Welcome to my new series, “Interviews with inspiring women“. You can find my first interview, with my mum, here. This second interview is with my coach, Jocelyne Clémençon. Jocelyne works full time and manages to also have an impressive “side hustle”, do karate and still be a very cheerful person! She has been a kind and encouraging influence in my life these past few months. I hope you too will enjoy what she has to say!
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Can you please give us a quick intro to who you are and what you do?
My name is Jocelyne Clémençon and I am 24 year old turtle mama from Switzerland. Beside my full time job in the office I am a life coach and graphic designer who helps women starting in business to stand out and feel comfortable in what they are doing.
Where are you currently based?
What are you passionate about?
Karate, turtles, sustainability, business, coaching, swimming.
What were you doing before you decided to start your own business?
I did a regular apprenticeship as a commercial employee and got bored really fast after the dual education. Then I applied for desktop publishing school and took an online course which led me into this whole business thing. I was also an avid reader and loved to play video games.
What inspired you to start your own business?
When I first started with this online course (B-School) I wasn’t really sure what business I should pursue. My English was very bad and this motivated me to keep going. To learn more, to connect with more people and improve my skills. I saw that there are so many possibilities in life and I won’t be happy working in the office my whole life.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I work from 7.30 to 5pm so after getting up on 6am, I usually eat some breakfast, scroll through social media and check my emails. After work, I train karate twice a week, do clients work, connect with people who are interested in essential oils or read a good book.
What is your favourite and least favourite thing about what you do?
My most favourite thing is that I connect with people world wide and I can train my English skills. But I hate that I spend so much time without earning a lot at the moment.
What is your definition of success?
Having financial freedom and feeling good after doing something.
What has been your biggest “pinch me” moment in your life so far?
Meeting my now boyfriend and kissing straight for 2 hours on our first date. Haha.
Haha awesome. What’s the biggest change you have made in your life?
I stepped out of my role of being this “numb” worker and started taking credit for my life. The biggest change was when I completed my life coaching studies.
Which achievement are you most proud of?
Graduating as a life coach and restarting my karate training after a six year break.
What is your next project?
Finding women who are passionate about starting their own business and guiding them.
What is your next big goal?
Starting to earn the same amount of money in my business as I am currently earning in my day job.
What food or fitness choices help you to be healthy?
I would say my karate training, swimming and biking. Whenever I eat a protein rich breakfast I stay more on track during the day.
Which habits or personality traits do you think have helped with your success so far?
At work I learnt to call clients / take on calls. Being a receptionist for over 4 years helped me not being afraid of having conversations. I think this brought me a long way.
How do you stay organised and productive?
I use Google Calendar and Asana.
What is the best advice you have received?
It is more of a quote from Snoopy: “One day we are all going to die Snoopy.” “Yes, but not all the other days.” This is one thing I am living after.
What is the worst advice you have received?
Stay in your day job, save and one day live the life you ever dreamt of.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
It has been only 4 years since I was 20, but I would tell her, that there are so many more possibilities than you can see now. Travel more! Invest your money in memories and do not buy what you think will bring you forward. Hard work will bring you forward.
Words to live by?
Life can slap you in the face, but as long as you slap back one more time, everything will be fine. “What if I fall? Oh darling, what if you fly?”
What’s the one concrete action step that readers could start doing to be happier / more successful in their life, after finishing reading this interview?
Start a list of all the things you always wanted to do and then start making a plan on how to achieve it. Life is too short!
What’s the number one book that you would recommend to others?
I have read so many, but I would recommend The One Thing by Gary Keller.
What are you currently reading?
Fifty Shades of Grey 2 (not guilty 😊).
What is your favourite book?
What app or website could you not live without?
What is your favourite social media platform?
Facebook because of the groups / Pinterest because of the endless knowledge.
Do you have a favourite podcast to listen to, or YouTube channel to watch?
The Melissa Ambrosini Show / Amy Landino and Marie Forleo on YouTube.
I need to check them out! Who is one thought leader that you follow?
Calvin Hollywood (German) and Melissa Ambrosini.
What’s the one change you think would improve the world?
When people finally realise they have the power within themselves to change their lives and they do not have to follow the corporate way like everyone else.
What small steps do you do, that contribute to making the world a better place?
I say hello and smile to as many people as possible. I always say thank you more than necessary.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If you could only watch one film or series for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Harry Potter / Community (series).
If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Phantom of the Opera.
What’s your favourite place you’ve travelled to?
The mountains in Switzerland / Bahamas.
Which places are on your travel bucket list?
Australia / Northern America / Scandinavia.
They’re all on my list too! What are you most excited for in spring?
That everything gets green again. My current move into the new apartment and being outside more.
What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I speak three languages almost fluently, I have been a half orphan all my life (my mother died when I was 7 months old), I broke my arms 4 times in 2 years.
Who would you recommend I interview for my next Interviews with Inspiring Women?
Melissa Ambrosini. 😉
If people are interested in connecting with you, or following what you’re up to, where should they find you?
www.jocelyneclemencon.com or www.instagram.com/jocelyne_clemencon or email@example.com is where you will be able to follow me or send a message.
- Check out Jocelyne’s website for insights and inspiration on how to reach your goals and be happier.
- Scroll back up and have a think about how you would respond to the questions.
- Apply Jocelyne’s advice and write a list of big things you want to do, then figure out the first baby steps to get started!