We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Burke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
A favorite quote of mine comes from Tina Fey–it’s “say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards”. This nugget of wisdom is a reminder, to me, that I don’t always have to have the answers to decisions I’m making and it gives me permission to just be and trust the process…whatever the process might be at any given moment. Saying yes sometimes means making mistakes (and learning along the way if/when that happens) and sometimes it means learning something new about yourself and finding new & exciting opportunities & experiences. Saying yes for me can be something small like wearing a dark lipstick (that I wouldn’t normally wear) and it can be something big like opening a business during a pandemic–which I did, and I can know say I’m a successful small business owner for almost 1.5 years now.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the owner + therapist at Violet Crown Therapy–a psychotherapy practice that supports people with finding connection & authenticity in their lives–in whatever way they’re needing/whatever that looks like to them. Prior to opening VCT, I worked at a group practice in the Austin area for 4.5 years, leaving this practice was equally 100% what I needed to do and also a difficult decision for me to make–I often am a creature of habit & want to keep things as they are, and it was something I knew I needed to do for myself, both personally & professionally. I have worked with clients as young as 8 and as old as mid 80s and support people with cultivating authentic, empowered relationships (both with themselves & with others in their lives). Being a therapist is honestly one of the weirdest and most amazing jobs I’ve ever had. To create the connection(s) I have with the people I get to work with and celebrate their successes and be witness to their biggest vulnerabilities is truly one of the most amazing feelings…it’s arguably indescribable.
The hardest challenge for me, honestly, was overcoming imposter syndrome. “Can I be a successful business owner?” “Am I even a good therapist?” “Will people want to come see me?” These questions (and about a billion others that are similar) are questions that flooded my brain when I started to even consider opening a practice. I’m eternally grateful for people who snapped me out of that way of thinking (quick shout-out to my therapist–what a gem, former supervisor(s), friends, colleagues, etc.) who found ways to validate my emotional experience WHILE challenging those thoughts to help me realize that I’m a badass who was (and obviously is) capable of this venture. I’m also not 100% imposter syndrome free…let’s be real. BUT it hits in different ways now and I know how to listen to it to figure out what I’m needing so I can let it go.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week long trip in Austin? This sounds perfect. I don’t know have a set itinerary for each day, however, these are the places we would absolutely have to go:
-Radio Coffee & Beer
-Black Swan Yoga
-Amy’s Ice Cream
-Vista Brewing OR Jester King Brewery (or both) 🙂
-Maybe Stubbs or Mohawk or Moody Theater for live music (depending on who’s playing)
-East Austin Succulents
Needless to say…we’d have lots of place with beautiful views, drinks, and friendly faces.
I love the versatility of things to do in Austin, for sure.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So. Many. People. come to mind for this! A BIG source of inspiration comes from my favorite author (and probably favorite human…even thought we’ve never met)–which is Cheryl Strayed. I have the last line of her book, Wild, tattooed on my arm–“how wild it was to let it be”. Similar to the Tina Fey quote, Cheryl Strayed’s story (and that quote!) give me permission to just be and take chances & see where things take me…which can be a wildly vulnerable (and wonderful) experience. In my personal life…I am surrounded by such amazing friends (who are also incredible entrepreneurs)–but Ryan Dillon of Open Book Branding, Katy Manganella of Austin City Counseling, Lindsay Camp of Austin Teen Therapy, Amanda Robinson…these are amazing clinicians/business owners/badass entrepreneurs that I’m grateful to have in my life to support me AND to learn from AND to just be with and celebrate life and all that comes with it. Two of my best friends, Katherine Beran & Shayne Burke, also are incredible supports & wonderful people (in general) who have helped me in more ways than they know. Also…I don’t know who said this about me, but once upon a time, I got a voicemail from a prospective client who said she was referred to me by someone who referred to me as a “tattooed Disney princess”. While this is a compliment that I don’t know where it came from…this is one that has stuck with me & has given me permission to be authentically me, always, and I am very appreciative of you–whomever you may be.
Writing this out makes me realize how TRULY grateful I am to be surrounded by such incredible humans.