Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey, Everyone! My name is Wendy Knipp, I’m a wife, mother, and creator of Socially Brave! I show Women how to move past fear, gain confidence, be socially brave and live their best life unapologetically.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Absolutely not, I feel like there’s a pressure to find what you are supposed to do at an early age and as result of that pressure I’ve seen a lot of people, including myself settle into something that seems good on paper over what they are passionate about! I’ve ran multiple business in the past, alongside my husband and although I learned a lot and had success in the channel, I wish I had started chasing `my dreams a lot sooner!
Were you scared to start the process?
Oh 100% yes! Anything worth doing is never without this emotion. I think that when you have something you believe in you want to share with people. You create this pressure of success and the need for approval which creates that scary feeling. I’ve been trying to focus on the actions that make me passionate about my business over other sub factors that create negative emotions.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
One thing that no one really knows about me is how much of a homebody I am! Even though I enjoy being social and trying new experiences I genuinely love being cuddled up at home with my family and our dog George! Family Movie night is the best!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I get a lot from my amazing husband; he calms me and keeps me grounded. The best advice I ever received was actually from my son! I tend to overthink simple tasks or search for deeper meaning in things that don’t require that kind of thought. As you can imagine that can start to weigh on your mind, So whenever I do this type of thing my son will say “you are thinking too much” and it checks me back into reality, calming me down and getting back to being productive with my time.
What would you say to 16-year-old you?
16-year-old me probably wouldn’t listen but I would tell her that it always works out, be brave enough to trust yourself and enjoy the process. I would also tell her, everyone feels insecure at times too, you are not alone. I would also hug her to make sure she felt safe.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I couldn’t tell you specifically but there have been people who have doubted me. I feel no matter what you do, someone might have thought it was the wrong decision so probably best not to think too much about that. In my early days I would listen to what they said and second guess myself. I was in constant turmoil over believing what they said and trusting instincts.
It’s important to trust your instincts, don’t worry about making mistakes because we will fail far more than we succeed.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Thank you for asking this question! Every woman should know that they have worth and are much more than being beautiful. Life is not a competition and to live your life confidently, being who you are and were meant to be. It’s okay to limit or eliminate time with those that don’t make you feel good about yourself.
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
Unfortunately, not, it’s something that I’ve struggled with and continue to work on. Fortunately, I’ve been able to use this lack of self -confidence into a movement that is encouraging women around the world, including myself to believe in themselves! Socially Brave is increasing confidence every day!
What do you love most about yourself?
I love my persistence! Great things take time and I look at my life and how God has blessed me. If I would have given up on a number of things early on, then I wouldn’t have the life I call mine today.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Adversity is such a hard topic because it’s all relative. Something difficult for me might be a casual topic to some people and something easy for me to deal with might be a huge challenge for others. So, with that being said, something that I’ve been dealing with in the past few years is the loss of my parents. Without going into too much detail both of my parents are no longer with us, it’s something that happens every day to men and women around the world but that doesn’t prepare you to the feeling of it actually happening. I’ve been able to rely on my family and God in this time of struggle.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
I had mentioned it earlier but something that I’ve picked up that helps me more often that you would think is to not overthink things. I’ve been able to focus on trusting my own judgement and that’s taken me so much further than I could’ve ever guessed. I once thought my personality was a curse, by trusting myself I have learned my personality is a God given gift.
What motivates you most?
I’m very much motivated on emotion. What I mean by this is that I enjoy feeling emotions like happiness and joy. I enjoy the feeling that I contributed to the world in a meaningful way and I benefited someone’s life. The idea of feeling these things is what keeps me motivated every day!
How do you manage your work-life balance?
To me, work life balance is managing relationships. You have your relationships with your friends and family, then you have your relationships with your business and people involved in that. With any relationship, it comes down to being intentional. Being intentional with all your relationships will continue to keep you accountable and channeled in, a natural balance will start to form, and you will continue to adjust as you move forward in life.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
We talked about this a little earlier, but I think it comes back to where your intentions are. I think it’s important to keep yourself in focus and a part of that is prioritizing what needs development. We have seasons in life where we growth in different areas in our life. Personal growth is very important to me. I listen to podcast, read books and brainstorm with peers.
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I don’t have a mentor per say but I do rely on my husband a lot! We have such a great relationship and have supportive strengths, usually when I can’t figure something out or struggling with a certain issue, he has the answers. Wally teaches me to have patience with my progress.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
It’s funny to me to think there’s anything that surprises people because of me being so open online but one thing that I do hear over and over again that surprises people is that I’m actually a homebody. Also, I was very shy growing up. Once I am out, I get my energy and I am good to go, however getting me out of the house takes something special.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Other than running my business online I also co-own a nationwide contacting company with my husband. Before that I owned a model home cleaning company. I once thought I wanted to be a psychologist. I am an all things are possible person, so it’s hard for me to pinpoint what I want to do. As long as I am contributing, I am happy.
Who is your biggest role model? Why?
My biggest role model is my husband! Every day he finds a way to encourage his family, myself and the people that help make our business possible. Truly a wonderful man!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration a lot of places! I’ve been trying to find my inspiration more intrinsically. I want to be motivated and inspired by more feeling of gratitude and joy than worldly objects. Not that finding motivation in that is bad, I like nice things too. Other individuals who are successfully helping other women grow. My Husband is always looking at the positive, I could use more of that. I find my Son inspiring the way he helps others struggling with weight loss and recently wrote a book about his journey to losing 140 lbs. My Daughter has this amazing ability to make others feel special, a gift I wish I had.
What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passion is sharing positivity. I haven’t always been able to see how big of an impact it can have. Alongside my family, it’s my mission to help others unlock their full potential and live the lives they were meant to live.
Wendy Knipp is a wife, mother, and creator of Socially Brave. She shows Women how to move past fear, gain confidence, be socially brave and live their best life unapologetically.