Life Coach, Challenger of Badasses
Julia Lynton-Boelte’s coaching inspires clients to discover and reveal their dreams, and to shape their work around their values. She has studied a wide range of topics and works with students, entrepreneurs, software engineers, artists, plumbers, teachers, authors, and people who refuse to be categorized.
Julia has taken an indirect path through life, and by doing so she has learned the continual possibility of reinvention, the rewards of challenging the status quo, and the value of asking for help.
My personal practice is…….
Every morning before I get up, I stay in bed for a few minutes, until I am fully awake, my eyes are open, and I’m ready to face the day. Sometimes, though not often, I’m awake right away. More often, fully waking up requires ten deep breaths, or trying to remember my dream, or figuring out what day it is and focusing on what’s coming that day.
How did you discover your practice?
I used to wake up begrudgingly and start my morning in a funk. I would drag myself out of bed, groggily shower and eat, and bring my tired attitude with me for much of the day. I tried an experiment: for 30 days, take ten deep breaths before getting out of bed. It was incredible how much better I felt, being awake before my day started, rather than trying to wake up while the day was already happening. My current practice evolved from there.
Why do you practice?
Once I discovered the simple power of being awake in the morning, and I started to realize how much my attitude and feelings each day are my choice, there was really no way to do it otherwise.
How frequently and for how long do you practice?
The beauty of this practice is that it can happen every day and doesn’t require a specific setting or any equipment…just me, sleeping and then waking up. Sometimes it takes a minute; sometimes it takes an hour. I just do it till I’m done.
What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how to you move through it?
When I fly to a new time zone, or when I have to wake up early for any reason, it’s much harder to continue with my daily wake-up routine. But,
What supports you in staying committed to your practice?
I’m self-employed and work from home, which makes it much easier to wake up on my own schedule. And I go to bed at the same time each night, a practice that was unthinkable in my 20’s but now seems like the best, most necessary part of my day.
What role does your practice play in your work?
It really makes a difference in my ability to be a good coach—
It’s also something I do with my clients—after each session, we co-create a practice for them to take on for a week. When we’re in the co-creating process, I try to remember that
Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.
Kyle Boelte is an author and a highly disciplined person, whose daily practices started when he was in high school. Many of us create practices but can’t find time to do them, or we allow other factors to get in the way. Early on, Kyle discovered what was valuable to him, and he modified his life around those values, rather than the other way around.
A practice I’d like to explore is….
I’m currently designing practices around increasing gratitude and generosity in my life, starting with the act of donating money to causes I believe in.
Anything else you’d like to share about practice.
To me, a practice is valuable when it addresses a need I have. The more I tailor my practice to what I’m doing, how I’m living, what I’m trying to learn, the more I love it and stick with it. When I take on a new practice, I always do it as an experiment, to see what I’ll learn from it. If it doesn’t serve me, or if sticking with the practice means my life isn’t better for it, I let it go and try something new.
Check out more on Julia and her coaching work here.