Jesse’s business card identifies her as ‘Nurse Jesse’, but after listening to her story, one realizes that ‘Nurse’ Jesse is more than the traditional nurse who cares for a person’s physical needs. ‘Nurse’ Jesse is a person who in the broader sense of “nurse,” promotes, trains, fosters and develops new dimensions of life in others, and in the process enhances that life in herself. After focusing too much on ‘checking the boxes;’ achieving socially acceptable goals, (i.e. academic degrees, ideal weight, marriage, kids, dream house) always striving…she woke up. She now views her life NOT as just a process of achieving specific external goals such weight loss or a job titles. She sees a ‘healthy life’ as a wholesome and holistic life. Her goal is to change the way healthcare engages with the people they serve, viewing wellbeing as more than the just a healthy body but the whole person, including positive thinking and an expansive view of life, which includes a healthy mind, body and spirit. Now, her ‘job’ is her personal mission or ministry, rather than a project or function or series of actions to be carried out. She is the first to admit, that she is simply the one who “goes before” and not the expert. Passionate, relatable and “a bit messy”, is how she prefers to be known. Jesse has been married to her husband, Ben, for 17 years and they have two daughters (12 and 7 years old). She enjoys writing, running, dance, yoga, skate skiing, water sports, hiking, traveling and climbing mountains. She continuously challenges herself to never lose a sense of curiosity and to never stop growing.
At 33-years old and working for a large marketing firm promoting cookies and ice cream, Karla found herself in the ER with dangerously high blood pressure of 158/113, where the physician warned her she was on-track to have a heart attack before she turned 40. In search of the ‘good life,’ Karla had become a multi-tasking machine trying to be all things to all people. Knowing it was time to turn things around she made some significant changes in her life including training for a marathon, quitting her agency job and co-authoring the book “It Makes Me Happy – A Workbook to Help Individuals Discover Joy in Everyday Living,” Inspired by the effect these changes had on her life, she secured a role with a health care system where she could encourage other Type A workaholics like herself to embrace wellbeing, themselves and lead a more balanced life. Since that trip to the ER over 15 years ago, she has traveled the world, survived a divorce and has become an empty-nester. She continues to inspire, create, innovate and is working on her latest project, “Circle of Friends – A Healing Journey,” where ‘healing begins and empowerment takes root and grows.’ This makes her happy as does sharing the message with audiences in her backyard and around the world.