Women Inspiring Women: Jessie Chui

This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.

Profile: Jessie Chui

Tell us about yourself.

I am an artist, author, educator, mentor, entrepreneur and podcaster. As an artist, I make 3-dimensional floral objects with paper and paint.

What do you consider as your biggest achievement?

The highlight of my achievements to date is becoming an author of a book called Paper Flower Art (2019, GMC Publications).

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Follow your intuition and have no regrets.

How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?

Balance. One of the greatest struggles is to feel productive when you are also caring for two young children. I have had to change my expectations of what it means to be productive as a mother, an artist, and an entrepreneur. It’s simply impossible to have it all. You cannot be 100% mother and 100% entrepreneur at all times; if you try, you’ll fail at both. So, you carve out distinct times when you are 100% mother or 100% entrepreneur, and you take advantage of any help you can get, whether it is school, daycare, or the grandparents. My ability to be able to focus on my art/business during set times makes me an attentive mother when I am with my children. I also receive a ton of help from my husband, who not only pulls more than his weight of household chores, from cooking to cleaning to picking up and dropping off our 4-year old, but also respects my need to be creative and the requirements of a business owner.

What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?

Plan out your goals and set priorities. Big projects can be overwhelming when you don’t break things into manageable tasks. Setting priorities is paramount to success. If you don’t delineate important from trivial things, you’ll end up focusing your energies on the wrong things.

What are your top health hacks?

Schedule your yoga/gym/classes into your schedule, otherwise, it’s too easy to make excuses. Take opportunities to walk outside your office and breathe in some fresh air. Nature has a calming affect and walking helps wake you from the afternoon slump!

How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?

Set budgets and be realistically conservative about how much you can afford.

What’s your favorite fun activity?

Connecting and sharing stories with other female artists on the Clubhouse App.

Who are your female role models and why?

My mother, Anna, and my aunt, Katie. Both women have strong personalities and opinions. Both are feminists. They taught me how to navigate through life as a racialized female.

This month, we’re sharing inspiring women’s stories. Who inspires you? Leave their name and social media link in the comments below!

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