about The Gentle Life
Coach, Consultant & Educator
“We are one body with each other & Earth. When we take care of Earth, we take care of each other. When we take care of each other, we take care of Earth.”
My name is Julie Brandon and I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I know myself to be a Christian. I do not completely identify with Christianity in the United States as I am not a proponent of capitalism and some of its influence on the churches. I believe God’s intent for human society to be a caring community where people contribute according to their means and ability and excess resources are responsibly shared for the good of all. Starting with the family and then community; people are loved, cared for, held accountable and taught to live in care of Earth and each other. I know there are a lot of people working very hard to bring and maintain this kind of love and community to our world and I am very grateful for that.
I do my best to involve myself with groups and activities related to caring for people and planet including some religious ministries. I realize I am a part of this system too and I continually question my relationship with it, my part in maintaining it and how much I am influenced by it. I strive to disconnect as much as possible from the forces of over-consumption, greed, immorality and wrongdoing. In contrast, I strive to connect with clean, simple, moral, joyful living.
I know there are and have been many deceiving forces and false teachers present on Earth and I do not believe anything should be blindly accepted without question especially religion and prayer to unseen forces. I also know that there are many spiritual entities that would define themselves as gods so I am very careful about who I pray to. I am not all believing in any religious or secular doctrine or text. I do not feel aligned with jealousy, meanness, revenge, corporal punishment, rituals, animal/human sacrifice and violence. I do not promote or practice symbolic, ritual consumption of human flesh and blood.
I do believe Jesus Christ came here to Earth to warn us and save us and has suffered greatly doing just that. To help lift this planet out of darkness and wrongdoing, He, his followers and the Saints have suffered by the forces of evil and darkness. My heart knows this to be true. He loves and cares about us dearly and truly. He wants for us to live our lives true to our good hearts, good minds and good nature and to be the caretakers of Earth we were meant to be; not destructive consumers. To do that in the face of the strong opposing forces present here on Earth right now is nothing short of a challenge. And, I believe there are many good spiritual and physical forces present to help us do just that; as that path requires personal change, healing, gentle strength and letting go of learned wrongdoing and destructive addictions.
So, living to further my walk on a path towards staying true to Jesus and my good heart, mind, soul and spirit; I have chosen to celebrate simple living, Earth stewardship and Life Coaching. As I take steps toward that goal, I hope to support, inspire, be inspired by and learn from other people doing the same.
I live in Corpus Christi, Texas and enjoy living near the Gulf of Mexico. Most of my work life has been spent in public service in Texas’ federally funded welfare system. During my career, I received training in the coaching model and developed my presentation and training skills. I received training and certifications in both Career Coaching and Life Coaching. I also studied the Quantum Shift model of coaching with Marcia Bench. My career in public service has afforded me opportunities to work with people and help them develop their talents and strengths. I have also gained experience coaching and leading people to accomplish their goals. This life experience, along with the training I received, has equipped me now to offer coaching and educational services to you. I also volunteer with two organizations at this time. I am a volunteer with Mustang Island State Park and I am also the Skip The Plastic Facilitator with the Surfrider Foundations’s Texas Coastal Bend Chapter.
I joyfully engage in this work with like minded believers who are taking steps towards planet stewardship and who are focused on our return journey closer to God’s original intent for our lives. It is my hope that if you are reading this, you feel the same and will join me and others like me to focus our efforts on that return home.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23