Author & Reverend: Meet Julie Moret

Once or twice a month on Annapurna Living, we spotlight a creative entrepreneur who chooses to do business with integrity and soul. Today, please enjoy our conversation with Reverend Julie Moret.

Hello! Please introduce yourself. Who are you? What do you do? How does your heart manifest in the world?

I am an inspirational speaker and writer and am honored to travel all across the country providing fierce, humorous inspirational talks, workshops, and book signings for What’s Your What? How to Ignite Your Unique Brand of Inspiration. Traveling for work is a privilege. It takes me out of my own box, and affords me the opportunity to make new friends and join communities far and wide. I am so grateful to do what I feel I was built to do.

My work is important because____.

Life comes with challenges. It’s easy to get thrown off track and therefor imperative to develop a spiritual infrastructure to hold you up when life feels like its crumbling down. While my book, What’s Your What, focuses on specific, actionable tools and practices to clarify, activate, and disseminate your unique gifts, it is also a powerful resource manual for staying afloat and thriving, come what may.

What does soulful business mean to you? What motivates you?

The old success model is to become financially successful and then become a philanthropist. The new model is to have a ‘Give as you go’ philosophy built into your business structure. Truly soulful business people have giving as an aspect of their living.

What is the best piece of business advice you have received?

Shut up and listen. The most successful people in the world are the ones who take the time to listen to what others are saying. I have a great mentor for this, Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and director of Agape International Spiritual Center. He is one of those uber busy people—Oprah shows, movies (The Secret), meetings, speaking engagements, etcetera. I have never seen a more jam-packed daily schedule, and yet, each time I sit in a meeting with him, whether it’s just me or a team of people, I am amazed by the way he stops and listens fully. His next two appointments could already be waiting outside the door, but he takes the time to hear what is on the heart and mind of those around him. I believe that is a direct factor in his success. As I build my own company, I make sure to set my agenda aside, take a breath, and listen to the thoughts, feelings, and comments of each team member.

What is the best business advice you would give?

Get in the game. I spent a lot of time on the sidelines waiting and watching. Make a plan and take an action. It may not be perfect right out of the gate, but you will learn along your way. Even the eventual stumbles you will take will be more fulfilling and rewarding than the emptiness of benching yourself and wondering what could have been.

How do you stay connected to loved ones when deeply entrenched in work?

That’s a tough one for me and I’m not great at it. When I have a talk or a chapter coming through I am obsessed. Too often I’m sitting in the car with my family and I am completely oblivious to the fact that my lips are moving or tears are streaming down my face because I’m lost in a new story that’s just revealed itself. To keep family and friend time sacred, I practice time segmenting and strive to silence my phone when I’m out socially or after my child gets home from school. This forces me to shut work off and be more present.

What is your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur? How do you work with or around it?

My biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is staying on track and maintaining momentum. I have no boss. No one tells me to write my next article or book my next speaking event. I’m learning how to work with this challenge by building my support team. When you start a business you are everything—CEO, secretary, admin, coffee girl, errand boy, promoter, etcetera. As my business grows, I delegate more slices of it to experts so I can stay in my lane and handle the creative instead of spending hours trying to figure out a contract or creating marketing strategies for book sales. My other main challenge is self-imposed. I feel an internal pressure to be the 1950’s stereotype of a housewife and still be a business woman in the twenty-first century. I feel pressure to keep the house clean, provide nutritious home cooked meals, and wonderful playdates for my child while traveling cross country speaking and organizing book signings. I want to be more gentle with myself and ignore the ingrained assumptions of who I think I am supposed to be and what I think I am supposed to do as a mother and wife. (It is my pleasure to take care of my family, but there is another level of expectation that I put on myself that is not helpful or productive.) I work from home when I’m writing and there are days (weeks) when the house looks like a tornado hit it, but I don’t care. I have to fiercely protect my right to put my work first. If it means the sink stays full of dishes, so be it. I may be at home, but I’m working, and I have to honor that. If I don’t, no one else will.

When you feel burned out or uninspired, what lights your fire again? Please share a personal mantra, motto, or ritual for when you feel drained. How do you stay nourished and inspired as a soulful creative?

My home was recently destroyed in a flood. For three months we were in temporary housing. From the outside I looked normal, but inside I felt shattered. I didn’t want to speak to anyone and that’s a problem given that my job is speaking! Even though I did not feel up for being around people, I know the power of getting to the source of my spiritual good. For me, the place that most nourishes my soul is The Agape International Spiritual Center. The music soothes, heals, and nurtures me and hearing Michael Beckwith speak helps me remember who I am. The discipline of going there even when I didn’t feel like I could make it out the door, helped to rekindle my passion. Figuring out the source of your spiritual good, the place you are spiritually fed, and getting there is paramount. It can be the ocean, mountains, a spiritual center, listening to music, candle lit baths, even the fabulous new massager chair I got as a result of losing all my furniture in the flood!

If you could do something else as a vocation, what would it be?

I would become an omnipresent (present everywhere at all times) intensely powerful Kwan Yin/Kali type action figure halting all forms of human trafficking dead in its tracks!

When did you first realize you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

When I quit every job I ever started because I don’t like being told what to do. My soul needs solitude to create, and then a wide, unhindered platform to take flight.

Do you have a first memory from childhood that connects you to what you have created today?

When I was about eleven years old my city council decided to take the arts out of education. I wrote a letter to the editor of the big city newspaper arguing against that decision. The day the newspaper arrived and I saw my thoughts and convictions in print, I was washed with a sense that all was right in the world. My life made sense. Shortly after the article was published, I was asked to speak at a large city hearing—school board officials, politicians, citizens, media cameras, and boom mics everywhere, and then there was little me—shy and introverted as they come. I got up on the platform and spoke my guts out. It was like having a chiropractic adjustment-all the parts of me fell into alignment. In that moment, I knew I was being everything I came into this world to be.

What did you want to be when you were a little girl?

When I was a little girl, I had a recurrent dream that I was running and then suddenly my running turned to flying. For the longest time, I wanted to be a runner so I could get that runners high and for a millisecond take flight once again. To this day, that’s the exact feeling I go for when I’m on stage. I may speak for an hour, but it’s that split second, that one moment when everything merges- the message, my physical, spiritual, emotional self, and all those listening- it’s that moment of communion, that opportunity for all listening to experience massive activation and transformation, that’s when, for an instant, I’m flying again.

What did you know you did NOT want to be?

Anything that required a time card. 9-5, punching in and punching out. Any job that stifles creativity and is quagmired in bureaucracy.

Who supports you?

In the acknowledgement section of my book, What’s Your What, I thanked my teacher, Michael Bernard Beckwith. I thanked him “for seeing me, and doing something about it.” I have known many successful, accomplished people who ‘saw me,’ but it’s rare to find someone evolved enough and spacious enough to provide meaningful support. His teachings keep me inspired and his passion to do the work day in and day out for decades on end, keeps me motivated to stay my course and do so by maintaining a strong spiritual practice. My husband’s support for me is total. It is unselfish. I am awed by his ability to 100% support my fullest possible revelation in this lifetime even when it feels scary or threatening. Rev Michael and my husband are the biggest people I know. They both brilliantly model that there is more than enough and that we shine brightest when we honor the radiance of others.

What are your favorite entrepreneurial resources? Business mentors? Please share books, websites, and more.

The Trusted Advisor by David Maister, Charles Green and Robert Galford. The No-Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton. The Harvard Business Review SCORE.

Tell us a story or describe a time when something occurred in your business that made your heart leap and you KNEW you were doing the right thing.

After my home was destroyed by the flood, I felt pressure to keep posting on social media and keep marketing What’s Your What, but I felt wounded and just wanted to stay curled up in a ball. Weeks passed, I was turning down speaking opportunities and book signings. I was absent from all of my social media. I thought it was over for me, that all the momentum would dwindle away. Then one day I ventured back to my Facebook page and found a dozen unsolicited posts from people promoting my YouTube clips, past talks, and What’s Your What testimonials! One person shared that listening to a talk I gave over a year ago helped him recover from an addiction. That same day I received a beautiful card from a reader in New York City letting me know that What’s Your What changed his life. Included in his card was a check for $5,000! No matter how off track you think you get, your soul has a trajectory that will not be denied!

About Julie—

Julie Moret, author of What’s Your What? How to Ignite Your Unique Brand of Inspiration, is an accomplished inspirational speaker, TEDx presenter, and personal coach. She holds degrees in a wide range of healing modalities including psychology and Neuro‐Linguistic Programming. Julie’s work has been featured on the Lifetime television channel and she enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds, including Fortune 500 Executives, Academy Award Winners, and several New York Times Best Selling Authors. Julie, an Agape International Spiritual Center speaker, staff minister, and member of the Executive Leadership Board, was knighted by the Order of the Orthodox Knights of St. John Russian Grand Priory alongside Jack Canfield, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Michael Bernard Beckwith.

To connect with Julie, visit her website, Facebook, YouTube, and watch her TEDx presentation.