Girl Crush – Introducing Lucy Bourchier
Meet the beautiful Lucy Bourchier.
Lucy is a success coach and speaker (and yoga teacher!) who helps women find their voice and live their message. You can get Lucy’s weekly podcast interviews that feature remarkable entrepreneurs and trail blazers who have found their voices and are now living their message with huge success, plus all the tips and action steps for how to do the same, right here on The Brave Exchange podcast. (on iTunes).
Why a Conscious Beauty LOVE’s Lucy:
The first time I met Lucy, we had connected through only a couple of email exchanges. In fact, we knew little of each other than our online presence. But as serendipity has it, we moved in the same wellness, yoga circles all within my local area. It was only a matter of time before the stories that brought us to where we are today, would pave the way for us to meet.
I am also fortunate to practice with Lucy at one of my revered bliss hangouts – Light Space Yoga. Safe to say, she is both a powerful voice online, and the same spirited teacher in person.
In reading Lucy’s words below, I am moved by her authenticity and rawness. I am blessed to call her a friend.
Tell us about your Brand’s vision
I have a vision that women across the world will discover the value in their own voice and share their message unabashedly with the world!
As a coach and teacher, I help women connect with their mission so that they can have the impact and influence they’re so capable of having but often feel confused, unclear and fearful about claiming. I help ignite clarity and confidence in their message so that they can share their ideas, their talents and passions out loud and unapologetically.
What are you most grateful for in your life?
In this very moment, my heart is fullest for one of my soul sisters. I’ll contain her name but I will say she’s going through something most of us couldn’t fathom. I know this epic challenge will be an inciting force for massive elevation and growth. And I’m excited to watch her blossom as she heels. But right now it’s pretty tough. True to her form, however she’s taking it all in her stride – in a fashion only she can – with playfulness, humility, and jaw dropping courage and vulnerability.
Her strength has incited mine beyond measure these past few months. I’m grateful for the perspective she’s given me, and for our unbreakable friendship. This goddess has re-awakened me to this truth: it’s always darkest right before the dawn. Right now she is my greatest blessing.
What has been your greatest ah-ha moment/turning point in your life to date?
I’m so glad you asked.
People often ask me why I quit my corporate PR job to pursue a completely different calling, which is to help women to find their voices. There was in fact an inciting moment. It was December 12’. I was strung out, exhausted, anxious and depressed. I was working and partying super hard. The real underlying pain was that what I was working hard towards was at odds with what sung in my heart. But that was my secret and inconvenient truth. I stashed it under a shiny veneer and kept flat lining, nobody the wiser. Until my secret went public in our final team meeting in 12′. Our Company Director’s tasked us with sharing a defining positive attribute – the one thing we most valued about our colleague seated to our right. When my colleague to my left started, her tone was sweet but unsure: “Lucy has great fashion and always looks really nice.” I was a deer in headlights. Not because it wasn’t kind, it was. But because it was kind and completely untrue. My fashion sense was nothing worthy of remark. Least of all, a defining positive attribute. She had just validated my inconvenient truth – I’d drifted so far from who I really was and me and everybody else had no idea who that was.
This was the bomb I needed. Three weeks later I quit my job. The possibility of closing out another year this same way – leaving nothing but a vague and confused idea about who I was and what I stood for, wasn’t an option.
How do you live consciously?
As you might have gathered from the previous answer I used to live entirely on other people’s terms. But today I try to be very intentional with my time and focus.To me living consciously means to be in alignment with your own values and to share your slice of the truth with the world. Our power to impact the lives of others’ positively comes first through understanding who we are, what we care about and then developing the courage to take action that’s aligned with that.
A great way to start living consciously is to look at where you spend your time and energy. Do the activities you spend most of your time doing bring out the best in you? Do they give you a sense of mission and purpose? Do they give you energy or deplete you of energy? Start culling the activities that don’t light you up and don’t resonate with your values, and prioritise (by sending more time) doing things you do value.
How do you give back and support others?
Via my blog somethingtomove.com I share advice and memoir infused lessons to help women find their voice; to live your message and become the best version of the real you. I also do this via my podcast – The Brave Exchange (on iTunes) – where I share interviews with creative entrepreneurs, experts in creativity, blogging, peak performance, mindset, business and more.
In a different way – last year I spent a month volunteering in a slum school in the outskirts of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The kids I taught there were the smartest, most hilarious, and driven I’ve ever met. Working with them was a privilege that served me more than it served them. That experience changed my life.
What does it mean to be authentically you?
Authenticity is having the courage to accept and reveal the parts of ourselves that make us a bit strange, different and wonderfully unique. It really does take a lot of courage to do that, and I’ve spent the last few years overcoming my own fear of being and sharing the real me. When we learn to accept and own our quirks, our insecurities, our weaknesses, our shameful pasts, and our genuine interests – we blossom into the best version of ourselves.
Being who we really are – rather than the one dimensional polished version – requires a great deal risk and courage. Initially it feels exposed and terrifying to reveal ourselves, but out of that comes assuredness, wisdom, tremendous growth and a level of intimacy with others that would otherwise not have been possible. It takes a lot of courage to be you we are. I also know that authenticity is allowing yourself to be as brilliant as you were intended to be. We need just as much help owning our brilliance as we do our darkness.
Lucy’s website – somethingtomove.com is where you will find weekly inspiration, resources and advice for how to find your mission; work you love and become the best version of the real you.