Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Winans.
Jessica, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a little girl, I used to run at 4:30 in the morning every morning before school. I loved the way my feet felt hitting the pavement, the feeling of the cool chill Upstate, NY air in my lungs, and the wind beneath my feet. I felt free, alive. The next time I felt that feeling, I was a first-semester freshman in college. I wrote an article about a now-famous makeup mogul, James Charles, that was published on the front page of a local paper. I switched my major from pre-med to journalism and ran full speed ahead towards creating my dream reality, to be a journalist.
My second semester of freshman year, I got my first job as a journalist for a local paper, founded an online news publication and began interning for a financial literacy magazine in New York City. Just like when I was a little girl, I was running, always running, but always feeling free, alive. I ran for 2-3 years or so until I crashed. Literally. I was driving to cover an event on the Long Island Expressway, and I slammed into the car in front of me, pushing on the gas instead of the break.
“How did I get here?” I thought, as a gentleman tapped on my window and asked me to put my parking brake on.
So for a few months, I stopped, worked as hard as I could, finished my semester of school and drove across the country. I started running again when I was offered a job as a journalist and the web and social media manager for a group of newspapers in San Diego, only a year after my father had gotten a job out here as well. I ran for 2-3 years or so until I crashed again. I woke up on a concrete floor with ten people surrounding me. being wheeled into a stretcher and I thought, “How did I get here?”
So for a few months I stopped. I did a yoga teacher training and worked retail part-time, began teaching yoga in La Jolla and PB, and I started Free Yoga San Diego (as seen on Good Morning San Diego) which was a free yoga class every Tuesday night that gave 100% of donations to charity. I ran with that for six months or so until I crashed again. I slammed into the car in front of me. I thought “how did I get here?”
So for a few months, I stopped and founded Ultravioletly Aligned and launched my first program, a monthly 1:1 Spiritual Life Coaching program for women which later evolved into a 90 day 1:1 Feminine Confidence Program which I still offer. Once I stopped running and began speaking, things fell into place. I have been extremely blessed. I have never taught to an empty room, I’ve always had clients enroll in my programs, I have created a community I love so dearly and I have been able to speak, hold events and workshops and give people tools they need to find their own voice, connect to their purpose and live the lives they want.
Never in a million years, ever, when I was that little girl running at 4:30 in the morning in Upstate, NY that I would be living in San Diego, CA, as a full-time feminine empowerment coach, intuitive business and social media strategist for healers, speaking, healing, teaching or writing, all while being CEO of my own business. And I’m not going to lie, I definitely haven’t stopped running. But I think that’s the beauty in life, to continue feeling free, to continue feeling excited, to continue running. Knowing that it’s all just a part of this beautifully designed journey we call life.
Has it been a smooth road?
Well, no. But I don’t think any road is smooth, I think that’s the whole point of life, and I love that. There were plenty of struggles along the way for sure, but they were all beautiful learning lessons. I’d say the biggest struggles teach the biggest lessons, so I’ll share them.
One that I kind of laugh at now was the time I was admitted to San Diego State, but my admission was revoked three times. Yes, three times. I was working as a journalist and web and social media manager at the time and I had a 3.8 GPA, so my over-achiever tendencies were FLOORED when my admission was revoked. I actually didn’t know it was revoked until I went to their website to sign up for classes.
At first, I was totally, totally devastated. I called one of my best friends from home, sobbing my eyes out and she said, “Jessica remember who you are. Get dressed and go down to the school and show them who you are.” So I did, I took a copy of every article I had written (50 clips), my resume, my transcript with my 3.8 GPA and a letter from one of my mentors who had also heard my sob story that day. They rejected me, again claiming I needed to take this $800 public speaking course that began the next day to fulfill a requirement, and that it wouldn’t guarantee my readmission. I had $900 in my bank account and gave City College my debit card and went to class.
After I completed the class, I put my suit back on and went back to SDSU with my transcript. They denied me again. I was totally devastated. So, like any college-aged woman in distress, I cut my bangs and died my hair blonde. I almost gave up until a week before the semester, I told my friend I had given up. She refused to let me leave her house until I emailed every single person in the journalism department at SDSU, as well as the dean AND president, and asked to be admitted. A week later and three days after the first day of the semester, I was admitted. I share that story because I want people to know, whatever it is you are experiencing in life, even if it makes absolutely no sense in the moment, is all happening for a reason. All of it.
Please tell us about Ultravioletly Aligned.
Ultravioletly Aligned is my coaching business, where I host full moon workshops and serve as a feminine empowerment coach and Intuitive Biz + Social Media Strategist. I am known for my two signature coaching programs, Ultravioletly Aligned 90 Day 1:1 Feminine Confidence Coaching Program and Ultravioletly Aligned: Mind | Body | Biz.
As the CEO of Ultravioletly Aligned, I am most proud of the diversity of our clients. I have worked with women of all races, sexual orientations and walks of life in my 1:1 program, and all of my students in my group program are healers, activists, lightworkers and yoga teachers.
What sets me apart from others, I believe, is my open mind, authenticity and vulnerability. I take pride in being my authentic self always, whether that’s on social media (I do not use any growth agencies, traditional marketing tactics or advertisements) or with my clients. I truly believe my ability and desire to be authentic, transparent and ME in every space I’m in motivates others to do the same.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think San Diego is an amazing place for a business like mine. I would highly recommend coaches, healers and teachers to start in San Diego.
- Website: jesswinans.com
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