Living a mindful YES life extends to all aspects of your life – including how and what you eat. I grew up in a fast-food restaurant. I had burgers and fries at least three times a week (and a few 7-11 Slurpees in between). Marriage to a health conscious wife got me eating on the right track, but I still have a tough time breaking some of my poor eating habits.
I found Quintessence (“Tess”) Challis on Twitter of all places. The more I read her tweets, the more her ideas made sense, and the more I realized this was a woman living her YES.
Travis: Tess, you have obviously dedicated your life to living your YES through helping people with diet and nutrition. How would you describe your YES in your own words?
Tess: For me, it’s all about doing what I love. When I’m doing what I love, living my passion, it automatically serves others and creates a gigantic win-win YES all-around! I tend to make choices based on love – not fear – which can be scary if it involves a lot of risk. However, I’ve found time and time again that it always pays off when you follow your bliss, follow your heart.
Travis: YES…”Follow your bliss” indeed! So, how did this path of nutrition and wellness open up for you?
Tess: Actually, it was due to my own poor health that I became interested in helping others. As a child, I was constantly sick. I had strep throat practically every month and used so many antibiotics that I became immune to every single one of them! I had low energy, was anemic, had horrible skin, was obese for many years, and was constantly sick with something or another. When I changed my diet by going vegan in 1991, I was amazed at how much my health shifted within a matter of weeks. To this day, I’ve never gotten strep throat again.
So needless to say, I was personally inspired on how much diet and healthy living can affect our wellness. From there, after writing several books, I began to get asked to coach others. I have never really advertised for clients – they just come to me. It’s such an immense joy to help others reclaim their own health, using such simple principles!
Travis: When did you feel you were doing the thing you were meant to do? How did this come about?
Tess: The first thing I remember was when people started telling me that my food was so delicious that it was easy for them to be vegan and healthy. That began to happen about 20 years ago and eventually prompted me to start writing books.
But what really gets me are the beautiful letters/emails I’ve been sent from people who tell me I’ve changed their lives. They’ve used my books or my coaching to substantially better their wellness and that just makes every bit of my work so worth it!!
Travis: That type of response is obviously tremendously rewarding. Is there one instance that stands out more than others?
Tess: For me, it’s actually all incredibly rewarding. But there’s something so powerful about working one-on-one with clients. For example, there’s a local woman who came to me recently with the worst case of allergies I’ve ever seen. She had been allergic to about 25 things all her life and was vomiting after every meal. Her life was a world of stress, and eating was just a big bowl of trauma for her. Not fun at all. After only two sessions, she was following my program and having astounding results. She hadn’t thrown up once and was even eating most of the things she previously thought she was allergic to! She loves food again and is healthier than ever. And since she also has three beautiful children and a darling husband, it makes me so happy I’ve been a part of her journey into wellness - for her sake and also for her family.
Travis: That’s awesome! For you, what are the biggest challenges, fears, or obstacles you go up against? How do you handle them?
Tess: For me, it’s changed a lot over the years. The fears are far less than they were 20 years ago, or even 2 years ago. I try to always follow the Zen proverb: “Leap and the net will appear.” Because it does. These days, my biggest challenge is finding balance. I have to really make an effort to carve out me-time and not work too much. Anyone know of a great intern? ; )
Travis: “Leap and the net will appear” is one of my favorite quotes – and a quote I have used since my improv days. It has inspired me many times to trust myself, trust Love, and make that leap!
What inspires you most?
Tess: I am inspired constantly by my clients. Seeing how much they can change opens my eyes to how much capacity we all have for transformation!
Travis: Speaking of transformation, since the time you began writing and coaching, how has your own life been most transformed?
Tess: Seeing the beautiful changes others make, using the principles I share in my books and coaching, is so inspiring to me. I can say that seeing those changes has made me a firm believer in our power to change, and in our power to co-create the lives of our dreams. I feel that it has transformed my life by inspiring me in this way, and also by making me realize how much joy there is in a life of service! Nothing feels better than truly helping another person.
Travis: So, if you could share one message with people – what would it be?
Tess: Life is good. Actually, life is great! We can get in the way of this simple fact, but that doesn’t make it any less true. When we follow our bliss and our heart – and we learn from our experiences with gratitude, life unfolds so beautifully.
Travis: Thank you Tess! Life is great!!!
To learn more about Tess and start your own transformation, visit her site at www.radianthealth-innerwealth.com
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