Why does a successful life cause people to treat us differently?


I was absolutely overwhelmed by the huge response to a recent social media post and wanted to share on the blog as well.

I’m a little angry. Something I have been feeling and noticing has to be expressed.

Why does a successful and good life cause people to treat us differently?

I’m only writing this because I know many of you out there can relate.

I’ve manifested myself a good life. But it comes with consequences. I’ve noticed success or a good life makes others uncomfortable. People now either treat me way better OR care less about my feelings – because they think I won’t notice or care. Why does my business, success or where I travel have anything to do with the person I am? They separate.

People now associate me with what I do/with my career. Without realising I’m still the exact same person with the same feelings. Sometimes I feel I can’t even tell people amazing parts about my life because I fear it will make them feel inadequate. I try to avoid making them feeling threatened by my life. That’s ridiculous. And I’ve actually decided to have nothing to do with people who can’t celebrate others success and the good in my own life. Because I’m confident in how able I am to be happy for others, always. And supportive of everyone I know. I’ll do anything for anyone. I’m confident in how I always manage to do the right thing.

People think “I have it all” and I’m just a young spoilt girl. No, I’ve worked damn hard on a personal and business level. Damn hard. No one sees the hard work because it happens behind the scenes.

Jealousy makes people mean. I have close people to me who don’t make any effort or show support with my work. They can’t even ask me about my life because it must threaten them or they think I don’t need/notice their support. No, I still have feelings. The same feelings I had before I turned my life around. And I still need support regardless of the numbers on social media. I still have sad, bad and insecure days myself – regardless of how many people follow my Instagram account.

My social media following or book success shouldn’t change how people treat me. People are either over polite or damn rude.

Success gives people a reason to talk behind your back – because it makes their insecurities less painful.

Please let’s remember to never assume anything about anyone. We don’t know what someone is going through. We can’t judge over social media. Social media is such a small snippet of someone’s world.

I promise to never judge or be quick to assume anything or anyone over social media.
And I promise to always support all of you to the best of my ability. And celebrate your success! You can count on me for that! I only write a blog with the intention to support and inspire my community to live the best life. That won’t change. And that’s all I’m here to do.




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Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My  copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time.  My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.

With kindest regards Samantha

I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.

When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.

I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.


Hey Jessica!
I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again

- Jacinta

I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!


Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.

– Sophie

Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!


I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).

– Helene

I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud

Michelle Curtis

My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.