As we celebrated International Women’s Day this past week, it got me thinking about the inspirational women in my life, and one of the first names to come to mind was Kim Beadman.
We met many years ago through her husband, Darren Beadman. While Darren’s name will be familiar to most Singleton residents as a successful jockey and a member of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, Kim is much more than Darren Beadman’s wife – Kim herself is a successful life coach and author, who has dedicated her career to helping others, especially women.
So International Women’s Day gave me a great excuse to catch up with her about her incredible life and work.
Kim, it’s lovely to talk to you! We’ve been friends for such a long time.
Yes, we’ve been friends forever. Our husbands were connected through racing, and that’s how we met, but we’re such close friends outside of that now.
Absolutely, and you’re a real inspiration to me, especially with the work that you do for women. What got you into that?
I started off in the health profession and I’ve been in the nursing industry for over 30 years. So I’ve always had a passion for helping people and that’s always been in my DNA.
I met my husband, Darren, pretty much as I started in nursing, and we’ve been together ever since. We also worked together, with me as his business manager, which was really good. We were really successful, and we’re really a good team.
But marrying someone with a really high profile isn’t always easy if you don’t know how to negotiate that.
So one of the things I do now is to run one-to-one coaching with women in the same scenario, for women who have high profile partners and might feel that they’re living in the shadows. That’s called the Find Your Light Program.
What’s been your experience of finding your light?
When you’re with someone with such a high profile, it can chip away at your self-esteem and I’ve been at that point, in the past, where I kind of lost my own identity.
I was definitely happy as a wife and mum, but I needed something for me that was just about me. I really paved my way to make the journey back and that’s what led me to certifying as a life coach and then pursuing a dual degree in psychology and criminology.
As a business owner and wife and mother, I definitely relate. So how do you approach that with the women you work with?
Most of my coaching is based on mindset. Certain thought patterns and mindsets can become unhealthy or toxic, and I help women recognise those before they hit, and challenge them, using different neurolinguistic and cognitive behavioural approaches.
And on top of that, you also help women who are victims of domestic violence. Can you tell me about that?
I’m in the process of organising a fundraiser to help women and children who are victims of abuse and domestic violence. I’m planning to do that close to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (on the 25 November), so the fundraiser will take place on 28 November this year.
That sounds fantastic. And with all of this going on, do you still have time to be involved in the racing scene?
I am, yes, I don’t go all the time because obviously I’m a bit busy with work. But we’re still very much part of the community and still have a lot of friends in racing.
Good to hear! Thanks so much again, Kim, and happy International Women’s Day to you.
Find out more at kimbeadman.com