From Chaos to Calm: Navigating Parenting and Entrepreneurship with The Queen of Calm, Jenna Hermans, Episode 187

Ever wonder how a mom of four can juggle being a successful entrepreneur, author and still maintain her calm? Jenna Hermans, author of “Chaos to Calm: Five Ways Busy Parents Can Break Free from Overwhelm,” spills her secrets and takes us through her journey of becoming an entrepreneur, managing her energy and time, and how she inspires others to chase their dreams while keeping the balance of life intact. She even shares a real-life example of maintaining calm amidst the chaos of a messy situation with her teenager.

Jenna Hermans is living proof that you can create a life of calm within chaos and overwhelm. She uses her bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in organizational management, and over fifteen years of Human Resources experience to build strong teams, both at work and at home. Jenna takes an intentional and inclusive approach to help individuals and teams implement tools that put organization and systems around their busy lives that infuse calm and more joy, helping them go from Chaos to Calm.

Listen as Jenna unpacks her methods for staying present and appreciating the moment before reacting, essential tools for any busy parent. She shares an example of managing a messy situation with her teenage son and how she was able to remain calm and grounded in the moment. We also discuss how to balance relationships that enhance our calmness and the impact our actions have on those around us.

In this episode, you will hear these ideas expressed:

  • How to choose calm over chaos when creating a book
  • Ways a family achieves a calm life with four kids, a business, zero childcare or family around
  • Can you filter out relationships using the Chaos to Calm thinking Jenna brings in her book?
  • Making friends when you are new in a city
  • Finding support when you are working on a creative project and what to say to let friends know
  • Picking yourself inspires other moms pick themselves, Jenna offers examples
  • How to build a system to set out to do something YOU want to do even in the thick of it as a parent
  • What if you read the book and walk into a chocolate mess of a kitchen with kids playing but lots to clean up? What’s another way to look at this through the filter of calm?
  • How to find calm in chaos if it’s impossible to pause life
  • Engaging with listeners and offering feedback
  • Taking a moment to think before reacting
  • How to choose relationships that enhance your calmness
  • Your actions are also impacting those around you!

SHARE this episode with a mom founder, entrepreneur, or creator who seeks to restore or create more calm this season in your family’s life.

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Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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