Today in the hot seat we have the lovely Kathy Jenkins.
So Kathy tell us a little about yourself.
Huh! Well by day I’m disguised as a project controller but my true superpowers lie in my ability to take amazing photos that express the beauty of this earth.
Wow! Where do I sign up for that?
I have an online gallery now at blueskiesphotography.com.au. It has been a long road to get here but I am proud to be here.
Tell us your long and winding road story.
Well I have always loved photography and I have dabbled here and there and then not taken myself seriously and put the camera down. I put the camera down about 5 years ago.
My father died two years ago from a slow death and I forgot to grieve for the loss of him. I then started developing this cough which doctors said was chronic whooping cough for over six months. One day I coughed so hard that I broke a rib. That is when my daughter insisted on taking me to the doctors. Three days later I was told that I had secondary cancer (in the lungs). I had had cancer 10 years before but had gotten rid of that.
My world crumbled that day. I started thinking that I was going to die, I thought I need help and I can’t do this on my own. I was then told that I may lose the sight in one of my eyes, and that scared me. I realized right then that I needed to put my focus on to my photography which I hadn’t given any time to for years.
Peter Conna always says “don’t be one of those people that has to have a life changing event to change your life”. Well I was one of those people that needed a life changing event to make me realise that I needed to change my life. My cancer, and possible loss of sight in my eye a year after my dad dying was that time for me.
I started searching for clarity and a change and I eventually arrived at the Personal Success Intensive weekend. I was resistant to the information and even though I knew that I needed to move out of my comfort zone and move forward I had huge resistance to go on to do the Life Design Program.
I fought myself all the way. Even for the first three days of the Life Design program, I fought myself, the presenters and the learnings. Then during one of the activities we did I actually saw the cancer leave my body. I knew that I would get to a point where I was comfortable with my body and my health. I knew I would rid myself of this chronic disease. That is when my vision for my photography became very clear to me.
I’ve had a few wobbly moments but I can honestly say that 8 months ago I would have laughed at you if you had said that I would have an online photography gallery. When I put my art on the wall and sold it to complete strangers, and when I put two photos into a charity auction and they both sold, I knew it was the start of the rest of my life.
Since then I have been on the Personal Mastery retreat where I learnt about the implications of not grieving for my father has had on my life. I learnt about my radiance.
Where to next for you and your art gallery?
I want to set up a bricks and mortar art gallery.
You are a real part of the eQ family and community now. I have seen you at times really under the weather with your health and you will show up to success club and just sit up the back or come to PSI and still help serve lunch. Why is that?
I love hanging out with people who understand where I am coming from and what I am wanting in my life. People who have the energy that can pick me up and I can pick them up sometimes too. I want to hang out with amazing people so I become the average of that environment. When I am unwell I just come to the environment to help and it always helps me. I get amazing input from the coaches and I feel privileged to have all these coaches and people in my life to support me having the life I want.
Yeah girl! Do you have a pearl of Kathy wisdom to share with us all?
Believe in yourself.