We had the good fortune of connecting with Jodi-Kay Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jodi-Kay, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Will Smith once shared a Rumi quote that said “set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames” and went on to add that the prerequisite for spending time with any person is that they feed your fire, that they fan your flame by nourishing and inspiring you. He also shared how he is always surrounded by people who support him, he’s always surrounded by people who fan his flame. We can do a quick check to see if we are surrounded by people who fan our flame or dim our light by checking the last five people we texted. Will Smith ended by reminding us that not everyone deserves to be around you and that you have to defend your light with your life. The way I see it, before I share my energy with someone in person or even via text or direct message, I like to ask myself if this person will fan my flame or dim my light. The single most important decision I’ve made that has contributed to my success is that I’m mindful of who I engage with. It’s easy for me to cut people off if it doesn’t feel in alignment. I’ve spent so many years staying with the wrong people or being in the wrong places. Now, I decide differently. This way, I’m able to curate not only the inner circle of people I engage with but my extended circle as well. I’m particular with whom and where I share my energy. I have big goals and dreams. If I’m shooting for the stars and don’t make it all the way the first time, I want to know that I can at least land amongst the sun and that wherever I land I have a solar system to fan my flame so I can keep aiming to reach higher. Whenever I end a Podcast episode or a YouTube video, I like to end with “keep shining your light”. I call the people in my audience little light beams. I want them to know that they have something really magical inside them, and it’s their responsibility to take care of it. There are people in this world who want to dim our light because they have forgotten how to shine their own, but we can’t let them. We have to show up, use our voice so we can expand our reach and share our magic and with the world.Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m the founder of Alignment Is The New Hustle, a business strategy and personal development brand helping entrepreneurs build profitable businesses in a soulful way so they can build a life and a business they love in a flow state. I’m a firm believer in mixing the woo with the do and that when your inner work meets your outer work you’re on your way to creating magic. The mission of Alignment Is The New Hustle is to empower entrepreneurs worldwide to create lucrative lives and businesses so they can grow their impact, reach, and income in a way that is unique to them. This business has definitely had its ups and downs but the greatest part about being able to help others reach their income goals, breakthrough limiting beliefs, and unlock a new level of possibility they didn’t know was possible before, is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. My level of clarity helps others gain a certain level of clarity and that starts an unstoppable momentum of people going out into the world to raise the collective frequency from which we all draw from. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that if something feels out of alignment, not to second guess it because it’s out of alignment. The most beautiful moments, profitable ideas, and brilliant people crossed my realm of awareness when I learned to trust my intuition. It’s honestly the best business partner I could ask for. There were times when I didn’t know if I would be able to make rent, pay my car note, and buy groceries. Sometimes I really had to choose. The challenges are always going to be there but how you choose to respond to those challenges will literally make or break you. Alignment Is The New Hustle isn’t just a brand I built, it’s a movement.Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a Dallas transplant, I’m a bit of a homebody unless someone says hey there’s this spot I want to take you to, or I’m working with a brand and they invite me for a meal or drink to snap a few pictures. A coffee spot I frequent however is Native Coffee, I’m a sucker for chill music and good energy, that place has both!Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m forever a student of my craft, I invest in my brain and read so many books that it’s hard to remember the exact thing I can attribute to the catalyst for my success. Except, there is this one quote. “Don’t get bitter, get better”. I saw it on Pinterest around the time my boyfriend of 9 years decided to call it quits on our already dying relationship. Looking back I’m just mad I didn’t have the guts to do it first. He was also my first boyfriend so, yikes, you know that one hurt. I remember getting the last of my items from his parent’s house. They always had the tv on in the living room which was right off the dining room, which also had a door that led out through the garage to the driveway. Right before I walked out that door for the last time I remember thinking to myself that they were going to wish they treated me better. It was a weird messy situation and I was the last to know that he had moved on to some other gal. I’m pretty sure this is the first thing I consciously manifested, so, I’ve always had an interest in acting and I wanted to be everywhere that they could see. I wanted to be on the news his parents watched, the tv shows they all tuned in to, and on billboards as they drove down highways. Not only that I wanted one of my poems to get selected for a publication since that was always one of my exes dreams, but it didn’t stop there. Not only did I not get bitter but I had the biggest glow up of all glow ups, mentally, physically, and spiritually I got better. This is so weird to even admit out loud but within a few years I became a signed model, ended up getting a few acting gigs on some pretty big shows, ended up on a billboard as a model for a local bank, then they ran an ad in the newspaper so I was all over town. I submitted a poem called “Love Struck Once”, it was super short. Like the hands of time, Love dances around a face That never gets tired Of watching two hands come together For a brief moment, Only to drift apart. Or something like that, I can’t remember it exactly that just kinda poured out of me. Yeah, clearly I was hurt and did what I do best which is to create. But guess what, those words got published in a poetry book! That first heartbreak made me realize I was a whole lot stronger than I had been led to believe all those years prior and that thoughts can become things. I didn’t stop there, I went on to build a business coaching empire that helps entrepreneurs from all around the world start, scale, and succeed in business. I guess Little Mix said it best, this is a shoutout to my ex. Hey, I made it, most importantly I made it without you. I can’t believe I ever thought I couldn’t.
Other: Podcast: https://anchor.fm/jodi-kay-edwards