Meet Brandilyn, Massage Therapist and Business Owner
Hey, friend! I'm so happy you stopped by. My name is Brandilyn Jobe (pronounced bran-DEE-lyn Joe-b), and my pronouns are she/her. Some people call me Brandi, but whatever you prefer is cool. I'm not picky about it.
If you're reading this, you probably want to know more about the stranger you're considering hiring to invade your personal space. That's fair. I'd be curious, too.
Because I think your curiosity is perfectly reasonable, I'll answer some common questions I get about myself in this post. I hope you feel like we're old friends when you're done reading.
Some Background Info
I grew up in Bailey and graduated from Southern Nash in 2011. Because everybody in a small town knows your cousin's momma's sister, I can't tell you how often I've been asked, "are you related to so and so?" The answer is probably yes, so here's a quick rundown of my people:
Grandparents - John and Daphne
Parents - Johnny and Tami
Siblings - Ryan and Ashley Baker, Chris Jobe, Crystal Jobe, Johnny Ray Jobe
Aunt and Uncle - Larry and Kaye Jobe, Daryl Scott
Cousins - Doug Jobe, April Jobe
I bought my first home five years ago from my Aunt Kaye in Momeyer, and I live here with my partner, Brannon, and my Yorkipoo, Bella. I turn 30 in July of this year (2023) and couldn't be more excited to see what I can do with my next decade.
How did you get into massage therapy?
Ever since I was little, physical touch has been my love language. I loved when my grandma scratched my back or my mom played with my hair. A steady hand on my arm could ground me, and a good hug could heal my most profound hurt. So naturally, I was drawn to massage therapy when I learned it could be a career. I love getting a massage. Could I love giving a massage, too?
Turns out, yes. I participated in a massage therapy workshop and was convinced it was the career for me. The problem is I was terrified of committing to the program and not finishing. School costs a lot, and I couldn't waste that kind of money, so I put it off. Thank you, undiagnosed ADHD.
Fast forward to 2015. I was a manager at Domino's Pizza and a cashier at Hobby Lobby. I was overworked and underpaid, and it was NOT a good time. My sanity depended on a change. I finally bit the bullet and enrolled in a massage therapy program, which was my best decision ever.
How did you find out you have ADHD?
Like many others, I downloaded TikTok during the pandemic, and the ADHD content called me out. HARD. You might roll your eyes, but I've learned more from TikTok than from my senior year of high school. Thanks to TikTok, I finally started taking my mental health seriously.
I read books, listened to podcasts, scoured medical sites, and consulted friends with ADHD. I was pretty sure I had ADHD, but I battled with imposter syndrome until I found a psychiatrist and started therapy. Once I understood my brain and began implementing systems that worked for me, my life changed drastically.
I don't have to do things the way other people do them. What a concept! After that realization, I was itching to start my own practice. I found a space for rent, filed an endless list of documents, and gave my notice.
What do you like best about being a massage therapist?
Too many people put themselves last (I'm looking at you, parents.) The phrase 'you can't pour from an empty cup' has become another cliche we don't take to heart, but I know first-hand how true it is. I lost both of my parents more than a decade apart to preventable health struggles, so I'm all too familiar with the reality that not caring for yourself will kill you.
My favorite thing about being a massage therapist is that when you book an appointment with me, you're doing something for yourself. You're taking action toward a healthier life, and I love being part of your journey.
Why did you start your practice in Spring Hope?
During the pandemic, I realized that connection and community are essential. Our communities provide encouragement and guidance and give us a sense of belonging and support from others, which positively impacts our mental and physical health. But even more critically, we can contribute our resources to help others and positively impact the world.
To get involved and make a difference in my community, it was time to put down roots. I've been in the area my whole life, so I know Spring Hope and love the small-town vibe. I see its potential, and I want it to be great. And then, factor in my six-minute drive to work, and Spring Hope was a no-brainer.
Will you stay in Spring Hope?
True to my nature, I dove head-first into entrepreneurship, and Spring Hope welcomed me with open arms. I joined the Spring Hope Community Committee, built a local client base, and made incredible friends in my first year. I plan to be here for a long time.
Clients often ask if I'll have enough business to stay here, and I have my own little Field of Dreams moment. "If you build it, [they] will come." And they have. In addition to my local clients, my long-standing clients and word-of-mouth referrals will travel to Spring Hope for an appointment.
What do you do when you're not working?
Brannon and I have gotten really into pickleball. Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis and is played with a paddle and a plastic ball on a court that's smaller than a tennis court. It can be played by people of all ages and is played indoors or outdoors on a flat surface. We play on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Nashville Elementary.
We also love attending football games (Go Panthers!,) concerts, comedy shows, karaoke nights, and anything else that lets us spend time with our friends. In the summertime, we spend our weekends at Lake Royale on the pontoon, and on Fridays, I take my nieces swimming, fishing, or riding on the golf cart. My main priority outside work is to make memories with the people I love and show them how much they matter to me.
Until Next Time
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