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SBW Issue 11 Jeneth Blackert

Cover Story A Conversation with Jeneth Blackert ing something, trying to get something or being someone else or somewhere else and at the same time I had a deep desire to feel free to be me and create my wealth and lifestyle with fun and ease. Things began to change in 1997 when I upleveled my executive career and started practicing yoga at lunch time. And at the time this was just for exercise, I didn’t realize it would change my life. The hardest part about yoga was final rest (savasana). Today, I know that it was difficult because on some level, I feared knowing, being and trusting myself. Early in 2005, I took a break from the office to practice yoga at a spiritual retreat center. After each day of practice we journaled on our experiences. My journal entries included random statements such as: ‘we die in the comfort zone. Step out of your comfort zone. We must have the courage to face the truth.’ I remember crying because at the time I wasn’t following my true path and I felt miserable because of it. After the retreat, I wandered back into my corporate office refreshed and relaxed. Then I thought ‘what am I doing here? I knew a job like mine was a dream job for others, but why couldn’t I just be thankful for what I had? I made it through the day and cried to my husband about my miserable job that night. He had some inspiring wisdom. He asked, “How will your life change if you leave this job? My job will support your current living patterns until you get up to speed with your own business. You will still have your computer, cable TV, and your car.” It seemed so simple to him, but to me it was huge. I chose to end my corporate career. By the time I left, I was miserable yet still felt trapped by the idea and illusion of high paying salary. I was tortured with thoughts, “How could I possibly leave such a high paying job? I can’t make this kind of money doing anything else.” 24 | SavvyBizWomen


SBW Issue 11 Jeneth Blackert
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