Since you need to know who you're dealing with...
1. I'm a float and halotherapy center owner.
I co-own Sukhino Float Center & Salt Cave with my husband, Graham. (If you're in the float industry, he's "the other Graham".) As soon as I read about the benefits of floating, I felt called to open a center before my first float. I fixated, learned everything I could about floating, and took my time making it happen.
2. My hair changes a lot.
I love change. The "new and fresh" is exciting. I honestly don't care about my hair, it's just an easy thing to update. In my professional life, change comes in the form of new skills and projects, new clients and processes. I am constantly reinventing myself. If you've never met a "multipotentialite", now you have. (Google it. I'll wait.)
3. I'm a yoga and meditation student and teacher.
I've been practicing since 2004, teaching meditation since 2009, and teaching yoga since 2015. I'm currently an RYT200, and am in progress with an additional 300 hours to become an RYT500. Finding yoga absolutely altered the course of my life, back to the path I was meant to follow. My yoga isn't about bendy poses and selfies (except this one - ask for the story sometime!); it's about introspection, self-acceptance, and spirtual growth.
4. I'm not a fan of public speaking.
But I do it anyway. It pushes me beyond my comfort zone, forces me to consolidate my thoughts, and allows me to share information in a way that helps or inspires others. I also apparently keep my poker face on at all times. This mug o' mine is like a statue. You'll never know what I'm thinking. <---- That's my sarcasm font.
5. I'm a co-host on Art of the Float Podcast.
I was a loyal listener for a long time (see #1), and jumped at the chance to start writing the show notes when they needed someone to help. I later joined to write the notes live, and they keep turning my mic on, so I keep sputtering my thoughts. If I know something, my soul drives me to share that knowlege. It's not mine to keep.
6. I'm a Float Conference Board Member.
When I'm in, I'm alllllllll in. I love the float industry and its people, so I give back by volunteering my time to help plan the annual conference through our industry-owned nonprofit organization. I get to be a part of something, offer my creativity and marketing skills, and hang out with amazing people.
7. I have ADHD, anxiety, and other gifts.
These are my superpowers. I've lived through some stuff, my brain was rewired during some of it, and some of it is genetic. I could see these conditions as a curse, but they're my magic. They allow me to see the world differently, empathize, and be mindful of the impact we all have on each other. And I can hyper-focus like nobody's business.
8. I take serious things seriously.
Graham and I were married on the beach in Jamaica with almost 40 friends and family there with us. I dug myself down into the sand during our ceremony so he'd [finally] be taller than me. We jumped on the trampoline, and I ran into the ocean wearing a ballgown. I really like that guy. We laugh a lot, even after 20 years together.
9. I live by the Four Agreements.
The concepts in this short little book impacted me in a profound way. In fact, I have them tattooed on my shoulder. They're so simple, and yet so hard, but they provide me with a simple checklist by which to gauge my thoughts and actions. I re-read the book at least once a year, and often incorporate them into my yoga teachings.
10. I'm a big ol' introvert.
Yep. If I don't have time in silence or alone to recharge, I crumble. I LOVE helping people, I LOVE getting involved. I'm great at doing nothing physically, but my brain is always running a million miles per hour. I have to force myself to turn it off at times. Ideas and projects and things to learn and do! This is why I offer "mind FULL" solutions.
errific at couch karaoke, especially if 90s pop or Disney songs are involved.
ntroverted. Really, really introverted. I love connecting with people and napping HARD afterward.
reaked out by public speaking, but I will rock a workshop to help business owners who help people.
lipping fortunate to get to turn my eclectic background (military logistician, musician, corporate event planner, instructional designer, and college professor) into work that I love.
n advocate for animals. I regularly foster dogs and cats in need and I live to help the misfits.
ormally pretty laid back, but I will go downright bananas in a theme park. Give me ALL the roller coasters!!!
ntentional about continuous growth. I'm always looking for ways to level up my skills and knowledge.
ternally exploring the natural world. If you need me, you can find me digging in the dirt.
Jocelyn, or Jester, or J²
Oh so vegan.
Crazy cat lady, meow and forever.
Event planner - involved in events since she learned to walk!
Loves drinks, I guess - whiskey (bourbon, specifically), but also coffee, beer (IPAs), and wine (Pinot Noir)
Yoga for life! As a retired gymnast, she turned to yoga for strength, flexibility, and community.
Now living in Portland, OR. She grew up in Indiana, lived in Colorado, back to Indy, and now in the Pacific Northwest.
1. Love is love.
When I met my (now) husband in 2007, he didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Spanish. Our first several dates were sat over a computer typing into Google Translate. After months of studying, I can still remember our first conversation without Google. We discussed, in broken sentences, our hopes and dreams. It was a glorious beginning that taught us a lot about communication, patience, and trust.
2. Working in Communication helps me learn.
As a Communications Manager in my corporate role, I spend a lot of time writing, editing, and planning communications - blogs, social media, videos, and emails. But I don’t specialize in, say, just one type of function; one minute I am involved in technical or IT-related processes, the next diversity, equity and inclusion. I love taking deep dives into the subject material to bring out the best communication possible and I learn new stuff all the time!
3. I’m an accomplished marathon & triathlon athlete.
Beginning with my first marathon in 2017, I fell in love with training, group runs, team camaraderie, and crossing the finish line. But I didn’t think I would enjoy it. The big moment for me, as someone who has struggled with fitness and body image, was a coach telling me: “If you run, you’re a runner. Doesn’t matter how fast you go or your body type.” And that’s a cool lesson in all things: whatever you can do, you can be.
4. I look to the future.
A while back, I took one of those personality/trait tests and was told I have a “futuristic” bent. Now, while I think that’s true, since I’m always looking ahead and planning the future, it was my inner nerd that was truly pleased. Science fiction, whether it is reading, goofing around, or watching a movie, is how I have fun. Give me spaceships, alien worlds, or dystopian societies any day.
5. Be Yourself, Be Kind.
I value authenticity and kindness. When you can be yourself, live with an open heart, and practice empathy, you find happiness.
6. If you hear me say “my boys” they’re my fur babies.
Yep, I am doting fur-dad to Kevin and Diego, a mini-poodle and shih tzu, respectively. And they are definitely mine: Kevin shares my anxiety disorder, often in need of comfort or contact, and Diego is my independent, little dude, who, like me, often wants to be left alone.
7. Project Management gives me life.
“Project Management” is a bit stuffy isn’t it? So let’s just say that I have a passion for planning, organizing and strategically designing a vision. Whether that’s a small event, communication campaign, large fundraiser, or just balancing my checkbook, I enjoy the process of controlled chaos.
8. I’m passionate about HIV/AIDS education and support.
We may have come a long way since the HIV/AIDS crisis from the 80’s, but health disparities remain, particularly with regards to access to healthcare and wellness. I partner with the AIDS Foundation Chicago and the Team to End AIDS to support underserved and historically excluded communities in my city. Moreover, with new education and breakthroughs regarding prevention, our generation has a chance to reduce new infections to zero.
9. Socrates is my hero.
I thought I was going to be an astrophysicist in college, but after one Philosophy elective, I changed my major. And although some of the ancient Greeks' ideas about the natural world wouldn’t pan out, Socrates questioned everything and his method still holds up today: it is important to live an examined life and realize how much one truly does not know.
10. I’m scared of bees.
Nope, not allergic. Yes, they are a magnificent and beautiful species that must be protected. Do I scream in terror and run away when one comes close? Every. Single. Time.