I was recently asked to define the ‘Jane Taylor mission' in just a few words which really got me thinking. Everything I do through Habits for Wellbeing points to helping athletes and professionals engage with their own courage (and body), freedom and deepest truth. To move from where they are now to where they want to be through coaching and education, so they can trust themselves and be free to make their contribution to the world.
"(Un)Learning, so You Can Reconnect and Engage with Your Wisdom and BE Whole-Heartedly YOU... One Habit at a Time."
I’m the creator of Compassionate Choices, a safe and supportive online learning community for people who are ready to invest time and attention to realign with themselves, so they can make compassionate choices, focus on what matters most to them and create a whole-hearted life with the support of ongoing personal and professional (un)learning.
Rumi, one of the greatest philosophers of all time teaches, "What you seek is also seeking you." and Lao Tzu stated, "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realise that you have enough, you are truly rich."
Jane Taylor's Background
For a long time, I had no idea who Jane Taylor was or what she really wanted from life. My early career choices were more about avoiding situations, pleasing others and looking for happiness on the outside and being who I thought I should be according to the world I lived in.
It wasn't until my early thirties after I had graduated university as a Health and PE Teacher, that I really started to look deeper within myself and question life, look after myself and re-align with my version of freedom, happiness, and love. And now, the ‘Jane Taylor mission' is to support others do the same.
Jane Taylor's Methodology
Now you know who I am and where I come from, it's time to share you how I can support you.
The first thing to remind yourself is that whatever you feel today, you have got this. You are never given more than you can handle (yes I know that might seem crazy, but I now know it is true).
I've faced challenges, I've been overwhelmed, and I've lost direction. I've had goals, dreams, and aspirations. I've been both inspired and uninspired.
Through everything, when I look back I realise what I needed was someone to support me, help me to understand myself, support me to enjoy life again, look after myself and trust that I was the expert in my own life. And that's what I am for you.
Through one-on-one sessions either face-to-face or online, I use somatic education, cognitive behavioural, positive psychology techniques alongside resilience and educational research to help you make the connection between your thoughts and emotions, and your actions.
There's nothing I can give you that isn't already within you, but by supporting you and giving you strategies to help you uncover your true self, you'll learn how to live the rest of your life empowered and connected with everything you have the capability and desire to be.
We're all in this life together and discovering genuine, authentic, connection with each other and, most importantly, with ourselves, is what will help us all shine.
Reach your full potential, click to find out how you can work with me and engage with your own wisdom today. Read my story below.
The Jane Taylor Story (so far...)
I was born in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia, and many of my earliest childhood memories relate to tennis. I was given a tennis racquet for my fifth birthday and before I knew it, I was playing tournaments and doing quite well.
After many training sessions and tournaments, I was fortunate enough to win the national 16 and under singles title and a few weeks later the national 18 and under singles title. I was then selected to go to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra (Australia) and then travelled the world playing tennis for a further 10 years.
On the outside, it appeared I was doing well. Personally, though, I had a lot of health issues whilst playing tennis, including viral meningitis and a herniated disc in my L4/L5 lumbar region. I struggled to cope with everything that came with being a well-known tennis player. While fame and travelling the world might sound like a dream to many, living up to the expectations of other people and being told you were only as good as your last tournament win, life as a tennis player, came with its downside. I often felt like something was missing during this period, but when you know you've got what many other people can only dream about, you learn how to silence the dis-satisfied voices within and show gratitude for the life you have worked hard for.
In 1994, I reached the third round of the Australia Open singles event and watching the Jane Taylor interview on A Current Affair in 1994, I knew I'd reached the pinnacle of my tennis career. After winning 10 International Tennis Federation singles events, a shoulder injury finally ended my tennis career at the 1997 US Open.
I struggled with this transition. If someone asked, ‘who is Jane Taylor?' the answer would always have been, ‘she's a tennis player'. With my injury and the end of my career, I knew I had to discover another aspect of myself, even though I didn't know who Jane Taylor was.
I didn't know what to do, I didn't know what I wanted, I felt tennis was the only thing people would talk to me about and now that was gone. I also wasn't great at expressing emotions or being totally truthful and honest with myself (for a variety of reasons) about what I wanted out of life.
Life After Tennis
I ended up going to university and graduating as a Health and Physical Education Teacher (with Hons). At the completion of university, I moved to the Gold Coast, Australia. Besides the amazing weather and lifestyle, the main reason I moved away was that I wanted to find out who I truly was and not be known as ‘Jane Taylor the tennis player' anymore.
I went on to complete my Masters of Education Studies and taught as a health and physical education teacher for nearly three years, which I really enjoyed. I volunteered for a telephone counselling service and then went on to work in a national mental health and well-being initiative called MindMatters for over seven years.
During that time, I delivered over 450 events to approximately 11,200 people on leadership, mental health, and wellbeing, including working with a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
I had finally started to reconnect with who Jane Taylor was away from the tennis court.
In 2008, a silent meditation retreat. changed my life! I had a clear seeing and realised that everything I was searching for on the outside of myself was already present, I just needed to do the work to reclaim it.
Since that experience, I have been more committed to taking better care of myself and removing the masks I had worn and accumulated over the years. I've become a more authentic, present, loving and honest person not only for other people but also for myself.
As I continue to embody my experiences in life, I have done a lot of reflecting. Being totally honest, I wouldn't change a thing. Not the injuries, the abuse, the self-hatred, the loneliness, the anger, the focus on striving and achievement, the thoughts and beliefs of "I'm not good enough", or "I'm not worthy of love, connection or belonging", the perfectionism, or the false belief that other people's opinions of me are more important than my own.
While I wouldn't want to go through those experiences again, I recognise that they helped me learn important lessons and finally discover the genuine and authentic person I spent so long searching for.
Not only that, I now have the confidence and insight to share my message to help others discover their authentic selves too. We're so much more than our physical identity, but without my journey exactly as it was, I would never have learnt that and now be able to support others to learn the same.
As I've now discovered who the real and genuine Jane Taylor is, I feel aligned to be able to support other people to change the way they see themselves and "(Un)Learning, so You Can Reconnect and Engage With Your Wisdom and BE Whole-Heartedly YOU... One Habit at a Time!" which is what Habits for Wellbeing is all about.
Jane Taylor's Formal Qualifications & Certificates
Masters of Educational Studies at Griffith University with Academic Excellence (GPA 6.5), 5 Masters of Guidance and Counselling subjects at the University of QLD, Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at the University of Newcastle with Honours, Diploma of Life Coaching, Certificate IV in Life Coaching & Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) with the LCA, Certificate IV in Small Business, Certificate IV in Assessor and Workplace Training (TAE40116), Certificate IV in Management and Team Leadership. Nia White, Green, Blue and Brown Belt, FreeDance and MOVEit, Advanced Certificate of Nutrition and Health Coaching, EQ Assessor Certification (Six Seconds), Intuitive Eating Professional Certification, Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion, a Highly-Sensitive Person (HSP) Knowledgeable Professional and an Accredited Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
"Great! Thanks. I feel positive to continue on my life journey knowing what I can work on to continue to have success in life." - School Principal
"Can see myself using all of these skills. Great leadership and facilitating a comfortable/safe space Jane." - Teacher, Brisbane
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