Jennifer Chandler

State Farm- Sale Leader for Central Montana

How can women help each other in business?
Be a mentor, a friend, a coach, a leader, a shoulder to cry on and a little kick in the *ss when needed. I have been blessed to have great bosses, leaders and mentors in my life but it wasn’t until I asked a woman I greatly admired to be my mentor that I really found that “thing” missing in my business life. I thought that I needed to be “like a man” to be successful. She helped me realize that I just needed to be ME. It was the beginning of my journey and a jumping off point in my career.

What are you passionate about?
FUN. We are on this earth for a long time (hopefully) and we touch a lot of people during that time. If we aren’t having fun doing what we do, at work and at home, what is the point? Living life unhappy, bored, with no adventures, no changes or challenges means we don’t get the opportunity to grow and learn as a person. Growth and learning is not easy but it’s rewarding and fun. If your a parent think about when your kid was learning to walk. Hard work, lots of falls and false starts. Oh but when they get it …FUN! Smiles and high-5, treats and hugs all around. I believe that should not change as we age so I am passionate about helping others find their FUN in life.

How do you “live your values?”
This one I could not have answered without the help of my son. One day we were driving to the store and discussing what we loved about each other and my husband/his dad. When we got to me he said two things “joyful and selfless”. I almost cried and wrecked the car. I asked him why he thought that. “You always put others first and your always smiling, laughing and making jokes Mom.” Outta the mouths of babes…doesn’t get more obvious then than.

What can’t you stop talking about?
Running, eating healthy (most days anyway), my family and my new mission to work on getting comfortable with being vulnerable and authentically ME. I lost “perfect” last year due to some pretty overwhelming medical experiences in our family and finally had the realization that the only person I was fooling was myself. Oh and wine…I love wine(in moderation of course because of the healthy comment earlier).

What would be impossible for you to give up?
Easy- I could not give up on myself. I believe that by getting up every time you get knocked down and knowing that your stronger, smarter, better and braver because of it makes all the difference in the world. Not just for me but for those around me. That faith to “just keep swimming” and knowing I’ll find my future and be an inspiration to others to do the same is what I could never live without.

How do you want to be remembered?
First and foremost an awesomely cool, exceptionally loving and ridiculously fun Mom, Nana (one day) and Wife. After that I want nothing more then to be remembered as someone who always did their best to impact those around them in a positive way which is something different for everyone we come in contact with. Also as a little goofy…goofy is good.

What inspires you in your business?
Seeing someone I believe in finally believe in themselves the way I believe in them. When that switch flips I know we’ve just hit the launching pad to a life they’ve only ever dreamed of. So cool.

Name a time that you felt you were incredibly brave?
Yeah honestly that’s pretty much every day. We all have history that has shaped who we are today. Some of us fight each day to be brave enough to crawl out of bed and get going. As much as see myself as a optimist and someone who loves life and all it offers, I still fight those memories of the past that want to hold me back. Being brave enough to get up and get going each day, to overcome them instead of letting them overtake me, is all the bravery I’ll need to have the life I dream of.

How do you accomplish goals?
Basically failure is not an option. Not that I don’t fail…I fail A LOT. But I just get up, dust myself off, say “well that sucked” and then go again. It’s never proven to be a bad way to go about it in the past, think I’ll stick with it.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give the child version of yourself?
Just be you Jen. In your quest for “perfect” you’ll lose yourself so just be YOU.