Catherine Garceau – Swimming Out of Water

June 5, 2017

Catherine Garceau is an Olympic medalist from Sydney 2000 and the author of Swimming Out of Water. After her career as a synchronized swimmer, which lead her to perform in aquatic shows in Las Vegas, her journey of dealing with disordered eating, hypersensitivities and autoimmune conditions lead her to discover powerful tools and a new purpose – How can top performers and elite achievers be their best WHILE building health and long-term well-being.

Since, she’s helped hundreds of women struggling with similar issues, and is now taking this comprehensive coach/healer model to elite individuals like top athletes who have won Stanley cups, majors in the LPGA, and competed in 2+ Olympic games, and entrepreneurs who are building million dollar companies. Catherine uses EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and other tools including bodywork, to investigate this ‘shadow of achievement’, release limiting patterns, and discover new leverage for growth. Exploring this emotional landscape while activating more presence and proper sequencing in the body is what makes Catherine’s Catalyst Performance System very unique…

In this episode, Giovanna shares the mic with Catherine Garceau, an olympic medalist from Sydney 2000 and the author of Swimming Out of Water. When Catherine retired as a synchronized swimmer, her eating disorder became even more out of control and she knew it was time to focus on her healing. Catherine takes us into her journey of finding the root cause of her eating disorder, hypersensitivities, and autoimmune conditions and how she began to find hope in the power of tapping. Listen in as Catherine shares firsthand knowledge and advice about what it looks like to take ahold of your healing and personal health. You’ll learn what it means to replace negative drivers with positive ones and how finding the root cause of our trauma is the gateway to real change.

  • Today’s guest is Catherine Garceau
  • Catherine ended her swimming career with an olympic medal
    • She was team captain for the following 2 years
    • She hit a wall because of her eating disorder
    • She sought help and was put on Prozac
    • While going through the routine, she heard a voice from above that said, “This is your last swim”
    • Catherine retired that day and called for their sports psychologist to come to the hotel
    • She never had regrets retiring because she thought retirement would help her get better
  • Catherine became more out of control with food and gained more weight
    • Dating a chiropractor led Catherine to start reading healing books and explore what caused her system to overload
    • Going back, she thinks her binge eating problems came from her anxiety; this was a result of her experiencing sexual abuse which she only remembered 4 years ago
    • Catherine wanted sugar all the time, so she went through that cycle of gaining and losing weight
    • Through an investigation of her systems, she found problems in her liver
    • The more she investigated, the more Catherine realized how sensitive she was to chlorine and its by-products
    • She became the champion for bringing healthier filtration systems for pools
    • Unfortunately, a lot of pools cannot afford to change their systems
  • Giovanna shares about how she would test off-gassing for allergies when she had a clinical practice
    • “I really believe that our soul has lessons to lessons”
  • Catherine went to OA (Overeaters Anonymous) for a while
    • Catherine acknowledges “the addict” inside her, but it’s just not what she believes she is
  • Along her journey, she found out about tapping – an energy psychology
  • Tapping is getting a thought or the Big T (trauma)
    • When you tap, you steal negative things and shift the energy
    • Tapping helps people acknowledge the Big T and brings in love and compassion to themselves
    • It helped Catherine on her emotional landscape
    • She felt better after every tapping, but went back to binge-eating again
    • A friend told her to investigate tapping further and that she needed to do it in a certain way; she needed to go back to the original cause
    • Catherine followed that advice and tapping became a powerful tool for her
  • Giovanna learned tapping from a friend who refers to it as holistic EFT
  • Stress shuts down problem-solving in the body
  • Catherine caters to athletes, actors and top-performing professionals
    • Our bodies carry so much memory that we need to use pressure for healing processes
    • Catherine herself is sometimes a skeptic on tapping
    • She uses conversations to segway her clients to tapping
    • “I only believe in what I currently offer because they really created a result”
  • You need to have a goal and a level of certainty and presence, which should come together to be able to win
    • If you take away your negative driver without replacing it with a positive one, you might not be functional
    • Dismantle, but build
  • When you feel stress or doubt, ask yourself when was the worst time or the first time you felt such stress
    • Investigate what really happened when you felt that feeling
    • Your driver is what makes you who you are today
    • Talk to your old self to bring positive energy into your life
    • “It’s not about being broken—it’s about integrating the wholeness of who you are”
  • Catherine has a FREE introduction to tapping for you! Check it out here!
  • Connect with Catherine on Activating High Performance
  • Check out She Rises website!
  • End of today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. A traumatic incident can be the cause of anxiety, stress, and many negative psychological and physiological responses that we may experience; sometimes that traumatic incident lives in our subconscious.
  2. Your problem may never cease unless you get to the root of it.
  3. People focus on removing negative drivers from their lives, but often forget to replace it with a positive driver.

Resources Mentioned:

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Emily Bennington - How to Create Miracles at Work

May 29, 2017

In this episode, Giovanna welcomes Emily Bennington to the show. Emily is a bestselling author and a student/teacher of contemplative practices for both secular and spiritual audiences. She has led training programs on mindfulness and composure for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has been featured by CNN, ABC, and Fox, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. Emily is the author of three books, including Miracles at Work: Turning Inner Guidance into Outer Influence. Emily is skilled at presenting complex mindfulness and spiritual topics with logical reasoning, professionalism, and inclusiveness. Emily's website was recently listed, by Forbes, as one of the 100 Best Websites for Women and her blog touches thousands of readers.

  • Today’s guest is Emily Bennington
  • Emily was fortunate to have a boss who became a mentor
    • She learned so much from her as a mentor that they wrote the book, Effective Immediately
    • They toured college campuses to talk about transitioning from school to career
  • When Emily started dealing with management, she noticed people would come to her for help
    • Life problems were always present in every person asking for help so Emily would bring in the spiritual aspect as part of her advice
  • She wrote Miracles at Work: Turning Inner Guidance into Outer Influence
    • Her book is about how we dismantle our thought system based on fear and on love
    • Looking at another person and seeing through your differences unfolds the harmonious connections that you have
    • Take your biases out to make your life more peaceful
  • An Internal Miracle is the shift in perception in love
  • A miracle is expression of love to you
  • Giovanna used to compartmentalize spirituality to the point that she felt unfulfilled
  • Like Giovanna, Emily was in the “God Closet”
  • Mindfulness alone is secular
    • Emily felt she was inauthentic teaching spiritual tools when she calls it secular mindfulness
    • Our spiritual life creates a certain reaction to people and we don’t want to offend anyone
    • The wrong is, we tend to conflate spirituality with religion – it’s not the same thing
    • We use competition in our career that yields to what Emily calls, “Snow-Globe Thinking”
    • A true spiritual practice is what clears out the snow
  • Great leaders don’t have to crawl to the top – they’re carried there
  • Magnitude is the idea of seeing yourself created by God and in a state of spiritual perfection
  • Knowing magnitude creates confidence
  • Emily shares an example of magnitude:
    • Emily had a client who was preparing for a big job interview
    • Her client approached the interview with a tremendous amount of nervousness, anger, and resentment
    • Emily encouraged her client saying that if she doesn’t get the job, that it is NOT a reflection or measurement of her worth
    • Her client had an internal shift in perception from fear to love and she got the job
  • Emily has come to a place where she is far less apologetic in her practice of spirituality
  • Giovanna is not fully out of her “God Closet”
    • It was a disservice for Giovanna when she held back
    • Giovanna has seen the transformations and the relationships that have healed
    • “We’re dealing with a practice a lot of people don’t know about”
  • What helped Emily in the course was creating a container
  • Giovanna was introduced to the course from her mentor
    • 15 years ago Giovanna resisted learning from the course
    • The funny thing was, Giovanna kept attending the course and miracles study groups without opening the book
    • She credits her spiritual mentor for recommending her to read the book, The Disappearance of the Universe
  • It wasn’t until about 4 years ago when Giovanna opened the book
    • The Jesus of the course is different from the Biblical Jesus
    • The Biblical Jesus is in alignment with what the course says
    • As Emily was writing her book, she was aware it could kill her speaking career on mindful leadership
    • What’s interesting was Emily got more engagement after her book was written
    • Emily is NOT a scholar of all religions, but all these things are pointing to LOVE
    • “This is a course on how to know yourself”
    • It’s important to know God and to have a relationship with Him
  • You can go through your life in 2 ways:
    • You can go through life feeling you’re responsible for and in control of everything that happens to you
    • You can also go through your life relying upon the guidance, wisdom, compassion, and love that’s greater than your own
  • You have to open that door and acknowledge that you don’t know
  • When we talk about guidance, we’re not asking for the external situation in our life to change, but for us change
    • The Holy Spirit in the course is the communication link between you and God
    • Saying you want to see things differently is asking
    • Be willing to acknowledge that we have a lot of stories
  • Standing in your magnitude is dropping all your stories – your spiritual self has no story
  • Emily shares about a career workshop she was in with Marianne Williamson
  • Magnitude is the perfection that we see in ourselves
  • There is a level where we cannot be affected with a story
  • Join Emily’s group at Course Companions
  • Connect with Emily on her website
  • Check out The She Rises website!
  • End of today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. Learn to see through your differences with a person so you can see them in love.
  2. Spirituality is not the same a religion – they are two different things.
  3. Do not be afraid to be willing to speak about what you believe in.

Resources Mentioned:

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Giovanna Capozza - Why You’re Not Healing

May 22, 2017

In this episode, Giovanna invites us to take a look deeper into ourselves to find out what is causing dis-ease or in disharmony. Dis-ease is when your life is not at ease—meaning a disharmony or dysfunction between your internal and external self. Why You’re Not Healing is an episode dedicated to addressing the internal world of our lives and how to self-assess whether we are, in fact, sick or diseased. Tune in as Giovanna explores the true meaning of health and healing and how we can achieve this by looking inwards.

  • Today’s episode is about why you’re not healing
  • For Giovanna, it goes back to illness – not just physically, but dis-ease overall
    • Healing has always been Giovanna’s calling
    • There is a “victim consciousness” in our way of thinking
  • What fascinates Giovanna is why she cannot get over certain things
    • She researched functional nutrition, botanical medicine and homeopathic medicine to try and understand this
  • At the core of everything, all we are is energy
    • Energy became Giovanna’s primary focus and fascination
  • Your world is 100% governed by what is in your internal world
    • Everybody has their own reality
    • You are the center of your universe
    • Our perceptions are governed by our belief systems
  • We are not healing because we are not fully understanding the nature of dis-ease
  • Health is the ability to go in and out of dis-ease with ease
    • Is your life force healthy enough to help you go in and out of dis-ease with ease?
    • You can have no physical symptoms, and never become sick, but can still be “sick”
    • Disharmony could be in relationships or in your business
  • “True health is the level of vitality or aliveness you feel in your daily life”
  • Take a look at the symptoms in your life
    • Do you get triggered and you can’t let things go?
    • Don’t look from a place of judgement, but from a place of curiosity
    • Most illness started from a mental/emotional area of stuckness or dis-ease that wasn’t addressed
    • This is NOT about self-blame
    • Health and healing are not just about the physical body
    • We are not taught about EQ so that we can pick up those signs and symptoms
    • Healing of a non-physical kind is potentially going to prevent you from manifesting something in your body
    • Give yourself a health assessment
  • “I’m scared to change it”
    • If you change the external side without doing anything internally, it will just manifest again
    • Giovanna lost 70 lbs, but got back into a situation that retriggered tough areas
    • She put on another 15-20 lbs despite how she first lost the weight
    • It’s important to fix the problem internally – get to the ROOT cause
  • Giovanna recommends the book, A New Earth
  • You are a spiritual being having a human experience
  • You’re not healing because you may not be looking at the true dysfunction
  • Life is about polarities
  • There’s always room to assess yourself
  • Stop blaming the external
  • Take 100% responsibility for everything that you created in your world
  • Think about where you want to focus in and make a shift in your life
  • Giovanna has an upcoming program for you! Send an email to info@giovannacapozza.com
  • Check out She Rises website
  • End of today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. Your world, your universe, your life is governed by your internal world.
  2. Even if you may not have any physical symptoms of sickness and disease, you can still be “sick” and experience disharmony in your life.
  3. Take responsibility for what you have created in your world and do NOT be afraid to change what is causing dysfunction in your life.

Resources Mentioned:

  • A New Earth – Book that Giovanna recommends to know more about internal healing
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Diane Hughes – Emotional Weight and the Journey Back

May 16, 2017

My story begins in October 2007, I had a tragic event occur in my life.  My parents disowned me because of my interracial relationship with my now husband Keith Hughes. My parents had never met him or even knew his name. The fact that I was so disposable to the two people I love the most, destroyed me. Not knowing how to deal with this heartbreak, I began to consume myself with work to ignore the thoughts and began to feed my emotions with food. In December of 2011, I looked in the mirror and did not recognize the woman starting back at me. I weighed in at over 300 pounds! I was severely depressed, frustrated, stressed, unhealthy, filled with sadness, pain, felt completely defeated, hopeless and had a very bad relationship with food.

I knew something needed to change, and I needed to be that change!

In January of 2012, I embarked on a journey to lose 100 pounds in one year and regain my life back. My journey wasn’t always easy as I was faced with many challenges and obstacles in my path. My biggest challenge was my career!  I was a corporate professional working as a Senior Software Consultant and my career was extremely demanding, stressful and required me to travel out of state on a weekly basis. I traveled 4-5 days per week throughout the United States and sometimes internationally. I was living out of a suitcase, in and out of hotels and airports, working 12-15 hour days which left me with limited time to focus on myself, my health, my fitness, family and friends.

I am so GRATEFUL that I was introduced to Beachbody!  Their programs were perfect, easy to incorporate into my busy schedule, simple to follow and I could do them anywhere! They gave me the structure and knowledge I needed to transform my health and body.

I literally transformed my body in a hotel room and learned how to build a healthy lifestyle while traveling!

Today, I am proud to say that I have lost over 140 pounds using Beachbody products and have transformed my whole life. Most importantly, I love the woman that I have become in this journey! In 2015, I was chosen and recognized on stage as one of the top 8 finalists of the Beachbody Grand Prize Challenge for best transformation of the year.

Needless to say, I am firm believer in Beachbody products and naturally I wanted learn more about the company and become more involved so I joined the Company as an Independent Beachbody Coach so that I could continue to learn and grow in my own journey but more so help other people reach their health and fitness goals.  It has been the most rewarding and purpose filled career choice I have ever made.  Since then, I have decided to continue my education and I am currently pursuing my Health Coach Certification with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and have co-founded Fithughes.com

In this episode, Giovanna Capozza interviews Diane Hughes, a holistic health and fitness coach with Beachbody and co-founder of Fithughes.com. She lost 140 pounds in her own journey and was selected as one of the top 8 finalists of the Beachbody Grand Prize Challenge for Best Transformation of the Year, in 2015. Today, Diane and her husband have dedicated themselves to working with individuals struggling with weight loss. This powerhouse couple helps them reach their goals and create an improved lifestyle filled with happiness, health, fitness and balance. Tune in as Diane shares her weight loss story, how forgiveness played a part in her journey, and the importance of making YOURSELF a priority.

  • Giovanna introduces Diane Hughes
  • Giovanna met Diane and her husband, in Mexico, at a party
  • In 2007, Diane experienced a tragic event in her life:
    • Her parents disowned her
    • She never had something so traumatic happen to her like that
    • She dove into her work and fed her emotions with food
  • It was not until Dec. 2011 that she looked into the mirror
    • Looking at her reflection in the mirror was the biggest “Ah-ha moment” for Diane because she didn’t recognize herself
    • She was too consumed with life and work that she ignored herself
    • Food was a way to numb out
  • Diane remembers being frustrated and severely depressed
  • Diane believed she needed to start with herself
    • She was the only one that could change the direction of her life
  • Her turning point was on New Year’s Eve
    • She made a grand announcement at her party about her wanting to lose the weight
    • She was surprised that people at the party didn’t believe she could do it
    • For Diane, that moment sparked a flame to prove that change IS possible
  • Diane basically lived in a hotel room because of her job
    • She didn’t have time for the gym nor did she have a kitchen to cook in
    • At 300 lbs, she couldn’t do much
  • She joined a cleanse group on Facebook
    • Diane sent a message to a coach she’d been seeing online
    • The coach replied to her and she led Diane to Beachbody, the leading provider for in-home, health and fitness solutions
  • “We find all of the reasons why we can’t do something”
  • Prior to gaining weight, Diane loved physical fitness
    • The programs Diane purchased were the super difficult ones, forgetting she was 300 lbs
    • She did the program and she couldn’t even do 15 minutes of it
    • Her coach changed her program to one she could do
    • The programs came with a nutrition guide that Diane used for clean eating
  • 100 lbs to lose was too overwhelming
    • The journey was difficult – there were mental challenges and limiting beliefs
    • People give up on resolutions because they think of the long journey ahead VS what they’ve already done
    • It was not just a new year’s resolution, it was Diane’s promise to herself
    • Women tend to forget to make themselves a priority
  • Giovanna started her weightloss journey one day at a time
  • Diane and her husband struggled with their marriage
    • She was retracting herself from everybody
    • Diane is thankful to her husband for being there for her during the tough times
    • She realized he was the rock in her journey
    • She wanted to be the wife her husband deserved
  • As she lost weight, Diane gained confidence
  • Diane reached her goal of losing 100 lbs, but she was still unhappy
    • The 2nd phase of her journey, was a journey of forgiveness
    • She has not only forgiven her parents, but herself, too
    • The moment she learned to forgive, Diane lost another 35 lbs
    • Forgiveness was the harder part, not the weight loss
    • Her parents completely cut ties with Diane after disowning her
  • Connect with Diane on FitHughes.com, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Diane’s husband is a professional chef
  • Diane joined Beachbody as a fitness coach
    • Through her journey, she inspired her husband to join Beachbody, too
  • Giovanna closes the podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. People can be consumed by everything that happens in life; they can tend to forget who they really are.
  2. Always make conscious decisions and try to make YOURSELF a priority.
  3. It’s normal to feel pain and struggle; but at some point, you’ll need to release yourself from the burdens you keep inside.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Beachbody – A leading provider for in-home health and fitness solution
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Lisa Berkovitz - From Corporate to Empathic Entrepreneur

May 9, 2017

In this episode, Giovanna Capozza interviews Lisa Berkovitz. Lisa has straddled the business and spiritual worlds for over 15 years as an MBA high-level project manager for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. She’s a master-level NLP practitioner, reiki master, and a master-level coach to executives and entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience drawing out the life’s work of some of the world’s most visionary, passionate, and accomplished change makers. Tune in as Lisa walks us through her journey from being in corporate America to leading a life of spirituality. She will define what empathpreneurs really are and provide us a quick exercise that will help us listen to our inner self and find peace. 

  • Giovanna introduces Lisa Berkovitz 
  • Lisa has been in the business and spiritual worlds for over 15 years 
  • She has worked with Fortune 100 and 500 companies, executives, and entrepreneurs 
  • Lisa’s journey, like others, is evolving 
  • When she was in the corporate world doing project management, she advanced quickly 
  • She came to a point where she became TOO passionate about human potential 
  • She ended up at a self-mastery retreat in Costa Rica 
  • She was in personal development for years until the last 2 years before leaving Corporate America 
  • She discovered the spiritual path after she experienced a heartbreak 
  • When she got to the self-mastery retreat, she had a vision of traveling the world, supporting human potential 
  • She quit her job for this vision and a lot of people didn’t understand 
  • Her spirituality deepened 
  • She freelanced and found out that she was gifted at listening between the lines 
  • Lisa used this gift for 6 years while coaching executives 
  • She discovered her ability to hold space for another person and shape it into something 
  • Lisa comes from the perspective that we know what’s right for us, at all times 
  • For Lisa, it took trust and a knowing that led her to follow the path that felt right to her 
  • At that time, Lisa didn’t think that this journey would be as long as it has turned out to be 
  • Delaying following a path makes the wakeup call louder 
  • Life gives us signs – listen and act early 
  • Lisa engages in deep listening to understand people 
  • Deep listening never fails her to hear clues for what is true for that person 
  • Lisa senses what aliveness is 
  • She listens to the soul’s blueprint through understanding energy 
  • The biggest challenges Lisa sees in her mentees include: 
  • Trusting their own guidance 
  • Letting the mind lead 
  • Letting it be more fun and easy 
  • Lisa is a big proponent of getting quiet 
  • If there isn’t time and space to listen internally, it’s difficult to hear the soul’s truth 
  • Giovanna shares her spiritual hygiene process 
  • Asking “for it to speak to you” – depends on the mentee’s belief system 
  • Lisa always starts with basic energy tools: 
  • Take a comfortable seat 
  • Gently close your eyes and bring your awareness in  
  • Turn your eyes towards yourself 
  • Start with 3 slow deep breaths 
  • Relax your eyes, your scalp, your brain 
  • Make your 3rd breath the deepest breath 
  • Release and give your body permission to completely relax 
  • Turn your attention to the silence 
  • Imagine yourself standing in a place in nature 
  • Imagine your bare feet touching the ground in that place 
  • Allow yourself to connect to the earth 
  • From the base of your spine into the earth 
  • Let yourself feel held by the earth and let any energy that doesn’t serve you draw to the magnetic pole of the earth 
  • See how you feel 
  • In this space, you can hear yourself and your truth 
  • Nourish yourself with silence and ask yourself in that space 
  • The answer will come or trust that it will come at the right time 
  • Empathy is a very significant quality that impacts a lot of things in your life 
  • Lisa’s way of coping with energies when she was young was through isolation and avoidance 
  • It’s a challenge to manage energies 
  • Empathy became a hindrance for Lisa in her entrepreneurial journey 
  • She had a teacher who taught her to manage her energy in a different way 
  • There’s no energy that is better or worse than the other 
  • “When you stop perceiving an outside attack, then there’s no need to isolate yourself anymore” 
  • “Judgement locks the very thing you don’t want in” 
  • Be willing to be present to be free 
  • When you’re not present, you’re placing a wall up of resistance 
  • Empaths are extremely powerful leaders 
  • Lisa believes any aspect of business can be a reflection of who you are 
  • You cannot fit an empath into a mold 
  • The meek shall inherit the earth – The gentle, sensitive ones will lead 
  • Giovanna closes the podcast  

 

3 Key Points: 

  1. Life is always giving us signs – we should be ready to listen and act upon it when it comes. 
  1. People already know what the truth is for them – they just have to listen. 
  1. Stopping the judgement allows yourself to be more open. 

 

Resources Mentioned: 

  • Empathpreneurs – Lisa’s facebook group that consist of emphatic entrepreneurs 
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Kendra Cunov – The Art of Deep Intimacy

May 2, 2017

In this episode, Giovanna interviews Kendra Cunov, co-founder of Authentic World. Kendra has been teaching, facilitating, and most importantly, practicing authentic relating and integral circling for the last 15 years. She works with organizations, leaders, and coaches who know that connection, truth, and integrity are points to success. Listen as Kendra talks about the true meaning of authentic relating, the interpersonal activities that create opportunities for genuine connection, and the benefits of investing in both solo and interpersonal experiences.

  • Today’s guest is Kendra Cunov

    • “Kendra is one of the most powerful coaches & leaders I know. If you are looking to deepen your personal relationships, grow your business, build your team, or improve the communication and leadership skills of your team leaders, you would be well-served to work with Kendra. Her guidance has supported me in scaling my events, while simultaneously creating even deeper and more intimate experiences for our participants. Her impact is magical.” – Rich Litvin, Author of The Prosperous Coach & 4PC Founder
    • Kendra is the co-founder of Authentic World
    • She works with people who know that connection, truth, and integrity are points to success
    • She has consulted for companies like GenenTech and the staff at 4PC
    • Learn more about Kendra on her website, KendraCunov.com
  • Giovanna has known Kendra for a year now
  • Sometimes, even Kendra thinks about how she came into her position right now
  • She was born into a Zen Buddhist Monastery
    • She went back to the monastery and lived there for 3 years as an adult
    • The monastery was her life
    • At 5, Kendra and her mom left the monastery
    • When they moved, her memories became sharp and clear
  • Kendra thinks that intentionally surrounding herself with people who are on the path of personal growth impacted her a lot
  • At 19 or 20, Kendra looked around and saw a group of people dedicated to their awakening and their personal paths
  • Kendra felt a part of her was already curious about this interpersonal experience
  • There’s a dynamic tension between our solo experience and our interpersonal experiences
  • Meditating solo everyday won’t improve interpersonal relationships; working on interpersonal relationships won’t build your inner stamina
    • The test comes when you’re in a relationship – not necessarily a romantic one
  • Authentic relating comes from a myriad of different communities/practices coming together
  • Kendra’s husband and his business partner created the Authentic Man Program – it’s where Kendra first engaged herself in this interpersonal relating
    • Kendra and her fiancé held authentic relating games nights
    • It was creating experiences for people to connect in ways they don’t do on their own
    • When you’re face to face with someone, you can think of your answers to that person, in that moment
    • “It allowed people to share to others in the way that they were longing to”
  • After 3 years of facilitating the game night, they started facilitating events for a dating company
    • The dating company worked with more middle-aged, professional people
    • This opportunity led Kendra to realize that authenticity works for everyone
    • Another key was: “You gave us permission”
  • Giovanna shares her experience with Kendra’s intimacy workshop last year
    • Giovanna believes there was the sense of essential longing that she felt was fulfilled in that workshop
    • Kendra feels fulfillment when people tell her how they felt with her sessions or workshops
  • It’s normal to feel the way you do, especially in a container
    • It takes a setup to play formally or informally
    • “Containers hold us”
    • Container or context is the thing that people say, “You gave us permission”
    • “Set people up so they know what’s happening”
    • Women operate on a deeper level than men
    • Men are single-focused
    • Women have dispersed attention
  • One game Kendra plays is Curiosity
    • Only one person asks, and another person answers for 3-5mins
    • Nothing is off limits
    • “The only rule is you have to be curious”
    • The role of the person answering is to answer in a way that is true for them, in that moment
      • Moment-to-moment discretion allows both people to be in that specific moment
      • What Giovanna loves about this game is that each moment is genuine curiosity
      • This game allowed Giovanna to get over herself and develop intimacy
      • It’s easy to think we know a person
      • There’s a loss of real intimacy when we think we know a person
    • Continued mutual work towards intimacy can change all relationships
    • Giovanna mentions a game she did in a workshop
      • There’s a real value in putting yourself in real practice containers
      • There’s a lot of work we can do in ourselves, but there are things that don’t get touched
      • The format to be played is infinite
      • Permission and witnessing in a triad
      • We free other people and we witness in love, in the triad
      • Giovanna felt reverence and gratitude for allowing herself to be a part of that
    • Women are the worst because women can talk about a lot of things
      • There’s a limit to what one should share
    • Kendra shares about her experience while working in a shadow process
    • Kendra’s full bodied expression
    • Giovanna realized how uptight she was in that embodied piece
    • Check out John Wineland – Kendra and John work together in the realm of romantic, intimate relationships
      • They also work a lot on the piece of embodiment
    • John and Kendra have a 6-month program – The Relationship and Intimacy Salon
    • The work Giovanna did on her own let her blossom as a grown woman
    • Want what you want and be able ask for what you want
    • Kendra shares a funny story about spotting the only ripe mango on a tree while in a vehicle
      • She was in Hawaii with her fiancé
      • There was a mango tree and Kendra demanded that they stop the car
      • She picked up a rock, hit the mango, and ate it
    • Connect with Kendra on her website

3 Key Points:

  1. Solo meditation and engaging in interpersonal activities are BOTH important – you need both.
  2. Authentic relating builds up intimacy with a person—most people just need to be given that opportunity and permission.
  3. There’s a real loss of intimacy when we THINK we know a person, there’s always room to go deeper.

Resources Mentioned:

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Satyen Raja - The Path of the Warrior Sage

April 25, 2017

In this episode, Giovanna interviews Satyen Raja, a black-belt martial artist and a true Warrior Sage of sex, power, femininity, masculinity, and more. During their intimate conversation, both Giovanna and Satyen explore the disparity between male and female leadership, the importance of presence versus invitation, the fragile magnetism between the sexes, the three sexiest words a man can say to a woman, and much, much more…

  • Satyen is originally from Toronto, but now lives in Vancouver
  •  Discussing Satyen’s experience as a black belt martial artist
    • Satyen felt like the world he was in wasn’t real
    • Satyen studied with Shaolin Monks
    • Satyen studied martial arts for more than 20 years to become a black belt
    • “It continues to be a journey of learning to master the self…and serve others”
  • There are many Warrior Sage influences that have shaped Satyen’s career
    • Currently a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Just because you’ve grown strong in some areas, doesn’t mean you’re strong in all areas
  • The path of the Warrior Sage is a path of equilibrium
  • We all have an incessant and worrisome quantity of fear to deal with
  • Women in leadership versus men
    •  This world his highly masculine
    • The masculine represents the “witness consciousness”
    • 95% of the business world is rooted in the masculine identity
    • The feminine energetic is the LIFE within us
    • Presence is masculine, invitation is feminine
  • Women in leadership go too far into the masculine energy, leading to exhaustion and breakdown
    • Reclaiming the self-empowerment is exhausting
    • The business world is too goal, too “crush-it” oriented
    • We need to better channel feminine replenishment
  • Discussing replenishment in greater detail
    • Look at your body and identify where the tension is
    • The core of why we have tension is because we’re infusing far too much “worth” into things that don’t actually matter
    • Loosen up the tension of control, let go
  • If you need to pick up sand from the beach and take it somewhere—how would you carry it?—too tight and you squeeze it out, too loose and it slips away
    • The warrior sage finds the balance
  •  Female Leaders Versus Male Leaders
    •  Female leaders need much more feminine replenishment

      • Love and connection are two of the highest values for every woman
  • It is only from the freedom and love we have NOW that we can achieve more love and freedom
    • “When you want what you already have, you start getting more of what you want.”
  • Men need to realize they are greater than this illusionary game of “win versus lose”
  • The money you have in the bank, and your professional success, do not equate to personal worth
  • Don’t fill your life with more “doing” in the search of fulfillment—it does not work
  • Your way of being in the world, your lack of “spaciousness,” manifests as illness and degeneration in the body
  •  Let’s talk about SEX
    •  The demand of masculine success crushes and dries out the feminine heart
    •  Communal enjoyment is a massive part of feminine replenishment
  • Generations model their approach on the success of the previous generation
    •  The ones who’ve made it by “crushing it”? Look at their lives behind the scenes…it’s not so glamourous
  • Switching gears for a woman who’s been in “crush-it” mode all day and getting into the feminine mindset is essential to the physical and emotional health of the relationship
    • How Satyen (and his wife) shift gears and get out of “Crush-it” mode
    •  Men need guy-time, women need girl-time
    • Men and women are like magnets—there is a naturally strong attraction, but if paired together for too-long (if denied guy-time and girl-time) the magnetism wanes
      • The passion and the sizzle will diminish
      • Treat the relationship in a “physics” manner
      • It’s about preserving “hey-lover” instead of “hey-buddy”
  • The masculine and the feminine are polarizing
    • Expand your art of transitioning between masculine and feminine
    •  Being wishy-washy isn’t sexy
  • The 3 sexiest words a woman can ever hear from a man are “I got this”
  •  Go beyond the comfort/safe-zones (assuming you have a safe-partner) to inject zest and life into the relationship
  • Tips for creating spaciousness
    •  Have a girlfriend (or yourself) go to a lingerie store and choose the underwear for you to wear…tell them to pick something that will “shake up your life, get out of your comfort-zone”
    • When you’re putting this lingerie on in the morning, go through a sexual, music fueled routine as you get dressed
      •  A lady in the street, but a freak in the bed
    • During the self-pleasure ritual, do it in devotion—someone or something you’re devoting the ritual to
  •  www.WarriorSage.com look for the private invitation list

3 Key Points:

  1. A relationship is like a handful of sand—held too firmly or too loosely and it slips away.
  2. When you learn to love what you already have—a job, a relationship, a family, etc.—you get more of what you love.
  3. Tension is derived from investing too much worth into things that simply don’t matter.

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Layla Saad - The Journey of a Wild Mystic Woman

March 24, 2017

Layla Saad went from high achiever as a child to Law School as a young adult to wild mystic woman entrepreneur. She shares her journey and tools for personal growth and owning your worth and feminine mystique.

Summary:

In this episode, Giovanna Capozza interviews Layla Saad, a life coach, a spiritual and business mentor, a certified health coach, a speaker and the woman behind the Wild Mystic Woman. Layla’s mom once told her that things will be more difficult for her because of her race, religion and gender. Listen as Giovanna and Layla talk about the journey to sovereignty, how archetypes can help us become a better person, and the spiritual awakening Layla has gone through that led her to the Wild Mystic Woman.

 

Show Notes:

  • Introduction to the podcast
  • Introducing Layla to the show
  • Layla and Giovanna connected on Instagram and Giovanna instantly knew that Layla was her soul sister
  • Sovereignty is a meaningful word to Layla because of the things that she had been through
  • Layla shares the journey that led her on the path to sovereignty:
  • Layla lives in Qatar, but she grew up in UK
  • Layla is the oldest daughter and is a high achiever
  • Layla’s mom had always told her that things would be more difficult for her because she’s black, a Muslim and a woman
  • “My sense of worthiness came from my sense of achievement”
  • Layla studied law in University, but she realized early on that it wasn’t for her
  • Layla was trying to define who she was
  • “I don’t have any idea of what I wanted to be”
  • Layla had depression, anxiety and panic attacks
  • As Giovanna would put it, Layla was discombobulated
  • Layla’s darkest period lasted for 3 years
  • Layla’s best friend introduced her to the world of self-development which got Layla out of that period
  • Tony Robbin’s CDs opened up Layla’s eyes
  • Layla decided not to pursue law after finishing her degree
  • Layla believed that she would use her experience during her lowest point to help people
  • Layla ended up in the field of corporate tax
  • Layla went back to Qatar after finishing her degree, when she was 21
  • The entire time Layla was in corporate tax, she knew it wasn’t her path
  • Layla decided she wanted to go back the UK when she met her husband
  • Layla found out about life coaching
  • Layla studied life coaching after getting married
  • Layla quit the corporate world when she had her first child and started life coaching
  • As passionate as Layla was, she didn’t know how to run a business
  • Layla lost her confidence and gave up just when she was starting out
  • Layla had a cycle of going back to coaching, giving up coaching, working as a part-timer, and going back to coaching again
  • Just before Layla’s 30th, she was miserable and it was killing her to work with other people
  • Layla went to her office early, sat at her desk and suddenly, her soul was afloat and was looking down at her, laughing
  • Her laugh told her that what she was doing there wasn’t her life, her path and job
  • Layla remembered when she was in her 20s, listening to Tony Robbins
  • Layla wasn’t happy and if she continued with her miserable life, that would be her life forever
  • Layla decided that she would continue coaching, throw herself into the business world, and NOT give up
  • Layla started her business doing soulful, business coaching
  • Last year, Layla had an incredible spiritual awakening that birthed The Wild Mystic Woman
  • Layla shares what The Wild Mystic Woman is
  • “It’s so different from the rest of my life”
  • Layla has always been guided by her intuition
  • 2 things happened regarding Layla’s spiritual awakening
  • First, in April of 2016, Layla wrote a blog post that went viral which was unexpected
  • Layla’s blog post was Why those ‘6 figure’ business coaches are failing you
  • The post was shared a thousand times in just one week
  • Strangers have been adding and getting in contact with Layla
  • While Layla’s business was prepared for it, she wasn’t emotionally prepared
  • Layla was uncomfortable and being in the spotlight—it brought her fear
  • The second event was when Layla was on a business retreat
  • During the meditation, Layla felt that her consciousness broke into a higher ground
  • The very next day, things started to fall apart in Layla’s personal life
  • Layla and her husband decided to move into her parent’s house instead of a beautiful apartment, leading them to give away some of their furniture
  • Giovanna loves how Layla shares her vulnerability openly regardless of being an introvert
  • Layla shares about her relationship with her parents
  • Layla’s life was going in a direction that was out of her control
  • “I could sense that it was not me directing. It was the divine directing it and arranging things in a certain way”
  • Layla just surrendered and followed where life was taking her
  • There comes a point when we just know that there’s no other way
  • Giovanna shares how she started getting involved in the personal development industry
  • We are not taught how to look at things
  • Layla’s mentor offered her a reiki session and she accepted it
  • Reiki is a form of energy healing
  • Reiki channels divine energy to help re-balance the energetic system
  • After the session, Layla’s mentor told her everything that she sees:
  • Layla’s mentor saw an image of Layla’s mother and herself
  • Layla has kept her pain in for years and Layla feels she’s betraying her mother whenever she succeeds
  • It was all on a subconscious level
  • Giovanna shares that there’s always a part of a child that wants to save his/her own parents
  • Part of Layla’s spiritual journey last year was exploring her feelings towards her mother
  • It made Layla realize how all these things are interconnected
  • The success of your business depends on you
  • You ARE the business
  • “The more I’m able to do my spiritual work, the more I’m able to grow in my business”
  • Layla shares her journey because we are all on that journey
  • It’s about the being and not your flaws
  • Giovanna shares the story of when she offered a coaching service to someone
  • There were so much uncovered and Giovanna was able to see how she holds herself back
  • In the end, the girl decided she wanted business coaching
  • Giovanna referred her to someone else
  • If you are not okay inside yourself, it trickles down
  • The difference between Layla’s previous business and her current business
  • Before, Layla wanted to do things that everyone was doing
  • Now, Layla wanted to do a few things and do them well
  • Work smarter, but harder
  • “I prioritize my alignment over everything”
  • Giovanna discusses the Divine Feminine
  • Layla shares what the Divine Feminine is
  • We can define it depending on one’s spiritual beliefs and where one is coming from
  • Divine Feminine, for Layla, is the flow that is guiding her
  • “It is the voice that is asking you to come back into wholeness with yourself and the feminine side of yourself”
  • There’s fierceness in divine energy which is different from masculinity
  • The Hindu goddess Kali who is the goddess of destruction, chaos and transformation
  • Kali told Layla that she needs to tear down everything in Layla’s life that isn’t working
  • Layla shares the goddess Inana’s story
  • We cry with ourselves and we need to grieve
  • Giovanna defines archetypes
  • Archetypes helped Layla realize that she wasn’t crazy
  • When you’re in a confusing time in your life, it seems like you’re stuck in it
  • Archetypes gave Layla a road map to track where she’s at
  • Being on a descent can be a cycle
  • The name “She Rises” is from the story of the mythical phoenix
  • We despair in times that we don’t have a guidance
  • Giovanna’s mentor told her “when you’re the red of the rainbow, you can’t see other colors”
  • Find Layla at Wild Mystic Woman and check the website to see what resonates you
  • Layla has a one-on-one sovereign session used for business or spirituality
  • If you’re looking at how to align yourself with your business, have a chat with Layla
  • Layla is launching a monthly membership community called The Sovereign Sisterhood
  • Sisterhood has helped Layla get through her journey
  • Layla also has a podcast
  • Find Layla on Instagram, too
  • Layla is also writing a book about the heroine’s journey

3 Key Points:

  1. Aim to live in alignment with yourself and what you believe at all costs and in all areas of life.
  2. Being on a descent can be a cycle, but you have the power to break that cycle and RISE up.
  3.     We despair in times that we don’t have guidance—reach out and don’t hold back.

Resources Mentioned:

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Audrey Hazekamp - The Value of Wonder

March 24, 2017

Audrey Hazecamp co-author of Shake it UP and co-faciliator with the renowned Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD. speaks to us about the wonder as a tool for self-discovery and transformation

Summary:

In this episode, Giovanna interviews Audrey Hazekamp. Audrey opens up a new world of possibilities using curiosity and wonder. What kind of questions do you ask yourself? What opens up for us and the world when we give ourselves the permission to wonder? Tune in to find out how she considers both her body and emotions as her allies to living a life of purpose.

 

Show Notes:

  • Introducing Audrey Hazekamp on the show
  • Audrey has always been curious
  • Her level of curiosity became an inconvenience to the adults around her
  • For the longest time, she took her curiosity underground by covering it with facts and science
  • Genuine wonder is a superpower
  • Genuine wonder is a place for Audrey’s intellect to create new possibilities
  • Wonder Builder and Wonder Builder Cards
  • Audrey has a Wondercraft Course
  • Giovanna is a chronic asker of “Why?”
  • What Audrey loves now is using science as a way of supporting her philosophy of wonder
  • “Science is beginning to show up with hard evidence of why wonder and curiosity are evolutionary tools”
  • Audrey encourages you to try and see what happens to your body when you criticize yourself
  • Audrey’s body becomes narrow and she pulls in to create a shield around herself
  • She’s a big fan of letting herself notice the experience
  • Audrey doesn’t ignore self-blame and criticism, but is applying wonder
  • Your body is your ally
  • Transition can be more awkward than elegant when creating your own reality
  • Hold something with an open palm
  • The semantic work
  • The thought follows the experience
  • Physiology is what generates the thought
  • Physiology informs the mind to create critical thoughts
  • The “fear melters” process explained
  • Wonder is a big part of opening space
  • The power of wonder opens up so much
  • The sound of wonder is a really pleasant, vibratory sound
  • Using the sound of wonder and the phrase, “I wonder,” already makes a bridge from fear
  • Your ego will always try to contradict wondering
  • Part of the issue of wonder is that it’s simple
  • Audrey’s favorite question is, “I wonder what is genuinely mine to do?”
  • Audrey was a professional hero for most of her life
  • Her senses opens its doors to invite the resolution
  • The current political situation led Audrey to the thought of her living in an unfriendly universe
  • She wonders how she can be a source of a friendly universe
  • Be courageous enough to ask questions without any direct answer
  • Ask wonder questions with a “How” or “What” because “Why” is tricky
  • “Why is probably the most dangerous question you could ask your brain”
  • Criticizing vs applying wonder and curiosity
  • Audrey loves words that give her a quality, “tuning fork” moment
  • Audrey’s Book, Shake It Up: Refresh and Rediscover Yourself through Wonder and Body-Mind Adventures
  • Audrey thanks Oxana Holtmann, her co-author
  • All the pages of the book are invitations to express appreciation—from blame to wonder
  • The book is participatory
  • Part of Audrey’s resourcefulness is knowing who to ask
  • Learning through wisdom or someone else’s mastery helps you learn without having to create the experience
  • Audrey talks about verbing
  • Verbing is an invitation to try on different action verbs
  • Audrey shares her client as an example
  • Audrey is a fan of the word “engage”
  • “I am my best client” – Am I the living example of what it is I’m talking about?
  • Audrey considers herself a self-appreciation adventurer
  • Audrey had medical issues that caused a lot of trauma in her life
  • She built the “American Dream” everybody wanted to have – she had a great career, home, and living
  • Deep down, Audrey had a sense of dissatisfaction
  • She started asking existential questions
  • “I need to be willing to risk”
  • Part of the Audrey’s essential qualities is to be of service
  • She left her home in Michigan and moved to Santa Barbara
  • Audrey doesn’t recommend her way to everyone
  • “It’s awkward before it’s elegant”
  • All of the feelings Audrey had were all in service to her creativity
  • It takes practice to see your emotions as allies
  • Let yourself soften and ask for support when you need it
  • The more transparent Audrey becomes, the more access she gets to her primal, innate power
  • Connect with Audrey on her website
  • Giovanna closes the podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. Curiosity and wonder open up a new world to any person who starts to access them.
  2. Ask what is genuinely yours to do and use that to start a new life of wonder.
  3. Begin to think of your emotions as allies.

Resources Mentioned:

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Crystal Andrus - How to Live and Love Yourself Fully

March 24, 2017

Founder of the S.W.A.T Institute and author of The Emotional Edge talks about all things self love and acceptance

 

Summary:

In this episode, Giovanna Capozza interviews Crystal Andrus Morissette, a communication expert, women’s advocate and the author of four best-selling books including her latest release, The Emotional Edge. Listen as Giovanna and Crystal talk about self-love and appreciation, how to play with your archetype, and why you have to heal your broken pieces and not just bury them in your subconscious.

 

Show Notes:

  • Introducing Crystal to the show
  • Giovanna interviewed Crystal before in another radio show
  • Crystal shares about her latest book The Emotional Edge
  • Crystal never thought a project could bring her to her edge
  • “I was pushed beyond my mental capacity”
  • Crystal needed to unplug from the world and went offline for 6 weeks
  • Crystal never knew she was carrying a tremendous amount of guilt and shame
  • Crystal realized that she needed to write a book about everything she was going through and it gave her access to her archetypes
  • Crystal shares how she plays with her archetypes and the idea of a mother and a woman
  • It is amazing when you think that you’re the original inventor of an idea
  • The idea of yang just came to Crystal
  • Yang’s 3 aspects to one’s personality – the ego, the shadow, and the collective unconscious
  • Freud’s Id, ego and superego
  • Id is the most childish and selfish part of you
  • The superego is constantly trying to make you feel better; like a mother archetype within us
  • Ego balances the id and superego
  • Crystal had spent years to see these three elements of the psyche working
  • “We each have a child within us”
  • The woman energy discussed
  • When you come into your human energy, you can come to the greatest expression of who you are
  • Giovanna is constantly repeating to her clients that our most important job is to learn to be parents ourselves
  • There are pieces of ourselves that we judge
  • We break that piece off of ourselves and bury it in our subconscious
  • When you became an adult, you heal the ones you bury, but we usually just forget them
  • By the time that we are old, we can’t recognize ourselves anymore because we buried so many pieces
  • Healing or repairing ourselves is the gentle process of regaining the broken pieces to become whole again
  • Healing is fun
  • We choose our dominant persona to show up and take control of us
  • The reason that we created the dominant persona
  • Our submissive takes so much energy to keep buried
  • Your dominant persona becomes exhausted
  • Crystal shares how she felt when she was 40
  • Crystal didn’t realize that she didn’t want people to know about her past
  • Crystal needed to let out the shame and sorrow and tell her story
  • “I have forgotten to heal me”
  • “I didn’t realize how I mattered”
  • It was Crystal’s big, mystic moment
  • Crystal feels the need to constantly check herself
  • Crystal tends to get caught up on things
  • “You can’t give what you don’t have”
  • Giovanna admires how Crystal is a great communicator
  • We work to give ourselves a better life
  • The ultimate outcome of your work
  • When you communicate better with yourself, it opens you up to become communicative, vulnerable, honest and transparent with everybody
  • Be more compassionate with your relationships
  • It is easier when you become your best self
  • Don’t seek only for the physical things to make you happy
  • People go after something they think can do good to them
  • Crystal was Miss Galaxy when she decided she wanted to have babies
  • Crystal had all the things she wanted, but still ended up feeling empty inside
  • We’ve all had the same experience as Crystal
  • Crystal watched pregnant Beyonce at the Grammys and she adored Beyonce
  • Beyonce was THE mother, daughter, woman at the Grammys
  • Watching Beyonce made Crystal feel like a queen
  • Beyonce is an archetype
  • “When I share what I share, I hope I touch women in a way that can make them cry”
  • We are teaching women how to rise into their greatness and stand into their power
  • “I’m all things”
  • We can’t keep on pointing fingers
  • Crystal shares about the light shadow
  • The shadow is the greatness you buried when you were little
  • Crystal shares an experience of when she was 4
  • It took time for Crystal to realize that she’s also a princess
  • Love yourself
  • Crystal doesn’t want her daughters to be ashamed of themselves
  • Giovanna started her podcast for women
  • Crystal shares about their life in Canada
  • At a baseball game, the oldest man on the team suddenly shouted negative things at Crystal because she was cheering
  • The new Crystal told herself that she wouldn’t come to the game, again, because she won’t go where she’s not wanted
  • We have to celebrate our big bright lights and not let others dim them
  • Don’t let the negative things get to you – they make you stronger
  • “You know why Trump is now the president of the United States? Because good people keep their mouths shut”
  • Crystal had been attacked when she posted one thing about Trump
  • Women attack other women by going to their physical features
  • Know yourself and own it - this is how you become whole
  • Crystal’s The S.W.A.T Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer) can take you higher so you can communicate and be neutral
  • The training is only for women because women will heal the world
  • Crystal built the first program and it took 3 years to complete
  • Crystal also has a 3-month program which is a coaching intervention
  • S.W.A.T is in 30 countries now

3 Key Points:

  1. Heal your broken pieces and don’t let your dominant persona take over – be a whole person.
  2. It is easier to love when you become your best self.
  3. Celebrate your big light and don’t feed yourself with negativity; from within or from others.

Resources Mentioned:

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