We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamey Knipps and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamey, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I love this question! When I was younger, I never even thought about what I would eventually leave behind. I was far too busy stressing about all the things I thought I was supposed to be doing – the job, the house, the husband, the kids – and how to do them perfectly. The further down this road I got, the more I started to ask myself: Who’s the judge of what I’m “supposed to” be doing? Who decides what “perfect” even looks like? Why am I so worried about what other people will think?
Some years ago, I was talking to one of my sisters, a mother of nine, who was worried that she had not done scrapbooks for some of her kids. I said to her “I really don’t think that your headstone will say ‘Here lies Jean. Never got to those last 5 scrapbooks’.“ We laughed and laughed about how much energy we spend thinking about things that truly won’t matter in the end.
I often remember that conversation when I find myself stressed about details or caught up in what others might think of my life. These days, I try to live my life aligned with how I would like to be remembered, and what might be on my headstone someday. For now, I’m striving for this one:
HERE LIES JAMEY.
LOVED COMPASSIONATELY ~ GAVE GENEROUSLY ~ LAUGHED FREELY
What should our readers know about your business?
What excites me most about life coaching is witnessing that a-ha moment when a client looks inside themselves and finds the answers they’ve been seeking, their strength, their voice, their courage, their freedom, their happiness. I don’t think there could be a better job for me!
I especially love working with big-hearted women who’ve spent years taking care of others, but struggle to do the same for themselves. I help them define and commit to what’s most important to them so that they can feel strong and confident about who and where they are now, and powerfully move forward in life with a renewed sense of passion and purpose.
I specialize in Inner Dialogue Mastery, Gratitude Consciousness, and Habit Awareness and Management (i.e., Critical Self-Talk, Perfectionism, People-Pleasing, Negative Thinking, Procrastinating, and Numbing Behaviors like Excessive Eating/Drinking, Shopping/Spending, TV Watching, Social Media Use).
I think it’s my coaching style – part scientific, part spiritual, part smart-ass – that sets me apart from others. While I take the work seriously (over 15 years of transformational/personal growth study and application in my own life), I don’t take myself too seriously. I believe humor is a very important ingredient in the recipe for healing and happiness!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Colorado! I grew up in Boulder, so I would certainly put a drive past those iconic foothills and a trip to the Pearl Street Mall on the list. It’s a wonderful place to eat, drink, shop and people-watch. Another great place to do that is the 16th Street Mall in Denver. Historic downtown Golden is fun – be sure to visit Woody’s Pizza and head over to the Coors Brewery for a tour and some Colorado brew. At Christmastime, I would do a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown. Our family goes to the Christmas Lights at the Denver Zoo every year (I hear the Botanic Gardens has a great display too!).
For activities, I like to get my laugh on at Comedy Works. Denver’s comedy scene is pretty active with lots of acts to choose from. I love baseball and try to get to Coors Field at least a couple of times a year. I’m also a pinball geek, so the 1up arcades (in LoDo and on Capital Hill) and Blizzard Mountain Pinball (in Conifer) are a must. There are lots of wonderful golf courses in the metro area with great views of both the mountains and the city (you might even find some of the golf balls I’ve lost on those courses over the years:).
Don’t leave Colorado without a visit to the mountains. If you’re a winter person, get up there to ski, snowboard or maybe tube down Fraser Hill with the family. If you’re a summer person, go for the hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, or maybe sailing at Lake Dillon. So many mountain towns to explore and enjoy year-round!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who have guided me, encouraged me, pushed me, taught me, and loved me no matter what.
I’m incredibly grateful to all the teachers who gave me just what I needed, just when I needed it: The Landmark Forum, Mile Hi Church (Dr. Roger Teel, Dr. Michelle Medrano, Dr. Barry Ebert), Oprah, davidji, Deepak Chopra, Brené Brown, Eckhart Tolle, and Pema Chödrön to name a few.
And a huge THANK YOU to my extra-large and loving family, who has made me who I am today – for better or worse – especially:
My husband for being the calm and steady balance to my crazy for the past 30 years,
My daughter for inspiring me with the work she is doing on her own journey (and for the long, delicious phone calls about life),
My son (my little guru) for challenging me to look and strive for the best person I can be, and
My sister, Kathy, for pointing me in the direction of transformation and possibility.