What Message Do You Think Every Woman Should Hear ?
With Jordan Jeppe
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Jordan Jeppe and I’m the founder and CEO of J.J. & Co Brand Management.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
Let’s see. As I’m answering these questions I have piano music playing in the background. Anything classical and melodical can put me in a certain headspace that allows my creativity to flow. It’s one of my guilty pleasures.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never get too comfortable. Because as soon as you’ve reached that state you’ve stopped learning and you cannot progress without continually gaining knowledge. That has stuck with me for a very long time.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Man.. that really hits home. I would probably tell myself… look, you’re about to have the roughest next 2 years of your life, but never doubt yourself. Wake up each day and love yourself. Then at the end of the day don’t forget to feel what you’re going through; don’t suppress the emotions, but allow yourself to feel it all. The roller coaster does come to a stop and you’ll get off safely.
What is your greatest fear?
I’m not afraid of much, but I have noticed since becoming an entrepreneur a specific fear has ignited within me. That is: the fear of being open to growth. As I’m sure other entrepreneurs can relate, our businesses are our babies! If there’s an issue all you have to blame is yourself, but when there are others involved you’re not only liable for them, but for their actions as well. I’m slowly learning in order to expand I have to be more open and trust that even though change is scary as hell, growth is only going to happen if you want it to.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Of course! I used to let it affect me and that would dictate a lot of my actions. Then I learned to take it and use it as motivation. Now anytime someone doubts me I make sure to work 10x harder. The leo in me says “yes please, go ahead and doubt me!”
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Know your worth. You allow people to treat you the way they do. Your energy, confidence and attitude is the currency that others will transact with.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
LA! What’s not to love about this city. One of the very first things I noticed living here was how driven everyone was. I love that no one has just one job and if you’re here you’re trying to make it somewhere. It’s an everyday hustle and I love that.
What do you love most about yourself?
I love how independent and strong I am. There were times growing up I’d have to sneak over to the neighbors to steal water from the outside faucet because ours was turned off or losing count of all the times we moved knowing that each move was from another eviction. All those negative experiences shaped me into the woman I am today and I would never take it back. I’m actually able to sit here and see the positive in them. I think that’s a characteristic of a strong soul.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
At the age of 16 I moved out with my 18 year old sister. We had our own house, she worked at the local bank to pay the bills and I continued to live a normal teenage life as much as I could, given the situation. I look back now and am grateful for this period, even though I was hurt, confused and angry, it marked a huge milestone in mine and my sisters life. We became closer than ever and I began my journey with finding myself.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
At the end of the day all you have is yourself. Once I realized I could only count on me and the power that came from providing my own happiness I became aware of all the negativity that was surrounding me. That I was allowing to inhibit my life! I thought because we’re family I have to put up with you or because we’ve been together for this amount of time it’s just “what I’m suppose to do,” but no! You have to take care of you. Keep only good energy around you, accept how others live their lives, move on, and do you. Family or not, you can only count on yourself.
Why do you love to travel?
I love the contrast traveling has on my everyday life. From the culture, food, people… It’s completely opposite of what I’m comfortable with and that’s what I love the most.
What motivates you most?
My will to live a prosperous life. We all have our own definitions of success, to me it’s the feeling of fulfillment measured in moments. I crave success for the feeling more than anything. When I am successful I am at my best with or without tangible items. And I say “moments” because you have success multiple times… over and over. Those moments are what motivate me.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Still trying to figure this out! Haha what I do allow is the mornings to myself before my clients start contacting me. I’ll workout, meditate and (try) not to touch my phone at least until 9am.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I’ve been meditating for the past few months now. I use to be that person that couldn’t “fully disconnect” or just didn’t have the time for it. I also never really believed in the power of meditation. If it wasn’t for a good friend I would have never even gotten into it. Once I began practicing through guided meditations I realized the impact it had. Now it’s a staple in my daily routine.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I listen to at least one podcast everyday, sometimes two. They all cover different topics as well. I like to diversify my streams of knowledge and podcasts are great for that! Some of my favorites are: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, The Joe Budden Podcast, TED Radio Hour, Oprah’s Master Class (Again, Oprah #womancrusheveryday) and The Goal Digger Podcast.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I would definitely be working within the sports industry. I studied sports marketing in business school and originally moved to LA with the intent to work for a franchise under their marketing department.
What is something on your bucket list?
To do something within the fashion industry. I love having the ability to change your look through styling! I’m not sure what exactly it will be… creating my own line, styling, designing… but I do know whatever it is it’s going to be dope!
Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
Is it too cliché to say everyday is an extraordinary experience? Haha that’s truly how I see life! Everyday is a different day in my world. I love that!
Where do you find inspiration?
I’m constantly around creatives which is inspiring within itself. Specifically, the music industry is booming with innovation and the use of the imagination so that is really influential in my work. Also, I still use Tumblr. No shame in my game.
What are your biggest passions?
Helping others, making a difference, learning, and spreading positivity.
More About Jordan
Originally from a small farming town in Eastern Oregon, Jordan is the founder and CEO of J.J. & Co Brand Management. She originally never aimed to be an entrepreneur, in fact totally avoided it while in business school at the University of Oregon. After 3 months into living in LA she realized she couldn’t escape the need for her services so she launched her own company. She takes on multiple brands, from artists and producers, to influential yogis and a podcast owner. Work is one of her biggest passions as she never really stops. If you catch her doing something else it’s either travelling or spending time with the people she loves. Ultimately, she aims to make an impact in this world and really is a force to be reckoned with!