The Heroine’s Journey of Jessamine Gibb

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love helping others realise how great they are and achieve their goals, which is at the core of what I do. When I completed university I asked myself what purpose I wanted my life to have and I decided my guiding maxim would be to try to leave the world a better place than it was when I came into it. And that is why I tend to work with people who have been though some hardships in life, chronic illness, less than ideal childhoods et cetera, I want to work very intensively with those who need and deserve it most.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Working hard when I’m working. Collapsing with my PJ’s on in front of a great horror movie or psychological thriller when I’m relaxing. Or having a philosophical or sociological conversations with my partner or friends.

What is my greatest fear?

Being trapped in a room with people who only like sports or gossip (exclusively) for eternity ha ha!

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

All personality traits are double-edged, the most virtuous traits can become detrimental to the self or others if you are not self-aware. In Five Factor personality analysis I am very high in agreeableness, which means kindness and empathy. Being high in agreeableness means your circle of who you empathise with is cast wide and you are passionate about others welfare. The flip side of that is you can become the angry mother bear who can sometimes leap to the defense of her cubs without thinking.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I’m a big fan of Tim Brownson’s blog at Coach The Life Coach. He is so refreshingly direct , honest and un-fluffy.

What is my greatest extravagance?

It would probably have to be jewelry. I have a ridiculous amount of jewelry. I call it a collection but it’s probably a compulsion.

On what occasion would I lie?

Humans with social skills lie constantly; you only have to look at the interpersonal training they give to autistic people to find out just how important that is. I probably lie a little too infrequently for most people’s liking. What I really hate is when people constantly get the same haircut every time they go to the hairdresser and then they ask me what their hair looks like! I want to say “It looks fine, it looks the same as it did before?” but of course you have to make something up in those instances.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The fact I can’t magically fix everything for people. And that that isn’t really my job anyway.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I’ve loved a lot of the things I’ve done, before I was a coach I was a mental health case manager and some of that was very intense and challenging but I loved it and I learned so much.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I’d be thinner again to be completely honest, mostly for medical reasons. I’m quite happy now about everything else.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

In my last job in the non-profit world I put our company forward for Equity Employer of The Year after working a lot to advance particularly disabled employees within the company and we won! I was recovering from an emergency operation at the time which was crappy so I had to find out via text lying on the couch sedated ha ha.

Where would I most like to live?

I live in Tasmania which is an island state below mainland Australia. It’s full of untouched wilderness and the air is fresh and fragrant. I wouldn’t move again if you paid me.

What is my most treasured possession?

Well she’s not a thing she’s a living being but I’d say the first thing I’d rescue in a fire besides my husband is of course my dog Maddie, after that would be my gigantic  jewelry box.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m a wee bit eccentric. What can I do, I was born that way.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The view from the lookout up my road is amazing, looking out over the Derwent River.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

At the moment Aki Modern Japanese.

What books influenced my life and how?

The ones that most influenced my life were probably the mountains of books I read in university and the Stephen King and Anne Rice novels I read as a teenager ha ha.

Who are my favorite writers?

George Orwell, J.S. Mill and Nietzsche.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

If I have to pick just one album it would be Lateralus by Tool.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Elizabeth from Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

I love Dr Jordan Peterson at the moment. I loved Peter Hitchens too when he was alive. My ultimate heroine is Patti Smith the poet and rockstar.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Definitely Pan’s Labyrinth.

What role plays art in my life and work?

I painted and made music as a child and young person, I then invested my creativity into my academic studies and my work with clients. When I work with clients it is about opening the mind and the imagination to see how life could be a different, better, way and then working together to create that vision. Tailoring strategies and plans to each client also requires a great amount of creativity and ingenuity.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Definitely my partner, he’s a good critic too and a good person to spar with intellectually when he’s not exhausted from working.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017?

In terms of clients I love working with people with mild historical trauma, chronic health conditions, disabilities, introversion and people recovering from mental health conditions. My clients tend to be sensitive and intelligent people who without support have a tendency to burn themselves out. Unlike some client groups who just lose motivation, sometimes mine are too motivated for their bodies and minds ha ha. I also like to work with the LGBT+ community, who can have any of the above factors and other unique challenges.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017?

Coaching is very multi-disciplinary; people from all kinds of backgrounds do it. I like to see what I do now as an extension of my overall career which has always been helping or caring focused. In that sense even though he’s a clinical psychologist and not a coach I’d love to meet Dr Jordan Peterson.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on?

Continuing to extend my caseload of clients on coach.me which is a chat based coaching service that is very affordable and convenient. I am very much of the belief that coaching should not be offered only to the well off, the more support anyone who needs it can get the better off our communities will be.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017?

You can find me at achievecoaching.com.au which links to all my social media. You can also find my coach.me profile at https://www.coach.me/Jessamine?ref=arAg0 where you can get a 3 day free trial before deciding if you want to become a paying client. I also have a Self-Love and Confidence course with videos and written exercises available on Udemy which you can find here use the coupon code TENPLACESTENDOLLARS to reduce the cost.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

They make me think of me never giving up who I am and fading into the background. Working until I can no longer physically do it, and then if I end up in the old folks home ending up dying my hair funny colours and being very annoying to the nurses by doing my own thing. I’ll be the resident “character”.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

I nominate Melanie Williamson LC on Facebook. She has a terrific sense of humour, is a straight shooter and is doing some great work lining up free coaching for women in her local domestic violence shelter.

How can you contact me?

Drop me an email with any queries to jessamine@achievecoaching.com.au and we can set up a free 30 minute consultation no strings attached and no pressure to see if I’m the coach for you.

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