We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
This is a complex question for a number of reasons. First, I don’t believe in a work/life balance for several reasons. At any given time in life, you will be focused on a big dream, goal or idea. Any time that you are “all in” you will immediately go out of balance. It is important to remember that when you are focused on work, you will have a tendency to be out of balance in the rest of your life. However, when you are focused on family or living your life by design, be present in that moment. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by the phone or any sort of technology when you are with family or friends. It’s so easy to say to yourself, “I am just going to check one thing” and you get lost for minutes or even hours. The work will always be there. Time with family, friends, etc to make memories won’t always be an option. Time is our most valuable asset, and you do have control on how you spend it. Learn to prioritize. Learn to say no. Stop using the overwhelming To Do list. Think to yourself is this a “have to” or a “get to”. I love to be able to say yes to life opportunities. Work will always be there, and trust me, it can wait. We are human beings not human doings. When you slow down, you will be amazed at the sort of balance you will find.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I know that the biggest attribute that sets me apart is this fire within me to inspire people to live out loud. What do I mean by that? I was a police officer and SWAT member for 10 years, and I saw all too often how quickly life can change. Unfortunately, we hear about it in the news all the time. Time is not promised to anyone, and we all experience heartbreak and tragedy. When I left law enforcement, I knew I had a heart for serving people, and I worked in a number of careers until I found my calling. I love to speak in front of an audience to inspire in that moment what is possible. As an adventure and breakthrough coach, I support people in taking risks, to live in the moment, to go after their dreams and truly enjoy each moment. I am not a pollyanna, yet I know when a challenge or obstacle is set before us, it becomes a choice on how we decide to move forward. Do you rise to the occasion or curl up in defeat? I have been bullied, sexually assaulted, verbally abused, experienced the heartbreaking loss of both of my parents, watched my husband die and be resuscitated, and I still keep fighting to make a difference to those I meet. We all have a back story that does not define who we are. It is the courage to keep getting back out and facing life that makes me who I am today.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love to go on adventures within my own town. There are so many hidden gems to explore if you just say YES! I live in Fountain Hills which has awesome community events including the Art Festival, Ballet Under the Starts, Live Music events, or you can even just walk around the fountain park enjoying the new splash park, all the beautiful art and of course the fountain. Throughout the area, I have been to Top Golf, Octane Raceway, the Medieval Castle, the Desert Belle Cruise, Butterfly Wonderland, OdySea Aquarium, the Desert Botanical Gardens, the Japanese Gardens, hiking many amazing trails. You can people watch everywhere. I love to find places where you can set outside to watch the sunset, listen to live music, and have great food. One of the most unique restaurants is the Salt Cellar which is underground and has some of the freshest seafood in the desert. My favorite high end restaurant in the valley is Ocean 44 and one of the best places for sushi is right in Fountain Hills at Oka.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, I’d first like to give recognition to me, and that is not said to sound egotistical. I keep learning and growing, challenging myself to be the best version of me. Life can throw some pretty hard curveballs, and even though I get knocked down quite a bit, I keep on getting back up.
My parents, Mary and Joe, were a big influence on my life. they really showed me the importance of making a difference and giving back to your community. It’s why it’s a driving force within me.
I would not be where I am today without a HUGE tribe of amazing friends that have always shown up for me in a big way. They give me loving and effective feedback, support me in my darkest hours, celebrate the victories and cry with me when I am hurting. It pains me when I see people alone or without friends. If you are reading this, please know that there is always room for more in my circle of friendship and love.
Christy Arias Ines Piquet