The Daily Stretch ~ Day #11 “Chocolat!”
May 5, 2011
I love “leaving Corporate America” stories. Perhaps it’s because I did and I can really relate to those who say “Sayanara!” to the stressful spirit spiral.
Julie Pech hopped out of Corporate America to write in a book in a field in which, according to her, she had “zero experience”. She had been in the corporate apparel industry for 18 years, but at the same time she had always loved health and nutrition and chocolate. Doesn’t seem like it goes together? Read on!
When several studies touting the “health benefits of chocolate” were released, she decided to take a leap of faith and write about it. Her book The Chocolate Therapist: A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate was released in 2005 as a self-published title, but last year it was picked up by Wiley Publishing. She rewrote it, thereby doubling its length. It was release late last year.
After taking that leap of faith, Julie has started speaking up to twenty times per month about the health benefits of chocolate. She also teacheschocolate & wine and chocolate & tea pairing classes, hosts corporate and charity events and even travels internationally as a guest lecturer speaking about chocolate.
An entrepreneur at heart, she ended up buying a chocolate shop where they make all-natural chocolate with nuts, berries, spices and organic flavoring oils to support the concepts in her book.
“It’s been a very interesting journey!” she says.
Now, I wonder if she could get Johnny Depp to star in the sequel to Chocolat? Knowing Julie, she just might!