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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
First time or fifth year plus reader -
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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.
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by Kristina Leonardi
There is a deeper world than this
That you don't understand
There is a deeper world than this
Tugging at your hand
Love is the Seventh Wave
Besides what we hear about the 1% and the increasing disparity between the rich and poor, there is a growing epidemic of another kind of poverty that has nothing to do with the amount of money in a bank account:
A lack of connection to ourselves, each other, the world around us, and something greater that holds it all together.
I've been noticing a trend in my clients lately, many considered millennials or "digital natives" (essentially those who have never lived during a time without pc's, texting and social media), who are rife with angst and a level of discontent and self-doubting usually reserved for those in the midst of a traditional midlife crisis, empty nest syndrome, or more dire scenarios.
And it's not just young people who are dealing with this; it simply shows up more pronounced. On the surface they seem to have everything going for them - they are highly educated and have decent first or second jobs, they have good health and no major responsibilities like kids or a mortgage - but somehow they feel like they haven't achieved enough, are bored or are missing something but can't quite put their finger on it. In older folks it comes through as unspecified anxiety, career or relationship frustration, mental scatteredness or erratic communication, an inability to sit still or deeply relax, or a feeling of "is this all there is?" when thinking about the rest of their life.
And no matter what your age, because of our now 24/7/360 digital lifestyle, there is severe FMO and a (mostly) subconscious habit of comparing ourselves to each other that is self-sabotaging, making us feel "less than" or deficient in some way - whether it's about the hot boyfriend/girlfriend/partner/spouse you'll never attract, the dream job that alluded you, the baby you do or don't yet have, the great vacations you can't afford, all the amazing friends you never hang out with or "like" your Facebook posts or Instagram photos...etc. You get the #nofilter picture.
Underneath it all seems to be a deep-seated fear of the unknown and feeling of powerlessness over our lives and a world that is rapidly transforming before our eyes in ways that are not always positive or hopeful. The worry and rudderless-ness is often magnified by social media and all else that is vying for our attention, time and energy.
Does any of the above sound like you? If so,
take a moment to do a reality check
. My guess is that you likely have what I am now dubbing "life dysmorphia" - meaning your sense of your life and how "bad" you presume it to be is either highly distorted, simply not true, or if you are unhappy or stuck, it's not for the reasons you might think.
As in my coaching sessions, seminars and previous PGG's, my solution for this is always to
as technology keeps us on superficial ground. Detach from the virtual world and plunge into the depths of your own thoughts, feelings, relationships and the mysteries of the Universe.
Whether you are 25, 65 or somewhere in between - and I have worked with all ages - the antidote to this unsettled, dissatisfied existential state is to be SELF-
centered in a foundation of worthiness and value, find purpose and meaning in your work, express yourself creatively, demonstrate faith and trust in yourself, the process and the Universe, and be open to giving and receiving LOVE
. And stay in your own lane.
Most importantly, as I say in nearly all of my talks and to my clients:
Get out of your head and into your body
- which means operating from your gut and heart - and
be grounded in who you are
It's about staying present and "standing where your feet are at". It's about having conversations IRL. It's about being congenial, forming community and raising consciousness.
It's about taking the time to spend with actual people; to commune with yourself, others and the world around you.
To feel alive in flesh and blood, not just in our minds projected and framed into an online existence. It's about creating instead of consuming. It's about remembering we are humans, not robots or avatars in a fantasy, real or imagined.
And cultivate relationships. Relationships to every kind of person, family or stranger, friend or lover, store clerk or sibling, and whatever you want to call that force greater than ourselves.
When you go deeper into yourself and can truly relax and be present, you free up more internal space for love to flow
between you and yourself or any of the people in your life, and yes, even those you just met, because we are all part of the same brother/sister/genderneutral 'hood
I'm a big hugger (see the PGG
). I often hug people I don't have a lot history with or even know well or at all, but if there is that spark of connection or some wavelength I click with, dig or admire in another, because I am "primed", it allows positive energy to be exchanged through an embrace.
That is real, and much, much more powerful and nourishing than a "like" on FB.
Also, when the internal pipes are blocked or lie dormant, not only can your love not flow, but your creativity can't be expressed, which is another surefire way to feel disconnected from your own vitality. So don't be afraid to open the floodgates!
Not sure how to become less
these disorienting times? Before you send an
SOS to the world,
give me a buzz and I will help tear down that
Fortress Around Your Heart
so you can
Send Your Love
to yourself and others - as humans that's the best way
We'll Be Together
, and you'll be doing your part in creating a
Brand New Day
for us all!
In case you missed
last week's 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 "
Lead Yourself to Success (in Work & Life!)
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.
Lead Yourself to Success Excerpt
June 24, 2017
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Thanks to everyone who attended this inaugural series!
NEW ATTITUDE SUMMER SCHOOL
These workshops provide the guidance and support you need to
let go of what is holding you back, focus on your deepest desires and come away with a new attitude that will transform the way you think about your life and the way you live it
"...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 our 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.
***These are powerful professional development opportu
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$25 discount on any of my coaching services this summer.
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. You can attend a
on this topic this June 13th, so
click here for more info and register
Who Are You.....Excerpt
January 30, 2014
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FEELING STUCK IN YOUR CAREER? CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!
In November 2015 was one of the career experts featured in a panel discussion hosted by
The Muse. Here is the full length video where you can hear my thoughts on career transition, working with a coach, building confidence and handling emotions in the workplace.
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:
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!
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!
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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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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How can Kristina help you in your work and life?
"...the guidance Kristina provided has been worth over a 1000 books! I am extremely grateful for her help." ~ Andrew L.
"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.
"I am so grateful to have had the pleasure to work with you. You really helped me to see that I need to value who I am and what I bring to the table. My gift to myself is to value who I am and remember it throughout my journey." ~ Maria S.
"From her calming voice and beautiful perspective to her ability to connect the dots and provoke "ah-ha!" moments, her words will change you for the better. " ~ Amy P.
About Kristina's Coaching
Work with her one-on-one or as part of a group
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.
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"From her calming voice and beautiful perspective to her ability to connect the dots and provoke "ah-ha!" moments, her words will change you for the better."
PGG's are 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.
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From her calming voice and beautiful perspective to her ability to connect the dots and provoke "ah-ha!" moments, her words will change you for the better"
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