Hey Pretty Ladies!
Say hello to this inspiring lady and June’s Pretty Boss Lady of The Month, Jessica Massey!
If you are unfamiliar with our Pretty Boss Lady of The Month campaign, it is an ongoing campaign where each month, we feature a different #prettybosslady. A #prettybosslady is someone who is recognized as a go-getter, passionate, and successful in her career goals while still also staying true to herself and kind to others.
Jessica is the definition of a Pretty Boss Lady. She runs multiple businesses, works for her family business, AND a grad student. She is an inspiration to all of us. We don’t know many people who have as much as she does on her plate and can excuse it as flawlessly as she does.
Jessica’s bubbly personality leaves an impression on everyone she meets. She is kind, inspiring, genuine, and loves to lend a helping hand. Anyone would be lucky to have her as a friend!
We asked Jessica some questions to learn more about her aspirations, how she got where she is today and advice for other woman who would like to pursue a similar path. See what Jess had to say below!!
CPT/Owner of Glisten Fit, Speech-Language Pathologist To-Be
1. First off, we are so excited to have you as this month’s #prettybosslady! Understanding you’re a “jill-of-all-trades” kind of girl, can you give us some insight into the multiple jobs you have?
I’m so honored to share my journey on Paid & Pretty – I love what y’all are doing here!
Okay so…my jobs. I’m currently a full-time student…I would say that takes up the majority of my time right now. I’m taking 5 classes at the University of South Florida, and I just graduated with my second bachelor’s degree this past May. I’ll be starting a Speech-Language Pathology graduate program at Florida State University in the Fall…I’m so excited!
I also own my own business, Glisten Fit, a personal training company geared toward helping women love the bodies they’re in while striving to reach the bodies they want. I’m an online personal trainer which seems like a weird concept to a lot of people. I communicate with my clients via email and video – it’s actually a really cool gig.
And then my third job – I do the billing for my family’s commerical A/C company. I also run a lifestyle blog called Lovely Little Things, which is mostly my creative outlet. I have a really full plate, but thankfully my jobs can be done remotely!
2.What kind of education and skills are needed to do what you do?
Which part? Haha!
So my first bachelor’s degree is in Mass Communications/Public Relations and the skills I learned from that really helped me kickstart my social media-based fitness business. But I wouldn’t say a degree is required for that job by any means.
You honestly don’t even HAVE to be certified to be an online personal trainer, but when potential clients are looking to hire a trainer to work with, they usually look for legit credentials. I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, Youth Exercise Specialist, and Senior Fitness Specialist.
Over the years, I’ve learned that fitness is more of a hobby of mine than something that I wanted to pursue as a career, so I decided to go back to school to pursue a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in order to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (more commonly referred to as a Speech Therapist). I think it differs for each state, but in Florida, you have to have a master’s degree to be an SLP.
3.What is your absolute favorite part about what you do?
I am NEVER bored. Ever. Probably because I don’t have time to be, haha! I also love how many people I come into contact with each day. With my hands being in so many buckets, so to speak, I have the opportunity to build relationships with all kinds of different people.
It has really forced me out of my own little bubble and allowed me to see just how diverse we are as a society. I’m a big believer that diversity should be celebrated, and with everything that I have going on, I get to meet so many wonderful people who are all on such different walks of life. It’s humbling.
4.What obstacles, if any, have you encountered along the way and how did you overcome them?
The biggest obstacle I’ve had to face is figuring out how to balance all of my responsibilties while simultaneously maintaining and growing important relationships in my life. It’s TOUGH and to be honest, I still haven’t mastered it, but I’m getting better as time goes on.
I’m very goal-oriented/driven and I am borderline addicted to “the grind” so I have to really make an appoint to set work aside and make it a priority to spend quality time with my husband, family, and friends. Bless their souls, because they are all SO supportive and proud of everything that I have going on and they all work with my chaotic schedule. I wouldn’t be able to survive it all without them, honestly.
5. Any other special projects in the works? Or anything you are excited about coming up in the future?
Well I already mentioned that I start grad school at FSU in the Fall! I would say that’s what I’m most excited about! I’ll be doing a part-time program so that I can continue working while I’m in school (told ya – addicted to the grind). When I graduate in a few years, I’ll be working as a pediatric speech-language pathologist who practices animal assisted therapy. The goal is to have a facility dog who participates in my clients’ therapy sessions. I currently intern with an SLP who does animal assisted therapy and it is absolutely incredible!
Oh and I almost forgot – since I have 3 months off of school this summer, I’ll be taking a few local in-person clients to train. It’s been a little over a year since I’ve done any in-person training, but I can’t wait to get back to it for a little while. I figured that would be a good way to spend some of my time off since my husband and I plan on buying our first home next year!
6. What advice do you have for other #prettybossladies out there who are looking to pursue a similar career?
Be prepared to make social sacrifices and don’t expect everything to go according to plan all the time. I’ve learned to be super flexible about the methods that I use to reach my goals…sometimes I have to ditch certain paths that I thought would get closer to where I want to be, but I never ditch the actual goals. And last thing – stay in your own lane. Don’t worry about what this person or that person is doing over there. Keep your head down, work hard, and put all of your energy into making it happen, girlfriend!
To follow Jessica’s journey, GO FOLLOW HER (& both accounts). You will not regret it. 🙂
for fitspo and workouts – @glistenfit
for her lifestyle blog – @lovelylittlethings.jess
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