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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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Make Hay While the Sun Shines
by Kristina Leonardi
In case you haven't noticed, change is in the air. It has been for a while now, but the pace is accelerating faster than you can say
Whether we are experiencing change via technology, elections, economic shifts, loss of loved ones, the effects of global warming, natural disasters, or in the most extreme cases, living in the midst of or fleeing war and/or genocide,
it's important to have as much clarity and strength as possible to weather such turmoil, and have an inner resolve of peace and harmony
that can carry us through when all around us is anything but.
I recently saw the films
, both of which take place during some the most tumultuous times on our planet, World Wars I and II respectively. Although they are situated a long time ago in foreign lands, unfortunately the themes and similarities are all too close for comfort in this political climate which we now find ourselves. Watching them only confirmed my sense of urgency about
doubling down on living in the present, stopping even more to smell the roses and appreciating all that we have when we have it.
Essentially focusing on our positive feelings, which at the core helps to maintain a state of peace in all its relative forms.
This is why practices like mediation, yoga, affirmations and other mindful activities I often prescribe to my clients are so important, now more than ever, not just for wellness, sanity and self-care, but for
building up a muscle you don't even realize exists until you are required to flex it in times of crisis and chaos
. This is what will sustain you when the goin' gets tough.
Another way you can build up that foundation of calm, centeredness and strength is to be continually conscious of the present, and
really feel each good, joyous, peaceful moment as you experience it
- not just observing or having a positive attitude - but by integrating and absorbing them into your cellular memory so that they can be recalled as needed down the line, and when you might least expect it.
Take advantage of every glorious encounter - which could be small but meaningful, like soaking in the sun on a warm spring day or having a good laugh with your bestie - by
staying awake to your own existence, absorbing its essence and expressing gratitude for it on every level
. This creates a storehouse for when the storms and stress arrive - as they inevitably will, such is the cycle of life - but you can then be more fortified and less influenced by the accompanying toxicity and dis-ease when they do.
Become hyper-aware of when you are enjoying moments of pleasure, connection, joy, love, beauty, justice
. Although they, like everything in life, are always temporary, when you more viscerally allow yourself to experience them on all levels of mind, body and spirit, you are building up an internal stockpile that will serve you in times of shortages.
Be sure to rest whenever you have the opportunity
, and be disciplined about recognizing, seeking out or making it possible when you don't.
Embrace and savor fully music, dance, food, conversation; listen deeply to your friends, kids, parents, spouse, partner, neighbor, strangers. Really hear and interact with them with every cell of your being. This is what builds up your reserves for those more isolated or disorienting and dehumanizing times.
Remember your humanity.
Clean up and stay clear with your emotional, mental and physical clutter, so when situations and crisis' arrive, you can be fully present and
deal with them standing in the most enlightened, compassionate version of yourself.
Sink into the present like the past or future doesn't exist, because technically, at this moment they don't. Learn from and then let go of the past - you cannot change what has already transpired, so no reason to regurgitate and relive it over and over, especially if it was a a painful or negative situation - this is where forgiveness comes in! - and get out of your head to be open to and grounded in the possibilities at hand. Therein lies our empowerment and salvation: that
our current thoughts, words and deeds are our building blocks,
nd the more aligned and aware you can be in your present intentions and interactions, the more fulfilling and peaceful your destiny will be
, since it is you who is creating it.
By being fully present, we can weave a future to be proud of and is comfortable to live in, even in our darker hours. In other words,
liberate yourself today by being in the here and now, and you will ensure a better tomorrow
, even if it's only your ability to more easily and successfully cope with whatever that future beholds.
Feeling like your life needs a little
Ray of Light
to illuminate the positive and keep it from flying by? Give me a buzz and I'll help you slow things down and get focused enough for you to feel like you just got home to taste the rainbow of goodies contained within it!
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An offering of video clips with thoughts to help you in your career and life.
This one is from 2010 - it was my very first speaking gig for the
NYPL's Science, Industry and Business Library. At the time they were filming all their seminars; I was lucky to be one of the last ones they produced, which means you get to watch the entire 90 minute talk if you are up for it!
Pink Slips: How Losing Your Job Is a Good Thing
June 16, 2010
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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!
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.
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.
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.
What's it like working with Kristina? Click here for more info
About Kristina's Speaking
Attend an event or hire her to speak at y0ur company or organization!
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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Wednesday, May 11th, 2017 6-7:30pm at SIBL
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
It's a perfect time to review where you are at in your career and life, make adjustments and do what's necessary in order to get you where you want to be. Examine what no longer serves a purpose, and what ideas, work, or relationships need to be let go of or revised. Take this opportunity to stop and reflect on who and where you are at this moment in time to make this your best, most fulfilled year yet!
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Kristina Leonardi's Weekly eNewsletter
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