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3 questions I learned to ask before saying ‘I’m Sorry’

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I went to a funeral this week and found myself reminiscing with relief. It was a walk down memory lane on a broken old road, but gratefully many of the potholes had been repaired and I’d dropped off a lot of my baggage already.

One of the beautiful processes I discovered in 12-Step programs is getting to make amends to people I had harmed in my life. And when the time came for me to do that, I discovered I had a lot to learn before I could say, I’m sorry and have those words hold water.

We’ve all hurt…


The de-cluttering tool that clears my head

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I’m on a sabbatical of sorts, taking this year to experiment and explore. I’m open to discovering the possibilities unfolding in what I’d consider to be the third phase of my life. Staying conscious through these changes requires me to practice all that I preach.

I’m not too worried because I know what to do. My driving intention has less to do with figuring out my life’s work, and more to do with nurturing divine discernment. …


How hypnotherapy helped me find the gift in hyper-empathy

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Steve, my hairdresser in Hollywood, asked me out of the blue one day during a regular cut and style, “I’m getting certified in Hypnotherapy, you wanna be a case study?”.

“Sure, that sounds like fun”, I replied, only because I trusted Steve implicitly; not only with my hair but with my subconscious mind. I say that because I knew just enough about Hypnotherapy to be picky regarding who I’d let talk to me while I was in a trance.

At that point in my life, somewhere inside me, I knew I was vulnerable to intense energy and picked up on…


Defining your brand goes deeper than just getting a logo

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One of the most honest self-discovery dives I’ve ever done was defining my brand. At the start, I was afraid it’d be phony or schmaltzy, and it certainly could have been, but instead, it was raw, realistic, and all about service.

Coaches and healers, really anyone with holistic and mystical leanings usually recoil at the word brand. I had the same response to the concept and assumed I didn’t need something so superficial. I had fallen prey to a common misconception of associating a brand as just a logo and a cutesy tagline.

I hope to unravel a couple of…


You don’t need to run faster than your feet

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First off, I’ve thrown out the idea that I’ll attain perfect balance in anything.

What I can do is pay attention to what feels good and what doesn’t and make little adjustments along the way.

This rewards me with a sense of being present and in good forward motion. It also keeps my head from running faster than my feet (I already have scars on my face from going too fast as a kid)!

This habit of paying attention helps me stay in the now, it also informs me when rest is needed (and when I’ve rested enough.) …


Helping those who strive too hard for health

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I have a precious figurine of a wooden angel holding a bundle of apples in her arms. It was given to me by a patient who did everything in her power to be healthy and young-looking. So when her husband called weeping to tell me she’d had a fatal heart attack, I was shocked.

After much deliberation, I recognized one thing I wished I’d been able to help her with. Something which engenders a way of being that would have helped her listen more closely to her inner guidance and react less to her fears.

Loosening the tight grip of ‘doing health’ perfectly

During acupuncture sessions, she’d tell…


Your customers don’t mind duplication, they actually like it!

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I used to think I shouldn’t repeat myself for fear of boring an audience. Boy, was I wrong about that!

People love predictability — franchises are a great example. they want to know what they are going to get. I found there’s a way to create an environment that produces a positive change within a steady flow of practice.

Aerobics class showed me the value of repetition

Ages ago I taught choreographed aerobics. High-impact, low-impact, step, slide; you name it I taught it.

In my first fitness center job in the eighties, working my butt off for minimum wage, I was at a club where every instructor taught…


Nurture your bedside manner with curiosity and unconditional empathy

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view.” ~Harper Lee

Not everyone wants what you have to offer.

A woman came to see me with a hundred symptoms. I’m not kidding, She said she was desperate, showed little hope, and was looking for something to help her. I’ll call her Mary to protect her privacy.

Now I have great faith in holistic medicine and what it can do when applied correctly in the right circumstances. I’ve seen multi-layered syndromes unravel, symptom waves flatten out, and healthy, happy lives emerge. Every time it was a team effort!

As an acupuncturist and functional…


2 tools that helped me prevent burnout

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At one point in my healing arts practice I was serving patients 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, and a half-day on Saturdays. I don’t know if I could even do that nowadays! Maybe I’d surprise myself. It wouldn’t be the first time I rose to a challenge.

But this heavy-duty appointment roster was my norm when I was just starting to gain traction in my business.

I was discovering what a ‘normal day’ could look like for my work schedule.

And with that discovery, what income I might expect to regularly take in each week. Then I asked myself if I would want to keep that up.

Attached to that, came…


What I learned about guidance through misunderstandings

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Sitting in my clinic supervisor’s private office, eager to find out what herbs and supplements he’d choose for my academic burnout, I realized something that would become a guiding principle for how I approach my healing arts practice.

Learning From What I Don’t Want To Model in My Healing Arts Practice

A couple of years into my Chinese medicine degree, about half-way completed, I was burning the candle at both ends as many students do; I held down two jobs and went to school full-time. As you can imagine, I was not radiating balanced health!

Big into self-experimentation to improve my grasp of this amazing medicine, I wanted to experience it first hand…

Julia Thie

Holistic Life Coach☯ Wellness Wheel Walker ☯ Student of Nature

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