Featuring Jordan Dooley
Words by Ashley Hurst
Author, entrepreneur, speaker, podcast host, and national best-seller author—at 25 years old, Jordan Lee Dooley has an impressive list of accomplishments. She attributes her drive to succeed as being natural. Jordan says, “As an enneagram three, I kind of live my life thinking if you’re not achieving, then what are you doing?I’ve always been an old soul, always thinking kind of ahead of where I am, and that’s why I wanted to write Own Your Everyday.”
She goes on to explain that she initially thought everyone did that, and then she realized that not only was that not the case, but for people like Jordan, getting stuck looking to the future was a true danger. “As a three, you’re constantly going for the next thing. After finishing the book I was immediately writing the next business plan. My husband said, ‘Can we just sit in this a second?’ He really grounds me and keeps me from floating way.”
Talking about the actual commitment of writing a book, Jordan shares that she continued learning and setting micro-goals throughout the process, which created balance and helped round out the material for the book. She explains that if we’re zeroing in on one goal, it can cause us to miss things that are right in front of us, but the creation of consistent routines and boundaries around things—such as social media—gives breath-ing room around goals and ambitions.
The biggest message Jordan says she wants readers to take from her work is that we shouldn’t be looking for something that isn’t lost. We live in a world that is feeding us a constant message of needing to figure things out—find ourselves, find our purpose, and go after our dreams—but with all of the opportunity available there seems to be a burden of choice that exists now. Instead, Jordan urges that we should identify what we are grounded in, and the rest will just be overflow that frees you to try new things, which is where we will discover what we are really made for. Jordan says, “For me, it’s my faith, it’s the Bible. And I never want to push that on others, but I’m not just pulling things out of thin air. If I’m going to make decisions about my life, if I’m going to try something new, if I’m going to serve the world, there’s got to be something driving that—a ‘why’ behind it.”
Jordan has found that her message resonates with the targeted college-aged market, but also with young moms, young wives, and women
in their early career years. “We’re all just trying to figure it out,” Jordan says. “I’ve been doing a lot to educate myself. I’ve been in a unique position to invest in training and to learn how to navigate this internet world and make sure we’re doing things intentionally.”
As she speaks to groups across the country, Jordan has found that two key themes carry across all ages and locations: not being able to find “my thing,” or feeling like it has been found and being stuck. She says, “So I reverse that narrative: sister, you don’t have to have just one thing! If you think you found your thing, it might not fit when you step into a new season, and then you’re going to realize that’s not your thing anymore. And we weren’t just made for one
The biggest message Jordan says she wants readers to take from her work is that we shouldn’t be looking for something that isn’t lost.
thing. We were made for little things too—we were also made for making our beds.” She also speaks about the constant pressure we feel to be everything to everyone all of the time. “It’s not my nature to ask for help, and it’s not my nature to rest, so having people who ground me and encourage me to rest is key. They can also help you see the importance in the small things.”
Now Jordan’s desire is to educate and equip others, to give them the tools to really use their own voices and creative talents. “Coaching, equipping, and really educating others in this space is something that really fires me up,” Jordan shares. “A big goal for me would be to really step into that and own the expertise in this space and help others walk in their gift in a specific way, giving them tools and strategies and steps to really do that well.”