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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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Oct 5, 2017

Jess Dart a certified nutrition coach with a Masters degree in nutrition. She is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer and have been working with clients to improve their health for 15 years. She knows how to get you results and she also understands that we are human. Jess believes you need only a few hours of focused exercise per week, no need to workout for hours every day.

How did you get into fitness and nutrition, and become so passionate about it?

She studied Bio behavioral Health in college and had always been curious about why people think and operate the way they do. She loved her bio behavioral health classes because of her interest in biology, psychology, sociology, getting into yoga and going to the gym. After she graduated, she got more immersed with her gym community, started her blog and was doing Ashtanga almost every day. People started to seek her advice and help, which made her realize that she can make a career in fitness and nutrition. She got her certification in 2003. Later she moved to New York to learn from the best, where she landed her first position in Equinox as a personal trainer in 2004.

How do you guide someone to get a Healthy Plan in place for their nutrition and exercise?

She acknowledges that there is so much information about health out there that it can overwhelming. To plan for nutrition, start by asking a lot of questions, such as what you used to eat when you were a kid. Realize that everyone is different, what works for some may not work for others. Some do great by exercising alone, while others will never exercise unless they do it with a group. Obviously, neither one is better than the other, you just need to figure out what works best for you. Learn to listen to your intuition, which takes time and practice. Often, we just eat to eat, not tasting our food or thinking about the experience. Make a habit of intuitive eating, tasting the food and enjoying the experience of eating. In her view, there is no bad food, eat what tastes good, and what feels good.

Can you give us a sample workout for someone who doesn’t have much time?

She suggests 4 exercises. Set your timer for 25 minutes.

Do 10 squats

15 jumping jacks

5 pushups

10 alternating back lunges.

Rest.

Let your heart rate get back to normal, and then start again. Keep track of how many times you can go through the circuit. Once the timer goes off you are done. You can do this work out three times a week. Try to get one more set in the last workout.

Is it 80% nutrition and 20% exercise? What’s your take on that percentage in terms of getting actual results?

Nutrition plays such a huge role in her view. Whether your goal is to lose weight, train for a marathon or for an intense CrossFit competition, nutrition is always going to be a bigger component. The exercise component can be thought of as a support to nutrition.

What’s the biggest takeaway from your fitness school?

Eat vegetables, a lot of them and of varying colors. Dark leafy greens are the best. Also drink a lot a water, half of your body weight in ounces, or more if you are consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Tune into what you feel like eating, what will make you happy and satisfied, whether it’s a breakfast food or lunch food or dinner food. So, in her opinion, keep an open mind regarding food and tune into what you are hungry for.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Her co-manager used to say that “Don’t worry about the other person, you just worry about you”. Don’t worry about what anybody else is doing, focus on your goal and your strategy to achieve that goal, and put all your energy in that because you are only wasting energy worrying about what everybody else is doing.

The other advice which stayed with her was from her father, who once said, “You will figure it out, Jess, you will figure it out”, by which he meant to have faith in herself.

Tell us how can we get in touch with you?

Website: jessdart.com 

Instagram @jess_dart

Sep 28, 2017

Vibeke Schurch is a Success-soul™ Living Coach who provides entrepreneurs such as coaches, healers and experts with the tools, resources and mindset shifts to have, be and do it all.  She is a coach, energy healer, mindset expert and small business wizard with nearly 20 years experience building and growing small businesses.  Her focus is to help you tune into your soul’s cravings to create the business and lifestyle of your dreams. When she's not working with her clients you will find her traveling the world, skiing, hiking, doing yoga or exploring beaches in a tropical paradise. 

What was it like growing up?

She grew up in Norway. She thought she had a good life, but there was a lot of things going on in her family dynamic, which later resurfaced and manifested itself in disempowering ways. Nevertheless, she was very independent early on and did whatever she wanted to do.

You mentioned some family tension, what do you mean by that?

Her parents never had a loving relationship. Before she was born her mom had a lover. Her dad knew about it, it was sort of an arrangement, resulting in a lot of tension and shame. It was a very disempowering environment. She thinks that maybe that was what prompted her to be independent early on and wanted to follow her own footsteps.

Did someone guide you through the process of realization?

Yes. She was suffering with an autoimmune disease. After she pushed herself so hard that she collapsed, it was a matter of figuring out what to do with her life. She had a business to run and children to take care of. Later she got so sick that she couldn’t go to work, and had to give up the job, not knowing what to do next. Her health was completely deteriorated, so one thing was certain, she had to get better first before she could start thinking about my professional life.

How did you heal yourself?

After quitting the job, she started working with a coach. During the period of about 2 years, she exhausted all her options. She visited all kinds of doctors and specialists, changing her lifestyle and eating habits. During that time, she started reading a lot of personal development and empowerment books, and came up with the idea that she was going to heal herself, and in a matter of two weeks she was back up on her feet.

What did you do after you collapsed?

She went to a holistic doctor shortly afterwards. They took 12 blood tests, 9 out of which were not good. First thing she did was changing her diet, while still running her company and taking care of kids, which didn’t last long and she got worse again. She went several years without eating sugar, even avoiding fruits, but it was still not enough.

After the realization that you have healed yourself, did everything changed after that or it was a process of reorganization your life in a new way?

Because of the health, it was hard for her to grow her business despite several successful businesses in the past. She had made $11000 in the year prior to that. So in the beginning she set the goal and told herself that she can do this no matter what. She manifested in her mind that she is going to make $20000 in a month. Because of that firm resolve, she was later able to make $24000 in about 3 days. That was the leap she was able to achieve once she tuned into using her mind in a different way.

If someone is listening to this, what advice would you give them if they still feel stuck?

First thing you can do is to start reading and learning about it. It’s one thing to read and learn about something and other thing to embody the knowledge. Lot of people have intellectual knowledge but they don’t really believe in it, which is not going to help. It’s a matter of applying that information to create a shift in your life. If you still feel stuck, reach out to someone who can guide you along the way. She acknowledges that she didn’t get where she is today without the help of her coach and others.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting his business?

You might think what you are up against but you don’t. Don’t be shy to ask for help. The biggest mistake people make is not realizing that everyone is different. What works for some may not work for others. The biggest obstacle you are going to face is your mindset. Especially if you are coming out of a corporate, it’s a very different thing to be selling your own services. It brings up all different kinds of insecurities that you didn’t even know you had.  But don’t give up just because of that as you can do anything you put your mind into.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

She read the book called The Power of your Subconscious Mind. That was when she realized how powerful we really are. If you don’t believe how the subconscious mind truly runs your life, read that book and it will open your eyes.

What do you remember about that book? What was that little nugget of wisdom?

Through our subconscious mind, we attract and create everything. We don’t know what’s in our subconscious mind but whatever has been programmed there must become reality. If you truly believe in something, it must happen. Working on your subconscious believes is very crucial. The outcomes you achieve are going to be the reflection of what lies in your subconscious mind and so if you can reprogram your subconscious mind you can completely change your life.

How we can get in touch with you?

Feel free to visit her website and learn more about her (http://successoulliving.com/).

There are also free resources there that you can look up to get started

 

Sep 21, 2017

Elizabeth Dialto is here to create an experience that turns your relationship with yourself into one of the most wild, passionate love affairs of your lifetime. She is the creator of Wild Soul Movement a grounded and loving practice designed to get you out of your head and into your body. She meets you where you are and guides you to where you want to be. She learned to love my own body by stripping away at everything that was preventing me from seeing what already was. My mission is to teach you to do the same. It all starts here, with a strong community of women who are _brave enough to stand up and say yes to a new way. Known for her raw, honest, and grounded approach to self-help and spirituality, Elizabeth DiAlto is an Integrative Spiritual counselor, creator of Wild Soul Movement, an author, and the host of the popular Untame The Wild Soul podcast. In 2013, Shape Magazine listed her as a Top 30 Motivator. She has been featured in Marie Claire, New York Magazine, SELF, Shape, The Huffington Post, US News and Health Report, Yahoo! News and many more. She’s a Reiki Master, has completed Energy Mastery trainings with Energetic Solutions, and is an avid student of many spiritual traditions and sacred lineages.

 

What do you love about being a woman?

What she loves the most is inconsistency. She believes that all human beings, especially women, are an extension of Mother Earth, and just like weather is different from day to day, women are intrinsically very inconsistent in every moment of every hour of every day. She thought this to be very inconvenient but now she fully embraces it and loves this aspect of being a woman.

 

A lot of people struggle with allowing themselves permission to just be and show up differently. Can you talk a bit about what permission means to you?

Elizabeth doesn't need permission from other people. For her, permission comes from herself and God. A big turning point for her came in 2011. She was about to do something different and she has given her mother a heads-up. What she realizes later was that unknowingly she was seeking her approval because when her mother disapproved she didn't pursue it further. According to her, permission has got to come from within because we cannot please everyone, keeping in view the consequences of our actions and the way we show up.

 

Tell us a little bit about Wild Soul movement?

Wild Soul moment revolves around the truth that everything you ever needed has always been inside of you. She emphasizes that it's always been like that even in moments when you thought that you are not enough. The program combines sensual movements, yoga, mantras, and meditation aiming to connect to one’s body and to learn to become fluent in what she calls embody language. It's about connecting to your body, building self-love and self-trust in the process and honing to our intuition.

 

In the Wild Soul Movement, what does soul pertains to?

According to her, the soul is what animates you. Soul has existed long before we came in this physical body and what will continue after this lifetime ends. The soul is an eternal part of you and what you have always been. She also believes that we come with knowledge and experiences from other times and other places. So, in a big picture, the soul is our divine essence.

 

Did you ever think of becoming an entrepreneur?

At the age of 19, she used to sell Cutco knives. She would go from house to house doing appointments and selling knives. She was quite good at it. That is what gave her the taste of entrepreneurship because she could do as many appointments as she like, making as much money as she wants. Later she realized that she isn't built to work for other people and do something that doesn’t have any positive impact on people.

 

How has your podcast affected you? Has there been a conversation that made a difference in your life?

She just interviewed Light Watkins yesterday who teaches Transcendental Meditation. He talked about the difference between meditation that's for householders and meditation that's for monks. She always had suspected that there are a lot of practices being shared that are not appropriate for those who are living more complex lives; regular people who go to work and raise families. She now has deeper faith in this truth because it has been validated. So sometimes having external validation helps with faith.

 

I heard in one of your podcast that you don't want to have kids. You seem so comfortable in owning that and embody it as a woman. Can you talk a bit about being a woman in the twenty-first century?

While imagining, herself having kids or sharing experiences with her friends who already have kids, she doesn't feel any desire to be a mother. There is no resonance in it for her. She also acknowledges that maybe it's because she had never been in a relationship where she had felt the desire to have kids. But because of inconsistency, maybe one day she would decide to have children.

 

Why Wild Soul Movement? What really moved you with this Wild Soul Movement?

She stands by the idea that everything you ever needed has always been inside of you. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. All this pain and suffering is because people don't love, honor and respect themselves. She believes that helping others to trust and connect to themselves can have a massive ripple effect. So much injustice and poor treatment of people is based on all kinds of factors that should not matter at all. In a big picture, it's about dismantling these outdated systems like patriarchy and racism for instance. Primarily her focus was on patriarchy, but recently she realized that these things are all married. Ultimately, she wants to aid others to do what they always wanted to do and live their lives to the fullest.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Allow other people to have their own experiences. 

 

How can we connect with you?

You can find her on her website. Her website’s URL is

http://www.wildsoulmovement.com/

She is also active on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/elizabethdialto) and Instagram (@lizdialto)

Sep 14, 2017

Alionka Polanco is a leading Life & Success Coach for Powerful Women and the author of "Beyond Profit: The Successful Woman's Guide to a Meaningful Life." A graduate of New York University’s Personal Life Coaching Certification Program, she believes true success requires courage. Alionka has helped dozens of women achieve personal success. She has spent the last several years coaching top performers in fields as diverse as ad-tech sales at Google, Broadway stars, and high-level business owners and CEOs from Dubai to Australia, and everywhere in between.

How did that affect you and influenced what you do now?

She is a first generation American but was always upset because she always felt like she was living in two different worlds. She had to be Spanish at home and American at school. Now she thinks that was one of the greatest gifts she had because now she knows how to exhibit different Alionka in different scenarios. Growing up she learned how to advocate for what she needed and she learned to fight for what she needed. She learned at a very young age the art of selling her ideas.

What made you get into coaching? How did you discover this profession?

She did her master in education. She loved teaching and her favorite part about it was helping high school juniors and seniors do planning. She knew she didn’t want to be a teacher at least not in the traditional sense. She took the Myers Briggs assessment test and for her personality type, she discovered she was more suited to counselor/coach. She didn’t know much about coaching and felt like she didn’t want to be a counselor and felt coaching was more suited to her. It was a shorter trajectory and she ended up going to NYU for coaching school. She completely loved it. After her first session, she cried because she felt she was finally doing what she was meant to be doing. She felt like a failure when she couldn’t figure out what she wanted to do. She felt very happy when she found out something that could bring her joy. She was 24 at that time. Coaching is a way of life and it has improved her communication skills even in her normal life.

How did you start your business? What was the process?

She started her business after coaching school. However, before she joined NYU for coaching, she put out a Facebook post in which she told everyone she was starting a new career as a life coach, that she would start school in two weeks and she that she is looking for five clients whom she would coach for free and in the process, practice what she would learn in her coaching classes. She had 45 responses to that post, but she only took five because she had other jobs. Of the five she picked, three people, became her paid clients. She got paid as a coach while she was still learning to be a coach. The first three clients helped her establish herself as a coach and many new clients approached her through referrals from these clients. She officially started her business by launching a website in September 2015 and with the help of a business coach, she could promote and design her programs and earn money from them.

What do you think is a formula or a method to cultivate happiness?

Happiness is a feeling that you can feel in any given moment. In any moment, you can smile. Alionka talks a lot about feelings and emotions in her coaching. She doesn’t believe there is any formula or method to be happy in our lives, it’s just an option we must make for ourselves. You can be happy in almost every moment if you feel you deserve happiness. Think of the easiest way you can make yourself happy in given moment. 

What have you transformed in yourself that impacted your life?

Alionka always had one limiting belief about herself and it was the belief that there was something wrong with her. She had many accolades to her name but always felt that wasn’t enough. She realized having this feeling stems from the belief that there was something wrong with her or that she was defective. When she transformed that belief during her therapy, Alionka completely changed as a person. The way she interacted with people changed, her perceptions and her beliefs about success and failures changed.

What does your current business look like?

She runs a business which is mostly virtual. She conducts six events in New York every year and between those events everything is virtual. Alionka mostly works in summers, from Monday to Thursday. Monday and Tuesday is for growing business and she meets and interacts with her clients on Wednesday and Thursday. Now, she is only offering group programs and focusing less on individual programs.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

Alionka used to believe her purpose was to help people to be happy and as she achieved it, her vision grew and she got this opportunity to be on a big stage and that is when she realized her biggest purpose is helping women rise and do great wonders in this world. Her business has taken that direction as well and now it is more centered towards serving women.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

She got this advice from her dad and the advice was to learn to close the loop. Roughly speaking closing the loop means getting things done once you have started them. Whenever you want to do something you must make sure it’s done, do not leave it in the middle, make sure it reaches its final stage.

How can we connect with you?

You can connect with her through her website. Her website’s URL is

http://alionkapolanco.com/

Sep 7, 2017

Jessie Gardner is an inspirationsist. She combines the latest research in psychology and neuroscience with the magic of inspiration to create experiences where it hasn’t yet sprouted.

She hatched HeySoul in 2014, as a twenty-something working girl crushed by the corporate lifestyle. Jessie was drained, unfulfilled, disconnected and desperate to reconnect to her heart & soul that she had checked at the door and forgot about each day before going to work. She began the search for meaning, self-discovery and a way to reconnect.

HeySoul started with the simple idea that corporate success doesn't define who we are or dictate the happiness and abundance we're capable of experiencing. Jessie began to notice as the job siphoned hours away from my life,  started to lose connection with the parts of life that used to make her scream "WOW!" like love, adventure, sense of purpose, health, creativity, gratitude, and so on. After a late night at the office, she decided to do something that gave her chills, challenged by her idea of what she thought she was capable of, and committed to doing something BIG about it. 

And in the process, Jessie found that all it takes to wake up from the fog of a false sense of success, yawn of a job, unloving habits in relationships and anything else taking away from life rather than giving to it, is a positive disruption.

It was the art and power of ritual that was the positive disruption that changed her life, empowered her to quit her job in 2016, and pursue HeySoul full time. 

And now, Jessie’s work is creating positive rituals to reconnect people who feel disconnected to who they are and want to be. HeySoul is here to introduce the world to a new definition of bliss unlike any self-help resource before it.

The HeySoul box experience is not a gift box - it is so much more. Inside each box are symbolic items that were chosen with great care and intention. With each item comes a modern ritual and small action for you to take that fits into your busy lifestyle and connects you to who you are.  Here are the current HeySoul experiences (with many more to come); Love, Creativity, Adventure, Purpose, Calm, Mind + Body + Soul, Gratitude, Joy etc... Each with the goal of creating an experience that inspires you to pause your busy life, engage in quality “me-time” and reconnect with your core, your happiness, and your truth.

Aug 31, 2017

Our culture puts a tremendous amount of pressure on us to look or be happy all the time.

It's not really socially acceptable to be sad. 

And so we pretend we are happy. 
We feel shame about our sadness. 
We feel lonely when we are down and think "something must be wrong with me."

It's not realistic for you to be happy all the time.

Sadness is an emotion we all feel.

In this podcast, Anna talks about accepting sadness and what to do about it so that you can stop feeling guilty or wrong for not feeling happy all the time.

Aug 24, 2017

This a visualization process to help you remove mental and emotional barriers and create a bright future. So if you’re walking or you’re driving, make sure you do this when you get home and you can be in the comfort of your own home and you can have your eyes closed so you can really receive the benefits of this visualization. It’s really an amazing visualization and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Make sure that you’re seated comfortably with your back straight and relaxed. And gently close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nostrils and exhale through your nostrils. And again, in through your nose and out through your nose. And one more breath centering yourself; take a deep inhale and exhale, letting your belly relax.

Picture yourself entering a time machine, almost like a little glass helicopter where you can see through it – and see yourself step into this time machine and close the glass door. And you can see in front of you, you can see to the left and to the right and behind you. And we’re just going to take this helicopter back into time at the beginning of your life, starting fairly early on at your earliest experiences.

And imagine as if we’re at the beginning of your life and you’re just sitting there in your helicopter. And everything that has happened throughout your life is organized as if they are records filed one memory next to the other record. And you can see these records all the way up until now.

And go back to the earliest painful child memory that you can remember. Maybe it was when somebody made fun of you, maybe it was when you got a bad grade, maybe when you messed something up or dropped something in your home or you got in a fight with your sister or brother or you had some type of injury. Go back to any painful early memory, and we’re just going to take the helicopter and we’re going to guide it right over that record. And then we’re going to go down as if we have a claw and pick up that record, and then we’re going to throw it out. And what’s left there now is empty space.

And then go to the next painful memory that you had. Maybe it was around food, maybe it was how you looked, or  how well you did in school, or maybe it was with your friends or socially. And we’re going to pick up that record. We’re going to go down with our handy-dandy helicopter, and we’re going to reach down with the claw and pick up that record and just throw it out. And now there’s empty space there.

And go to your next painful memory. Maybe it was in a sports arena, maybe it was performing, maybe it was just something that somebody said to you. And we’re going to move our helicopter over that record and reach down and pick up that record and throw it out. And now there’s empty space there.

And one by one for the next minute recall experiences that you can remove that caused you pain or suffering mentally and emotionally. And move your helicopter over that record and reach down and throw it out.

And then again moving forward, sometime in adolescence, high school, college that was uncomfortable or painful for you mentally and emotionally, - maybe it was a relationship didn’t work out … and we’re going to move our helicopter and reach down and throw that one out. And now we have empty space there.

And then we’re going to continue on in some early adult experience; something didn’t work out the way that you wanted it to or thought that it would or had hoped that it should. And we’re going to reach down, pick up that record, and throw it out. And now you have empty space there.

And now what I want you to do is just look back at all of these records. And the places that have gaps, that have empty space because we removed those events and experiences from your subconscious, imagine as if a bright white light was shining through those spaces. Imagine this light getting brighter and that anything from your past that is no longer serving you is just dissolved with this bright white light.

Imagine your past being bright. Make it even brighter.

Fill your whole body up with this bright light, beaming white, and clear energy. Throughout your whole body.

And now as you look towards your future, make your future light up really bright.

Think about and bring to mind an event or experience that you want to manifest. Being yourself fully expressed with nothing holding you back…. What does your purpose look like? Bring it into your attention and see yourself being your best as if it is happening now. What would you be feeling? How would you be acting?

Imagine all the barriers that are in front of you are simply dissolving and all your problems are being solved for you.  You’re fully connecting with the truth that’s within your heart… and from that place see yourself connecting with those around you. You are being guided.

What would you be doing? See yourself connecting with others from a place of confidence and certainty. You are NOT a manager of circumstances. You are the creator of your life.

And as you continue to move forward on your path breaking through any fear or resistance that arises, knowing that you have a purpose, connecting with your heart – knowing you are on the path to greatness.

Aug 17, 2017

Anxiety is a future worry. To first learn to name when it's arising and recognize you are not present in the moment. To then focus attention on something in the moment, I.e., the Breath. Slowing down breathing. Feeling the belly expand. When we are anxious we are typically breathing in our chest - so to consciously move the breath down into the belly. Or to feel your feet on the ground - your toes are the furthest from your brain so it can get you out of your head. 

Transforming Anxiety Process:

When you are anxious - where in your body do you feel it? What happens to your posture? What happens to your thoughts - are they fast or slow? What does it feel like? Describe the sensations in the body. If you could see it as an image, what would it look like? If someone were to walk into the room when you are anxious would they see the image? Where does anxiety exist? Most people say "in my mind" and if it’s in your mind, you have the power to change it. So then they are switching from anxious to empowered. Recall an event or experience when you felt empowered, what did it feel like? How did you hold your body? What do you remember thinking? How do you get empowered (name of person) to show up more often? (Create a trigger).

Aug 3, 2017

Emotions are very important in any individual’s life. If we cannot master our emotions, we cannot master our life. They play a big role in our everyday life and in the things that we do and why we do. Whenever we want something external, it is because we want to fulfill some type of emotion, we want to feel something.

Take a moment, pause and see how they are feeling at the moment. This is called the ‘Purpose Pause’. Many times, we don’t notice how we are feeling, we don’t take the time to explore our feelings and to investigate them. We fail to realize we have the power to shift our emotional state and that is what emotional empowerment is all about.

Start investigating your thoughts. Many of us live in a state of autopilot, we don’t even realize if we are thinking something or not. We tend to keep ourselves occupied with past thoughts and it is like telling the same story again and again or playing the same song again and again. We stop thinking. We forget about the origination of thoughts. The ultimate fact is that we are the creator of our own thoughts.

If you want to improve your thought process and thus improve your quality of life, the first step is to become aware of your thoughts, because if you cannot aware yourself with your thoughts, you cannot change them.

Wayne Dyer, an American philosopher, motivational speaker and an author wrote a book ‘Change your thoughts – Change your life’ in which he talks about the same idea. It really starts with you having a self-talk and changing your thoughts.

Anytime you feel negative ask yourself what are you thinking? What story am I telling myself?

Just notice the thought, investigate if the thought is a story. Find out for yourself if the story you are telling yourself is true or not.

Ask yourself questions related to your thoughts. The quality of our questions dictates the quality of our lives. Changing your thoughts can literally change the quality of your life.

Try to look at things differently if you feel like a negative thought has occupied your mind. Do not suppress negative emotions, but when you are in a feeling of pain, try to think from a different perspective. We all have limiting thoughts but we need to work on improving the quality of our thoughts and the first step is to become aware and then investigate and then see what really is true. In the end, replace your original thought with a higher quality thought which is a thought that makes you feel better. It has a profound difference in your life. You will see the difference slowly but it will be very effective.

There is an exercise called the model of human functioning, you can get it by entering your name and email below.

Download the worksheet: annagoldstein.com/results

You start at the lower left corner of the page and mention your negative thoughts, you write about how those thoughts make you feel. Then you write about your behavior because of those thoughts. What actions do you take? Then you talk about the outcomes of manifesting these thoughts. After that you write in the upper right-hand corner what is the result that you want? The result could be anything from getting into a relationship to losing weight, to starting a new business or building a website for your business.

Remember your thoughts are not always true. Most of the times they are something that has been formed years ago, that is not serving you now. You can create new thoughts and transform your life.

www.annagoldstein.com

Jul 27, 2017

Darla Le Doux was trained as a coach while she was employed as a chemical engineer, and loved everything about it. After that experience, she began studying to be a professional coach. But it wasn’t until 10 years later when she realized she need to make a change and started her own business. 

Darla LeDoux, founder of Aligned Entrepreneurs and Creator of Retreat and Grow Rich™, is a recovering engineer turned business coach, committed to supporting women on a mission to create a simple multi-six figure business using small retreats. Darla added an additional 6-figures each year in revenue for 6 years straight in business while hosting just a few retreats each year.

Background

Darla was an engineer for about five years and then went into marketing after that. As an engineer, she did product development, doing research to determine what products her company should be offering to their clients. She loved the marketing side more so she shifted to marketing. She was trained as a coach within her company. She worked in Procter & Gamble and they sent her to a training. Her training consisted of different people at different levels of the organization. They were trained to be diversity coach and it was fourteen days divided into three different retreats. Darla felt her life started to change in those three retreats. She was very unconscious before the training. She felt like the tragedies in her life didn’t affect her, the fact that her parents divorced when she was two years old didn’t affect her. The training helped Darla know more about herself. It cracked her shell open, she got to know more about her heart and the wonders of retreat. She realized everyone needed to attend a retreat in their lives.

How did the training help you crack your heart open? 

There was this specific exercise Darla did in her training that really helped. The participants in the group took turns to stand in the center of the room, and then tell the truth and share their opinions with the group on different topics. They talked about their biases, about their opinion on men, women etc. Up until that point, Darla never shared her opinion publicly.

How did you find the courage to finally leave your job?

Darla would plan and then get scared and find a job. This happened until her stepfather died, and she got divorced the same year. Her marriage only lasted for six months. Everything she knew she felt like fell away, she didn’t know what to do. Her old ways of surviving life failed. There was something in that failure that helped Darla to go in business and be okay to fail. Most people aren’t okay to fail in business. We always want to look like we have it all together and make sure we don’t make any mistake. We can all relate to the fear of facing failure and how others would think of us if we fail.

How much planning is necessary if someone wants to lead a retreat?

It is different for everyone, she uses a tool called human design and tells her clients to use it as well. It tells a lot about how plans are and how they need to be. She also has an assessment that she does in her retreats that she will be taking online shortly. For someone people, they do not have every segment planned. Many people have plans but do not execute it. They have the order, the outcome they want for their participants but they are just panicking which is obvious. It is not easy not to panic when a group of people come to be with you and to trust that what you envision is going to work for them. It is a vulnerable act. When a group of people comes together you don’t always know how things will go. In her first retreat, Darla had 182 slides. Most people fail retreats because they have too much content to share. She advises people to cut it short and keep it to the point. She teaches six different retreats styles as well.

What advice do you give people when they are not feeling aligned in their lives?

You can always go on retreat because, in your own environment, it is hard to see and find the purpose of your life. The reason why retreats are so powerful is that when you are in different energy, you can see things clearly.

What are you up to these days?

She just released a book titled ‘Retreat and Grow Rich’. She did a mini launch of her book in May and took people through a book study. It took her a while to teach what she was doing in her business. She is an advocate for retreat and retreat leaders.

Can you suggest an action step for someone who wants to go on or lead a retreat?

If you want to lead a retreat, first read the cheat sheet from URL posted below. If you want to attend a retreat, you can email Darla through her website.

How can we connect with you?

You can find her on her website. Her website’s URL is

http://alignedentrepreneurs.com/

Find more about retreats from the following URL

http://www.retreatandgrowrich.com

You can find the cheat-sheet for leading a retreat from the following link:

https://darla.clickfunnels.com/cheat-sheet

Jul 20, 2017

Joe Moffett is a former US Marine turned entrepreneur, Peak Performance, and Mental Skills Coach. He is a highly motivated public speaker, Co-Best Selling Author, and entrepreneur. After the military, Joe dove into personal development and worked with thousands of people around the world the help them discover their inner greatness. He made an impact by advancing their life and business. He studied under some of the greatest minds. Through the years of studying and searching for what are the slight edge differences that give one individual more of a competitive edge than the other, Joe has implemented an inclusive framework of how to Master Your Life By Design.

Why did you choose to go into the Marine Corps?

Joe talks about the tough mental conditioning experienced during his time serving as a US marine from a very young age. He saw joining the military as an opportunity to travel the world and to 'give something back from himself.' The skills and mindset gained from years of military training have served him well in life and continue to do so.

How did you get into personal development?

Joe took his coaching to the next level through training up clients until the early hours of the morning inspired by a Jim Rohn quote, “Go help other people create their success and you'll have yours.” But this effort and sacrifice weren't bringing in the ROI at the time. In fact, Joe managed to get into debt to the tune of $30k at one point and realized that changes needed to be made.

How do you discipline the body?

Every day Joe does something that lets his body know his mind is in control. The body is an adaptive machine that can be accustomed to less sleep and other challenges over time. Everything we do is a pattern or conditioning, each of our habits are conscious decisions to do or not to do something.  If you choose not to do something, you can also choose to do it.

What’s the first step in mastering your life by design?

You have to have a compelling future in order to stay on the path of self-discipline. If your future looks bland and mundane, it will be difficult for you to stay focused. The need for a 'Compelling Future.'

What are the 5 pillars of 'Master Life By Design'? 

First and foremost, health is the foundation. Second is emotional intelligence I.e. the ability to master your emotions. The third is the necessity to master your finances or at least have a grip on them. Fourth is relationships- Joe believes we are all here to connect and to help each other in some form or other. Fifth is a lifestyle- while earning good money and being healthy, you have to be able to enjoy these things, something that requires the time to be able to do so.

Creating A 'Life By Design'

Get rid of the baggage of your past and be clear on what a perfect day in your future looks like. Have a defined target and start to work backward towards achieving it. Consciously create what you want out of life, make your goals not just measurable but meaningful. Take plenty of time to think, plan and build strategies like the people at Google who have special rooms reserved just for thinking. 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given? 

Don't be fooled by people's exterior, many people look good on the outside but inside, they are miserable. Have realistic expectations.

You can reach out to Joe at

http://www.masterlifebydesign.com

https://www.facebook.com/MasterLifeByDesign

 

     

Jul 13, 2017

Natalie Berthold is a family constellation therapist (FCT). Family constellation is a technique to find hidden dynamics in a family or a relation that might be a cause of distress in one’s life. Natalie tells about her business in the podcast, what it is like and how she got in this business.

 

As a family constellation therapist, what is it like to have a family?

 

It has armed her with many resources and helped her become a better mother and a wife. She is working on family dynamics and solving unresolved issues. She feels it's a blessing and a curse sometimes. It helps her prioritize and eliminate patterns that might have been passed down.

 

What are family dynamics and patterns? How do you heal unresolved traumas?

 

Initially, when Natalie would talk about her work in interviews, there was not enough scientific data to back it up. But now there has been so much study on epigenetics and now it has been scientifically proven that the things that happen to our great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents get down to the generations and gets put in our DNA particularly things like trauma or something that is unresolved. Natalie offers therapy that helps to sort out and allocate at every level the stuff that has been passed down to you from your ancestors. A good way to identify that you are inhabiting in past patterns is to look at areas where you are really stuck and you have tried every method to break through but you have not been successful. It probably did not start with you and you are trying to heal with the context of your life which is hard.

 

How did you develop an eating disorder and how does it relate to your FCT work?

 

There is a concept in family constellation therapy which is called the orders of love. It is a generalization of how certain dynamics can contribute to certain patterns. As a professional, Natalie knows that each family is unique and different. The struggle to eat healthily can greatly vary from person to person. Natalie shares her own story of how she developed an eating disorder that was triggered by family dynamics and experiences she had. An important factor that led to her disorder was the murder of her aunt, whose body was never found, the culprit never apprehended. There was this huge irreconcilable energy in the family system and Natalie herself was connected with this incident.

 

Can you speak a little about ‘The Orders of Love’?

 

‘The Orders of Love’ is a very important component in Family Constellation Therapy. Bert Hellinger, a priest from Germany who was trying to spread Catholicism in Zulu tribe in South Africa gave the concept of the orders of love. He tried to convert the Zulu tribe in South Africa to Catholicism, and the more he tried to convert them, work with them and learn about them, he realized they were way happier than other people. So, he took a pause and started to find the reason of their happiness. As a result, he developed a therapy which talks about a family system where love can both be disrupted and flow again.

 

How do you work with someone who does not know his or her family history?

 

A lot of us know a lot less about our family than we think we do. Every family has many secrets and stories. There are many truths and there are many things, which are not true. She kind of gets into a place where there is something the client does know. If you don’t know much about your family history, you can always work on it because it means there is a lot of hidden stuff. You just need to acknowledge that there is a lot of secrets that you can work with.

 

How did you get into family constellation therapy?

 

Natalie was totally guided into it. She was a teacher in Argentina and that was a completely different job. She had a debilitating eating disorder back then and had tried everything to deal with it. Natalie had an eating disorder for almost 15 years that nearly took her life. She was teaching in Argentina when she had her first session of Family Constellation Therapy. She found the cure of 15-year battle with bulimia in just one session and that is what compelled her to study this work and then later practice this therapy in New York City.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

 

Living their purpose is different for every person. Natalie thinks it changes based on your era of time that you are in. Before her daughter was born, living her purpose meant doing more of her work, spending more time in family constellation therapy. Her purpose was mostly career oriented. Now it is more about giving time to her daughter, prioritizing her needs.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

 

The best advice she has been given is to follow her heart, and that is what she has done in her business and family.

 

How can we connect with you?

 

You can connect with her through her website. Her website’s URL is

 

http://www.natalieberthold.com/

Jul 6, 2017

My guest for today’s podcast is Pat Verducci. She is an experienced writing coach and story consultant. In her long and illustrious career, Pat has written and directed a film, penned scripts for Touchstone Pictures and has worked as a story consultant for Pixar. She has also been teaching screenwriting for past ten years at the University of California.

 

How did you start as a writer?

 

There are different paths you can follow to become a writer. Pat was a theater geek in high school, participated in every play, loved reading books and loved doing theater. Pat ended up getting an undergraduate degree in theater and communication but realized very soon it was going to be difficult to make a living working in theater. A part of her always loved to film so she applied to film school and went to the University of California and enrolled in their directing program. An important part of the directing program was to learn about screenwriting and looking at films as an art form from an intellectual perspective. Pat’s favorite classes were screenwriting classes where she got her first taste of being a screenwriter. She graduated from film school, found a job at ABC News and worked there for a while. She was a desk assistant, and had weird job hours and worked late at night so she had plenty of time to write in the morning. She could focus on writing scripts, and that is how she started writing a script that would one day be translated into a film. She ended up writing a feature script that was eventually purchased by a production company. She would then go on and direct a movie for that script which starred Alicia Silverstone. She thought she wanted to be a director who could write as well. But when she had kids, Pat realized directing stuff demanded a lot of time and it was difficult for her to manage so she focused more on writing. In the meantime, she also started to teach screenwriting.

 

What movies have you directed or been a part of?

 

Pat has only directed one feature film which is a 1995 film called ‘True Crime’ and it stars Alicia Silverstone and Kevin Dillon in the lead roles. However, she has written scripts for Touchstone Pictures, Disney animation division and also worked as a story consultant for Disney Pixar where she worked with their filmmakers and writers on stories and characters.

 

What is the Hero’s journey and what does it mean?

 

The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by Joseph Campbell who was a mythologist and ended up studying myth and fairytales, going all the way back to ancient times and reading all the stories that were written in present time. He discovered that all the stories are same, details are different but the structure is same for all stories. He called it The Hero’s Journey. He was an academic and identified this pattern. There have been amazing people to come after Joseph Campbell. A guy named Christopher Vogler wrote a book called ‘The Writer’s Journey’ and translated the academic discussion of the hero’s journey into his book.

 

What are the 12 phases of Hero’s journey?

 

1) Hero starts in an ordinary world, which is his safe place. He is oblivious of the adventures to come.

2) In this phase, the hero receives a call to the adventure where the hero ultimately must step out of his comfort zone.

3) In this phase, the hero refuses for the call/challenge. It is either emotionally or physically dangerous to the character

4) In this phase, a turn of events takes place as the hero decides to act. Usually, a hero meets a mentor who helps him overcome his doubts and fear.

5) In this phase, the hero now crosses the threshold and commits to the adventure. It means the hero has stepped out of the ordinary world to special world.

6) In the special world, the hero faces all sorts of troubles and tests, he must identify who can be trusted, who is the friend and who is an enemy.

7) What the hero want is so special that he now must enter the inmost cave that can reflect an inner conflict or some location where lies great trouble for the hero.

8) This phase is a supreme ordeal for the hero, a physical test or a deep inner crisis. The hero has to overcome all odds to safeguard his existence.

9) The hero emerges victorious from the ordeal and in the process, transforms his personality into a new state becoming a stronger person.

10) Now the hero has to return back to the original world but he has yet to face his final encounter.

11) In this phase, the hero faces his last encounter, a confrontation with the biggest enemy, the results of which are far greater than the hero’s own existence. Ultimately the hero succeeds, destroys the enemy and returns to the original world.

12) This is the final stage where the hero returns to the original world, completely transformed and reborn.

What do you usually write about?

 

Right from the start of her career, Pat has had a deep obsession with true crime genre. Her first big script and the film leading to the script was also based on the same concept of true crime. Now, Pat is writing a novel that is also crime oriented.

 

What has been the highest point of your career as a writer?

 

The moment she realized she was working for Pixar animation studio has been the highest point of her career. She could hardly believe she was in the same room with the creative team of the studio, and that she was collaborating with the filmmakers, and making stories better. Pat says she never even dreamt of being a part of that process and feels lucky every day that she was a part of it.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

 

Living her purpose means doing what she loves and doing it every single day. Pat says we should pay attention to what lights us up and then make plans to make a career out of it. Acting every day to make it happen is important.

 

What is the best advice you have been given?

 

The best advice she has been given is to start before you're ready. To act every day and not worry about the results or think of not making enough plans to take an action. 

 

How can we connect with you?

 

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

https://patverducci.com/

She also has a blog section on her website.

https://patverducci.com/blog/

 

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/

May 25, 2017

Jennifer Racciopi is a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach, a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor, a Registered Yoga Teacher, a Women’s Hormonal Health Coach, and has deeply immersed herself in the transformational studies of positive psychology. She combines her love of evidence-based science with a profound understanding of the ancient science of the stars. She is the creator of the Lunar Logic Methodology, we’ll get to know your authentic, deep down, self—your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths and your mission.

 

Background

 

Jennifer talks about her childhood in the start of the podcast. She says she was always adventurous and curious, even as a kid. According to her sister, Jennifer wanted to be a life coach from her childhood. Jennifer says she had a complicated childhood, especially during her puberty when she felt like her body was not ready to enter the next phase of her life. Jennifer says she had irregular menstrual cycles, was sick for most of her teenage years and certainly was not a happy teenager during that phase. The hormonal deregulation that Jennifer had, turned out to be a precursor for cancer and Jennifer was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer during her teenage years. Jennifer had various surgeries in her treatment, which had some serious side effects. One of these surgeries put her in menopause and she was just nineteen at that time.

 

How did you begin your healing process?

 

Jennifer says healing begins when we decide we have to heal. It comes in many ways; she thinks she is still healing twenty years later. She felt like she had to get back to her life and do things the normal way but soon she felt like there was no life to get back to, her purpose had been decimated. During this phase in her life, Jennifer traveled a lot, from Africa to Europe and finally settled down in West Coast, permanently moving to San Diego. Jennifer says living in San Diego helped her a lot to find her purpose and to recover. Probably, the biggest change in Jennifer’s life was when she became obsessed with the moon and her cycles. Jennifer was able to synchronize her life and her

activities, with the phases of the moon. It helped her regrow, and become herself again.

 

What does it mean to live life according to lunar cycles?

 

The moon has a new phase, a waxing phase, a full phase and a waning phase. It is very important to understand these four phases and they synchronize perfectly with a woman’s body. Learning about these phases for Jennifer meant learning how to artificially recreate what she lost from her hormonal rhythm. Jennifer realized that since she had gynecological cancer and no ovaries and uterus, so she did not cycle at all, as a normal woman does.

New phase corresponds to menstrual phase, slowing down a bit and nurturing your body. The waxing phase corresponds to follicular phase; the full moon corresponds to ovulation. The waning phase follows the full moon and corresponds to luteal phase. Encrypted in these phases are the patterns and rhythms that can help us live our lives properly. The cycle of creation is not linear. When Jennifer realized there is a lunar influence on her behavior and how her body behaves, it helped her work with her mood and body, helped her create her life in a way that had rhythm and purpose.

 

How can you help someone find his or her rhythm?

 

Jennifer specifically talks about Corporate America while answering this question. This is because working in a 9 to 5 job requires you to put in a lot of hard work and energy. You have to work around the clock and sometimes it becomes difficult to find the right rhythm for your body while working in big corporations. Before working as an astrologer and a life coach, Jennifer worked in the corporate business in America. She loved her work ethic and routine. One of the reasons she left corporate America was because she had a massive burnout. Jennifer shares her story of how she loved working with her headphones on, listening to music and that increased her work productivity. When a newly appointed superior posed objections on Jennifer’s method of increasing her work productivity (the usage of headphones), Jennifer felt like her personal space had been violated. Jennifer says she had this moment where an inner voice asked her to stop pushing for more in the corporate world because it was not meant for her. Finding the perfect rhythm in Corporate America is a bit tricky. It is tricky because there is just too much workload and you are expected to be at work at 8 am in morning and work till 7 pm. Things can be done to schedule our time, some of it has to do with what your position is in the corporate world. If you are new in the organization, relatively junior in terms of authority and rank, you have to push yourself harder for a better position. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to be compliant and there is no other option, make sure you do not stress out. Stress itself is not a threat to our health; it is how we perceive it that matters. Jennifer talks about Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s book, ‘The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It’. She talks about productively working with stress in the book. In the corporate world, you will often find yourself in a position where you have to be compliant and it will mess up with your rhythm, so in such situations try to understand the end game. Ask yourself questions like why do you need to be compliant? What is the upside of working contradictory to your body needs? So do not cause additional harm to your body. Lack of recovery from stress also causes damage. Talk to yourself positively about how to withstand the demands on your body.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

 

Living her purpose means understanding and honoring her values, giving herself the permission to change her purpose. Jennifer says she has a different purpose for different circumstances in her life. Jennifer says living her purpose means having a purpose for everything she does in her life in accordance with her core values.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

 

The best advice she has been given is a quote from Warren Bennis in which he talks about leadership. According to Warren Bennis, leadership development is personal development and leadership is knowing who you are and being who you are.

 

How can we connect with you?

 

You can find her on her website. Her website’s URL is

http://jenniferracioppi.com/

 

You can also find her on Instagram. Her Instagram handle is

https://instagram.com/jennracioppis/

May 18, 2017

Priscilla Stephan is an Intuitive Business Strategist and Leading From Your Soul Facilitator. She helps leaders who have hit an upper limit in their businesses step into their next level of leadership and create more impact and revenue with grace, joy, and ease. She believes that the most important quality in business (and in life) is the courage to embrace all of who you are and to embody your mission unapologetically.

Background

Priscilla is in her third iteration of her current business. Her first business was importing fashion accessories and handbags from Brazil. Priscilla was born in Brazil and she loved the fashion accessories over there. Back then, she had a regular job and Priscilla would feel her creativity did not have a proper outlet to be expressed and that is why she started that business. Her first business lasted for three years and it took her about five years before she started her second business as a health coach in which she helped women with emotional eating. When she came to know about Akashic records and its power of how it can help her and people around her, she rebranded her business and became an intuitive business strategist. She mainly helps her clients connect with themselves at a deeper level and expand their business by being aligned to their true deeper desires in accordance with their souls.

How would you advise someone to connect deeply with their soul?

You can connect with yourself at a deeper level through many ways. The best way is to get quiet whether it just means sitting on a chair and breathing, or lying down in your bed or walking. Priscilla is able to generate ideas and connect with her soul by walking quietly and contemplating the meaning of life. Meditation can also help you increase your focus, concentrate on things and connect with your soul at a deeper level. Yoga can also help to connect with your inner self.

Just like your body, your soul is always there to talk to you. A great way to connect with your soul is to ask questions from your soul.  You can ask the soul of your business. You can ask the soul your soul. You can ask the soul of a book, of what would you like next.

What does ‘leading from your soul’ mean to you?

Leading from your soul means knowing that you have an amazing truth within you and you can turn incredible ideas into reality with your abilities. It means using our talents and abilities to change the world. It means understanding the fact that you are naturally designed with unique gifts, motivation, purpose, strengths and challenges and that you are supposed to make a great contribution to the betterment of this planet.

What are the Akashic records?

Akashic records are also known as ‘The Book of Life’. There is space in the ether; it is like a library of your soul. It contains all the information about all the experiences you have had in your life, all the thoughts that have crossed your mind, every action you have taken. Anyone can be trained to access his or her Akashic records. There are 28 different archetypes in Akashic records. These archetypes help you understand how you are naturally designed to lead in your life.

What does it take to be a great leader?

To become a leader you must have the willingness to be a leader.  Priscilla believes leadership is about contribution, and she believes everyone is a leader because we all contribute. Even a homeless person is a leader because they contribute to our desire and willingness to be generous to them. A schoolteacher, a president, a CEO, a coach, a healer, all our leaders because they all contribute to a greater cause. However, we have to acknowledge the fact that you are contributing to this world one way or another. The ultimate concept of leadership is about knowing that we have the potential to expand beyond our businesses and to contribute to the greater good in this world.

Do you think leadership is a skill people can develop?

Priscilla believes we are all born to lead because we all naturally contribute. Many of us have a disempowering perception about leadership that you are supposed to have some sort of experience to become a leader or to accomplish something great before becoming a leader. Leadership is just a desire to change the world, no matter how big or small the desire is. You just have to acknowledge that you can contribute to someone in this world with your talents and abilities.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

For Priscilla, living her purpose means being happy, being herself and never giving up. Her life’s mission and purpose is very simple and she believes the most profound things in life are simple and we do not need to overcomplicate them.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Her mother asked her to always trust herself and believe in herself. This is what she teaches her clients as well, to know what you know and trust what you know.

How can we connect with you?

You can find more about her from her website. Her website’s URL is

http://priscillastephan.com/

May 11, 2017

Divya Alter is the Co-Founder & Director of Ayurvedic Health & Culinary Arts at Bhagavat Life. Divya has cooked in yoga ashrams and temples in India, Europe and the U.S. for 25 years. She has been teaching Ayurvedic vegetarian cooking in New York City since 2009 and is a regular faculty at the New York Open Center. She and her husband recently opened New York’s authentic Ayurvedic café in Manhattan called Divya’s Kitchen. She also is the author of the new book What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen - 100 Seasonal Recipes.

 

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the oldest holistic healing science in the world. It was originated in what is today known as India about 5000 years ago. One of the goals of Ayurveda is to help human beings maintain balance at emotional, physical, mental and spiritual level. It helps integrate ourselves at all these levels. The concept to maintain balance varies from person to person. Each one of us has our own reference for balance depending on our body type and depends on the lifestyle we have. Each one of us has our balancing factors and we have our stressing factors. What is balancing for one person might not be the same for someone else.

 

How would you know where to start if you want to become more balanced?

The first step is to identify your needs, identify what is missing in your life. Divya particularly focuses on Ayurvedic aspects of food and she helps people identify what food is good for them and can help them create more balance physically and mentally. The best assessment would be to have a trained Ayurvedic practitioner read your pulse. A practitioner will be able to identify what energies are out of balance, what you need to fix them. In her book ‘What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen’ Divya takes a very simple journey of how food can help you maintain balance on four different levels. She talks about four different types of digestion according to Ayurveda. It is easier for us to identify what digestion we have rather than what kind of body type we have. Divya helps people identify their digestion so they can eat according to their digestion.

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to eat according to the seasons?

Divya says that as we need to change our clothes according to the season, it is very important we change our diet with the season. Like in the spring season, when the temperatures warm up, there is more humidity in the air and the atmosphere is heavier than usual, it is better if we eat food that is lighter in fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Leafy greens are very good for the spring season. They are detoxifying as well as good for the digestive tract. Divya says we should also eat food more spicy food. We should cook with more spices because it will help us to release any sluggishness we accumulate during winters. We should also have lighter grains like millet and barley. They are very nourishing and lighter for our system.

 

Where does meat fit into Ayurveda?

Ayurveda never supported meat industry and the concept of all the slaughterhouses. In Ayurveda, meat is prescribed as medicine, not as mass consumption. Ayurveda also says that if someone is trying to become more compassionate and go deep in his or her spiritual journey, then a vegetarian diet is more recommended because it is the least cruel diet.

 

How did you get started on the entrepreneurial journey?

Divya’s cooking journey began when she was 18 years old. She was looking for a yoga studio in Bulgaria. Back then, everything spiritual in Bulgaria was forbidden so Divya had a lot of trouble finding a yoga studio. She eventually found an underground yoga studio in Bulgaria and became an intern in a kitchen of that studio. In the process, she fell in love with cooking and she would cook for 30 to 60 people. Her love for yoga and eagerness to learn it took her to India where she lived and studied yoga for five years. She continued to learn cooking in India as well. During her time in India, she became very sick and came across an Ayurvedic doctor who helped Divya eat the right food for her body. That is when she first experienced food as a medicine for her body. When she came to New York about ten years ago, she started teaching cooking classes along with her husband. She gradually grew in her business and now she has her own cooking school. Her focus in these classes is to teach Ayurvedic principles for cooking food. She opened her Ayurvedic restaurant six months ago and she is the executive chef in the restaurant.

 

What is the simplest easy meal that someone can make and is clean to eat?

First, select the best quality ingredients for your food. Do not use canned or frozen food. You can make soup as it contains a high amount of proteins. You can make any vegetable dish as well. There is a dish in Ayurveda and it is called Kitchari. It is very quick to make, nutritious and easy to digest. You can make Kitchari in 30-40 minutes.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

For Divya, living her purpose means doing what makes her happy and fulfilled. She says she needs to have a continuous feeling of being in service to others if she is living her life to its purpose.

 

What is the best advice you have been given?

The best advice she has been given is to be herself and to do what she loves doing. She believes she can only live her life on purpose if she stays natural and authentic.

 

How can we connect with you?

 

Her website’s URL is

http://divyaskitchen.com/

 

You can also find her on Facebook from through the following URL

https://www.facebook.com/divyaskitchennyc/?ref=bookmarks

 

Her Instagram handle is

https://www.instagram.com/divyaskitchennyc/

 

You can find out more about her book from the following link

https://www.amazon.com/What-Eat-How-You-Feel/dp/0847859681

May 4, 2017

Jen Mazer has helped dozens of women entrepreneurs live out their dreams by helping them manifest their biggest dreams. Jen is known as ‘Queen of Manifestation’ among her peers and friends. This is because Jen herself has dreamt of some unbelievable adventures and managed to live them out.

How do you describe manifestation? 

Jen says we are all manifesting whether we realize it or not. Jen believes manifestation is co-creating with the universe, setting your intention to what you want and then allowing it to come into being. Manifestation is your thoughts creating your reality, and if you set the intentions for what you want in your life, you can co-create it in the universe. The thing about manifestation is that even if you are not consciously setting your intentions, your thoughts are still unconsciously creating your reality. Jen believes manifestation is a very easy process than we make it out to be. All manifestation comes from our imagination.

How can you help someone know what they want in their life?

You do not need to overcomplicate it. Start with small things, things that make you happy. Think of a few things that you can do for hours and not get bored with it. Think of things that people come to you for and ask for your advice. Try to look for things that give you joy. The things that excite you differ for every person so you have to figure it out yourself.

How can someone open up his or her imagination?

Jen has specifically talked about this in her book ‘Manifesting Made Easy.' There are ways through which you can open up and get a clear perspective on what you want. Journaling is one of the best ways to clear your thoughts and think properly. Get a paper and write down things that you love, divide things into categories of your life like your health, home, your relationship, your career, your community and then think for every category and write it down. This activity really helps you get a clear perspective, especially for people who are having trouble knowing what they want in their lives.

What do you do if someone has a desire to manifest something but fear stops him or her from manifesting?

 

All of us have limiting beliefs. One should not feel bad about these limiting belief or be afraid to embrace them. Our limiting beliefs always help us grow and learn. Although it might seem like an obstacle, it is an opportunity for you to grow as an individual. Every obstacle is always an opportunity. Sometimes, these blockages and limiting beliefs are because of the people around us. It might not be your limiting belief; it could be because of your parents, or something someone told you. If it is your belief, you can use various methods to let go of this belief. Two famous methods are Sedona Method, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT uses your acupuncture points.

 

What is the wildest thing you think you have manifested?

 

Jen has manifested quite a lot of things and that is why her friends gave her the name ‘Queen of Manifestation’. Jen lived rent free in Manhattan in an apartment in the East Village for ten years. She tells her amazing story in the podcast of how she got to live rent free in an apartment and how that led to her creating websites for all the vegan restaurants in New York. Creating websites helped her a lot when she started her own business as she could create her website on her own and maintain her social presence on Internet.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

For Jen, living her purpose means feeling good about what she is doing and waking up every morning having that feeling that she is aligned with her work. She feels like she has to fulfill different roles in her life as an entrepreneur and as a mom. As an entrepreneur, she thinks she has to help her clients remove all the blockages and manifest things they desire. When she is with her daughter, it is her purpose to help her. Jen thinks it is very important to be present in the moment. 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice she has been given is to follow her heart and do what she loves doing in her life.

How can we connect with you?

Her website’s URL is

http://queenofmanifestation.com/

You can find more about her work through her website. You can also find more information about her book ‘Manifesting Made Easy’ via her website. You can also read a complete chapter of her book free.

You can also find her on Facebook.

 

https://www.facebook.com/QueenOfManifestation/

 

Her twitter handle is

 

https://twitter.com/jenmazer

 

You can also find her on Pinterest.

 

https://www.pinterest.com/jenmazer/

Apr 27, 2017

My guest for today’s podcast is Ali Rittenhouse who helps entrepreneurs in marketing. She is an online business coach and a launch strategist who has helped thousands of entrepreneurs set up their business in online domain and convert their programs into profits. Marketing is one of those things that help you uniquely identify yourself in the market. The principle that forms the basis of marketing is that you do not have to wait for people to come to you for your services; you have to be out there and promote your business.

Background

Ali is a high-school dropout, a college dropout and a teen mom as well. The year she started her business is the year she got divorce as well and moved in with her mother. There were many reasons that led to Ali making these rash decisions and it goes on to show that sometimes, even smart people take wrong decisions.  Ali knew she had much more potential than just being a high-school dropout.

She started getting her GED in the meantime.  She went to the nearest library, got a GED preparation book. After the birth of her daughter, she could not really take things further with her GED. Ali realized she had to change the way of things. She had a job where she got 6 dollars per hour and she felt miserable. She decided to enroll in a GED class in a nearby school. Within a few months, Ali started college and for her, it felt great to back in school and work hard for grades. The problem, however, for Ali was that she still had no idea what she really wanted to do with her life and taking all of these classes meant nothing. Through this process, Ali found a job that introduced her to the world of technology and she eventually took some web design classes at college. Life again rather took over, her daughter was starting school, and now she had to drop out of college. Ali felt like she had no purpose at that point in her life. Someone suggested her to look into the broader domain of virtual assistance online. Ali spent quite some time researching about virtual assistance and wanted to start a virtual assistance business. She eventually had to take the leap and find ways to start her business.  She got a 20-week training of starting virtual assistance business and that allowed her to start this business.

How did you get your first client?

Ali thinks her first client was a disaster. It was a referral from a friend. Her friend was working with this person and she introduced Ali to a client who she thinks was not her ideal client. Ali recalls it was a terrible experience, and their interaction only lasted for six weeks.  Her fist ideal client, who she found on her own via craigslist, was someone who was looking for a virtual assistant. Her client was relocating out of country and needed someone to handle her business in United States. This client helped Ali to learn a lot about virtual assistance and running an online business.

How do you help you clients use technology for their benefit?

I try to teach people the basics, the starting foundation to what they need and then allowing them to do something more complex. It could be something like asking them to design a simple landing page with an offer or a live stream video instead of highly edited videos on YouTube. She tries to listen properly what they want to do and then a plan is formulated according to the needs. For anything big we want to do in lives, we first have to take small steps and those small steps will be a stepping-stone for bigger success. Ali aims to teach her clients the same principle.

What does your business look like now?

Now, Ali has her training programs, one on one coaching programs and she provides higher end consultancy. She feels like doing these things help her feel aligned and authentic. Ali has transformed from a service-based business to an agency that can help people in different areas and is a media company that produces content and courses for individuals.

What advice would you give someone who has had a rough past and want to move on?

Ali says it is never too late to move forward in your life. Do not live in your past, what matters is your present and your future. Life is always about moving forward. Look at the small steps that can help you rectify the situation. Ali shares her own example of how she did not go straight to college but first got her GED. These small steps will eventually help you towards your main goal. When she got the GED book from library, she knew it did not mean she would pass her test. She still had to work hard for it. In addition, she made sure she looked out for every resource available that could help her pass the GED test.

What advice would you give someone who wants to market his or her brand or product?

You should start having conversations about your marketing with your friends and colleagues. You can use your Facebook feed and Instagram as well. Putting it out there will help you get a boost start in your marketing. Ali says it is the first thing she would do if she were to market her brand or product.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

For Ali, she feels her purpose is to help people through the work she does. She thinks it is to help people develop plans for their business. She hopes to inspire other people as well to come forward and help people around them. 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice she has been given is to stay true to herself, stay authentic and stay exactly like who she is.

How can we connect with you?

You can find more about her upcoming work and past projects through her website. Her website’s URL is

http://alirittenhouse.com/

Apr 20, 2017

Nicole Moore is an NYU Certified Life Coach. She is passionate about helping Women everywhere find True Love and transform their relationships, especially the ones they have with themselves. She committed herself to learning and practicing everything she could about self-love. At first, it was painful; loving herself seemed like the most unnatural thing to do. But the tiny shifts added up and soon she was feeling better about herself more than she ever had. The internal change was reflected in her outside world. She began to look better, eat better, act better and even attracted her soul mate. She believes that when you truly love yourself, everything in your life works.

 

How would you define your personal and professional growth?

 

Nicole says she has done many programs from Tony Robbins and Mama Gena’s for past ten years. She was in a relationship when she started this business. Back then, Nicole felt like she was in the perfect relationship however, things changed drastically when she started her business. The person she was dating became emotionally abusive and very critical. Nicole started to lose her believe in love and its existence. That particular relationship helped Nicole to grow as an individual. When she left that relationship, she gave herself a lot of time to heal and fill herself with self-love. Nicole remembers she actually made a list of ways she wanted to be loved. The list had all the ways she had not been loved and there were total eight different ways. It is crazy but true that when she met Mike, her husband, she realized he does all of those eight things and in abundance. Nicole took a stand for what she deserved and she realized she was meant for much more than what she had been accepting.

 

How did you start the journey of loving yourself more?

 

Loving yourself simply means caring about yourself on daily basis. It is very simple; all you have to do is pay attention to your heart and the thoughts that come to your mind. Look at the conversations you have with yourself. Back when Nicole had not discovered the concept of self-love, she would often say something critical about herself and sometimes her own words would hurt her emotionally. Therefore, for Nicole loving herself more meant paying attention to her heart and her conversation to herself. She would look at her choices and how her choices affected her heart. She had to make sure that she creates her own space in herself.

 

How would you teach someone to find love in his or her life?

 

You should have the ability to make yourself willing to new experiences. Sometimes, finding love in life is not an easy process. The fact is that most of the people when hurt, tend to close their hearts but you have to make a declaration to yourself to be willing to experience more and meet new people. When Nicole broke out of her relationship in New York, she knew this man had cheated on her and it was a lot of pain. However, she still remembers this particular moment clearly, when she left him and was in her apartment when she did that declaration of not closing her heart for new things in life. Many women tend to close their heart when they experience hurt in their love life. We feel like we need to defend ourselves in those situations and that is why close our hearts. You also need to believe in your love vision and in the desire that you have in your heart. If the desire is in your heart, then it is meant for you.

 

Did you have the desire to have a business of your own?


Before starting her own business, Nicole had a job in public relations, but she really did not like it. She would often think to herself that she should be doing something else. She thought of things she liked doing and somehow made a business out of it. Nicole had this vision of working with people one on one and helping them out. She also wanted her work to be location independent so she could work from anywhere. She was in a landmark program where she saw a girl tell her she was going for a life coach certification. That is when she realized she could do it and she did not have to be super-aged to help people. Eventually, she quit her job and decided to enroll at New York University for life coaching.

 

Do you ever have challenges in your relationship?

 

Like every other couple, Nicole also has disagreements with her husband but they are both very good in dealing with such situations. She remembers the time when they had their first baby and were both tired. There were moments when they would say something out of frustration to each other but always dealt with the situation accordingly.

 

Do you believe loving yourself before entering in a relationship is important?

 

Loving yourself before entering a relationship will help you but it is not a prerequisite for entering into a relationship. You can get into a relationship any time. However, if you really love yourself, it helps you relate to your partner and help you in your relationship. Not everyone loves himself or herself fully and in every single area. You do not have to be perfect to find love; you just have to be willing.

 

What does living your purpose mean to you?

 

Living your purpose means all about doing the work that makes you feel good and authentic. You can do it in many different ways. For every person, it is just about figuring that thing you can give back to world. For Nicole, it is self-love and she hopes to teach people to love themselves. Living her purpose means helping people fall in love with themselves.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

 

“Quality of your life is dependent on the quality of your mindset”. It is very important to work on your thoughts because they go on to define your life. You should not be ruled by your mind, you should be willing to experience more.

 

How can we connect with you?

 

Her website’s URL is

http://www.loveworksmethod.com/

 

You can follow her on Instagram as well

https://www.instagram.com/nicolemoorelove/

 

Nicole also has a Facebook page with the following URL

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-Moore/556721024399266

 

She also has a channel on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/nicolemoore1984

Apr 13, 2017

Michelle Goldblum and Ali Leipzig did not begin Soul Camp as a business. Rather, it began as a party, born out of the energy of the girls' joy and excitement at the idea of turning what they'd learned along the path into something they could share with others. Soul Camp is a multi-day, multi-location all-inclusive wellness sleepaway camp for adults. Each camp, between 200-300 campers - just like you! - leave their worries and iPhones behind to gather and participate in dozens of workshops, classes and seminars that nourish their bodies, minds and spirits.  Each Soul Camp takes place in an actual sleep-away camp location, situated amongst sprawling trees, lakes, valleys and grassy knolls around the nation. All meals and snacks include vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. All camps are drug and alcohol free. Soul Camp believes that at camp, we reawaken to the power we all had as kids that allowed us to dream bigger, jump higher, sing louder, laugh more. We let go of our adult labels, roles and fears, and rediscover who we really are. And we are seen, embraced and loved for being just that. And it is from this place that we can then find purpose, create change, and truly impact the world.

How did Soul Camp come into existence?

Michelle and Ali attended camp Towanda when they were kids. There was a slight age difference in their ages and that always kept them at a distance from each other in the camp. They went on to pursue the same profession, became entrepreneurs and both ran individual branding businesses. Years later, they found each other in the branding business and became best friends and fellow travelers who would attend different events and gatherings for their own business. The idea of soul camp started when their old camp director, who pitched the idea of bringing together a small yoga group to Camp Towanda, approached Michelle and Ali.  They both loved the idea and thought of making more out of this idea. The first camp, back in 2014 was a huge success and Michelle and Ali realized this concept was much bigger than they thought. Soul camp did not being as a business idea but it slowly transformed into a permanent entity. It really was the community and the people who attended the first camp in 2014 that helped this idea to grow. The response was overwhelming and that gave Michelle and Ali a lot of confidence to start this business.

What does a typical day at Soul Camp look like?

It varies from person to person. There is no typical experience; you get to create your own experience. You wake up in your bunk with many other women or you can have your private cottage or cabin if you are in California. You wake up, you smell the fresh air, and you walk outside your bunk. There is a dining hall where there is all sorts of food. There is a specific schedule for each individual. Activities are divided into different periods. There are tons of different activities going on simultaneously. There is Kundalini yoga, oneness meditation, dance, cardio, boot camp, and stand up paddle boarding, breath work, dream catcher creating and much more. Typically, a period is of one hour. The campers get together for a combined activity in some periods.

Can you share a story of how you camp helped people make new friends?

Michelle shares a story of a 62-year-old women named Maria who found out about soul camp. Many people are of the view that it is not possible to make good friends late in your life. However, for Maria, Soul Camp helped her make best friends. She is now a regular visitor of the camp, she comes back to camp every single year. It is special for Michelle and Ali that people through their business have managed to find some people and make friends through Soul Camp.

What has been your biggest challenge with Soul Camp?

Michelle and Ali have faced quite a lot of challenges. It took them some time to find the right people for their business. It was difficult finding the right employees, advisors, finding out whom they work out best with, the kind of skills they need for this business and not giving their power away in terms of finances.  Back when they started Soul Camp, many people felt like their lives were shifted with Soul Camp and they really wanted to be a part of team. However, many of them really did not have the same work ethic like Michelle and Ali. Therefore, they really had to make sure they find the best match for themselves and work with people they were comfortable working with.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

For Michelle, living her purpose means doing a job that defines her personality and who she is as a person. Back when Michelle worked in pharmacy, it felt like it was just a job and her real life was outside the job. Now with Soul Camp, it does not feel like it is just her job. Soul Camp defines who Michelle is, how she lives her live, how she interacts with people. It is a mission bigger than she is. Every day she wakes up and feels grateful for being a part of something that has an impact on many people.

For Ali, living her purpose means that all of her talents are being used in the best way possible. For her, it means to be in a place where she is continuously challenged and has to bring out her best in everything. Ali believes if you are living a live that helps you grow, overcome your weaknesses and fears, then you are living it to its purpose and that is how she feels at Soul Camp.

How we can connect with you?

You can connect with them through their website.
Website’s URL is:

https://soul.camp/

You can find all the information about overnight camps and day camps through this website.

You can also find them on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/soul_camp/

You can visit their channel on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOIPGEMhJ062j37ZJwUu1ZQ

You can follow them on Facebook as well.

https://www.facebook.com/soulcamplove/

 

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