymore. I’ve done a lot of work with my boundaries and how I want to be living. I think motherhood was a huge checkup from the neck up for how I want my child and my husband to interact with me and see me in their lives. I moved to Evergreen on purpose — I live up a dirt road on a mountain on purpose.
I unplug with nature; I get outside as much as possible. I hike every weekend and often during the week. We bought a popup camper so we’re weekend warriors now. I also find that building things into your life that you enjoy is important — I have a book club online that I really love. I’ve just taken an affinity to plants, so I’m decorating my house with a new green thumb I never had before! This all came from knowing my values, setting goals in different places in my life, and really checking in with myself when I’m out of alignment with those goals and values.
SSD: Who is your biggest inspiration in your career and personal life?
I’ve always been really inspired by my family. My mother is an entrepreneur, all her sisters are, and so was my grandmother. I thanked them at Christmas this year for showing me how — and I cried of course! I told them how much it mattered to see them running their own businesses. I’ve been very inspired by the humans that raised me; I think it’s very cool to look at legacy that way.
I’m also inspired by where we’re at right now in the world and how women are really exploring the depths of their voice. I look at this in myself as well as in campaigns and things that women are starting — and men too — that are wanting to create something new for the world. I’m inspired by anyone who freaks out about their goal but does it anyway!
SSD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
JC: My mom put a post it note in my apartment in LA once when I was really lost. She came to visit me and she left a blue post-it note on my computer that said “Sometimes you have to get lost to get found.” And I thought for so long I had to always have my shit together, especially in front of my mother. It was so cool to get a permission slip like that to mess up, feel your way around and get lost and maybe find a whole new part of yourself you didn’t know.
SSD: What can SheSays Denver members expect from the upcoming Visioning Your 2018 event on 1/25?
JC: With visioning, I feel like people can freak out and think “Oh I don’t know what I want” or “I’m not ready to decide.” But the fun part of visioning is letting yourself play and dream and not have all the answers right now. Allowing yourself to be pulled towards imagery or snapshots in time that feel good, that feel aligned to your now. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to get there. Visioning is about creating your own inspiration for yourself.
So what people can expect from the event is a lightness! Sometimes I think visioning and be scary and I find we can have a conversation that makes it really accessible and fun to explore “Well, What if?” and answering that big question of “What do I want?” It’s a chance to connect with other people so you aren’t alone in this, and it’s about accountability to actually create a vision board. A lot of us are talking about doing one, but we haven’t done it yet. So let’s come together and make it happen so you have a board from this time in your life. We’ll have some fun; we’ll do some meditation to explore our minds in the work and then we’ll bring out the magazines and scissors and glue and bring that other side of our brain in.