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The Beautiful You Coaching Academy Awards 2017-2018 were celebrated in Melbourne on March 16. This was the third year of the awards being hosted, and they were established to honour the very best coaching talent from around the world.

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Fi Mims Photography

Julie Parker, Beautiful You Coaching Academy Founder, expressed to the finalists:

“Your role in raising the consciousness of the world – one person by one person – is seen and honoured here tonight.”

5 categories of awards were presented to the following inspirational women:

CEO Shine Award: Jo Kendall & Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo

The Beautiful You/Book/ Product/ Podcast of the Year: Carla Da Costa

The Beautiful You Program/Event of the Year: Rhiannon Colarossi

The Beautiful You Emerging Coach of the Year: Kate Cashman

The Beautiful You International Coach of the Year: Madison Hedlund

 L to R - Carla Da Costa, Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo, Madison Hedlund, Jo Kendall, Kate Cashman, Rhiannon Colarossi. Photo Credit: Fi Mims Photography

L to R - Carla Da Costa, Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo, Madison Hedlund, Jo Kendall, Kate Cashman, Rhiannon Colarossi. Photo Credit: Fi Mims Photography

The speeches made by these women had me filled with absolute pride and joy. I had something in both eyes all damn night! There was an electric warm energy in the room from the genuine warmth and support in this community. I have returned with a totally renewed energy, passion and plans for my coaching business. (Can you just imagine? Spending several hours with beautiful life coaches? Who wouldn’t come back inspired and ready?!)

 Finalists in the Book/Product/Podcast of the year award - L-R Fideliz Cruz, Naomi Arnold, Carla Da Costa (winner), me. Absent: Bailey Opsal, Victoria Baumann. Photo Credit: Fi Mims Photography.

Finalists in the Book/Product/Podcast of the year award - L-R Fideliz Cruz, Naomi Arnold, Carla Da Costa (winner), me. Absent: Bailey Opsal, Victoria Baumann. Photo Credit: Fi Mims Photography.

I was so honoured and excited to be named as a finalist for my e-book, 10 Minute Muse: Writing tools to spark your creative spirit.  The award was granted to Carla Da Costa for her beautiful book series Living with Heart collection. So, whilst I was not a ‘winner’ in the true understanding, I felt and still feel like a winner. Being acknowledged in this way is lovely and affirming. But knowing that you have followed your heart to create something of meaning and value, then that feels like winning to me.

 Fi Mims Photography

Fi Mims Photography

Creativity is healing. Creativity is something potent, unique & available to us all in our quest for understanding, relief, inspiration & meaning-making. Creativity allows refuge, sanctuary or the most dazzling awe of beauty or to invoke rage and activism. It can for some, feel like something that is not accessible – that we have to be a certain level of skill or talent to ‘be creative.’ No, it’s your birthright. But it’s often the first thing to get squashed in a dominant culture that values productivity, achievement & following a predictable path.

All around me, I saw women rushing. Making lists and ticking them off, and linking productivity to their self-worth. (I have been her, too). And becoming increasingly disconnected from their spirit, their playfulness, their creativity. My mum role modelled to me the importance of being, not doing. No matter how much needed to be done, it could always wait. She created. She made jumpers and did crochet and cross stitch. It gave her peace. True mindfulness. During my Beautiful You Coaching Academy training, she died. I created 10 Minute Muse to inspire other women to make room for creativity, and to experience magic within themselves.

The women who have met their muse by working through these writing prompts have described it as healing and liberating. They may not be in the thousands, but they matter. They may have felt that they had nothing to create at first, but like Carl Jung said:

“If you have nothing to create, then perhaps you create yourself”. 
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Fi Mims Photography

I continue to create myself, shaping from hurts and wins, light and shadow…I thank Julie Parker for being who she is and doing what she does; my fellow nominee Naomi Arnold, my coach during the creation of 10 Minute Muse and my gorgeous husband who is endlessly supportive in emotional, practical and computer ways.

May you all make friends with your creative spirit!

Naomi.