- Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?
Hi! My name is Melissa McDaniel and I am the Founder of Love, Melissa Ann and the author of “Who will love me? A holistic approach to building meaningful relationships after sexual assault.” I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Washington. After a few international travels and a graduate degree on the East Coast I have made my way back to my home state.
- What is your business about?
I am a Personal Empowerment Coach who supports women in moving beyond a life of loneliness and isolation and into a life of meaningful relationships after sexual assault. Drawing from my own transformational experience, I give women the tools- and permission- to heal in ways they never knew were possible. Together we laugh, cry, and most likely will say a few WTFs on her journey to lovingly take back her power, trust her inner voice, reconnect with her body, and build meaningful relationships.
- What made you get into this line of business?
After being sexually assaulted I found myself continuously wondering, Who will love me? I felt as if I was living two lives, the one I thought I needed to portray and the one I hid behind closed doors. Never fully connecting with others because I did not feel I had the ability to be my true authentic self. As I transformed my life from loneliness and isolation into a life of abundant relationships I was called to help others sexual assault survivors do the same. When they ask the question, “Who will love me?” I always let them know, Melissa Ann does and will.
- What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?
Ha… so typically my rabbit, Gypsy, wakes me up around 5:30 a.m. trying to burst out of his cage for a morning dance party. Once we dance, tea is made and one of my favourite guided meditations is turned on. Gypsy is also a fan of meditation and joins in the morning ritual most days. After the meditation I go about showering, eating, etc. Hanging on the back of my front door are my weekly affirmations. I recite each affirmation out loud before I leave the house. One of my favourites right now is, “With love, I will make the difference I am destined to make.”
- What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Once I had someone say to me, “Melissa, has anyone ever told you, you are enough? Sitting in an empty room, bare ass naked, doing absolutely nothing, you are enough.” At that moment the biggest weight was lifted off my shoulders. Wait?! What?! I can be doing nothing and still be considered enough?! For years I masked the pain of being sexually assaulted by becoming an extreme perfectionist and overachiever. One more academic degree, one more country travelled to, one more failed hobby would surely cure the pain. This new idea of, “I am enough,” helped me to heal on a deeper level and love myself fiercely.
- What is a book you would say everyone must read?
This is such a tough question for me. Books are my life. If I have to pick just one I would say Paulo Coelho’s the Alchemist. It reminds me of the beauty and magic that happens when you trust your inner self. Knowing to follow your own personal journey, even when the path is less travelled.
- Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?
Currently my book, “Who will love me? A holistic approach to building meaningful relationships after sexual assault.” is available for pre-order on Amazon for $.99. Amazon
- What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?
Such a great question! Lately, when I need a mindset change instantly I have been using the affirmation, “I choose to see love instead.” It helps bring me back to the real reason we are doing this thing called life, to love and be loved.
- What do you love most about helping others?
To me, the best part about helping others is the ripple effect that occurs. Seeing women go on to fiercely love and support other women on their journey to healing after sexual assault is beautiful.
- Your favourite quote?
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I’m not going to be silent.” Madeleine Albright
Thank you Melissa for sharing your story with us and your amazing business, good luck on the book I know it will be a massive success. If you would like to see more from Melissa then please go to Facebook or Instagram.
Have a wonderful day. x