A JOURNEY TO FIND BALANCE WITHIN ENTREPRENUERSHIP + MOMMYHOOD + HEALTH
“The time will pass anyway, you can either spend it creating the life you want, or spend it living the life you don’t want. The choice is yours.” -anonymous
I wouldn’t have my life any other way. A wife to Jamie, Mommy to Kailee & Kaiden, Photographer for 13 years, A life changing journey, An opportunity to help others to change their lives for the better. My life isn’t perfect… I’ve made MANY mistakes, but I wouldn’t change any of it because my story has made me who i am today. Our stories are powerful, and sharing them can be scary, because it puts everything out in the open, but it can also be freeing, because sometimes people need to see the imperfections, to know that they are not alone. I pray my story can help people find out who they are.
My Story. My Life. My Choices. .... Our Choices Make Us Who We Are.
In 2003 I graduated college from Arizona State University with a marketing degree, but the semester before I graduated I decided to do something crazy and start my own photography company. Not even out of college yet, and about to get married, I figured, why not now? So, I did it…. And it took off!
I’ve never held a “adult” job other than owning my own business, so I’m 100% an entrepreneur at heart. I LOVE working for myself and I’ve done well at it. I’m a WORKER though… one who stays up until the late hours and wakes up early because things have to get done… so early into my marriage, when it was just my hubby and I, I just worked… all the time…. And it paid off.
My photography company really did well. I was booking 30-40 weddings a year and working almost every weekend, sometimes I even had triple weddings (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). It was tiring, but I LOVED it. I was growing my business and having a blast doing it.
In 2008, I had my first child. WOW…. what a shock. Being a mom is like nothing I have ever experienced. The ups and downs, the emotions. Being a working mom is super difficult as well, and I struggled with the balance. I worked hard to be a good mom AND a good business owner, but I was gone away from my daughter while she was at school most days, plus most weekends and most evenings (with photoshoots)....it was wearing and hard....but I'm an entrepreneur and I pushed hard and made it work.
As my business was growing, I started to bring on associates, office managers, and I had my own studio. It was truly a dream come true but it for sure meant I worked a lot. I love this quote, because it's so true, "Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to AVOID working 40 hours a week. “ - Lori Greiner. For those of you who are working moms, you get this.... you are ALWAYS working.
In 2014 we had our 2nd child, a little boy…. but 2014 was a year that truly changed my life. My life got rocked hard that year and I realized that what I thought was a “dream” life, was really a life falling apart quickly. On the outside it looked like things were amazing, my business was going well, my family was growing, and on social media… it was all perfect. But in the background my life was a total and complete mess. Mentally I wasn’t well… all I did was work and “try” to be a good mom, but even with that I struggled. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all, so I wasn’t growing as a business person, a spiritual person, and I was the heaviest I’d ever been in my life. To top things off, my husband and I were not doing well… it was to the point where we were at a crossroads of if we were going to succeed in this marriage or not… and we both had to choose what we wanted, and commit
FITNESS & HEALTH
So, I made a choice that my family and my health had to become more of a priority, and in order for me to succeed as an Entrepreneur, I had to figure out who I was. This meant taking time for ME and personally developing myself in EVERY aspect of my life. Things HAD to change.
That year I created boundaries in my business, and I made sure that I made my health and family priority. I cut back on weddings and portrait sessions, and set time aside for my health and fitness (I had a LOT of changes to make). Thankfully, it paid off, and within about a year I had lost 85 pounds and my life was completely changed. I had learned how to eat healthy, how to workout, how to be disciplined. I spent time with my husband and growing our relationship, and I spent time with my kids.
Many people started asking me what I was doing and could see a huge change in me, so I decided to help as many people as I could. The changes I had made were life changing, and I wanted others to have that as well... I was in LOVE with helping other people figure out how they could change their lives as well and start their own journey to a healthier life. So in 2016, my husband and I started a new business called TEAM JARMAN, which was truly geared toward helping others in their fitness. We focus on couples and families, and anyone who wants to see a change. The amount of lives we have seen changed for the better is humbling... marriages better, women’s confidences changing, and people learning how to make this a lifestyle, instead of a diet, it is insane. It makes me happy….. So happy, in fact that I realized that I needed to do more.
In 2016 we made a choice… a hard choice… a choice that truly changed our lives. We decided that I needed to step away from photography for awhile and take a “sabbatical”. Photography was all I’d ever known, and it while I loved it (and still do), it was consuming every aspect of my life and not allowing me to find balance in what I wanted in my life. We decided that I would focus more on helping others in their fitness and health, as well as inspiring others to find balance in what truly makes them happy.
To leave photography has been hard, but also freeing. But, I have taken time to listen to what God wants me to do, and I’ve learned that his heart is for me to help others find more balance. To help ENTREPRENEURIAL focused moms learn how to LOVE what they do, love their kids, and find a way to also be healthy mentally and physically. It’s about finding balance in what you love and what your mind and body need, so that you can be the best you.
So, in 2017, I’ve rebranded myself (Kimberly Jarman) to not just be about photography, but to be about Inspiring Balance in Entrepreneurship + Mommyhood + Health. My heart is to help others see how they can find balance in all of this.. It’s not easy, and it might take some early mornings, hard work, and tears, but in the end, it’s worth it. I promise!
A Glimpse INTO MY PERSONAL JOURNEY
A journey that changed my life forever. In 2004 I was the “skinniest” in my life. Not necessarily in shape, but skinny. When I got married and started working 70+ hours a week to get my photography business going, I stopped caring for myself and slowly gained weight. After my first daughter I struggled to loose the weight, and after multiple times of trying, I felt so defeated that I just gave up. With the birth of my son in 2014, I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life. Fighting PPD, and some personal things in my husbands and my relationship, I decided things had to change. I had to make a HUGE change to my health and do things right. In order for me to survive mentally, though all of what I was going through, I had to get my physical body and my mind in shape.
I found my why, and dove in head first… I haven’t looked back.
Once I figured out HOW to do it, I accomplished my goal of loosing 85 pounds and have still maintained keeping it off. Leading others, and showing them that they can also make this a reality, is my new passion.