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Julie's Journal is a blog station for ideas, practices and authentic stories designed to inspire and mobilize individuals along their journey towards self-empowerment.
About to Quit? Stop. Do This One Thing First.

About to Quit? Stop. Do This One Thing First.

Everyone needs encouragement. Many people mistake the word to mean the lifting of one’s spirits or to make people feel good about themselves. But the etymology, or history, of the word is “to make strong the heart” or “to put courage in the heart.” Courage is one of the most, if not the most, important ingredient to successful leadership. Courage…

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Self-Acceptance

Self-Acceptance

We’ve all been there. That place where you believe in someone or something, and thrust your total being into that space trying to make it work—only to realize that it won’t. You give it your all. You give it your best. You take risks. You even compromise a little or a lot of yourself in the process. And yet, rejection…

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Fight For Yourself

Fight For Yourself

Many of us wrestle on a daily basis with whom we really are against whom the world says we ought to be. Due to self-doubt, we become deaf to our inner voice echoing our unique greatness. We then misappropriate our value to a title, company, street address, degree, bank account, zip code or other entity that culture appoints as worthy.…

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Confronting Change Constructively

Confronting Change Constructively

The author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is a time, a season for everything: A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build…” Those words rang true thousands of years ago and still apply today.   Are there situations in your…

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NEW VIDEO | Freedom Part Two

NEW VIDEO | Freedom Part Two

Operating in a life of freedom, rather than cultural servitude, is a crucial step towards effectively owning all of life's opportunities. But, as it is said, you reap what you sow; therefore, freedom does not come without discipline. How do you define healthy freedom? How do you define discipline?

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NEW VIDEO | Freedom Part One

NEW VIDEO | Freedom Part One

I recently achieved a significant milestone in my life and it inspired me to speak on the topic of freedom. What is it? What does it look like? How does one achieve a free lifestyle? Operating in a life of freedom, rather than cultural servitude, is a crucial step towards effectively owning all of life's opportunities. I hope you enjoy…

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When You Feel Like Being a Superstar Isn’t Enough

When You Feel Like Being a Superstar Isn’t Enough

When I was 15 years old, I came home one day feeling on top of the world; it was the day of my quarterly report card.  In my hand was a document revealing straight A’s! I showed my mom, who seemed pleased.  Then, she took the report card and together, we walked into the living room to present my perfect…

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Growing Seeds – Step Three: The Blades

Growing Seeds – Step Three: The Blades

When a seed has been isolated, placed in the right environment and properly rooted, it’s just a matter of time before you wake up one day and see new life emerge from the soil. If you are a new, budding entrepreneur, you are like a seed. Likewise, when I decided to leave Corporate America to grow the “corporation” inside of…

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Growing Seeds – Step Two: Get Rooted

Growing Seeds – Step Two: Get Rooted

Only when a seed is in the right environment, enveloped by soil, warmth, light and moisture, can it begin to grow. Isolated and hidden in the dirt, the seed cracks open and unleashes its radicle—a stem connected to the embryo—which eventually forms the root system of the plant. The root system is the seedling’s support system and serves four basic…

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New Video: Meet Juliet (Part 3)

New Video: Meet Juliet (Part 3)

What is OWN YOUR OPPORTUNITIES™? Learn about the self-improvement platform and it's three primary pillars of self-discovery.

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New Video: Meet Juliet (Part 2)

New Video: Meet Juliet (Part 2)

The second installment of the "Meet Juliet" series is now live! What are the three most important things you look for in a potential employer?

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New Video: Meet Juliet (Part One)

New Video: Meet Juliet (Part One)

Who is Juliet Hall?! Get to know the founder of OWN YOUR OPPORTUNITIES™ in part one of our "Meet Juliet" video series!

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Growing Seeds – Step One: Isolation

Growing Seeds – Step One: Isolation

There is so much to learn from nature, particularly the nature of seeds. Seeds germinate in isolation, tucked and hidden into the ground, and develop in the right environment—fertile soil, water, and appropriate temperatures (sunlight). Through the process of photosynthesis, a seed grows and transforms into its intended creation, whether a vibrant red rosebush or a tall, formidable oak tree.…

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Stop Doing…Start Becoming

Stop Doing…Start Becoming

I remember being at a tennis match awaiting my turn to play when a former co-worker asked me what I was doing now for a living. “Juliet, I see you all over social media…your pictures are beautiful—but, what are you actually doing?” She was referring to the photos and posts I use to broadcast my mini-motivational messages. I flashed her…

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Do These 3 Things to Maximize Your Time in the New Year

Do These 3 Things to Maximize Your Time in the New Year

A new year is a blessing. The very word “new” implies that there is an “old” – a past which we can break away and bury, along with every unfruitful memory and habit attached with it. A new year affords us the chance to start over, write a new narrative, reset our thinking and breathe fresh air into our lives…

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Do You Dream of Being a Speaker?

Do You Dream of Being a Speaker?

Words are seeds, an expression of ideas, that can cultivate a life for the betterment – or detriment – of an individual, community, or nation. Great speakers have tremendous influence. Motivational speakers, teachers, politicians, pastors, and many media talent, all talk for a living. They affect one’s way of thinking through the effective communication of their ideas. Hopefully, they will…

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A Major Key to Building Self-Confidence

A Major Key to Building Self-Confidence

Why is it that, instead of believing in ourselves, we tend to put our trust in other people and in systems to think for us and to tell us who we are, why we exist, what we have capacity to do, and how much our lives are valued? Early in my career, I looked to other people to answer these…

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Support Is Sexy Podcast Interview

Support Is Sexy Podcast Interview

I enjoyed being interviewed on the Support Is Sexy Podcast for women entrepreneurs with Elayne Fluker. As a self-empowerment advisor and career coach, I spoke about the importance of Owning Your Opportunities and the value of Failing At Fitting In. I also talk about forgiving others and share how my strict upbringing mobilized and shaped my life. If you are interested…

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Fail at Fitting In

Fail at Fitting In

We all want to be great, but greatness doesn’t come through hard work alone. Neither does it come through one’s education, title, or even income. Greatness comes through owning who you are, owning the gifts you were born with, and serving your gifts to the world. As the famous quote in Shakespeare’s Hamlet goes, “To thine own self be true.”…

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Be Thankful When Your Boss Tells You “No”

Be Thankful When Your Boss Tells You “No”

Recently, I was talking to my girlfriend on a lunch break, and her usual perky voice fell flat as she told me the disappointing news that she did not get the job promotion she wanted. For over 10 years, she followed the playbook for her career path and built positive relationships along the way for the company she admired. Yet,…

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