Here is a glimpse into the journey and the mind of Jen Feazelle, owner of Seven Doors Winery. Jen is a seeker, a mystic, leader at a Fortune 100 company and entrepreneur. She has traveled the world to find answers to many of the big questions in life, and mostly ends up with more questions – but also gains new insights and a deeper understanding of herself. In 2016, Jen was interviewed by London Real Academy, a global mastermind club and online community that connects people to cutting edge ideas. In this interview, Jen opens up about her quest to be a better human, her biggest fears and her intentions for Seven Doors Winery. Jen is always open to talking about her experiences and is creating a space where people feel comfortable to share their dreams and talk about big ideas. Reach out to her if you want to visit or learn more about her upcoming podcast and book.
London Real got it so right 4 years ago when it said it wants to take us on a journey through the lives of others, so that we can be inspired to embark on one of our own.
All of us in the community are constantly learning that the potential for reinvention and industry disruption is all around us. So in this amazing London Real Community, I get the grand job of interviewing an Academy member each week to show some of the things happening in your journeys.
As a feature in my blog this week, I interviewed Academy member Jen Feazelle on why she is ready to turn assumptions and conventions upside down and rebuild her newly purchased winery in ways that create new value.
I can honestly say, I am so excited to share this unique story with you because Jen has truly achieved an art for smashing together ideas. She is pushing the boundaries of conventional knowledge in ways that put together things that you would never think of as going together, such as biodynamics, sustainability, positive vibration, sacred ritual – all into winery!
I hope that this interview will provide you with a powerful insight into a mindset and thought process that can inspire you with your own idea creation. For me, the key is adding your own unique perspective of life onto anything you choose to do. What’s yours?
Tell us about yourself
Why did you start a winery?
Is the grape ripe for disruption?
What is the Wine Club for the Soul?
Below is Jen’s winemaking room and equipment at Seven Doors Winery, which is the name of her winery. It is based on the seven chakras. The winery is a place that Jen will be holding yoga classes and meditation. The point is, it is as much a mind, body and spirit retreat place as it is a winery.
What terrifies and excites you?
- Checking my mail – (I would rather be slapped in the face than check my mail or open it when I actually do check it….yes, I know this is weird but it is the truth! Living with and overcoming this irrational fear helps me to find compassion for others with fears… fear is a funny, funny thing)
- Hurting people – (I would rather be hurt than hurt others…. I have recently experienced a time where I feel I (unintentionally, of course) created pain for other people. This stopped me in my tracks and I retreated like a caged animal…I went through fight, flight AND freeze in this process and it created a deep hole for me to climb out of… that I am just now regaining a sense of resolve about. I gained a lot of insight about myself and my thoughts, my shadows and my ego.
How do you find balance beyond the 9 to 5?
Name your 3 life lessons so far…
- “When you think you’ve arrived, that is your clear sign that you haven’t. Personal growth is not a ladder… it is not linear… it is like everything else in nature… it is organic and more like a spiral. So, think of growth from the perspective that you learn and you move through and then you will come back around. A circle would mean you come back to the same place, a spiral is more like you come around but it is on more of a continuum. In order to approach life from the beginner’s mind and to stay humble in the process you acknowledge that while you are making progress. “Progress” is relative. Everything is relative. What you think is “good” now, may not be “good” later.”
- “I allowed myself to be intimidated by other people who supposedly “knew” more than I did about business, etc. I learned that by not allowing my true voice or thoughts to come through because I didn’t want to appear naïve, that these people didn’t know as much as I had given them credit! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE MYSELF! If you underestimate yourself, others will underestimate you. It is a mirror reflecting back at you always.”
- “I see life only through the filter in which I see myself. When I see the open doors and the best in people, it is because I am living in light. When I see the doors closing and the worst in others, it is because I am living in shadow. The insight alone, however, is not enough to change – it is a continual practice.”