How meeting the Wellness Warrior – Jess Ainscough – inspired me
I believe that everyone we meet has something to teach us. I just didn’t know how pivotal my brief encounter with Jess Ainscough, a.k.a the Wellness Warrior, would be.
I haven’t written or blogged in a while, because I lost the courage to reveal my insecurities and vulnerability. But, as Jess shared at the Hay House Writers Workshop yesterday, “you need to teach what you most need to learn”.
Jess revealed that when she reads/hears/learns of someone who is going through something similar to what she’s going through, it helps her heal. So write, she says, for yourself but also to “be of service”. Her advice goes hand-in-hand with my belief – and Jess’s – that we’re all part of something bigger; that the challenges we face provide lessons for others too, not just ourselves.
Before yesterday, I knew of Jess. That is, I knew of the Wellness Warrior. A friend, Amanda Parish (Finding Eco), recommended her blog to me. But what amazed me, and what I learn from actually being in her presence and listening to her story in 30 minutes, is how very similar we and our purposes are (though, mine needs a little more refinement!).
We’ve both been writers since we were little tackers (Jess won an essay writing competition when she was 10 and you know my story), studied journalism and worked in the field (OK, so Dolly Magazine is a far cry from the Daily Liberal, but hey – don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story!).
We’ve both studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition because we had a burning need to learn more about holistic health.
We both started a blog (Jess in 2010, me in 2012) as a creative outlet for self-discovery and they each grew into a platform for helping others.
We both believe that through adversity we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and better equipped to help others.
What Jess Ainscough – the WellnessWarrior – taught me:
- Write every day.
- Write what you know. I need to take my advice and not fear vulnerability.
- Be of service. Share your knowledge to help others; be a vessel for knowledge sharing.
- Be kind to yourself.
- Walk your dog along the beach and meditate three times daily. OK, this wasn’t an actual directive of hers, but it’s what Jess does every day. It helps provide clarity, guidance and inspiration.
As a result of meeting Jess, this is what I promise myself:
“To write more, and without fear. To write with a pure heart; for myself first, and in hope of being of service to others.”
Have you met the Wellness Warrior or someone else that struck a real chord with you? What did you learn from them?