Women in Wellness: Commit to personal growth with Shannon Kaiser
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon Kaiser
I believe that people are here in order to make a bigger impact in the world — and with my book, ‘Make an Impact’, I had the chance to prove that hundreds of people are using their influence to improve other people’s lives.
As the founder of the Health Bloggers Community, my mission is to support people with growing their passion into a business — and so many women are building businesses empires all over the world.
This series is a chance to spotlight some of these women
“ You don’t have to improve the world. Just improve yourself. When you do, you change the world in profound ways because your world changes as you change.”
Shannon Kaiser is the bestselling author of five books on the psychology of happiness and fulfilment, including the #1 bestseller The Self-Love Experiment and her new book, Joy Seeker: Let Go of What’s Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Were Made For. As an international life coach, speaker and retreat leader, she helps people trust and believe in themselves so they can live their highest potential.
She’s been named a top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by mindbodygreen and “your-go-to happiness booster” by Health magazine, and been recognized as a Must-Follow Instagram Account for Inspiration by Entrepreneur magazine and a Top Facebook Account for Daily Motivation by mindbodygreen.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
In my quest for more personal advancement, I went to a wellness retreat called Rythmia in Costa Rica where we work with shamans. We can set any intention we want, and I wanted to know who I will become. I was hoping for a glimpse into my future. Maybe see myself on a TED Talk stage with a standing ovation, #1 New York Times bestseller, or me and my future soul mate holding hands barefoot on the beach. During the shamanic journey, I didn’t see any of that. In fact it was just black.
Out of frustration in my meditation, I decided to give up trying to see my future, and let go into the now.
That’s when I got my miracle. The shamans came over and blessed me with an ancient ritual, and during that chanting, I felt so much love that I began to cry. My entire being was vibrating love and light. It was beautiful. And that’s when my inner voice chimed in, she said, “This is it! This is who you will become because this is who you are . . . love and light.”
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I compared myself to other coaches, speakers and authors, which always kept me feeling less than, like I was off track or behind. I kept thinking if only they would recognize me and support me, then I would be considered a power player in the industry. I would emulate their launches and promotions because it worked for them. It never worked for me.
It took me a bit to find my own unique voice, but when I did I never looked back. I realized that my audience and my message were different. I stopped comparing myself to others and my business grew exponentially. “The more you, you show, the more your life will flow.”
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
I am on a mission to help guide people back to their true selves. There are a lot of distractions and fear in the world, and when we give our attention to these outside forces, we lose sight of our true authentic power. I believe we all have the power to live in harmony and peace, but it has to first start with ourselves. I help empower people to believe and trust in themselves so they can make the most of their time on earth.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My family! My brother and parents are my biggest support. Not only did my parents raise me to be who I really am but they always supported me no matter what, even when they didn’t see the big picture.
My mom is my number one fan, always showing up to my events, sharing my articles and helping me behind the scenes when I bounce business ideas off her. My parents are my best friends and remind me how important family truly is. Family is everything.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
#ComeTogether #WeAreOne #LoveIsTheOnlyAnswer
Today it seems everywhere we look, we are being asked to pick sides. My president not my president, my team not my team — with this division and clear line in the sand, it can be hard to feel connection and a sense of belonging. This separation is keeping us from seeing the real beauty of being alive: that we are more alike in our humanity than we realize, and we need each other. We can all exist together by allowing each other to be who we really are. People feel overwhelmed and hopeless.
We are fatigued, emotionally drained and concerned for the well-being of the planet and ourselves and the safety of our loved ones. Fear, judgment and a lack of faith are at an all-time high and they seem to be dictating our outcome.
For so many of us, we’ve lost the capacity to find our joy and see any real magic in being alive. When this happens, we tend to shut down, but what if there was another way? What if we came together and united as one? What if we allowed for all beliefs and truly supported each other with love? That is the world I aim for. That is what we can create.
What is your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- You are on your own journey. Don’t compare yourself to anyone, because they are on their own path too. Just do you.
- You don’t have to improve the world. Just improve yourself. When you do, you change the world in profound ways because your world changes as you change.
- You are always right where you are supposed to be. There is no off track or behind. Just surrender into the journey.
Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be?
I respect Alicia Silverstone. Her passion for helping the planet is infectious and she doesn’t succumb to the pressure of the world or industry to try to fit a mold. She is authentic and purposeful in sharing her mission with joy. It would be great to talk saving the planet, animals and helping humanity together over brunch.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Mental health is the foundation of my career and all of the work I do. This year is the ten-year anniversary since I was diagnosed with clinical depression so I know firsthand how debilitating it can be. But I also know that there is a way out and it starts with a belief that things “Could” be better.
Moving from hopeless to hopeful is the first step we can all take, and we do that by coming together with one another, supporting each other and realizing we don’t have to go it alone.
I also care deeply about the environment and making sustainable choices, but it all starts with out mental health. When we take care of ourselves emotionally and do what we can to be healthier emotionally and physically, we make better choices for all. It all starts from our relationship with self and how we see the world.
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About the author:
Fab Giovanetti is a business mentor, published author, influencer-specialist, best known as the founder of the Health Bloggers Community and co-founder of the Register of Health and Wellness Influencers.
Serial start-up founder and professional troublemaker, she is obsessed with avocados and helping people making an impact in health and wellness. Sounds like you? Get daily tips on how to grow your influence via the HBC magazine.