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Inspiring Adventures Interview with Jess McKnight

Your mind is magic! Your mind can do so much for you. It can either hold you back or it can help you move forward. The choice in that is always the choice that you can make at any moment. You can change your mind at any moment, and that is, the magic of your mind.

Jess McKnight/Inspiring Adventures with Melissa Reyes
Inspired by Jess McKnight’s Mindset Magic!

I’ve discovered through my journey, that many of the things that I have left behind have shaped me into who I am today. I am always able to pick up where I left off. It is not a step back, it is a stride forward utilizing a wealth of knowledge and experience that I picked up along the way.

After a few years of not doing interviews or any live broadcasts, podcasts, or blog posts – I am back. So many times I opened up my website to write and share what I was up to and where I was going, and I just didn’t. But I have been actively sharing on Social Media. I have been very busy. I started a new business, one that thrives on social, and one that uses all my social and digital marketing skills, as well as my sales and management experience. And I was incredibly lucky to have an upline (my “boss” or more like a mentor in our business) that is a mindset coach an extremely upbeat, positive, and brilliant person.

Multi-passionate Entrepreneur, Law School Grad, Marathon Runner, writer, Jess McKnight is a mindset coach with a very positive outlook.

As an Executive Director with Pampered Chef, she leads her team with integrity and a positive perspective. Easy going, fun, lighthearted, and energetic, she provides pep talks, mind hacks, and journal prompts through JessMcKnight.com – the no nonsense stuff we all need to stay motivated and in control of our own destiny.

Jess loves magic, the magic of the mind! I love that! She has such a great attitude, an infectious laugh, and just the kind of go get ’em attitude that makes me want to run a marathon – well, maybe in the business sense at least!

Marathon Runner, Jess McKnight

“Everything (in my life) is the result of a choice that I made, I can always choose to let something bother me or to not let something bother me.” -Jess McKnight

McKnight is devoted to helping other female entrepreneurs succeed. Conquer is the new program that she developed which dives deep into the steps that she used to build her business. She believes that “you can conquer yourself – you can conquer the parts of you that are telling you that you can’t do it.”

See the delightful Jess McKnight in our Magical Inspiring Adventures interview and let me know what you take from it, hopefully you are inspired, as I was, to start doing something you are passionate about.

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that discovers what inspires people to live their passion and purpose.

Jess McKnight is available for interviews regarding mindset coaching, her programs which include Pep Talks, Journal Prompts, and (coming in June 2021) Conquer, where she helps female entrepreneurs discover and conquer the steps to building a successful business. She offers guest blog posts, articles and motivational key notes on being a bad ass woman in business while smiling and beaming with confidence and positivity. Connect with her at JessMcKnight.com.

30 Health Blog Posts in 30 Days, Everything Miz Meliz

The #1 Thing That I Am Excited About Today

Three Things That I Am Excited About: Day 5 #NHBPM

Lucky for me, my heart speaks up now and then to remind me that I am not a complete slacker. I believe that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. I have lots of great news and many accomplishments to be proud of. During the past year that I have been maintaining my Diabetes, I have not had any serious episodes and I always take my meds. However, I am excited about the fact that I have successfully weaned myself off of my anti-depression and anxiety medicine and now manage that holistically. I have completed an online course and received my certificate for life coaching. I have attended a blogging conference and have maintained my blog while increasing my readership and have been published on a national online magazine.

Managing Depression Holistically

I am a strong proponent of prescribed medication because it has saved my life and my sanity many times. I have a chemical imbalance that causes me to worry needlessly. The chain reaction that results from that worry leads to stress induced insomnia, migraine headaches, digestive problems, cysts, depression, and the worst thing ever, anxiety attacks. All of which results in a myriad of other serious problems and issues, including but not limited to missing work and problems within my relationships. After dealing with all of these issues separately for many years, I finally found the golden combination of counseling, medical advice and prescription medication that worked for me.

A healthy balance is key. Knowing how far I can tip to the sides without falling down is vital. Getting help before I fall is imperative. Knowing myself and anticipating when things might get too difficult for me has been what has made it possible for me to manage the diagnoses of depression and anxiety. It is a disease. It can be managed. For me, it is triggered by outside influences. Right now, everything is going well in my life, with my family, my job, everything. So, I am not in counseling. I am not taking medication. I am able to maintain balance with relaxation techniques, mantras, and writing. I know that if something (when something) happens that is beyond my control and capabilities, I can and will return to the resources I have for help. My doctors are there for me. In the meantime, I love the feeling of freedom from the meds.

http://mizmeliz.com "Straight Path" on Miz Meliz' Journey, photo by Melissa Reyes copyright 2012
It’s nice to see my destination ahead, with a straight path leading right to it!

I like being on my own. I still have mood swings, episodes of mild depression, anxiety, and headaches. I try to recognize the cycles and the symptoms as they come. I try to accept them and not let it get to me. That is all part of my holistic approach.

Life Coaching

Becoming a life coach is a huge accomplishment for me. Having reached a healthy balance in my own life has helped me to see how important that is to experience happiness. I have always wanted to be able to help others. All my life people have been able to open up to me and I am grateful for the ability that I have to listen and encourage them. I have been challenged a few times. I have been asked, what gives me the authority to coach or counsel others. I did not have an answer for that. My catechetical and leadership training had been enough when I was ministering at my church and in faith circles. Yet, I longed to be able to help all people in a non-denominational setting.

I have always challenged myself and felt that there was something I could do professionally with my talents. I just wasn’t sure what exactly or where I would take it.  I found the answers with becoming a certified professional life coach. I am now educated in the techniques and methodologies taught by Fowler Wainwright Institute of Professional Coaching. For now, since I am gainfully employed, I plan to practice coaching on the side to help people, to enhance my writing, to lead workshops and retreats, and to build a practice that I can fall back on when I eventually retire. Having a solid plan is like taking a breath of fresh air! It feels amazing and propels me forward, and that is the best direction!


This week I am celebrating my one year anniversary of blogging. I have had my blog on WordPress since 2007 and have been posting articles (136 of them to date) on it consistently for about one year. That makes this my first “blogiversary!” I am very proud of all of the writing I have done, but mostly I am happiest about the unforgettable people I have encountered on this journey. They have changed my life for the better with their encouragement and love. In my 100th post article, I highlighted each turn of my journey and linked to many of the people who, like lampposts, have lighted my way along my path.

In celebration of my blogiversary, I would like to share the links to a few of my favorite blogs. Join me in the celebration and take a look at what these phenomenal women are writing about:

A Journey to Healthy

Toddler Trails

This Talk Ain’t Cheap

Minnesota Girl in L.A.

Stroller Adventures

Organized Island

Let’s Play OC

Mommy Powers

Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Sunny Vegan

The Wineabe

Horsing Around in L.A.

Chronicles of a Foodie