Jennifer Lynne Walker is part of the Counting Butterflies Wellness Tribe, offering her services as a Child and Family Therapist based out of Milton, Ontario. We are thrilled to be sharing Jennifer’s entrepreneurial journey and Success Story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
That’s a tough question, and one that I can’t narrow down into a simple one-word answer. Inspired is a beautiful word. Many things; experiences, friendships, opportunities, successes and struggles were woven together to inspire this new possibility. The thought of change, the desire for flexibility, and the cheers of a supportive family inspired the courage to go back to school, to pursue my passion, and to put it into practice.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
- I work with a partner I chose!
- I am more flexible and available as a mom.
- I wake up excited ‘to grow my hearts work’ – rather than just, ‘go to work.’
Can you describe a typical day?
No – no one day is like the next, and I LOVE that. Some days I meet clients in our beautiful downtown Milton office space. My clients are typically children, and our work is rooted in interactive play and conversation – that’s a pretty fun way to spend my day. Sometimes, I sit with parents over coffee and we navigate their stories and experiences of parenting together – that’s a true joy and a privilege for me. I might walk around te pond with a young client, or attend a meeting at their school, or treat a teen to Dairy Queen in an effort to meet clients where they are most comfortable.
If I’m being honest, there are also days that I stay home and write, read, email, post and dream – all from the comfort of my own home. Other times it might be time to walk around Milton dropping off new business cards, thank you notes or seasonal wishes to community partners. I love that I work around my own children’s activities while remaining accessible to the busy families I support with flexible ‘office hours.’ A session can take place over the phone, in the community, at a school or workplace or in our beautiful office. I love that I can meet my own families needs first, almost every day, while extending that same level of support and flexibility to the families in our community.