Welcome to all the new folks who attended my Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life? talk at SIBL on Wednesday! (If you missed it you can see the Facebook Live recording here) Two days before the talk I had the opportunity to listen to and meet an extraordinary human, Martine Rothblatt , who is an astonishing example of someone who truly knows who she is and is doing what she is supposed to - with millions of people benefiting! Check out this week's Instagram pos t to learn more and be sure to Google any of the many interviews with her if you need some inspiration and hope for humanity. She is someone who has pushed many boundaries of what was thought possible and went way outside of her comfort zone repeatedly to accomplish all that she has, and will continue to do. As we officiall head into the Fall season, which for many also feels like a new year, it's a good time to let go of our past and change our patterns - which always feels a little uncomfortable at first. This week's PGG gives you some food for thought about this theme, and in the PGG Video of the week I remind you to learn from your past so you can make positive change in your life. Have a lovely weekend and 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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The Year of Living Uncomfortably
Originally published January 4, 2011

I recently read that “a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the amount of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” Many people begin the year by starting a new exercise or other routine that can have them feeling sore or out of sorts, and doing this with your patterns of interaction and communication can also reap rewards.  Like any muscle, growth happens outside of your comfort zone.

Maybe that uncomfortable conversation needs to be with your boss, that contact for your dream gig, your partner, a parent, your neighbor, that cute guy/girl you’ve been eyeing, that celebrity you’d love to talk with, or just putting yourself in a foreign social situation.    But it’s also that honest conversation you need to have with yourself in order to face the reality of your life as it is versus the way you’d like it to be - because the one common denominator in your life is YOU , and taking responsibility for why it is the way it is is paramount, if not always pleasant.

The good news is that by chatting with yourself on a regular basis, you can know what changes you need to make to move your life closer to your ideal!

Not quite feeling it? I say, "Fake it till you make it" and remind you that, like Einstein said, "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." So if things aren’t going your way, why not try a slightly different approach from your usual MO? Or you can go whole hog and be like   George Costanza in the Seinfeld episode where he does the exact opposite of what he would normally do, to some hilarious effects and success!

So this year resolve to have those challenging conversations, not care what people think, try new things without worrying whether you’ll look foolish , stand out in a crowd, and be OK with not being perfect. (Well, those were some of mine…just insert whatever makes you uncomfortable!)

Wondering how to get from here to there? Give me a buzz and I’ll be your personal trainer to stretch those inner muscles , help you have that heart-to- heart with yourself, and make your discomfort as comfortable as possible along the way!

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Wednesday October 9th 6pm
Authentic Branding: Letting the Real You Shine in Any Situation
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