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Founder of Be Better Media

Meet Wendy Jones

Hi! I’m Wendy, mother of four, writer, and founder of Be Better Media. I am passionate about deep health, sustainable high performance, and human connection. As a lifelong learner, I believe that our own self-awareness is the greatest gift we can give to the next generation. This is my inspiration not to be perfect but to Be Better for myself and for them, every day. I know that it takes courage to reflect and when we are ready, share our stories so that real human connection is possible. This is what I set out to create with my blog, ‘The Optimists Journal’; my podcast, ‘What I Meant to Say’, and the interviews, videos, and other content created and presented by Be Better Media. In my downtime, you’ll find me hanging out with my kids and cats, going to yoga, and playing volleyball on the beach.

I believe that self awareness is the greatest gift we can give to the next generation.

How It All Started

I remember sitting on a patio in 2016, knowing I was at the edge of an impending divorce and feeling my life fall apart at the seams.

My question at the time was "How did I get here?" and "How can I help my kids get through this?" I had always been a journaler, but I started my blog, The Optimists Journal to give my kids a place to go later in life to understand their Mom's thoughts and heart through the myriad of situations that life brings our way.

In so many ways, my blog grew to be my podcast 'What I Meant to Say' because as I released my words to the world, I stepped into a place where for the first time in my life, I wasn't afraid to be seen. It was liberating.

So, I wanted to create space for others to have that same experience. If there is one thing I hope comes from the stories we share on 'What I Meant To Say', it is that it becomes a place of connection and growth that we can all experience when we simply take the time to listen.
  • What Is Generational Healing?
    March 19, 2023 I don’t remember the exact date, but it was a Friday afternoon in 2014.  Clear blue skies, volleyball practice had been canceled for some reason I can’t remember, and our family was on the beach. There were four kids running around in the sand with nowhere else to be.  I remember thinking […]
    Lean In to the Curve
    I’ve fallen asleep for the last five nights swimming in a sea of gratitude for this place, it’s absolutely alive with the most magnificent energy I’ve ever experienced.  I’ve never been “glamping” but I would consider this trip exactly that.  We dropped in on a place in the rainforest where people are the visitors and […]
    Your Path to High Performance
    What I enjoy so much about this new ‘What I Meant to Say’ podcast journey is the wisdom that flows from people of all ages and walks of life This helps me connect the dots to high performance. One of these great conversations was with Mike Hagensick, a Special Education Consultant and Swim Coach from […]
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  • One Generation Away
    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan As a kid, 4th of July was my favorite holiday next to Christmas.   Staying in my bathing suit all day, feet burning on hot pavement, and popsicles and fireworks in the street are among my favorite childhood memories.  This holiday weekend […]
    The Real Sisterhood
    "What if the world was already good? What if what you seek, you find? What if everything wasn’t an emergency? What if we cared more about stories and less about labels? What if we stopped shouting so we could listen?" -Chrissy Kelly greatest mom, friend and writer Her words put a lump in my throat.  […]
    How To Inspire BETTER
    I saw Top Gun this week. It’s so weird to see the actors of my youth get older. Like so many of us, it took me back to 1986,  getting dropped off at the movie theater at least 3 different times to see it. Although I loved the story and cinematography, what struck me most […]
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  • The Top 10 Things I Want my 17 Year old to Know.
    Kate turned 17 on Thursday. For anyone who hasn't followed her story, she's the one who stopped playing volleyball to be a theatre kid. And man does she blow my mind on that stage. It's so fun to see her risk, I would have been terrified of that at her age. Maybe she is, but […]
    Is Competing Actually Keeping You from Success?
    As a writer, I am thankful that I have a good memory of my early life.  So many of my thoughts take me back to places and days from long ago.  When I am able to feel those feelings of the younger me, it gives me perspective for what I’ve learned and fills me with […]
    My America
    Our country is hurting. As much as I am an optimist who looks for the good and the growth in all things, you can’t have a week like this one and not feel like you have been kicked hard in the gut. When you attack anyone’s child, the horrific trauma of an unimaginable situation knocks […]
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Wendy's Team

Ashley Clark

Producer & Sr. Mgr

See Ashley's Bio Here
Ashley joins the Be Better team with an extensive background in leadership, coaching, education, and overall organization and management techniques that she has acquired through education, work, and life experiences. Ashley earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Mathematics from CSU Dominguez Hills, where she also competed as a NCAA Division II student-athlete in both indoor volleyball and track and field. Additionally, she holds a M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine.

Wendy Recommends

I love people who find their calling and turn it into a job they do with passion and the utmost care for the people they serve. When I see this quality, it always turns into a deep meaningful relationship in my life. Whether it’s a barista at Starbucks that remembers my order or a doctor who has helped heal me or one of my kids, I end up recommending them to people again and again. The people below are people I know intimately and trust completely. I take that very seriously. They are not paid advertisements, this is a beautiful community of healers that make the world a better place. If you contact one of them, tell them I sent ya!
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Wendy's Favorite Books

Books have been a resting place for me my entire life. Whether with a great novel that takes us away to another place, or the latest science on health and life, reading helps us build concentration and knowledge that doesn't just benefit ourselves, but helps others when we are able to share what we've learned. You'll never regret allowing yourself to slow down and sink in to a good book. I hope you enjoy one of these off of my list of favorites.

Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey

Wendy Jones' Book 365 Days of OptimismRead Here!

The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life - Sarah Kauffman

Wendy Jones' Book 365 Days of OptimismRead Here!
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Wendy's Favorite Podcasts

Finding Mastery - Michael Gervais

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Real Ones with John Burnthal

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Wendy's Favorite Tunes

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“Wendy is tuned in to the frequency we all need to be on.”
Parker K.
Washington,
Graduated Division 1 Athlete
“Wendy is the real deal. She writes and supports people from the heart. Her story is absolutely incredible, and as a mother and business owner myself, I appreciate her ability to share authentically from her lived experience in the cauldron of generational consciousness to help shed light on what works, what motivates, and what can help us to heal and become whole.”
Emily HIghtower
Human Resilience Specialist
Connection - when it happens between two people it is magical and meaningful. With Wendy it’s also natural and easy. Wendy easily spanned generations and achieved that connection with me and my 17 year old daughter, guiding and encouraging us through the NCAA D-1 recruiting process for beach volleyball. Ever present, always positive with a kind word from the heart and expertise from her life’s work. Working with Wendy from the East Coast has been seamless. Can’t say enough good things.
Paula T., Parent, Virginia
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