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TESTIMONIALS

CAREER SUCCESS Testimonials

May my clients’ career success stories inspire you to take action and seek support. With career clarity coaching, you too can find your fulfilling career and live your fulfilling life!


Holly Joy Harris
Holly Joy Harris
Acupressure Practitioner, Victoria

"Julia helped me to get to the root of how I interact with my surroundings, so I can manifest what I want to in my life. I understand now that I need to maintain a certain intensity of joy and energy to stay in alignment with my goals.

What I really love about Julia is she is genuine, she will help in any ways she can. Even though we had a professional partnership, I never felt that I was less than. I felt held in the way that was best for me. It was an awesome empowering experience!"

Catherine B.
Catherine B.
Vancouver, BC

"Working with Julia surpassed my expectations. Her ability to connect quickly with me, and what was important to me was unparalleled in my experience. Her optimism and belief in me was contagious even to my own self!
In no time I had made a major decision for career change, one that I initially felt hesitant about, but now have flung myself into with open arms. And what's more: I'm already making money in my new career before the ink was dry on the resignation letter of my old workplace!"

Tine Rossing
Tine Rossing
Independent Consultant Richmond, BC

"Julia’s genuine warmth and passion for what she does makes her such a joy to work with.

She is a very intuitive and keen listener with a no-nonsense attitude, which makes her very effective in cutting to the essence of my core issues, while providing constructive and positive guidance on how to best address them.

Julia is such an inspiration to me and I highly recommend Julia as a life or career coach."

Aimee Taylor
Aimee Taylor
PhD, Therapeutic Horticulturist, Vancouver, BC

Here's How Aimee Found Clarity, Focus and Confidence to Create Her Dream Career:

"Working with Julia James as my life and career coach has helped me find clarity and focus. I discovered that I could pursue my passion for nature and my deep care for people.

Coaching has given me the confidence to pursue my dream career and create Therapeutic Horticulture where I help people with health challenges create gardens to increase their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

I would recommend anyone who wants to discover their hidden career dreams and pursue them to hire Julia as her/his coach."

Cindy Mackenzie
Cindy Mackenzie
Personal Trainer, Novato California

Here’s How Cindy Confronted Her Fears and Followed Through with Her Fulfilling Career:

“For me, life change equaled fear. What will happen? How will I decide? Will I be happy? Can I do this? What will people think? How do you move forward when you are all tangled up?

You need someone to make you feel safe and confident that you can do this. You need someone who acknowledges the challenges ahead, the journey that may unfold, the fears and how to get past them. In my case this person was a life coach named Julia James. I had support from many of my friends and my husband, but I needed more than love and support. Julia led me to answer my own hard questions.

With each coaching session I gained more clarity about the roadblocks that I had so strategically placed in my life. I realized that I had to let go of expectations that I thought I needed to fulfill for others. I didn’t need to reinvent myself, I was already pretty good. I just needed to do what I do best and what I enjoy most.

I went back to school with all the young 20-somethings and found that by challenging myself, I felt my confidence come back. It was all so exciting and although scary, it was exactly what I needed! With the assistance and patience of Julia James, I was able to confront my fears, and make a plan to move forward.

I now have a new business. It didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t always easy, but it was right for me. I’m a personal trainer and specialize on helping seniors get fit in the comfort of their own homes. Thank you, Julia!”

Anne Dobbie
Anne Dobbie
Film Producer & Yoga Teacher Victoria, BC

"Julia is a phenomenal, encouraging, skillful and playful coach. I have taken a journey of adventure each time we worked together.

She has a gift for really “getting” a person and getting to the soul of the matter simply and elegantly.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Alexis Reed
Alexis Reed
Behavior Support Specialist for adults with developmental disabilities, Eugene, Oregon

Here's How Alexis Re-Aligned with the Essence of Her Life's Work:

"I struggled and struggled with career decisions after staying home with my son for the first few years of his life. I felt conflicted because I had been in a field I loved for years but couldn't see a way to stay in that field while advancing to a level that made it worth my time to be away from my son. I thought I would have to seek out something completely different, but nothing was calling me. I went round and round in my mind for months.

Then I received coaching from Julia and everything began to shift. She took all the effort out of the process. Instead of trying to figure out what to do next, we went deeper into my history, my strengths, and my needs.

Once I got back into alignment with the essence of my life's work and stopped trying to force my square peg into a round hole, everything opened up.Opportunities began popping up that I hadn't even known existed! I am now so fulfilled in my work and so grateful to Julia for her wonderfully skilled coaching!"

Roland Rickus
Roland Rickus
Woodworker & Photographer, Vancouver, BC

"Julia helped me realize my potential more deeply. She helped me focus on my strengths and values so that I would have more direction as to where to put my energy as I move forward. I found her easy to talk to and a pleasure to work with."

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Annick Bujold
Registered Nurse, Victoria, BC

Here's How Annick Found New Inspiration and Fulfillment in Her Career:
“Although I didn’t change careers, I did change how I see my work, how I want it to be and how I want to feel at work. With Julia’s coaching, I was able to clarify that, working through the different mental blocks as they came which was invaluable to me. With her love, enthusiasm, patience and genuine caring, I felt safe to explore and move forward after 17+ years of working at the same job. I am infinitely grateful to have had her coaching. When I was muddled, scared, unsure, she was clear and made sure I saw the light and followed it! Thanks Julia!”

Melanie Rockett
Melanie Rockett
Search Engine Optimization Specialist, Vancouver BC

"Julia is fabulous, supportive and understanding. She listens deeply and always has a different way of looking at situations.

She has held my hand when needed, given me a kick in the butt when needed. Knowing she is rooting for me 100% is wonderful.

When you work alone as I do, it is good to have someone who has your best interests in mind at all times! I highly recommend Julia and her services."

Pam
Pam
Fashion Magazine Editor

Here's How Pam Created a Career and Lifestyle around Her Greatest Passions and Strengths:

"Thank you for your incredible support and the journey we have taken together this past nine months exploring what I kept calling my ‘re-invention’ – a re-launch of my life as a businesswoman with a desire to evolve into a new direction.

When you and I started flushing out some career avenues and I shared my husband’s comment that I “would have made an amazing Magazine Editor,” I was far from believing this could be possible. However you encouraged me to seriously explore this avenue, gather information and get in touch with magazine executives in London and New York for real insights into this career. The more I learned about the industry, the more excited I became, and just instinctively knew it was for me…. if only it didn’t seem so out of reach.

Julia, you coached me to create a career and lifestyle around all of my passions and greatest strengths. Six months ago I would have never believed in myself enough to think this was possible, or that I was even good enough… Remember, even the informational interviews were beyond terrifying back then!!! You have shown me the way to pursue my passions, and given me the courage and the strength to believe in myself.

Thanks to your coaching and support, I have been able to land my dream job, and can now enjoy the challenges of this rewarding new career with incredible confidence and personal satisfaction. THANK YOU, Julia!"

Peggy Mitchell
Peggy Mitchell
Teacher, Maple Ridge, BC

"When I began working with Julia in Oct 2012, my level of satisfaction with my job was a 3/10. Now it’s an 8/10. Although I’m still not 100% sure of my “purpose” in terms of my career, with Julia’s help I took steps to align my job position with who I am and what my needs are. As such, I am much more at peace with my job (and with my life!)."

Summer Coley-Ward
Summer Coley-Ward
Marketing Strategist, Victoria

Here's How Summer shifted to a More Self-Accepting Way of Being:

"When I first began coaching with you, I wasn’t as aware of how much energy I spent on trying to accommodate the feelings, needs, and expectations of others.

Now I am aware of my long-established habits and I embody a new, albeit still delicate, courage for a more self-accepting way of being. Before your coaching, I was trying to fit into a mould that was wrong for me. I was wasting time pursuing opportunities that were unlikely to make me happy.

I used to attribute negative words to explain what I realize now—after receiving your help, Julia—are my strengths.

Julia, you are a true light in this world. Your spark is contagious and warms and illuminates all the chambers of the heart, the mind and the soul."

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Kerry-Anne Doole
Student, Victoria

"When I decided to work with Julia I was going through a career transition. I had worked in the same industry for over 15 years. Just prior to my time with Julia it became evident to me that I was going to have to change careers. I wasn’t happy in my job and knew that I needed out.

During my time with Julia I was able to reconnect with who I truly was and who I wanted to become. She helped me to see what I truly wanted to be doing with my life.

During my coaching time with Julia I was able to put into words what I truly wanted to do with my life and how I was going to achieve my goal."

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Janice N.
Toronto, ON, Canada

"My curiosity to seek Julia's services began in 2010 when I signed up for her newsletter.  It was not until 2016, when I had just had enough of 'feeling stuck' and knew that I needed to reach out for a helping hand.  It was one of the best decisions of my life.

Julia has been and continues to be such a crucial part of my journey to finding my true career calling. Her wisdom and guidance give me the confidence to know that I have more 'in me', that there are options, and most importantly that I deserve a fulfilling career.  

Our calls are rich in self-discovery and awakening moments. Through our work together, she provides the necessary tools and resources that help me achieve greater career clarity each time. She has a genuine interest in my well-being, and I can affirm that I also benefit in other aspects of my life.  

I have recommended Julia's services to others, and continue to do so, as I am very confident in her abilities to assist in achieving personal growth and overall career happiness."

Caroline Calvert
Caroline Calvert
Freelance Website and Graphic Designer, Vancouver, BC

"After years of envisioning the career I wanted I am finally living the life I dreamed.

With small children and a busy life I now have a career that works.

Thank you Julia for giving me the tools and guidance to find my way there."

Francine Carignan
Francine Carignan
Reiki Master, Victoria, BC

Here's How Francine Got Unstuck and in Touch with Her Passion:

"A year ago when I contacted Julia for a series of coaching sessions, I had been in an unhappy work situation for a very long time. I knew I had to make some changes but needed some objective assistance in figuring out how to do this.

I had no idea what I really wanted to do career wise and was very stuck. Several health issues made it difficult to work in my physically demanding job and the work environment was emotionally draining.

During my coaching sessions with Julia, I decided to reduce my work hours to focus on my health. Julia was very supportive during this transition and helped me focus on improving my life.

She helped me figure out what I am passionate about and acted as my best cheerleader. My sessions with her definitely shaped the decisions I made in the following months.

I enrolled in a series of Reiki courses and am now a Reiki Master. I took a buy out from the company I was working for and am now a student of Reflexology and Holistic Nutrition. I am well on my way and excited about starting my own business.

Julia was instrumental in helping me build my confidence to get to this point. I recommend anyone who is at a crossroads in life to seek coaching sessions with Julia. She has helped me realize that I needed to take care of my health first in order to move forward with my career plans.

I have taken the lessons I have learned from coaching with Julia and applied them to my life. I am in a much better place then I was a year ago."

Katherine Lazaruk
Katherine Lazaruk
Image Consultant, Vancouver

"I sometimes get overwhelmed with the stress of making big changes in this way. Working with you helped me to see that the way I work is just fine and taught me to handle the stress around being that “big leap” kind of person.

I particularly appreciate the way you draw things into focus through your clear questioning, careful listening and provision of just the right resource at just the right time.

I also appreciate the way you took my individuality into account when figuring out the best kind of coaching program for me – you listened to me when I said that an ‘as needed’ approach would work and it did!

Each time I came to you with a particular issue, you went right to the heart of the matter, helped me sort through the various aspects and finished the call with a concrete plan of action to move forward. You did it all in just 40 minutes at a time.

Thanks for helping me. I will definitely refer you to others who would like a laser-focused yet gentle approach to their personal growth and development."

Graham Shivers
Graham Shivers
Mortgage Broker, Vancouver

"Julia has been a great adviser to me over the last year. She has helped me grow my business, better my family life and put me on a track to better health.

I know that I can bounce ideas and concerns to an unbiased person. Julia comes back at me with options and ideas that add to or strengthen my original thoughts.

Julia is able to pick out the characteristics within me and focus those traits to strengthen my business and personal life.

My growth with Julia as my coach has been steep and I would recommend anyone to have Julia help them grow."

Nancy Muir
Nancy Muir
Controller, Toronto

"I sought out a Life Coach because I was totally stressed by the demands of my job and was at the point of quitting with absolutely no plan for my future. I felt like I was standing at the edge of a cliff.

As a result of the coaching process, I realize that I must put myself first and that I am in control of my own life.

I have chosen to stay at my job but it is now a choice. I am able to cope with the stress and make time for the things that are important to me."

Shelley Ross
Shelley Ross
Writer and Artist, Vancouver

"Julia is an intuitive and adept coach who skilfully guided me through the illuminating process of clarifying my talents and defining my values.

With great finesse, she drew out the information from within me, never imposing herself in any way.

I highly recommend her as a life or career coach."

E.P.
E.P.

"With warmth, piercing insight, uncanny skill, and unfailing encouragement, Julia James has helped me determine new directions, clarify goals, and become more creative and productive.

Julia’s coaching has helped me deepen my relationships, use my time more wisely, and build a happier life. She has been tremendously helpful, and I recommend her coaching most enthusiastically."

Katherine Wolters
Katherine Wolters
Forest Research Manager Vancouver, BC

Here's How Katherine Developed a Compelling Vision to Pursue a Career She Truly Loves:

"When I first met life coach Julia James, I was at a crossroads in my career. Although I was keen to continue working in forestry, I was ready to move in a different direction. But I was uncertain how to take the next step. Through coaching, I gained clarity on how to best use my skills and knowledge. Developing a clear, compelling vision was a pivotal part of this career transition process, and it helped me pursue a career that I was truly passionate about.

Julia provided the structure and accountability that I needed to move forward. I still remember the moment I first walked into the office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, my current employer. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming!

The work environment matched my vision in every aspect – my level of responsibility, independence and flexibility, the support from my team, the space arrangement, the lighting, even the color of the walls were identical to my vision of an ideal job!

Julia is a great coach, and working with her is one of the best things I ever did for myself. With her help, I’m now working in a job I truly love and my life has changed for the better."

Lee Wilkinson
Lee Wilkinson
Professional Coach, New Zealand

"If you can be a client of Julia’s you should grab the opportunity with both hands. She will support you in becoming far more effective and joyous in what you do."

Jocelyn Gile
Jocelyn Gile
Administrative Assistant Victoria, BC

"Julia helped me realize that understanding myself is a lifelong commitment. Although it is a long road, it is a very valuable and exciting one.

She introduced me to many useful tools and I felt that my progress was her highest priority – she was working on it even when I was busy elsewhere or feeling down and not actively working toward it myself.

Her encouragement and guidance really motivated me and continue to do so even after our sessions were completed."