Julia Matheson Life Coaching
Where did you grow up?
Melbourne + The Mornington Peninsula for weekends!
What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?
I had no idea! I wanted to do PR at uni, but after being in the industry for a year quickly decided that it wasn’t ‘me’. I then spent the next 6 years trying different roles and industries – confused, disconnected and frustrated that I didn’t know what my calling was. I wanted to make a bigger contribution and I always knew that I wanted to work for myself, but just wasn’t sure what to do.
When and how did you transition from working for someone else to working for yourself?
I transitioned slowly – starting my business as a hobby that I loved to spend my time on. This grew and as my skill set and purpose became bigger and bigger, I knew I couldn’t keep it hiding away in the corner anymore. I cut down to part time at my day-job allowing me 2 full days a week to dedicate to my business. And now I am a full time coach.
What’s your why?
To help women life a life they flat out LOVE! To reduce fear, worry and overwhelm and re-connect you back to YOU.
What do you love about what you do?
Making a difference in people’s lives. Partnering with amazing, dedicated, and courageous women who are really ready to be change makers in their life, and in the world.
What’s challenged you most since being in business?
Well in a nutshell, it’s the business itself! I just love coaching, and it’s all I wanted to do – but I quickly realised that that alone wasn’t going to cut it. The business needs like marketing, advertising, tech support, accounting and admin now play a bigger role than they did before.
What are your greatest achievements to date?
Living out my vision – working for myself doing work that I love and that lights me up, living by the ocean, my wonderful family and friends, my rescue dog Frankie. Knowing myself at a much deeper level, and having the courage to follow my heart. This is my greatest achievement.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
- To listen to my heart – to that voice that tells me what my soul wants and needs, not my mind.
- That it takes time, and patience is a virtue.
- To surround myself with positive, supportive and goal-orientated people
- That you don’t have to know everything, just START. Put one foot in front of the other, and the path soon becomes clear.
What’s the toughest decision you’ve had to make since running your own business?
Outsourcing – starting out a business with minimal cash flow, it was a daunting feeling to hand over thousands of dollars for services. But this was also pivotal as it marked my investment in myself, and in my business. It was me saying ‘I’m in this for the long haul! Let’s do this properly.’
What are some resources you or your business can’t live without?
I am always reading or listening to something related to personal development. This is crucial for me as a coach, I love walking the walk so to speak, and know that whatever I invest into myself, my business gains by default.
What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business or change jobs to an industry/role that they’d love?
1) DO IT! Just start.
2) Get a coach! No seriously, that’s the answer. That’s what I did, and it’s what I work on with lots of my beautiful clients. Get the support, the clarity and the accountability of a partner in crime. It makes the process way easier, and a hell lot more of fun!
What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I’m a bit of an oracle card and crystal junkie – they’re dotted around my home and office like a treasure hunt. I’m a bit of a hippie at heart. Oh and my spirit animal is a mermaid.
What does your ideal day look like?
Early morning walk along the beach with Frankie, followed by a sit down breakfast (without my i-phone!). Yoga, coaching with clients / writing / presenting, getting outside in the fresh air, laughter, warm chai, and spending time with loved ones in the evening.
What’s one of your favourite quotes?
“If you aren’t working towards your own vision and goals, you are helping someone else achieve theirs.”
Who or what inspires you?
Mumma Nature inspires me – a bushwalk, an ocean swim, being in the elements always brings out my best.
And people – courageous, vulnerable, go-getter women who are out there blazing their own path – they inspire the pants off me.
Anything you’d like to add?
Thank you Jess, and to the Soar community for such an incredibly supportive, loving and inspiring environment to share in.