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Meeting My Mentor (and hero) Rachel Hollis

May 2, 2020 in Lifestyle - No Comments

“Find a mentor” is one of the most recommended things in most of the leadership development books I’ve read.

I always wondered though….”How in the heck do you find this mentor?

Was there like an application that I needed to fill out?

Would I get paired with someone like when I adopted that manatee in 5th grade and got monthly post cards updating me on their status?

Is there a line I was supposed to stand in but I missed it?

Did I miss the submission window?

Where were all these mentors?

So I started searching in books.  Podcasts.  YouTube videos.

Where I could still learn from these amazing teachers, thought leaders, and experts….even if they didn’t have the slightest idea of who I was.

Enter Rachel Hollis.

Someone else don’t get to tell you who you can be…..

–Rachel Hollis

I honestly think that someone at work told me about her book and so I grabbed it at Half Priced Books when I was there in late 2018.

I was floored.  It was a combination of gritty honesty, approachable and relatable, and exactly what I’d been looking for…..I was hooked.  She was not a cheerleader, make no mistake.  There were no fluffy inspirational quotes.  She was real and authentic.  She was that coach that was going to push you to reach the Olympics that you would thank first when you took the podium for your gold medal in speed skating.  The type of coach who would remind you after that it was YOU that did all the work.

I’ve read both of her books, listened to all of her podcasts and joined her coaching group. We are active members of her online community and receive the most amazing support from the other members of the group  We’ve share some of Callie’s journey with them and have found an open, accepting, growth focused “tribe.”

So when her team reached out to see if I was interested in participating in an interview session with her for their upcoming virtual conference, I was OVERJOYED.

Sit down for 30 mins with my mentor?

Be able to have her share her wisdom with me?

Be able to tell her how grateful I was for all that she does for her community?

Possibly have our story inspire someone else?

Where did I need to sign?

Rachel Note

She was just as amazing as I’d hoped.  I know that sometimes, when you build up a person in your mind and then you meet them in real life, there is the possibility that they lose a bit of that “sparkle.”  That couldn’t be farther from the case with Rachel.  She instantly made me feel at ease and within about 2.5 seconds it felt like I was chatting with an old friend not a NY Times best selling author and media mogul.  She even took the time after we were done to say hello to Callie which was such a classy thing to do.  Callie got to pick a song that they promised would be added to the opening “line up” and we talked a little about doing Rise Run with the team in December.


What song did Callie pick you ask?

“It’s my Life” by Bon Jovi.  It is the same song that I picked to accept my President’s Club award last summer.  To her….it signifies hard work, never giving up, and a warrior mentality.

Seems like a good fit to kick off RisexLive.

The crazy thing is…..I’ve wrote each and every day in my Start Today Journal…..”I speak on a Rise stage.”  If I was not 100% sold on the idea of manifesting my dreams before this then this was the universe coming in hot for me. I used to hold back on sharing our story because I truly thought it highlighted the areas that we were lacking, broken, and imperfect.

I wish I’d shared sooner.

People aren’t inspired by perfection.

They are inspired by how we’ve gotten up after we’ve been knocked down.

They are inspired by how imperfectly we have learned, stretched, grown, and bloomed.

They are inspired by how we rally, how we love, and how we rise.

They are inspired by how we can make broken look beautiful.

Rachel Hollis…..Thank you for coming into our lives and letting us be a part of your amazing conference.  It’s a day that we will hold in our hearts for a very long time.



Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! My name is Jaime! Wife to my better half, James, who is my moon and all of my stars. We are parents to our little warrior princess, Callie Grace. We started this blog to share our journey as we navigate through our crazy beautiful life. Callie is a lower limb amputee and I am a Type One Diabetic. We are hoping to change the face of beauty one step at a time! We hope by sharing our story, you leave with a little bit more inspiration and hope! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining our tribe!

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Hi Y'all! I’m Jaime, a proud working mama, author, girl boss and wifey to an ultra-adorable husband. I am a huge book nerd, I drink coffee like my life depends on it, and run on dry shampoo and Amazon Prime. Leopard print is my favorite color. I am a story teller at heart and this blog is a virtual scrapbook of our crazy beautiful life. I'm a Type One Diabetic and our little warrior princess Callie is a lower limb amputee. By sharing how we’ve chosen to flourish in the garden we’ve been planted in, we hope you can take some small nuggets of hope, inspiration, and laughter. We are so grateful that you’ve found us—welcome to the fam. We embrace our perfectly imperfect lives and don’t let the doctor’s appointments, spreadsheets, speaking engagements, 10th birthday parties to plan, housework or date nights overwhelm us. Those things are just the beautiful reminders of all the blessings in our lives. Read More



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