Thursday, October 30, 2014

5 words that helped me.

I was lying in bed the other night next to my guy.
And I let out a sigh.

"What’s wrong?" he said.

I began to list off about 5 reasons why I suck.

I’m not getting in shape fast enough. I hate that my back still hurts.
This feels like an endless battle. Why do I even try.
I haven’t made time to write my book. What is wrong with me?
I have so many projects that can’t come to life fast enough.
Sometimes I feel like giving up. Maybe I should quit this entrepreneurial thing.

He rolled over and looked at me and said,
"You gotta quit being so hard on yourself."

He was so right.

I wasn't just being hard. I was being harsh.
And I didn't even realize it until I voiced my thoughts out loud.
I just knew I felt like crap and I was frustrated.

In fact I was being really mean and saying things I would never say to someone else.

What did I have such crazyass standards for me and not others?
Why was I being so mean?
And what was all this junk in my head doing to me?

I'll tell you.
It was turning me into a total mess.

But because it was all my own doing.
I knew I could un-do it.

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Honestly until it was pointed out to me I didn't even realize what I was doing. And that awareness alone totally shifted things for me in a matter of seconds.

So I told myself to knock it off.
And I did.

You see sometimes it takes time to find better feeling thoughts. Or to even figure out what's happening in our minds. Other times its just about being aware of what we're saying to ourselves. And that's all you need to make a shift to feeling better. 

I'm sharing this with you in case you need the reminder like I stop it.
And to take a deep breath…and...

Quit being so hard on yourself. 

Babysteps buttercup.
One moment at a time.
Cuz that's how it goes.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What do you really want?

I've got a question for you...

What do you really want or wish for? 

To win the lottery! - Bring on the money!
A brand new car! -  Electric please!
A hot chef in my kitchen! - Ooo steamy!
A full time nanny! - One that bakes treats too!

Now let me ask you again…

No really, what do you want?

No more money worries. - Whew!
Something special just for me. - Yes, please!
Someone to help take care of me. - Hell yeah!
More time. - Sign me up!
To find out what my passions are. - Ooo that's it!

Or you might say...
To slow down more. That would be nice. 

To go out more. Yeah, I could use a girls night out.
A cozy night in. Fuzzy warm blanket, hot drink and a movie please.

And if I ask you just one more time…

What do you really, really want? 

You'll often come back with answers like this.

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I want to feel free.
I want to feel loved.
I want feel a part of something.
I want to feel peaceful.
I want to feel alive.

Because ultimately under everything we think we want is a desire to feel a certain way. Believe it or not It's not really about the fancy car or being rich or having a hot dude in our kitchen. It's about how we think we'll feel once those things have happened.

So what if... instead of wanting things.
You ask yourself how do I want to feel? 

And then what might I have to think in order to start feeling that way?
And after that what's one thing I can do right now or today that helps create more of the feeling I desire.

What's super cool about this approach is that you don't' have to wait for your circumstances or your life to change to get to feel better.You can do it right now. And there's so much freedom in that.

Not sure what you really want?
Want help figuring this out? 

This is what I help kickass + kind-hearted people like you, do.

If you've ever thought about working with me or you wonder if coaching can help then you're gonna love what I just put together.

I decided to create a BRAND NEW coaching offer called, The Kickstart for New Clients Only. One session personalized just for you. So you can "try it out." And see what it's all about.

Are you ready to say YES to what you really, really, really want?

To find out more or to sign up come on over here.
I believe in you.

P.S. Please don't just listen to me…see what a some past clients have to say. 

“I often wonder where I would be if I had not met Gia and I can just about guarantee the answer is still paralyzed by fear. She's amazing and all heart.” -Kendrick / Authentic Sales Coach, Speaker / Bentonville, AK

"Within the first few minutes of speaking with Gia, I felt like I was talking to an old dear friend. The rare friend who wants to hear about life’s trials without judging or throwing out trite quick fix ideas. The amazing communication stage that Gia builds is the perfect setting for truly productive discussions about moving forward. Gia helped me realize that I had the answers I was seeking, and offered tools to help sort through all the static that clouds the mind. More than anything, a conversation with Gia is comfortable, fun and amazingly productive!" - Will Light Circus Ringmaster /  Reno, NV

"Gia has an amazing way of gently calling me on my crap and helping me see beyond what is holding me back from living the life I imagined. I started off with giant dreams, and then she helped me break them up into bite-sized pieces that were easier to digest and to put into motion.- Erin / Banyan Botanicals Community DirectorDisadvantaged youth advocate / Ashland, OR

Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm guessing you can relate...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Truth AND Dare.

That's right.
The Truth + Dare Challenge starts MONDAY!


Here's the scoop: Take the Truth & Dare Challenge : 13 days of doing, playing, letting loose, showing up, looking in, connecting + celebrating.

All you gotta do is sign up here for 13 days of prompts (Truths) + challenges (Dares) to get you thinking, doing and living out loud.

You ready to mix things up a bit?
Enough being too comfortable or feeling stuck in the same, same.

Do you dare? 
Nix that.

Smiles, gia

P.S. It's gonna be FUN and it's FREE! Yippee! Feel free to invite a friend to join you too! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

In a Rut?

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In a Rut?
Want out? 
Here's a place to start. 

Let's check in with your body first. 
Play along with me here for a minute. 

All you gotta do is just ask.
Body, What am I feeling lately?
Then stop for a second and really listen.
Maybe it says: I feel…busy, rushed, angry, frustrated, lonely, crazy. 

For Me.
A few weeks ago I started to feel antsy. 
I felt yucky, blech. (Is that a feeling? Not sure, but I'm gonna go with it.)

Then ask yourself, Why. 
Why, do I think I might be feeling this way? 
(Hint, we feel a certain way because of what's going on in our heads) 

And here’s what was going on in mine.  

I need more balance.
I hate not working out regularly.  
I'm so over this. 
I gotta get out.
(No wonder I was feeling antsy and belch with all that going on in my head.) 

I decided it was time for a change. 
Because I was sick of the way I felt. 
I knew I wanted to feel energized instead. 

But how do you go from yucky (insert crappy feeling here) to energized (insert better feeling here)? 

Great question. 
Try this. 

Start with someone you know that you think might feel the way you want to feel.
For me I'll use my kickboxing trainer Sam. I know he definitely feels energized a lot.
Then make a guess as to what thoughts they might have. 

Like this.

I image Sam probably thinks things like this in the morning when he wakes up.
I’m ready to work my body + move my muscles!
I'm gonna get a jump start on my day!
It's time to get up and go! Because afterwords I’m gonna feel so good. 

And I decided to try on his mindset.

Im ready to get up and go! (ok, not quite there yet)
Because afterwords I’m gonna feel so good. (Now this sounds good. I want this.)
Plus I know it's true. When I workout I tend to feel energized after. 

Now that I have a believable mindset/thought shift.
It's time for a little action

In order for me to get out of my antsy rut besides changing my mindset I knew I would have a better chance for success if I created some accountability and support. AND it sounded like a lot more fun! And fun is a good motivator for me. 

Here's what I did. 

I sent Sam a text. 
I made the time in my day to workout. 
I dusted off my boxing gloves. 
And I hit the gym. 

"You still got it."He said. (It had been awhile :))
"Yeah. I missed this like crazy." (And boy did I) 

Now don't get me wrong...
I got all nasty sweaty. 
I felt nauseous. 
And I was soar for days. 

But I was smiling. 
Because I felt good. 
I was out of my rut. 

And afterwords, you guessed it, I was energized.

Was it easy? 
Heck No!
Did it take some time + effort + rearranging? 
For sure. 

Was it worth it? 
Rut? What Rut. ;) 

And on my way home from my last workout I realized how quickly you can choose to turn a rut around just by checking in with yourself to see what feels off. Then decide what you want to feel instead. Next try one small actionable step towards your goal. For me, it was texting Sam : making a date to start. 

How about you? 
Any area in your life where you feel like you're stuck in a rut?
Wanna change it? Why not give this a shot. 

Then let me know how it went.  

What do you have to loose? 
Better yet, 
What do you have to gain…yeah, that's where it's at. 

Big Smiles to Rut-kickin', 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It's OPEN!

October 23rd 2014
10:00 - 1:00
San Francisco

Clear your calendar - It's going down!

Tearin' it Up! (a) Workshop kicks off on Oct. 23rd and you're invited to take part in the festivities. My House (gia's) is our meeting spot for a day of fun and excitement.

I love to connect + create in many ways, but one of my favorites is with images and words. Yeah, that’s right—I'm a girl who loves to dive into a pile of magazines and start tearing them up.

Some call it vision boarding…I call it Passion + Play + Possibilities. 

I've been doing this sort of thing since I was a little girl and have learned so much about myself through this process. That’s why I want to share it with YOU.

That means: You're invited to join me + 5 other kickass women for a super fun vision board type workshop at my house! With a fresh + fun twist of course!

Think: Tasty Treats + Funky Tunes + Magazine Magic

Maybe you’ve heard of vision boards from the movie The Secret or maybe you've even made one before. Right on + no worries! Because no matter how many times you've done this, there's always something more to discover about yourself through the creation process. (Plus it's amazing what you'll find out by connecting with other incredible women at the same time.)

Want to come and play and get your creative juices flowing? (no artist skills required)
Want to find out what you're drawn to right now in your life?
Want to tap into your passions + loves? (Wonder what they even are anymore?) 
Want to hang with a bunch of fun women doing the same thing? 

Then say: Heck YEAH! Sign me up!

All you gotta do is click here  to RSVP to this invite to sign up! Jump on it while space is open! 
There's room for 6 and I'd love for you to have one of them!

Have a super awesome friend you want to come with you? Please share!
Have questions? I'm here to help. 

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