Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Julie Cha, ON AIR FROM OCTOBER 17TH
HAPPINESS IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT AS WE ARE BORN HAPPY
Julia Cha (1983 -) was born in Seoul, South Korea. Being one of the early Millennial generation, Julia has lived a colourful cosmopolitan childhood. She moved to Buenos Aires at age 5, then to Vancouver at age 11. Her interest in happiness is based on her own experiences. Having lived through a childhood that consisted of many culture shocks, and the intolerance that she experienced as a minority woman, her perspective takes an approach from the view of a modern woman constantly juggling different cultures that make up who she is.
Her home life as a child was plagued with abuse, mental illness, neglect, shame, guilt, and family secrets, and she understands what the readers are dealing with. She sees the challenges of how difficult it is to speak of such topics, especially for those who come from traditional cultures. “As an adult, I tried to decode why I could not get past a certain point of success. It often felt like I was running on a treadmill. I kept making the same mistakes, even though I was trying so hard to make changes in my actions.
I came to realize, after years of detours, that it all had to do with my thought patterns, based on the belief systems that were ingrained in me from childhood. Once I understood this part, the rest came down to rewiring my brain through new habits and starting from a clean slate. I felt the real need to share what I have learned to help those suffering from this invisible handicap.” As a child, Julia found solace in books. She wrote her first “book” about an orphan when she was 6 years old. Her childhood book collections consisted of encyclopedia of classic world literature. She holds a degree in literature from The University of British Columbia. Julia lives a purposeful, happy life with her two wonderful children in Vancouver, Canada.
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