Hello, I’m Mimika (pronounced Mim-ee-kah like Paprika). Born and raised in South Africa, I’m a blessed mom of 3, and still married to my childhood sweetheart 25 years later.
Life has been a rollercoaster of lessons! The journey has been the most valuable part of learning to live life to it’s fullest.
Growing up in apartheid South Africa taught me never to take anything for granted. My Greek serial entrepreneurial father was always pursuing the freedom of being his own boss.
Throughout our 20’s, my husband and I pursued entrepreneurship . We spent many years “bootstrapping” and scraping just to get by. Working full time and moonlighting as website designers meant our first few years of marriage demanded many sacrifices.
Our dream was for us to be in control of our own destinies, choosing the freedom of entrepreneurship for our family.
In the year 2000 we immigrated from South Africa to the UK in pursuit of a better life and more entrepreneurial freedom. We had our second baby and I started a brand new business in a foreign country – all at the same time. Crazy I know!
God in His graciousness taught us what it truly means to trust Him as our source. We spent many years “skint” scraping our pennies together, while building our entrepreneurial dreams. We learnt to embrace change and the exciting opportunities it brings.
In 2006 while still in our 30’s, we immigrated once again to the USA to expand our opportunities. We re-started our two businesses and had another baby; all within the first 4 years.
We learnt what it means to be humble, being willing to adapt and to trust the Lord completely.
I’ll admit it though, it’s never been easy…
Being raised in a traumatic environment, all I knew was how to function with fear. When fear becomes your predominant mindset, it discolors your view of life.
The seeds of fear and rejection caused me to grow a tree of perfection, pride, performance and pursuit. The constant push to be liked, to be understood, and to be loved skewed the truth of how much God loves me without me having to do anything. At every opportunity I focused on the pursuit of perfection and people pleasing. Often to my own detriment as I would push myself beyond my limits to utter exhaustion.
For 12 years I pushed hard to make my portrait photography business successful. Employing staff, winning awards, writing books, speaking internationally and racking up my resume’ were my top priorities.
For many years I kept asking the wrong questions… I remember it started at the age of 4 where I would constantly ask why. Why doesn’t she like me? Why am I not good enough? Why am I going through this? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are my prayers not being answered?
Then I moved onto asking what. What God am I supposed to do? What should I say to make them like me? What can I do to make this work? What choices should I make to be successful?
Then the revelation hit me when I was faced with a loss of a loved one and a child suffering with severe depression, that my life isn’t about me!
It caused me to question everything: my goals, my faith, my purpose.
Then I started asking God who. Who am I supposed help today? Who should I love and pray for? Who can I encourage to find their breakthrough? Who is on Your heart today Lord? Who needs encouragement to be brave?
When we start asking the right questions, our eyes are opened and our heart becomes ready to receive. We become ready to be the hands and feet of God. When we take our eyes off ourselves, we stop people pleasing, pursuing perfection and being so hard on ourselves.
Once we move past the fear of failure (or success), we can get to work impacting those around us. When we start asking the right questions, we realize just how important we are in the eyes of God. We realize that it’s not about what we have done, but what God wants to do in and through us. We realize that it’s not about who we think we are, but about who God is.
We are on an important mission for the Kingdom! Are you asking the right questions? For years I spent worrying, wondering and wandering. Even though I’ve known Jesus since the age of 10, it took many life struggles to really know Him. I’ll admit that I’m still a work in progress because perfection is a myth. I pray that each day God continues to soften my heart, so that I can be more like Jesus.
Contrary to what we see or perceive about someone online, or hear via the grapevine, or perceive for ourselves; there is always more to someones story. I truly believe that stories have the power to break down barriers, offer freedom, and repair relationships.
When we really know someone, their heart and their motives; we truly see them. Being known, valued and seen is one of the most liberating feelings. The pain of being misunderstood is soul crushing, and can stop a heart from blooming.
There is power in your story!
My heart is for helping others find their joy, freedom, breakthrough and purpose. When we are brave enough to admit we need help, are willing to be growth minded, and become ready to share our story; we give others the strength, endurance and faith to keep pressing on.
This is why I’m so passionate about mentoring, speaking, writing, publishing books, and sharing testimonies of break through.
There is someone praying for a breakthrough and you are the answer to their prayers!
Are you ready to get aligned with your purpose so you can impact the world?
As a Christian author, leadership mentor, mindset and growth coach, motivational speaker, and podcaster; I’m passionate about empowerment, encouragement and leadership development.
I understand how frustrating it can be to have a burning desire to reach your potential, but not have the right tools to uncover them.
I’ve spent the past 44 years pursuing God, learning, growing, curating and creating content and tools you are sure to love.
Described as a modern day spiritual Deborah, I love to infuse my prophetic gifts and empowering Theophostic Inner Healing ministry to help you move past your strongholds toward success!
Let me come alongside you and guide you on this exciting adventure of discovering your unique God-given gifts and talents. The world needs to hear from you right now!
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Mimika Cooney is the Personal Trainer for your Mind. She is a leading faith-based Mindset coach that empowers female high achievers to unstick their minds, and heal their soul from the mental mess to unlock explosive growth, without the sacrifice and burn out.
Discover how to unlock the mindset of a champion by becoming the boss of your brain!
She is the creator of “Unstick Your Mind TM”, a dynamic and transformative coaching program that trains leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes, professionals and CEO’s with the tools to achieve their breakthrough combining neuroscience and a faith-based approach.
As a leading expert in resetting your brain, she loves to empower purpose-driven individuals to transform their lives by shifting their mindset as they pursue growth to achieve extraordinary results.
Mimika is a Certified DISC Behavioral Analysis Coach and Consultant and is equipped with advanced training in behavioral analysis. She is working on her certification as a Brain Health Coach with the Amen Clinics Institute University.
Mimika is an empowering motivational Speaker, Author of 8 published books, international award winning photographer, and veteran podcast host of the “Mimika TV” show. Huffington Post nominated her as one of “50 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow in 2017”. Podcasting Magazine nominated Mimika amongst the “Top 50 Moms in Podcasting” in 2020.
After experiencing rejection, bullying and a broken childhood; Mimika spent years pursuing accolades and became addicted to approval, validation and confidence. After experiencing burnout, the loss of a loved one, and a child in crisis all within 6 months, she faced a pivotal point. Then God stepped in to heal her hurts, change her heart and awaken a passion for helping others seeking their breakthrough.
Mimika is a champion for change and loves to spark honest conversations, blaze a trail where others fear to tread, and infuse positivity wherever she goes. She is known for building community, creating connections and helping others share their story with passion and purpose. Her persistence and tenacity toward overcoming struggles has equipped her to empower others to do the same.
Mimika is a native of South Africa and a naturalized citizen of the USA. She is a ferocious reader and insatiably curious. She enjoys spending time with her dashing husband of 25 years, and vacations at the beach with her 3 kids. Her husband is the co-owner of a SaaS company, so startups and tech talk often make for colorful dinner time discussion.
When she is not dreaming up creative concepts, speaking, coaching, writing books or hosting her podcast; she will be found perfecting her spins on the ice as a competitive adult figure skater. As a personal challenge, Mimika took up skating as an adult at age 33. She has made it her mission to retrain her brain and muscle memory to learn this new skill. She has gone on to win several skating medals, which goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks!