JILL WOLK

GREAT STORY MASTER COACH

JILL WOLK

GREAT STORY MASTER COACH

MY STORY

My story is a journey towards emotional authenticity, discovering who I am, what I want, knowing that I have value and claiming my voice in the world.

  • Jul 28, 2017

    1957

    If my life were a book the title would be My Search For Connection.

    I grew up the youngest of three never feeling like I belonged. My siblings were six and nine years older, my parents involved in their own lives and I felt left out. On top of that I was a highly sensitive child who was always being told that whatever I was feeling wasn't appropriate. By the time I was 12 years old I had learned to stuff my feelings so far down that I couldn't tell you what I was feeling if my life depended on it. Well, it turns out that it did.

  • Jul 28, 2017

    1992

    Wake-Up Call

    I was 35 years old I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and a host of other auto-immune issues. I had been working in a high stress job that wasn't honoring my integrity or values. I was in a marriage that lacked emotional intimacy, mainly because neither of us were intimate with our own emotions. 

    My doctors told me that if I didn't drastically change my lifestyle I wouldn't see my 40th birthday. And so began my inner journey toward healing, wholeness and a deep connection to my divinity.

  • Jul 28, 2017

    1994

    Between 1994 and 1997 I experienced the loss of my job, the betrayal of a spiritual teacher, the death of my mother, bankruptcy, a move across state and then my fathers death.

     The structures of my life were rapidly dying and, like it or not, I was being called to make some radical shifts.

  • Jul 28, 2017

    1996

    Following the Inner Call

    As part of my healing and a way of sharing with others what worked for me, I became a Certified Holistic Health Educator, a Yoga Therapy Teacher, and in 1998 a Reiki practitioner.

    In 1996 I sought the help of a life coach, and that's when my inner world began to transform at an accelerated pace... by slowing down. When I became ill and after I had left my job I still thought I had to keep busy and be productive in order to prove my worth. Working with a coach allowed me to give myself permission to take care of myself. To heal my body. That I deserved to be healthy. This is when my true healing process began.

  • Jul 28, 2017

    2008

    Coaching had such a profound impact on my life that in 2008 I became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute, the world’s leading accredited coach-training program. I also became accredited with The International Coach Federation.

    I was passionate to share with others the powerful changes that can happen with coaching.

  • Jul 28, 2017

    2012

    Courage and Determination

    At 55 years old I made a huge and scary decision to end my 30-year marriage. It took every ounce of courage I had. Many, including myself  called me crazy, but I knew I needed to open to another level of healing and it wasn't going to happen while in the relationship. 

    We had married early and I had recreated my early family life where I was not able to express my authentic emotions. I had been hearing whispers in my body and heart for years and trying to ignore them. I wasn't happy and I knew that continuing on the way I was, those whispers would turn to shouts and lead to more health issues. So, I followed my inner wisdom and took a leap of faith.

  • Jul 28, 2017

    2014

    Struggle and Overwhelm

    Two years later, I found myself stuck in a story of overwhelm and unhappiness. It turned out that I had brought all the patterns of my marriage with me into my relationship to myself and to life.

    I got to the point where I couldn’t stand to listen to my story any longer. You can imagine how my friends and family felt! I had spent more than 20 years on a sacred journey of reconnecting deeply with my body, my emotions and my spirit and helping others do the same. I recovered a great deal but life was still a struggle. Frustrated that I hadn't moved beyond my current level of happiness, I was determined to break through and to claim my place in the world.

    Great Story Coaching is the vehicle that allowed me to acknowledge and unlock the emotions I refused to feel. It helped me see the limiting stories I was telling and to find out why I was telling them. And it gave me the tools to shift them.

AND THE STORY CONTINUES

During my 3-year training to become a Lucid Living Great Story Master Coach I learned that early on in life I created a law I lived by that said I was not allowed to be happy. While unconsciously created, this law protected me in many ways as a child but as an adult, not so much. It controlled my beliefs, my emotions and my choices. It controlled my health, my relationships and my work. I was functioning as a damped down version of myself. Being joyful was not allowed!

When I became comfortable feeling and expressing a full range of emotions is when I broke free from the story I had created. Emotional fluency allowed me greater access to my vulnerability and my truth. It opened up pathways to move beyond the patterns I had been stuck in. Using the Great Story process I began to heal. Now I am stronger, healthier and happier than ever. I am deeply connected to myself and to my divinity. I have greater self-love, value and greater belonging.

I live each day knowing that my future is mine to create, however I choose. It is a continually evolving process and one that I am deeply committed to.

I am excited to discover what the next chapter of my life will be titled.  

Freedom, Joy and Passion!