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They're essays about self-care, career direction, transition, stress, feeling lost, going with the flow, current events and more. They're ideas, observations, and unique perspectives to make you think about yourself and your life in a new way, motivate you to make positive change, help ease those challenging times and perhaps have a chuckle or two.  It's also the weekly e-newsletter about the happenings of the author, speaker and coach Kristina Leonardi.
 
First time or fifth year plus reader - WELCOME!  I'm so grateful you're here and I hope what I offer can help make your life a little (or a lot!) better and brighter! 
 
And as always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, and scroll down for info about my coaching services and featured appearances and articles. 
 
NEXT WEEK! GROUP COACHING :
Tuesday, January 9th 6:00-8:00pm    
     
 
   
Group coaching is a very affordable way to work with me and connect with other like-minded folks.  
 

For more about this meeting and other offers, scroll to the bottom of this email, click on the Update Profile/Email Address link
 
Here's what some attendees have to say:

"K ristina has a special gift for helping people find their way in their careers and life. She has a sick sense about people and always made me feel better when I was stuck. She combines the perfect combination of intuition and career smarts in her sessions.  Her support group has been life changing and instrumental in propelling me forward."   ~ Ilana A.
   
"I was amazed by your ability to synthesize so much information from so many completely different personalities and tailor unique homework assignments to us. I also have great admiration for the compassion and empathy you showed to everyone, your holistic approach, and your patience, among many other traits ." ~ Shelly C
  
 
 
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10,000 Hours
by Kristina Leonardi
(Originally published August 18, 2016)
 
zen circle Commitment is the new black. ~ Andrew Sullivan

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell studied highly successful people and came up with the theory that applying 10,000 hours of dedicated practice was required to perfect a skill or master a field. He talks about how the Beatles played hundreds of concerts in Germany before they performed on Ed Sullivan, Bill Gates had access to computers years before most, and Tiger Woods was swinging a golf club from the age of three.

I have also read how BeyoncĂ© was singing and dancing in heels since she was around ten, and heard Megan Trainor talk about writing something like 2000 songs before making it big.  And what about those Olympic athletes?  How many breaststrokes or back-flips did Michael Phelps or Simone Biles have to do before winning their gold medals?

Whether the "10,000 Hours" rule is accurate or not, it speaks to dedicating oneself to your work, your craft, your art or sport in a serious way over a significant and consistent period of time.  With our 24/7 world of distraction and superficiality, it is getting increasingly difficult to focus and commit oneself to anything - whether it is a career path, a specific skill or habit you want to develop, a new relationship, or reading an actual book or even full-length article!

In the big picture however, the most important commitment you can make is to yourself. Knowing, accepting and loving who you are and the cycles of personal growth and TIME it will take to become your very best in order to maximize your potential and prosperity - this is the root of all the other commitments. If you have done that, only then you can think about and be successful in what specifically you want to "practice" as part of the journey.

What can you commit (or have been committing) 10,000 hours to right now, remembering that this can change as your life grows and evolves?

Over the past few months I've been feeling like I've hit a turning point professionally in my work with clients and thinking about this concept, that perhaps I've hit my 10,000 hours?  And then on Monday LinkedIn reminded me it was my 9 (?!) year anniversary  [NOTE: it is now almost 11 years...] as a professional coach. I really didn't know what I was doing or what I should call myself when I started back then, and have no formal training or certifications, but hundreds of you have trusted me over these years with the honor of helping you get unstuck and on the right track with your career and life, and in turn that has fulfilled me in mine.

I have always approached my work in a very organic way, and the title that currently seems to fit is holistic career coach. My ability to quickly and accurately assess and advise clients about who they are and what they should be doing with their lives has blossomed more that I could have imagined, yet at the same time deep down I trusted it would evolve in a way that would best serve those who sought my services.

That in and of itself has been an interesting journey for me, and the results are reflected in the feedback I have received. Here are some of the most recent:

The 30 minutes we spent discussing my general career malaise and concern over what to do next were infinitely more helpful than the hours I've spent discussing this with other people in my life.

By the end of the conversation, I had an actionable plan, a timeline and confidence to invest in myself that I've never had before.

H er questions really got me thinking and she made me aware that my some of my goals were not actually out of reach but with hard work could be obtained.

After the session I felt so empowered and revved up, I felt like I was ready to take on the world! - and I still do. Kristina really listened and provided insightful feedback to get my life back or going in a more positive direction that w ill ultimately make me happier.

My hour with Kristina felt more like a therapy session than a career coaching session, but it turns out that is exactly what I needed!

She's great at identifying the root cause of a problem (even when you think you might have had the answer to begin with) .... I can tell you after about 20 minutes of her asking all the right questions, she wrapped everything up for me in a nice package in the final minutes and BAM I had a breakthrough.

I have a new focus for my career, and I will continue to leverage her knowledge in order to find that perfect job!

I came away feeling empowered, more confident about who I am as a job seeker and more aware of my strengths.

After working with Kristina for over a year and landing my dream job, I can say that I feel joy with every dollar I earn.

She's not going to tell you what you want to hear, she's going to tell you what you NEED to hear. A great listener and motivator. Time and money well spent.

And how timely that just this past Friday, right before my anniversary, I received an email out of the blue from someone who I only did a half hour session with weeks ago with this simple one-liner message:

Kristina, Thanks for giving me a new look on life.

What could be a better job than that? :)))

A great big THANKS goes out to all of you who have ever worked with me - your trust and faith in my abilities has allowed me to put in my "10,000 hours" and I would have never gotten this far and been able to do work that I absolutely love and suits me best without your support. I look forward to working with many more of you over the next 10 years and beyond!

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Want to make 2018 the year you commit to yourself, but not sure what that commitment or focus should be or where to start?   
Contact me today to get on the right track in your career and life!
     
Also, stay tuned for new ways to receive monthly coaching, connection and community....

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As a result of working with Kristina, I now have the tools, motivation and perspective to create my dream career and life.  Because of her insights and expertise, I am the happiest and most content I've ever been and found an incredible peace of mind.   
~ Alyssa C.

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In case you missed this PGG.....I had someone film parts of my New Attitude Summer School series (see info below), which resulted in this very-roughly-edited-not-the-best-quality video of uninterrupted remarks wrapping up the workshop  
In this excerpt covering the final ten minutes, I summarize
my thoughts about confidence, being a leader in your own life,  maintaining your individuality and humanity in the times we live in, and why the world is relying on you to be successful.   Enjoy!

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June 24, 2017
   


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work it wednesdays
  Thanks to everyone who attended this inaugural series!
WORK IT! WEDNESDAYS with Kristina
Dedicate one Wednesday a month to super-charging your personal and professional life with a variety of topics that will help identify your purpose, improve your daily routine and provide tips and techniques to reduce stress, increase your confidence and make your career and life the most fulfilled and least stressed it can be!
 
HERE'S WHAT ATTENDEES HAD TO SAY:
 
"I feel motivated and energized to continue my journey toward figuring out who I am and what I am meant to do with my life. I was completely entertained and engaged listening to Kristina."  ~ J.T.  
 
 "Kristina wakes you up to the truth of who you are, your very essence.  I am grateful to be able to be in her presence!"  ~ K.K.
 
"It was a great session that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am very strategic on what I attend and this was definitely worth it." ~ D.C.
 
 
AND FROM THE NEW ATTITUDE SUMMER SCHOOL SERIES IN JUNE   
 
"...an excellent workshop to gain some practical tips on how to change your outlook. It helps make you aware of how you spend your time, and provides subtle tweaks that make a world of a difference in how you approach work, relationships, and any life frustrations you're tending with." ~  F.M. 

                                          "Even though there were several people in the classes- Kristina was able to get to the core of o
ur career and life concerns.  Kristina focused on each person and walked each of us through intense realizations! " ~ D. Auguste 

"Inspiring workshop session. Great information with actions able to put into practice right now. Thought-provoking. My take away - own who I am. " ~ T. S. 
 
"Kristina is incredibly intuitive an on-point. Inspiring.  She offers actionalble insights. ~ T.E.
 
 
 ***These are powerful professional development opportu niti es , so chec k with your supervisor or HR to see if they will sponsor you and any of your colleagues to attend in the future.***
                                       
For more information to book Kristina for your company or organization visit   www.kristinaleonardi.com    
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Looking for a dynamic, down-to-earth speaker for your event, organization, ERG or company?

Please be sure to let me know if you are affiliated with any group, company or organization that needs a speaker on the topics of     active listening, gender communications, career transition, work/life wellness, or employee engagement  I'd be happy to send more information to whoever the contact might be.


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About Kristina's Speaking
Attend an event or hire her to speak at y0ur company or  organization!

K nown as a dynamic, 'inspiring' and 'down-to-earth' speaker with unique yet practical perspectives on career development, work/life wellness, and employee engagement, Kristina has been a featured speaker for many corporate seminars, non-profit organizations and conferences, including: UBS, Saatchi & Saatchi, HR Association of NY, Ogilvy & Mather, American Business Women's Association, the Junior League, NYU and the New York's Science, Business & Industry Library.
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UPCOMING EVENTS:  
 
Wednesday, January 31st 6-7:30pm at SIBL 
Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing With Your Life? 
 Re-assess who you are and what you should be doing with your life so you can achieve fulfillment on all levels, and at the same time enable you to serve others. Kristina shares with you how she came to form The Women's Mosaic and how the tools and lessons she has learned can help you create a more gratifying career and life path for yourself. 
 
Please feel free to email me directly with the topics you would like to see more classes on. 
   
  
     
PGG Video Vault
An offering of video clips with thoughts to help you in your career and life.

This one is from January 2014 - it's an edited clip from my Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life? talk at New York's Science, Industry and Business Library.  I'll be back there with this talk on January 31, 2018 click here for more info.

Who Are You.....Excerpt
 January 30, 2014



And you can always rely on PGG:The Book for a daily dose of inspiration, motivation and entertainment at your finger tips! 
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Thinking about working with me one-on-one?
Here are a few ways my services can help you with your career and life, as most of you fall into one or a combination of the following categories:


Executive Coaching:
Who:  Managers, Business Owners, Directors, C-Suite Executives 
What: Authentic leadership, motivate staff, cultivate teamwork, facilitate communication, inspire vision and culture, increase employee engagement, manage stress, improve work/life wellness
ROI/Why:  Productivity, People and Profit!
 
Career Coaching:
Who:  Career Changers, Career Climbers, Job Searchers, Moms, Dads, Grads
What:  Exploration, discovery and attainment of meaningful work and lifepath, improve job performance, professional development and advancement, enter or re-enter job force, time/stress management and work/life wellness 
ROI/Why:  Purpose, Peace and Promotion!  
 
Life Coaching:
Who: Anyone feeling lost/at a crossroads, unsatisfied, stressed, blocked, confused, passionless   
What: Life transitions, identity issues/crisis, body/mind/spirit wellness, authentic expression, improve relationships   
ROI/Why:  Balance, Bounty and Bliss!  
 
Contact me by email or give me a buzz at 917-816-0834  for more information and to schedule your session today!  

Click here to get an idea of what it's like working with me from past clients

...And watch this video to give you an idea of my approach especially if you have never worked with a coach before 

 
Kristina gave me permission to be myself!  I can say no other person has empowered me in that way as much as she has - and I am TRULY forever grateful for that.."  - Cherise R.

"I can honestly say that speaking to you was one of the most important events in my life. It is almost unbelievable how a 2-hour conversation can have that effect."  Bozhanka V.

 "After the session I felt so empowered and revved up, I felt like I was ready to take on the world! and I still do. Thank you Kristina!" ~  Paula J.

I look forward to working with YOU whenever you're ready!


 

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Kristina Leonardi is a career/life coach who has a proven record of getting "stuck" clients empowered to make changes aligned with their true passions and talents in a short time. She provides a practical framework for each individual to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large and live a life with clarity, balance and direction.   

 

Kristina's holistic, gimmick-free, and minimalist approach has earned her widely diverse and fiercely loyal following from all walks and stations of life, including savvy New Yorkers who have tried other coaches, approaches, and therapy with little or limited results.  Click here to learn more 

  

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"She has a laid-back approach, but don't let that fool anyone. Her ability to read people is amazing and her assessments of how a person can enrich their lives/careers are spot-on. After she asked me lots of questions, she was somehow able to give me an assessment that was frighteningly accurate and illuminating."      

 

I was fortunate enough to have worked with you as a career coaching client earlier this year. Since our time together, and our talks, I have landed a job as general counsel for a not for profit organization here in New York City. When we worked together you mentioned that you had a feeling I was meant for a larger destiny - that I was meant to be doing work for the betterment of others, and that I was meant to lead large groups of people. My work in the not for profit realm will combine those two things, and I feel in my gut that amazing experiences lie ahead. Now, the world is my oyster. Your coaching and influence had a profound impact on me, and I wanted to take a moment to express my deep gratitude to you for being a guiding light. ~ Vanessa M.  

 

What's it like working with Kristina? Click here for more info 

   

 

For more information visit www.kristinaleonardi.com or contact her to schedule a session today.

 
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What I Learned Working with a Career Coach
From Passion to Profit Career Transition Support Group - Episode 1
From Passion to Profit Career Transition Support Group
6 Things You Can Get from a Not-Quite Dream Job (Besides the Paycheck)

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5 Simple Steps for Finding Your Life's Purpose.

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