10 February 2015
This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they really love about being part of our community, is getting to know likeminded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better.
You in a nutshell: A patchwork quilt – warm, sewn by hand with love and error.
What was your highlight of 2014? Leaving the Australian Public Service and setting up my own coaching business – it doesn’t feel like work and I can’t believe I get paid to have conversations with people about how they can grow into their own greatness. And landing a work advice column (Coach at Work) in the Canberra Times. I’ve always wanted to be an agony aunt: as a small child I used to read Irma Kurtz in New Idea and want to be like her.
What’s an achievement you’re proud of? Not being so obsessed with achievements to be proud of, and more connected to being fully here. I’m a recovering over-achiever – I was a barrister with an LLM by the age of 27 and I had no sense that all that success would end up making me happy. Things that make me happy? Talking to people. Singing “Let it go” in Polish. Walking barefoot on green grass. Working at a good, steady pace. Tea drunk from a china cup my Polish mother-in-law gave me.
What’s on your playlist? Lots of meditation tracks. At the moment I’m listening to an iAwake track that stimulates the heart chakra and makes you cry over the smallest thing. In a good sweet way, like when you see a baby, or a whale being freed from a net, or flowers being left in Martin Place by a Muslim bride.
Why did you join the Y? Because I wanted to get my old feminist stripes back on! And because for me the sense of wanting to give back grows every year like a happy magnolia tree.
Who inspires you? My friend Anna, who just got herself a speaking gig at a rural leadership conference by being brave, persistent and willing to “throw the hat over the wall” and climb after it.
What’s the change you want to see in the world? Be the change you want to see in the world! Looking inside to see what you are bringing to any challenge, obstacle, relationship, failure, success – even to a social condition that seems bigger than you – that’s the thing that’s missing from our culture but a powerful (and sometimes downright embarrassing) thing that any of us can do every day. Blame is like fast food – it tastes great but blights the life you were given.
Find out more about Jacqueline’s coaching business, Bloom Coaching and Consulting here, and follow her on Twitter, @jackweazle!
Image: Sari Sutton