It’s been 4 months since I graduated from The Beautiful You Coaching Academy and what an amazing journey it’s been so far. I had a few people approach me since and ask me about the academy and why I decided to become a coach. This post is for anyone who want’s to find out a little bit more about my journey but also for those of you reading right now who are interested in becoming a coach and potentially studying with The Beautiful You Coaching Academy.

As a proud ambassador and affiliate of the Academy, find out more about my coaching bonus + gifts that you could claim if you sign up through me (all the details are at the bottom of this post).


As a blogger, I wrote some personal development articles and openly shared some of my stories of self discovery. As a result of that I had a few people contact me and wanting to coach with me. It was an unexpected response but one that really made me think: I am not alone struggling with certain elements of my life. Connecting with people from all corners of the world felt incredible however I didn’t have the confidence engaging into 1:1 coaching sessions with them. I also happened to know a lot of coaches around me so I became a referral machine for them…lol

It wasn’t until one of my friends said: “Jarka, have you never thought about becoming a coach yourself?” It dawned on me, I always wanted to have my own business and in the last couple of years I mentored a lot of people and absolutely loved it. And it was in that moment that the seed was planted and I carried the idea within my soul until it was the right time to ‘let it shine’.



I still remember like it was yesterday: reading a beautiful, heartfelt and sincere post about someone’s experience studying with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. Her website radiated light, positivity and her words clearly articulating just how much this course changed her life. I knew then and there, coaching was something I wanted to do. It was at that time my search for the best school started – of course my very logical brain told me: ‘Jarka, make sure you do proper research and weigh up all the pros and cons. This isn’t a decision to be made lightly.’

I could hear my rational brain going into overdrive and I felt overwhelmed just by the sheer thought of having to choose the right course. It was the beginning of my intuition surfacing and helping me navigate the landmines of my own self sabotage. The mind is a funny thing – for so many years my decisions have been driven by my ego and often times what I truly desired got pushed onto the back burner. The ego knows just how vulnerable you are when you are stepping into something you’ve never done before. It’s there it messes with your beliefs and confidence the most… Who am I kidding? It tried talking me out of pursuing coaching all together. And then the inevitable happened…

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When I came across the Beautiful You Coaching Academy and read their beautiful website, something resonated within me immediately. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was that spoke to me at the time but I knew I felt like I wanted to be part of it. Call it intuition or a pull of the Universe, but I pretty much signed up the next morning. And so the journey began.

It was months later and probably a few weeks into the course that I understood it was the feminine energy, wholeheartedness and gentleness of the course that spoke to me initially. If you are like me, a busy corporate woman who has hustled in a man’s world for way too long, during the course it became apparent to me just how much I have neglected the feminine side of my being.



As I was learning more and more about coaching, module by module I also felt the old protective layers of the ego ‘peeling away’. The course cracked me open… It not only taught me how to coach and build a coaching business but it also paved the path for me to discover who I truly am. I worked through some pretty serious resistance blocks, had some breakthroughs and released beliefs and behaviours that were not serving me.

Some of the highlights about the course that I wanted to share with you were:

+ having a coaching buddy – it was incredible just how much it helped to be able to practice with a fellow trainee.

+ having a beautifully put together study book and work book – these are actual hard copy books that you can write notes into. I refer to these to date even though I finished the course already. So much wisdom in them!

+ the closed Facebook group is another brilliant way The Beautiful You coaching academy facilitates connection and further support – my fellow coaches became some of my closest friends.

+ the coaching calls served as a platform to ask questions of Julie Parker and the assistant trainers and dive deeper into each module

+ the inspiration days – wow, incredible. From speakers like Lisa Messenger, Megan Dalla-Camina, Ezzie Spencer just to name a few, we laughed, we cried and most importantly had the chance to meet each other in person. Such incredible friendships were formed – I am so grateful for these.


I was one of the few students in our group who already had a website. It was pretty much still just a blog as I didn’t have a services page yet but I found it helpful to have a platform already that allowed me to create my pages. As we were going through the business building parts of the course, I decided to coach with a coach to get some assistance. It fast tracked my progress…

I also tried keeping up with homework and modules each week. I didn’t want to fall behind. I started coaching 1:1 from about week 5 of the course, which was amazing practice and I really enjoyed it.

Like I mentioned previously, I had a coaching buddy (a fellow trainee from the same course) and we really bonded from the get go. Being able to practice how to coach with a buddy from my class was invaluable. I believe it boosted my confidence and as a result of that I started putting my coaching services out there…


I can’t begin to tell you just how much my life has changed since mid 2015. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard studying, having a full time job and trying to build a business alongside my regular weekly blogging but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I believe I became a kinder more composed individual as a result of this experience and my life is so much happier now.

I don’t quite know what life will bring but I know that all the hard work, persistence is already paying off. Since graduating in October 2015, I have not only become a certified coach but  also an award finalist in 2 categories:

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I am building my business day by day, step by step, slowly but steadily. It’s not easy, I must tell you that but on the other hand it’s so rewarding. I can’t wait to connect with you in the future, let that be through one of my blogs or through my coaching work.

If you still have some questions, please feel free to get in touch and email me at jarka(at)designedbylife(dot)com(dot)au

And if you wanted to see what it is that a coach does, please check out my ‘work with me’ page or read this article that dives deeper into this topic.

Have a fabulous week and for any of you wanting to learn more about my affiliate offer, please read on.

Love and light,








Offer updated March 2019

As you could probably tell, I highly recommend The Beautiful You Coaching Academy.

This online course is open to anyone around the world who wants to study coaching. You don’t have to reside in Australia to sign up.

If you are serious about coaching and aspire to be leading a wholehearted online business,
then I’ve got a very special offer for you when you sign up through my affiliate link.

You will receive 2 coaching sessions with me absolutely FREE!

{over Zoom, valued at $1,000}

Because I am a Certified Coach, these 2 sessions will count towards one of your certification criteria if you decide to pursue certification after graduation.

You will also receive:

+ my eBook: Limitless, an award finalist in the Beautiful You Coaching awards

+ 3 books of your choice that will support your learning (up to $100 of total value)

If you wanted to ask questions prior to signing up, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and email me. I’d be honoured to chat to you about my experience.

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