This week I played a Jedi mind-trick on myself. On my personal Facebook page (feel free to friend me if we've actually met/worked together) I wrote about having a hard time looking at everyone's gorgeous vacay pix, knowing that I haven't been, nor will I be going, anywhere soon. So I decided to post a bunch of beautiful photos I loved from a few trips I took 12 years ago (pre-iPhone or FB so they were not previously online). This way I would live vicariously through myself instead! And guess what? It worked! It definitely made me feel better, like I had been to all those places recently. I'm not sure what this says about our brains or the nature of reality....that is a bigger question - and I feel a new PGG emerging about this - but thought I would share now even though you might read this anecdote again soon; I wanted to offer this suggestion if you are going through the same social media envy that is so hard to avoid at times. It was a solid fix in helping relieve any wanderlust I was feeling so I highly recommend it! Anyways, Labor Day weekend is always a time of change and transition as we move from the carefree vibe of summer to a "back to school" fresh start, whether you are a student or not. It's a great opportunity to do a little sorting and reviewing of yourself inside and out and use this clean state to decide who you want to be in the "new year," hence this week's PGG. In line with this theme, I've been going through a lot of detoxing on many levels, which is reflected in my Instagram post here. Need a little guidance about the best way to be in life? See this Instagram post . And in this week's PGG Video of the week I remind you why it's important to know yourself. As always, please feel free to let me know y our feedback about any and all that I'm doing :) Big hug <3 Kristina
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Out With the Old, In With the New
Originally published November 2, 2010

I have a friend who is going through a major transition, trying to figure out what to do next, how to reconcile his past and secure his future; he has been doing a lot of soul searching lately and excavating his talents, skills and passions. While he was in the process of shedding that old skin, I suggested he let go of his action-oriented descriptions, telling him, " You need to decide who you want TO BE not what you want TO DO."

I am always recommending that folks spend time in and learn from Nature because Nature just IS.  When talking about patience and process, my favorite saying is, "The acorn does not become an oak tree overnight." Also remember that an acorn has the inherent DNA to become an oak tree – it doesn’t question it. It just allows itself to unfold and grow as it should, but will look and feel different at every stage of the process.

Many of us have recently been confronted with doing things, working at jobs, being with people or having a particular attitude that may be good or bad, or we may or may not have enjoyed two, ten or fifteen years ago but still exist in our lives in some way that may no longer serve a purpose, if it ever did. It’s important to remember that as we evolve, we need to discern - just like those old clothes in the closet that you’ve outgrown or perhaps bought but never wore, or that simply don’t suit you anymore - who you were then is not who you are now, and adapt accordingly.  

I have witnessed the remarkable transformations my clients have made (click here for the story of my client Andrew) . Because they commit to the process and then do the work, they are able to approach, interact and experience things in a vastly different way, and are stronger and wiser for the changes they have had to both endure and initiate.
Not quite sure if you’re an elm tree or an oak, or were one of those uprooted or lost during the storm? I can be the plutonium that powers your own personal time machine to let go of the past and go Back to the Future to dig around, make adjustments, and plant new seeds that will make the present moment the very best it can be!

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