KRISTINA'S WEEKLY EMAIL OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING ESSAYS & VIDEOS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO YOURSELF ON THIS JOURNEY CALLED LIFE
A NOTE FROM KRISTINA:
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Whether we humans like it or not, change is a part of life. But if you think back to just one year ago, the amount of change thrust upon us is at a level many have never seen in a lifetime. We've been catapulted into adapting in ways we could have never imagined, and it is only the beginning of an even bigger transformation.

These massive changes are showing us who we are, what we want to be doing and with whom, and where we need to stand up for ourselves based our self-worth and personal values to make choices that support our unique mental, emotional, and physical health situation and understanding at any given moment. It ain't always easy, but the more that we can accept our reality and respond authentically and creatively - which could include challenging any unjust demands or decisions - the more we can find new gifts and growth within the circumstances we find ourselves.

We also need to focus on the positive and trust that all is ultimately working for our greater good - even if it might not seem like it at the moment (i.e. there were probably changes that you needed to make anyway, but now the Universe gave you a big kick in the butt!). Today’s PGG talks about navigating change in general, illustrated by some fun tunes to help you dance through it, which you should quite literally be doing - check out this Instagram post for why :)

And now more ever, it's important to do an annual personal review to see what's transpired and what you want to initiate going forward, so I am here to help you break it all down! Join me this Tuesday 12/15 at 6:30pmET for an interactive talk called The Year that was 2020: Review, Revel & Recalibrate. And if you'd like more individualized attention, I am offering 20% off my coaching services when you use coupon code HOLIDAY2020 from now until 12/20/20 and schedule through 1/31/21. It’s a great opportunity to invest in yourself or give as a gift to others.

Today's PGG Video of the Week reminds you of the importance of laughter, and this week's Instagram post reminds you to dismiss all that insults your soul. For something a little more in-depth with my thoughts on personal growth and your part in history, check out this podcast style interview with Rick Young of What's in Your Hand Radio Show.

Lastly, if you look forward to and benefit from these weekly missives and PGG essays and want to show your gratitude, any donations for my efforts are welcome and appreciated here: Paypal.me/kristinaleonardi. And as always, please feel free to contact me with any comments about anything.

Big hug <3
Kristina

P.S. Need a some extra support to help navigate your career and life at this time? For info about working with me check out the website for my individual coaching services. Use coupon code HOLIDAY2020 now through 12/20/20

And in case you missed these, you can read my PGGs that specifically address the current crisis: Quality Control: How to make the best of these times of quarantine and questioning, How to cope with (and benefit from) what you can’t see during the time of corona, United We Stand and Anatomy of Awareness. You can also check out The Pain of Being, which talks about the George Floyd/BLM protests. Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit.
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Don't Worry, Be Happy
Originally published on June 7, 2011

In every life we have some trouble / But when you worry you make it double. ~ Bobby McFerrin

As the saying goes, three things are certain in life: death, taxes and change. Change comes in all shapes and sizes, some scarier than others: climate change, career change, graduations, marriages, relationships, TV changes, sex changes, change of residences and regime change to name a few – and right now seems chock full of them!

The reality is that time keeps on slippin’ into the future, so we have no choice in the matter of change, because like Kevin James dancing in Hitch, “You can’t stop this, you cannnoottt stop it…”

Most folks have a hard time with change. We’d rather stay comfy and/or miserable rather than letting go of our crutches and seeing what else life might have in store us. We cannot control things but we can control how we respond to them: we can resist and go kicking and screaming or we can accept that change happens, and just go with the flow.

Going with the flow means listening to yourself, and giving yourself what you need at any particular moment. The best way to deal with change is to trust in yourself and be your own best counsel, so it’s important to have that “muscle” in place as you navigate the white water rapids of feelings that come with this thing called life.

Change is not always fun, but it’s almost always for the better because change forces growth and growth is good. And once the change happens, we can’t be like a goldfish that lived in a fishbowl its whole life and then when put into the ocean swims around in a little circle as if he were still in a bowl!

David Bowie tells us time may change you but you can’t trace time. So if you feel you are ready to be hatched, then fly, be free! Not quite like Mork’s egg, but more like Steve Miller’s Eagle or with the help of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and the wonder of that other Stevie who sings,  Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing 

But if you’re not quite ready to fly the coop, walk without those crutches, or swim in the big blue ocean, give me a buzz and you can Lean on Me until you get strong and carry on!


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The Year that was 2020:
Review, Revel & Recalibrate
Learning and letting go in order to make the most of 2021
Interactive Talk via Zoom:
December 15th 6:30-8pmET

No matter who you are or where you come from, one thing we can all agree upon is that 2020 was anything but ordinary! So much has happened these past 12 months it can feel like a blur with perhaps a few high or low points. As we are only a couple weeks away to saying goodbye to one of the most transformative years in recent history, it's important to assess and appreciate what you’ve been through and how you want to move forward in 2021.
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Now is a great time to use this time to take stock of and get on track with your career and life with clarity, balance and direction.


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SELF-CARE IN THE MIDST OF SEA CHANGE:
Navigating times of transition for healing and personal growth

Using the Great Pause for Personal & Professional Development

Staying Motivated Throughout the Job Search Process

Authentic Branding: Letting the Real You Shine in Any Situation

Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life?

Stepping Stones for Success

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