Jennifer’s motto has always been to “Love Big, and Live Big!” With more than 20 years in the dating industry, Certified Matchmaker, Jennifer J. Hayes, has the passion and dedication to helping her clients find love that lasts. She believes in love, fully, and won’t stop until everyone around her has what she has. She is the CEO of MIJEN Consulting and director of South Carolina Matchmakers, an elite matchmaking firm where she ensures her clients have all of the knowledge and assets to sustain a passionate, meaningful relationship for a lifetime. In her spare time she runs a charity I Know How to Read and fulfills her passion as a writer.
Currently she is working on her third book Love Big or Be Single, a book about using the same principles of seeking and keeping true and honest love sustainable and satisfying no matter what your station in life. Her countless satisfied clients can attest to her expertise. Throughout her journey as a wife and a mother, Jennifer has learned what it takes to balance it all. She is never one to skimp in an area of her life, and knows that if you want it all, you have to commit it all!
Q: How long have you been a matchmaker and what do you love most about what you do?
A: My 20 year anniversary as a matchmaker was this year. I started in the industry when I was 25 years old, right after college and a layoff. I fell in love with helping people find love and the rest is history. What I love most is just knowing that what I do has a huge impact on someone life. As a matchmaker, I would love for the end result to always be love, but bringing two amazing people together enhancing their lives in other meaningful ways is still rewarding.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Life! Just knowing that I might not get the chance tomorrow, that this very moment could be my very last.
Q:Where do you think you will be after 25 years?
A: Hopefully alive… Still making love happen, enjoying life, traveling with my husband, my son and grandkids. I want to be a grandma someday.
Q: What do spend the most money on?
A: Other people, gifts (way more than I should), charity. It makes me feel good to give to other people. I am definitely a giver.
Q: What should every woman try at least once in her life?
A: Falling in love.There is no feeling in the world like it.
Q: Who are your heroes?
A: My parents and my husband.
Q: What quote do you live by?
A: Put your heart in everything you do and watch dreams happen. My heart is at the forefront of all my commitments and when it’s not I fail.
Q: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
A: My son, Mikey
Q: When you’re not making love happen what fills your time?
A: I am always making love happen. But when I have downtime I try my best to balance it between spending my time with my family (My Boys) and my friends. Last year I was so focused on finishing my 2nd book, Memphis Mae, that my connections with friends took a back seat to it. Although, I felt super guilty it was very necessary for me to stay focused. So, now that I am on a short hiatus from writing, I am making time for those connections that also help to give my life balance. Exercise, wine, dinner and fun concerts with my girlfriends. All the things I love.
Q: What advice would you give to other successful women trying to balance it all?
A: There’s no secret recipe, just like with love and relationships you have to do what works for you. I owe my success at balancing it all to my husband without him I would really struggle trying to find balance and not feel guilty about giving less than to other parts of my life. Three pieces of advice I would give them is…
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- No one is perfect: so don’t try to live up to other people’s expectations. Picking up pizza for your kids on the way home because you had to work late doesn’t make you a bad mom.
- Spend money and invest in things that will make your life easier: I have had a housekeeper for 14 years and I and I take all of my clothes to the the dry cleaners. Some might say frivolous, I call it time management.
- Make yourself a priority: it’s not being selfish, it’s healthy necessary self-care.
Jennifer J. Hayes, Website: jenniferjhayes.com