Ramona Astrid Bernardi-Girl Talk with Soul

August 15, 2017

Ramona is a 200hr RYT, and teacher of Embodied Energy Medicine. She has studied alternative health and wellness for over 17 years. ​The time is now for all of us to come together, with our hearts ablaze from the inside out. Activating one another to ever greater levels of peace, love, joy, and connection. Having received several light initiations via deep trance meditation and diving deeply into my cellular matrix, I believe we are ready to ignite our inner diamond fires which will assist in creating a ground swell of vibrant love for this planet and each other.

We have come to depend on technology for every aspect of our lives—our social lives, work lives, and day-to-day living involves us plugging into our phones or computers. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of believing we are run by technology, when, in actuality, we still have the power to dictate how and when we employ its use. In today’s episode of She Rises, Giovanna and Ramona Bernardi discuss the importance of replacing media with silence; connecting with one’s self as opposed to connecting to technology. Tune-in to learn why staying in control of technology and its uses gives us the time and space to reflect on the matters within.

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  • Ramona is Giovanna’s soul sister
  • This weekend, Giovanna engaged in a media blackout, she silenced all her technology
    • As soon as Giovanna disconnected, she felt her breath return
    • She noticed her addiction to food and eating
    • “Boredom itself is disconnection of source”
    • How can you be bored if you’re present in the moment?
    • Giovanna challenged herself to go into the dark for 3 nights
    • Her inspiration for this came from a conversation with a friend; she wanted to connect herself to God
    • Giovanna also recognized she had a trigger point in the dark
    • The first night, Giovanna experienced panic and terror
    • Her third night was the best night for Giovanna
  • Boredom is a coping mechanism—it happens when Ramona is not stimulated
    • “Boredom is just resistance to connecting with yourself”
  • Try to put yourself in silence for a weekend
  • Giovanna shares about the book she read, The Power of Receiving
    • We cannot receiving anything unless we are in a receptive state
    • The word that came to Giovanna when she meditated was ‘receiving’
  • Ramona experienced so much transformation in the weeks her mother was away for a trip in Europe
    • Ramona learned to embrace her inner child and realized she was growing into a mother herself
    • When her mother returned, Ramona saw that she was becoming more of a woman rather than a child
  • Gift yourself space and reflection to connect to yourself and see what needs healing
  • We aren’t taught how to deal with our feelings
    • We get rewarded for suppressing the feelings
    • Learn to parent the child within
  • Ramona shares about the children’s book, How to Love Myself and Others
    • Fill yourself first, before you give to others
    • Human beings don’t have the skills to really connect with themselves, especially with all this technology and media around us
  • Ramona recognized the toxicity of social media in her life, so she disconnected
    • “It wasn’t an easy transition”
  • How can you remain IN CONTROL rather than be controlled by what’s around us?
  • A Course in Miracles teaches us how to pay close attention of when we allow the ego to take control of us
  • Ramona wants to revive the art of conversation
    • We’re losing the art of conversation as a human race
    • Pop culture is and has always been the focus of young adults’ conversations
    • Giovanna and Ramona miss the freedom of childhood, before the invasion of technology
    • Resistance to technology vs Bridging the gap with technology
    • Beyond the benefits of using technology for emergencies, what do we really need our phones for?
  • Take a breather when you can
  • Allow yourself to rest – it is YOUR right
  • Rest is the only way people can recharge to be the light that they are

3 Key Points:

  1. Give yourself the time and space to reflect and connect with yourself—this is how you can discern what needs healing in your life.
  2. Emotional intelligence is not explicitly taught to us throughout childhood.
  3. Technology can be both constructive and destructive – the result depends on us and the reasons why we use technology.

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Jennifer Racioppi - Know Your Cycles, Know Yourself

August 8, 2017

Jennifer Racioppi is the founder of the Lunar Logic Revolution, a movement for the modern woman so that she can achieve her dreams in complete alignment with the fullest expression of herself. The Lunar Logic Revolution involves embracing both the spiritual and the scientific—a combination of astrology, intuition, wellness research, and strategic best practices—so that we can emerge from a place of wholeness and steadfast resilience in the face of everything that this crazy magical fast-paced world has in store. Jenn’s methodology helps women access their voice, make sense of their emotions, own their feminine power, and create a foundation of strength and fortitude as they move towards business success, financial empowerment, thriving relationships, and their most significant life goals. In addition to being a sought after astrologer, Jennifer is also a Duke Integrative Medicine Certified Health Coach. She's also studied positive psychology under Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and Dr. Maria Sirois, as well as women’s health with experts Sara Gottfried and Jessica Drummond.

In this episode of She Rises Podcast, Jennifer Racioppi shares her life story fighting ovarian cancer from a very early age, which resulted in a total hysterectomy in her early 20's. With no cycle or road map to navigate... she turned to the sky! This life threatening experience led her to the discovery of astrology. In this episode,  Jennifer breaks down the fundamental concepts of astrology and how it made her stronger after such a devastating blow to her health. She discusses specifically the different phases of the moon in relationship to a woman’s menstruation and ovulation cycles. Tune-in as Jennifer argues that a basic understanding of these concepts will help women gain incredible insight into the hormonal changes and emotions that occur within their cycles. She shares what it takes, as women, to become intentional creators of our lives and why free will—our thoughts, actions, and habits—are the true, determining factors for our future.

  • Jennifer’s battle with cancer led to her discovering astrology

    • Jennifer has an excruciating life story
    • She was tomboyish as a child and as she entered her teenage years, she had a hard time coping with her menstruation
    • Her periods were long and painful which led to Jennifer having a dislike for her gender
    • Doctors failed to recognize that there was something dysfunctional about Jennifer’s body until after graduation, when she suffered from acute pain
    • It was discovered that there a gigantic tumor in her left ovary and she was diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer
    • Integrative medicine was not present in the late 1990’s
    • Jennifer unfortunately had to undergo a hysterectomy which rendered her infertile and postmenopausal
    • There was no one there to explain to Jennifer the meaning of menopause
    • She was just a young girl out of puberty
    • Jennifer felt deceived since she was saddled with a bunch of issues due to her cancer treatment
    • Jennifer moved to California in a bid to improve her health
    • She discovered the phases of the moon during this period of life
  • Jennifer’s introduction to astrology
    • Discovering astrology was an intense spiritual experience
    • She learnt about moon phases from her Ayurveda practitioner who is a Vedic astrologer and a Tarot card reader
    • Jennifer learned to track time through planetary rhythms
    • She started making astrological predictions
    • Astrology taught Jennifer how to manifest and see in the dark
    • She was opened to “A life of magic”
    • “Life is about getting stronger”
    • Jennifer started taking astrology seriously after 2009
    • She found her true calling and has taken up astrology as a full-time profession
  • In astrology, there are four elements: earth, air, fire and water
    • Earth to earth is a manifestation
    • Fire and water is not an easy combination since two different beings are attempting to cooperate with one another
    • Complementary signs, like earth and water, are considered good from an astrological point of view
    • Every sign has an element associated with it
  • Jennifer explains the different phases of the moon
    • New moons happen when the sun and the moon are aligning at the same exact degree in the sky
    • The moon is receiving the light of the sun and reflecting it back to earth
    • Full moon is when the sun and the moon are in opposite directions
    • The moon is receiving the light of the sun and reflecting it back to earth
    • Waxing moons and waning moons are caused at different rhythms of time
    • Knowing which element the new moon falls under will increase the depth of your understanding of astrology
  • Jennifer explains the close interrelation between human emotions and phases of the moon
    • Human beings are mostly water, and the moon has an effect on the tides
    • So, using this logic, Jennifer states that the phases of the moon would have a profound impact on human beings
    • Emotions are energy in motion, and the atmosphere affects our emotions
  • Jennifer urges women to get a sense of where they stand hormonally
    • For ovulating women, it is important to understand the rhythm of your cycles
    • How do you feel in the period between of menstruation to ovulation?
    • How do feel in the period between ovulation to menstruation?
    • Are your menstrual and ovulation cycles aligned with the new moon and full moon?
    • Do you have energetic patterns that are in sync with the phases of the moon?
    • Jennifer feels more in control of her emotions during a full moon
    • Deal with your anxieties by understanding the phases of the moon
    • “The menstrual cycle and the moon cycle are exact mirrors of each other”.
    • If women can realize that their menstrual cycles are dependent on the phases of the moon, then this awareness is true power
  • Working with subconscious needs by challenging our inner rhythms and hormonal rhythms
    • We can become intentional creators of our lives
    • Human beings are complex and have subconscious needs
    • Anticipate hormonal changes with regards to the phases of the moon
  • Learn to deal with imperfections with grace and dignity
  • “If we can start to lean into the revelation, rather than fear it, how productive can we be?”
  • “Success is knowing who you are, being who you are and truly have consciousness around how we are behaving”.
  • “No need to fear the difficult”
    • We can be better because of it
    • We need some pressure points that create an angst in us which will drive us
    • We need to get into “flow state”—an adequate amount of challenge catapults us into a “flow state”
    • Thoughts, actions, behaviors and habits are more powerful than what is going on in the atmosphere
  • “No matter what the chart says, no matter what the stars are doing, we still have this thing called, ‘Free Will’. It is how we dance. It is how we respond. It is how we contour our strength and capacity, our sense of sovereignty and our sense of dignity”
  • Jennifer recommends that users download the 2017 Moon Guide
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  • End of today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. The four elements and their complementary and opposing forces can provide insight into who we are and with whom we are compatible.
  2. Understanding your hormonal changes with regards to the phases of the moon will provide you better insight into your body and emotions.
  3. Thoughts, actions, behaviors and habits are more powerful than what is going on in the atmosphere.

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Kelley Olinger - Taming Your Financial Demons

August 1, 2017

Money. Whether you like talking about it or hate talking about it, the simple fact is money matters. And it matters most when you’re in over your head in debt, swimming in declined credit cards and past due payments. No one knows the humiliation of having a credit card declined in front of friends and family quite like today’s guest, Kelley Olinger, who made a nasty habit of spending more than she earned (even when she was earning a lot!). Today on the She Rises Podcast, Kelley sits down with Giovanna to take a deep dive into the issue of money, and how budgeting is one of those key life skills rarely taught. They will also cover what it’s like growing up with a scarcity mindset, how people can suddenly become irresponsible with their funds, and how you can start climbing out from the pit of debt by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

  • Today’s guest is Kelley Olinger
  • Kelley is the first money guru on the show
  • Learning the hard way is how Kelley created the passion for what she does now
  • Started at residential real estate as an independent contractor
    • Got a mentor to help her with the business
    • But she didn’t learn how to manage the money she was earning
  • Overtime, her debt piled up because of credit cards
    • She couldn’t figure out what went missing and ended up with $77K of consumer debt
    • There was nothing left for her to borrow and nobody knew what was happening to her
  • A friend asked her to write on a piece of paper the amount she owed
    • Her friend, then asked her to write down her expenses
    • Kelley’s friend tried to help her cut down her expenses
    • The internal energy Kelley absorbed from her friend’s push helped her forward
  • Kelley admitted she didn’t know how to manage the money she was earning
    • She wasn’t a bad person—she just didn’t understand the concept of money
  • Most schools and households don’t teach their students/kids about money
  • Always be willing to admit your mistake and ask for help
  • Giovanna grew up in a scarcity mentality
    • Her parents were children from the great depression
    • Their experience made them cautious and fearful about money
    • Giovanna’s parents always argued about money
    • It was a toxic environment at home because of money
  • At 18, Giovanna’s parents went to Italy for vacation
    • She and her sister stayed at home and they were responsible with the bills
    • Giovanna saw how much money her father had in his bankbook
    • She was so angry because of her dad’s behavior of injecting fear of running out of money
  • Kelley never told her mom what was happening to her because her dad had cancer
  • Helping people get out of trouble does NOT create resilience
  • Kelley’s internal energy change played a huge role in helping her get out of debt
  • She worked 2 jobs – she worked in a development company during the day and worked as a server at night
    • Transitioning to work as a server made her feel like she failed in real estate
    • But, she was able to pay off her debts in 1 year and 10 months
  • In real estate, some of Kelley’s clients won’t let her get too close and some will tell her everything
    • The closer Kelley gets to her client, the better she can help them
  • Money needs to be aligned with personal goals
    • Even vet bills and vacation expenses are overlooked
    • Plan for the unplanned
    • When money has a purpose, creating it or finding room for it becomes easier
  • Trim on the expenses that you don’t really care for
  • Spend on the things that you really want
  • People get creative and resourceful when they have a goal to fund
    • If you don’t have a net, you’re forced to figure it out
  • Working with couples is absolutely challenging for Kelley
    • When couples reach out to Kelley, it’s a good sign that they BOTH want to fix something
    • You have to find out the end goal of the couple—that’s the common denominator where budgeting can start
  • A lot of people are arbitrarily freaking out about money because they don’t know their end goal
    • The fear to spend is usually rooted in something
  • Kelley helps couples build their savings for 1 to 2 months and then use the excess to fund something else
  • Getting plan in place is what kills the fear off
  • When you’re in fear, your creative thinking shuts down
  • In order to move forward from debt, find somebody who isn’t a “rescue”
    • Share your problem to a person who will not bail you out
    • Learn more about your personal finance and find the gap
    • Figure out what bigger goals you have
    • Budgeting is crucial in getting back on track
  • Check out the She Rises website
  • End of today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. We all make financial mistakes—get open and honest with yours, and then move forward accordingly. Ask for help if you need it.
  2. Look at your expenses objectively—what do you need versus what do you like versus what can you completely do without?
  3. Learning how to work with a budget takes time, but if you learn how to do it, your life will be forever changed for the better.

Resources Mentioned:

Reconcile Your Wallet – Kelley’s website


Mary Shores – The Power of Language

July 28, 2017

Mary Shores is the founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar business, one of the most unique collection agencies in the country. Recognized as a leader of innovative thought, Mary has spent over a decade teaching businesses and individuals how to inspire others, create new ways of thinking, identify and achieve their goals, and take action to create truly meaningful results. She is the revolutionary founder of the groundbreaking Conscious Communications system, which produces positive results through positive action. Mary travels across the nation giving lectures and teaching courses, and has been featured on local and national radio and television shows, podcasts, and blogs.

Choice—it’s something many of us forget we have. The choices we make are bricks, bricks that can be used to pave a road heading towards our goals or away from them. But making the right choice isn’t always easy. It takes alignment. It takes affirmation. It requires a willingness to look at situation objectively and say, is this a choice that will cleanse my life or clog it? And no one knows this better than today’s guest, Mary Shores. An author, entrepreneur, and firm believer in the power of positive thinking, get ready to hear Mary discuss the power of gratitude, the danger of disempowering thought, and the concept of cleansing versus clogging.

  • Mary’s book Conscious Communications is a spiritual journey of self

    • Mary always wanted to write a book
  • Prior to publishing her book, Mary was the CEO of a debt collection agency
  • The question she constantly asked herself: “How am I going to take the spiritual path when my career is in conflict with it?”
    • Eventually Mary realized she needed to bring her eternal gift to the debt collection’s industry
  • It started with making people feel good about paying their debt
  • Mary’s publisher is Hay House
    • Hay House won’t publish business books so Mary wrote a personal development book
  • On Mary’s journey to enlightenment, she came to understand a lot of things
    • The true meaning of alignment: getting your focus, thoughts, feelings, actions and words going in the direction of your goals and dreams

      • The concept of alignment is very important for Mary
    • The ‘Power of Now’
      • The Power of Now is tied to choice
      • Every choice you make needs to backed by action
      • Make your choices connect to your dreams
  • One of the chapter in Mary’s book is “To Cleanse or Clog?—That is the Question”
    • Cleansing is about connecting to things that are already in your vibrational escrow

      • Abraham Hicks is famous for his teaching of Law of Attraction where he used term vibrational escrow was used
      • Mary sees Vibrational Escrow as the bank account for life—everything you ever thought of or experienced is stored there
      • We connect to our Vibrational Escrow account through alignment, the Power of Wow, and our choices
    • Mary learned about this idea thanks to Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within
    • Cleanse or clog will work in every area of your life
      • Create a connection or drive a disconnection
    • Before making a choice, ask yourself if it is a cleansing choice or a clogging choice
  • The 80/20 principle
    • In a diet, if 80% is cleansing, you still have room for treat once in a while
    • Make 80% your choices cleansing ones, and you’ll see dramatic changes in your life
  • Bruce Lipton’s The Honeymoon Effect
  • Mary has done tons of research in neuroscience
    • In 1992, Mary’s child was born with severe brain damage
    • There was no internet then, so Mary had to study about brain science by reading books
    • Mary believed there a way to heal her child’s brain
    • We have some neuro pathways in our mind that are created by genetics and some that are created by our experience
  • Neuroplasticity is the ability to rewire our own brain
    • Mary has a couple of chapters in her book that are dedicated to rewiring your brain through affirmation

      • Mary writes new affirmations every day
    • The power of gratitude also helps in rewiring your brain
      • Mary has a Facebook group called Declaring Gratitude
      • People in the group text each other messages of gratitude every a day
      • Doing this creates new neuro pathways—new roads
  • The science of epigenetics
    • Unlock the genes by the virtue of your beliefs
  • Mary noticed a lot of synchronicities between her dreams and her state of alignment
  • When you commit to a coaching exercise in Mary’s book, you’ll notice the chaos and struggle going away
  • Last Mother’s Day weekend, Mary was with her autistic son
    • Desperate to find a summer program that would fit her son’s needs, she reached out to an autism coach who just happened to know all the programs available in Mary’s area

      • Mary believes being connected to that person is the universe’s way of helping her
  • Eventually, alignment will get you connected with your higher intelligence
  • We have to understand that 90% of our thousands of thoughts a day are identical
    • It’s the new thoughts can carry us where we really want to go
    • To harness your thoughts, you have to get into your subconscious
    • To counter fear-based thoughts, we have to tell ourselves empowering thoughts
    • Catch your thought, let go and think of an empowering thought
  • When you have a disempowering thought, your brain secretes chemicals into your body to match the thought
    • These are “feelings”
  • Mary had a book title From Breakdown to Breakthrough
  • Always remember, “I have a choice,” we can choose how we feel
    • When you feel like you’re out of control, think what you can do to feel in control
    • “Your brain is designed to answer questions”
  • For Mary, affirmation is the way we are communicating with our brain and the way we’re giving our brain instruction”
  • Mary has 4 types of affirmation
    • Negative self-talk
    • Releasing your fear of abandonment
    • ‘I am’ statements
      • The statements should be congruent with the truth
    • Asking statements
  • When we talk about affirmation, there are real things happening to your mind
  • Mary’s friend calls her the Rosetta Stone of Manifestation
  • Mary likes to make workbooks so she’s giving away The Night of Dreams workbook
  • Mary’s book is Conscious Communications: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life

3 Key Points:

  1. To cleanse or to clog? That question impacts every area of your life, every decision you make. Always ask yourself, is this a cleansing choice or a clogging choice?
  2. Affirmation is how we not only talk to our brain, it’s how we command our brain.
  3. Always remember that you have a choice—you are the master of your fate.

Resources Mentioned:


Giovanna Capozza - Your Inner GPS – The Ego vs God

July 18, 2017

In today’s busy world, we rarely find a chance to stop, breathe and reflect on the driving forces in our lives. Are we guided by our ego—the part of our mind that is inclined to fear and doubt? Or are we tapping into our inner place—a place where we find strength, peace, and a wisdom for the day? In today’s episode of She Rises, Giovanna takes us into the journey of discovering our own inner GPS (God Positioning System). When we stop, mediate, and look within; we are able to access our GPS and find exactly what we need for the day. Tune-in to learn the value of quiet meditation, what it means to invite the spirit in, and the impetus to act when we know what it is we ought to do.

  • Giovanna is a former homeopathic doctor, holistic nutritionist, and alternative, health-care practitioner who is now a transformational life coach for women
  • The show is dedicated to everyone who seeks to live the best version of themselves
  • For more information and free offers, register at  GiovannaCapozza.com
  • The topic for today is accessing your inner GPS (God Positioning System)
  • Put away your distractions—inhale, exhale, and be present
  • Using breath is one of the most powerful ways to tap into our inner guide
    • Take deep cleansing breaths and be conscious
    • Set an intention of what you would like to take on this call
    • Call your highest guide, your spirit, to guide the way to information
  • Giovanna meditated several times to reflect on how she could bring information to her audience
    • The message to create a radio show came back to her several times
    • This is a part of Giovanna learning to connect with her GPS
  • We are all familiar with “internal battles” that come from self-doubt when we have to make decisions
  • There is an inner place of knowing within you, that is there to be your guide
    • That inner place is waiting for an invitation
  • The reason why we don’t listen to our intuition is because we let our ego mind interject
    • Rationalization is great but NOT at the expense of that inner voice
    • Not listening to our inner voice is one way that we betray ourselves
  • Many years ago, Giovanna’s spiritual teacher said that the key to hearing is to get quiet
    • The spirit cannot speak to us if we’re too busy
    • First thing to practice is finding your quiet time
    • You can be present in the moment when you connect to your body
    • Take time and give yourself the moment you need
  • When your ego is speaking, there will be an emotion attached to it – fear, hesitation, or any emotional charge
  • When you hear a message that has no emotion, that is just peaceful, it’s your GPS
  • When you can find a quiet place and time, just say (in your mind or verbally), “I’m inviting you in”
    • The invitation is like setting the intention
    • Allow your thoughts to pass through – don’t fight them
    • “The mind is always thinking”
    • Our job in meditation is not to stop the thoughts, but to let it pass through us
  • Check yourself at night and see where you were guided in the day
  • Making the invitation is NOT enough, you have to jump into faith and trust, and start taking action
  • Sometimes it takes a long time to find that place of peace
  • Practice taking action
    • We don’t realize that faith is a muscle that you have to use and practice
    • In your morning ritual, remember to take action on what you hear
    • “You take the step and the bridge will appear”
  • Faith is acknowledging that you have a guide leading the way
  • Giovanna is a student of A Course in Miracles
  • “If you knew who walked with you at all times, you’d never have fear”
  • GPS Checklist
    • Get still and quiet – do this at least twice a day
    • Use your breath and breathing
    • Make the invitation
    • Have your pen and paper handy
  • Keep in mind that you may not get something all the time
  • There is a big difference when you’re in alignment with your ego and when you’re in alignment with your inner self
    • When you’re aligned with your ego, you are in fear
    • Anything that is not of peace, joy or love is the ego
    • Ego inhabits our stories and belief systems
    • Without GPS, Ego tends to run our whole life
  • We are not alone – we have GPS as part of our default
    • Doing things all on your own will not get you very far
  • When Giovanna gave herself the experience of tapping in, it made her daily life easier
  • Ego VS God is our subconscious, stories, and fears vs our higher knowledge and guidance system
  • Giovanna takes us through a powerful guided meditation
    • Close your eyes
    • Sit back
    • Give yourself space and time
    • Inhale through the nose, hold, and exhale through the mouth – repeat for a couple of times
    • Mentally scan your body, taking time, and looking for places where there is stiffness and tension
    • Inhale as if there is a white light on your crown – plug into that source
    • See the energy come down to your body and hit the places of tension
    • Allow the energy to stream to your feet
    • You are now present, tuned into the body and your breathing
    • Bring back your thoughts to the present moment
    • Make the invitation to the spirit
    • Did anything change when you made the invitation?
    • Ask a question, for guidance or for information
    • Allow yourself to drop the judgement
    • Once you feel satisfied, express your gratitude and release
    • Take a deep breath, release, open your eyes and return back
  • How was your experience?
  • Develop a relationship to this part of you that is connected to the source
  • Giovanna would love to continue the conversation – send your message to us
  • Check out She Rises website
  • End of today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. GPS or The God Positioning System is our inner, higher self that we can tap into to access peace, love, and rest.
  2. To find your GPS, you need to be willing to set an intention, make an invitation, and take action in what your inner self is telling you.
  3. It’s time for you to develop a relationship to the part of you that is connected to a higher source.

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Bernardo Mendez-Getting the Love you want

July 14, 2017

Why do women settle in life, in marriage, in relationships? According to today’s guest, Bernardo Mendez, it’s because they lack a sincere understanding of their worth. There is a temptation to settle for less when you don’t quite know what you, YOURSELF, can bring to the table. Bernardo’s greatest passion in life is to help women find this self-worth and the ways to achieve what they really need from within. Tune-in as Bernardo also shares the role energy plays in relationships, why TODAY is the best time to be a woman, and the 3 ways to finding your true light.

  • Today’s episode guest is Bernardo Mendez
  • Relationships are one of Giovanna’s favorite topics
  • Bernardo stepped into relationship coaching because it’s one area that affects everything else in a person’s life
    • It impacts how a person shows up
  • Many people don’t realize that the old paradigm of relationships is not working
  • Bernardo’s decision to start relationship coaching
    • When he finally found something powerful that worked for him, he wanted to share it with people in a meaningful way
    • He started coaching his friends and friends of his friends
    • Working with women is more exciting and challenging than working with men
    • He recognized it was an area that makes a difference for him
    • “The key to fearing out relationships is fearing out yourself”
  • Bernado finds that one of the biggest reasons why single women don’t find the love they want is because they’re not feeling their sense of worth
    • Women are sometimes doubtful of what they bring to the table
    • Giovanna also gets stuck and doubtful in regards to what she brings
  • Bernardo helps women raise their vibrations to a sense of knowing their worth
  • There are two levels of worth: questioning if you’re special enough to do things and being the vessel of a light
  • The purpose of anyone’s gifts and lights is to expand it and share it to other people
  • When someone can hold you in the light of who you are, eventually you start to believe and see it for yourself
  • Bernardo’s work is about helping women find the way to meet their needs that fulfills them in the long-term
  • “‘Void summoning’ literally means that you summon a partner from your void”
  • If we learn to fill the emptiness in ourselves, we don’t have to take the crap that we’re presented with
  • What a man really wants is for a woman to bring her light
    • Giovanna, in the past, felt she had to dim her light
    • She molded to what she thought people wanted her to be
    • How you start a relationship is how it’s going to contain you
  • 2 ways to enter a relationship is by entering full OR by entering with a lesser version of yourself
  • If a man doesn’t want the REAL you, you don’t need him in your life
    • Let go of that thing that hinders you from getting the best that you deserve
    • “Expressing your truth is part of getting uncomfortable at the risk of getting rejected for something better”
    • One goal for adults is to re-parent themselves
    • The most common form of self-love is self-care
    • There are times that you just have to say NO
  • “It’s easy to confuse fear from intuition”
  • There is a lot of growth from discomfort
  • “We’re in a culture that recycles relationships”
  • Figure out what you want, who you must be, how can you step into it, and how you can create fulfilment in the process
  • If you start a relationship from lack, then that’s what you’ll feel
  • Right now is the first time in history that women can have it all
    • “You are not an outcast if you’re not married these days”
    • Bernardo’s grandma’s job description was do everything her husband wanted and to take care of the household and kids
    • Before, women serve their husband and family first and themselves, last
    • Most women prefer to not have to take charge all the time
  • It’s exhausting for feminine energy to be doing masculine activities
    • Women who are more masculine attract more feminine men
    • Masculine, in its truest essence, would be the absence of feeling
    • The healthy masculine has the ability to stand in his truth and listen to his woman when he needs to
    • The healthy feminine has the ability to stand in her truth, be more open, and recognize when she needs to be logical and taking action
    • A man ultimately who’s in his masculine will be happy to serve than to be served
  • Measure in different ways – not in monetary terms
  • Women judge themselves in so many hard ways
  • Men want to feel alive
  • Women help men feel things they cannot feel on their own
  • Finding your light and feeling comfortable in that is the truth of who you are
  • 3 ways to see the light:
    • Be honest with yourself in terms of where you are
    • Find a way to increase your light
    • Get support
      • Mentorship is the highest and quickest form for change
    • Time is your main drawback
    • There will be ups and downs, everyday
    • What you’ll do will be a decision of commitment
    • Leave your comments on She Rises website
    • Connect with Bernardo on his website
    • End of today’s podcast


3 Key Points:

  1. Women do NOT need to depend on men for identifying who they ARE and what they are capable of.
  2. One way to start increasing your self-worth is to take care of and LOVE yourself.
  3. Find your light—the truth of who you are—and share that to the world.


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Brandilyn Tebo - Is Perfectionism Killing You?

July 4, 2017

Brandilyn Tebo is an acclaimed transformational coach, writer and speaker. Once a type-A perfectionist who struggled with anorexia, she knows firsthand how destructive attachment to external validation can be. Through years of inner work and deep meditation, coach trainings, and the study of eastern and western transformational philosophies, she learned how amazing life can be once you let go of fear, limiting beliefs and false identification with achievements. She has traveled the world to teach empowering workshops in high schools, prisons, Fortune 500 companies and colleges. Today, she coaches clients on how to remove internal barriers to following their hearts and be the fullest expression of themselves!

There are many reasons why we do the things we do. Perhaps we’re in a job that we don’t actually feel passionate about, but we excel at and are validated day-in, day-out. This validation fuels our perception of ourselves. We feel needed, important; perhaps, even loved because of the things that we do. But, the question is: are we making decisions from a place of our insecurities or are we motivated from a place of passion and inspiration?

Today’s guest, Brandilyn Tebo began as a model who found herself chasing the validation of others to the point she was not even present in life. She decided to take a turn, find help for the damage she caused her body and mind, and became a transformational coach. Tune-in as she shares about her journey and how she encourages her clients to find their “should” and live and breathe from a place of inspiration.

  • Today’s episode guest is Brandilyn Tebo
  • Brandilyn is a transformational coach and she hosts workshops and retreats
  • Brandilyn is also writer and is in the process of writing a journal
  • Brandilyn approaches transformation in different ways
  • Prior to being a transformational coach, Brandilyn was constantly doing things just to feel better about herself
    • It manifested on Brandilyn’s previous job as a model where she became anorexic
    • One day, Brandilyn realized that she wasn’t present in life and was only thinking of other people’s perception of her
    • Brandilyn had therapy for her eating disorder and her therapist encouraged her to explore spirituality
  • Brandilyn started coaching to share what she’s learned and wanted to help in changing people’s lives; she was doing it for free for a while
    • Brandilyn realized that coaching and transforming lives was what she wanted to do
    • Brandilyn left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur
    • Brandilyn developed her program and workshops and started coaching online
  • Brandilyn was at a point where she doesn’t want to go back to school because she was an overachiever
  • Brandilyn’s mission is to help people find their “should”
  • Brandilyn now has a client who’s doing something because of the validation she gets from it
    • The client is doing really good at her job
    • The client’s dream is actually to make a difference in someone’s life
    • The client turned down her promotion, quit her job and went to just trusting what she really wanted
    • What’s in front of us now constrains us from what we really want
    • Brandilyn told her client that her understanding of herself will change drastically if she turns down the promotion
    • Brandilyn and her client talked about the possibilities for her client now that she quit her job
    • In just 4 days, the client received an offer of a job that she really wanted
  • Don’t be afraid if your coach tells you to quit your job
  • We are scared to admit that we’re afraid of letting go of something that is our sense of security
    • When we’re attached to what we think we’re supposed to be or do; we think that if we let go of that, we lose love
    • The fear keeps us in a prison
    • When we identify ourselves to the title, the money and other things, we think that these are the reasons why people love us
    • When we let go of that identity that we think we should have, we realize that those aren’t the reasons why we are loved
    • People love us not because of what we have
  • The cure to trick the ego is to surrender
  • When we stop making choices out of fear, we get connected with our true inspiration
    • “You can’t hate yourself for having a life that you love”
  • We stay upset because we think that being upset is productive
    • The most productive thing in the world is to live from your inspirations
  • We have to deprogram fear
    • 99% of the fear that we have isn’t actually happening
  • There are people who are in dire survival situations where vigilance and fear is appropriate
    • However, the listeners don’t live in those kinds of circumstances
  • Trusting the body and trusting life
    • Giovanna doesn’t trust her body to do what it is supposed to do to get healthy
    • Giovanna’s has had back issues for a year now
  • We are under the illusion that we can control things
    • It is pointless to try to be in control
    • We constantly just have to surrender
    • Trust that you’re alive and the forces are working within your favor
    • The more we resist, the more we’re giving away our power to circumstances
    • We resist reality when we shouldn’t
  • When we accept what is, it opens up space for creativity to come in
  • Brandilyn would write to herself
  • Why this is happening to me instead of why this is happening for me
  • The little shift that happens doesn’t have to have a reason
    • “You don’t have to know why”
    • Trust that you’re in a place because you are supposed to be there
  • The privilege gift is when we hang onto struggle and hardships as a weird form of empathy
  • Victim consciousness is when you become a victim of what’s happening to you
  • We would sometimes feel guilty when things aren’t going well with our family
    • We think that insecurities, doubts and complaints are ways to connect with people
  • We shift our focus to others
    • The paradox of caring for others is caring for ourselves
  • When we hyper obsess with our own imperfections, we’re transmitting that and it isn’t helping
    • You have to be real with your feelings
  • Brandilyn has “the word vomit” exercise where people can complain
    • We just need to let out our complaints
  • Giovanna likes that Brandilyn asks permission from the person she wants to complain to
    • You should be responsible for the energy you bring into the room
  • Have fun with complaining and let the other person let it out to if he wants to
  • The spiritual bypass
    • There are ways of complaining and venting in a healthy way
    • We can let perfectionism run through everything
  • Brandilyn was doing a campaign
    • Brandilyn used to have rashes on her head whenever she was stressed in the corporate world
    • Brandilyn’s head suddenly got itchy and she knew there was something that she needed to let out
    • Brandilyn actually had lice
  • Giovanna has also done a spiritual bypass
    • Part of the reality is our physical body
  • We sometimes just take ourselves too seriously
  • “You don’t need to just sit there and accept everything”
  • Give yourself the freedom to choose
  • We don’t need to be justified in following our heart
  • Visit Brandilyn’s website
  • Check out She Rises website!

3 Key Points:

  1. Find your “should”; your validation or love should not come from what you do or offer to others.
  2. Complaining and venting out can be done in a healthy way – asking one’s permission first to vent is a great way to respect that person.
  3. You have the freedom to choose; you don’t need to justify following your heart.


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Crystal Andrus Morissette – Life and Power After Tragedy

June 21, 2017

From life as a homeless teen to coaching A-List celebrities, from developing abs of steel and competing in the Miss Galaxy pageant to weighing 220 pounds after becoming a mother, Emotional Age and communication expert and women’s advocate Crystal Andrus Morissette is now a worldwide leader in the field of self-discovery and personal transformation. A media darling, she has been called upon by Oprah, CBS, FOX, the Daily Mail and more. Crystal is the founder of the S.W.A.T. Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer), an empowerment coach certification exclusively for women that she created with fellow female visionaries such as Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Christiane Northrup. She is the author of four best-selling books, including her latest release, “The Emotional Edge.” She is also certified in nutrition and sports medicine.

A woman’s past does not determine her future – today’s guest is proof of this very truth. Crystal Andrus came from a very difficult past—after her parents’ divorce, she experienced many trials including sexual abuse and blows to her physical health. She had a choice of whether she would remain as a victim or rise up to who she has become now—a leading voice in self-discovery and personal transformation. In this episode, Giovanna welcomes Crystal Andrus. Tune-in as Crystal shares about her journey of forgiveness and surrender. She also discusses key lessons that have changed her life including the concept of the Holy Spirit in our lives, mindfulness, and self-love.

  • Today’s episode guest is Crystal Andrus
  • Crystal is the author of the books, Simply… Empowered!: Discover How to Create and Sustain Success in Every Area of Your Life..Woman!: The 12-Week Body/Mind/Soul Total Transformation Program and Transcendent Beauty: It Begins with a Single Choice…to Be!
  • She is a worldwide leader in the field of self-discovery and personal transformation
  • She is the CEO and founder of Crystal Andrus Production and the W.A.T. Institute
  • Crystal believes it’s important to learn the lesson from a story
  • For Crystal, being introduced to the concept of the Holy Spirit made her feel important and loved
  • Grace comes from a higher level of consciousness
  • Crystal’s parents divorced when she was 12 years old
    • Being a wounded woman herself, her mom put Crystal and her siblings in harm’s way many times
    • Crystal experienced a lot of sexual abuse and rape because of her mom’s choices
    • Her mom kicked her out of the house at 15 and so she lived alone
    • “I went through way too many years of being a victim”
  • At 17, something clicked, and Crystal believed it was the Holy Spirit telling her to make a change
    • She went to have herself checked and found out she had an STD and early signs of cervical cancer
    • She went through a couple of years of dealing with cervical cancer alone as a teenager
    • At 21, Crystal had a traumatic head injury
    • She made a change in her 20s
    • She had kids at age 25 and it opened her heart to love and experience more love
    • Having kids was an epiphany for Crystal
    • She left her marriage later on
    • Crystal is now the happiest she has ever been
  • “Talking about your past all the time doesn’t mean you’ll know yourself better”
    • Have the courage to stop getting caught up in the blame
    • Make peace with your past
    • Allow yourself to be guided
  • People misunderstand the true meaning of surrendering – it’s seeking truth over compliance
    • Let go and follow the signs, they’re there
    • Take advantage of the circumstances
    • Don’t mistake signs for fear
  • The first lesson in the book, A Course in Miracles, is “Nothing I See Means Anything”
    • Our purpose here on Earth is to expand our lives
    • If you desire is powerful enough, it won’t contract
    • Giovanna feels empowered because she can trust herself and her higher self
  • “We have a long way to go for the empowerment of women”
    • Dalai Lama said, “The western woman would heal the world”
    • Women have the ability to expand their consciousness
  • Crystal told her husband she wanted to be his equal
    • Don’t be power-hungry
    • Women are in uncharted territory
    • In many countries, a woman is a domestic commodity
    • A woman’s true place of power comes from love
  • Crystal’s new book that is launching in Dec 2017, took 3 years to write
  • Giovanna is developing a program called The Shadow Self
  • The reason God gave us free will is because it’s the only way to expand our consciousness and to have the option or the duality of both dark and light
  • Self-loathing is what robs a person’s empowerment
  • It’s easy to love yourself when you’re in a place where life is great; it’s when you’re down that you have to love yourself more
    • Love yourself in every age and stage
  • Exercise sparks the brain, keeps you young and healthy, and helps fight depression
    • Your body is the container of your life
    • If your joy comes from the appearance of the container, you’re robbing yourself so many great experiences
    • The quest is to love yourself inspite of…
  • Your mind is so brilliant that it only allows you to process a certain amount of activity at a time
  • Give voice to your buried emotions to let it go
  • “What you resist will persist”
  • “We are not meant to be perfect. We’re meant to be whole”
  • Crystal’s new book’s working title is The Emotional Edge
    • The Emotional Age is a concept that Crystal created in her book where there is an empowerment spectrum and a person can look up to see what age they fall into
  • Everybody has their own idea of what they need
  • Right now, Crystal is enlightened by the fact that she doesn’t have any rituals anymore
    • When she gets off track, she makes sure she exercises everyday and hydrates herself
    • Crystal is not fanatical about her weight anymore
    • One of Giovanna’s rituals is waking up and intentionally making something for herself
    • Crystal understand rituals for the sake of mindfulness
    • The point of rituals is to be present
  • Create a life where everything is meshed together for you
  • Visit Crystal’s website
  • Check out She Rises website!

3 Key Points:

  1. Your past is NOT what defines your future—therefore, make peace with the past so you can move on.
  2. Love yourself regardless of whether life is great or very difficult.
  3. “We are not meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole.”

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Jivi Saran – Your Corporate Soul

June 18, 2017

A true Corporate Mentalist, Author Jivi Saran uses insightful business strategy, her highly developed observational skills, and mental perception of thought processes for discerning the truth about an organizational team to gain powerful creativity, focus and productivity. She has an extraordinary mind for improving conditions across an organization and has developed some of the most sophisticated and powerful models of Leadership, Organizational Strategy and Mindset Improvement through her Corporate Soul program.  Jivi Saran and her unique set of skills and offerings is changing the game for organizations around the world and is revolutionizing the way organizations create business strategy.

In this episode, Giovanna interviews Jivi Saran. Jivi describes herself as a corporate mentalist. She uses insightful business strategy, highly developed observational skills, and the mental perception of thought processes for discerning the truth about an organizational team. The aim in this is to gain powerful creativity, focus, and productivity. Listen as Jivi shares what a corporate mentalist is, what a corporate mentalist can offer your workplace, and why it’s important for leaders in the workplace to understand the whole person when it comes to their employees.

  • Today’s episode guest is Jivi Saran
  • Jivi is a corporate mentalist
  • Her background is in healthcare and she spent 3 decades in strategic leadership roles
  • She had the luxury of experimenting with a particular team to ensure they were performing at their highest
    • While she was experimenting, Jivi was also in a spiritual journey herself
    • Jivi got intrigued by who she was in the workplace
    • She found out that people were not leaving their problems at home
    • In her last decade of work, she experimented with what it would look like if people accepted the whole person in the workplace
    • It started a 6-year project where Jivi started a mindfulness program
    • As they nurtured the individual, the individual started to nurture the business strategy
    • Their program allowed people to be authentic and creative
  • 2 years ago, Jivi left her role in healthcare to be a corporate mentalist
  • The idea of leaving your problems at home is unrealistic
    • “We are human beings…it’s very difficult to compartmentalize”
  • Jivi’s Corporate Soul Program
    • The soul is an immortal legacy
    • It is what is left behind after your leadership
  • The greatest challenge around Jivi’s work is people’s perception that her programs are luxury items
    • “This is not luxury”
    • What you see in the workplace as poor performance is a symptom of people’s personal problems and the issues that they’re bringing to work
    • If you don’t get to the root, you’ll end up hiring consultant after consultant
    • Jivi educates leaders; it is not a luxury to have a mindfulness program for your employees
    • “This is a necessity in the organization”
  • People usually relate soul to something religious
  • We nurture people as the physical being in the employee benefit program, but how do we nurture them as energy beings?
  • Not everyone can be entrepreneurs, but there’s no reason we shouldn’t be happy where we are
    • Accept where you’re at in that moment of time
    • People use “I’m busy” as a fashion statement
    • As human beings, we are all here to take part in project Earth
    • This isn’t about you or me – it’s about something so much greater
    • Jivi responds to stress by having nausea
    • When you’re working with a leader who is in tune, soul becomes a part of their leadership strategy
  • Realistically, managers are not really trained to help their employees in that regard
    • It’s important to recognize that heart-centered conversations are not off-the-table in leadership
    • “If you do what you do, you get what you get”
    • Speak from the heart and start from kindness in every conversation
    • What you will say if you have 5 minutes to live is probably different from what your ego is telling you
    • Take a step back and pause before speaking
  • Our worklife is no different than our personal life – both comes down to choice
    • People don’t realize how toxic their situation is until physical symptoms arise
    • You have a choice – you choose to stay or not
    • Don’t get stuck in fear
    • Be smart, make a plan, and get some coaching – you only have one life to live
  • Jivi shares how all this began for her
    • She thinks it started out in Grade 4
    • She had an arranged marriage at 16 and divorced after 20 years
    • She felt she was living a different identity
    • She started a journey to search for answers
    • The answer was for Jivi to do the work!
    • Jivi was tired of the search and felt she needed to connect with her soulscript – which was the missing link
  • Powerful questions are questions like “What gives you the greatest joy?”
    • Lead with recognizing your body’s “expiry date”
    • Jivi’s feeling of liveliness comes from a place of joy
    • Define what you’re wanting to do—this is your means to getting to that end goal
    • If your means consume your entire time, there’s no possible way you can live from a place of joy
    • We forget about ourselves
  • Jivi’s course, The Corporate Soul Program, is about building wealth with a different intention
  • Visit the She Rises website!

3 Key Points:

  1. Be happy where you are – accept who you are and where you are at in this moment of time.
  2. Speak from your heart and with kindness at the beginning of every conversation.
  3. Live from a place of joy; part of this is taking time to care for yourself.

Lisa Natoli – A Course in Miracles: Relationships

June 12, 2017

I LOVE the topic of relationships, in fact of all the coaching that I do, relationship coaching is the most powerful and fulfilling of all!

To be a guide to others and bare witness to radical transformation is blessing and a gift.

Today I revisit this topic in an interview I gave back in 2015 with one of my spiritual teachers Lisa Natoli.

Lisa Natoli is a minister, teacher and healer. She is the author of the best-selling book Gorgeous for God and founder of the 40-Day Program for Transformation, a free online program. She writes and teaches on the topics of transformation, healing and abundance. She is co-founder of the nonprofit organization Teachers of God Foundation which inspires, encourages and supports individuals to go through the transformation from fear to love. She co-hosts a weekly radio show on Unity Online Radio called Living in Joy/Reflections on A Course in Miracles that airs every Friday afternoon at 3pm EST.

In this episode, Giovanna welcomes Lisa Natoli to the show. Lisa is a minister, teacher and healer whose main focus is in the area of relationships—a harmonious relationship with one’s self, God, and with others. She opens up about her own broken history in relationships which led to her finding a partner in Jesus. Out of her commitment to her faith and the fullness of love that she found through forgiveness, Lisa was able to open herself up to a new relationship and express to herself what she really wanted. Tune in to find out the miracle of forgiveness, the importance of the Holy Spirit in relationships, and what can happen when you choose to love yourself and God first…

  • Today’s episode guest is Lisa Natoli
  • Lisa is a minister, teacher and healer
  • She also co hosts a radio show, Living in Joy / Reflections on A Course in Miracles
  • It’s important for people to relate to each other
    • Everything is relationships
    • “Love addiction” is a good thing
    • Giovanna finds that there’s a lot of confusion in relationships
    • It was a revelation for Giovanna to see and understand the element of give and take in relationships
  • Lisa lives a luxurious life in Christ and is totally in love with reckless abandon
  • Just like everybody else, Lisa came from relationships that didn’t work
  • Start with your relationship with yourself
  • Lisa believes everything is about prayer
    • The first step to having harmonious relationships is to have one with yourself and with God
    • Accept your new beginning and be willing to do the work
    • If God is not there, people tend to lean on another person to fulfill the need for love in us
    • The starting point is the moment you make a decision to have a new life
    • Most people think other people should change
  • Lisa’s first husband was incredible but when she looked at the marriage, she really didn’t feel complete
    • When they got a divorce, Lisa said she’d never be in a relationship anymore
    • Summer 2010, Lisa felt deep in her heart that she did want a relationship but thought it wouldn’t work out for her anymore
    • Ask for what you want in your heart
    • Lisa believed she had the most amazing partner ever – Jesus
    • She immediately changed and started taking care of herself
    • She loved her life and then a relationship came – she fell in love with her 2nd husband, Bill
    • Come to a place of wholeness and completion; to a place where you are full of love
    • Don’t wait for a partner to feel complete
  • Draw your circle, stand in it, and let everything come to you
    • The training that leads to transformation is to allow the blocks and obstacles to come into full awareness
    • The real work is finding the points of depression, anger, and fear and dissolving it into forgiveness
    • Remember the truth
  • Ego Love vs. Love of God
  • A Course in Miracles is really a course on how to forgive
  • The Mystical Third
    • The first point of change is inviting the Holy Spirit in
    • Open your mind and allow yourself to have experience with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit
    • Lisa shares about conflict between herself and her mother over a ring
    • Giovanna introduces Bill, Lisa’s husband
    • “The importance of inviting the Holy Spirit to a relationship is everything”
    • Invite the Holy Spirit to transform your relationship
    • A lot of people have partners who are not on a spiritual path
    • See that God is opening your partner’s heart and mind while you do your own work
    • Trust that this person will step up
    • Doing your own work makes everything easy
  • “It’s very difficult if you don’t have the training”
  • A Course in Miracles is a way to be happy
    • “It’s a map with very specific detailed instructions”
    • There’s a workbook with 365 lessons
    • A human being lives in fear
    • The course is a direct experience of your divine nature
    • It’s not about religion – just pure content
    • Lisa never thought she would marry again, but she believed there was someone God had for her
    • She had a list of things she wanted in a man and everything in the list was met by Bill
  • Be clear about what you want
  • Whatever you fear, you’re going to create
  • Get Lisa’s book, Gorgeous for God
  • Check out She Rises website!

3 Key Points:

  1. Having harmonious relationships with others begins with having a harmonious relationship with one’s self and with God.
  2. You need to let go of what intoxicates your life—depression, anger, fear—let it dissolve into forgiveness.
  3. Be clear on the outcomes that you want for your life and let all other possibilities go.

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