Welcome back to our blog series, "The Myth of Overnight Success". Today we are featuring Jess Lavers, who runs her own interior design studio Jess Lavers Design. Jess has inspired us to create a journal tool about investing in your self care.
1. What is your dream/goal/business?
I run my own small interior design studio – Jess Lavers Design.
2. When did you set out on your journey towards your dream/goal/business and why?
On graduating, I worked at Homes and Gardens magazine and became an interiors stylist and I loved everything about it. I side stepped into jewellery throughout my 20s and worked as a designer. My dream had always been to become an interior designer though.
I was 29 when I enrolled in a part time one year Certificate Course in design and I juggled 3 jobs to pay my fees for design school. I was so determined and I loved every minute.
3. What have been your biggest challenges and how do you overcome them?
Well, there are so many potential things that can go wrong on projects – wallpaper being hung upside down, sofas not fitting through doors, items arriving damaged – a lot of what I do is coming up with creative solutions. When things go wrong, I have to take a huge breath, stay calm, keep my sense of humour and remember these small things really don’t matter in the grand scheme of life!
4. How do you invest in self care?
I have loved online pilates through all 3 lockdowns. My puppy has been crucial to my sanity and I walk her miles every day come rain or shine. I need to get into nature to feel grounded and find my peace. In normal life, a Cowshed massage would be my go to treat. Now it’s just sitting in front of a roaring fire under a cashmere blanket with a good book and a scented candle.
5. What are your thoughts on overnight success?
It just doesn’t happen! Anything worth having requires investment…. Running a business takes drive, determination, and is totally worth all the blood, sweat and tears!
"Anything worth having requires investment."
6. What did you believe when you started out vs what you have learned along the way?
I probably imagined I would land a great job in a big studio and eventually go solo. I didn’t think too much about the potential challenges, pitfalls and failures. But those are the bits that teach you the most – when things don’t work out! I have learned that tenacity and resilience are key. And that my job is all about insane attention to detail and that when I take things slowly, act with integrity and stay really true to myself, things work out.
7. Do you have any advice you would like to give someone working towards a dream or goal?
"Never, never, never give up."
8. Who is your favourite and most inspiring account to follow and why?
I left Instagram after watching The Social Dilemma but have to admit, I’ve folded a few times during lockdown! Good News Movement is a wonderful account full of uplifting stories of kindness, bravery, and it’s really worth following.
THE JOURNAL PROMPT
"[I invest in self care by] sitting in front of a roaring fire under a cashmere blanket with a good book and a scented candle..."
- JESS LAVERS
We LOVE how Jess gives herself a hug with this relaxing scene and it's time to take some serious inspiration. How do you give yourself a hug?
🖋 - Draw 3 flame shapes in your journal. (We love a drawing here at MOJO, it really helps your brain engage with your words.)
🖋 - In each flame, create a scene that makes you feel warm and cosy inside.
This could be a hot bath with candles and a glass of gin... or perhaps it's snuggled on the sofa with a loved one, watching your favourite film. Write down all the elements of the scene, and plan one of these things into your schedule this week. We all deserve a big warm hug from ourselves. Thank you Jess for the inspo!
A huge thank you to Jess for answering the Myth of Overnight Success questions! Find Jess Lavers online here to see her stunning interior design work:
You can also find us (Hannah & Abi) on Instagram where we share regular journal prompts & advice/tips for your journaling practice!
Thanks for reading!