It could be tempting to dislike the subject of today's Trailblazer profile. Julia Coney has found a way to make a living doing what most of us consider playing: traveling, beautifying, eating, and drinking. But to dismiss the curator of All About the Pretty without getting to know her would be a disservice to you both!
Julia's website, which she refers to as "A Southern Girl's Guide to All Things Beautimous," is full of tips on everything from the newest beauty products to where to dine in Napa, to how to pack everything you need for that long-awaited getaway in one carry-on bag. I adore Julia and I know you will too. To learn how she makes it all happen, read on...
How did you know it was time to make a change?
I knew it was time to change when my oldest brother passed away and I was sinking. I was going to church, but I needed something more. It made me realize that I liked my life, but I wasn't necessarily happy with it. I discovered yoga because of my depression and through yoga re-discovered my love of writing.
What gave you the confidence you needed to move forward?
My family. I have a great support system and they encouraged me all the way. I was concerned about merging my love of yoga and my Christian upbringing. But, yoga has enhanced my spirituality.
Who/what inspires you today?
My mother inspires me on a daily basis. She is a great motivator and encourager. When I'm having a rough day she prays for me and talks to me. My husband is a great sounding board but in a different way. If I feel I need a creativity spark I get outside. I take long walks or sit on my patio, listen to music and/or read. It helps to step away from work.
What are you dreaming about now?
I'm dreaming about moving to California or back home to Texas. I really miss my family and the winters don't help. I know I need to live closer to water in the next few years and I am trying to make it happen.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
If they aren't talking about you, you are doing something wrong. My parents used to tell me that all that time growing up. I didn't really get it until my 20s.
What do you know now that you wish you would have known when you started?
Do we have time? Haha! I wish I had known how social media was going to become part of my everyday life. It took me awhile to realize that sometimes I have to step away from all the gadgets and just do nothing. I also wish someone had told me that running a business was a different kind of marriage and a test in fortitude and patience. I love what I do. It's not for everyone.
What encouragement can you offer someone who wants to make a change but is apprehensive?
I could say "just go for it," but I will say plan, plan, plan. If you want to take a leap, do it, but plan. I like an orderly life which means I have to make sacrifices in other areas. I give up luxuries to have a housekeeper. To me it's worth it. Think about what small change you can make in order to pursue your dream. I wasn't really prepared for the sacrifices that come with being a solopreneur and I wish someone had told me that you can have it all. Just not at the same time.