Rachelle bounced into my life about a year ago. Quite literally. She bounced up to me at the Radical Self Love party and I knew then we were going to be great friends.
When I found out that Rachelle quit her job to become a full time life coach, I squealed with delight. This girl is destined for great things, comrades.
She’s got a smile that can light up a room (see photo above), a heart o’ gold, plus she’s been super supportive of The Attitude Revolution.
It would be churlish of me not to share her incredible joy and wisdom with you. So read on, and be inspired.
1. How did you become a Radical Renegade?
My journey started with health. I think it does for a lot of people in the personal development field. I was in my early twenties and was right into long distance running. I’d go into a meditative state and just run and run.
So many women would say negative things about their bodies to me and I was learning to appreciate my body for what it was capable of, so something in what they were saying didn’t gel for me anymore. I wanted to figure out a way to help women appreciate their temple but just kept getting frustrated.
Now, as a life coach, I’ve realised it’s not what you say to people that changes them, it’s what you ask. By inspiring a thought, you can help create a new way of thinking and a realisation.
It took me a while to figure out I wanted to be a life coach though. I actually started my first business with a company called Nature Direct. They sell these beautiful, safe, non-toxic, natural cleaning products. I loved the products, the company and their philosophy so I joined as a consultant, going to people’s homes and teaching them about the non-toxic lifestyle.
There was something missing though and I quickly realised that I wanted to help women in an even more meaningful way. I really craved doing my own thing, my own idea. It was time to get brave, step out of the shadows and start my life coaching business!
2. How do you maintain a rocking attitude?
I just don’t take life so seriously. It’s meant to be fun, right? I’ve let go of the need to be a certain way, the idea that what I do should define me and unstitched the badge of ‘honour’ of being busy. Also, I do a lot of mirror work.
When I was younger I used to stare in the mirror at one part of my body and be disgusted by how huge my thigh was or how my stomach protruded. Now, I look at my body as a whole and with admiration. I’m more likely to push my stomach out on purpose to see how big I can make it and laugh!
On bad days, when I feel like I’m not enough, I consciously don’t take it to extremes. Just because I wasn’t able to do one thing, doesn’t mean I can’t do anything. I just allow that day to be what it is and make a choice to do it differently tomorrow. It’s all a choice.
3. What would be your #1 tip to help someone do a 180 towards self love?
I listen to older women say ‘gee I wish I realised how good I actually looked when I was younger’. That is something that has stuck with me. I don’t want to say that, I want to appreciate myself now. You are never really as fat or as ugly as you feel. So my advice would be to become aware of your thoughts, which if left unchecked are naturally negatively skewed, and choose the opposite.
The questions I would ask;
How are you playing small and holding yourself back by having a negative focus on your appearance or of your self?
Do you really believe your thoughts?
If you didn’t spend so much anxious energy on those thoughts, what would you be doing instead?
What wonderful things are you withholding from the world that you could be offering if you stopped having those thoughts?
4. What inspires you?
I am inspired by seeing women totally owning their thoughts and their life, being brave and stepping up. I’m inspired by deep conversations, by the sun, the moon and the thought that we are all the same. I am totally inspired by exploring the world – our global community!
5. What advice would you give someone wanting to start in your field?
Of course, I whole-heartedly recommend the Beautiful You Coaching Academy to learn the process of coaching and how to guide your clients to the best results.
However my advice is also to do what feels right for you, learn what you want to learn (key word being want!) but don’t get caught in the learning phase. Coaching is very experiential and I have learnt so much just from having sessions with clients and watching them evolve. It turns out the kind of coach I thought I would be is very different to how I actually coach, so I’ve evolved too!
Isn’t she just amazing?!
I love that Rachelle talks about how having a negative self image can really hold us back.
And can I reiterate that comrade, you are so much more than your dress size or what you ate for lunch. Drop the stories you’re telling yourself, and get out there and live your big, bold vision.
What about you? What would you be doing right now if you knew you could do anything? Let me know in the comments below.
Rachelle is a Life Coach at My Saturn Epoch. She supports women through the big transitions in their life, helping them to break their negative cycles to consciously create a happy life and positive mindset. She is a big hearted business woman who is passionate about supporting women in pursuit of their own excellence so they can shine as a beacon to themselves, their families and their communities. You can also find her on Facebook.