After burnout, tragedy, and losing everything, Jen Taylor is creating a new path

In October 2018, Jen Taylor‘s world came crashing down as her husband tragically passed away, and she quickly had to figure out what the f*** to do with her life. Continue with her wedding planning business?  Keep the house in Maui?  Pivot to a new venture?  No decisions are easy while grieving, but she had to make them anyway.


Jen Taylor: I kept him alive till two o’clock in the morning on Halloween. It was pretty brutal. And then, and you’re just like, Okay, well fuck, what am I gonna do? 

Dana Kadwell: Welcome to Hustle and Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Dana

Courtney Hopper: and I’m Courtney. 

Dana: And we are two sisters who have started multiple businesses together. And yes, it is as messy as you think. Because we know that starting a business, isn’t easy. 

Courtney: I mean, we’ve done it four times. And on this show, we talk about the ups and downs of the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey. 

Dana: And we love helping small businesses succeed, whether that is through our venue consulting, speaking, or team training, we love to motivate others to take that big leap. 

Courtney: You could just use our misadventures to normalize the crazy that is being an entrepreneur, because every entrepreneur makes mistakes, 

Dana: But we like to call those unsuccessful attempts around here, 

Courtney: and we know it’s just part of the process. And today we’re learning from Jen Taylor. Jen started out in the industry as a destination wedding planner in Washington and Maui for many years. Over time, she recognized the need within the creative industry for more organized systems and processes for a happier life, both in terms of work and personal time.

This drove her to launch Jen Taylor Consulting, a firm that works with creative businesses of all size to implement a more streamlined workflow, to find more time and space for business growth and personal development. Jen, welcome to Hustle and Gather.

Jen: Yay. I’m so excited to be with you guys.

Courtney: excited to have you.

Dana: We are. We had so much fun at Cater Source getting to know you and spending time with you,

Jen: So fun.

Courtney: You were the bright spot of Cater Source. You were.

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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