The perfect soul to launch this series for 2016 .. Julie Parker. “I believe that every person is inherently beautiful, capable of greatness and worthy of love.” Julie is CEO and Founder of the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy, the course I chose in 2015 to turn my dreams into something more tangible. The experience was above and beyond .. as is everything that Julie puts out into the world!
Inspired by… Julie Parker ♡
Extra-ordinary humans | Living their lives with true JOY | Changing the world around them |
Where in the world do you call home?
Home for me in truth is wherever my family are at any given time, however in general it is a little cottage in a seaside suburb of Melbourne.
Describe your home and neighbourhood briefly
Our suburb is a leafy and quiet area less than ten minutes to a beautiful beach in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. We are surrounded by some super cute cafes and a wonderful farmers market. I love it and it very much feels like our ‘forever’ place. If I could change one thing about it though it would be the rather cold and grey winters. It’s the only time I feel like escaping to somewhere more warm and tropical for a spell and hit of Vitamin D!
Our home is small – just two bedrooms but that’s the way we like it. We much prefer cute and compact to open and sprawling and the period features of our home reflect that too. There is lots of white, hardwood floors, original fixtures and a soft and comfortable charm to where we both live and work. The only real splash of modern is a beautifully large original artwork I recently purchased by Australian artist Kristen Jackson. It’s filled with vibrant pinks, aqua and orange and at first I wondered if I might have made a mistake in buying it (she was an investment!) however as soon as we hung it at home I fell even more in love with it and feel it fits perfectly.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words
Kind – Funny – Joyful
What is the purpose at the heart of your work and the Beautiful You Coaching Academy?
The entire purpose and heart of our work is to help people create a life and business they love using the gifts and talents they have. The vehicle we do that via is the Beautiful You Life Coaching Course and helping people establish successful businesses as a coach, but really even bigger than that it’s about supporting people to uncover their beautiful greatness and then live that to their fullest potential.
Living up to that purpose and mission is incredibly important to me and I try very hard (with the support of a truly gorgeous team) to have that come to life in every touch point we have with our life coaching trainees, people who come to hear me speak or even just email us for information. There is little point in have a purpose or mission if you don’t then bring it into every day life and business. For it to truly mean something it has to be bought to life every day in every possible way.
What do you ultimately hope to achieve through your work … for yourself and for others?
What I want for others is intimately tied to that heart and purpose I mention above. That is truly what it’s all about for me and I know if I can achieve that in even just a small way for every client and trainee we have meaningful contact with then I will be happy, but also inspired to keep doing more.
For myself it’s about making sure that no matter what I am doing in my work I am doing my absolute best and giving all I can while still respecting and honouring my own boundaries, needs and self-care. I truly want to reach the end of my life (whenever that may be) and be able to say and know that I did all I could with the life I had been given – that I made the very most of it and impacted others positively in a way that had meaning and beauty for me and them too.
If you could choose any celebrity (dead or alive) to become the Ambassador and spokesperson for your work, who would you choose and why?
Oh gosh – what a question! I’m going to be cheeky and choose two and say that I would be outrageously happy with either.
The first would be Oprah Winfrey – for very obvious reasons. A powerhouse, inspirational and guiding light in the personal development world. My only concern with this choice is that if it actually happened I might pass out and seriously hit my head in a not good way on the rapid journey to hitting the floor. In other words – this could be a dangerous choice!
My other choice would be Danielle La Porte. A beautiful writer, speaker and champion for living a life fuelled by feelings, she would be simply perfect as a Team Beautiful Ambassador. I could faint with that choice too so Lisa – this is a high combat question!
What do you think is the most important thing for us to teach the children of our generation?
To be kind.
Firstly kind, loving and compassionate towards themselves and then those things to all who cross their paths. And those that don’t too.
A global community that is filled with kind and loving people I truly believe would see us be able to face and solve issues such as bullying, inequality, refugee displacement, religious intolerance and violent crimes. There is nothing else I know that is more powerful for any person to live and be an example of.
Which food and drink do you consider essential to your mental and physical wellbeing?
Freshly caught fish, avocado, raspberries, hummus, chocolate, mango, nut butter, eggs, ice cold mineral water and pinot noir.
How do you take care of yourself amongst the busy demands of daily life?
· I find as much time as possible every day for quiet and stillness. Sometimes this involves meditation but other times if I am not feeling called to do that it’s just me in my favourite chair looking out over my garden. I have been leaning into the beauty of ‘empty presence’ this year and practising the power of being more mindful and truly present in every interaction I have. It helps me feel focused, powerful and truly calm.
· I surround myself with truly beautiful people. I no longer care what anyone thinks of me, people who are back-handed in any way or anyone that I feel communicates in terms that are demanding or disrespectful of boundaries. Only people who are truly loving which I hope to be a reflection of me. This one thing I believe can hugely change someone’s life and sky-rocket their self-care because of the results it can bring you which is to let go of a lot of negativity, worry and people pleasing. And that’s good self-care if ever I’ve heard it.
· I delegate, don’t get caught up in small things that truly are not going to matter in a day or week from now, and refuse whenever I can to not fret or unnecessarily worry.
I know that for many people these things might not be your usual exercise and green smoothie type routines but in truth those things to me mean very little if they are not being supported by things like what I mention here. I think the self-care ‘routine’ world needs a little bit of a shake up in truth. We have to understand that a self-care routine is just as much about how we are training ourselves to routinely think (and behave as a result) as it is in relation to what we ‘do.’
Is there a charity or cause that you are currently aligned with and passionate about, or that you are planning to support through your work in the future?
I am very proud that throughout my entire working and business career I have always supported charities close to my heart and that will never change. As a passionate animal lover our family personally supports the Lort Smith Animal Hospital and we also give to UNHCR and Doctors Without Borders in support of the millions of displaced refugees desperately searching for a better life for themselves around the world.
And the Beautiful You Coaching Academy is a proud corporate sponsor of YGAP – Youth Generation Against Poverty – which supports young social entrepreneurs throughout Australia and developing countries, to find and implement local and community based solutions to issues they are facing such as homelessness, domestic violence, child trafficking and access to clean water. They are a truly incredible charity and we are so proud to support them.
What has been your greatest lesson in life so far?
That people care less about what you look like, weigh and are wearing than you think they do. You don’t need to be a supermodel or come even close to looking like one for people to connect with, follow, be engaged with and believe in you and what you do – or love you either. People forget what you look like (if they even noticed in the first place) if they feel incredible in your presence. Whether you’re wearing Jimmy Choo’s or flats from Target, or you’re a size 2 or 20 holds no resonance.
The lesson? Stop bloody well worrying what you look like or what others think you look like and just get on with it.
What is your best advice for anyone else who has a dream to be extra-ordinary and serve the world?
Find the thing that most lights you up in the world and move heaven and earth to do it and make it be a part of as much of your life as you can. It doesn’t matter if that is painting, acting, teaching, coaching or caring for others. What ‘it’ is doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find it – by whatever means you can – and then lean into that beautiful, magnificent and gifted thing that is so important to you so you can make it a big part of your life and offering to the world.
And that is how you serve the world. You do not have to be the next Mother Theresa or take any form of low paying or high stress job giving up yourself and giving all to others to serve.
You serve the world and are extraordinary when you live your life’s purpose as the brightest shining light that you are.
Sweet treat: Chocolate
Holiday destination: Paris
Memory: Being in New York City with my husband for the first time
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