15 months after joining TCI, Juliette Aukema shares her story with the community and tells how when she made her decision, nothing had meant so much in a long time.
Was there one big moment or a gradual realisation TCI was for you?
Matt Lavars rang me and I was knocked out by his personal and gentle approach. I had seen him in photos as a leader at TCI and thought, 'Wow, who is this guy I am talking to, who has actually taken the time to call me?' I felt so privileged. That started a feeling of, 'I want to know more', so I asked Matt to meet at TCI as I had an appointment in Melbourne. I got off the phone and rushed into the kitchen and told him my husband what was going on. I was so excited. Nothing had meant so much to me in a long time. I felt a new beginning.
How did TCI live up to or exceed expectations?
Amazing content and being with people who also lived and breathed the content. Being able to be me on all sorts of levels: the student, the friend, the insightful one, the supporter. Having people around you saying, 'You've got this' with sincerity. Meeting people of all sorts of ages, cultures and gender. Loved chatting and engaging with people I would never have had the opportunity to in East Gippsland in a small country community.
Where are you now with your coaching journey?
I have done 140 hours of coaching and am now ready to take on paying clients. I am learning what type of business I want to start up through coaching and using social media.
Brag time ... what are your biggest milestones?
Being mentored by John Sharkey at my triads was a breakthrough moment. One week I was crying and the next week I had nailed it. He gave me the gift of trusting myself and coaching from the heart. Getting my own pro bono clients from my personal Facebook page and thinking, 'I have got this!' Knowing that I have helped my client. It's like a beautiful release. I just kept feeling, 'This is real synergy.'