LIMITLESS LIVING CONFERENCE BLOG



Inside The Limitless Life Of Jacquette M. Timmons

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Jacquette M. Timmons is a financial behaviorist and the author of "Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate."


LLC: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?

JmT: Nine out of ten times, I spend approximately 20-minutes journaling and meditating.

LLC: What’s your favorite thing to eat that gives you energy?

JmT: It's not something you eat; it’s something you drink. But, I love it and it gives me energy: Reed's Kombucha.

LLC: How often do you squeeze a workout into your life? What's your favorite form of exercise?

JmT: I am an avid runner, and usually run four to five times a week. If I am training for a half-marathon, it's six times a week.

LLC: Tell us about your relationship with your smart phone? Do you ever shut it off? Do you sleep with it next to your bed?

JmT: It's probably not a healthy one :)! I never shut it off, but I am not on it when I am socializing. And yes, it's next to my bed - mostly because I use it as my alarm.

LLC: How do you deal with email?

JmT: Ugh...email is a bear for me. I am about to start using a service called SaneBox, which I am hoping will help make this less overwhelming.

LLC: What is your secret productivity tip?

JmT: I have several that are related. I use:
• The Productivity Planner by Intelligent Change, which helps me plan
and reflect on a weekly and daily basis.
• The Momentum Planners by Productive Flourishing, which helps with “big picture” quarterly and monthly planning.
• Time “chunking” as a way to manage my days and tasks. Typically, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays are my coaching days. Wednesdays and Fridays are admin and writing days. Plus, I usually work in 25-minute increments (aka the Pomodoro Technique) when writing and doing non-coaching, workshop design and administrative tasks.

LLC: What’s your favorite technology or app that helps you stay organized?

JmT: I have two! Evernote (for me) and Slack (for me and my awesome assistant)

LLC: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

JmT: It's advice that came in the form of a question: "Why are you trying to force this to happen (grow the money management arm of my business) and why aren't you paying attention to what comes to you with ease (requests to create investment education experiences)?" Mark Monchek, one of the first business coaches with whom I worked, asked me this question in 2000 when I was a cross-roads with my business and considering closing it. It is a question that has forever changed my understanding of "hard" work. And in the process, it set the wheels in motion that led me to shift from both managing money for high-net-worth clients AND education to focusing exclusively on financial coaching and education.

As a culture, we tend to romanticize “hard work.” Back then, I was making the classic mistake of equating success with hard work. Yes, there are periods when you do have to work hard. But you need to cultivate the discernment to understand the difference between when it’s “hard” because you’re working toward a deadline or the situation is stretching you to discover an answer or a solution vs. “hard” because the resistance is a signal you need to re-evaluate your business direction and/or business model. The difference is subtle, but significant. And, I’ve learned to now equate success with ease.

LLC: What song lifts you up in any situation and makes you feel limitless?

JmT: Currently, it’s “Close Your Eyes” - the house music version with Miguel Migs and Meshell Ndegeocello.

LLC: Share a quote that helps you stay grounded …

JmT: “Everything begins with a story.” ~~ Joseph Campbell

LLC: Name a book that changed your life and why?

JmT: “The Wisdom of No Escape” by Pema Chodron. The book shifted my relationship with pain - especially emotional, spiritual, and financial pain. So instead of trying to get rid of the pain quickly, I learned from her book the value of (a) sitting with it (instead of running from it), and (b) seeing it as my friend - there to teach me something. Embracing pain as something not to punish me sounds like a weird thing to do (or recommend to someone else), and by no means is it an easy stance to take, but it has proven to be a beneficial practice for me. It’s how I’ve learned to eventually identify the purpose of the pain and turn a painful experience into a testimony.

LLC: What is your philosophy for dealing with failure and overcoming obstacles in life?

JmT: First, feel the pain of the failure and the frustration of the obstacle. In other words, don’t try to rush the relief I may be desperately seeking. Second, ask God and trusted friends and business colleagues for guidance and ideas because we all have blind spots. Third, make sure I practice even more self-care and focus on being kind to myself. Fourth, mourn and move - aka: take action.

LLC: What's your best tip for balancing work, family and personal relationships?

JmT: I actually don’t subscribe to the idea of balance because it tends to imply an unrealistic notion of equal time, attention and focus to all the areas that make up your life. I am in the “blend” camp. For me, this means I recognize that there are times when an area (or more) of my life will be on the back-burner.

LLC: What is your definition of a limitless life?

JmT: There are three values that drive my business (and my life, really): Creativity. Analysis. Empathy. For me, living a limitless life means applying these values, alone or in tandem, to everything - be it a business or personal goal; a business or personal challenge/obstacle; a business or personal relationship.

LLC: What is your spirit animal?

JmT: A bear according to a quiz I took in order to answer this question! Who knew :)

Meet Jacquette Timmons at the Limitless Living Conference and see more of her limitless life on Instagram.com/jaquettemtimmons. Register HERE and follow LLC2017 on Instagram @limitlesslivingconference

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