About Maria Bourke
Do you ever wish there could be more to life than the endless routine?
I am Maria B. Bourke (Brigid is my middle name!) and I have been officially on my personal development journey for over 20 years. Prior to that I can remember being really unhappy even though to many I had it all – the happy home, the beautiful healthy children and the executive career. Despite all this I was dying on the inside. My job was pressurized and meaningless, leaving me empty and drained. I felt guilty being at work and equally guilty if I had to take a day off and stay home with my kids. I had absolutely no life for myself. My whole day was consumed between work and home, with little variance year in, year out.
To the outside world I portrayed the mask of being happy and confident but despite my positive ‘can do’ bubbly demeanour I had a constant knot of dread in my stomach. What sort of ungrateful woman would I be to admit I wasn’t over the moon with my ‘perfect’ life?
I was obviously a brilliant actress on many levels as when my whole world fell apart - my relationship ended and I had to walk away from my career - many people did not see it coming.
In truth the person I was acting most for…was ME!
It can be so hard to face the fact that the fairytale life you have created…is the WRONG fairytale. It’s even harder to admit that you care ‘how your life looks’ to your family and friends almost more than facing the truth and being brave enough to make necessary changes…even small ones.
Many of us were brought up not to be selfish. Ringing any bells? Selfishness is not a nice characteristic but SELF CARE IS ESSENTIAL and the sooner you learn to make YOU a priority the better for everyone in your life…ESPECIALLY YOURSELF! By the way…it has taken me a very very very long time to learn this lesson.
Would you like to live your life consciously, deliberately and on purpose?
From years of searching and working on myself I have found a way to do just this i.e. wear many hats AND play the LEAD ROLE in my own life! I created a course in 2006 called Jumpstart Your Life to share the tools and techniques that work for me and that I use daily.
Back to ‘school’!
As part of my journey, in 2003 I started a Life & Business Coaching course for my own growth and healing, with a career plan to retrain as a Primary School Teacher - my childhood dream. By the end of the Coaching course I realized that my dream was to teach children to believe in themselves (not academic subjects) and what children need more help with this than the inner child of so many adults?
Shortly afterwards in 2005 & 2006, I completed the Louise Hay Heal Your Life Teacher and Advanced Teacher trainings. However, when asked to deliver a course in Summer 2006 I knew I had to compile my own material as my personal ‘tool kit’ contains processes and techniques from many courses, books and ‘gurus’ as well as material I have developed myself.
Ten years later….the original Jumpstart Your Life course hasn’t changed and is as powerful ever.
Sharing is caring…
In 2010 I finally listened to the nudge to write a book – My Kinda Magik! - to share my personal development journey with a larger audience. It is available now (click here to order Amazon UK / Amazon.com) for download on Kindle. The paperback will also be available to purchase on Amazon from May 11th 2017.
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