Words Yolande du Plooy
We live in a world where each of us is conditioned in a certain way, be it the way we were brought up, religious teachings or life events that made us believe that we should ‘be’ in a certain way in society.
The last two years have certainly been a journey of self-discovery, self-understanding and self-love for me. It all started when the organisation I worked for at the time suggested that we should be taking a self-developmental test called the Enneagram, to understand ourselves better, but also to gain a better understanding of our colleagues. The outcome resulted in a realisation that I had no idea who I was. I was living to other people’s expectations, ideas and opinions. I had no self-esteem and was always the last one in meetings to voice an opinion. I would much rather keep the questions or opinion I had to myself, thinking that it would probably be a silly question which would not add value.
The next step of my journey was two books that changed my life forever. A friend of mine suggested I read Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss. The other book was The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. During this time, I also completed my NeuroCoach certification called Coaching Masteries through the NeuroCoach Institute. My teacher, Kim Ikel, said that there would come a time when I would take quantum leaps. At that moment, I didn’t really understand what she meant.
The universe has a way to push you into a direction for your life, in order for you to live your purpose. A year after doing my course, I left my corporate job in IT to become a full-time life coach. Walking away from a steady income, not knowing what the future would hold, was not an easy decision. Needless to say, a year later, I am living a fulfilled life with endless possibilities.
I have had months when I didn’t earn any income but, at the same time, I had people supporting me financially, emotionally and spiritually. My family rescued me from nearly drowning and showed me what it meant to be loved.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hard to find paying clients. I saw what the pandemic did to the entertainment industry in South Africa and my heart is bled for the artists losing their livelihoods. I decided right there and then that I was going specialise as a celebrity and musician life coach. Needless to say, the artists, already being down and out, were not able to pay me as their life coach. I took on a different approach and started finding work for them, with me earning a small commission.
Today, I have over 15 very talented, very professional South African musicians that I work with. We have created Y-Life Productions as part of my Y-Life Coaching business. These artists don’t just create music. They are all teachers, they are coaches, they are respectful, they are my family. We treat each other with respect and we have a whole lot fun and so much laughter together. Their music has enlightened my being and, for the first time in my existence on this place called earth, I can truly say that I am ME!
Enlightenment, what does that mean to you? For me it means being free.
“Should you ever wish to become a Neuro LifeCoach, do not hesitate to contact Kim Ikel from the NeuroCoach Institute to make a difference to society and the world.” Yolande
Yolande du Plooy is the CEO and Founder of Y-Life Coaching and Y-Life Productions. Yolande also volunteers for a global non-profit organisation called Here’s 2 Life Global as the South African ambassador. #togetherwecanmakedifference
Should you ever wish to become a Neuro LifeCoach, do not hesitate to contact Kim Ikel from the NeuroCoach Institute to make a difference to society and the world.” Yolande