KATIE PHILLIPS – FOUNDER OF THE SCHOOL OF SELF LOVE
Firstly, can you tell us a little about yourself and your career background?
I’m a Sydney Northern Beaches gal who settled in the UK 18 years ago when my career in events management brought me to London for a project. It was never my intention to stay, and back then I wasn’t consciously connected to myself or my purpose so I allowed my career to direct me. I was having a great time travelling the world, working the Olympic Games, Grand Prix and Football World Cup circuits…Until I realised I didn’t know myself. I knew what I was good at. I knew how to have a good time. But I was always looking outside of myself for significance, approval and worthiness – much of which came from my career.
It was when I began a journey of self exploration that my career changed. I never expected to work in the world of personal development – I’d actually have been hugely cynical of myself and what I do now! Yet, here I am and I’ve never felt more driven and on purpose with a better work/life balance.
What was the inspiration behind starting The School Of Self Love?
As is the case for so many who teach, write, speak and coach in the personal transformation and mastery space, I had to learn what I now am able to share. You could say I’ve been there and got the ripped, blood, sweat and mascara stained T-shirt to prove it! So, in essence, the woman I was 10/15/20 years ago is the type of woman who now is supported by my school.
You can read my story here: https://www.daringandmighty.com/about-me
I wished something like The School of Self Love existed when I was feeling lost and on an emotional rollercoaster without a deep sense of knowing myself. It’s a starting point for a woman to come home to herself with several entry levels depending on where you are at and what you are ready for. So, whether it’s a book with self exploration exercises, a self-study online course, a retreat, group coaching or high-end private coaching – the school has you covered.
Tell us a bit more about your business and what it offers?
Our curriculum is what they ‘should’ have taught you at school – how to deeply know and love yourself so that you have the confidence and self-belief to create a life that feels purposeful, fulfilling and fun.
We support women who have felt ‘off-track’ for a while by taking them through a gentle yet powerful journey of self re-discovery and life re-imagination that guides them home to themselves and the life they know in their gut they are meant for. We do this by teaching the exact steps, tools and techniques that will empower them with positive transformation and life-long lasting change.
I am particularly proud to offer on-line courses that respond specifically to what women were asking me for :
1. “How do I know and love myself?” – ‘Self-Love 101’
2. “How can I learn to put myself first and stop being a people pleaser?” – ‘Love Yourself Free From People Pleasing’
3. “I am ready to meet my soul mate and having no luck. How can I call in ‘the one’?” – ‘Daring & Mighty Love’
Often we create group coaching programmes and retreats around the above themes so that women are supported personally through the work because it’s often hard to see what needs healing without an expert to shine a light on that for you and show you the way to the other side in a way that’s perfect for you. We don’t do ‘cookie cutter’ coaching – we work with the individual.
What have been some career highlights for you so far?
I recently launched my personal brand, Daring and Mighty, for my speaking/presenting/interviewing work.
‘Daring And Mighty Dinners’ was launched at The Allbright in March with a schedule of inspirational dinners lined up throughout the year covering themes such as ‘Personal Mastery’, ’The Power Of The Feminine’, ‘Healthy Mind/Healthy Body’ and ‘The Art Of Intimacy’. Our first event was such a success – women left feeling moved and inspired and wanting more!
The next London dinner is on 13 June. ‘Purpose, Passion, Pleasure – The Power Of The Feminine’ will feature the incredible Jennifer Nadel – co-author with Gillian Anderson of ‘We: A Manifesto For Women Everywhere’. What a privilege it will be to have Jennifer speak – she is incredibly inspiring. And more speakers are being lined up.
And what about challenges since setting up on your own – have you experienced any and how have you overcome them?
I think having a business is a course in self knowing and self mastery in its own right! It has been quite the journey of ever deepening self-knowing, self-confidence, self-trust, and self-love.
Never knowing what my income would be from month-to-month was my longest learning curve. It took me a solid seven years to get comfortable with that! I wondered if I would ever be able to fully embrace not having the ‘certainty’ of a pay check! I think my biggest breakthrough around that was realising that money wasn’t the only ‘income’ I received for the work I do. The value I receive from my business is so much more than financial. My students and clients inspire me and our relationship is so powerful – there’s huge value in that.
My time is my own and I am in charge of that completely – for me, that’s priceless. I am invited to continue to evolve and grow because of the work I do – I must walk my talk and that constant healing, transformation and growth is worth so much more to me than a pay cheque. I am so so grateful that I have work that I love and that has me feel 100% on purpose – that level of gratitude is incredibly valuable. When all of that sunk in for me, my business sky-rocketed and I no longer ‘worry’ where the money is coming from. That’s been huge for me.
What advice would you give to women who feel stuck in their career/life journeys?
We all feel like that at pivotal points in life. The dissatisfaction is a nudge from your soul to heal and evolve. You are being called to go to your next level. I would invite you to listen to that calling and to be daring and mighty! Ignoring that calling is literally soul destroying. If you don’t know where to begin or what to do, I would invite you to get supported and ask for help. We are not meant to do life alone.
And finally, if you could go back and give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
If I could sit down with ‘little Katie’ I would tell her, “It’s all going to work out! It takes a team to create success and you have so much support and love around you – you are not alone and you never will be. Those times you feel alone will be the making of you and you’re going to discover that you are more than enough with a very special purpose. So RELAX and enjoy the ride!”