Like so many of us, for decades, I built the ‘perfect’ image. I hid from the world, I hid from myself. I didn’t know that a healthy relationship was.
I thought others might like me ‘less’ if they knew what had happened to me. I moved inside my head; I locked myself in an intellectual armour that let no one close to my heart … not even me. I was far from being emotionally healthy.
Interestingly, that’s how I began to work with my clients. They were wonderful, warm women, driven to have success and were entrepreneurial. But they too, often times, had not felt safe to be in touch with their heart. And yet, they wanted to experience a deep, meaningful healthy relationship with themselves and others.

Anne Beaulieu
Emotional Intelligence Coach, Speaker & Author

I didn’t realize it at the time. but I felt I must prove I had the right to exist. I chased diplomas and certifications. Like so many of my clients, I got married, even had kids, and built the white picket fence. I did what I was supposed to do, but I felt empty. I kept wondering what was wrong with me since I “had it all.” What took me too long to realize was, I needed to have a healthy relationship with myself first in order to experience a healthy relationship with others.
All I had to do was to find a way to be loving towards myself!

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Easier said than done because, like I said earlier, I had locked my heart away, even from myself. I had excluded myself from all my relationships! And like so many of my clients, I had made everyone else a priority, except me. Still clinging to my intellectual armour for dear life, I finally got tired of going to bed physically exhausted and emotionally drained. I decided to attend an event hosted by a top leadership expert, Dov Baron.

Standing on stage, Dov asked a question that would haunt me for months to come:
“Who are you hurting by playing small?” What a mind-blowing question! I wonder what would happen if you asked it yourself. That night, I cried into my pillow, his question echoed in my head. I knew the answer was, the people I loved would be hurt if I continued to play small, especially my kids.

I also secretly knew I was hurting many more people than just my immediate family. I reached out to Dov and he agreed to mentor me. With great compassion and some hard truths, he blew my armour to pieces, allowing my heart to open up to myself and others so I could experience what a healthy relationship is. It was then I realized how little compassion I had shown myself and others.

And until the very moment I met my mentor Dov Baron, I had always told myself I’d have to do “it” (whatever it was) alone … I was wrong! Let me share this with you … No one does it alone! We need all the help we can get when it comes to experiencing a healthy relationship with the self and others.

“As an emotional intelligence coach and a strategic thinker what Anne brings to her clients is deep, powerful and practical. She is highly skilled and trained and through her writing and personal story, you will see that her own journey has not been an easy one. However, because of her depth of emotional intelligence, she has been able to retrieve the true beauty and gifts she brings to all who work with her.”

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