What is your name? Mandi Jablonski
Where do you work? I own Mandi Jablonski – Massage Therapy
What is your job? I am a Licensed Massage Therapist
How many kids do you have and what are their ages? I have four children: my sons Jack (8), Kal (6), Breck (4), & daughter Quinn (2)
What do you love about living in Pierce, NE? I love living in Nebraska for a multitude of reasons! I love living in Pierce. I love the location. I love living in a smaller town and still having a close proximity to larger cities. I love this community! The people are what make Pierce an amazing place to live. I love our park, Willow Creek SRA, the shops and businesses in our community, and our great teachers and schools.
What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in Pierce? I am obsessed with our local coffee shop, Rivet Roasters. She roasts all of her coffee beans in-house! I love the food from the Backroom Steakhouse at the Legion. J’s Place has amazing food and even better ice cream! And I love to shop at our local flower shops and trio of secondhand stores, Stop’n’Shop, Stop’n’Shop 2, and Main Street Showroom.
Tell us about your career. I have been a licensed massage therapist for the past 17 years. It is my passion to help people! Whether they suffer from chronic pain, are recovering from a surgery, suffer from depression or chronic stress, or just want to relax massage therapy can help in so many ways.
Why did you decide to become a massage therapist? The story of why I chose to become a massage therapist is pretty dear to my heart. I can remember being a little girl and rubbing my grandma’s feet after she slipped off her heels when she came home from work. I can remember how good it felt to hear her oooh’s and aahh’s and “Oh, Mandi…. that feels wonderful”. It sparked something in me that wanted to keep making people feel good. In high school, my girlfriends would ask me to rub their neck and shoulders or give a scalp massage. Even giving me a “How To” massage book for Christmas. My Junior year of high school we were assigned to write a term paper on a career we would want to pursue. We had to research details about the education needed, average income, what type of employment, interview someone in the profession, etc.. I wrote my paper on how to become a massage therapist. When it was finished I knew that was all I wanted to do. I graduated from high school in May of 2001 and started classes at the Omaha School of Massage Therapy that winter.
What’s the best thing about your job? There are a handful of “best things” about my job. I love being my own boss, setting my own schedule, and being able to work while raising my family. I love helping people!!! I love the look on someone’s face after they walk out of a session. You can see the peace and calm and relief. I love hearing how much better they’ve been feeling when they come back.
How do you juggle work with mommyhood? THAT is a never-ending balancing act! 🙂 I quietly chuckle when a friend asks, “We should get together. When are you free?” and show them the calendar on my phone (without which I’d be completely lost). My husband works rotating 12 hour shifts, I have 2 kids in elementary school, and the youngest 2 go to daycare 2 days a week. I work around their schedules. I am serving my second term as President of the Pierce Chamber of Commerce, am involved in the Pierce Advancement Committee, Christ Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, and other professional groups. SO, when it comes to juggling work and life I have learned to stick with priorities. My family comes first. If I need to be at parent teacher conferences, I don’t schedule appointments that afternoon. If my husband has worked 3 nights in a row, I don’t schedule appointments the next day so he can rest and spend family time together. It also takes a village. My dad lives five blocks away and has been a huge help. Volunteering to watch kids while I go to meetings or work, picking sick kids up from school, even taking kids to his house for nap time so I can go grocery shopping alone. I am also blessed to have friends who live by the ‘It takes a village’ rule. I’m incredibly blessed to have an amazing husband who is always willing to step in and help out. He knows me well enough to see when I need help, when I need time to myself, and never fails to encourage me to go out with friends or do something that fills my cup. He is my rock and an amazing shepherd for our family.