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Featured Coach | Julie Colwell Ph.D.


Julie Answers Top Questions

What vision do you have for your life and your coaching practice?

My life purpose is to be a friendly elevator operator, accompanying people up and down the levels of consciousness, as they gain the skills to operate their own internal elevator.

What are the top three things you love about coaching?

  1. Coaching is one of my favorite ways to play—I get to improvise and create right in the moment with people.
  2. I love being in the state of loving presence. When I’m coaching someone, it’s a great reminder to be in that state.
  3. I love hanging out and talking about life issues with people.

Before I started coaching I …

I did talk therapy, where I sat and they sat and we talked a lot. Some of that was ok; now I think that a lot of what I did helped people stay stuck.

What makes you laugh?

I can laugh hysterically when I’m improv-ing with someone (or with the puppets I use to illustrate points sometimes). I also laugh when I’m laying in bed with my partner and we sing bad ‘70s songs at the top of our lungs (“Someone left the cake out in the rain…”)

The legacy I want to leave behind is …

…a world that has moved out of a power over/under framework, into a co-creative paradigm, where people can be who they really are, in the full power of their authenticity.

Who are your top three people you would want to coach and why?

Rosie O’Donnell and her partner—why are they ending their relationship?? Maybe they could work through whatever is going on, and show gay and lesbian folks a model of how to do that.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi: Because that would be a blast.

Barack and Michelle Obama. Great relationship, powerful people, and what a hoot to know what goes on between them!

What were the greatest benefits you received from studying at the Hendricks Institute?

Every moment is different. I feel alive and exhilarated much of the time, and if I don’t, I have clear steps to change that. My relationships are vibrant; I make great agreements; and I get to teach this material much of the time to people who also make huge shifts.

The movie that inspired me most was _______. Why?

Harold and Maude. Because Maude knew how to LIVE!

The Book?

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. It made how the Holocaust happened understandable.

What brings you the most joy in your day to day life?

Being with my family (Kathy, our two dogs and kitty). Sitting in the sun drinking a great coffee drink. Riding my bike around Boulder. Playing with my playmates at the Boulder Center for Conscious Living. Walking slowly or fast and noticing all of my body. Dancing.

Top 10 things I couldn’t live without?

  1. My partner Kathy.
  2. Play.
  3. My Bike.
  4. Music.
  5. Sunshine.
  6. People to play with.
  7. Fulfilling work.
  8. Gadgets (especially my IPhone).
  9. Coffee drinks in the afternoon.
  10. The ocean and beach.

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