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Monday, October 29, 2012

Sharing My Love

Can you imagine what your life could be like if you decided to lay down the swords, the armor, opened fully to love and leaned into everything that makes your heart flutter? 

She Was Bring True to Herself,     art by Lori Portka

There is something I've known for as long as I can remember, something that feels like the core of who I am and what I'm here to do in this world.  Whew, I need to stop and take a deep breath because this feels like the biggest thing I've ever claimed and shared here...this thing I've known with absolute certainty, the thing I've longed and ached to do is to work deeply with people--to guide others back to their own just right Selves.  I've known this, have had it unveiled in personality/career-discovery tests, have claimed it repeatedly in journals & expressed it over and over to others.  What's been incredibly painful at times, is not knowing the hows around doing my thing, not knowing what to call this that I do as naturally as breathing.

And then one day, a couple of years ago, I discovered the coaching profession and huge, flashing, beaming, calming, resonating, knowing lights went off like fireworks and everything in me perked up with recognition, passion--a sense of possibility.   And then I thought I needed to do something...that something needed to happen before I could truly claim this gift for myself.  And the longer I went without claiming, the more the light felt condensed, smothered, breathless...

Like all things that we want with every part of ourselves, this feels shaky-scary to put out there but it also feels epic and liberating and so damn time  !

So, today, I am here to share that I am beyond ready to expand what I've been living and breathing and doing for as long as I can remember.  I am ready to unapologetically claim my work as guide/coach in this world.  I've discovered that there really isn't a word that seems to capture this thing that I do but I'm also realizing that this is okay.  It's not possible to contain what isn't containable and this job as coach isn't something to box up & slap a label's far bigger than words or labels.

To CELEBRATE this brand new beginning, I'm offering something today...I am offering my coaching services (for an indefinite period of time--as long as we both feel is wanted/needed) to one person who leaves their words here under this post, one person who says, something like--YES, please. (If you'd like to leave a comment but aren't necessarily interested in coaching with me, just leave out the yes, please part!)  

I would absolutely love and relish the opportunity to work with one of you. This giveaway will be open through next Wednesday, November 7th.  The winner will be chosen randomly.

I have dedicated a page for my coaching practice, if you're interested in reading more, please click HERE.  If you want to read what others are saying, click HERE.  Below I will include an abbreviated version of what I've written on my Work with Me page.

Deep breaths.  Here's to living with unapologetic brightness, to feeling the fear and doing it anyway, to being absolutely true to ourselves--to precious NEW BEGINNINGS....

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Sessions with Julia...


about adding anything.  
or fixing anything.  
or about me giving you something you don't already have.  


about deep, deep listening and gentle, intuitive, in the moment guidance.

about slowing down & dropping below the level of the mind so we can access that sacred wordless realm together, that place beyond wrongdoing and rightdoing, where all the answers await.

about clearing all the accumulated excess that stands in the way of you aligning with your truest, most authentic  Self.

about you remembering that at your essence you are love. And that you are at your most empowered when you create and serve from this conscious, unfathomably limitless core place.  In a few words, these sessions are about letting go and letting love.


  1. Oh my gosh! Yay! My heart is just bursting for you right now, Julia. This is exactly it. And I'm just overflowing with joy to see you step into YOU so fully and lovingly. I love you so much!

    1. Dear, precious Jodi,

      I hope some day I get to tell you in person how much these very words mean to affirming and loving they feel to my deepest, soul places. It feels so incredibly vulnerable to be putting this out there, my life's work--this longing and feeling called--feels like one of the deepest things I can feels so huge and relieving to finally have the courage to put it out there.

      I was just in my kitchen praying like crazy for a sign that I'm moving in the right direction and then I got this gift from you...words can't even convey the gratitude I'm feeling.

      Thank you, dear, dear heart.

      I love you hugely. xo

  2. I love your posts and your clear wisdom. I can feel my heart expand as I read your words. Yes please! So happy for you. Rachel

    1. Ah, such heart-stirring words these are. Thank you, Rachel, for being part of this sweet celebration/confirmation.

      Love to you.

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    1. Yay! Oh Deb, this means so much! Thank you, beautiful-hearted one.


  4. I could not be more proud of you right now! I "clicked here" to "read more" and, wow! Your passion and clear articulation feel like proof of north to me, sweetie. xoxo

    1. Ah, J. This sweet assurance & encouragement from you feels like the greatest gift ever. I am forever grateful for you.

      Loving you so much...

  5. Congratulations for fully showing up as you with all your many gifts to give!!!! It is so time, and so many will benefit from your ability to deeply bring healing from the heart. I am beaming today, in knowing that you are finally getting this out in the open. Way to go, my precious forever friend. Loving you beyond words!

    1. Forever friend Brooke...the way you support me & hold me up & allow me to vent and cry and dream and be the REAL-est me I know, heals me in the most preciously beautiful ways. I don't know how I got so lucky to have you so close but I did & not a day goes by that I don't feel grateful.

      Thank you for believing in me, for trusting me, for knowing me the way that I've needed to be known.

      I love you, my friend.

  6. Julia, I'm cheering for you, as you show up fully you. You have so much, and do offer so much, to this world! Bless you on this new adventure, and may you feel God holding you in the place of speaking this dream out loud. Woohoo!

    1. Beautiful Ashley--I can feel your cheering & sweet support. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your loving, affirming words.

      Sending so much love & warm hugs your way on this rainy Oregon day.

  7. Julia, first I must THANK YOU for living your true self with so much courage and honesty! By doing this, you have inspired me to do the same. I am searching for acceptance and peace with myself, working on letting my love, my centre guide me. I would love to have your support with this (YES please!), perhaps we can call you my Guardian Heart Fairy!?

    Good luck and blessings, your path is so beautiful and so important!

  8. Guardian Heart Fairy ! ! ! Okay, Christy, I seriously might need to claim this title for myself! How utterly fresh & original! I love it!

    Ah, how much it means to me that I've had something to do with you beginning to allow your LOVE to be your guide--if I get to the end of my life & know that I've done this for others, then I can call it all good!

    Thank you so much, Christy, for your sweet, sweet support and words of encouragement--I can't even begin to tell you how much they mean. And I would absolutely LOVE the opportunity to work with you!

    Blessings and more blessings to you, precious one.

  9. Feel free to claim the title, you have earned it! You already are doing this for me, for so is all good! Keep on spreading your magic :) I will save my pennies towards $111 and keep my fingers crossed :)

    Love and blessings to you too!

    1. :) Thank you for pointing out that I'm already doing this, Christy--this is an important thing for me to recognize, so--thank you.

      Big hugs to you, dear person.

  10. Julia,

    Yes, Please!!!! I would be so honored to be in this journey with you.

    I feel so much joy, excitement and anticipation for you. You have claimed what is truly yours. I can feel your beautiful energy all the way here.

    1. Eydie--these words from you & your genuine excitement mean so much to me. Thank you so very much, beautiful woman. It would truly be an honor to journey with you in a deeper way.

      Love to you, my friend.

  11. I love this idea Jules, you certainly have a gift my sister :)

    1. Thank you, sweet sis. I love you so much. xo

  12. I recently laid down one of my swords, it is hard work, I feel lost without it,but I do believe this will help me to live the life I want.

    I would really appreciate the chance to be guided with you to the life that makes my heart flutter.

    Happy for you that you heard and followed your heart.

    1. Merlin...these words from you gave me goosebumps. It can be so difficult to lay down those swords but I've found that doing so makes room for beauty & love to get in and opens us up to what is possible.

      It is so brave of you to walk through the fear even though it's difficult.

      I would be honored to hold hands with you as you lean toward your heart flutterings.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to connect. I so appreciate it.

  13. I would love the chance to learn from you! YES, please!

    What timing for me to read this post today ~ for today I started my own blog about finding myself. As I write in my first blog post today, you gave me a kick in the butt to actually get started!

    Thank you for all you do, for your beautiful words and art. You have spoken to my heart many times since I discovered your blog!

    1. Susie Marie! I feel such joy when I hear about others taking that step/leap/tiptoe toward themselves--it's so beautiful that you've decided to begin your blog and movement toward discovering more about who this precious Susie Marie is. Congratulations!

      I love that my beginning had something to do with your beginning--that is just so beautiful to me.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave your words & sweet presence here.

  14. You are such a gift to this world, Julia. I know that so many people will continue to be moved to their authentic core through the love, wisdom, and guidance you share. Thank you for leading the way. I love you dearly.

    1. Oh, Alia. I love you dearly too, my friend. Having you here holding all of me is the most precious gift. Giant hugs to you, dear person. xo

  15. you are such a facilitator of transformation in this space. i have been visiting your blog off and on for the past year, your truth cards carried me through a dark few months, your art calls out love. and now, this! yes please!

    1. "A facilitator of transformation" Wow, Tania--I'm going to tuck these words in ever so close. Thank you for seeing this in me and telling me that you see it--there is no greater gift than to see and be seen.

      It makes me so happy to know that my truth cards brought some light to your darkness...

      Sending you bundles of love.


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