An Interview with Amelia Harvey
Life & Business Coach and Meditation Teacher
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Amelia Harvey is a life coach and meditation teacher who supports open-hearted women to find purpose, peace, and abundance in every area of their lives.
Combining her Honours Degree in Psychology and wellness coaching qualifications with intuitive and energetic healing techniques, Amelia gives women the practical, emotional, and spiritual tools they need to get clear on what they want, and take action to bring their dreams to life. Amelia also works with new coaches and online business owners, supporting them as they create a successful business and make their big ideas a reality.
How do you move through overwhelm in your day to day life? What helps you most when you feel stuck and uninspired?
When I feel overwhelmed or spread too thinly, I take it as a sign that I need to get back to basics with my self care – plenty of sleep, meditation, eating well and moving my body. When I’m taking care of myself, I have an abundance of inspiration and plenty of energy to bring things to life! It’s hard to feel inspired and motivated when we’re running on empty so self care has to come first.
What are a few of the key limiting beliefs that were difficult for you to overcome as you began to honor your divine purpose? And how did you come to realize your purpose?
I had lots of money beliefs that I needed to let go of – like ‘you have to work hard to make money’ and ‘no one makes money doing what they love’. As well as those I put lots of time into fostering self belief and tuning into my inner knowing rather than getting caught up with the limiting stories of my inner critic.
It’s an ongoing process if you’re doing something that’s different from the norm – there will always be those sabotaging thoughts so it’s important to have practices that can cut through those times of self doubt.
I came to work that feels purposeful for me by following the little nudges from my intuition that came in the form of interests in certain subjects, desires to study in a particular areas and opportunities that presented themselves – which is something I’m continuously doing!
I don’t think our purpose is something we find once and then spend our life working on, I’ve found it’s more something that develops and evolves as we constantly check in to make sure we’re feeling aligned with our work and lifestyle.
What are 4 strategies you implemented in your business that revolutionized it both internally and externally? Did one aspect (internal or external) evolve more quickly than the other?
Boundaries – working from home can mean that life and work merge into an all-consuming mix that gets pretty exhausting pretty quickly so I’ve learned that I need to have firm boundaries! I map out when I’ll work at the beginning of each week and stick to those hours – when I’m done, I switch off my computer. I also try not to have emails or other notifications on my phone so I can really switch off in my down time.
Outsourcing – when I started my biz I wore all the hats – creating content, coaching, bookkeeping, graphic design, web design and so on. Now I outsource lots of tasks that aren’t my area of genius like my bookkeeping, accounting, and some admin tasks. This gives me more time to focus on creating content, working on projects, and growing my biz.
Working with a coach – the single best decision (that I wish I’d made from day one!) was to work 1:1 with a coach. I had studied some marketing and consumer psych at uni and done a host of blogging and business courses but I really needed someone on the outside looking in to help me know what to implement and where and to hold me accountable. Working with a coach helped my get clear on what I wanted from my business and grow it in a way that worked for me.
Working through limiting beliefs – through my training as a coach and from my background in psychology, I’m lucky to have lots of strategies to work through any limiting beliefs or fears that pop up as I grow my business. Having a business really forces you to go through your emotional ‘stuff’ and beliefs with a fine tooth comb so it’s key to have strategies around this so you don’t get stuck.
As far as internal evolution and external evolution, they really go hand in hand – in my experience when I’m able to make an internal shift, the external follows very shortly after.
Can you tell us a bit about your Soul Sisterhood group mentoring? What are some of the benefits you have experienced with mentoring or collaborative coaching?
The Soul Sisterhood is a group mentoring program for women who want to supercharge their growth and stay motivated and inspired – all while connecting with like-minded Soul Sisters. I know a more mindful, spiritual or self-reflective approach to life can feel a bit isolating at times and lots of my clients feel as though they’re growing apart from their friends so group coaching is an amazing way to form connections with like-minded people.
I also find it’s super effective because of the discussions and experiences you can share as you learn! In The Soul Sisterhood, the ladies are each other’s biggest cheerleaders – they hold each other accountable and keep each other motivated and on track.
How do you feel strengthening your intuition has helped improve your life, career, and relationships?
I truly believe that my intuition knows best allowing it to guide me means that I’m able to tune into whether a relationship, decision, or business move feels right to me.
Our mind can get busy with self-criticism and fear but the intuition is that voice of inner knowing and kindness – taking an intuitive approach is much gentler and flows with more ease (and less angst!). I’ve found going with my gut is much simpler than trying to analyze every minute detail! In turn, that gives me more energy to actually make things happen because I’m not spending as much time agonizing over decisions.
What are 3 nuggets of wisdom you feel you could share based on your experience, with someone who is dreaming of starting their own soul-centered business, or recently has, but may be experiencing doubt & fear?
See ‘putting yourself out there’ as just another business activity – like replying to emails or getting an ABN. We let our inner critic run wild when it comes to sharing ourselves and our biz. But these are all inner critic stories trying to trip us up and sometimes the best cure is just biting the bullet and posting those photos or videos!
Be authentic – the more you feel like yourself and the more you truly feel your message with every cell in your body, the less room there is for doubt and fear. If you haven’t tapped into your core message and deep motivation, work with a coach to map it out! This foundation is essential for growing a successful business and staying connected to your work.
Know that doubt and fear are all part of the ride and that they’re not signs that you should throw in the towel. The people who find success are the people who are willing to feel the fear and do it anyway and keep persisting and adapting what they do until it works.
What does your daily spiritual practice look like? Does it change or do you prefer structure around it?
My daily practices tend to evolve and change with the seasons and my energy levels. Lately I’ve been loving having a cup of herbal tea in the morning and writing in my journal for 10 minutes before heading outside to exercise or walk our dog followed by some stretching. I’ll usually meditate after exercise in the morning or after lunch.
My husband and I also say 3 things we’re grateful for at the end of each day which is a practice we both really love. I try and get to a couple of yoga classes each week as well.
I think spiritual practices can come in so many forms – having a good giggle with my girlfriends, spending a few hours painting, diving in the ocean are all things that light me up that I try to do on a regular basis.
What is coming up next for you? In your career and on your own personal journey of growth and expansion?
This year I’m putting a big emphasis on creating space, doing less and doing it well. In 2017 I felt like I was spread way too thinly so I’ve taken some things off my plate (personally and in my work) so I can find more focus and be more present. I’m already feeling better since creating more space, I‘ve noticed more creativity flowing and generally I’m feeling more calm and grounded.
In my career I’ll be focusing my energy on my beautiful life and business coaching clients and nurturing the members of The Soul Sisterhood, my group mentoring program. I’ve put some time aside for a bigger creative project later in the year so I’m still feeling into what that will look like.
Personally, my hubby and I have dubbed 2018 our ‘year of fun’ – we’ll be enjoying our newlywed status, exploring, enjoying our down time and we have a few trips planned as well.
Amelia Harvey is a life coach and meditation teacher who supports open-hearted women to find purpose, peace, and abundance in every area of their lives. Combining her Honours Degree in Psychology and wellness coaching qualifications with intuitive and energetic healing techniques, Amelia gives women the practical, emotional, and spiritual tools they need to get clear on what they want, and take action to bring their dreams to life.
She also works with new coaches and online business owners, supporting them as they create a successful business and make their big ideas a reality. Through her private coaching, group mentoring program, and live events, Amelia empowers women to connect with their intuition, uncover their true purpose, and find their flow.
Amelia believes that you don’t need willpower, discipline, or sacrifice to live the life of your dreams - you simply need to know how to get out of your own way. Find Amelia on her website and Instagram @amelia_harvey_.
Photo: Amelia Harvey
Photo: Amelia Harvey