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: Jill Koziol
Tell us about yourself.
I’m CEO of Motherly, a wellbeing destination empowering mothers to thrive.
What do you consider as your biggest achievement?
While raising my daughters is my biggest, most important role, I don’t consider them an achievement. I’ve spent the last six years growing Motherly to be the impactful platform it is today and I’m so incredibly proud of what our team has built. 30M mothers lean on Motherly each month to live their best lives as women and mothers. It’s a great honor that I’m grateful for and proud of, every day.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Slow down. I was always rushing through milestones, racing against myself, armed with a whole book of “shoulds” that ultimately just got in my way. I wasn’t still enough to listen to my truth and find my inner power. And I think of all the time and energy I wasted so I’d tell my 18-year-old self to slow down and listen to my heart to lead me.
How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?
I believe passion + persistence are the keys to success so I try to nurture both on a daily basis. I connect to Motherly’s mission to empower mothers to thrive daily by reading our connect and reviewing our audience’s response to it. Seeing how much they appreciate our work keeps me passionate and motivated. On the persistence side, I’m grinder work-wise, critical to running a start-up but I plan my schedule out, often weeks in advance, and carve out time to workout and have family time to ensure I don’t burn out.
What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?
Compartmentalize. I was a strategy consultant for a dozen years before launching Motherly and with many clients, I learned the skill of compartmentalizing. As a start-up CEO, I’m constantly jumping from one challenge to another and the ability to compartmentalize each task + challenge so I can give the next my full attention helps keep me focused and grounded.
What are your top health hacks?
I live by my calendar so scheduling workouts weeks in advance is key. I also find blocking time to be outside a bit each day helps keep my cortisol lower and a weekly lunch delivery program ensures I have healthy lunch options available to fuel me.
How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?
My husband and I are both ambitious and driven. And having young children is very demanding requiring we be strong partners to ensure they are prioritized as well as our careers and financial security. For us that means taking turns – it’s a constantly evolving balance but we purposefully prioritize one career over another at times to ensure we optimize for our family’s financial wellness.
What’s your favorite fun activity?
Our family moved to Park City, UT last summer and while I’m loving getting to ski as a local it’s the hiking I really love. I enjoy connecting with nature, spending time with friends, and introducing my daughters to all the wonders Utah has to offer.
Who are your female role models and why?
My great-grandmother has always been an icon inspiring me for as long as I can remember—she was a girlboss in the 1950s running a publicly-traded company behind the scenes before it was acceptable for women to be CEOs.
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