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Balancing the Grind with Jenna Davies, Co-Founder of Big Uppetite

Jenna Davies is the co-founder of full-service digital marketing business Big Uppetite, and also the co-founder of Butter Up an e-commerce brand for locals to represent themselves.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

Currently I own three companies. I co-founded Big Uppetite this year with Jade Spooner in January and we are finalists in the Young Entrepreneurs Award. We are a full-service digital marketing business and my role here is a lead strategist/director, we have a team of 6 full-timers! In June 2021 I co-founded Butter Up an e-commerce brand for locals to represent themselves, community and good vibes are at our core. I also sell a 10-module course called the fitness business strategy for personal trainers to grow their online businesses. 

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

Usually up around 5-6am, journal, meditate and train, shower and start work. I work from home in my home office. I have client meetings and spend my days copywriting, I go for walks and listen to podcasts, and after work, I work some more on social media and my other 2 companies Butter Up and The FBS. I unwind around 6-7pm to cook dinner and try to head to bed by 10 pm.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance is dead to me. I’m all for work-life integration. I love what I do and every moment and person presents an opportunity. My purpose is freedom, my goal is to set others free to bring their vision to life. What it means to me is being present. We get so caught up in the future and stuck in the past that we forget the power of the present moment. Being present, silence and still is where the real money is made because this allows us to receive our best ideas. It’s very hard to achieve these 3 things when we are overworked.

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I stopped socialising during the week, it was a game changer. It gave me more time to myself and more time to recharge, heal and focus on the business and my health. I’ve gotten into meditating for 12 months now, meditation and journaling help me make decisions with clarity. 

5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

The 10X Rule changed my life. Anything by Ryan Holiday: Stillness Is the Key, The Obstacle Is the Way, and The E-Myth is a great read too. Podcasts: Startup Diaries, Big Uppetite and The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett.

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Elon Musk became the richest man on the planet and said so what. Someone with a family, friends, who is happy, healthy and changing humanity? 

7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Do it for love and for freedom, life is too short to build other people’s dreams and live the way we are conditioned to. 

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.