All my life I have dreamed of having a job where I could “just talk to people about how they feel – all the time!"
And for years I wondered how that would look. I researched course after course, and began to feel a little defeated, as none of them felt quite right.. Long , drawn out degrees, or marketing based on making 6 figures in the first 6 weeks - Hmmm!
Nothing felt as though it fit, until I lay eyes on the Beautiful You Coaching Academy website. I can’t even remember now how I was led to that place, but I can sure-as-hell remember how it felt.
I instantly felt at home.
I was blown away by how heart-centred a course could be. By how genuine it felt and how inspired I already was, drinking up each and every word on the website. I felt like the description of their trainees was a personality description of ME!
And so – of course, there was no other option but to sign up.
And it was one of the greatest decisions of my life, leading me to be in a space where I can guide and support women to be the best version of themselves.
As if that wasn't enough, I met some of the most beautiful people in my life. True soul sisters.
This life-altering-in-the-best-of-ways course is created and run by Julie Parker. And today, I am lucky enough to be sharing an interview with this incredible woman with you.
Oh Julie -where do I begin?!
Officially, she is a 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.
She is the CEO and Founder of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy, and 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 appears regularly in the media.
But, to me, she is a life-changer.
She is the personification of love and generosity. Her personality, kindness and humour shines through the course. Her fierce belief in her students is beyond amazing. Her encouragement and support allows us all to rise into the desire to be the best coaches we can be.
Enrolments for the 2016 Beautiful You Coaching Academy are now open.
I am a proud and blessed affiliate for this incredible course, and am offering a free 3 month coaching series for anyone who enrols through my affiliate link – which is at the very bottom of this interview.
As always, I am absolutely here to answer any questions you may have about the course :: the work / life as a life coach / what on earth do I even do / is it right for you. And anything else that may be on your mind.
So, friends, let's get to know the divine Julie a little better shall we?
- Julie, what is your calling?
To help people realise that we are all only gifted one amazing life. Truly recognising that as a person I believe changes the way you live – even though consciously it is something that we all clearly know already.
We waste so much time in doing things that are not our true hearts desire. And so I feel my calling is to ensure I live my life with that full passion and intent, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
- Can you share with us how you got to be where you are now and why you created the Beautiful You Coaching Academy?
I had my own business as a life and business coach for many years and felt truly blessed to work with many beautiful people. As my clientele grew I started to attract a lot of coaches who wanted me to help them create their own version of success that I was experiencing. I felt constantly inspired working with them, and received most of my new clients via word of mouth. However after I began to wrestle with a six month waiting list I knew I had to change my business model and the way I was working.
I sought out my own amazing business coach myself and she helped open up new and exciting ways for me to make my business more sustainable, which included creating a life coaching school using all of the many years of experience I had as a coach.
At first it seemed an impossible idea and I couldn’t even believe I was entertaining the thought of it. However I could not stop thinking about it as soon as it took hold in my head and heart and when I began to write the course outline I couldn’t stop. I was so inspired and felt so creative, and from that the Beautiful You Coaching Academy was born.
By the end of this year we will have trained over 200 coaches from around the world, employ two amazing staff and have four brilliant assistant trainers who are former graduates. To say that I feel blessed by the entire journey and where things are now is truly an understatement.
- What lights you up? What sparks your fire to do what you do?
People. I adore them and always have.
While not an outrageous extrovert (I love my alone time) I love being with people who are soulful, spirited and not afraid to have a meaningful conversation about life and love - with a good dose of laughter thrown in.
And when those people want or are doing something truly incredible and legacy creating with their life that lights me up even more.
- What do you adore most about training life coaches?
I love so much about what I do but there are two things that chiefly stand out…
The first is the transformative journey that the coach themselves goes on throughout our course as they grow in confidence and self-love and develop the very real knowledge that they are a great coach and can help people positively change their lives. It’s a beautiful, illuminating and brilliant thing to both watch and be a part of.
The second thing is seeing the connections that our trainee coaches develop with each other. This was something that I never considered would even happen when I first created the course, but the power and beauty of it is extraordinary and truly so brilliant to see unfold.
- Who are your main inspirations? Why do you love them oh-so-much?
So much about life inspires me and often I feel as though it’s different things every day that may spark me. One day it may be a friend, an inspiring book and a walk amongst nature. Another day it may be achieving something truly incredible for the Academy that makes me think that the limit of the sky is even higher than I first thought.
I think in part this comes from being someone who tries as much as I can to be very present in everything I do. I am a planner but also someone who lives in the moment and wants to soak every part of that moment up – no matter what I may be doing.
- Tell us about your wildest adventure?
I went to India for a month when I was in my early 20’s to volunteer in an orphanage and deliver medical supplies to remote communities with a health response team. It was on the one hand one of the most challenging, trying and heartbreaking experiences I’ve ever had, but also one that was steeped in humility, love, grace, and learning. It was a roller coaster like adventure from beginning to end that changed me for the better.
- How important do you believe tapping into our softer, feminine side is?
So very, very important. This has become an area of my life that has become increasingly vital to me since starting the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. In the past two years I have often been in a very masculine space of being driven, achieving, scheduled, working hard and way too connected at times to a phone or laptop. Such things are often very necessary to running an international business but so too I have learned are the more feminine traits of our being.
As a result of wanting to feel less driven and more femininely in tune with myself I have been learning to slow down, spend more time in nature, connect with my spirit through meditation, honour my body, and celebrate the qualities of myself that are gentler and kinder. It continues to be a really beautiful exploration that I know is not over. I feel excited about further exploring the world of the Divine Feminine and what it means for me.
- What are your tips for decreasing overwhelm, and replacing it with clarity, calm and ease?
I know it may sound like a very simple tip or thing to say – but this is what works for me.
Don’t overschedule yourself.
When I look in my diary I never want to see it fully booked with no space or breath for myself, and for anyone experiencing overwhelm, doing the same will help you immeasurably. I make time in my life for play, rest, connection with loved ones and more, and try my best to never let other things encroach on that.
It’s too easy to say yes to others and no to ourselves, but it’s a surefire path to feeling overbooked, harried and super stressed out. When we put our own needs and health first so much of that melts away – and it means we feel so great at our own doing but also can be there more for those we love too.
- What is your big, beautiful and bountiful dream for BYCA?
I know it may come as surprise to some people that the CEO of a global business doesn’t have a truly big or bountiful dream for their business. When this all started I just wanted to create something that would really touch people and allow me to do my very best work and inspire others.
Now I just want to see the Academy fulfill its vision which is for all people to live a self-actualised life, something I think can be amazingly achieved through the coaching process. So I guess in a way our vision is our big dream. It certainly inspires me to think big and bountifully every day.
- What would you say to anyone who has a vision (or a daydream) to become a heart-centred life coach?
Coaching has bought immeasurable joy into my life and I love seeing that now happen for many others. For anyone who is thinking of becoming a life coach I would genuinely just tell them to follow their heart like I did mine. If you are called to help people in a truly amazing, dynamic and life affirming way then coaching might be for you.
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