“I write down what I am thankful for and what my intentions for the day are.” With Ming Zhao & Kinsey Schofield

Every morning I try to start the day with a grateful heart. I write down what I am thankful for and what my intentions for the day are. This clears both my head and my heart. At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s wellbeing, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance […]

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Every morning I try to start the day with a grateful heart. I write down what I am thankful for and what my intentions for the day are. This clears both my head and my heart.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s wellbeing, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.

As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kinsey SchofieldKinsey Schofield is a television host, commentator, and @GaryVee VIP Influencer. She began her career at Village Voice Media’s Phoenix New Times. Taking the skills she honed there, she transitioned to AZ Weekly Magazine as a pop culture columnist. With over a quarter of a million social media followers, @KinseySchofield grew her online audience by mixing headlines and humor. Her love of social media and celebrity lead to relationships with virtual powerhouses BING and MSN, where she eagerly played Spokesperson.

Schofield’s social media presence got the attention of the E! Channel and she was cast to star in the reality television show, Party Monsters Cabo. The competition based show also starred P. Diddy, Lil Jon, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Nick Cannon, Carmen Electra, and the Kardashian family.

Schofield parlayed her reality tv fame into a television commentating and hosting career. She has been seen on Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew on Call, Byron Allen’s The Gossip Queens, FOX & Friends, Your World with Neil Cavuto, FOX’s Happening Now, Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld, The Young Turks, and numerous hour long E! Channel comedy specials including Celebrity Oops They Did It Again, Bigger Badder Celebrity Feuds, Attack of the Celebrity Bikinis, and Worst Thing I Ever Posted.

Schofield has been featured on the cover of So Scottsdale Magazine, Arizona Foothills Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine and was included in the top 5% of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Media Influence Project.

She has interviewed hundreds of celebrities as a reporter for Radar Online, Young Hollywood, and You may have also heard her filling in as “The News Girl” on The Adam Carolla Show.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

I’m a content creator in Los Angeles, CA. If you don’t know what a content creator is… here’s an example, I just spent the day with Lance Bass from NSync following him around a party for National Oreo Cookie Day. I collect great photos and video throughout the event to build an amazing sizzle reel to go on social. My resume includes television and print media… and a forgotten E! reality show. I’ve been on the cover of several magazines and collectively, I have over a quarter of a million social media followers.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

They tell you not to meet your heroes but I have a story to contradict that bit of advice! People are often surprised to find out that my career took off thanks to the kindness and generosity of TV personality, Nancy Grace. I waited to meet her outside of her portable studio in Phoenix, Arizona. She asked what I did and when I told her that I was a blogger, she instructed me to come back tomorrow and appear on her television program. She regularly had me back on her cable news show for the next 2 years. Although she has a reputation for being tough and rough, I will never forget how kind and encouraging she was to me.

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

Haha,I hate this story. Over 10 years ago, I did a reality show, Party Monsters Cabo, on the E! Channel. We were a group of event planners that had 24 hours to plan and execute events for celebrities in Cabo. I was chosen to plan a party for 50 Cent. We were flying a large group of bloggers and influencers on a private plane and throwing a party to celebrate 50’s latest movie, video game, and single. I have a theatrical background so I pitched “a skit” to take place before the live performance. Some drama! A woman screaming, running from the back, towards the stage, with gunfire over the stereo, to draw attention to the stage. That is when 50 Cent informed me that he had been shot 9 times and would rather not. …I wanted to die. The story has a happy ending though. 50 said the party, “was hot.” Said I had a contagious smile, and all was well. The event was a success. The takeaway is obviously, google before opening your mouth, but in my defense, because we were on a reality show, we were not allowed internet access. However, I did it with enthusiasm and a grateful heart and in the end, 50 was very complimentary towards me.

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

Absolutely! You can see by my last few answers that I’ve had several different career paths! My advice is to do what you love and be the best at it and if you are passionate and brilliant and excited, people will see that and they will want to know more about your world. You haven’t given up, it’s not over. Just be the best at what you do and you can become an “influencer” or “expert,” whatever you want to call it. Influencers aren’t just VSCO girls. They are dogs(!), they are DIY artists, they are hair stylists, they are comics. Just figure out where you heart is and go all in.

Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

Using mainstream media, strategic partnerships, hashtags. I have taken ads out in magazines promoting my social media pages. Whenever I would be on a television show, I would find a way to incorporate my social media in the conversation. I post photos with likeminded individuals (strategic partnership), engage with them heavily online, engage with their audience. Utilizing hashtags relevant and appropriate to the photo. That will genuinely attract the right, interested audience.

You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

Sleep is incredibly important to my mental health and my self care routine. Do I have to break out the Melatonin sometimes? Yes. But that’s ok if it ensures 8 hours of uninterrupted slumber. I can’t sleep unless my face is clean, but smothered in moisturizer and Burt’s Bees chapstick. Additionally, I’m a member of the Peloton family. 20–45 minutes on the bike daily. Escaping the world. Sweating profusely and rocking out to great music. It clears my head and helps with sleep that night.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Every morning I try to start the day with a grateful heart. I write down what I am thankful for and what my intentions for the day are. This clears both my head and my heart.
I love to read books about accomplishing your goals and the power of positive thinking. Although the content can seem redundant, it helps to keep my thoughts focused.

Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

Ilove to DIY bleach my teeth in the kitchen! You use baking soda and crushed up fresh strawberries. Mix together and leave on your teeth for 45 seconds.
I’ve recently discovered Olaplex 3. It re-bonds damaged hair and I’ve never found a product like it. You leave it in your hair for 10 minutes twice a week and it’s amazing how soft and strong it becomes.
When I take a bath, I completely smother my body in Organic Hair Care’s Pomegranate and Ginger shower gel. The scent is heavenly and it makes me feel delicious!

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

Myprimary source for personal growth and development is Joel Osteen. His messages are typically pretty timely to what is happening in my life. He makes me want to be a good human.

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

Ihave no idea what is it called but I did some horrible GroupOn where a woman electrocuted my stomach for half an hour to temporarily kill fat cells that are definitely back.

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

I’ve been devastated by the death of Caroline Flack in London. I really looked up to her and felt like she was grossly misunderstood. From her death came the “be kind” campaign. I’d like to support something similar. Be nice to people. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. The internet shouldn’t be such a scary place.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

Does anyone have Meghan Markle’s contact info? I’d love to be her girl friend!

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Although my largest audience in on Twitter, I prefer engaging on Instagram! Please say hi!

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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