We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I believe taking risks is a necessary part of life. Of course there are varying levels of risk but everything we have and do in life are the results of the choices we’ve made and will continue to make whether big or small. My original major was biology in undergrad, which would eventually parlay into pre-med. However, I couldn’t shake my desire to pursue a more creative field. I had a strong inclination to move to NYC to pursue a career in fashion. I took a chance and changed my major to fashion and business during my late sophomore year and busted my rear off so I would still graduate ‘on time.’ After college I moved to the Big Apple and it was amazing! It really was all I dreamt of and totally lived it up in NYC for 10 years. After my decade stint, I moved back to Miami along with my corporate fashion job to work remotely and travel to NYC when required. At the time I thought this was a perfect set up. About a year passed and perhaps the change of life pace in Miami had me reflect on my purpose and what I really wanted. After a year too long of contemplation, thought out calculations and many self-doubting thoughts I wondered ‘omg can I really start all over?’ During this uncertain time, I took the most incredible life transformative course with The Landmark Forum. This resulted in a big epiphany within myself that the fear of failure holding me back was totally inauthentic and only made up in my mind. Realizing I can’t live my life fearing something that doesn’t even exist hit me hard. It woke me up. I finally took a chance and left the big fashion corporate world in NYC to pursue my long time brewing passion of becoming a practitioner in healing. In my late teens to adulthood I struggled with some health issues, which you can explore in my bio on JulesAcu.com. After many trial and errors with prescription meds and doctors telling me there was no other solution, I got fed up and decided to take matters into my own hands. I searched for natural alternatives, which led me back to my roots in Traditional Oriental Medicine. That’s when everything changed. Today, I’m healthier and happier than I have ever been in my life and the health issues I endured are a distant memory. I’m not just a practitioner, I continue to benefit tremendously with my own health, which cements my belief that I made the right decision in pursuing this field. Fashion and creativity is still very much a part of who I am but I realized how much more rewarding and fulfilling it is to be able to help and assist people in healing. Some risks are harder to make because we all have this fear-based thought of ‘what if we don’t make it.’ I can personally attest and can guarantee anyone who started anything worthwhile will say ‘It was the best risk they ever took.’
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My focus and specialty is in the total wellness of each individual, women’s health, fertility and beauty. I love connecting with each client and allowing them the safe space to share what they want to achieve with their health. This allows me to really hear each individual’s uniqueness and their story so that I can guide them through their healing journey. The deep sense of fulfillment in helping people heal emotionally, physically or helping a couple get pregnant or guiding them through pregnancy to meeting their acu-babies is quite rewarding, yet humbling. It’s just really amazing. In addition to my practice in medicine, what’s also different about me is that I also have a Florida state tattoo artist license. Yes, you read that right! I am certified as a microblading artist. I was itching to learn something new that also satisfy my creative and artistic side yet still help people in some small transformational way. That was when I learned about microblading. It was actually through one of my long time acupuncture client. I sat on the idea while gathering some info as my acupuncture practice became busy. Then, last year I finally went for it. I received training by the best in the industry, of course. It is so much fun and I love doing it. The most fun part is the process of creating the transformation on my clients face and the best part is the reaction on my clients face when they see themselves. One should never stop learning, love and have fun with what you do. Sure, starting any business might seem daunting but just start. One by one. Be coachable and take advice from someone who are successful. Focus on adding value to people’s lives. Take calculated risks and never let the fear of failure make you not try something bc if you don’t try that’s the ultimate failure. This is what creates passion, inspiration and success.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Miami offers quite the eclectic mix. It’s lively and energetic but very different from the energy of NYC, where I’ve lived for a decade. Things are a bit different now due to the pandemic but some of the spots I would take a friend visiting are in several different areas of Miami. We would start with the beach of course. Grab some fresh and best ceviche at My Ceviche, which is a tiny little hole in the wall on south of fifth and go to South pointe park or the beach on 1st is great during the day. Then, dine or grab a glass of wine or rosé outside at Smith and Wollensky’s at sunset and watch the cruise ships go by. Monty’s nearby is also a great casual spot to eat some seafood and grab a cold michelada. I’m not much of a club person but if my friend wanted a night out I would go to The Living Room at Faena and then a night cap at The Saxony bar downstairs. Casa Tua is also a fine place to dine and head upstairs to the private lounge. If there happens to be a great live show at the Fillmore I would definitely take my friend there as well. During the day walking around the design district shops and dine at Mandolin Aegean Bistro for lunch is a great afternoon. Wynwood is also a great spot to walk around and see all the art, of course. Pop into Zak the Baker for delicious pastries and grab a sandwich and then for dinner go to Kyu, which is one of my faves. For really good Japanese I would go to Omakai. In Coral Gables, I recently just dined at The Eating House, it is so delicious. You can basically order anything off the menu it will not disappoint. To really show Miami’s flare I would go to Calle Ocho aka 8th Street. Walk around bar hop and pop into a local restaurant for some good Cuban food. Then, I would pop into my friends bar Ball and Chain and stop into Los Altos. Each of these areas have such a different vibe. There’s so much more to explore like the keys, natural springs, but these are just some notable places in each of these areas I would take my friend to eat, drink and hang like a Miami local within a week visit.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to thank the Landmark Forum and Ms. Anne D’epagnier for introducing me to it. If it wasn’t for her and the transformative work that is taught at Landmark I would’ve never realized my purpose and most of all taken the risk to start over.
Other: Check out Jules Acupuncture on Google! https://g.page/julesacu?gm
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