Jessica Williams teaches our “Body Positivity for Wellness” class.
Tell us more about yourself?
I am a mother of a wonderful son named Jayden. He’s 11 years old. I am engaged to be married next year. I have my bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Marketing. I went into sales right after college and did that for several years before leaving the industry to soul search. In that time, I started bartending. I am a certified wellness coach (obtained that in my soul search) and now coach kettlebells at the Southern Squeeze. I enjoy reading, being outside, spending time with my family and laughing.
How did you get started in your business?
It really all happened organically. I started a weight loss journey in 2015 and from there I started a blog called Jess in Music City. That blog was about the intersection between the food and fitness scene in Nashville. At the time, however, I wasn’t healthy. I was in great shape, but I was in a very toxic place. I just didn’t love myself. That’s why I got started with the weight loss obsession. Then, my mom got really sick. I had to drop everything and be by her side. It was at that point I had to do the real soul digging and searching. It was tough. I gained weight, lost friends, and had to deal with myself in a way I never had before. She passed away 8 months after her diagnosis. That was when I knew I had to change the way I was doing things. I still wanted to focus on the fitness industry but from a wellness perspective. That is how WERK Your Curves came full circle. It’s a body positive approach to getting well. Love yourself first. It’s the only way to get the job done.
Why did you decide to share your business expertise with Nashville Community Education?
I think that my business is unique, but there are a lot of women who want to hear this message. Some of these women, however, have financial restraints and would otherwise not be able to afford one-on-one coaching or even group coaching. I love that I can share a condensed format of my content to a wide range of people in hopes of making an impact on their lives.
What inspires you about the Nashville entrepreneurship/business community?
I love how the community has grown and transformed over the past few years. I am really excited to see how people come together and create movements. That’s what I’m about. There are so many subindustries within each industry and finding some alignment with other businesses is really important. I am inspired by how it is happening already and even more thrilled with how it will continue to shape and transform in the months to come.
What is a takeaway you love students/clients/customers to take from what you do?
I want them to know that wellness is an individual thing. It’s about ownership of taking care of the body, mind, and soul. The moment you realize that you’ve already won 75% of the battle. The rest is just doing the work. Mindset is key.
What’s your favorite business quote?
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
What’s one thing you wish people knew about you?
I’m still on the journey I teach about as well. I have made huge strides, but I’m not perfect in this journey. I am hard on myself a lot. I recognize that though and move forward from it.
If you could give any personal business advice what would it be?
Put blinders on. Stay focused on what you’re doing. Don’t compare your business to anyone else’s. Also, don’t overshare your next moves or ideas to too many people. Do the work and allow the opportunities to come.
You can learn more about Jessica at werkyourcurves.com