Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Chang.
Hi Julia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Seven years ago, after the birth of my first child, I found myself feeling sluggish, tired, uninspired. I struggled to find my place between various roles. I felt a mountain of emotions and overall felt unhappy. Being uncomfortable in my heavier body screamed at me the most each day, so I decided to focus on that. There’s a ton of information online and I had information overwhelm. I took a leap of faith and went all-in with a fitness regimen and nutrition plan. At the same time, I started reading personal development books. I started to lose weight, gain energy, and I was learning so much through books. I quickly decided to turn this into a business. I started helping other women feel their best as I worked alongside them. Through a client, I reconnected with God.
The more I made God a priority, the more blessings I’ve received. I was offered my own online column in Harford County Living called Positive Living with Julia Chang. I was recently featured in STRONG Fitness Magazine in the Women to Watch section. I’ve been interviewed on podcasts and have more upcoming interviews. I am Mrs. Harford County 2021 and will be competing for Mrs. Maryland this fall. I’m in a good place where I can give the best parts of me to my family and community.
I feel extremely blessed to be where I am today. It hasn’t always been an easy road and there have been times of great darkness. Even one year ago, I wasn’t in a place to do all I’m doing now. God is good!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It most definitely has not been a smooth road. There were many bumps, stops, turns, storms, unmarked roads, and dark paths. I am blessed to have birthed two more children. There was a miscarriage in between. My body went through a lot being pregnant, delivering, recovering, and repeating the process a few more times. It was a season of birth. With birth comes many changes and adjustments.
Though I focused on my health every day, I put my biggest needs and wants on the back burner. I put others’ needs before mine far too often. That took a toll on various relationships. The worst version of myself started to leak and I can only describe it as darkness slowly overcoming my heart, mind and body. It was one of the scariest experiences. In that darkness, there was a spec of light and hope. It was God. I focused on that light and held on for dear life. God pulled me out of darkness and has blessed me in ways I could never have dreamed of.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a health and fitness motivator. What does that mean exactly? I help women generate willpower for weight loss. I teach women how to find their why, bust through limiting beliefs, set goals that set them up for success and target their fears to live boldly and confidently. I’m a mindset coach; a cheerleader; a friend.
I’m most proud of being authentic on my journey, no matter the season I’m in. Whether I’m in a season of change, maintenance or leveling up, I do my best to keep it real with my clients and on social media.
I’m different from any coach out there because rather than tell you what workouts to do or what to eat (though I share a lot of that with my clients), I dive heavily into mindset. I also do it in a way that’s fun, engaging, relevant, interesting and leaves a lasting impression. I include my Taekwondo experience (I’m a 4th degree black belt- Master Julia) into many of my teachings.
The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Taking a deep breath before answering this one. I was faced with hard truths last year. I had two choices: die on the hill or pivot. I chose to pivot. I’m a passionista, which means when I’m passionate about something, I don’t let go. I will try a million different approaches to make something work. Letting go is one of my weaknesses – it’s difficult for me to do. When I do let go, I know I gave it my absolute all. Zero regrets.
Change is hard. The world learned that last year. And then, something beautiful happens. We learn to adjust and adapt. We learn we are resilient.
Such was my journey. Change was hard. I adjusted. Adapted. I am resilient. I am strong.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/juliachanghappy
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happysneakersfitness/
- Other: https://harfordcountyliving.com/category/positive-living-with-julia-chang/
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