Although this isn't a typical Memorial Day weekend, as you're probably not going away or need the same kind of break from the daily grind as usual, I think it's a welcome respite.

'Cause I don't know about you, but I'm ready for things to quiet down a bit - in my head! Now that most states are on the "other side of the curve" and folks are venturing out more, we can hopefully turn off the noise outside of us (like processing information) and tune in to more of what's going on inside. (BTW, if you're interested in a glimpse of what NYC was like this week, read this little slice of life essay I wrote on Medium).

With the overwhelming nature of this situation accompanied by the amount of changing and conflicting messaging and censorship, many people don't know what to think or who to believe, which leads to much doubt and discord, which only makes things more confusing and contentious. (See links in my P.S. for PGGs where I address some of this). But if you have sorted out (as much as you can at this point) what feels right for you in terms of your understanding and how that is informing your actions, well, it's not always easy to go against the grain. This is why it is so important to check in with yourself, do your own due diligence and learn how to think and discern - without fear being the driving influence , which I find is the root factor for everyone's response, especially in this crisis.

Because the more of us who find strength in what we know to be true for ourselves from a place of love for self, others and humanity, then, as the Marianne Williamson (often attributed to Nelson Mandela) quote goes " ... as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

So for this week's PGG I wanted to remind you of the power and responsibility you have just by being YOU. For the PGG Video of the week I talk about how to know who you are and find stability in yourself; this week's Instagram post reminds you to " dismiss what insults your soul" and another to remind you to focus your mind on the good stuff. And if you're headed to the beach or want to feel like you are, here's a bonus video .

Also, since we haven't been able to meet IRL, please let me know if you would be interested i n group coaching online. In the meantime, I'm excited to announce that I'll be doing my first online(!) talk on June 4th at 5pm called Using the Great Pause for Personal & Professional Development. Scroll down or click here for more info and to register.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments about anything I'm doing.
Big hug <3 Kristina

P.S. Need a little guidance and one-on-one support at this time? For info about working with me check out the website for my coaching services .

And in case you missed these, you can read my PGG's 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 . Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit <3
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One Is The Magic Number
Originally published November 8, 2011

There’s just me. ~ Jill Scott 

The number one has always garnered a lot of attention – all that talk about the 1%, who came in first place and what or who gets to be number one on which list.

It only takes one person to change the world (for good or bad), and whether conscious of it or not, we all strive to have those blissful moments of becoming one with something or someone outside ourselves ; it can happen with your loved one, but also with your dance partner, your paintbrush, your horse, your golf club, your violin, with Nature and the whole of humanity.

We also need to take care number one, because if you don’t who will? How can you help anyone else if you haven’t first cared for yourself?  And hey, if you’re happy there’s a much greater chance of everyone around you being happy too, just like the pebble thrown in a pond whose ripples go out far beyond…

One doesn’t have to be the Loneliest Number , because at the end of the day you’re the only one you’ve got – no one else can inhabit your body, mind and spirit and experience your challenges and successes. You are ultimately responsible for your joy and fulfillment, how you relate to the world and make the most of what you’ve been given.

We only have One Live to Live , so how can you know and love who you are and what you think, feel and desire if you don’t spend some quality alone time with yourself on a regular basis?

The proverbial saying tells us a journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step, so now is as potent a time as any to finally make some effort, take some action towards a goal or way of being that you want to achieve and/or be open to discover new, unimagined opportunities and vistas that may bring you out of your comfort zone but closer to your best life.

As Bono sings, we’re One , but we’re not the same; we’ve got to carry each other, so give me a buzz and I’ll help you figure out how there’s just One in a Million You , show you what should be Numero Uno in your life right now and move you towards feeling  One Love   more than ever!

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Join me as a guest of New York Women in Communications as I offer unique perspectives and practical ways to put the first half of 2020 into context so that you can thrive in the second half and beyond!

If you're looking for some compassionate candor and a dose of tough love, Kristina is the coach for you.... I came into this really lacking clarity and walked away with a sense of relief. Can't recommend her enough. ~ Kevin R.

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