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Looking back on 2016 – it’s been a biggie on many levels. I had soo many things written down at the start of this year that I wanted to call in/create/achieve, but things didn’t really go the way I thought they would.
On January 1st, I wrote the word SOAR in the sand and declared it as my theme word for this year, not really knowing what that meant or what it would look like.
At the start of the year I created and launched my first 8 week ecourse, Head to Heart. The process of idea to finished product took about 4months of being in the zone. I learnt how to organise, manage, express my vision, delegate, budget, ask for help, prioritise and get shit done pretty quickly. And then launching a project close to my heart and truly putting myself out there was a whole other level.
I truly learnt about the creative process – writing like a demon when the words were flowing, and pulling back on the days when they just weren’t there and being totally ok with it. I learnt about backing myself and believing in the work that I do, seeing the value in it and not being afraid to share who I am and what I’m here for. This whole process made me stronger in myself, I became clearer in my strengths and also got cozy with the areas that don’t come so naturally to me.
For a long time this year I was judging myself for not being feminine enough – “I need to chill out more”. “I need to be more girly and feminine”, “I need to be more like them”, “I’m not feminine enough, I need to learn how to do my make-up” – until I remembered that being feminine is not just about pink and flowers. It’s also about embodying fierce passion, courage, love and creating from the heart. My natural ability to get shit done, make decisions and take action fast without overthinking it and sitting around writing pro’s and con’s lists for 6months, I’ve now realised is actually a powerful strength of mine. And I love these masculine traits.
They’ve allowed me to co-create my visions into reality and to manifest quickly (because lez be honest – the DOING plays a huge part in the manifesting process. It’s not just a fluffy ‘if it’s meant to happen it will’ gig. You gotta show up for that shiz!). It’s allowed me to move through fears fast rather than sit and stare at them for months thinking they have control over me. And not just that, I’ve seen how quickly my coaching clients have been able to move forward in their fears and reach their goals because together we eliminate the BS, take out the fluff, simplify and focus on the action and allow things to move quickly. What a joy! This isn’t to say I’m not feminine, or that I don’t care about that side of me, but I’m surrendering into and embracing my fiery masculine side, without the judgement.
A few weeks after launching my ecourse I remember lying in bed one night and asking “Ok Universe, what’s next? What would you like me to do?” Thinking I’d be cruising for a while, maybe running a few rounds of my ecourse before anything new… No deal. Straight up I heard the response “It’s time to teach Kundalini Yoga”. I remember the feeling when I heard it, and it wasn’t an instant joy buzz. It was a ‘for fuck sake, haven’t I done enough growing for a while? How the shit am I going to pay for that? I’m not ready. No way, I can’t teach that at LEAST for another few years. I’m not ready. Nope I can’t! Not doing it.” (more…)
As I slowly merge my way out of last weeks Kundalini Yoga bubble, I’m feeling called to reflect on some things I’ve learnt up until this point, rather than bang on about details of the yoga training itself. There are some sweet lessons that I want to share with you – so first let’s back the truck up a little and start from the beginning.
I want to start off by saying this – over 18 months ago I planted a seed in my mind about becoming a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. It was one of those ideas that just dropped into my awareness one day, kind of out of nowhere. Until this point I had practiced yoga on and off, but I could never see myself as a yoga teacher – especially because the only fitness teaching I’d done up until now was being a Les Mills Body Attack instructor – which is pretty much the complete opposite end of the scale!
I had never heard of Kundalini Yoga until I randomly came across a class online and my curiosity was triggered. I found myself instantly drawn to learning more about this specific practice and the teachings of Yogi Bhajan (pictured) – Master of Kundalini Yoga. The more I read up on this powerful technology, the more I fell in love with it and knew in my heart that I’ve got to teach it some day in a new way. There was just something about it, and the more I practiced, the more my outside (and inside) World started to shift. That very first day that I “randomly found it” (or should I say – it found me) a little seed was planted. And the thing with seeds is, first they are planted and although you can’t see them, you know they are there. You trust in them even before you see the full manifestation and before you have to figure out all the answers to ‘how and when’, just know that they will always blossom and come into fruition when they are meant to – it’s law.
So I followed my curiosity and started doing Kundalini Yoga from home (yogaglo.com is the bomb) and soon hooked up with my first teacher in Perth, Rosie Rees. Turns out Rosie had just moved over from the East Coast and was starting her first ever 6 week Kundalini Yoga beginners course – of course this timing lined up perfectly because the Universe doesn’t mess around with alignment. First rule – when things show up effortlessly on your path, your job is to follow the crumbs. (more…)
On Friday night I attended the first Beautiful You Coaching Academy Awards night in Melbourne, where I gratefully received the award for the 2014-2016 Emerging Coach of the Year (still soaking that in!) The whole night from start to end was absolutely amazing, and I’m still riding high from being in a room with such huge-hearted women that are stepping up into their power and leading the way for others in a BIG way.
As I was flying back to Perth on Saturday, I was reflecting on all the incredible opportunities, connections and most importantly, the love that has floated on into my life over the past 12 months since graduating as a Beautiful You Life Coach.
But first, let’s back-track a little where it all started for me…
You can’t always connect the dots going forward – only looking back.
When I was little I always wanted to be a teacher, but not in the traditional sense. I knew that I wanted to teach but I never saw myself teaching in a school, which confused the crap outta me! I knew it was going to be something different and I just knew I wanted to help the World in some way. I also had a dream of being a radio-host and a singer, and would record myself speaking with a microphone at home (HAHA! I hope those tapes are long gone!) I somehow always felt the power and energy of using my voice hoping that I would be able to use it one day in a way that would inspire others. I also never realised until a few months ago that creative writing and my crazy imagination were always rewarded top marks throughout my subjects in primary and secondary school. Little did I know that writing would become a foundation for the way I expressed myself and helped others too – (P.S Putting it out there now, my book seeds are currently being planted and fertilised!)
First clue: NEVER limit yourself to the way things are ‘meant to look’. If you have an urge and a passion to do something in a new and different way – then DO IT. Create a new way for yourself. That’s YOUR gift to share with the world. Focus on what you love, and let the Universe take the wheel and work out the rest for you.
I soon forgot about those dreams and started listening to a voice in my head that told me to ‘get a real job’ because ‘only pretty, and famous people’ can live their dreams. So I went and did the Uni thing, because hey – that’s what everyone does (heads up: there is nothing wrong with that if it inspires the shiz out of you!)
Uni is where I started becoming really disconnected from myself, and quickly got distracted from the work that I was truly meant to be doing for the World by partying up and falling into really unhealthy habits. I became disconnected from my true self in every sense of the word, and I thought that was just how life was meant to feel. I was chasing the ‘I should do this’ safe path rather than the one I knew in my heart I was actually meant to be doing. After having a sinking feeling in my stomach day after day, and just feeling like ‘is this seriously it? I just get a degree, get a house, go to work, tick off the lists… and that’s it?’ things started really bubbling up and getting uncomfortable for me.
Here’s the thing – you will get uncomfortable by your fears, but it’s nowhere near as uncomfortable as the feeling of not being congruent with your heart or reaching your full potential in this lifetime! (*EFF THAT!)
Limited beliefs and fear-based conditioning that had been ingrained into me suddenly started to crack once I realised that I didn’t actually want to go down the path I was on at the time. I didn’t want to keep feeling like crap, and just do the same thing as everyone else. It didn’t make me feel anything,
Second Clue: If you aren’t inspired by the direction your life is going right now, then you have the power to change it! If what you are doing isn’t fulfilling or exciting to you, its OK! But this is your own red-flag indication that it’s not the besttttttt you’ve got to give in this lifetime. It’s not YOUR highest potential.
Long story short – leaving uni, cleaning things up, and changing my own life through reading personal development books like they were going out of fashion, getting my health back on track and respecting my body again, and re-connecting with myself on a deeper level – I started working as a personal trainer and Les Mills instructor (funny how I was starting to use my voice and speak with a microphone on stage to instruct… getting warmer Trace!), I soon realised I was teaching and helping others in some way, but still not to my greatest capacity. Still not the way I deeply wanted to.
After many hours of journaling and day-dreaming – I randomly (thanks angels) found the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, and holy shit has my life changed!! This is soo much more than just an academy for coaches!
Lead by the incredible CEO and Founder Julie Parker, this academy is creating a new blueprint of heart-driven coaches, teachers and leaders, and alongside the entire Beautiful You team, is changing the coaching industry not only in Australia, but the World.
The belief that the entire Beautiful You team pour into you, the ongoing support and growth, the regular inspiration days (umm by the way – I am off to Bali next month for the next coaching inspiration training day… pinch me?), the award nights, the personal development journey, regular contacts, the business support, the community of like-minded coaches cheering you on and all of the other countless opportunities that keep pouring in for you to step up and shine is just a smidgen of what you will receive from undergoing this life-changing course.
And being completely honest – when I signed up for the course I didn’t even know what a ‘Life Coach’ was, but I knew I needed to do this course. I knew I had to help others in a way that felt like I could completely be myself, and write my own rules.
One year after graduating, I know that I am doing what I was put on this Earth to do, and it’s only going to get more fun from here 😉
If you are reading this, then maybe there is something in you that knows you are meant to help others in some way. You are born to be a leader, a teacher, a coach, a healer, or a lightworker, and maybe you just haven’t realised it yet, or you haven’t allowed yourself to believe you can actually do it in your own way.
Here’s what I want you to know about chasing your dreams and following the vision that your heart holds for you and YOUR life – you don’t need to worry about the ‘hows’ – you just need to follow that invisible pull and show up for the first step. And who care’s if no-one else ‘get’s it’ – YOU get it, and more importantly you feel it.
If you have an urge to coach, lead, heal, speak, teach, or just have a huge inner fire to serve and impact the lives of others but have no idea how or where to start – then the Beautiful You Life Coaching Course is your foundation, your starting point, and your absolute permission slip to follow that calling.
Winning the 2014-2016 BYCA Emerging Coach of the Year Award leaves me beyond grateful, but what I am proudest of, as a result of undergoing training at the BYCA and being a part of this epic community, is that I am unapologetically emerging more as my true self.
I am so grateful to be part of a coaching community who are dedicated to elevating the lives of those around them, and I am beyond proud to be called a Beautiful You Life Coach. This academy is changing the game for the coaching industry, and I am so excited to be a part of it.
I am a loud and proud affiliate of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, and if you are hearing the call louder than ever to step up in your life, I highly suggest you get in touch with the Academy soon. There are only a few places left in their October intake (the final round for 2016) – and I absolutely know it will sell out in the coming weeks.
This course may be calling your name for a reason you can’t quite understand yet – just like it did for me when I first signed up in October 2014, yep – just over a year ago!
If you take anything from this – coach or no coach – please just start saying YES to the most badass vision you hold for your life and start showing up for it today! If you can see it in your mind, and feel it in your heart, then you can absolutely create it for your life. Trust me on that.
There is no way it can’t come true unless you just sit there stalking everyone else’s dreams and waiting for yours to show up.
Follow the pull, trust yourself, believe in your awesomeness, create your own story and just say YES and figure the rest out later.
And head’s up, it will be even better than you can imagine now.
If you want more information about studying with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy: CLICK HERE or drop me a line!
(Alongside the beautiful Jenny Orenstein, Naomi Arnold and Sarah Jensen)
Photographer: Fi Mims Photography