There’s no lesson quite as hard earned as the one where you face up to a wall of challenges, and take them down one by one. It shows character, discipline, and above all heart.
That’s what we encountered when we met the celebrated life coach, Jacqueline Hurst, who had a tougher than most upbringing, followed by a cascade of issues, which very nearly stopped her before she could make an impact.
However, facing up to her demons brought a drive to conquer them, and she has gone onto not only liberate herself of the hurdles she once faced, but inspire others to do the same.
We caught up with her to find out how she did it.
Name: Jacqueline Hurst
Instagram handle : @jacqueline_hurst_
What’s your story?
I had a tough childhood and slipped into drugs and alcohol at a very young age.
I was anorexic, bulimic, depressed and suffered terrible anxiety and cripplingly low self-esteem. Finding comfort in my addictions, I spent my time functioning badly or in total isolation. I simply couldn’t handle life.
In my mid-twenties, I hit rock bottom and couldn’t continue. I decided something had to change. No matter what it took I was going to transform my life. Somewhere deep down inside I knew I was here for much more. I tried different forms of therapy but felt no one ‘got it’, that no one really understood me. So I decided to start studying and find a way to help myself.
From the day I made that change I haven’t looked back. Over the last 15 years, I’ve studied all over the world and along my path I have come across people desperate for advice and guidance just as I had been years before. They turned to me asking for help. Having been there myself, I found it easy to appreciate the battles they were fighting. More and more people approached me and it became evident my coaching practice had to be set up.
These days I grab life with both hands and believe strongly that anything is possible. I believe that we can do or be or have anything we want once we truly manage our mind. Each experience from my own story taught me so much. I am grateful for every single lesson and now get to give back.
I began my formal studies at the exclusive Bennett Stellar University in Florida, USA. I went on to train further in the ‘Austin Method’ of Advanced Structured Hypnotherapy in London, England and then continued my studies at the prestigious Life Coach School. I also trained as a Health Coach at the IIN. As important as these formal qualifications are my life experience and intuition are key to my success. I am an advocate of the works of Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and Dr Wayne Dyer.
Having trained extensively in a number of different techniques from Advanced Structured Hypnotherapy, NLP and CBT (essentially methods of changing thought processes to eliminate negative behaviour) to life coaching, weight coaching and health coaching, I work with clients from all over the world who feel stuck, unable to change patterns of behaviours or move forward with issues and problems.
I use a variety of tools and techniques, unique to each client, to help them release anything and everything that is holding them back so they get free and feel fabulous. I help people help themselves.
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What is the toughest adversity you’ve faced on your journey to living your best life, and how did you overcome this?
I have faced a lot of adversity in life, more than most, for sure.
I faced drug addiction, alcoholism, anorexia, exercise addiction, depression and anxiety. I ended up living in a squat at one point.
I realized one day I had a choice to either continue to be miserable and addicted and run away from myself or change my whole life.
At 25 I chose to make the change and I haven’t looked back.
It hasn’t been easy but I have been willing and ready and open to learn. I studied hard, I learnt to believe in myself and listen to my gut, follow my intuition and not let anyone or anything get in my way.
I am a believer that once you learn how to manage your mind you can achieve and be and do anything. Your mind is the most powerful tool you have.
What’s your goal for the next chapter?
I have a lot to do. I think I will always be someone who will work because work for me isn’t a job its my life and I love it. Watching people change their lives in front of me is a real blessing and I want to reach more people. My business is changing and growing and at the same time I am writing a book. There is a lot in the pipeline, I cant say too much about what is happening as it’s a prized secret but watch this space