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:
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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:

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.

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.


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

Find more about retreats from the following URL

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

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



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

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

She also has a blog section on her website.


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

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

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 



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.     




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


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

She also has a Facebook page.

Following is the URL

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.”




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

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


Apps mentioned:



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


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


You can also follow her on Twitter.


For her Facebook page, visit the following link

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.




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


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

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.


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

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


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


Her Instagram handle is


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

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

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.


Her twitter handle is


You can also find her on Pinterest.

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.


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

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


You can follow her on Instagram as well


Nicole also has a Facebook page with the following URL


She also has a channel on YouTube

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:

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

You can also find them on Instagram

You can visit their channel on YouTube.

You can follow them on Facebook as well.


Apr 6, 2017

Isabel Foxen Duke helps women stop feeling crazy around food. She has her BA in sociology and received her health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Through her own struggles with emotional eating, she went on a quest for the solution. She spent several years of her young adult life studying various spiritual practices, including but not limited to Zen Meditation  in Japan, and Transpersonal Psychology in Bali. She is  also the editor of Mirror Mirror: Reflections on the Way We Look, an exploratory anthology of body image related prose. She has very strong opinions about why most people are getting the “emotional eating” conversation backwards.

How did you get started in this business?

Isabel believes the greatest ability to serve other people comes from looking at our greatest pain. For Isabel, it was her struggle with diet control and binge eating. Isabel was only three years old when she went on her first diet. At a very young age, she felt that her body was not okay, the food she was eating was not okay, and her diet was not out of control. She did everything to make sure she controlled her food and her body to the best of her ability. At this point in her life, she tried very hard to eat as little as possible and she was somewhat successful at it. However, it always lead her to those uncalled episodes of binge eating. Isabel always thought something was wrong with her because she could not stick with her diets, she assumed diets do work and that it is just a matter of willpower. Isabel went on a wild goose chase looking for solution, why she cannot control her food and body. She even looked for various treatments for binge eating. It took her years to finally understand that she needed to accept her body’s natural shape, the inherited needs for her body that there was no way that she was ever going to make dieting work.

What was the breaking point for you that helped you deal with binge eating?

There were a few different things. Isabel says the moment that she went to seek the solution was much earlier than time that she actually found one. The problem is that entire clinical system believes thin is good, fat is bad. She would present herself to mental health professionals as someone who had trouble controlling her food, who was addicted to food. Parallel to that she was slowly coming to the discovery that the main problem was trying to control her food and trying to fit her body into a shape that was not meant for her body. Eventually it was more about her personal and emotional surrender to this situation that helped her deal with binge eating. Isabel realized she was not capable of controlling her food and just surrendered. The struggle to control her food become more painful than just accepting her body the way it was. She had that ‘fall to her knees’ moment and realized the only way to deal with binge eating was to eat like a ‘normal person’ and not overthink about her food. Her abnormal behavior towards food changed drastically when she started eating like a normal person. Isabel knew it was time she stopped her fight with the food.

How would you define weight stigma?

Making assumptions about people based on their size. Every person who is struggling with food and body issues have a social aspect involved in their story. Due to the fact, that more weight is considered a social stigma, almost every time you come across someone struggling with body issues, they are just trying to fit in that socially acceptable square box. We care about weight because of social values, because of people around us. Isabel believes the most important thing in our life is to find love and be loved, and feel good about our place in the world. Ultimately, the reason we care about weight is other emotions attached to it, the fear of not being accepted or approved being the biggest reason. Most people think their problem is binge eating but the real problem is binge eating and dieting side by side.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

For Isabel, living her purpose ultimately means living in integrity with herself. For a very long time, her biggest struggle was that she was always out of alignment. Integrity is about living your live the way you are; Isabel says she is constantly trying to live her life in alignment with herself. Therefore, in general, living her purpose means continuously pushing towards authenticity and integrity in alignment with herself.

What is the best advice you have been given?

“What is the risk if you don’t take the risk?”

The best advice she has been given is to take the risk. The fact is, not taking the risk and moving forward is itself a risk. She remembers when she was quitting her job and how she had second thoughts about not quitting the job. She thought it was a risk to quit her job and start something new. However, staying there and working for the same job was a risk in itself, something that could have stunted her growth as an individual and prevented her to live her life to its purpose. Sometimes, in order to grow, we need to let go of our fears and move forward.

How can we connect with you?

Her blog’s URL is

You can also follow her on the following website named after one of her program

She also has a channel on YouTube and you can find videos on various topics from the following link

Mar 30, 2017

Liz Long is the founder of Bag the Habit and Learn to Make a Product. Liz helps people turn their product ideas to reality. She has helped many entrepreneurs in turning their concepts to successful manufactured goods. At age 23, Liz came up with the idea of selling reusable shopping bags to big retailers. The term ‘reusable shopping bag’ was relatively a new term at that time.

How did you come up with this idea?

Liz has always been environmentally minded, she was brought up that way. She spent some time in Europe and noticed how people bring their own bags and baskets to the grocery store. This was before the time reusable bags had become common. She started working on this idea properly in the year 2006. By 2008, reusable shopping bags had become a norm. When Liz started the business, she specifically had to explain the concept behind this business to everyone around her. Back then, it was something different. Many people were unaware of reusable shopping bags back then.

How did you convert this idea of reusable shopping bags to an actual product?

It was challenging, Liz says she had to learn about many things. She was very naïve to the whole process. She did everything on her own. She remembers sewing her first prototype using an office stapler. She looked for online bag suppliers. Back then, only Whole Foods Market was using these reusable shopping bags and Liz wanted to know who made these bags for them. However, it was not easy to find the suppliers. Liz spent a lot of time to find the right supplier; it was a long process, many phone calls and countless hours spent on Google searching for the right supplier.

How did you manage the money factor in the beginning?

Liz was not thinking about saving for retirement so she could take the risk and not worry about her savings. She also did some part time jobs like copywriting and worked in a teashop while launching her business. She managed to save a lot of money through these part time jobs. If needed, she would borrow money from her friends as well.

How did you manage to sell your products to big media outlets and companies?

Liz believes her early entry to the market with this niche was a big factor in getting the right amount of recognition. Her brand also focused on design from the start, it was one thing they were good at and made sure they invested quality time in coming up with unique and creative design. Liz says she has worked with many product entrepreneurs and most of them do not invest in the design. Making early entry in the market and having a solid brand identity helped them attract bigger clients.

What do you think is one common mistake people make when starting a new business?

Ignoring quality control is a big mistake. People work with a factory and they assume everything would go smooth. They over trust the factory and their production. However, you have to make sure the right quality is achieved, never take it for granted. You should implement all sorts of quality control practices even as a startup. The quality of your products will go a long way in helping your business grow.

How do you help people design a product?

Many factories often have design teams with them but many people do not know about it. Therefore, when we are looking for a factory to produce our product, we can always look for a factory with a design team, because then we can do kind of everything. This is one way of how Liz helps people design a product by looking out for factories with design teams. The other way is to look for an independent product designer or technical designer. You can search for them easily online and then they help people with the development process.

Where do you see yourself in the coming years?

Liz aspires to create more products that people can purchase affordably. Working with a consultant like Liz herself can be very expensive especially if you are trying to run a startup. Most of the courses are pricey for people who are just starting their business. Liz intends to create lower cost high volume products.

What does living your purpose mean to you?

For Liz it means working with creativity and without constraints. It means she gets to do what she wants to do without any restrictions. She prefers to live life on her own terms.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Not to rush, approach things steadily. You just have to live your life; do not try to skim through everything in life.

How can we connect with you?

Her website’s URL is

You can also follow her on Instagram

Find more about Bag the Habit from the following URL




Mar 23, 2017

Sarah Ancalmo Ashman is a brand and business strategist, creative director, designer, stylist and writer. With over 15 years of working with big brands like Esteem Lauder, Coach, Madonna, Ted Baker London, Jimmy Fallon and more… she waved goodbye to her commercial career and Public Persona Studio was born to provide the very same strategies, techniques, and discerning eye that she brought to big brands to rule-breaking, name-taking female entrepreneurs + thought-leaders. She works with clients to capture and convey their one-of-a-kind personality, transforming their stories and inspirations into a cohesive brand that captivates and communicates all the important info on their behalf. In other words, she aims to help her clients stand out—miles (and millions) above the competition.

What is the definition of branding from your perspective?

There are various definitions for branding. Usually people think of branding as coming up with a new logo whey they need branding. However, the process of branding is a deep and thorough process. Designing a logo is usually the last thing you do in the process of branding. For small business owners, who are the face of their brand, branding is extremely important. It is all about making sure people get to know more about you, your ideal clients/customers and the services you provide. If it is done right, branding is a deep and lengthy process. The main purpose of branding is to lay down solid foundation for your business, help you to distinguish yourself in the market.

How do you help people brand in accordance with their business?

Sarah previously worked in advertising world for about 15 years and learned the traditional branding methodologies, which are applicable for big businesses and brands. After she started her own business, she found out that the traditional rules she learnt do not really apply in her own business. When you are trying to start a business, trying to brand or rebrand yourself, it is so hard to be able to see yourself for who you are, what makes you unique with respect to your business. Sarah helps people pull out such information by asking tons of questions, lot of self-analysis is involved. Another good way to know about yourself is to ask people who are around you, who work for you. Ask them what makes you unique, what is it you do that makes you unique and always look for the patterns.

What is the biggest mistake you see people make in branding their business?

Skipping the branding process is a big mistake, Sarah says she often see people making themselves believe that they know what their work is about, who their ideal clients are, they gloss over it, but it eventually leads them to jeopardy. So imagine what would happen if a business owner fails to acknowledge the importance of branding, moves on to the next steps of promoting their business that in most cases is going to a copywriter to help you write web content for your website. Now all the work done by the copywriter would be from a total different perspective, it would be through the lens of that copywriter. Similarly going to a designer for a logo will yield results that would be in alignment with how the designer perceived your business and created a logo. The result is extremely unsatisfying, people get frustrated and feel like they still cannot express themselves of who they really are and what they do even after investing a good amount of money. The reason for this is obvious. Not giving enough importance to branding which could have helped these business owners to discover more about the brand, to articulate what the brand is, to develop guidelines about the brand.

How did you get into branding?

Sarah started out as a designer, studied design in school. Sarah worked in entertainment industry and her first job was at MTV. She got a chance to do work for bigger brands. After a while, she started directing TV commercials and got some work in fashion industry. While she was doing all this work, she realized how much she loved expressing herself and at that time, she started a fashion blog. She realized how passionate she was to build a brand from start to finish. She felt like she could do something better rather than helping the bigger brands that did not even matter. She felt like she should do something that could make a bigger impact on people and they could somehow benefit from what she was able to do.

How do you exercise your creativity in branding?

Sarah believes she has always been creative but she believes there are a few exercises that can help strengthen the brain. She even wrote a book for this purpose ‘The Little Black Book of Creativity’. You can find it on her website (URL attached below) as well.

What are some tips related to creativity that readers could find in your book?

Sarah says she has emphasized on lateral thinking in her book. Sometimes, just a little shift of perspective lets you think properly and productively. She shares her childhood story of how she and her family would do crossword puzzle or a word scramble at the dinner table. Throughout this activity, she would always see the newspaper upside down. It was not intentional but merely because of the fact that she always sat next to her father and she always got an inverted view of the newspaper from that seat. Therefore, when she tried to do a word scramble with the right side up, it was a complete different experience. Sometimes, looking at things differently forces your brain to think about it differently.

Who is your source of inspiration?

Sarah says she tries not to look at other people and so she really does not have any real source of inspiration. As a creative person, someone who does visuals for others, Sarah thinks it is better if she does not get under the influence of anyone to keep her work pure. However, she admits to learning a lot from films and movies with reference to her business.

How can we connect with you?

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

You can also find her book on her website.

Mar 16, 2017

Caitlin Cogan Doemner is the founder of Virtual Coaching Sales. She helps entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their business for greater profitability and social impact. She has helped dozens of entrepreneurs scale their revenues and operations into the multi-millions by building consistent sales processes that continuously deliver better qualified leads, more reliable year-round profit, and higher customer satisfaction so that they can enjoy the lifestyle that originally attracted them to start their own business.


After studying philosophy from Oxford University, Caitlin thought she would not get a job with this degree and went on to complete her Master of Business Administration. After completing her MBA, she was sure of landing a job. She needed a job so she could pay off her student debt, which was around seventy thousand dollars. However, after a long job hunt, she was still unemployed and owed a large student debt. With no job opportunities and a debt to pay, Caitlin started thinking of ways to start her own business and earn money. She quickly realized that three years she spent learning business in class was very different from running your own business. The fact that she did not have a single class on sales throughout her MBA degree was unfortunate for her. To run any business, sales is a crucial part and Caitlin says she has never met a successful entrepreneur who has not mastered the art of selling. Back then, Caitlin had no idea how to become a better sales person. Over the years and with experience, she realized that as a sales person you should be able to sell your vision to people. If you can do that, you can sell your products and services as well. Mastering the art of selling becomes even more important if you are a life coach or a consultant. Always ask yourself how much can you ask someone to pay for yourself, for your time; can you get the results in time and in budget?

How did you make the transition and stepped into selling?

When Caitlin realized she lacked the essential sales skills, she hired a coach to improve her skills. She believed in her coach and did exactly what he told her to do. With his mentorship and training, Caitlin was able to sell two programs each of thousand dollars to family and friends. After this initial success, Caitlin realized she could become a good sales person and along with the help of her coach and support from her husband, she founded Virtual Coaching Sales, a virtual company that has helped small business owners grow their business for greater profit.  Caitlin says sales is an act of love and service. You need to listen to people’s stories, find out what is not working for them, inspire them and suggest possible solutions.

How do you usually close a business deal?

Caitlin believes she is serving her clients in her business. She rarely thinks about the conversations with her clients from a business perspective. “I do not think about it as closing, I am serving and loving them” is what she says. She loves to help people in their problems, suggest possible solution. Caitlin thinks you will always end up doing business with clients who have been divinely appointed for you and you are meant to provide service to them. She thinks when we start understanding our client’s problems, closing a business deal become effortless.

Caitlin focuses on three areas in her work when making a conversation with a client.

  1. First is to focus on the goals and motivation of client. What the client wants and why he/she want it? For some people, their goals are making tons of money and it varies from person to person.
  2. Enquire about their challenges. What is stopping them from achieving their goals? In addition, what are the consequences they are facing for not being able to achieve their goals?
  3. Talk to them about the solution you propose to their problem and talk about your budget as well. 

How do you motivate your clients to embrace their challenges and motivate them to take actions?

People who are in discomfort for long get used to it. Due to the continuity of pain, they start thinking it is normal. Caitlin thinks, as an expert it is her job to let her clients feel that their current situation is painful, undesirable and they deserve better. She believes only way to deal with these problems is talking about things that are the source of discomfort and pain. You cannot eliminate pain without activating it. We as human beings cannot look at our misery for long and tend to ignore our challenges and start living our lives with limitations. As an expert, the best gift you can give someone is help them acknowledge the pain and the suffering, what is holding them back from achieving their goals. Only after a person can acknowledge it, the problems can be fixed.

What is your mantra in life?

Caitlin recently came across the quote “I never lose, either I win or learn.” She has been meditating on this quote and she thinks this quote has helped her to explore new challenges and not set limitations for herself in her life. Caitlin believes that the perpetual fear in selling is rejection but if you take this rejection as a stepping-stone towards success, you will never fail, you will only learn.

How can we connect with you?

Her website’s URL is

A free version of her book ‘Sell with Heart’ is available on her website. The book is about the art of selling, principles of selling and about her story of how she came in this business.

You can also contact her through Facebook

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Mar 9, 2017

Jillian Turecki is a yoga teacher and a certified coach. Through her tough life experiences, Jillian has empowered herself to understand her own emotional patterns and that is how she helps others as well. She is certified by the Robbins Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention/Coaching. Jillian helps individuals, couples and families in finding solutions to their problems.


Anna (host of the podcast) has known Jillian from a very long time. They lived in the same building, would often see each other and interact on routine basis. Podcast starts with Jillian sharing a story that took place three years ago on June 3, 2014 when Anna saw her sitting on a bench outside the building. Jillian looked devastated and as a friend, Anna tried to console her.

That day would have been the second wedding anniversary of Jillian but just a day ago, her husband broke up with her and that too on a phone. Jillian recently had a miscarriage, her mom was suffering from lung cancer and she was left shattered with this news. Anna sat there with her and they had this particular conversation which was about to reach its conclusion when Anna suggested Jillian to become a coach and mentioned about following Tony Robbins. Jillian recalls that memory and remembers back then, it made no sense as to why Anna suggested her to follow Tony Robbins and become a coach herself. Over the course of next few days, Anna sent her a few videos of Tony Robbins and watching those videos helped Jillian to start a new chapter of her life.

What in the video helped you to start a new beginning?

The video she often watched was about an intervention. That video is also a part of Tony Robbins coaching. He talks about an older woman who had become very masculine over the years because of the beliefs she had about her father and her sister. The beliefs were quite limiting. He talked a lot about masculine and feminine energy and the extreme pain you undergo when you are not living in accordance with what you really ought to be, whom you really feel in the core. The questions he asked and his ability to read patterns is incredible. Jillian loved the fact that Tony Robbins videos were always on point and very easy to understand. She started watching his videos regularly.

Throughout this transformative journey, Anna helped Jillian as a life coach as well. She was the one who encouraged Jillian to enroll and become a coach herself. The events that led to Jillian’s separation from her husband greatly helped her to bring about a positive transformation in her life and help others around her.

How did you manage to turn your grief into driving force for bringing a positive transformation in your life?

Jillian says it has not been easy to overcome her trials and tribulations. She believes the strategy to follow when going through enormous grief is to let yourself feel the grief, to acknowledge what has happened with you. That is one way to become emotionally resilient. If you stuff the feelings, if you do not embrace the challenges and difficulties you face, it will come back stronger. Jillian always believes in performing some ritual when undergoing such an experience. A ritual can be anything you do on daily basis; it can vary from person to person. For Jillian, it was watching and following Tony Robbins Ultimate Edge program. She did this thirty-minute ritual every morning.

How has your relationship with your parents impacted your belief system?

Jillian believes parents play an important role in our belief system. She shares her personal story of how her mother was always very gracious to everyone who would do something good for her even if it were something very small. Jillian developed this belief earlier in her life that it was very important for her to be gracious as well. Similarly, she developed another belief because of the fact she did not get enough attention from her father as a child. Growing up, she thought she had to act a certain way to get attention from men and get their love. Her father was a successful child psychiatrist and he wrote a book. The book was a huge success but surprisingly it was inspired directly by Jillian and the name of the book was ‘The difficult child’. Jillian thinks she was a kid with high amount of sensitivity. She grew up in a home where her parents did not get along. That affected her personality; she had poor sleeping and eating patterns. As a kid, all she knew was that there was a book written about her and she grew up with this limiting belief that she must be a difficult person with strange traits, that she was difficult to get along and there was a book out there to prove it with her name in it. Jillian thinks this belief had a major impact on her relationship with her husband and other men.

What is your advice to people who want to feel positive but cannot? How can they make that shift?

If you are someone who in unwelcoming situations has a tendency to say to yourself or to others to stay positive, you should stop that because it triggers the opposite behavior. It will only make you feel more depressed. Jillian thinks that if someone is in undesirable state, the first thing they should ask themselves is the reason, which brought them to it. Sometimes, we have no option but to accept and embrace grief. The coaching Jillian is trained into is called ‘strategic intervention.’

It is based upon six basic human needs. These are psychological needs and they exist in every person regardless of age, gender, culture, religion and economic status. They change in terms of where you are in life but they remain six. First four are the needs of the personality and we as human-being will do anything to get them.

  1. Certainty. It is the need to feel safe, secure and know what is coming for us. We always want to know what lies ahead for us in future.
  2. Uncertainty/Variety. As humans, we often love surprises and if everything was certain and known, we would be bored so we need a certain level of uncertainty in our lives as well. Life is actually very uncertain, but we want its uncertainty in our own way.
  3. Significance. Every human needs to feel important and unique so they get a feeling that they matter.
  4. Love and Connection. Jillian believe it is the most important need. We all crave love and connection.
  5. Growth. The need of the soul, we need to grow, anything that does not grow die so we need to feel we are growing. Opposite of growth is being stuck at something and whenever we are stuck, we feel sad.
  6. Contribution. As humans, we need to contribute outside of ourselves. That is what we are wired to do, that differentiates us from other animals.

If you are feeling a low vibe, you are frustrated or angry for some reason and you do not feel like being positive, it means one of your needs is not being fulfilled. Figure out why you are not feeling positive, make the decision, snap out of it because you deserve to be in a high vibe state and the quickest way to do this is to move your body in some way because that always worked for Jillian.

“Life is not simple, it’s not easy. But it really is what you make of it”-Jillian Turecki.

How can we connect with her?

Her website’s URL is

You can follow on her on Instagram as well


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