Julie Marx the founder of China Expat Spouse

Hey, it’s me, Julie Marx.

The one in the fuchsia-colored shirt. In August of 2019, on the campus of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. A photographer for Liaoning Today Magazine took the picture when I gave my first ever all-Chinese interview. The magazine was featuring foreigners, asking them to share how they saw Shenyang, their adoptive home town. And I was one of them. Because, in 2014, I followed my engineer husband on his expat assignment to China. This was the first time that I “tagged along” with someone else going abroad, and it opened my eyes to the challenges of following along to someone else’s work agenda.

My struggle and that of the other spouses around me (many of whom wrestled with the decisions to be made and the challenges their new role brought with it) led me to create China Expat Spouse. It is a platform specifically for the partners accompanying expatriates to the PRC. So that they can discover their place, purpose, and passion in China.

Here, I share tips, tricks, and strategies for living your best life as a relocating partner in China. And I let other fabulous China Expat Spouses share their challenges and wins. If you are willing to tell your story, contact me through the form below or send me an email.

The hats I wear…


I support my clients to reach and exceed their goals by helping them find their place, purpose, and passion in China. Whether that means finding a new job, furthering their education, bolstering their resume through volunteering or founding an online business, or better balancing their family commitments and time for personal development.


I love to write:

-articles and content to support newcomers to Shenyang (Check https://journeysnjaunts.com/blog/ for more on that)


With my 4 working languages (German, English, French, and Chinese), I write, create, train and educate people the world over. Having grown up in a bilingual household and with experiences on 3 continents under my belt, I am able to connect with individuals from various backgrounds and cultures.


In workshops and trainings on topics from leadership development, intercultural communications, and teamwork to “survival trainings” for newly-arrived expats in China, I engage, educate, and inspire my audiences.

Let’s Build Something

If you want to work with me, feel free to get in touch.

What People Are Saying About China Expat Spouse

I normally never write a recommendation but Julie has totally earned it. What to expect from a coaching? and who needs that anyway? well, I didn’t know either, but after 8hours coaching with Julie I see a before and after. I am not a different person but I do look thing now from a different perspective and approach which helped me move forward. She could, in no time, put her self in my position, understand my needs and set a clear goal. She is easy to talk to, friendly and with tons of energy which she will transfer to you in every session. I am very thankful for her engagement and the interest she showed in trying to find ways to help me and for the fun we had in hour meetings. Thanks Julie!

Eduardo S.


I’ve worked with Julie for the past year. She’s helped me grow in so many ways – by asking me tough questions when I needed clarity, uncovering my unhelpful thought patterns when I was stuck in lack thinking and cheering me on when I didn’t think I was making progress. With her help, I’ve taken consistent steps in growing my business, even with the fear of failure and other negative beliefs cropping up.

Agatha B.


Julie has all the attributes of a great coach: empathetic, a good listener and confronting when necessary. She makes you accountable for following the plan established during the coaching session, making sure that the next step to take is doable. Julie helped me a lot during the sessions with developing my business practice by asking powerful questions and by being there for me. Thank you!

Claudia U.


I love being coached by Julie, and seeing the progress she’s helped me create.
Julie’s coaching style is a wonderful balance of true empathy and understanding with forward moving momentum! I can see that she completely believes in me as a client, and wants to help get the best out of me – it’s rare to feel like someone is truly in your corner and Julie is definitely in her clients’ corner.

Rachel W.


Julie ist ein sehr kompetenter und lieber Coach. Die Zeit mit ihr hat Spaß gemacht und ich finde wir haben sie optimal genutzt. Julie ist immer auf persönliche Fragen und auch Überlegungen eingegangen und hat versucht bestmöglich zu unterstützen. Vielen Dank Julie für deine Starthilfe hier in China und die tollen Tips.

Julia F.


I have never tried a coaching before, and actually my expectations were quite low before starting. After a coaching program with Julie, I can only say it was amazing. Julie listens to you, is positive and emphathic and knows perfectly how to guide you through the process, making it a complete success.

Maria C.


Mrs Marx’s performance, empathy and the amazing ability to help yourself find your own answers to his questions was simply remarkable. It has helped me very much to get through the process of sending and to find my way. To pursue further goals and to find contacts for the future. Many thanks!

Lisa G.