Donna T., Massachusetts
Jill Mackey is without question the most positive, spiritual, and unselfish person I've ever met in my life. For many years she has provided me with guidance through rough and trying times, always helping me find the light in the dark. Jill's constant positive attitude is infectious and makes a meaningful difference in every life she touches. With Jill, the advice and support is authentic and genuine because it is how she leads her everyday life. I have witnessed her take her own personal challenges and heartbreaks and re frame them,finding the positive when it seems there's only negative. These qualities are who Jill is to the core of her being, and I am blessed to have her as my dear friend.
Deb W., Massachusetts
Jill Mackey's inspirational words, unconditional support, and reading recommendations have guided me throughout my challenging marriage.With her guidance, I've learned to listen without judgment, to speak more honestly, and to communicate more effectively. Her positivity is truly inspiring, and she has provided incredible comfort during difficult times. I am so very thankful to have her in my life.
Alissa S., Minnesota
I have known Jill very well for over 5 years, and she continually amazes me with her insight, and her ability to connect with people of all ages and all walks of life. She is extremely personable, patient, and gives a willing ear to anyone who needs to talk. Her advice is never pushy or forceful, but comes as a breath of fresh air or a practical solution to any size problem.
Jill throws her heart and soul into everything she does; from cooking and working, to friendships and family. You can always count on her to be there for you when you need her. She is a beautiful person inside and out, and a huge asset to have on any team."
Nicole M., Minnesota
"Jill has a knack for taking a difficult situation and shifting it in a way so as to allow the viewer to see it in a new light. She can pick apart issues and effectively break it down (baby steps!) making goals or resolutions easier to achieve. Her personality adds to her work as well, blending a 'can-do' attitude with humor, candor, and a desire to nurture. Experience benefits her life coaching skills, has never been lost on Jill, and she continues to be grateful for the "learning curves" provided by the past, forming her into the woman she has become.Jill is incredibly intelligent, competent, and trustworthy. There is nothing I myself have felt uncomfortable discussing with Jill. In this Life Coach you will have a friend, a mentor, and one hell of a Chef!"
Laura B., Minnesota
Jill came into my life when I least expected, but needed her most. At the time I didn’t know I needed any help. I was a newly single Mom going through the toughest time in my life. I thought I was coping pretty well. By coping I mean sticking my head in the sand and hoping my life would just get better somehow. Enter Jill and what I learned from her was life changing.It didn’t happen overnight. After a series of many, many conversations I was able to change the way I was looking at life. Jill helped me dig into my past and determine why I handled life situations the way I did. Over time she was able to instill in me a way of thinking about how I interact with people every single day of my life to bring me happiness and peace. I am a better mother, wife, and person in general because of her.
Herbert C., Colorado
In the spirit of full disclosure, Jill Mackey and I have been friends for more than twenty years. Jill and I first met as workplace colleagues in Minnesota. I was a member of a team that interviewed Jill for her position at the major daily newspaper that we both worked for. We were/are kindred spirits. We were both imports of a sort, she and her husband came to Minnesota from Massachusetts, and I migrated from Ohio. Once hired, Jill and I collaborated on a variety of work projects, played on the company softball teams and socialized outside of work that included weekly games of racquetball on Saturday morning together with her husband and other work colleagues followed by extended breakfasts at a local Denny's.
Having the opportunity to know Jill both through work and outside of work, in her personal life, I have a more complete picture of who Jill is than what most others could claim. And as a result of this advantaged perspective, I have great admiration for Jill.
As one can imagine, over the twenty years of friendship, Jill and I have had numerous conversations on a wide range of subjects; especially discussions about life, about the secret to a happy life, about the secret to a meaningful life. As I was a divorced professional without children, who saw himself as someone with “domestic” potential, I often complained to Jill about my uncertainty as to what is my purpose for being.
Recently I moved to Colorado, where I considered starting over in my search for my authentic self was a good idea. Six months into my new life as a resident of a Denver suburb, I found myself unusually sad, unhappy about my condition in life. While I appreciated my freedom, my independence, the total control over my life, the natural beauty of living near the Rocky Mountains, I found myself depressed about not having the answer for happiness, not having the answers to the elusive questions, “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” “What is my reason for being?” “Why is it so hard for me to find my way?”
It wasn't like I wasn't doing some “soul work”, e.g., meditating, praying, reading devotionals, working out at the gym, watching inspirational talks on You Tube. I have the journal to prove that every day, I was tracking my journey toward revelation of purpose. But I eventually hit the proverbial wall when none of that “soul work” proved satisfying, fulfilling, or productive.
So I broke the “in case of emergency” glass box and I called Jill who by now is living on the other side of the country in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a Friday in late July when I called Jill and we proceeded to have a three hour therapy session over the phone.
Like a spirit guide, Jill reminded me that real JOY is found in the journey and not necessarily in the arrival at the destination. It resonated with me when she said, “Relax and enJOY the constant unfolding!” Jill understands that she can't have a conversation with me about my spiritual nature or my spiritual growth without there being points of disagreement or points of healthy skepticism. “Apart from God” vs. “A part of God.” (with a nod to Gibran) “Can a boundless drop of water exist in a boundless ocean” or is it simply ocean water?
I so appreciate having the opportunity to have had that three-hour phone call with Jill, my “Life Coach”. From my depressed state of being, that three hour session with my “Life Coach” reignited within me the energy, the passion to seek clarity and a deeper understanding of the “Soul Work” that I was already engaged in and that I would continue to expand upon. It renewed my desire for greater Self-Love, Self-Respect, Self-Acceptance. I am now revisiting the teachings of the Ancients and the teachings of the New Thought Masters with a different perspective. That “Life Coach” session helped to shine a light on the importance of being emotional, of allowing the emotions of LOVE and JOY to be more visible in my life... “Be deliberate about choosing to feel good,” “Let Go, Relax and Trust!” “EnJOY the Ride!” “Follow your Bliss, there are no right answers...”