Mar 15, 2021
Sometimes, we get stuck in a cycle where we burn out easily. In
this episode, Jenessa Fillipi talks about the value of finding
meaningful work even if you don’t get paid for it.
Getting to know Jenessa Fillipi
- Jenessa Fillipi is a mother of four and an elementary counselor
for the last 15 years. Aside from that, Jenessa is the executive
director of Down Home
Nonprofit in Fargo, North Dakota.
- Jennesa and her husband have very different talents. Her
husband is a very skilled handyman. He has his own business and he
can take about anything apart and put it back together.
- Despite the different careers, both Jenessa and her husband
love connecting with people. Over the years, they’ve talked about
how they can utilize his gift in handiwork and construction and her
love for design and transforming a space into something that people
- Three years ago, Jenessa felt the stir to do something else.
She felt that there’s still something missing in her life. Along
with her husband, they dug deeper and asked the input of their kids
on what makes a house a home. They realized then that they could
use their talents for bigger purposes. There are thousands of men,
women, and children in the Fargo community that are sleeping on the
floor. This was how Down Home came to life.
The Work-Life Harmony
- Jenessa figured that for her to feel harmonized, she needed to
draw close to one who is greater than herself.
- In both her life and her work, she gives 110% of her effort.
She learned to take deep breaths and she learned to let go of other
tasks to focus her mind on the things that she wanted and needed to
be good at.
- As an elementary school counselor, she doesn't have to grade
papers. There is still paperwork but that doesn't include grading
the children’s works.
- In Renata Bower’s book, Free to
B., Jenessa’s biggest take is that we all have
unique gifts and talents that we’re good at.
- It’s important to recognize the things you’re good at instead
of focusing on the things that you’re not good at.
- Another lesson that Jennesa learned is that mistakes have their
purpose, too. It’s critical that you give yourself grace when you
make mistakes, especially when you’re not getting paid or you’re
not paid well. You can’t lose your way because that would keep you
from moving forward.
- Make sure that you provide time for yourself. Sometimes, when
we’re too passionate about something, we get caught up and it
affects other relationships that we have.
- Take the time to invest in the people around you: your family,
your spouse, and your children.
- Jenessa is now looking at a transition this year. It’s
difficult to let go of a career she has invested in for the last 15
years and focus her time on Down Home.
- To overcome the challenge, she’s putting more effort into
helping fill the gap within the community. They invite more people
into the Down Home family and maximize their resources to help more
people in need.
- Jenessa’s mother has been a huge help for them and for Down
Home. There have been several people behind the scene who are
helping Jenessa in creating Down Home.
- Life is full of interruptions but when these things happen, she
makes sure that she puts up a plan as best as she can.
- She’s also trying to prioritize the interruptions, whether it’s
the kids when she’s trying to do something or talking to people
over video calls.
“The Value of Finding Meaningful Work (Even if You Don’t Get
Paid for it)” episode resources
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