Thinking Happy – Jenny Strong – Australia
They say ‘change is as good as a holiday’. I believe this to be absolutely true although it is not without its challenges. However, I firmly believe a strong positive mindset, a ‘can do’ attitude and a great support network allows you to overcome most obstacles. My name is Jenny Strong and I would like to share my story.
It would be fair to say I grew up in a less than conventional household deep in the suburbs of Brisbane. 5 sisters including 2 sets of twins and a mere 5 year gap between eldest and youngest raised by a single (very hardworking and patient parent!!!). Our household was underpinned by trust (rather than rules- because let’s face it what parent can keep track of 6 active kids!), a focus on independence and a belief that anything and everything was possible if you worked hard enough. Our household was certainly not the richest in dollars however we were extraordinarily rich in our love and support of each other. We were raised to believe that the world was filled with amazing opportunities and that life was to be ‘lived’ with a sense of adventure and enthusiasm.
In my early 30s I met an amazing Canadian man who would change my life forever and we were married in 2013. Then in 2014 and 2015 our life dramatically changed. This started with some serious health concerns which I am happy to report, we successfully overcame. Shortly thereafter our beautiful daughter Thalia was born and we became parents for the first time. Whilst adapting to a dramatic lifestyle change (as any mum knows- the joys of round the clock feeding and nappies, feeding and nappies, feeding and nappies……..), my husband was offered and accepted a position in NSW. This role involved significant travel and time away from home. Within 2 weeks we had given up all that we knew, all our families and friends for life in the big smoke. In the background my career had progressed well. I had enjoyed 16 great years of employment with Macquarie Bank and had been promoted a number of times to Associate Director. My work is not just a ‘job’ for me, it is a career. It is something I do for myself, fills me with pride and it is an important part of my life. With my husbands relocation, Macquarie Bank kindly agreed to relocate me to our Sydney (head) office. In February 2016 I returned to work on a full time basis. This represented a steep learning curve and many new challenges for me in the sales arena and client management. The geographic landscape was foreign – I had no contacts, no profile and a 1 year old who remains top priority. In addition we faced the inevitable long bouts of illness as our baby entered daycare for the first time. Most mums would know what I am talking about!! It honestly felt like my little one and I were sick every other week.
The game changers for me have been a supportive employer who has given me wonderful support and true flexibility in my work environment. In addition, I have a strong personal philosophy that the difference between a good day and a bad day is my state of mind and that starts and stops with me. Positivity, energy and enthusiasm feels good and is infectious! It is great for me, great for the workplace and no coincidence has impacted my performance in a great way. I am a true believer in the power of ‘thinking happy’, coupled with great personal organisation and planning (we have the chalk boards and multiple schedules at home to prove it- plan to succeed as they say). I tell myself every morning that anything is possible and to keep on ‘dreaming, believing, creating and achieving’. It has been a challenging year however the most rewarding of my life and one that I will look back on fondly in years to come.
Dedicated to all the hard working mums out there.
Jenny Strong xx
About the Author
Jenny Strong brings energy and expertise to the table to help clients reach their goals as an Associate Director for Macquarie Business Banking.
When Jenny isn’t at Macquarie helping business owners and high net worth investors grow their wealth, she spends quality time with her supportive husband and her beautiful baby Thalia.
Inspiring Story | Jenny Strong | Australia
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