| JULIE PARKER |
I don’t even know where to start! It’s an absolute honour to have Julie featured this week. She is a truly amazing human being, and one of the most inspirational, influential and empowering women I know. It was such a privilege to have studied to become a life coach under Julie’s guidance, and I feel blessed for all of the experiences and opportunities I had through Beautiful You. Not only did she inspire and teach me how to become a life coach, but how to love myself, which is the most wonderful gift anyone could ever receive. Although I studied in a group of around 60 women, Julie gave her time and energy to be there for each and every single one of us, which just goes to show how kind-hearted, supportive and beautiful she really is. I’m so grateful to Julie for having shared her knowledge and wisdom with me, and I hope that by reading her story, you too can feel inspired by her as much as I am!
Julie Parker is one of Australia’s foremost life and business coaches and trainers with more than a decade’s experience inspiring hundreds of clients and thousands of people to create beautiful lives and businesses. The CEO and Founder of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy, Julie passionately trains and supports heart centered and gifted people to bring their talents and love of giving into the world as life coaches.
Julie is a published author and Tedx speaker and has shared a speaking stage with Clare Bowditch, Christina Re, Gretel Killeen, Carolyn Cresswell and Gala Darling. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Australia Day Citizenship Award and Business and Professional Women’s Woman of Achievement Award. Julie appears regularly in the media including Today Tonight, A Current Affair, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as publications such as Grazia, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Fitness and Health and national newspapers. She is also the Editor in Chief of inspired COACH Magazine.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JUST GO FOR IT, AND START LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE? WAS THERE A TURNING POINT OR AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU REALISED YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE CHANGE?
In truth I think I have always been someone who was really passionate about doing things they loved and also spending time with people who supported that. I was always encouraged as a girl to be involved in meaningful activities like volunteering and being a part of our community, and I know that really instilled in me a love of giving and caring for others. It was not really a surprise to me that I followed a path into a career as a counsellor and then a coach.
If I was to find a really significant a-ha moment however it would be when I first heard about life coaching and what a truly inspiring way it was to work with people. I knew in that moment I had come across something that was going to be really important to me, but I had to find the courage to forge an entirely new path for myself that was going to see me start my own business – something I had NO clue how to do. It was not easy – but it was right. And I haven’t regretted a moment of it since.
HOW IS YOUR LIFE DIFFERENT NOW AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
I think the major difference in my life since starting my own business first as a coach and now as a life coach trainer (to amazing people all over the world) is that I have more freedom. I am entirely responsible for my own income generation, creative projects, what I focus on, where I travel and speak and so much more. I don’t answer to anyone but myself and hopefully my highest self too where I am doing things that help me feel nurtured and divine and growing. It’s a pretty wonderful place to be and between you, me and anyone else reading – I know in my heart I will never work for anyone else ever again. I’m the best boss I’ve ever had!
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST FEAR OR BLOCK (EMOTIONAL, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE, AND HOW DID YOU BREAK THROUGH IT?
Well…truth time? There was more than one! However I think they all added up to one BIG one and that was me being incredibly uncertain if anyone was ever going to ‘get’ what I was doing and would they work with me. Interestingly enough I did not feel this so acutely many years ago now when I first become a coach. I just had a feeling of deep knowing that even though the industry was very young and a lot of people had no idea who or what a coach was – that it was for me and I would get clients – because I was so passionate about it and determined to work on my skills to become great at it too.
What was a bigger fear and ego hurdle for me was when three years ago I decided to create the Beautiful You Coaching Academy as a worldwide life coaching school. That took a serious leap of faith and I don’t mind admitting I had more than one sleepless night and a lot of fearful thoughts that sounded like ‘Who do you think you are?’ ‘What on earth are you doing?’ ‘No one is going to do this – you’re not big enough/smart enough/well known enough’ – I could go on and on! However in the end the divine pull to making it happen and putting it out to the world was just too strong. I was by then so deeply passionate about life coaches and those who wanted to become one that I had no choice but to get over myself and let it out to the world. And I’m so very glad I did because every day since has been a joy.
WHAT IS YOUR TRUE ESSENCE? THE NATURAL PART OF YOUR BEING THAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL.
Love. My belief however is that the true essence of us all is love.
We can believe ourselves to be anything that we like, (and when it serves us beautifully we should!), however when we are all stripped of our identity and beliefs and even body – what remains is love. We are born of love and our role here on earth in the body that houses our soul is to be that love. To share our essence in every way we possibly can to make our time here a true expression of that loving essence.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
My generosity, passion, laugh, dimples and ability to help others see the very best in themselves.
WHERE DO YOU FIND BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION?
Absolutely everywhere. My garden, people, books, the ocean. Most of all from within.
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO DO?
Read. And I still do. It seems like such a simple thing but I truly credit it to igniting in me a life long passion for learning, creativity and the journey of others.
WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND WHY?
Seeing other people shine. There is simply nothing like it and I don’t think that will ever change for me. When I see someone I train or work with – or even a loved one, doing something that lights them up it lights me up. Watching and being with people in their joy – fills me with joy.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE WANTING TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL WAY OF BEING AND FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN THEMSELVES?
Find precious time for yourself every day. No matter how ‘busy’ you are it is an act of self-love to find even ten minutes in your day to do something like go for a gentle walk, meditate, read, dance or simply have a slow cup of tea. It’s in these precious moments we give to ourselves as women – and only to ourselves – that we find space to just ‘be.’
This is the seat of feminine power. The power of our innate womanly gifts as nurturers, healers, intuitives and so much more. And the more as women of the modern world we can just be in this way, the more we come home to ourselves and the finding and living of our true essence as love.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE YOU?
Womanly. Powerful. Joyous. Blessed.
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