Meet the flockers: Jenny Liddle
28 May 2021
Our Meet The Flockers series gives us a chance to show the humans behind Stephenson Law. We stop, take a moment, and spend some time on the sillier side of life.
From guilty pleasures, to interesting quirks, this series sheds a light on what makes our flock tick.
What’s your go-to guilty pleasure?
Hummus, without a doubt! I have a reputation for being hummus obsessed and maybe a bit of a hummus snob. I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t eat hummus.
I love cooking and being creative in the kitchen and making my own hummus. I’ve experimented with creating a number of hummus creations and flavour combinations, turmeric, smoky paprika, beetroot, sweet potato, even matcha hummus (although that last one didn’t taste too good, and I ended up throwing it away!)
Do you have a favourite type of exercise?
Yoga! 3 years ago, after suffering from a running injury, I discovered my local yoga studio was offering Hot Yoga and I was curious to try. Let’s just say, after a very sweaty dynamic session, I was hooked and have not looked back. Yoga has become a huge part of my life and I cannot imagine a day not flowing on my mat.
Along the way, various people suggested that I train to be a yoga teacher. Although I loved the idea and was inspired by my friends who were teaching and sharing the love of yoga, I didn’t have the balls to go for it.
One day, while sitting in my friend’s cafe sipping an oaty flat white as we discussed the wavering careers of our generation and questioning where our lives were heading…
That was when it hit me. I needed to teach yoga, follow my dreams and share the yoga love.
Once I set my heart to do something, there’s no stopping me. Last year I trained to be a Yoga Teacher. Only halfway through my training, the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world and we were forced into lockdown so I started teaching classes online over Zoom and even outside in the park when it wasn’t raining!
I qualified as a Yoga Teacher in July last year and when the yoga studios were permitted to open their doors again, I started teaching yoga in two local studios in the evenings on top of the day job.
What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
Over the last few years of my career, I have gained experience in social media, digital marketing, copywriting, design and website management. After training to be a yoga teacher, it’s been awesome utilising my marketing skills to build my yoga business.
Last year, when I was still training to be a Yoga Teacher, we went into lockdown. In order to gain experience of teaching yoga, I knew I had to take the plunge, overcome my fears of teaching online, transform my home into a yoga studio, to bring yoga classes to my clients virtually.
Not going to lie, I’m really proud of the fact that I built my website in just a day and even taught myself how to integrate scheduling and payment systems so that my clients could book classes online. I’ve also used my social media skills to build my presence on Instagram, and engage with my followers.
Do you live by any piece of advice or motto?
When I have a spare moment and space away from screen time, I’m reading The Power of Now by Echkart Tolle. In a nutshell, Tolle’s message is that living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. I love learning about different philosophies and approaches to life. Over the last few years, I have been working on embracing the present moment, to stop worrying about where life is heading and to seize the opportunities that life throws our way. There’s a particular quote from The Power of Now that really resonates with me, where Tolle states that we need to leave behind the past, to fully embrace the present moment and live life to the fullest!
“Die to the past every moment. You don’t need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence.”
If you had unlimited money to start your own business, what would it be?
One thing I have learned in this life is that if you have a dream, chase it and make it happen! Pursue your passions, whatever they may be, and embrace your power to achieve what you want.
I really want to help people to find the strength to pull out the deep negative energy and trauma they’re burying deep down and to let it all go, and inspire them to just live a balanced and fulfilling life.
So I would love to open my own space, like a wellbeing centre, a sacred space where people could come to develop their spiritual practice and connect with others. There would be Yoga classes, Ayurveda workshops, meditation sessions, moon circles and cacao ceremonies!
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