| CASSIE MENDOZA-JONES |
I absolutely LOVE Cassie and her work, she is someone I truly look up to. I was recently able to experience a life-changing series with her myself, which I’m so grateful for as she is just such an inspiration to me. I love that I feel so much more connected to and aligned with myself in her presence, as she empowers me to find flow, balance and harmony in my life. If you connect with Cassie yourself, I know you’ll feel the same!
Cassie Mendoza-Jones is a kinesiologist and naturopath, and the author of You Are Enough (Hay House), a book that’ll help you elevate your thoughts, align your energy and get out of the comparison trap.
With a soft spot for fellow perfectionists, a gentle approach to healing, and a focus on energy and emotions, she uses a combination of kinesiology, coaching and naturopathy to support women in clearing overwhelm, getting unstuck, increasing their self-confidence and feeling more aligned to their best life. She also works with entrepreneurs, healers, coaches and creatives who want to get clear on their vision and goals, clear blocks to success, and grow their business with ease and flow (without burning out in the process).
Through her writing, online courses and guides, meditations, private sessions and social media presence, she supports women in raising their confidence, their self-worth and their energy.
Her lessons and insights have been featured in national and international publications such as Collective Hub, CLEO, Body + Soul, Women’s Fitness and Gourmet Traveller, and on popular websites such as The Daily Guru, news.com.au, Vogue.com.au, Sporteluxe, marie claire and smh.com.au. She’s spoken at events and workshops around Australia for a variety of companies such as BUPA, Barre Body, New Balance, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley and Eat Fit Food.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JUST GO FOR IT, AND START LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE? WAS THERE A TURNING POINT OR AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU REALISED YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE CHANGE?
I think I’ve always been aware of crafting a life I love; I come from a family of business owners and entrepreneurs, and so taking action and making space for what you want has been ingrained in me from a very young age. I’ve also always been very self-aware and intuitive, and this has deepened over the years.
The turning point in terms of my career and life purpose was when I left my career as a makeup artist in the fashion, beauty and advertising industry to study naturopathy and then kinesiology.
I did this for several reasons but the most important one was that I wanted to be helping people (specifically women) to feel beautiful, confident, healed and whole on the inside, and on every level, not just on a physical level.
HOW IS YOUR LIFE DIFFERENT NOW AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Now, I think I am even more in tune with what I need in order to honour myself and look after my energy. I’m very grateful in that — while of course I’ve been through hard times — all in all, I love my life, and this helps me honour what I create even more. My life is really suited to me; I’ve never worked in an office, I’ve always been freelance or run my own business in a sense, so I think I’ve always (or mostly) been able to craft my days in a way that feels good. I have freedom, and I live and craft my life from intuitive guidance; I am incredibly grateful for this.
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST FEAR OR BLOCK (EMOTIONAL, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE, AND HOW DID YOU BREAK THROUGH IT?
I think my greatest block is often the same no matter the situation; I tend to overthink things and then worry about them when I don’t need to. I’ve found that by clearing and releasing my overthinking and worry, I am able to stand in my power with much more ease and integrity. Backing yourself can be your greatest ally!
HOW DID OPENING UP AND ‘BEING AUTHENTICALLY YOU’ AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU OR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM?
I think it helped strengthen the important relationships in my life, and allowed me to gracefully let go of the relationships that weren’t serving or supporting me.
I also believe that when one feels happier and more content in their lives, it’ll naturally flow into every area of their life, including relationships.
Doing the inner work is the most important part of healthy relationships, and I think being able to trust myself more has meant I’m able to enjoy even healthier relationships.
DID YOU FACE ANY JUDGEMENTS OR CRITICISMS, WHETHER FROM YOURSELF OR OTHERS?
I don’t think so… although I think a part of me felt bad for leaving my makeup career when I was actually doing well in it, and for the most part, it was a very successful career.
I was good at what I did, I just stopped loving it the way I used to. So, I adjusted course, tuned back into what I wanted from my life, and aligned myself to my purpose on a deeper level.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I love how organised and focused I am. My mum says I came out of the womb being organised; it’s my most natural state. In its positive form this allows me to be focused, it supports my drive and my dreams, and helps me to be productive and prolific.
On the flip side, in the past that has sometimes lent itself to working too much and burning out and trying to control situations that are better left to flow. That’s when I can start to overthink things, so I love balancing and blending the organised part of myself with the part that enjoys flow and the feminine and tuning into ease.
WHERE DO YOU FIND BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION?
Everywhere! Mostly, in the spaces in between.
Also in beautiful photos, beautiful styling and design, interior design, books, movies, magazines, meditation, nature, the coast, coffee dates with myself and time to chill, and good food and red wine (ha!).
I also find I’m more inspired when I’m well rested and looking after myself well, and because so much of my work is based on creativity and writing, self-care is imperative to staying in an inspired flow.
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO DO?
I grew up horse riding, and my riding friends and I used to set up jumps in our backyard with anything we could find—cardboard boxes, toys, logs, buckets—to create a show jumping course.
We’d then have pretend show jumping competitions where we jumped over the jumps as if we were our horses. It was awesome.
WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND WHY?
Space to write and create and restore; I need this on a very deep soul level, and so I honour it fiercely and with love.
WHEN LIFE GETS BUSY, OVERWHELMING AND THE NEGATIVITY STARTS TO CREEP IN, HOW DO YOU UNWIND AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO ‘JUST BE’?
I make sure to have a day where I have no plans except to do what I want and need to do; a morning walk, yoga or strength training class, a long breakfast with my hubby, a coffee or two, reading a book or watching a show on Netflix, a little meditating or a kinesiology balance on myself (or just some journaling and pulling of oracle cards), a long, chilled lunch, a swim at the beach or a nap in the afternoon, and then a delicious dinner with a glass of red wine. I’d also probably pop into my parents’ house, and have a cuddle with Miso, our Japanese spitz.
All of these things bring me back to myself.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE WANTING TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL WAY OF BEING AND FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN THEMSELVES?
I’d say this: slow down, go inwards and honour yourself.
Sit with yourself, close your eyes, take a deep breath and ask yourself ‘What do I need right now?’ Then listen to your own answer, and honour it.