This week, we are featuring Jeanne Verger as our Wide Awake Woman.
my Instagram news feed that day I came upon her page. A click to a click to another click led me to her. (We all know how that goes!) I landed at her website and I knew at that moment, I needed to know her and introduce her to all of you!
Here is Jeanne Verger's, owner of Jeanne Verger, Elegant, Empowering Jewelry, story. Inspiring indeed.
Tell us a bit about you:
For the past 10 years I have worked as an advertising and creative director at Warner Bros Records and for a full-service advertising agency. I loved every minute of my advertising career but a few years ago I started on my journey to inner well-being and my spiritual path. I unlocked many doors that I had never opened in my life up until that moment. My desires in life shifted and that little girl who loved being the creative designer showed up and was ready to express herself within my heart as an adult. I listened and took the scariest leap of my life. I left the title and security of being a creative director for other brands and devoted my creative expression to share what I stand for in my life…which is love, self-expression, inspiration, seeing the beauty and potential of others, and serving as a reflection for their own transformation
What was the catalyst to Your Wide Awakening?
About 6 years ago, I started to ask the deeper questions in life, like what is my purpose, how am I showing up in the world and are there deeper layers to who I think I am? Once these questions started, they never stopped. In 2006 I was introduced to an amazing Master’s Degree program for Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. In this program I was able to awaken a part of me that I had not yet discovered. A part that was more interested in uncovering my gifts, talents and loving heart while unlearning conditioned ways of viewing the world. I blossomed in this 2-year program and it was the greatest gift I have ever given myself.
I believe everything happens for a reason. Each path we choose, each path we don’t choose… they all take us to our learning lessons, our life’s curriculum. The moment I started to ask the deeper questions of life, my life changed. It took me many years of unlearning old ways of being and replaced them with updated more empowering thoughts and views that gave me a new purpose in life. By knowing who I am, trusting my truth and staying open to taking a risk, I understand that life is all about the journey and not about the outcome. If I did not take the time in my life to do the inner work, my creativity would not have had a safe place to be developed and my jewelry business would not have been born.
How did you go from thinking with your heart and not your head?
My first thought to this question is that I have learned the art of taking personal response-ability for my thoughts, actions and words. I make a conscious choice everyday to live from my heart and to let go of negative energy right away. By understanding that everyone is this world is doing the best they know how to do, I can have compassion for how each person in my life shows up. When I do start to feel the energy of either fear, being accused, personally attacked etc….before I react, I take a deep breath, try to separate my emotional feelings and see the facts of what is going on. Once I am able to drop my emotional charge, I then approach the situation from a balanced and solution-based place in my heart.
What tools, spiritual and/or practical do you use daily to continue living a miraculous, authentic life?
A few tools that I use in my everyday life are heart-centered listening, not taking things personal, trusting my voice and that what I have to say and express is vaild and important and seeing the loving essence in all. When I use these tools daily, my day unfold with grace and openness.
I have a beautiful morning spiritual practice where I wake up at 5:30am, I make myself a hot cup of ginger tea (sometimes I indulge with a cup of coffee) and I have a combo of practices. I start with a 15 min meditation which then leads into chanting the Maha Mantra on my harmonium, which then leads into writing in my journal and then I read a few pages from a spiritual book of choice. Sometimes I will also start my day with a few Sun Salutations and yoga poses when I am not going to the gym that day.
By having this consistent morning practice, I start my day connecting to spirit, my highest self, my body, breath and soul. I then am filled up to go out into the world and share my heart with everyone I encounter.
How do you deal with stress?
I handle stress in my life by eating healthy food, doing yoga, meditating, stopping many times during the day to take a deep breath, keep my thoughts pure and positive, spending quality time with friends and family and always following my heart and intuition. When all these factors are in full expression in my life, stress just does not have room to fit in and if it does, it only lasts for a short sec.
What is your favorite quote?
“Peace comes from within. Do not see it without.” – Buddha
I love this quote because it always reminds me to go within to resolve all challenges and find my inner guru.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I choose to be remembered for the way I shared my love and inspiration with others by setting an example of living love in all I do, to be remembered for my playful and light-filled spirit and to be remembered for creativity and heart-filled endeavors.
What role does your jewelry play in the spiritual lives of those who purchase and wear your pieces?
The juiciness of life lives in the present moment and when we keep our thoughts positive we can create from a more grounded and powerful place in life. By wearing my empowering jewelry, you are reminded that you can attract anything your heart desires by holding a positive vision through repeating a daily affirmation. When faced with decisions, challenges or negative situations, touch or hold your necklace and feel the healing properties of the gemstones combined with your personal affirmation, knowing that you have the strength to move forward with grace and ease.
My mission is to support and celebrate your life through jewelry designed with positive intention that serves as an anchor to remind yourself that you are living your highest self-expression and purpose in life.
Just love it! Her intentions are straight from the heart!
Her heart is so open that Jeanne is giving away a Happy Buddha Bracelet to one lucky Your Wide Awakening Reader! Buddha’ means ‘Awakened One’ - By wearing the Buddha it is a reminder of our own inner path to enlightenment. Tiger’s Eye is the perfect gemstone to assist in clear vision, seeing the world more perceptively. Wear these two together and you will rock your spiritual path with clarity, love and openness.
Size fits wrists 6.5” – 7”
To enter, please follow Jeanne's Instagram page and/or Facebook page as well as leaving a comment below as to why you would like to win a Happy Buddha Bracelet! On Friday, we will be announcing the winner on Your Wide Awakening's Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled!
Look forward to hearing your responses.
Love & Light,