What is Coaching?

Coaching is a confidential, thought-provoking and creative process that can help you move forward to achieve your goals and close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

Coaching is extremely beneficial for anyone who is looking to discover their purpose, find greater fulfillment, live more true to oneself, achieve their goals, establish a personal vision or "roadmap", and feel more confident.

Coaching is not counseling or therapy. While counseling concentrates on healing from the past; coaching is forward focused. By asking powerful questions, a coach helps you to find your own answers, get clear, create plans of action, and supports you in quieting your self-doubt while bravely moving forward with personal or professional change.

For many, coaching is a life-changing experience. Life coaching may be a great next step for you if:

  • You want someone to hold you accountable and help bring out the best in you.
  • You want to get things done and make things happen, increase productivity and get organized.
  • You want to break free from underestimating yourself, move forward rather than hold back, get unstuck, drop self-limiting beliefs, or stop worrying too much about what other people think…
  • You want to gain awareness, clarity, purpose and vision for your work or other areas of your life.
  • You have life decisions to make & want to release confusion and overwhelm.
  • You want to feel inspired, strong and motivated.
  • You want to believe in yourself, regain your "spark" and live authentically.
  • You want to implement greater self-care and greater self-love. You want work-life balance and stress relief.
  • You wish to find or express your creativity, feel more whole, manifest your dream or passion.

What is HIP Living?

HIP Living, LLC is a life coaching company founded by Julie Niall. HIP Living is also an acronym for Heartfelt, Inspired, Passionate Living. HIP Living was created to support and inspire people to move forward courageously to live their best lives, while being a force for good in the world!

Julie is a certified Personal and Executive Coach, trained through the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute.

At HIP Living we believe coaching is an Art. It is a co-creative process that always honors the client's strengths, values and callings. We believe coaching can inspire you to shine and thrive, bring your gifts to the world, and love your life. In our sessions, I will hold you accountable to take action to reach your goals and enhance your well-being. Together, let's work through where you are stuck, afraid, or holding back, and get you excited about creating a life you love!

When and where?

Presently, each individual coaching session occurs via Zoom meetings and/or telephone. Sessions are 25 or 50 minutes and will be scheduled by email.


To find out about my current coaching rates and promotions, and to have a trial coaching experience, I offer a complimentary 30 minute session at no charge. Please contact me if you have questions and to set up a free session.


I am grateful to have discovered Julie's life coaching services at a pivotal time in my life. I appreciate her vast ability to listen, ask helpful questions, lead meditations, and help me commit to certain homework activities that she and I created together for the betterment of my career and life. I would recommend Julie's services to anyone looking to take their life and/or career to the next level.

Julie helped me immensely by asking thought provoking and guiding questions to help find my passions and motivations for my future. Through this process she supported me in my goals and helped create a step by step plan to achieve them in a way that was inspiring and attainable. Julie showed great care in every aspect of the process and provided positive strategies to help me in my college application process and choosing a career path. I am so grateful to have been able to work with Julie and have learned so many great strategies that I will use in my future.

Responses to Workshops:

Good job like always, you're gifted.  Wonderful reminders on living life.   - K. Phillips

Another wonderful workshop with Julie!  Loved it so much!  - N. Riepert

Julie's Shine workshop was meaningful and thought-provoking.  I was inspired to make several positive changes that I know will enhance my peace of mind and bring overall positivity and happiness into my life.  Thanks again, Julie!  You inspire me in so many ways.

Julie is a wonderful, thoughtful coach. She asks questions that make you reflect in a way that provokes action.  Her warm personality makes you feel automatically at ease when connecting with her.  She is a coaches coach!!!  I love working and being coached by Julie.  She is a gem.

Julie creates a powerful container for work that shifts and moves what's stuck. She helped me to identify my next step and held me accountable in a loving and respectful way. I felt safe, seen, heard, and loved while working with Julie. She's an authentic and wise guide.

On my journey to discovering a career path and some steps I want to take in the future, Julie was invaluable to me. Her action steps and deliverables allowed for clarity in each session and between sessions, as well as hard takeaways from each of our sessions together. She helped me learn more about myself and what's important to me, and her kindness and thoughtfulness are something that I appreciate so much about her. She is honest, organized, timely, and amazing about getting back. Additionally, whenever Julie had a thought for me in between sessions, an idea, or a networking opportunity, she always shared. I 11/10 recommend working with Julie to find your truth and figure out what path/next steps might be best for you.

Working with Julie at HIP Living is like sitting down with your own private mentor, cheerleader, and inspirational coach all in one, in the comfort of you own home. Julie radiates calm, wisdom, creativity and passion.  She knows exactly what questions to ask in order to give you the tools, and thought process, to move forward in creating and achieving your goals and dreams. Julie helped me to think through, and map out, changes I could make in order to get the “spark“ back in my life.  Thank you Julie for helping me see my way forward with greater joy.

Testimonial for Julie's Meditation Guidance:

I am incredibly grateful that I found Brave Meditation and Julie Niall. Although I’ve meditated on my own off and on through the years, I was generally unsuccessful, both in sticking with a practice, and also with experiencing even glimpses of peace along the way. That’s all changed now that I’m with Brave Meditation. After meditating with Julie each week for several months, I can unequivocally say that choosing Julie as my guide is one of the very best things I’ve ever done for my well-being. Truly, the sessions feel like coming home. 


I found Julie during one of the most difficult chapters of my life, shortly after my husband received a dire health diagnosis and when therapy alone wasn’t enough to alleviate my extreme anxiety. Sitting with Julie feels like a complete nervous system reset for me. I’m able to be in the moment, which may sound simple enough, but which proved impossible for me when I tried and tried on my own. 

Julie is amazing. She is gentle and wise and compassionate, and she guides her students not only with clear, inspiring, thoughtful instruction, but also with the shining example that she herself is, an example of kindness, humility, and generosity of spirit. Furthermore, she always invites her students to open up to themselves, to trust their own inner wisdom and follow their own soul’s compass. So there’s never any rigidity or prescription or heavy-handedness within these beautiful sessions. Each session is different from the ones that came before in some way, and yet each feels like a lovely homecoming for me. I have come to look forward to them more than I can say. They have offered me hope and comfort during an exceptionally challenging time in my life. They help me nurture myself so that I can more effectively nurture the people I love. 

And the benefits of working with Julie extend long beyond the meetings themselves—more and more I find myself going back to a mindfulness exercise or a suggestion by Julie and using them to self-regulate when life away from the cushion gets overwhelming. It’s like this practice is opening new space within me, or that it’s shining a light on a space that was there but that fear blocked from my awareness. 

I’ve learned so much from Julie by attending the Brave Meditation sessions with an open heart and an open mind: not just about meditating and the power of the present moment, but also, about myself, about my inner strength and my ability for self-compassion and curiosity. And best of all, I look forward to this journey of discovery continuing. Thank you so much, Julie!

I serendipitously met Julie during a very big transitional time of my life and it was a true gift. Julie helped me assess my interests, passions, and wellness needs to create a life and career plan that was fulfilling and tangible. Through her thoughtful questioning and eye-opening exercises, she helped me assess my strengths and rethink my weaknesses to manifest goals in various facets of my life. I've always been a little fearful of interviews, but Julie helped silence my weaknesses and channel my strengths. She embraced and honored my vulnerability, which made sessions very rewarding. Most importantly, she helped me create a passion plan with a reasonable timeline that made my long-term goals more actionable. Every step of the way, she reminded me that the baby steps lead to big strides. Julie is a wise, compassionate, and calming coach that has helped me realize my potential. She will do you wonders!

I had the opportunity and privilege to work in partnership with Julie recently. Her gentle, empathetic approach to coaching, combined with her expertise and wisdom; provided just the right balance for me to work through some current issues. She is clearly client-focused and you get the feeling she is going to 'walk the walk with you'. She helped me to see these issues of concern as small, manageable tasks that I could take on. She kept me on track and accountable. I would highly recommend Julie as a life coach if you are looking to make any changes in your life, big or small.

Julie is great at celebrating life in big and small ways, which is something that I admire about her.  As a coach, she draws attention to all my wins, especially when I barely noticed them.  Drawing attention to little victories has built up my confidence. Over the past year, Julie has come to really understand who I am and the ways I am trying to move forward.  She's helped me explore my options and motivations. I can't count how many sessions ended with a new awareness, and a feeling of gratitude that our work together produced.  She has a powerful way of being clear and concise all while exuding a loving heart for her work and her clients.  It's so comfortable to work with Julie because of her open heart and spirit.  I would recommend working with Julie to anyone, without hesitation.

Julie has been such a positive and helpful addition to my life. Her calm demeaner and cheerful spirit is the energy I need when going through the ups and downs in life. I recommend her 100% to anyone who is looking for support with all aspects in the roller coaster of life. She is an amazing listener and remembers important details of past conversations we have had, which brings me comfort in knowing she cares and is there for me.

Julie has been very supportive and instrumental in helping me truly look at and unearth where I am at in my career and which direction I wanted to take.  Assisting me in solidifying what I am looking for at this time of my life and how to become more comfortable and grounded in making those decisions.  Julie provided the tools I needed to clarify for myself why I wanted to make a change and then to also feel confident I was making a change for the right reasons.  Julie, thank you so much!  I truly appreciate your wisdom.

What a pure joy it was to work with Julie. Julie created a warm and inviting place for me to explore the many questions I had about making life changes. She is an excellent listener and has the gift of reflecting back to you what she has heard in a transformative way. Her kindness and supportive encouragement help you tackle anything. She gives you ample time to think, ponder and share and she holds your hand if you want or lets you soar free on your own all the while keeping you in sight. She is wonderful to work with in every way and I highly recommend her if you need to move to the next phase of your life. A life coach is what will inspire but better yet a deep friendship just may come about when working with Julie.

You are so inspiring and nurturing!  I've always loved your ability to bring the best out of people!  You are very gifted at coaching.  You are sooo good at really listening and processing what I say.  You have just the right words to guide, support and encourage me!  When we finish I feel focused, hope-filled and energized! Sessions with you I consider a vital part of my life. Thank you beyond!!!

My coaching sessions with Julie have been valuable and transformative. She worked with me to evaluate and correct some situations in my personal life where I was struggling to find direction. By asking meaningful and heart-felt questions, Julie helped me to make positive changes to some patterns and habits that were holding me back. Julie is a natural at life coaching and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is struggling with life issues or feeling "stuck."

I had the fortunate opportunity to be coached by Julie Niall this year. At that time I had found myself at a crossroad, uncertain as to the direction to follow, and had been stuck for quite a while with an internal debate over this issue. The coaching that I received from Julie helped me to unlock what I truly wanted, but until that point, had been afraid to admit to myself. The coaching also enabled me to actively pursue that which I truly desired.

Earlier in my life I was in therapy due to a stressful event. So when I was being coached by Julie, I couldn't help but compare her with the two different therapists from my past. I have to say that Julie was as good or perhaps better. From the start, I felt a sincere rapport, a strong level of trust and comfort in sharing my issue. Julie's questions to me were spot on in helping me to clearly see what before had been muddled. Throughout our time together I never doubted her compassion and her genuine desire to assist me in figuring out my quandary. Her calm assurance and accepting nature made me feel safe to discuss what I hadn't shared with anyone before.

Being coached by Julie was a huge gift.

I started working with Julie on some habits which came up for me during the COVID quarantine. I had a list! We took them on one by one. Julie is such a pleasure to do work with. She’s curious, genuine, and offers compassionate support. I felt I made progress right from the first session. Julie was artful in how she used her perception and knowledge to help us create my goals. The way she works helped me find little parts of myself that I’d overlooked. Sometimes the usual no’s are so loud that it’s hard to hear a quiet yes in your body. What I've learned about myself with Julie has stuck with me.

As my life coach, Julie was able to help me to quickly make some simple changes that have greatly impacted my life in multiple ways. She starts each session asking what your goals are  and focuses on them throughout the session, and she asks the right questions to help guide you in the direction of what you are wanting to accomplish. At the end of each session, together you  devise an action plan to work on for the next week. Julie will hold you accountable to your goals, but she is also realistic that change takes time, and sometimes we need to take small steps to work towards our goals. She is always very positive and supportive. It is without reservation that I would highly recommend Julie as a life coach. It will be life changing!

Julie is clear, kind, steady and optimistic that I can take charge of my life and goals. With her coaching support, I’m more focused on taking thoughtful and effective steps toward my book-selling and music-teaching pursuits. Thank you Julie for your confidence and organizational ideas that light the path forward for me!

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