3 Questions to Change Your Career

By the time I was 26, I had worked as a tennis coach, receptionist, a waitress for about 2 weeks (I dropped the 3rd piled high roast beef sandwiches on the floor just before they were served to 3 women expecting a nice lunch, but ended up feeling sorry for me), internet marketing consultant, online sales, and was doing online marketing for a mobile company.

I had 6 different jobs in the first 4 years of my “adult life.”  

It wasn’t until I was sitting in a meeting and my boss at the time called me out on my “mistakes” that something clicked! I felt a jolt in my stomach that said, “this isn’t right.” In that moment it became clear to me that I wasn’t listening to myself. These so-called failures had nothing to with my ability and everything to do with me not doing what I was meant to do.

I knew deep down inside what I really wanted to do, I wanted to be a Life & Career Coach. But I thought “One day in the future when I’m 45, married and have kids, I’ll work from home and start my own business.”  

This was the story I was telling myself. I was putting off what I really wanted to do

That jolt hit me so hard that I knew I couldn’t ignore my truth anymore. It was that moment that I decided to follow my heart and never look back. 

I took the steps. 

I enrolled into NYU’s Coaching Certification program, quit my job and started working for a coach. You see, when I made that choice, things started to fall into place. Just a year after the program, I started my own coaching practice. I put one foot in front of the other. 

I’m going to be honest here, it wasn’t always easy. It definitely took some sweat and tears, but the only way to get to the other side is through it.

Now, 6 years later, from that day I made the choice, I am so happy I did. 

I want to share this story with you because if you are undecided about what direction you want to go, it might be because you’re not listening to your true desire. 

I believe the answers are within us and in order to live the life we imagined, we must be willing to listen to our inner voice. 

As a coach, I help you drown out the noise in your head that is full of fear and doubt “shoulds” “if only” “someday when” and direct you to go confidently in the direction of your desires. 

Ask yourself these 3 questions:

If I had all the money in the world but I had to work, what would I do?

What do I really want to do with my life? 

If I had no fear what would I do?

Take action.

Top 3 Ways to Love Yourself This Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!!

On Valentine’s Day, it’s so easy to get caught up in fear-based thinking. If you are single, you can get down on yourself for not being in a relationship and you start thinking that you aren’t good enough. No good! And if you are in a relationship, it’s easy to focus on the things that are wrong in the relationship because you put way too much pressure on your love to give you everything you need. Also no good!

Well, this year, I want you to think about how you can love yourself up. When you love yourself first, you are able to love that much more in your relationship, connect with others on a deeper level, and be more open to attract the love that you desire. The more you love yourself, the more love

Here are our top 3 ways to bring more self-love into your life:
• Treat Yourself To Something Nice. Buy yourself a dozen roses, cook yourself a beautiful meal, get a massage, draw a bath and simmer in some rose-scented bubbles for a few.
• Create a Love Yo’Self List. Make a list of everything you love about yourself. Include it all. You love your butt? Awesome. You love how great a listener you are? Amazing.
• Spend QT (Quality Time) With You. In order to love yourself more, you need to get to know yourself better. Spend some time with just you- journal, meditate, take yourself for a walk, go window shopping. Whatever it is, make a conscious connection with yourself and have fun!

I have seen the miracles that have occurred in my life once I truly started loving myself- my career blossomed, my relationships deepened, and health and happiness became a priority. Because I know the importance of self-love, I am so excited to share with you a webTV series where you will actually be able to see and discover fun ways to show yourself love. My friends Ali Leipzig and Natalie Berthold created The Self-Love Tour at http://www.selflovetour.tv http://www.selflovetour.tv and I know you will just love it because they are showing us how this journey of learning to love yourself can be FUN!

 

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Juice Up Your Health!

Getting proper nourishment is essential to having a healthy mind, body and spirit. The best way to get your greens and nutrients is by getting your juice on. Juicing is a quick and easy means to vitality. It takes less than 15 minutes to fill yourself up with what you need to be your best! Check out this green juice I made:

6 Leaves of Kale

4 Stalks of Celery

4 Green Apples

1 Cucumber

1/2 Lime

1/2 Inch of Ginger

 

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2013 New Year Resolutions

Within the word Resolution is the word Resolve. Instead of making a long list of what you want, pick what you want to resolve: anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, ego, etc. Choose to heal one negative emotion at a time. Work on that particular emotion until you feel it’s resolution. You will be more open to receive your desires.

Happy and Healthy New Year! 

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Letting Go

This time of year emphasizes goal setting.

But there’s something so crucial we’re always forgetting.

To set New Years goals we’re excited about.

Goals that make 2013 the start of a whole new route!

 

But while your start might be strong

It may not be long

Before your old habits and behaviors that you KNOW are wrong,

Start creeping back.

What’s your plan of attack?

To make more excuses? Or get back on track.

Or cut yourself some slack?

 

Busy days catch up quickly, sending thoughts into a spin.

Throwing away your hope like trash into a garbage bin.

So you lose sight of your goals and keep trudging along,

And before you know it, another year is gone. 

 

That doesn’t have to happen again,

Your resolution game is definitely one you can win.

But before you move forward, release what holds you back. 

Because letting go allows you to get your life back on track. 

 

Ring in a new year. 

Free from the fear. 

Think of all the negativity you’re holding so near –

Bad relationships, jobs, or habits making your future unclear.

 

Instead of goal setting, Let go setting.

 

Dr. Suess said:

“You’ll be on your way up!

You’ll be seeing great sights!

You’ll join the high fliers

who soar to high heights.”

 

Ready, set, let go.

 

Make a list of 3 things you want to let go of and email them to me. 

I will hold you accountable, you will see. 

Your action steps and purpose will become crystal clear. 

And you’ll release your old causes of frustrations and fears.

Because less clutter in your life means more desires can appear. 

Let go, 

And your life will flow.  

 

Conversations with Leaders: Liz Eustace

As a Coach and seeker (like you), I’m always looking to learn from new leaders, teachers and colleagues. Listening to the experiences of others is how we expand our point of view and explore deeper insights into our own lives.
 
I’m excited to introduce the beginning of my interview series! I’ll be asking thought leaders in the self-help and business spheres all about life, goals, and success – and I’m thrilled to share these conversations with you.
 
Today, I’m talking to the Creator of alignyo, Liz Eustace.
 
I met Liz a few years ago, when she was the regional brand manager at lululemon athletica. After a decade of working in the business of yoga, she launched an awesome online community about yoga called alignyo. With a mission to make yoga fun and accessible for everyone, Liz is passionate about getting people on the mat. alignyo shares nutritional tips, product reviews, at home videos and local class reviews. She’s an incredible entrepreneur, wife, mother and friend. 

Here’s some insight from Liz:

 
Anna: How did you take the leap to starting your own business?
 
Liz: It was organic – from a place of sharing information. I had taken hundreds of yoga classes when I was marketing and pre-branding stores for lululemon. When I left lulu, people kept reaching out to ask about great classes all over the east coast of America. 

I had this ‘A-ha!’ moment when I realized that for New York, I could suggest a class with Elena Brower on a Saturday and Dana Flynn on a Sunday, and that person would leave NYC having taken ‘drop in’ classes with two of the best teachers in the country. It was powerful – so the leap was made.

 
Anna: Who do you admire?
 
Liz: My husband – because he comes through the door at the end of every day with a smile and boundless energy. He is ridiculously generous with his spirit and makes me laugh – even with twelve hour days, raising two kids in New York, our 90 pound golden retriever…he’s just the best person I know.
 
Anna: What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
 
Liz: Brutally, I have to say my phone. I’m not proud of that, but I’m not sure how else I would do it all.
 
Anna: What’s the motto you live by?
 
Liz: Get out of your own way! Open your heart and do it. You will never fail if you do.  
 
I’m a big believer that when you do what aligns with your natural strengths and talents, it makes it easier for you to achieve success. Liz’s ability to clearly define her passion enabled her to launch her own business. 

Sometimes it takes courage, other times it comes from simply listening and being creatively tuned into your own life. 

Sign up for alignyo to get tips on yoga, healthy food and more. 

 
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What Hurricane Sandy Sparks

First and foremost, I want to express my deep sympathy to those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. It is a great tragedy and post Sandy many of us have a new perspective on our lives. The wind blew away what we had once thought about our life in the NJ//NY area. We all know that hurricanes don’t spark electricity. So, what does it spark?

1. Uncertainty

When we are uncertain it activates fear. In cases of storms and extreme weather, it may become very clear to us about how we react to fear.  Do we take action, turn to others to lead, or deny the circumstances? Learning to overcome this fear will clear away the uncertainty allow you to handle the present moment to the best of your ability. Tony Robbins says, “The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.” Can you be more comfortable not knowing?

2. Creativity

The comforts and resources that we are use to having access to become unavailable– this requires us to think “outside of the box”.  These new circumstances invite us to re-program our thinking, form new associations and ask you to intelligently maximize your resources. For example, come up with creative ways to make hot coffee, prepare food, help friends and family. Write down the new things you learned! Using your intelligence then becomes an engine for our creativity.

3. Community

It is difficult for us to survive on our own, without support from one another. During a storm, we can get to know our neighbors and create more of a bond with each other. We’re all in this together. We are not separate from one another and we come together to achieve a common goal. The power of a community is huge. I know it’s true for me, that sometimes living in NY I feel like I lack community, but after this storm, the sense of community feels stronger.  There are many ways in which you can volunteer and donate to the red cross.

4. Gratitude

When something goes “wrong” it brings our attention straight to what we have and you begin to focus on what’s really important. Some things that we typically go without noticing such as turning the lights on or off, food, water, heat and shelter become something we are so grateful for. The luxuries of modern day society that we usually take for granted, we realize how much we appreciate them. Gratitude ultimately makes us appreciate our lives more.

5. Impermanence/Non-attachment

The term expresses the Buddhist notion that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is in a constant state of flux. We can’t depend on things staying the same – everything is constantly changing including our environment. This is the reality and we must accept this. Things do change and we can’t depend on something external that is constantly changing to bring us happiness. When it comes to happiness, we are trying to get it, buy it, and find it in something – but ultimately happiness lies in our hearts and our state of mind. When things do go wrong, our attitude during a storm is the most important thing to cultivate.

Having Sandy spread through our town is an experience that has already changed us and the NJ/NY area forever. Certain things will never be the same as they were. From this experience, we most likely will implement solutions to manage these conditions better if they do occur in our future. Although storms can be difficult, it shows us how strong and resilient we are. While often we resist change, it shows us how flexible we can be. During times of vulnerability, it gives us the opportunity to grow spiritually, come together as a community and ultimately as a human race.