Emme: How did you come to Feng Shui?
Julie Anna: I discovered Feng Shui because my sister, Clara, asked a friend of ours to buy her a book on the topic for her birthday in 1996. Had never heard about Feng Shui before that.
Emme: How did you get hooked?
Julie Anna: I ended up reading that book my sister got as a gift -- it was a bit "advanced” for me, but I understood the foundational concept that this works because everything around us and we ourselves are made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies. I "got it" that energy can influence energy. I bought myself a couple of other books (there were not many available at the time) and began implementing Feng Shui "cures" at home. Positive things began to happen for me and my sister with whom I shared the apartment -- she even got a new job after having met many roadblocks prior to that! These amateur successes led me to take my first training course with author/expert Nancy Santo Pietro in January of 1999 and I was so fascinated and saw more positive results with my first "homework project" clients that I was hooked for good! I ended up taking 5 certification training courses and completed them all by December of 2000.
Emme: Why do you feel Feng Shui is important to practice in our lives?
Julie Anna: Feng Shui is important knowledge for people to have in order to live more harmonious, successful lives. It helps them clear some of the energy blocks that prevent all the good things life has in store for them from coming to them more easily (and helps them sail through the tough times more quickly and with resilience). Feng Shui is like acupuncture for your living environment and we all deserve to live and work in places that support our best lives.
Emme: What can people do to find their passion?
Julie Anna: Cultivate your curiosity, follow the things that spark your interest and enthusiasm. If one of those interests turns out to be something you seem to be good at and that you enjoy, pursue it further and see how you can incorporate it more into your life. I never would have predicted that reading one book out of curiosity would have led me to developing a new area of expertise that allows me to help people in such a fulfilling way! When I was in my Feng Shui training courses, my classmates gave me the nickname "Happy Chi" because I was so happy learning and practicing Feng Shui. That's why my company is named "Happy Chi Solutions" and as my logo says, "Creating Harmony One Space At A Time" -- this is exactly what I do with Feng Shui and I love it!
Julie Anna Alvarez is a Feng Shui consultant and public speaker with a unique background that allows her to relate to the myriad concerns of both her residential and business clientèle. A graduate of the internationally acclaimed training program “The Accelerated Path™” founded and taught by Feng Shui expert and author Nancy SantoPietro, Julie Anna Alvarez was personally mentored by SantoPietro and was a Senior Associate of Nancy SantoPietro & Associates, prior to launching her own Feng Shui consultation and seminars enterprise, Happy Chi Solutions.
Julie Anna Alvarez