We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Gafford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
As a parent who shares custody I have found it really important to give children the necessary tools to think for themselves. When children live in two homes there may be situations where they don’t feel heard or understood by one parent. As a healthy parent it’s essential to teach our children to ask themselves questions to determine how they feel about something or how they are being treated versus telling them how to feel. This gives them agency to pinpoint true feelings and live authentically as opposed to conditioned thinking and being told what their emotions should be. Parenting is an awesome responsibility and providing our children the foundation to be secure in who they are, to trust their gut instinct and have emotional intelligence will have a long term positive impact on them and others they meet.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have been coaching men and women for seven years that have endured high conflict relationships or marriages that have ended in divorce. These folks have endured a specific type of abuse due to partners having narcissistic personality disorder. I’m extremely proud of the men and women I’ve supported in healing after suffering from narcissistic abuse as these people typically have to rebuild their lives which includes recovering emotionally, financially and often dealing with the frustration of co-parenting and child custody. It’s certainly not always been easy as initially in this journey of giving others support meant also walking my own recovery path. As I’ve grown and gained insight into abuse, trauma and recovery I have been blessed to share what I’ve learned with others. One of the most important things about my brand is that I tell everyone they deserve to live a life of peace and to thrive. Thriving is showing up as our highest selves in life which is vital and means being good to ourselves, honoring ourselves and what we need, to radiate self love and compassion.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Dallas Fort Worth is a combination of two really vibrant cities with their own unique personalities. To have someone visit would entail showing them the best of both in what they have to offer. For Dallas I would take them to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to stroll the beautiful grounds and enjoy the lovely plantings they have. It wouldn’t be complete without picture taking and people watching. Visiting the Dallas Museum of Art would also be on my list of must do. Afterwards probably dinner at Gloria’s or Blue Mesa. If it’s a beautiful night it would be tempting to go to the Belmont Hotel, have a drink and sit on the patio overlooking the city and enjoy the view. In Fort Worth one of my favorite spots to eat is Hoffbrau Steak & Grill, I always get the Brau chips. Fort Worth has it’s pick of art and culture and some of my favorite spots are The Amon Carter Museum,The Fort Worth Stockyards (love their St. Patrick’s Day parade) and Sundance Square to grab some ice cream. The weather may not always cooperate as it’s known to change on a whim but when it’s nice there are so many opportunities for fun.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My biggest supporter by far has been my mom, she is such a genuine and encouraging person.