Jessica Demunck is a Life Coach, Teacher and Storyteller who supports young women to understand the story of their lives, embrace their innate authenticity and take back authorship. She believes that stories have the power to both inspire and heal, and is on a mission to empower others through this powerful modality.
It was my honor to connect with Jessica through the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy. With a love of meditation, authenticity, and breaking through the old stories, I could tell we had a lot in common.
Here is a beautiful heart to heart from this brightly shining gem!
1. Rare Gem is all about our innate worthiness and celebrating what is different about us! Tell me something unique about you?
Everything I do and everything I am is unique. There is no other soul on this planet that lives, breaths, thinks and responds to the world as I do. There are things that I do that are quirky and not overly common, however, my uniqueness is inherent and not dependent on these. Each of us is created from an exceptionally different and individual blueprint, and that alone is worthy of celebration!
2. What started you on your personal growth journey?
I have always been interested in human behavior and our inner lives, however, it wasn’t until my own inner world was turned upside down that my deep growth work began. Let me tell you my story…
In 2013, I hit rock bottom. I was entering my final year of University studying Primary School Teaching. Back then, I was pretty carefree. That was until, all at once it seemed, the pressures of my final year and a fallout with my long-time bestie shook my world as I knew it. I started experiencing intense panic attacks that would see me crying for days on end. I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, referred to a psychologist and put on medication. The next 3 years saw me on and off the same anxiety medication, in and out of panic spirals and my self-belief and confidence plummet.
That was until I came across the concepts of self-love, self-compassion and the idea of re-writing your story. Seemingly overnight I was hooked! I immersed myself in all things personal development, spirituality and self-love. I was taking back authorship and re-writing the story of my life, little by little. Sure, there were (and still are) moments of worry and panic, but they became fewer and far between, and I could bounce back quicker than before. Nowadays I can say with total conviction and knowing, that I love who I am authentically and am totally confident in speaking my honest truth.
3. What are your go-to spiritual/self-care practices?
· Meditation daily.
· Remembering both my mortality and my divinity.
· Deep breathing
4. How do you stay in your own lane/keep focused on you?
When I am creating something new, writing a blog post or nearing a session with a client- I switch off from all social media and TV as much as possible. This helps me to focus on my ideas and perspectives, rather than become entangled with or compare myself to those of others.
I also remind myself that everybody is human and nobody has or is anything more special than I am. Remembering that the accomplishments and achievements of others don’t mean anything about my own, helps me to celebrate them without experiencing jealousy or comparison.
5. What is a book that has completely changed your life?
At a time when I was overwhelmed with anxiety and considering another dose of medication and another visit to the psychologist, a friend gifted me Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini. Reading that book changed my perspective on life, love and our own internal strength. It changed everything and I’ve now lost count of the number of people I’ve recommended it to. Since then, I’ve read many more life changing books- however, I honestly believe that I owe that text my life because in essence, it bought life back to me.
6. What keeps you shining bright and showing up fully in the world?
Curiosity. The promise of learning. Awe. Gratitude for my life. Wonder.
7. What is the number 1 tip you have for realizing your BIG dreams?
Self-love. If you don’t love yourself or back yourself, it makes it difficult for others to. Remembering your innate worth and importance is the number 1 tool for creating a life of purpose, passion and realized dreams.
8. How do stay connected to yourself and to source?
By spending time alone. As an introvert this isn’t difficult for me to do, however, for many the temptation is constantly there to organize catch ups, be on our phones or be engulfed in some form of entertainment. I feel most connected to myself and to Source when I slow down, spend time alone and spend time in silence. It’s free and it’s easy- if we let it be.
9. If you could be any gemstone, which would you be and why?
Jade. My Grandmother died when I was only young and I was given a piece of Jade that was hers. By all accounts she was a beautiful soul, and in my mind, Jade is linked with her. Jade is also my favourite name, and I just love the colour.
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Jessica Demunck: https://www.jessicademunck.com