Jolene Hart Swanekamp
Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a former magazine beauty editor, and founder of the pioneering beauty coaching practice Beauty Is Wellness. She is the author of Eat Pretty, a seasonal guide to looking and feeling beautiful using nutrition and self-care, as well as the companion journal Eat Pretty, Live Well, and the new book of daily inspirations Eat Pretty Every Day. At the heart of Jolene’s work is her desire to empower women with knowledge of their own ability to shape their lifelong beauty and health with the healing powers of food and self-care. Her private coaching looks at many areas of life, from stress and hormones to diet, digestion and safe personal care products, to help women build a lifestyle of beauty that enables them look and feel their best from the inside.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Health Coach and Author, Beauty Is Wellness
University: Bucknell University
Secretly Obsessed With: lipstick
On My Nightstand: Drifter Organics Blushing Ambition body butter; Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment
Last Thing You Read: Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food by Ali Bouzari. And December Vogue!
Tell us about your journey to your current role?
It was long and circuitous! But everything I learned and did earlier in my career (as a journalist, fashion assistant, red carpet reporter, and magazine beauty editor) has shaped me into what I am today. Becoming a health coach with a focus on beauty was a product of my own struggles with skin issues and my inability to fix any of them with products, treatments, or prescriptions. Food was the answer all along and I wanted to share the deep nutrition-beauty connection with women everywhere.
What key elements played into your success?
It was key that I had a background in writing, and also beauty. After getting my health coach certification, I felt that I was uniquely qualified to work in the beauty space, and then I felt confident enough to pitch and write my first book—based on what I had accomplished earlier in my career. It was also key that I had personally experienced skin issues, because I understood how significant an issue they were, and why women needed to understand the impact of their diets on their skin.
What what's your favorite part of your day?
Coaching clients. I love hearing their successes and brainstorming ways to get them through difficult spots. To me, it’s just like helping a good friend. My clients are all amazing women, and they inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing.
What struggles did you face getting to this point? Specifically publishing multiple books.
For me, the biggest struggle has been time management. Wanting to do more, but feeling limited because I am a solopreneur. My first book also debuted the same month as my son was born, so I was torn between spending very important time with my newborn and supporting the book launch. My son was my priority and, although I wish I could’ve done more traveling and book signings, I don't regret that choice at all.
Who was the biggest influence in your professional life?
There are many published female authors I admire, from Rona Berg, editor-in-chief of Organic Spa magazine, to Sophie Uliano, author of the Gorgeously Green series.
When do you feel most successful?
I feel most successful when I hear from one of my readers that they’ve been positively impacted by reading one of my books. That makes it all worthwhile.
What's the best advice you received when pursuing a career in the health or writing space?
Prioritize. Do only what’s important to you. And help others because in supporting others, you will be supported
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Definitely my books! In my teens and early twenties, it was my dream to write a book. Now, having three books that mean so much to me, are so actionable for my readers ad clients, and work so well together, I’m incredibly proud.
What advice would you give to women looking to enter your industry?
Figure out what you uniquely bring to the table. There are a lot of incredibly talented people working in this area, and to stand out I feel it’s important to be very authentic and honest. Be introspective and find what unique gifts you have—and you’ll strike a chord.