We had the good fortune of connecting with Sheila Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sheila, as a parent, what have you done for your children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important thing I’ve done as a parent and stepparent in terms of impact on my children is to love them first and foremost, and then demonstrate perseverance in the face of hard times and setbacks. I believe they really need both to grow and learn how to navigate real-world stuff. So, I’ve done the best I’ve known how along the way to be present in their lives and made it a point to (1) embrace who they are as individuals, (2) listen to them and learn from their perspective and (3) foster skills that help them steer through life, mitigate stress rather than run from it, and reach their desired goals.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Emergewell & Co (ECo) is an education company with a special focus on relationship-driven care that helps freedom-driven women outsmart stress and make peace with burnout, food, and hormones. Through my own health challenges and work as a board-certified holistic health practitioner who advocates for women’s well-being and hormone literacy, ECo was founded out of necessity.

Women’s bodies, our hormones, the invisible driving forces of all women’s (and men’s) lives, and the growing list of chronic autoimmune conditions associated with hormone imbalances, are routinely dismissed by allopathic medicine. Sadly, too often women’s voices aren’t heard within the standard American medical community, and our body-mind and spirit are the hardest hit.

It took a long misadventure within the allopathic model, a damaging hormone deficiency, and a high mortality health crisis called an Acute Addisonian Crisis to illuminate this reality. It keeps proving accurate as more and more women find their way to my boutique practice with their own stories of hormone imbalances,​increasing symptomatology, and autoimmune disease.

So, ECo aims to be part of the new paradigm that offers relevant education, accessible resources, and virtual well-care services that sustain women’s optimal health through the absence of metabolic dysfunction and tangible relief of chronic disease. Hormone literacy is the name of the game. The guiding essence of the company is that there is no such thing as a universal “normal” when it comes to our bodies, how we function, and creating lifelong health and well-being.

I got to where I am today by what some might call diverse career experience. I’ve spent almost three decades in leadership roles within three different industries: healthcare, logistics, and construction. The diverse experience sets me apart from others. I hadn’t always been able to see that diversity as advantageous. Today, I know better. What I know is that it took a fair amount of courage, spirit, and determination to pull up my career roots when I was a single mom and professional woman who had only known a career in practice management and a business world filled with doctors and patients, step into an all-new culture, and create long-standing multi-million-dollar operating companies. It’s been more so rewarding than not. But the times it was not, those were not easy at all.

It’s not sexy, but I had to overcome people-pleasing, maybe better said as I had to overcome approval seeking. I had to liberate myself from the opinions of others – that’s was the challenge. Approval seeking is a joy killer. It is something I’ve learned that is, especially common for women. It’s a behavior that nobody really wants to talk about but has emerged as very common in my research and my personal work with women of all ages.

I’ve gotten to where I am today because I have not shied away from stress, tough conversations, or difficult people. Instead, I’ve embraced it and acknowledge the ongoing importance of making room for stress in my life because we inevitably will all face problems that we had not planned for, thought of, or imagined.

What I want to share is what I learned (the hard way being sick and symptomatic) so others won’t have to – hormones are life-sustaining. Whether my desire is to function better than the boys in a boardroom, fit into my favorite jeans, or feel good in the bedroom with my husband, I must attend to women’s hormone health and sexual wellness.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

My favorite way to start, day one (or any day) with a best friend is with a bike ride or a long walk along the Trinity Trails. I’d have made brunch reservations for us at one of three places, Mash’d off Crockett St. in Fort Worth, Press Cafe, or we’d end up at Ascension Coffee along the trail. The people-watching is fun. These places have an upbeat vibe, nutritious and delicious food options, and outside seating – which I prefer when the weather allows for it.

A best friend of mine is going to enjoy a little retail relaxation so on day two we will have to go to University Park Village for some shopping and pair it with lunch at Pacific Table.

On day three we’d catch a functional workout at F45 Waterside. That evening we’d stroll through Sundance Square and depending on what’s showing at Bass Hall we may land there.

The Stockyards is full of Cowboy tradition and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honor the extraordinary American West women so we’d have to visit both during her stay.

I’ve not done the Fort Worth Segway tour (yet) so this could be something new and fun for us to fit in at the beginning or end of her stay.

Besides that, we’d be hitting up Whole Food Waterside, cooking in-house, and hanging out poolside at La Case Jackson, with family, friends, and our six dogs – Zoe, Zane, Zeus, Hammer, Haylee, and Howard.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My success is certainly the result of a combination of efforts from those family, friends, mentors, guides, and healers who have poured into my life over the years. However, there is most certainly one person who has had the greatest impact – my husband, Joe.

Joe, I especially want to thank you for your constant love, support, and sense of humor. I am eternally grateful for your steadfast influence in my life.

Website: https://emergewellco.com/

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