Trade Last Founder Jesse Ihde is no stranger to what we here at UGauGrrl stand for. In fact, her organization, which works with nonprofits, conscious companies, activists, churches, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and leaders who desire to live a life for the sake of others, is all about inspiring, empowering and making and impact through those whose life revolves around our very mission!
Here is her story in her own words.
“The definition of the word Trade Last is to share with a person the affirming words you’ve heard about them from others, to give away a compliment.
“Here at Trade Last, we want to turn a mirror back onto you or your organization so you can find your center, define your core and move forward towards success that is meaningful. We want to be the wind at your back that gives you the courage, confidence and clarity you need to change the world.
I work with nonprofits, churches and conscious companies to define their ethos by breaking down nuance and complexity for Culture Development, Branding and Strategic Creative Work. I also work with individuals and teams to develop leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, activists and their teams to live a wholehearted life and create an enduring vision of the future. I work to create clarity so people and organizations can experience meaningful success tied to their unique identities. Together we learn how to align our lives with our spoken values and get underneath the broken places which are keeping us stuck.
Over the last several years I have had the privilege of working with organizations and women whose purposes are focused on restoring and raising up the lives of women and girls including Girls Embracing Mothers, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation and CLH Solutions. I want to inspire women and girls to recognize their unique, God-given identities so they can understand how they are uniquely created to impact the world. I want to serve organizations and people dedicating their lives to raising up the marginalized and forgotten.
Social activists, entrepreneurs, artists and emerging leaders have an often unspoken, but lifelong commitment to personal and professional development. To be successful, their life and work demands a deeper investment into the journey of becoming. I want to be the person who helps them navigate that journey so they can continue on the long, hard road of making an impact on the world.
“I am motivated to see people step into the fullness of who they were created to be. This journey of becoming always requires a willingness to go into that deep deep place where we often realize our greatest obstacles lie within ourselves. After working with many CEOs, executives and leaders throughout the years, I could see there was so much misalignment in their lives. They were experiencing professional success but living one dimensional lives, often in broken relationships with their spouses or loved ones. These powerful men and women can be incredible forces for good when they begin to live out their expressed values and recognize their life is for the sake of others. Giving yourself permission to be who you were created to be brings freedom and meaning, and often compounds success.
“I am inspired by the belief that love can change the world, that our small acts of kindness ripple throughout eternity, and that there is always more to learn and further to grow. We can all show up every day, look around the room and pray for a chance to bring more love, justice and beauty to our unique spheres of influence. We don’t have to have it all figured out to show up and give what we’ve got.”
How did you get to where you are and what challenges did/do you face?
“I am where I am today because I continue to recognize my identity as God’s child and so I believe my life has inherent meaning and purpose, and is for the sake of others. I keep asking and refining the answers to the questions, “Why am I here,” and “What am I going to do with this one life.” I am also here because of the love, support and patience of a few close friends and family members who keep saying, “yes you can.”
My most difficult challenges are battling the darkness within myself which wants to talk me out of the arena and into my closet and maintaining the perseverance for the ongoing uphill climb in the life of all entrepreneurs. I have wanted to give up. I have doubted myself. Starting over has required vulnerability, guts and grit I wasn’t sure I had.”
Who is your she-ro?
“Two modern she-roes come to mind. The first is Brittany K. Barnett, founder of Girls Embracing Mothers and attorney working for clemency for the over-sentenced and for criminal justice reform. She has overcome so much to live a life for the sake of others, is a servant to an entirely forgotten section of people and creating a beautiful and meaningful life. She knows she is God’s child and believes there is nothing more urgent than freedom.
“The other is my daughter. I find her fearlessness and audacity inspiring. Watching her journey of becoming, seeing how invested she is at only nine years old on being a better version of herself is one of the greatest joys of my life.”
What is your favorite quote?
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” ― Frederick Buechner
Learn more about Jesse and Trade Last:
Do you know a #ModernMuse who has an amazing story to tell? Send us her story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to know her: 1) Name, 2) Age if under 25, 3) Ethnicity, 4) Location, 5) Relationship to you, 6) Why you think she is a #ModernMuse (what is she doing or has she done to make Inspire, Empower, Impact the world or the community around her?). We’ll let you both know when we’d like to publish her story, send her a few more questions and will share it on our social media channels. Looking forward to your submissions!