Reflections on Winning the BYCA International Coach of the Year Award

Reflections on Winning the BYCA International Coach of the Year Award

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It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was preparing to travel for the first time to Melbourne, Australia with my husband Phil to accept the International Coach of the Year Award from Beautiful You Coaching Academy. Looking back at the whole experience, I still feel so joyful about my coaching journey and this milestone, and I could not be more grateful.

I’m so thankful to Julie Parker and the BYCA team for honoring me with the Award for 2017/2018 and for asking me to be the featured writer in Inspired Coach Magazine!

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My husband Phil and I (all dressed up) in Melbourne, Australia where I received the BYCA International Coach of the Year Award.

My husband Phil and I (all dressed up) in Melbourne, Australia where I received the BYCA International Coach of the Year Award.

During my time in Melbourne with my fellow Beautiful You Certified Coaches, I not only had THE best coffee I’ve ever had, I was given the opportunity to pause, breathe, and celebrate the life I've chosen to claim as my own. My 3-year journey as a coach has stretched me in so many ways + flipped my world upside down.  [Read my blog post from my first year as a coach here].

Moments like this make me realize how grateful I truly am to have chosen to follow my heart and do this work.

In the 3 years since launching my business, I have left behind versions of myself too small to dance in, made heaps of mistakes (many of them grammar related LOL!), worked too hard, asked for help, built a team of incredible women that help me succeed, learned to laugh at myself, give grace to others, have met the best humans on earth and have had the privilege of coaching 200+ of them.  

I am so proud of the woman this work has made me. I've become (and am still becoming) the woman of my dreams:

A woman who is open.

A woman who shows up for herself and others.

A woman with strong and loving boundaries.

A woman who works with intention and from passion.

A woman able to receive.

A woman who asks for more.

and most of all...  

A woman who believes she is worthy.

Receiving the Award from the Amazing Julie Parker, Director of Beautiful You Coaching Academy.

Receiving the Award from the Amazing Julie Parker, Director of Beautiful You Coaching Academy.

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Receiving the BYCA International Coach of the Year Award has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

Receiving the BYCA International Coach of the Year Award has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

The incredible coaches who also received awards for their accomplishments and programs in 2017/2018.

The incredible coaches who also received awards for their accomplishments and programs in 2017/2018.

A huge thank you to every person who has been on this path with me. It's the coolest getting to grow alongside you.



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Winning the BYCA CEO Shine Award

"The Shine Award is given to the Beautiful You Life Coach that CEO & Founder Julie Parker believes most embodies the qualities of a Beautiful You Coach and consistently shows heart, commitment and authentic effort in serving their clients and building their business."

This year I was a finalist in two categories at the Beautiful You Coaching Academy Awards Gala: International Coach of The Year along with the CEO Shine Award... and...

I was handpicked by Julie Parker alongside Amy Mackenzie to receive the Shine Award!

I could not be more humbled and honored to stand by my sista Amy and share this recognition.

(Is there anything sweeter than being acknowledged by your mentor as embodying the heart and spirit of authenticity!? I think not.)

Having the opportunity to grow, learn, and work alongside each of the women who were selected as finalists has been the greatest honor. It is truly a gift to be in a community of women who desire to lift one another higher and champion each other to shine. 

That's what this is all about for me.

It's when women of all religions, colors, sizes, and personalities have the space to be known, join in a sisterhood, and explore their own uniqueness. It's letting go of what we "should" be like, look like, act like, and embrace all of what it means FOR US to come alive. 

Julie, Amy and I at the BYCA Inspiration Day in 2016

Julie, Amy and I at the BYCA Inspiration Day in 2016

Receiving the Shine Award means the most to me though, because of the transformation this coaching journey has brought into my life. I had no idea the ride I would be taking when I decided to become a coach a little over 2 years ago. Julie Parker our "goddess mum" and CEO taught me how to be a coach, how to believe in myself, how to shine, be known in this industry with integrity, and beyond those things, taught me it’s okay to be your own brand of woman, to be fierce and sassy and feminine and witty. Julie gave me permission to see the world bigger and realize that I, too, can play big. 

If you're reading this, thank you for following my journey and being a part of changing my life in every way imaginable. Keep shining. 

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UPDATE: Since winning the Shine Award, I am honored to have gone on to win BYCA’s International Coach of the Year and be featured as Inspired Coach’s covergirl! Read about that journey HERE.


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