We’re proud to introduce the talented and lovely Jess Ball of Creative Soul Coaching. Jess has an exceptional resume of experience in the publicity and promotions industry, but now she is following her passion and her calling to help others to find their voice. We can highly recommend Jess as a coach and mentor as she has played this role for our Director, Emma Lovell over the past year.
Our testimonial for Jess:
“Thank you!! Thank you to Jess Ball of Creative Soul Management for her wonderful support of Lovelly Communications and Director, Emma Lovell, during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Jess is patient, understanding and wise in her style of Life Coaching. She asks the importance questions and helps to guide clients in the best direction for them. Jess was a huge part of the Lovelly Team during #MICF and the sessions helped to maintain focus, keep calm and move forward. Life Saver is not an understatement for this womans services during a stressful and busy time for businesses and personalities. Looking forward to working with Jess and Creative Soul Management in the future.”
If you’re looking to find your true passion, some direction and stand up and shout who you are, you must speak to Jess!
Name: Jess Ball
Occupation/ business: Creative Soul
Position: Life Balance Coach & Communications Specialist
Country of Residence: Australia
Mobile: +61 411 115 231
- Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?
I am a life balance coach and a communications specialist.
I work with creative people to help them bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be.
I assist them to reconnect to who they are and realise their wings so they can fly.
The core of the process with my clients involves self-discovery and exploration, breaking down barriers, and creating strategies to realise their own solutions and pathways to a more fulfilling life- personally, creatively and professionally.
I help them gain clarity on how to flick the switch on what’s blocking them, to manifest their vision and achieve their success.
I also fill a communications role when required.
Why did you start your business?
I started my business to support amazingly creative and talented people on their journeys of using their expression and platforms to inspire others and celebrate the uniqueness of who they are.
What’s your passion?
My passion is helping people feel ok about who they are.
To stand unashamedly in their power, and to celebrate their uniqueness, imperfections, beauty and grace.
Also to realise we are all in this together, and the greatest gift we can give each other is to pass on the gift of “Us” in an authentic way, and offer support.
I believe creative people who use what they do to pass that message on are extraordinary human beings.
I also believe we are all creative- we are creators of our own reality.
This is not a life of solitude- it’s about finding your tribe and connecting with people who actively seek truth, and contribute to positive change for themselves and others.
Life is a series of lessons- each interaction and event we experience has its messages. And to live with a bigger purpose of making the world a better place takes courage and leadership.
Those who step up and say ‘this is me’, and realise we are all teachers and reflections for each other, hold responsibility for themselves and the ability to create.
We fly around each other like a beautiful, graceful dance, and when we combine the powers of good to help others, we do that dance together.
I am passionate about those who are choosing to dance, and as I hold my hand out to assist them with my knowledge, expertise and authenticity, they reach out their hands to help others who are choosing to surrender and, ultimately, walk the path of love, through the unique expression of who they are.
I believe creativity in all forms, has a huge ability to inspire and change lives. And I’m here to support those people doing the work!
That’s my passion!
What do you love most about running your business?
I love the amazing people I get to interact with, who I learn from and are inspired by every day. I love inspiring others from what I’ve learned, and being there to support those who are taking 100% responsibility for their lives, and contributing by being themselves and becoming the creators of their own reality.
What are three difficulties you face in running your business?
I wouldn’t say they are difficulties- I think they are certainly lessons
- Being in the right environment felt limited when I first started- I learned early on working from home every day for me doesn’t equal consistent creativity- so sometimes I work from a café, a friend’s house, or an office desk somewhere in a place outside of my home. I think it’s good to have that separation, and it also gives me different inspiration on a regular basis.
- Standing in your power- for me, I was a little nervous when I first started, around languaging what I did. I practiced on people until I was able to clearly express in an authentic way, what I was doing in my business.
- Doing the work- I was really keen to get all the branding etc of my business ‘right’ before I started- I realise looking back on that (and I have re-branded a few times now!) doing the work is the most important thing for me to be seen and stand as an expert in my field. From there branding comes. It took me a year and a half of working on my website to launch it, and I realised my work and who I am, will speak for itself, in combination with marketing and promotion. You don’t have to have it all set in place before you start! It will all come into place as you move forward on the journey!
What are three pieces of advice you would give to someone starting their own business?
- Have clarity around your vision, mission and goals for your business and for your life. Search for the answer ‘why am I doing this’? Break it down so you have a clear direction (I work with clients often on this, both in their personal, creative and professional lives), and then take action on it. Structure is a creative’s best friend (although I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it!) and having rituals and using things like a diary to block out time for certain things, helps to be present. It stops a potentially anxious mind holding all the things you need to do in it, and instead you are able to focus on what you’re doing now. Effective time management prevents procrastination (I work with many clients around the habits of procrastination and blocks around creative flow).
- Be clear about what you value, which sets a solid foundation again around where you’re headed in your business. Having those boundaries also allows a clearer assessment of whether an opportunity that presents itself will move you further towards your goals, or away from them.
- Keep clarity around your financial incomings and outgoings. I would suggest setting up a business bank account separate to your personal account early on so transactions are easily tracked. Also, get accounting/taxation advice, and legal advice around insurances etc too. That was invaluable to me when I started.
Tell us, with an anecdote, why your business has changed your life?
When I was standing at the Chopra Center in the US with my client, and was introduced to Deepak Chopra (who has had a huge impact on my life, and was then invited to follow him into a room of people he was teaching, and got to sit and learn from him too, I remember thinking to myself “You would not be here if you had never taken that huge leap of faith to walk your own path”.
I understand there can be many times of stress when running a business, particularly around finances and thoughts about whether it’s a sustainable model. I certainly had experienced that myself. When I shook Deepak’s hand, I was so filled with love, and in that moment was FIERCELY reminded about why I am doing what I’m doing. That was a big AHA moment! It was a truly amazing experience and I am so grateful for those lessons. That certainly changed my life, and it keeps me humble, accountable and real. For me, it is not a journey of ego, but one contribution and authentically supporting myself and others.
How do you manage a work/life balance?
I maintain rituals and daily habits, such as getting up at the same time each day, meditating (I don’t look at my phone/social media/news before then) and walking outside to express my gratitude for another day of love, learning, laughter and life (I call them my 4 Ls!).
I then have breakfast and a shower before I turn on my computer.
I also make sure I never eat any meals in front of my computer as I believe in being present while eating. I end my day with more meditation and hugs with my dog!
I ensure I am eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, as I live with type 1 diabetes, so it’s important for me to honour that aspect.
It’s also important for me to switch off- so I ensure I go and have fun with friends as much as I am focused on my work.
What movie most inspires you in running your business?
It’s a tie between Jerry Maguire and Chocolat!
The best book to read before starting a business or when running a business?
For me, it was Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway– by Susan Jeffers
Your favourite inspiration/ motivation/ business quote?
“There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component… But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well-being, and peace of mind.” – Deepak Chopra
The 4 words that best describe your business?
Creative, Conscious Service and Change-making