Julie Hoy – Featured Woman
When the clouds finally cleared, after all the liability paperwork was filled out, three hours of waiting and some shared snacks, my husband Roger and I were cleared to jump. While jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet got me a little closer to Heaven, the fact that I was pretty near certain I would die that day brought me even closer to God. Her blog tells the rest of the story… 3 Kinds of Faith.
You can find Julie most days hoping across the globe to share her beautiful songs and inspiration. I’ve loved traveling vicariously with her when she sings for churches and gatherings for anyone who asks.
Julie Hoy is a songwriter, singer/musician, author, storyteller and inspirational speaker. Her beautiful voice, faith, humility and humor inspire audiences of all ages.
Her latest album released April, 2016 will inspire and warm your heart.
What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
I grew up writing songs, singing and playing guitar. I spent years working as a radio voice-over actor, jingle and lounge singer. There was never a time when I could rely solely on the income that being a performing artist provided. I simultaneously worked through a temporary service as a file clerk, an assembly line worker and a leprechaun handing out Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee mugs on Saint Patrick’s Day. I was a terrible waitress but gained great respect for that profession through my experience. On a blind date in 1991 I met my husband. We’d only known each other for six short months when we were married. Soon after that I found myself expecting. I surrendered to my new vocation (motherhood) and gave up on music. Following the birth of our second child, my God-given talents resurfaced and what I was born to do became ministry. I spend every day since doing as God calls. It’s all about faith now, faith and simplicity. I am an author of both music and text. I am a published songwriter, blogger, storyteller, performer and
inspirational speaker. I serve as chairperson of the board for a non-profit I helped to form which works to educate young people and adults in southern Mexico. No matter which hat I wear… I work for God.
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
Practically speaking: I make lists and keep at them. More importantly, I ask first what God wants and then I listen. I pray and I listen. I listen and pray. A girls gotta know what to pick up and what to put down. Listening for God’s direction and living by faith provides, for me, a fount of inspiration which is constantly flowing.
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
Working out of my home and working alone means only I can make me do anything with regard to taking care of myself. Around the time of my fiftieth birthday, I had a health scare. Turned out to be nothing but the experience woke me up to the fact that I’m not getting younger. Since then, I spend time on a treadmill three to five times a week. I do some weight lifting and stretching. When I travel I find the workout room and do the same. If there is no workout room, I take the stairs instead of the elevator or find a safe place to walk. I park as far away as possible from any entrance and walk fast. Even in my own house I hustle; up the stairs for this, down the stairs for that. Laundry days, which happen often, adds an extra flight! I like to start each day with a fruit and yogurt smoothie and try to make good food choices throughout the day. I stop eating when I’m full, even if that means leaving food on my plate. Also, dark chocolate is a must. I take care
of myself because nobody else can.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
Pushing forward is an every day experience for me. I don’t have anyone working for me so if I don’t push forward… nothing happens. Pushing forward means progress and progress makes me feel good. I take breaks from work to talk with family and friends. I peruse social media and enjoy funny memes, inspirational stories and adorable animal videos. There are a lot of funny people in my world and I love to laugh. I’m not afraid to feel at either end of the spectrum but balance is the key. I keep up on the news but try not to get sucked into the negativity it breeds.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
The best part about my job is that I work for God. While I feel tremendous accountability there is also great freedom. I believe that God has me here to use the gifts I’ve been given. All I have to do is stay true to those gifts, to be me and not anyone else. It’s my responsibility to remain original. I believe if God wanted us all to copy one another he would have made us all the same from the start. There will never be another me and I owe it to God to reach my full potential.
The worst part about my job is that ministry work can be hard. It doesn’t often pay well and it requires constant reminding of who I serve. I have to trust in God’s provision and know that there is fruit coming from my labor even when I can’t see it.
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
I fail a lot but that doesn’t mean I get to quit. I believe I fail every time a song or article I submit is not published or if my proposals to present are not accepted. I failed over sixty times as I sought publication for my children’s book. This ministry barely supports itself financially and sometimes it’s really hard not to feel like a failure.
I feel I have failed as a sister, a daughter and a friend when I can’t find the right words or don’t know what to do in a time of need. When our son rebelled, I felt I failed as a parent. Determined to win in an argument with my husband, I failed to love.
My failures teach me to get back up and keep trying. They also remind me of my faith and the fact that God knows why we fail. It could be lack of preparation. It could be poor timing. It could be selfishness and pride. It could be that whatever I was in pursuit of just wasn’t meant to be. I get back up because fear would love nothing more than for me to fail and quit. I will go down fighting against failure. God is in my corner and this is one fight I am determined to win.
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
I’d make no apologies for setting fees and asking to be compensated for what I do. If I could trade cash for blessings people have received through my work I’d be a millionaire. God knows, just because it’s called ministry doesn’t mean its free. I have always struggled with asking for money doing God’s work.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
My husband says I am one of the most disciplined people he knows. I really never saw myself that way until he pointed it out. He says he doesn’t know how I get so much done with no one telling me what to do. My advice would be to stay organized… and I’m not just talking about a file cabinet. I’m talking about your phone, your computer, your desk, your time and life in general. Don’t let the tail wag the dog. Be the dog!
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
I had to step out in my faith, trust God’s provision and overcome fear.
10) Any last parting words?
If you feel inspired to do something with your life and that something seems difficult; go for it.
Step out. Have faith and trust that God will be there no matter what happens.
I recently jumped out of a plane. I know it’s not for everyone. I didn’t think it was for me either. My tandem instructor’s experience kept me safe. My faith gave me courage. To quote Steve Harvey, “If you don’t ever jump… your parachute will never open.”
Here is a link to the YouTube video I posted of my skydiving experience:
My husband, Roger and I both jumped that day. Our jumps are posted simultaneously, split screen. They are two very different experiences.
Here is a link to my YouTube channel: