Your Local Girl Gang with Kim McConaughy from mental wellness warriors
How did your profession begin?
I only recently grew into my purpose as an Empowerment Coach for Mental Wellness Warriors after years of personal growth. I struggled with my own mental health for as long as I can remember and a few years ago I had no choice but to learn life-coping strategies. My own strength to show up has paved a path for others to walk with me, even on the days they think they can't, we work together to build them a foundation of daily rituals and mindset for mental wellness. It's where my heart is.
What are Mental Wellness Warriors?
A Mental Wellness Warrior is a testament to resilience in the face of mental illness. She is brave, she's a fighter and she's so f*ng strong. She has found the light through darkness and she's ready to rise. She's ready to show up for herself and for her life.”
And here I am.... coming
Can you explain to us what an Empowerment Coach is?
As an Empowerment Coach, I support women who have moved through the darkness of mental health and are stuck in the motions of the day to day to day, just existing. And that's not enough anymore, to just exist. I empower them to show up over and over again, even on the hard days. I help them rewrite the stories written in the darkness of mental illness and step into their power to know that they create their life.
Your coaching programs are called ‘Show Up for Yourself’ and ‘Create your Life’. What does showing-up each day mean and what does it mean to create your life?
Showing up every day means committing to the rituals and mindset that make you the greatest version of yourself. Creating your life means knowing that you have the power in every moment to choose the life you want to live, to live your life with intention and on purpose.
Who is one of your female role models & why?
Right now, I'm loving Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face. I love her for her authenticity and her commitment to show up everyday for herself. It doesn't sound like a big deal until you actually step up and commit to feeling the way you want to feel and living the life you want to live. It's hard work. But it's so worth it.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That I am an aspiring professional beach glass hunter, and that there was a season in my life that I didn't want to live and contemplated suicide.
What is your go-to relaxation/meditation routine?
I believe that the daily rituals we commit to for our own wellbeing are essential. My go-to is an early morning (I HATED mornings for 30 years!) walk, meditation, and journaling. I also love a nightly soak in the tub to wind down before bed.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Oooooh, good question. The first thing that comes to me is to take an intentional breath. To breathe on purpose and discover the power that comes with sitting in stillness with our breath.
Where can we begin to improve our mental wellness and what changes can we make day-to-day?
The first step is knowing the truth in that you are worth it and that the world needs you. If you don't see that, an appointment with your doctor and therapy is a great place to start. When you're ready, you can learn the changes you need to make and be supported through it and to find the support you need to drive yourself to show up for yourself and for your life. The day-to-day changes and motivation and accountablity to commit to improving our mental wellness is exactly what I support women in through the Show Up for Yourself www.kimmcconaghy.com/workwithme coaching program.”
What are your goals for the Mental Wellness Warriors Facebook community in the next year?
That's such a powerful and exciting question!! These women are my drive to keep showing up for myself so I can show up for them. They ignite a passion in me to inspire them to step into their own power... To keep showing up for themselves for their own lives.