Kira Jean is the first and foremost spiritual activist and story-teller. She writes and speaks on topics such as leadership, spirituality, entrepreneurship, personal growth, relationships, balance, and creativity. She is the founder of The Dreamwork Collective, a self-publishing consultancy company that supports people in publishing their work and sharing their wisdom with the world. I also mentor creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries on how to live and lead from within.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR CAREER, WHERE DID THE ADVENTURE START? HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO FOLLOW THIS CAREER PATH?
As I look back now, I honestly believe this career path started for me in childhood. I have always known I was born to create something powerful in the world and be a force for good and positive change. As an adolescent, I was always the kid wanting to speak up on social and human rights, I loved acting and story-telling, and I have been writing and journaling since I was six years old. I took a detour into psychology, as my interest in human potential grew, and ended up spending four years working with children on the spectrum of Autism. It was through my work with the children that I started to learn about the power of energy, mindfulness, and grounding, which lead me into studying eastern modalities of creating health and healing in the mind, body, and soul. Along the way, I became a yoga teacher, life coach, and a self-published author. Going through my own self-publishing journey showed me just how little support or knowledge there was on self-publishing in the Gulf Region. I had published my work after my childhood best friend, a very gifted writer, had passed away with many of her brilliant works locked up in her laptop never to be published. It pushed me to act fast and share my wisdom with the world. I continued to see so many other people with a powerful message and mission caught in fear not getting their dream work out there, so I launched The Dreamwork Collective to provide a platform for all soul-driven writers in the Middle East to get their work out into the world, and fast!
TELL US ABOUT AN ACCOLADE OF YOU’VE ACHIEVED THAT YOU MOST PROUD?
To be honest, accolades don’t mean near as much to me and hearing someone say the words “you’ve changed my life.” My clients and community are everything to me and knowing I’m supporting them in living a successful and soulful life are what makes me most proud.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL ROLE MODELS YOU LOOK UP TO FOR INSPIRATION?
I have many role models, and I greatly believe in investing in mentors for both business and life. Currently, I have three mentors, one for my business and life, and two others for my spiritual growth. My greatest role model is my husband though. He’s good at all the things I’m not so good at, like setting boundaries, unwavering commitment to things he says he will do, and taking time to rest and recharge.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST HURDLE YOU’VE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR SECTOR?
This biggest hurdle is personal development being considered a “nice to have” not a “need to have.” The majority of people view personal development as unnecessary or self-indulgent in some way. So it’s an ongoing process of educating people that personal growth is not something you do when things get bad or when you have time, but it’s something you do daily and is just as important as a healthy diet, a stable income, and a roof over your head.
HOW DO YOU FIND THAT PERFECT WORK/FAMILY BALANCE?
I don’t believe there is a perfect work/family balance, and the moment I try to find it I cause myself an additional stress and become a bad writer, a bad boss, and a bad wife! I do however commit to doing at least one thing every day for all of the areas of my life that matter to me. I write out a list when I wake up. It’s not a must-do list, but a simple reminder of what matters to me. The only way we can achieve success and fulfillment in any area of our life is to give our attention and energy to it. So every day I write out one thing I will do for my marriage, the different areas of my business, my friendships, my body, my soul, my environment and so on. Most days I will do more than one thing for each of these areas, but if I were only to do one thing I could at least go to sleep that night knowing I had shown up for myself and my life in a way that is fulfilling.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PERKS OF YOUR JOB?
The freedom from time and location and the fulfillment I get from supporting others to create positive change and be the leader in their own life.
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO FOR SHAKING OFF THE STRESS AFTER A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE?
It changes all the time. Sometimes it’s a prayer; sometimes it’s a cup of tea in the garden, a long bath, or some abominable dancing in my living room!
CAN YOU GIVE US ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR STARTING OUT AND SUCCEEDING IN YOUR SECTOR?
It has to come from within. Otherwise, there’s no point even starting. If you are not authentic in sharing who you are and your own challenges you cannot expect the world to show up for themselves either. You do not have to be perfect, but you do need to work on yourself to a level that is worthy of you being a successful leader in this sector. You cannot simply throw up some inspirational quotes on a social media page and feel that it’s enough to have then vulnerable people put their lives in your hands. So continue to work on yourself first and foremost, and then your business/career. In the personal development industry, it is not just about what you do, but who you are. People want to resonate with you as a person, and it’s through story-telling that you can most effectively invite them into your world and create raving fans and followers, as well as repeat customers and referrals. Ultimately you’ve got to have your heart and soul in it, and be willing to step over your fear and take action on doing your dream work in the world.
COULD YOU TELL US WHAT «INFLUENTE women » MEANS FOR YOU?
A woman who lives and leads from within. She knows who she is, what she wants, and she gets it. She inspires others by who she is, not only what she’s done, and her confidence in the power and potential that’s within her makes her a magnet for success in all areas of her life.