Mindie Kniss: Magic Starts Here

Bettina M. Gordon, (c) photo by Nathalie Schueller

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YOUR CALL TO ADVENTURE  series by Bettina M. Gordon 

Are you happy and content with the status quo of your life? Or do you hear a little inner voice that nudges you to explore what it is that could energize you every morning, bring a huge smile to your face and would allow you to enjoy a life beyond your wildest dreams? If you are ready to live your own truth rather than somebody else´s – let this series inspire you and show you what’s possible!

More often than not we just need a new perspective to see what is really possible. This interview series features people who answered their inner call to adventure. They now lead lives on their own terms and happily share their insights with us.

Sometimes the path of your life changes while you step away from what you know.... Mindie Kniss grew up with a big dream of going to Africa: "From as far back as I can remember, I was passionate about anything and everything to do with Kenya.  It took 20+ years to make that dream a reality, but what it taught me is that whatever you truly want (those “impossible” dreams) are, in fact, possible.  Your dream might not have anything to do with traveling to a foreign land, but whatever it is, what needs be your number one priority is to become the person who can step into that dream as reality.  That is what I help you do." Photo (c) http://turangawaewae.wordpress.com/

Mindie Kniss grew up with a big dream of going to Africa: “From as far back as I can remember, I was passionate about anything and everything to do with Kenya. It took 20+ years to make that dream a reality, but what it taught me is that those “impossible” dreams are, in fact, possible. Your dream might not have anything to do with traveling to a foreign land, but whatever it is, what needs to be your number one priority is to become the person who can step into that dream as reality. That is what I help you do.”
Photo (c) http://turangawaewae.wordpress.com/

 

This installment of the “Your Call to Adventure” series features adventuress Mindie Kniss, who blew off her career in Corporate America for a soulfeeding journey as a high-in-demand Life & Relationship Coach (www.MindieKniss.com)

 

Sometimes the life changing realizations come when we are very far away from where we belong. Just ask Mindie Kniss.

When Mindie and I met on Skype a couple of weeks ago I wanted to interview her about her transition from her leadership position in Corporate America to becoming a highly sought after Life Coach. Very quickly our conversation turned to Africa though, where Mindie had worked for six months outside of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2006 Mindie was selected for the prestigious Global Health Fellowship. Together with local NGOs Mindie created a very successful program for the women of the region that empowered them to earn money through their crafts instead of having to resort to sex work to feed their families.

Mindie fulfilled her wish of going to Kenya and it was in Africa where she asked herself the question that truly changed her life: "What do I REALLY want?"

Mindie Kniss fulfilled her wish of going to Kenya in 2006. And it was in Africa where she asked herself the question that truly changed her life: “What do I REALLY want?”

“One of the women had walked six hours through a torrential downpour and mudslides because she had heard that we would pick the most skilled women for our arts and crafts program that day”, Mindie recalls during our interview and I clearly see that this time in Africa had made a deep impression on her.

Not surprisingly Mindie had second thoughts about returning to her management position in quality assurance for a large pharmaceutical company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, once her time in Africa came to an end.

Africa gave Mindie the opportunity to step back and assess her life. 

While in Kenya she asked herself the question that changed her life:

“What is it that I really want to do?”

We are picking my interview up with Mindie right here: with the realization that she might not be able to go back to her old job for much longer.

Here are the topics we are discussing:

  • What did Mindie answer to ‘What do I really want’? (around minute 2:30)
  • How did she prepare for her new career goal of becoming a life coach and writer? (min. 5:40)
  • What does she advise her clients who also would like to make a major shift in their lives but are worried about giving up the steady pay-check? (min. 8)
  • How did Mindie find her very first clients when she started out? Did she struggle with charging for her services? (min. 11:40)
  • How do you find out what you are supposed to be doing? Mindie shares her simple process to get to the bottom of the question “what’s my purpose?” (min. 15:30)

 

 

  • From Life Coaching to relationship coaching: when Mindie met her husband, Sean Stephenson, she realized she did not have to be “GI Jane” all the time anymore. What a relief! (min. 21)
  • Mindie’s advice for women who often feel like they have to be in control and embody “masculine” traits (as many of us need to be in business and often in our private lives as well): learning the simple art of receiving. (min. 23:20)
  • For the men who want to claim back their masculinity: one of the easiest things to do. (min. 26)
  • Do you think you are undateable? Mindie and Sean are currently working on a reality show! (min. 28:20)
  • What Mindie has to say about her husband Sean; what attracted her to him and made her fall in love. (min. 31:20)

 

In September 2012 Mindie married her love Sean Stephenson, himself a well known therapist, author and speaker. I know Sean as the "Three Foot Giant"lksjd;laskjf;lsakjf;lsdkjflskdjfsl;dkjflsdkjfsl;kdjflsdkjfslkdjf;lsdkfjsl;dkjfsljflsakjfl;skjflskdjfldsjflsjdflksdjfdksjfls;dkfjsl;dkfjsdlkfjlsdkjflksdjfl;skdjflsdjflsdjflsdkjfklds;flsdkfjlsjflksfjlks;lfkjslfkjsdlfjsdlkfjsdlkfjsldkfjdslfjsl;jflskjflsdl;dkslfsdjdsl;flaskjdflsadfj

In September 2012 Mindie married her love Sean Stephenson, himself a well known therapist, author and speaker. I know Sean as the “Three Foot Giant” (that’s the title of a Biography Channel feature on Sean and the title stuck because it is so fitting) and have seen videos of him sharing the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson and his holiness the Dalai Lama.The couple has settled in Arizona for now and even though they pursue their own businesses they also join forces from time to time, primarily to coach people on successful relationships. Recently the couple was contacted by Hollywood producers to develop a reality show with the working title “Undateable”. For more on the couple please visit their websites MindieKniss.com and SeanStephenson.com.

 

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