Hi, my name is Jessica Scheper, and I’m a recovering procrastinator.
Perhaps also a recovering alcoholic, but I’m not sure that’s true (though I did quit drinking a few years ago because, well, it’s toxic).
I can say, however, that I’ve overcome a LOT in my life.
For starters, there was this annoying panic disorder that plagued me throughout my teenage years and twenties.
And my dad’s mental illness and premature death when I was 17.
I don’t mean to just throw it out there in two short sentences, but it’s a significant part of my story (and if you want to read more, I wrote a book about it).
Because those experiences made me realise at a young age that there’s more to life than the standard stuff: climbing the corporate ladder, buying expensive stuff, driving fancy cars, and living in big houses.
I remember being on a hiking trip with my family and some other people.
I was 18 and didn’t have a single clue about what I wanted to study or where I saw myself working in the future.
We were sitting at a dinner table in Verona, in Italy. A group of 15 people.
“Just always follow your heart, Jessica,” this 50-year-old woman told me. “If you do what you love, you will always end up in the right place.”
My mom had the exact same advice for me. I’d usually do the opposite of what she said, but this one thing, I did. I always try to follow my heart.
It has led me to some amazing places, I traveled around the world and lived in Bali for about eight years. I became a yoga teacher after having worked as a marketer for an NGO.
Then I became a surf instructor. Then I organised half a dozen Surf & Yoga Retreats.
And in between I worked as a freelance digital content marketer.
That may all sound great, but it’s been scary as heck at the same time.
I went back and forth between choosing “safe” jobs and taking the leap to try something new.
Self-doubt made me postpone my marketing efforts, sharing my story, reaching out to new clients.
It often felt like I took one step forward and two steps back.
And honestly, sometimes it still feels like that.
Whenever that happens, I try to examine why. What am I not acknowledging?
What is the real reason I’m procrastinating or not doing that one thing that I know in my gut would help me?
It’s not because I’m too busy. Or lazy.
It’s because I don’t believe in myself or prioritise what’s truly important to me.
Luckily, I’m an introvert and a yoga teacher, so I do a LOT of introspection and reflection.
That’s actually what’s helped me take the necessary steps towards manifesting a life I feel worth living.
Self-awareness and acknowledgement are the stepping stones to transformation.
It’s one of the things I help other female solopreneurs achieve by using tools like mindfulness and self-reflection.
We can then start tackling any underlying fears or self-doubts, and work together to take inspired action towards achieving important goals.
Is this something you need?
Then have a look at what I can do for you.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my journey, and I look forward to connecting with you soon!
Any questions, feel free to contact me.
- MSc. Political Science – Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam
- Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs) – Santosha Yoga, Bali
- Clinical Hypnotherapy (150 hrs) – Arhanta Yoga
- Yoga Synergy Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga (18 hrs) – Simon Borg-Olivier, Australia
- Breath Control – Simon Borg-Olivier
- YTT Prenatal, Postnatal, Children & Teens (30 hrs) – Santosha Yoga, Bali
- Yoga Life Coaching – Transformation Academy
- Ayurveda Practitioner – Ellen Helwes
- ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor – International Surfing Association
- Beach Lifeguard Qualification – Royal Life Saving Society UK
- BA Latin American Studies – Leiden University