I am so honoured & humbled to have had the chance to sit down and chat with the radiant Jessilyn McCash of Balanced Bloom. If you are curious to get to know me a little more, here's our interview - up close & personal!
I had the pleasure of interviewing the incredible Linda and I was blown away to learn that her incredible wellness journey started at the very young age of 9!
Sitting down, chatting, laughing and getting to know Linda Heredia better was such a fun time! Her amazing wellness journey started at the age of 9. Such an inspiring women, who always knew, even when life pulled her off course a little, her true passion and values would lead her to find success and happiness.
How are you "living the life you most desire"?
Wow! That’s a good one…lol. Living a life I most desire means that everything that I am doing is truly aligned with my core values and what I want. In comparison to the corporate world, where I was very successful, the way that I was operating daily, I didn’t get to spend the days how I wished, doing the things that I love, and I wasn’t in alignment. That doesn’t mean that right now there aren’t moments of challenge, especially as a mom or as an entrepreneur, but everything that I am doing is in alignment with my heart and my core values, like wellness, family, freedom, etc. I’m also continuing to expand my vision so that my reality becomes a match to what I truly desire and what I am truly passionate about.
Tell me more about Linda growing up vs Linda now.
Linda growing up vs now in some ways they are very alike in that we are both very heart-based lead. Both have a very playful energy, love to smile, and want to make the world smile. We both come from the heart and want to be of service. When I was younger I wanted to bring joy, but in a different way than now. In terms of wellness, that started at the age of 9 when my father was diagnosed with stage 3, almost stage 4 colon cancer, and my world of wellness was completely blown open.
I was sort of the black sheep in the family who dabbled in herbs, supplements, and nutrition and started my reiki training, even though no one in my family was guiding me, I was self-taught. I’ve always had a curiosity and been a student of life, always wanted to grow and expand and see how I can make an impact.
The difference from growing up to now is that I’ve grown personally and spiritually. At the age of 13, I struggled with my throat chakra, I constantly had strep throat and was being followed by ENT specialist all the way from high school through to my corporate career, where I was told that I was possibly facing lymphoma in my neck area. It was a big wake-up call, and at that moment I realized that it was due to my constant people pleasing behaviour, always putting others ahead of myself. I never stood up for myself because I didn’t want to hurt anyone.
Linda then vs now is that I am still working on this, but I’m learning to listen to my body which helps me to learn more and more how to step into my voice. I'm no longer afraid to give loving honest feedback to help support others growth. So many clients that I see have throat or anxiety issues, and I truly believe that I have attracted them as someone who has gone through what they are going through. I can help empower other women to step into their own voice, so they can live and breathe and step into the life they desire. The growth that Linda went through over the years allows me to help people to step into their life, recognize their values and go after what they want in life.
Did you always want to be a Holistic Nutritionist and start your own business?
No, I didn’t think that I wanted to be a Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki Master or Life Coach, but I was always into nutrition. When my father was first diagnosed, I learned about nutrition and juicing to help aid his recovery, and he just celebrated his 71st birthday, which is amazing! I used nutrition to help me growing up with PMS, hormone, and iron deficiency, so it has always played a role since the age of 9. Not just nutrition, but full on Holistic Wellness. I always looked at energy, nutrition, emotions, and I look back to when I was 13 starting my Reiki training in a class full of 40-year olds and going through it with them as they share their personal transformations, it was incredible.
To be honest I grew up thinking I was going to be a pediatrician, looking back my paternal grandparents were both doctors, so I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician. When I got to university and started doing pure science getting myself prepped for med school, I realized that I didn’t want to pursue that anymore. I wanted to take more of a holistic route and approach, I had the opportunity to work with the nutritionist on campus and started creating meal plans and menu plans and through that work I started to realize my approach was more holistic and it wasn't just about food, but took into account mind, body and spirit.
I then did my undergraduate at Western and did my Honours in Health Sciences where I specialized in health promotion. I then went on to do a post-graduate in corporate communications and public relations and then landed a job at a public relations firm that had international status, with amazing clients and an incredible space. I found that every moment I was spending in my spare time was all about wellness and holistic nutrition and I started to apply the principles I had learned to myself, because I found in this corporate career that I was stressed out, I was under a lot of pressure, I gained weight and I wasn’t emotionally in the best space. I wasn’t aligned and there was a gap between where I was and where I wanted to be. After a few years there I decided that I had to pursue my passion, it was about the same time that I was being tested for lymphoma. I knew it was a wake-up call and that what was happening to me was more than just physical.
The Universe was trying to tell me that I had to make a shift, so I left my corporate career and became a Full-time Holistic Nutritionist, I was already a Reiki Master and Certified Coach Practitioner, so in the midst of planning a wedding, I just jumped right in and I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and create my own schedule, work my own hours, and make the impact I desired and I wanted to be the CEO of not only my business but my life. It was a whole new adventure!
What inspired you to take the career path you chose?
I kind of answered that above…lol, but to reiterate, it was the fact that wellness to me is everything. If someone in life does not have optimal health and wellness, then nothing else matters. I saw it with my father, the money, the trips, the cars the vacations…if you weren’t well enough to actually enjoy it and appreciate it, you had nothing. Wellness is your greatest asset, and I believe that if I can support other people do this I can help them transform their life.
Having optimal wellness is the foundation to help you create the life you desire, it allows you to step into the most extraordinary vision for your life. Holistic wellness is where it all starts. I wanted to be a part of helping transform people, colleagues, and peers, those who didn’t know how to 'have more, do more, be more' and I wanted to be a part of their solution. That is what inspired me!
Tell me a bit more about becoming one of North America's youngest Reiki Masters? Where did you study? Were you actually practising on clients or more just family and friends?
I was 13, I was over at one of my best friend's house and I had a headache. I didn’t want to take Advil or Tylenol being the black sheep that I was, and her parents who were Reiki practitioners asked me if they could perform Reiki to help with my headache? They explained to me what it was, in regards to putting their hands on my head and that it was a natural form of healing the body. Being 13 I didn’t have notions of it not working, and I was completely open, and within 15 mins my headache cleared.
At that age, I felt that I had that calling and wondered to myself why everyone doesn’t learn this. So I called up their Reiki Master and she asked if I had ever had a full treatment before, and I said “no”, so she asked me to come in for a full treatment. So now I had to convince my parents to drive me, pay for it and let me do this. They had no idea what this was, but they did trust my best friends parents and that was the beginning of me becoming a Reiki Master. I was blessed and thankful. It felt so natural.
I used Reiki on just friends and family and myself until I finished my corporate job. It was a part of my life and I shared my gift, but I didn’t start charging until I became a Holistic Nutritionist and worked in a clinic, and now I am lucky enough to be able to teach those who want to learn as well. I continue to learn and take courses on other energy based work as well.
Tell me a bit more about your Manifestation Masterclass, what can your clients expect to feel once they have completed it?
I used to only offer it once a year lives, but now it is available to purchase anytime in webinar form. I revise it annually and do my live class in January and then make it available through the year. It’s about a few things:
Step 1 - It's about releasing and blessing all the junk that we’ve carried that has served us, and given us a lesson or a learning and then saying thank you, I love you, I bless you, but it’s time to let go and move on. You have to be able to release that from your mind and energetic being because you can’t go on to create more of what you desire if your vessel or space is clogged up with the old. Learning to let go of the weight of things that we may not even be aware of. We do a full meditation as well, set intentions and you get an entire workbook to take you through the entire process.
Step 2 - Is about getting clear, “what do I really want?”, re: core values, what you want this year, what you want to bring in. Begin to align your values and core desires.
Step 3 - Is putting it into action with a blueprint so you know how to get what you desire.
It's 90mins all together through the webinar, and you get the workbook, the meditations and intentions and complete access to do it over and over.
It is for someone that may or may not know where they want to go, but aren’t sure how to align it. It could be limiting beliefs, being unclear, confused or feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. This would be an incredible place to start.
You have an absolutely beautiful family! As a wife, mother and entrepreneur, what are some of your biggest challenges and rewards you have had to deal with?
Thank you, my son just turned 2 a few months ago and we are excited to be taking him to Cuba in a few days which may pose a few challenges…lol. I would say that my biggest challenges and rewards are this: My son is my greatest teacher, he has taught me to be more present and grounded and see the world with childlike curiosity again and see the magic in the day to day. We might go out and the smallest things are brought to life through him. So much magic, joy, and love with fresh lenses, that is my biggest reward.
One of the challenges is learning that I can’t do things the way I used to before. I can’t run my business the way I used to. I joke with my husband and ask “what did I do with all that time that I had?” because as a parent and entrepreneur I have to be super focused on what I do with my time. While it was a challenge before it has become a reward, as I have become really efficient. I had to learn to surrender and know that it is ok if I can’t get a great day of work done because I had to have a nap because I have a newborn. I had to learn to let go of the type A personality. I was overly ambitious and had to learn to go with the flow and have more flexibility. The more I was able to surrender to this flow in my business and learn to “Stop, drop and let go”, the more I was able to keep my vibration and flow in sync, so I don’t let moments of frustration really throw me off course. I had to give myself permission to trust and know that everything will be ok. He pushes me to become the best version of me I can and I set an example for him so that he can see how I’m living my life in alignment, in flow, being flexible and grounded and he can one day take that on as well.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring female entrepreneur?
Just GO FOR IT!!!
Listen to your heart and go for it. If you have an intuitive nudge, don’t let the nay-sayers get you down. When you make the shift to become an entrepreneur everyone is going to have something to say. So no matter what you come across you can do this. You have a beautiful message to share with the world, so step into the heart and step into the courage and make those dreams happen. If you are focused and you know what you want, no matter the challenges or obstacles that arise you will create success because you are committed to the journey.
Being an entrepreneur is not an easy ride, it is a roller coaster, but when you know what your vision is, and you know in your heart you are connected and you feel it in every single cell “Yes, this is exactly what I want!”, the how will work out! Keep moving forward and let the magic happen, it’s on its way and if you are aligned with the heart and vision and values, nothing can stop you!
Last question, how has being a Healthy Girl (HG) coach changed your business and your life?
It has changed my life in more ways than I ever imagined! As a female entrepreneur I truly believe as I said before that wellness has to be your foundation, wellness is key. Being a HG coach and the Chief Wellspot Officer, I am blessed to be able to give this to our coaches. We get to help them put wellness at the forefront so that they can take that energy and be an amazing mom, an amazing entrepreneur and pursue their passion and do what they really love. It also helps me make it a priority, even though it has always been a priority, it’s sort of like having your own personal life coach and business coach and health coach in your back pocket.
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Another thing that had been incredible for my own personal growth is that we are all connected to other amazing women, like our founder Leanne Jacobs. There is something unique, special and rare to have a community of women who are high vibing, who are positive, ambitious and authentic and who are only there to cheer you on and support your growth and who are not there to compete with envy or ego. We all support each other to create the most extraordinary vision that you can manifest. We are all working towards creating exceptional 6 and 7 figure businesses and to have access to these individuals to help you do that is amazing!
We grow together, collaborate, support each other and it is such an incredible sisterhood. It has changed my life by giving me skills and tools that I would have never learned on my own! All of our coaches together allows us all to thrive as a community, as an entrepreneur and as an individual.
WOW! Thank you Linda Heredia for sharing your journey with us.
Thanks Jessilyn for this amazing chat! I appreciate you taking the time with me today to share with everyone a little more about who I am and what I am all about :)