Love, Roll, Lifetime
Denise Knowles, Author and Life Coach
Let Me Tell You About My Friend
When a client takes the time to tell someone they should do a photo session with me, it means more than they can ever imagine. Referrals have been the real backbone of MNP, and have even led to meeting some ladies who have become dear friends.
Six years ago I received a message from my client, Delana, letting me know to expect a phone call from someone she’d referred to me. I was actually taking time away from photography to heal from a 2016 dog attack, and was a bit of a hermit crab holed up at home. Hesitantly, I came out of my shell and took the call. I never could have expected the pure LIGHT this person would bring to my life, and at that time it was very needed. Flash forward to today and she is not only an incredible client, she's also a kindred spirit.
We’ve worked together on multiple projects: Headshots, business branding, images for her and her husband’s book, Love, Roll, Lifetime. We have also partnered on a photographic project following the natural hair journeys of women with locs, Queens Who Rock LOCS. I believe everyone comes into your life for a reason, and for seasons, and I’m hopeful there will be many, many seasons for this partnership and friendship. Our life experiences are extremely similar, and I'm so grateful to call her my friend.
Love, Roll, Lifetime shoot, 2017
Rivergate Skate Center
Get to Know Denise Knowles
Denise Knowles is an author and life coach in Nashville, TN. I’ve listened to her journey and let me tell you, it’s beyond impressive. She is candid and open about her life struggles, and stepping into a new light. Family and community are as important to her as to me.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you became an author and life coach?
I was born the youngest of three and the only girl. Many may believe that is the best; to be the baby girl with two big brothers. For me it held a lot of responsibility. I was born and raised in a small city in Tennessee. I had a lot of life experiences, but one thing that I could not shake. I always loved helping others. That is a great thing, but the hardest thing I learned was how to help myself. I had my share of toxic relationships, heartbreak and damn near losing my mind after divorce, facing the fact I was on my own left to raise three children. All alone. Those difficult times ended up being the best things that happened to me. I went through some “painful get to know ME” times. Long before I thought about coaching, and received my certification, YOU FIRST was created. I had to take the journey of REAL LIFE, so when the Life Coaching presented itself, there was a plan already in place for me, though I had no idea. I believe things happen in life, and while we are in the midst of it we cannot see how it serves us until we make it through it. My personal experiences help me to be the best coach I can be to serve each client and assist them in putting personal plans for the results they desire.
Tell us about your day job and what that means to you…
I am currently employed at a 95 organization called Street Works, under the leadership and direction of Executive Director, Sharon Hurt. I have evolved through a few positions, from being an Early Intervention Specialist case manager, to being an SPFRX Outreach Specialist focusing on addiction of prescription meds. Street Works is a non-profit organization that services an underserved population. Our clients have or are battling addiction, mental health issues, and have been diagnosed and living with HIV. We work daily to change the stigmas that’s surrounding HIV.
HIV education is so vital. And this is another area where you and I are kindred souls. We are both the products of living within an addictive environment:
Working for an organization in the community has directly made a difference in my life. My mother battled mental illness, drug addiction, and was infected with HIV by her boyfriend that used drugs intravenously. My mother passed away at 58 years old and I’m sure you are wondering - did she pass away from HIV? No, she did not. My mother battled with addiction long before she was infected with HIV. She transitioned from liver failure. I have worked many lots of jobs, in many different career areas. I am gifted to be able to have a career that allows me to honor my mom. Being compassionate, stern, and understanding, working directly from my heart to do my part to make a difference in someone’s life that feels like others have thrown away. Whatever amount of time I have here with the Streetworks family, I’m so grateful for it. I am not sure how long my journey is here, I really have not thought about it; however, there is one thing I know. TEAMWORK makes STREET-WORKS
What inspired you to write your latest book, and what message do you hope readers take away from it?
Becoming an author was a gift to me. I realize I receive messages through people because of my love for people and vice versa. Shortly after my second husband and I married, we were on a skate trip - yes, I said skate trip. Actually it was the same one we met at, the first time, two years prior. A dear friend of ours named Nikki saw us, she took each of us by the hand. She smiled with tears in her eyes and said, I can’t wait to read the book. That was in 2007. We launched Love Roll Lifetime in February 2019.
How do you approach the process of coaching your clients, and what are some common challenges they come to you with?
In my opinion, conversation is the foundation and the groundwork. We start with talking and a simple assessment; however, each session is catered to the individual. Some have lost their sense of self, some want a divorce, some want a serious relationship, and some desire better communication at work.
How do you incorporate your own personal experiences and insights into your writing and coaching practice
No matter what I am working on - coaching, writing an article, or my next program project, I reflect on people that helped me. I was a welfare to work, single mother of three. The things I experienced were not just for me. It was the tools necessary for me to be of service for the clients I serve.
Can you share a specific example of a time when your coaching made a significant impact on a client's life?
I have a client, a man between 20 and 25 years of age. In a relationship with his girlfriend for three years. After the first year, she made it clear she wanted him to block all of his friends, and she created a disconnect between him and his family. Basically, she told him them or her. People will make decisions, even when it breaks their own heart. Making sacrifices for the sake of the person they love. Diminishing their own being. I did the Mirror technique with him once a month. He realized the man looking at him in the mirror was not the soul inside. He was able to verbalize he was living off of sexual ties, and toxic behavior. He was able to realize that was not for him and moved out.
How do you stay motivated and continue to grow as a coach and author?
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in pursuing a career as an author and life coach?
I would advise first, make sure YOU have a coach. There are so many areas for coaching. Be clear you are passionate about what type of coaching you want to do. Research someone in the field and educate yourself. As for being an author. It takes a lot of commitment to making it happen, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!!! You can do it. Reach out to people that have embarked on that journey and ask questions.
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects or events that you are currently working on?
In partnership with my photographer and several other ladies, I will participate in the Queens Who Rock LOCS photo series, sharing our hair journeys. In the month of March, I will be a featured writer spotlighted for National Women’s month in the international on-line magazine “Off The Bench” Magazine(OTB), and debut the DUE Over Coach T’s. In May of 2023 I will host a women’s empowerment event, “Mimosas & Menopause, Comfortable Conversations, date TBA. In July 2023 I will be speaking, “DON’T FORGET THE GOOD STUFF”. More information coming soon.
What has having professional photographs, specifically headshots and business branding photography, has done for your business?
Love Roll Lifetime Book
Love Roll Lifetime Book
If someone is hesitant to do a photoshoot, whether personally or professionally, what advice would you give them?
What has MNP done for your business?
MNP has done so much for not just my business, but for me personally as well. I no longer have to search and explain what I need, what I am looking to do, how I want it to look. Every time my book is purchased, the work of MNP set the mindset of the journey of my life. MNP is so much more than a business deal. I specialize in relationships, and what I have with MNP is just that - a SPECIALIZED RELATIONSHIP. Missy Neely, I need you to know how much I appreciate your gift, your craft and the care you allow to show up on every photo you take. The passion you have for the experience we receive is INEXPRESSIBLE!!! My gratitude is endless.
MY gratitude is endless, Denise. You have not only been a wonderful client and supporter, you have become a dear friend and like family. Please keep being the amazing inspiration you are, and I cannot wait to make more magic with you!!!
*Denise is also an MNP Ambassador! When you book a session with her Ambassador code, you get 10% off session fee or print products!!!
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