Jackie Ruka is the founder of Get Happy Zone Inc., a personal development and lifestyle company. Jackie guides overworked skeptics and unfulfilled professionals from breakdowns to the breakthroughs, knowing the best opportunities are the one’s we create consciously. As “America’s Happyologist” her mission is guiding client’s to blaze the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life they dream of.
Jackie shares her personal wake-up call – an adversity of when her car lost control, near missing, not one but two Buddha statues, compounded by a demanding 60 hour a week corporate career. Ruka chose to avoid multiple back surgeries, to heal naturally, which forced her to walk away from her six-figure career to save her own well-being. This set her on a profoundly personal journey to meet her authentic self and discover her true calling to inspire others.
Ruka has been quoted or published in the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Yahoo Finance, Lioness Magazine for Female Entrepreneurs, Daily Worth, Fox5, NBC, Philly.com, Health and Family, U-T San Diego, the San Barbara News-Press and SHRM, for her knowledge in business coaching, her ability to overcoming self-limiting beliefs, and her expertise in wellness, and leadership skills.
Jackie studied human behavior and the mind-body connection for over 24 years. A fine arts and psychology major at Roger Williams University, she trained for her Masters in Creative Arts in Therapy program at Hahnemann University and Medical School (now Drexel) and holds advanced certificates in Massage Therapy and chronic medical conditions. What sets her expertise apart from others, in the personal development industry, is her 20+ years of extensive background as an Award winning corporate professional with building billion dollar brands to creating a billion dollar mindset with the tools to make that happen. In addition to 5,000+ hours coaching professional women, CEO’s and entrepreneurs to work smarter, not harder.
Ruka is a certified member of the Experts Academy and contributes regularly as a YourTango.com expert, where she shares the unique perspectives and attitudes to live our happiest and creative lives.
Ruka was named a 2014 American Riviera Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Circle of Light award winner. The award recognizes women entrepreneurs who commit to changing their communities and the planet through their work.
Ruka’s passion asks us to embrace what gives us the most meaning and joy and tackle what we most fear. She meditates, writes and paints her life canvas in Southern California.
In her words, Why Jackie became a helping professional?
“As a little girl, I knew I had a special gift to help others but was not sure how that looked on the outside. I became a self-help and wellness junkie, studying and reading whatever I could get my hands on. What finally came to fruition was the fact that I truly enjoyed listening, yes listening to what others had to say. But my gift came about by learning that it is our subconscious mind that hinders our abilities and natural talents, so I learned how to interpret the cobwebs, whisk them away and nurture the souls who feel lost, find their way. Mostly, I know we are all here to be happy and not feel we are alone on our path to reach the next level of ourselves. My passion is to encourage people to be the star that you are and SHINE!”
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