I can’t keep my mouth shut about issues that I care about. I don’t even try anymore.
So “business Jessica” is the same as “friend Jessica” is the same as “church Jessica” is the same as “fundraiser Jessica” is the same as “mommy Jessica.”
I do what I do.
So I share scripture. I advocate in the community and express my views in social justice. I don’t shy away from doing business with friends and making friends in business. I bring up my toddler in professional conversation.
Part of why I went into business for myself was to create my ideal life, live into my calling from God, and provide for my family. No where in that motivation do I see a need or a reason to superficially separate my personal self from my professional.
And you know what’s funny? The more I put myself out there personally, the more people respond. The more I encourage others to put themselves out there more personally, the better results they get too.
So that is my encouragement and my challenge to you: put yourself out there! In whatever way that looks for you.
People don’t need a part of you. Just one side. An isolated component. A singular facet.
People need your full self. Whole identity. Integrated being. Complete human.
So don’t avoid certain conversations or shy away from saying what you really think or hide a part of who you are. Be you like only you can. Walk into the full freedom that God has called your restored whole person into!