Jenna Dailey- Don't Stop Being a Student - The Purposeful Pivot Project
You can see Jenna's amazing Photography on her Instagram page : @_jennadailey or www.jennadailey.com. She's photographer, storyteller, yoga teacher and social media specialist by trade. Minneappolis based, I met Jenna on through @rockyourbliss community. She's been an inspiration and every month or so I beg her to meet me in the same place to take my pics and my families' too!
//What is one piece of advice a mentor told you that's stuck with you? Who told you?
"Fuck the shoulds." - Jacki Carr @Jackicarr @RockyourBliss (THANK YOU Jenna. Can I get an AMEN!)
//Name a time that you pivoted in your career?
When I was with Mary Beth LaRue (@marybethlarue) assisting her at Wanderlust Snowshoe in 2017, she told me that I should seriously pursue photography. That I had a gift for it and that I should run with it. At the time, it was only a passion project of mine and I didn't think I would ever be a "photographer". It was just something that made me happy.
How did it change your life and where you are today at work and home?
MB is someone who I absolutely adore - I look up to her as a role model and a mentor and I have so much love and respect for her as a mama, a yoga teacher, an entrepreneur, just generally as a human. When I got the validation/encouragement from her to pursue my passion, I was like "Oh yeah. I CAN do this. She's right." She helped me to see that I had it in me to seriously pursue photography.
What advice can you offer the next generation of working women just leaving college?
Don't stop being a student once you get your degree; stay perpetually curious. And do not let that piece of paper limit you - look at it as a starting point. You have your whole career, your whole life, in front of you (cheesy but true) and possibility is literally everywhere. Continue to ask questions, try new things and be a beginner every once in awhile. Pursue every passion, scratch every itch. If nothing, you learn what doesn't excite you or what path you know you don't want to pursue. Nothing you do is random along your way - the dots always connect down the road. Just trust the process, enjoy it and learn as much as you can.
"What's one word that describes your career up to this point"——-Passion-Filled!