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