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"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~ Anais Nin


“Life coaches are at the forefront of this movement we're experiencing towards greater inspiration, hope and Love. They bring everything they got -- wisdom, heart, intention, faith and soul to serve. They’re the witness, the nurturer, the spark, the healer, the truth-teller, the champion, the muse and the butt-kicker. And sometimes all of these in one 45 minute session! So beautifully human. So powerfully transformative. This is why I love working with coaches and being immersed in the wonderful art of coaching.”

As Founder of Essence Life Coaching, Julia Lau de Guzman stands passionately for YOU and your most authentic, vibrant and fulfilling life, one in which you are not only realizing your dreams but savoring the journey along the way. She calls you forth to be the artist of your life, intentionally creating exactly what you want – a life you love! She creates an open and safe space for you to clarify intentions, explore possibilities and clear obstacles to make “impossible” dreams a reality. Her coaching sessions are often described as inspiring, energetic and transformative. Life coaching fulfills Julia’s purpose – to help others become empowered in their lives, to see their own radiance and hear their own inner guidance. Julia is passionate about life coaching and supporting coaches-in-training as they develop their mastery and bring their gifts to the world.

In addition to her own practice, Julia has served as coach and trainer for various organizations over the years. She taught advanced coach training courses with Awakened Wisdom Experiences (AWE). She served as front-of-the-room trainer and coach for Springboard Forward, a non-profit organization empowering low-wage workers. She supports social justice organizers in her work as coach with The Windcall Institute, an organization that offers rejuvenating retreats for longtime non-profit leaders. And, she’s a master coach and trainer with Be Alive! Life Coaching.

Julia is a Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach (CPCC) with the Coaches Training Institute and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation with several advanced coach training certificates and over 8 years of coaching experience. She is also a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute’s renowned Co-Active Leadership Institute and has served on the Board of the International Coach Federation’s East Bay Coaches Chapter.

Before coaching, Julia taught voice, guitar and songwriting to support her artistry as a performing singer/songwriter. Her 7 year love affair with music is captured on her original acoustic alt/rock album In The Wildflowers And Weeds, and she still performs occasionally with her band. Prior to music, Julia spent 7 years as a non-profit leader and community organizer for workers and tenants in LA and SF Chinatown. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Communication in 1995.

Julia lives with her husband and two daughters in their sunny San Francisco Bay Area lake home. Her loves include trees, novels, massage, hiking, dancing and yoga. An artist at heart, Julia considers her life – in all its thriving, nourishing, abundant glory – to be her greatest creation.