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Profit With Purpose by Anna Goldstein

Anna Goldstein is an NYU certified coach, entrepreneur, Huffington Post contributor, former nationally ranked tennis player and author. The Profit With Purpose show is an informative and uplifting podcast where Anna dives into lives of entrepreneurs, healers, and change-makers who are making money through living their purpose. The goal is to provide practical tips to inspire you to be profitable living your life’s purpose. As a student of psychology, new age thinking, meditation, mindfulness techniques and yoga, Anna weaves these spiritual principles into her show. Guests on the podcast have been Mastin Kipp, Kate Northrup, Jairek Robbins, and more. Find out more at: annagoldstein.com
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Jun 29, 2017

Natalie Pierson is a certified personal trainer. Natalie has been a long-time fitness trainer as well and also participated in a figure competition a few years ago. We talk about her life experiences in this podcast and how she ended up traveling to India to dive deep in her own spiritual healing and helping people around her to find their inner self through meditation and praying.

 

What influenced your decision to participate in figure competition?

She received an invitation from her friends. Natalie had been a personal trainer for two years back then and felt connected to her body. She wanted to see the possibilities she could do with her body and if she could stick to a clean diet for the competition. Natalie hired herself a coach to prepare for the competition.

 

What did your clean diet look like?

Natalie had a regimented diet plan. She would have timed meals for her. In breakfast, she would eat three eggs along with spinach. Three hours later she would eat four ounces of fish with green beans followed by three-ounce chicken three hours later. Everything was super precise. It was very hard initially but Natalie fell in love with the process later. The actual experience of standing on the stage comes and goes, but the effort that she put in leading to the competition was worth it. Natalie used to train twice in a day, in morning and in evening. She would help her clients in the afternoon as well.

 

What was it like to stand on the stage and be judged for your external image?

There was a part of Natalie liked it because she worked and trained hard for it. Although at one point she did realize, she started to view herself as an object as well and had to make sure she was in the best shape of herself so people would look at her and appreciate her based on external appearance. Natalie was in the top ten in the competition and performed very well for a beginner.

 

What did you learn about yourself in the process?

Natalie enjoyed the process of training. Natalie learned that she had the ability to adapt herself per the situation. She realized that when she sets her mind on something, she can achieve it. She realized she could discipline herself and put all her focus on things she really wanted to do. She realized she always wanted to learn more about her core, her deep inner-self and the competition helped her in this regard. The continuous struggle to know more about her core values led her to practice yoga.

 

What did you do after the figure competition?

Natalie got into yoga practice. She had been doing it for 12-15 years but was not a regular practitioner. She had heard of some of her friends who had traveled to India to learn yoga and she wished she could do the same. She eventually packed her bags and left for India exactly seven months after she had participated in the figure competition. On her arrival in India, Natalie went straight to an ashram and lived there for some time. She left behind her job and her apartment.

 

What is it like to live in an Ashram?

Natalie met people from all over the world in the ashram. It is like a house where you must do chores. You have certain duties to perform and should not expect someone else to do your work. There is a schedule that you must follow.

 

Describe a typical day in an Ashram:

Natalie would wake up at 5 in the morning and would follow all the Ayurvedic practices like cleansing her body, taking a shower early in the morning. After that, she would gather with her group in an outdoor courtyard where they would meditate and perform mantra in a group. After that, Natalie used to walk by the Ganga River which was near the ashram. She would connect with nature, and come back around 8AM back to Ashram. In this time, she could go to the nearby shops, prepare food for her lunch or attend lectures by a lady in Ashram. She would talk about Bhagavad Gita, a classic book written in Sanskrit.

 

How did it feel to come back to New York from India?

It was hard for Natalie to come back because life in New York is a fast-paced life. In New York, you have to make things happen, there is no room for error or mistake. In India, she was taught to just sit and be with herself, learn about herself and it was completely different. She had learned these new tools like yoga and meditation but did not know how she could integrate them into her practice. With the help of a few private clients who had known Natalie from a long time, she was able to resume her practice in Ney York as a personal trainer. Slowly and gradually she started to bring in more yoga elements in her practice and in her personal training program.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

Living her purpose means living authentically and living a transparent life that she is satisfied and happy with. She loves what she does and she thinks that is her biggest achievement.

 

What is the best advice you have been given?

The best advice for her is to come back to yourself, to come back to your heart. You are responsible for your joy and happiness. The key to happiness is to take that self-responsibility and realize you are solely responsible for your own joy.

 

How can we connect with you?

 

You can follow her through her website. Her website’s URL is

http://integratedform.com/

You can also register for an upcoming event of personal training from the following link.

https://whoami.nyc/

Other Links

Modrn Sanctuary 

12 West 27th St. 9FL. NYC 

To Book :  (212) 675-9355 

Monday  12-8pm 

Thursday 12-8pm 

 

East River Pilates

235 S. 1st st. Brooklyn

Take a Class with Natalie 

 

'WHO AM I?'

Next Event : July 29th 

6:30- 8:30pm 

Sacred Sounds Yoga 

163 Bleecker St. 

 

Kahlil Gibran - POEM

'On Love'

Read this, and memorized it while in India. 

My favorite poem. 

Jun 22, 2017

Arlene Alvarez is a financial advisor, financial coach and an author of a book as well. Arlene talks about her childhood, the struggles she faced initially and how she has transformed her life to become a successful entrepreneur. She has been working within the financial services industry for almost thirty years. She has been a Financial Advisor since 1997 working at both Wells Fargo Wealth Management (2005 – 2015) and Citibank/Citicorp Investment Services (1993 – 2005). Prior to that, her background was mostly in Retail and Private Banking with a few years of experience in Human Resources. In 2015, Arlene made the decision to take the entrepreneurial route and establish her own Independent Wealth Management Practice with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Inspired by the opportunity to establish her own business under the renowned integrity of the Raymond James brand; Arlene runs her practice utilizing a “financial coach philosophy.” She tailors each client’s individual financial plan according to their experience, investment psychology, and risk tolerance and strives to educate, clarify and review in detail all investment options so that clients feel comfortable with the important investment decisions they are making.

 

Arlene believes in living life to the fullest and is dedicated to helping her clients to do the same. She recently became a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and obtained her Certified Divorce Coach Certification to better represent the topic of her book which focuses on empowering women. She is happiest when inspiring others and is dedicated to purposefully maximizing her roles as a mother, Financial Advisor, Author and Coach to making life a richer experience for everyone she meets.     

 

Background

 

Arlene was born in Miami, however, her parents were originally from Cuba. When her parent left Cuba for the USA they left all their riches in Cuba as well. Her parents did not know much about the USA, about the language and culture when they moved from Cuba. Her family had to start over in the USA, her father’s first job was that of an accountant. Arlene had a difficult childhood in terms of money. However, she believes her parents worked hard for their children and made sure they get proper and good private education. Nevertheless, Arlene spent her teenage years dealing with money crisis and was only about 14 years old when she started working part time to buy herself good clothes and things her parents could not afford so she could keep up with everyone in high school. Arlene says she learned the value of a dollar very early in her life and how important it is to be independent in your life.

 

Can you tell us a bit about your first job?

 

Arlene was 14 years old when she started working for herself. She would do some modeling work on the weekends, put on some fashions shows. She also worked in stores, spraying perfumes and worked in a retail store. Arlene had barely graduated from high school when she started working in a bank so she could afford her college education. It was a full day job and she had to attend her college at night. She would come back home late at night around 10 pm. Arlene says she learned a lot of things during these arduous periods in her life. She believes these experiences make you strong as an individual and define your character.

 

Were you financially empowered when you got divorced?

 

She wasn’t making a lot of money back when she got divorced. She was also studying for her investment licenses and had just started working as a financial advisor. When she split, she didn’t go after her husband’s family money. Arlene felt extremely motivated after the divorce realizing she could not rely on anyone and work hard for herself. The year she split with her husband was the year she made six figures.

 

What mindset helped you earn six figures as a single mom?

 

Arlene says she raised the bar for herself and she knew she could do it. She started following financial advisors who were already successful in their field and had already done wonders in it. She would meet with them, interact with them and ask for valuable suggestions. One of these financial advisors would turn out to be her future husband who Arlene believes helped her a lot to become a successful financial advisor.

 

What advice has helped you become a successful financial advisor?

 

Arlene says he taught her the basics and the most important aspects of a good financial advisor. He asked her to be transparent to her clients, explain properly what it is you are offering and why. Make sure to always listen to them, that is the best thing you can do with your clients. You want to know about their fears, their goals etc.

 

Can you give us an example of what you do?

 

There are a lot of people who invest in different businesses and firms but are not happy with the results. Arlene’s clients are almost always people who have had to experience an unsuccessful investment. She acts as a consultant to these people, helps them identify their problems. In her first meeting with the client, Arlene prefers to listen to her client, take a lot of notes and then bring up the solution to the problem. Arlene believes there is a big need for people to understand their finance now. People need to understand what their investments are worth.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

Arlene says she tries to live every day of her life to its fullest. She tries to make sure she contributes somehow every day. She tries to learn something new, tries to do something great every day and make sure she enjoys the day. Living life to its fullest and not thinking of the future, rather investing all her time and energy in that day is what living her purpose is all about.

 

What is the best advice you have been given?

 

Her father once told her that if you cannot say something good about somebody, don’t say anything at all. The second-best advice is something she got from one of her earliest clients who said, “Arlene you have a great light inside yourself, you have great energy, there is so much you want to say, just take the time and say it slowly so people can understand and learn from you.” Arlene says she used to speak very fast and the way she speaks now is nothing compared to how she used to speak a few years ago.

 

How can we connect with you?

 

Her website’s URL is

 

https://www.raymondjames.com/enrichmentwealthmanagement/

 

Jun 15, 2017

Brigit Viksnins specializes in aligning bodies with blueprints of health, and releasing held traumatic imprints. Brigit created the professional training program Alchemical Alignment, which uses interactive, awareness-oriented bodywork, metaphysical and Aikido principles, and verbal trauma resolution skills.  She attended Georgetown University for both undergraduate and graduate school.  

Since 1996, Brigit has had a successful private bodywork practice.  Her work helps decompress, organize and heal the various deep levels upon which the physical body is based. Her latest projects include developing in-person and online Quiet Empowerment classes for everyone, as well as a six-level professional training program for some of the deepest patterns in the core of the body -- with a colleague, Kate White -- called Pre and Perinatal Dynamics for Private Practice

When did you realize you wanted to become a healer?

Her grandfather was a healer and lived in Soviet occupied Latvia. People would come to him for help and bring with them eggs and chickens from the farm as a gift. Brigit says she spent her childhood listening to these stories related to her grandfather. There was this moment in her life when she almost had a revelation that she should follow her grandfather’s footsteps and become a healer as well.

Brigit first went to a massage school and studied about details of pathology. She then learned about biodynamic craniosacral therapy.

What is craniosacral therapy?

There are two main schools of craniosacral therapy. Brigit studied and practices biodynamics craniosacral therapy. Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is about a person’s health.  Our body is intelligent and has an inherent blueprint. Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a hands-on treatment for the whole body, especially the nervous system. Brigit says that when a person experiences a shock or a trauma, your body starts making compensations for it. People with hands-on skills can feel where energetic blocks are within your body.

Can you talk a little about our body’s security system system?

Brigit believes our bodies are sentient, conscious and intelligent on all levels. Our bodies are designed in such a way that you can interact with them, as well as interactively work with other person’s body to see what is going inside their body. Whenever we experience some sort of injury or a shock, our body withholds the effects of it.

Can you share your experience of your scar work?

Brigit has done a lot of scar work. Brigit invites clients to share details and memories of the event or accident that resulted in the scar. Sometimes it feels like if the scar is holding all the memory and by a gentle touch, you may enable the patient to relive the whole moment again.

What are your best practices for maintaining your own energy?

In her earlier days when Brigit started her practice, she started experiencing a tingle up her arm and felt like she had activated her inner energy. She was working with an intense client who was in a lot of pain. The buzzing went up her shoulders, and one night it hit her in the heart and it was painful. She really had to learn many things so how she could work with people and not suck things out of other people and take on their experiences.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

Living her purpose means being in alignment with what she does and following what she loves to do. She talks about self-care, her continuous growth as an individual and living a healthy lifestyle for which she practices Akido every morning. Brigit says if she can maintain that kind of lifestyle for herself, for her students, clients and her children, then she is living her life to its purpose.

What is the best advice you have been given?

Brigit firmly believes in the following quote by Gandhi

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” She believes the real change starts from within ourselves.

How can we connect with you?

You can know more about her work through her website. Her website’s URL is

http://maintainalignment.com/

She also has a Facebook page.

Following is the URL

https://www.facebook.com/AlchemicalAlignment/

Jun 8, 2017

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E®, a time coaching, and training company that empowers individuals to achieve more success with less stress. She has worked with coaching and training clients on six continents and is the author of The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment published by McGraw-Hill and How to Invest Your Time Like Money published by Harvard Business Review.  Elizabeth is a contributor to  Lifehacker, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and 99U and has appeared on ABC, CBS, and FOX Business. She also has spoken to thousands of individuals, including speaking after Steve Forbes at a business retreat. Stiletto Woman named Elizabeth one of the “Top 25 Amazing Women of the Year.”

 

Background 

 

Elizabeth started out as an entrepreneur in 2007. She started her work in journalism, would write for different newspapers. She had this amazing talent of photo styling so she was also working for some magazines and marketing companies. Elizabeth loved doing her work, had a lot of clients and was the owner of a flourishing business. However, after about two years in the business, she experienced a burnout because of the fact that she was always burdened with her work and barely got any time left for other activities in her life. There was no concept of a holiday or a weekend in Elizabeth’s life. That is when she realized she needed more control and grip on her life than she already had. She made sure she disciplined her working hours, would only work for a fixed number of hours per day and indulge in other important activities of her life. Her other entrepreneur friends were impressed with how Elizabeth had transformed her life and was making the most productive use of her time through proper time management. They asked her to train them as well and that is how this facet of her business was born. She has been coaching people from the beginning of 2009 and has helped clients all over the world.

 

What strategies do you employ to help people manage time:

 

The very first thing you need to clarify is your priorities. In her book ‘The three secrets to effective time investment’, she talks about clarifying action-based priorities. Each person has different priorities and Elizabeth helps them put their priorities into action. Look at things from most important to least important, organize things per that criteria and then invest your time in different activities in accordance with the priority associated with that activity.

 

Why do so many people find it difficult to manage their time properly:

 

Many people have a time problem and do not have enough time to do things. The reason they do not get time to do enough things is because they refuse to prioritize. It is always better for people to say something is not a priority rather than not being able to do it and then feel guilty about it. Elizabeth says that you either make it a priority and do it or not, just live your life guilt free. She shares her experience of how she loves doing exercise but it is not at the top of her priority list. So, when she does not get a chance to do exercise, she does not feel guilty about it because Elizabeth has set her priorities accordingly.

 

Can you speak a little about mindset around time and the how to overcome the crippling emotions:

 

Elizabeth talks a lot about these crippling emotions in her book ‘The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment’. She talks about the guilt and fear and about the healthy positive emotions to have like realistic optimism. You can find a lot about overcoming guilt and fear in her first book and all those things. The best way to deal with these emotions is to think realistically and accept the fact that everything won’t work out the way we expect it to be. Do not become a victim of the circumstances. Realistic optimism means you are willing to prioritize things, manage your time and try to spend more time in activities you love doing, but you also accept the fact that it’s not easy to make changes, it’s not an easy thing to establish new habits, to stay focused. You need to keep trying, you can only fail when you stop trying.

 

In her upcoming book ‘Divine Time Management: Replacing Control with Trust, Love, and Alignment with God’, Elizabeth talks more about a spiritual approach to managing your time. She talks about how important it is to believe that there is a higher power who loves you, cares for you and we should stop being the god of our lives. Elizabeth had this limiting belief that in entrepreneurship you should work very hard and put in a lot of effort to get the right results. But she says that if we believe in a higher power, things get easier for us. She shares her experience of writing this book. She didn’t rush herself into things, would work on the proposal every Wednesday and thought to herself that she would complete the proposal only when it is meant to be completed. It took her 4 to 5 months to complete the proposal and she got a publishing contract with Hachette. She felt like it was God all along helping her achieve all this at a steady pace and not rushing into things.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you:

 

For Elizabeth, living her purpose means being aligned with God and with her faith and doing her time management coaching. She loves helping people deal with stress and deal with time management issue.

 

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with the listeners:

Elizabeth talks about trying new things in life and to be not afraid of failure in life. She says we can learn a lot from failure and come back stronger next time. Elizabeth says she encourages people to take actions and to bring change in their life. Success is not guaranteed on every attempt but every time you come across a major setback, consider it a stepping stone towards success. Failure is nothing but an opportunity for you to overcome your weaknesses and come back stronger

 

How can we connect with you:

 

Her website’s URL is

http://reallifee.com/

You can also communicate with her via her email. Her email id is

esaunders@reallifee.com

 

Apps mentioned:

https://trello.com

https://wunderlist.com

https://en.todoist.com

https://www.focuster.com

 

 

Jun 1, 2017

Rachel Harvest grew up as a dancer but eventually left the dancing world. Rachel is now an entrepreneur based in New York. She is a health and lifestyle coach, dietitian and founder of ‘The Harvest Method’. We talk about the harvest method in the podcast as well. Rachel also talks about her eating disorder that led her to leave the dance world and talks about her treatment for the disorder.

 

When did you start dancing?

 

Rachel was a middle kid in the family, she had an older and a younger brother. She also recalls that there were no girls in the neighborhood as well. Out of the fear of Rachel becoming a tomboy, her aunt took her to her first ballet class when Rachel was only three years old. Rachel was seven years old when she realized she loved ballet dancing and hoped of becoming a ballerina one day. By the time she was ten, she would dance every single day.

 

How did you think growing up as a dancer impacted your life?

 

Rachel says she learned a lot of things when she took the path of becoming a ballerina. She says she will forever be grateful for the discipline she learned through her dancing. When you dance, the idea of perfectionism and technique and the way it is meant to be done, it is so ingrained in you. You are constantly taught that you can always do better, there is no limit.

 

What did your lowest point look like when you had an eating disorder?

 

The lowest point for her was that she knew she had suffered a lot of loss and pain in her life. She had convinced herself that her joy lied in becoming a ballerina. All of it turned into a nightmare, she had pushed her body to extreme limits for ballet dancing and it was all for nothing. Rachel developed an eating disorder in the meantime and had to seek treatment for her compulsive behavior towards food.

 

What does your spiritual practice mean to you?                 

 

Rachel defines her spiritual practice as something that has helped her to connect with herself and people around her. Rachel says she has had different moments in her life, ups and downs both. There was a time in her life when she was an aspiring ballet dancer when she had a great relationship with her mother. But things change, and they changed for Rachel as well. It is during these moments when she let loneliness creep into her life and suffered from confusion and disillusion. Rachel says she is in her best spiritual practice when she does not feel alone or in illusion when she can connect with herself, with people around her and find meaning to different things in her life.

 

What is the harvest method?

 

The name harvest method is like the face of her business. Rachel’s last name is also Harvest so it is with reference to her name as well. In short, Harvest method is a program, a collection of methods that Rachel use in her client’s assistance. After she left the dance world, Rachel became a dietitian and a behavioral health coach. Harvest method is a program that helps you put your life on a path full of wellness that nourishes your mind, body, and spirit. In this program, Rachel brings in all her experience she has gained as a dancer and afterward as a health coach. This program involves one on one nutrition, lifestyle and mindfulness coaching along with physical fitness coaching including Pilates and movement classes.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

 

For Rachel, living her purpose means the ability to express herself and be herself in everything she does. Rachel believes her purpose is also to inspire other people through her actions, loving herself and the people around her and helping people find the right balance in their lives.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

 

The famous quote by Thich Nhat Hanh “No mud no lotus” is Rachel’s favorite quote. She says she has come across many challenges and difficulty in her life, and there was this specific moment in her life when she almost submitted to her challenges and difficulties when one of her close friends shared this quote with her. From that day, onwards, this quote has become more of a mantra for Rachel.

 

How can we connect with you?

 

Her website’s URL is

www.theharvestmethod.com

 

You can find more stuff on her website, know about her upcoming programs, sign up for newsletters.

 

You can find her on Instagram. Her Instagram handle is

https://www.instagram.com/theharvestmethod/

 

You can also follow her on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/Harvest_Method

 

For her Facebook page, visit the following link

https://www.facebook.com/TheHarvestMethod/

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