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Now What?

As of November 9, 2020, I have been tracking my food for 365 days.  “Why”, you may wonder?  “So what”, you may be thinking.  “What does tracking your food even mean?”. I had all of these questions too, before I began.  Today’s blog is going to answer those questions and more.   I am no stranger to monitoring my food intake, keeping a diary of what I eat or even tracking my macros.  Maybe you have tried one or two of these, as well.  I have done all of those...

Values (part 2)

This is a continuation of my blog, “Values (part 1)”.  If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, please do so here before continuing on.   You may have discovered that identifying the things that are important to you isn’t very difficult, but pairing that list with the intent of identifying your core values, the three-ish values that identify who you are at your core, isn’t very easy at all.  That’s ok!  As I previously mentioned, it often takes time to really feel confident in the values you...

Values (part 1)

Often times, when working with clients, one of the first exercises we navigate together is a Values Assessment, which ultimately leads to the identification of their core values.  This is not something that happens in an hour or even over the course of a week.  However, taking the time to begin exploring who you are deep down into your soul, is worth it.  Not only is it important for the individual to know what their core values are, it is also helpful for me as their coach.  If...

How Long Have You Been a Life Coach?

I get asked quite often how long I’ve been a Life Coach.  To be honest, I’m not really sure how to answer that question. I guess the technical answer would be since February 2018, when I completed my Life Coaching Certification. But it seems to me like it would be more than fair to say at least since 2008, which is a whole 10 years earlier (and that’s being conservative)!   I’m sure most of you know that I served in the Army for almost 21 years.  I’m also sure...

Gold Star Families Remembrance Week

Did you know that September 20 – 26th , 2020 has been designated as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week?  It is a week to honor the families of fallen service members who were left behind after their hero paid the ultimate sacrifice.  This week brings up so many big emotions and memories as I think back to that day and the many weeks, months and years that have followed. On June 24, 2010, I vowed to do any and everything I could to honor Eddie’s sacrifice and keep his...

Apology Letter to Military Spouses

Dear Military Spouses, I have never been one to shy away from admitting when I am wrong.  Well at least not since I have been a bit more of a seasoned adult, if you will.  I am writing this letter to apologize to every single military spouse out there.  For many, many years I placed tremendous judgement on military spouses.  And as embarrassed as I am about those judgements (because they were unfair and completely wrong), I believe writing this letter holds a lot of value, not only because...

You’re In School AGAIN?

I mentioned in my last blog, “Has It Really Been Over 18 Months?”, that in 2019 I began studying to become a yoga teacher and upon graduation in early 2020, I began teaching Yoga.  What I didn’t mention was how much practicing, studying and teaching Yoga has changed my life.  For the better. I suppose I should probably start with my Yoga hOME, Life Moves Yoga, because after I had the “aha moment” that I shared in my previous blog, I immediately began researching studios here in Central Texas.  It...

Retired, 42 Years Old and Pregnant: The 1st Trimester

In my last blog, over two months ago, I talked briefly about where I had been and what I have been up to, with every intention on regaining momentum specific to writing more.  My plan was (and still is) to focus my blogs on two major areas: my pregnancy and post-partum journey and topics specific to you - professional women who juggle too much and helping you find balance and joy.  Well here I am, yet again, a few months later and I honestly don’t know where the...