3 years ago, possibly a little more, I was researching on the web when I came across a stunning image; a beautiful woman, so vibrant, full of life and wellbeing, I instantly wanted to know more of her. I continued to searched and found myself memorised. It was Jess. She had just released her e-book ‘Make Peace with Your Plate,’ and was taking the wellness space by storm as she rawly shared her journey. Her writing grasped me and I was inspired by her strength. She was living her life to the fullest in every single moment. I reached out to Jess and I admit, I was surprised but freaking excited that she replied almost immediately. We shared a common bond – our passions so similar – we wanted people to understand their own wellness. A few months rolled by and we continued to email. Skip forward a few more months again and the map out of healthtalks was in full creative swing. Ian, our executive producer said to me – ‘who’s going to do this with you? Are you sure we can find suitable talent?’ I knew we could. In fact, I knew the perfect quartet. I reached out to Jess, Mel and Sam and they all, literally within minutes replied – I’M IN! And so it began – healthtalks became one of the first programme of it’s kind. 4 girls, sharing health tips weekly all from my couch or in local industrial kitchens right here in Melbourne. From Jess’ ‘most favourite topic ever,’ enemas through to activating nuts and mapping out menstrual cycles, we went ‘there.’ We did things that had our crew squirming and we loved every minute. We laughed a lot about serious stuff.
Sitting here today typing this, I can’t tell you how blessed, proud and to be truthful, in utter awe of what the team each brought to healthtalks. And I know I’m not alone in saying – we all feel so very grateful to have had that experience together. healthtalks took us to places, we never ever could have known. healthtalks pushed us to a health space we didn’t know possible. healthtalks allowed us to work with Jess. For that I’m forever grateful and I certainly know I’m not alone.
Jess’ passing has shocked the wellness world because she came along and ROCKED the wellness world.
As much as I feel a huge hole in my stomach, I must remind us, we have not lost. We have gained so much through Jess’ passion and strength, through her work and so openly sharing her journey. Through Jess and her legacy, we have learnt to take charge of our health no matter what – and what she taught us was that there was not ‘right’ way but simply YOUR way.
Jess is a true Wellness Warrior.
Jess’ journey inspired thousands, maybe because some were so intrigued by her approach and for others they were, like me, captivated by her ability to radiate wellness and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves. Let’s not for one minute morph that into anything but the fact that, Jess’ deliberate intention was to lead you to becoming the greatest version of you.
Thank you for taking a chance with me Jess. Thank you for calling me a ‘sista, your beautiful and a friend.’ Thank you for being one of the most incredibly inspiring human beings I had the privilege of knowing personally. Thank you for being a positive force in a world where negativity so often takes over. Thank you for being YOU. You truly were like no other.
You’ll be forever in my heart.
If you’d like to donate to Jess’ charity of choice in lieu of flowers – you can head here to do so.
I welcome you to leave your beautiful and supportive comments below. Anything of the contrary will not be tolerated. Even having to type that pains my heart – let’s stay strong together. In the words of the true beauty herself, be strong, be brave, be well.