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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr I want to talk about leaders today. Specifically, what makes a great leader — a transformational leader!

Dr. King is a shining example of a great leader. His steadfast leadership during the civil rights era was nothing short of transformational for all the people that followed him — and beyond even that, to those across the world and even across decades! Dr. King knew where he was headed and he kept on that path, no matter the cost. No matter the backlash. He had a purpose and he was driven.

As leaders in our lives — whether that be the leaders in our business; in our homes; our roles as mother or wives; the leaders in our communities — there’s a lot of valuable lessons to be gained from this remarkable hero.

Lead with integrity. To be a leader you need to stand for something. And you need to stand for it even when it’s hard — even when there is opposition. Be prepared and willing to engage in difficult conversations. Be ready to take on challenges. This is often the place I see GREAT leaders fall short. They buckle under the pressure or quit in the face of their first major resistance. To be a truly transformational leader you will have to be prepared to put your mission above your comfort.

Lead with empathy. Take the time to understand your followers (or audience or whomever you are serving). Know their circumstances. Know their challenges. If you’re leading a team, make sure to get in the trenches with them. This time spent will not only make you more connected, but it will make you the best advocate you can possibly be for that group of people(s).

Lead with a spirit of openness. No one knows all of the answers. The second you think you do, you stop learning. Great leaders understand this. It’s why they are always learning and actively working on their development. Carve out time consistently to work on your own growth.

2020 completely pulled the rug out from under us. Our routines and goals were abruptly paused, but with a new year comes a new chance to set intentions! You might feel tempted to minimize your dreams out of fear that this year will disappoint you. Just as 2020 made everyone realize ANYTHING can happen — what if 2021 is the year that your biggest, boldest, most courageous dreams became a reality?

If things got put on hold for you last year, now is the time to take those longings, dreams and intentions and channel them into your ideal life. Anything can happen around us but it is the thoughts within us that we have control over, so put your focus into boldly creating those. The possibilities are as endless as our imaginations.

As I look forward to this year, I don’t want to just float by. I’m daring to dream bigger than I ever thought possible, and I invite you to join me! Whether it’s starting that business you’ve dreamt about for years, taking the next step in a relationship, or learning something new that scares you — we can choose to have hope and make space for all of it.

If you have no idea where to begin and need help getting started, there are a few prompts that have helped me get clear on what big dreams to chase in 2021:

1. Envision the person you want to be. How does that person feel? How does that person spend their time? Where does that person live? Which people does that person have around them?

2. Consider the things you’ve deemed “off-limits” to yourself— those dreams that you find yourself writing off as “too unrealistic”. What are those “unrealistic” dreams and what limiting beliefs are getting in the way of them?

3. Think of three people you admire. What do you admire about them? What aspects of their lives would you like to adopt?

4. Part of dreaming big is recognizing what you need to let go of. What drained or hurt you last year? How can you hold yourself accountable to letting it go to make room for bigger, better things?

Once you have your answers to all of these questions, write down a few goals that you’d like to focus on in 2021 and break them down into step-by-step paths. The more clear you get, the more likely you are to turn those dreams into your daily life!

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Mindfulness doesn’t look like meditating and calling it a day; it looks like integrating it into every facet of your life— what you eat, how you spend money, and even the thoughts you entertain. With the holiday shopping season underway, I’ve put together a little mindful gift guide featuring some of our favorite brands! Not only do I personally believe in these companies, I believe in the hearts of the humans behind them as well. These gifts and brands are things I use in my everyday life and they’ve inspired me to spend mindfully. Find a little special something for all the loved ones in your life!

1. The Neshama Project (for the ethically sourced jewelry-lover!)

The Neshama Project is a yoga-inspired lifestyle brand that sells luxurious, ethically sourced jewelry. Their pieces not only embody adventure, wellness and beauty —part of their proceeds gives back to incredible organizations doing good around the world. It was also founded by my incredible friend, Rachelle! Check out their Santorini Gold Necklace ($172) which you’ll always see me wearing!

2. Beekeeper's Naturals (for the friend whose medicine cabinet is a literal apothecary)

Beekeeper's Naturals is on a mission to reinvent the average medicine cabinet into one that is sustainable, natural and saves the bees! Their bee-pollen and honey products can help with everything from fatigue to a sore throat — all while being sourced responsibly and tasting incredible. Check out their Hive Pharmacy ($88.99), Honey Flight ($34.99) and Propolis Throat Spray (varies).

3. Caligenix (for the person who wants to up their nutrition game — and bought the whole family DNA-kits last year)

What Caligenix is doing in the supplement market is truly revolutionary. They recently launched their Immunotype dietary supplement that is designed to work in tandem with your body’s immune system based on your DNA. Each set is made with pharmaceutical-grade, clean vitamins, minerals and herbs. PLUS, they’ve partnered with Vitamin Angels so that each order provides a mother or child-in-need with life-changing vitamins! Check out the Immunotype Dietary Supplement ($60). I am also mega biased since this is my fiance’s company! Use code MINDFUL for 20% off!

4. The SHIFT 1:1 Coaching Program with me! (for the person who wants to shift their mindset + uplevel their life in 2021)

Until the end of the year, I will be honoring COVID discount pricing for anyone who wants to give themselves the gift of personal growth. My 1:1 signature coaching program, The Shift, is a 6 month program designed to help you gain clarity, shift your mindset, and design a life you love. Sign up through the end of 2020 and get $1000 OFF for a start date in 2021! Let's start the new year off together. Schedule a 30-minute clarity call with me to learn more and connect deeper.

5. The SHIFT Academy Group Coaching Program (for the person who wants to grow + find accountability in the new year)

We are launching our second cohort of our group coaching program, The SHIFT Academy in January 2021! Based on my signature SHIFT program, this 12-week intensive will offer you the chance to elevate your life alongside an intimate group of like-minded women through group coaching, online learning, partner accountability, and a few surprise perks! Enroll here.

6. Osea (for the skincare maven)

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ve definitely heard me rave about my love for Osea! It’s a mother-daughter founded company that comes from a tradition of people who value the healing power of nature — and particularly the benefits of seaweed. All of their skincare products are clean, plant-based, all-natural, vegan and cruelty free. I love all of their products, but check out their Bestsellers Collection ($200) and their Multi-Masking Collection ($148).

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