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Welcome, The Founder of Jacquline S. Coaching, Jacquline!
Jacqueline runs her own business as a life coach for women. She inspires and motivates women to be the best version of themselves. Jacqueline is currently still in school and is completing a master's program. She is a strong independent woman who wants to change the world. She wants to help female business owners and college students create a work/balance lifestyle. We will be running a giveaway with Jacqueline as she is offering her services to a lucky individual (rules on our Instagram) who could be you! You don't want to miss this one. We love babes supporting babes and THE 411 has given us the opportunity to do that. Below is an interview between THE 411 and the passionate and hard-working, Jacqueline.
Tell us a little bit about yourself/Background on Jacqueline S. Coaching.
My name is Jacqueline, and I founded Jacqueline S. Coaching in July 2019 to help ambitious women prioritize their self-care despite their busy schedules. I’m based in Providence, RI where I’m completing my master’s program in behavioral and social health sciences at Brown University with plans to attend a doctoral program in clinical psychology. Currently, my work there focuses on emotion regulation and behavior change strategies, as well as being actively involved in the research and study of affect’s role in health behaviors and affective neuroscience.
I completed my bachelor’s degree at Boston College studying clinical psychology where I researched chronic pain, pain catastrophizing, and fear avoidance in the Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. Jacqueline S. Coaching combines my education and knowledge of the mental health space with my training as a certified coach through the Coach Training Alliance to help my clients become the best version of themselves.
What inspired/motivated you to become a life coach?
When I entered graduate school, I was looking for some additional accountability and support in finding my path, but I didn’t quite feel like I fit the traditional therapy model at that time. I started working with a life coach of my own and immediately knew it was a space I wanted to work in. It shaped my desire to ultimately work across the range of human experience from therapy to coaching, and it wasn’t long before I got to work looking at various certification programs. After the completion of my 6-month training, I launched Jacqueline S. Coaching in July, and the rest is history!
What types of services do you offer?
I currently offer virtual one-on-one coaching that meets weekly for 3-months and another package that meets weekly for 6-months. I’m in the process of developing a group coaching program called Building Foundational Beliefs for your Business which will launch in the spring.
What is your biggest tip to women scared to try something new?
In most cases, it’s actually the fear that you need to watch out for. Fear often presents itself as being logical, practical, realistic, and a way to ‘not get your hopes up.’ Once you can recognize that it’s fear calling the shots, change becomes easier. It becomes a matter of deciding what it means to you and why. After that, you learn to lean in to the constant discomfort of growth.
Do you have any tips for people starting their own business?
It’s not for everyone, but it can be an absolute blast. Starting a business is one of the biggest personal development journeys that one could embark on, so building up a strong belief system early on is important. This is a topic I could spend a lot of time discussing (and was the inspiration for the group coaching program) but I’ll keep it short by saying that it requires believing in yourself, your product or service, and your client. First, you need to believe in yourself and the inevitability of your dream. Many people get caught up in the “how” of starting a business, and it’s easy to get stuck there. You have to genuinely believe in your ability to figure it out. Otherwise, it will always feel like you’re missing a piece of information that you need.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
Ten years from now I’ll have my doctorate in clinical psychology and have continued to expand my coaching practice to maximize the number of women I can serve. In that regard, I plan to continue to build out speaking events and other large scale engagements to help female leaders maximize their self-care.
When do you think women should reach out to you for assistance?
I’m certainly biased here, but I think everyone should have a coach. The hour a week that’s focused purely on you is invaluable to your personal development. For me specifically, it will be a matter of fit. My clients are ambitious women, high-performers and doers who need help when it comes to slowing down, taking time for themselves, and seeing their own minds more clearly. I always offer a complimentary consultation for this very reason. It’s important to me (and you) that we’re both 100% committed to working together.
What are your top 3 goals for 2020?
I’m in the interview phase for PhD programs in clinical psychology, so my goals will largely shift depending on that outcome. If I’ll be attending one of those programs in the fall, then these next 6 months will be dedicated to maximizing efficiency in my business in order to spend all of my time coaching. For this, I’m also in the process of hiring a virtual assistant and investing in other systems to keep things running smoothly. To put it simply, my top three professional goals will always have client experience as number one, and then efficiency and expansion as number two and three. My 1:1 client base is nearly full, but I am developing the group program to open up space for new women as well. My top three personal goals are 1) maintain my own personal development and happiness 2) travel (trips to Canada, Morocco, and Egypt booked), and 3) strengthen boundaries between work and personal life so that when I’m enjoying time with family and friends, that is all I’m doing
What do you want to see as the biggest difference in society for women in 2020?
I think now more than ever we see women excelling personally and professionally in terms of having both a career they’re great in and a family or partner. However, in my work, I see self-care fall through the cracks in an effort to keep everything else afloat. Self-care has become this catch all term for something as simple as taking a bath, and while that’s a nice way to take some time for yourself, it still falls short of sustainable personal wellness. I’d love to see more conversations on this topic, specifically about the guilt that women feel for prioritizing themselves.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Truthfully, I love all aspects of the work that I do. The women that I work with are incredible, and each one brings a new perspective to our sessions. The conversations are enriching and deeply transformative, the connections are genuine, and the progress is visible every week.
What do you do when you feel stressed or overwhelmed?
Much of my approach is preventative. I have daily and weekly practices in place (such as daily thought work, meditation, gratitude journaling, and seeing my own coach) to mitigate stress before it arises. Additionally, I love to plan so it helps me balance a busy schedule when I know what I have going on weeks in advance. When stress does sneak up on me, I allow myself to feel that way. I recognize where the value of the stressor is coming from (it’s often important projects or deadlines) and then I make a decision about how long I plan to feel that way. We have more control over our emotions than we think. Stress is not a productive emotion for me, so I typically don’t stay in that space long.
You talk about being an avid coffee drinker...what is your go-to coffee order?
Yes, I absolutely am :) My go-to order is an almond milk latte, but I’ll occasionally mix it up with either oat milk or a homemade flavor syrup. Some of my favorite places are Dave’s (Providence), Plant City (Providence), Amie (Cape Cod), Nirvana (Cape Cod), Tatte (Boston), and Thinking Cup (Boston)
You are in the process of getting your master's in behavioral and social health sciences at Brown University… What are your go-to study tips for college students?
This is a total cliche, but it really is less about the grades and more about the learning. The more that you can tie in the material to what will be applicable in your life, the more value it will have. Most of the other stuff you’ll forget anyway. While you’re in an environment dedicated to learning, you may as well get as much out of it as you can.
Favorite book/podcast/account to follow/music to listen too?
I don’t know if I could possibly pick a favorite (I’m a huge audiobook/ podcast fan on any and all topics mindset and personal development) but right now I’m reading Talk Like Ted, and Leading Women as well as listening to the Strategic Mindset podcast. My music taste is all over the place depending on the day.
What is your all-time favorite quote?
“For what it’s worth; it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
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