"Speaking your individual story will reach a different audience that resonates with you"

Updated: Mar 14

...and that's what we need. I caught up with Julie on her experience of women supporting women in business, juggling 2 businesses and her hopes for the collective in 2022. Enjoy babe!


Tell me about yourself, give me your bio babe!


I am a psychic astrologist and energy mentor working to help women find clarity, purpose and connection to the universe. Offering tarot, courses and mentoring programmes to allow women to understand the language of the universe and benefit from it. I also founded virtually covered to bridge the gap between spirituality and business for wellness coaches offering content creation, virtual assistance and business assistance with energy at the core.


How long have you been in business and what was the catalyst for you to start your own business?


I have been in business for myself since 2016 where I started out as an energy healer for animals and created a line of animal holistic healing crystal products. I’d been connected and working with spirituality for myself for many years and hadn’t ever felt the push to go public until I began working with animals in 2012 and they opened up my heart to see they needed help to connect too. This soon led me to showcasing products at the largest Mind Body Spirit in the UK where it became clear to me that I needed to heal the owners too and the business evolved naturally from there.


Who do you help and how do you help them?


I help people who feel disconnected, detached and a little bit lost. They're lacking clarity, direction and connection. So I help them find that and allow them to trust themselves and their connection. With Virtually Covered I'm helping coaches within the wellness industry really benefit from the tools and systems that I have from my years of experience in the wellness world, but also to benefit from the universe and the energy of the universe in their business to really propel their business forward.


What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced whilst owning your own business?


Not knowing where to put my energy has been the biggest challenge. As small business owners we wear all the caps, fill all the roles. I'm filled with big ideas and I’m historically a workaholic so, you know, I'm ready to do the work! But where do we put that effort? I've always known that putting in that effort in the right areas will really propel your business forward. But for a long time, I just really didn't have the knowledge or the skill set. A lot of people who qualify as energy healers or tarot readers then have the tools for what they’re doing but not the business or marketing tools, that is a big part of why I started Virtually Covered to be able to give them those business tools.


What’s your experience been like in terms of support from other women in business?


I've had to navigate both ends of the spectrum, if I'm honest. There have been women in the past who have perhaps felt threatened, I would say, by my vast knowledge of connecting through spirituality, or by my personality and the fact that I can come into this business and be 100% myself. Whereas a lot of people do feel they need to fit into a stereotype yet I've really pushed against that. I get to do this really just being completely true to who I am, which has ruffled some feathers. However, on the other end of the spectrum, because I'm being authentic, and because I'm being myself, there are so many women out there who have been supportive and helpful in groups and collectives for business women and that has been amazing.


What would you like to see more off from the collective women in business this year?


More individual voices, more people speaking their story, their truth, because there's a lot of people in the industry or any industry really who have something to say, but they're sort of all collectively saying the same thing. So I would love to hear more individual voices, more individual stories, to be able to get the message out to a bigger audience. If we're all saying the same thing in the same direction. We're only capturing that side of the audience and the beautiful thing with working with energy and spirituality is that we want to reach as many people as possible so that they can be in tune with the universe as well. Speaking your individual story will reach a different audience that resonates with your individual story. And that's what we need.


How could another business owner collaborate with you in 2022 + what are your top 3 topics for discussions?


I love jumping on podcasts to chat. And I'm also launching my own this year so will need people on that too. I also love to write and would love to collaborate on blog posts too.

Top three topics for discussions would be intuition, learning the language of & connecting to the universe and benefiting from spirituality in your business.


Where can readers go to find out more about you and your business?


You can find me at either

www.soul-focus.co.uk

www.virtuallycovered.co.uk

I’m most active on instagram which is @juliechandler__ and @virtuallycovereduk



Who inspires you and why?


I would say that I've grown up watching my mom have the strongest work ethic, she would work full time and study and then look after me and my brother as well. Of course, there's a support system involved. But seeing that work ethic, I think is where I get mine from, which is basically what's got me here today. That really inspires me and the fact that she's now about to have her 70th birthday and is currently completing an English Literature degree with the Open University is also beautifully inspiring.

I think that has led me to be more focused on my writing, which has got me out there to bigger audiences, which allowed me to trust and believe in my creative side as well. So that has definitely really inspired me.

There are multiple women in the business world that also inspire me but one I will mention is Jaz Broughton. She's coached me through multiple things through what would be probably the most trying time, career wise for me, from 2020 to 2021 and really helped me navigate the process of stepping into the career journey I wanted.

She really helped me navigate it and really helped me be okay with the fact that I might chop and change, or that I needed to try certain things to realise that they weren't for me. So she has definitely been an inspiration. Seeing her being able to juggle her community, her coaching work, talks and all of that amazing stuff that she does outside of her full time jobs as well.


And finally Julie, what is your favourite quote?


I actually have 2 and they’re book titles

Feel the fear and do it anyway & Fuck It.

They are quotes I live by in personal and business life and I'm not ashamed of it.



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