Monday, July 13, 2015

I choose to feel sad.

Yesterday I was sad. 
And it's okay. 

But it didn't start out okay at first when I had a headache and my stomach felt crappy. I wondered what was wrong. And then the tears started to come in unexpected waves. And that didn't feel so great because I tried to turn them off and shove them down.

And then it hit me.

I was thinking about seeing my mom in a few weeks. And she's no longer at home. She moved into a care facility (due to her memory loss) since I saw her last and even though I know she's in a good place and I'm so happy my dad has the support he needs, the thought of seeing her there makes me really sad.

And while it's understandable it's also good for me to realize that what was making my body feel so crappy was actually me. By trying to turn off how I felt instead of looking at what was making me sad in the first place made me feel even worse.

So...I reminded myself that I'm feeling sad because of what I'm thinking about seeing my mom in her new environment. Not that she's there. 

And then I DECIDED to choose to feel sad at that moment.

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That's right. I chose to be sad. Because it's what I wanted to feel. And you know what? The crying actually started to feel good.

And I started to let go of trying to feel something else.

I share this with my clients a lot when we work together. And I remind them that being a coach or wanting to be more of a positive person or an optimist doesn't mean we're never sad or angry or bothered.

It just means that we understand that how we feel is a choice. 
And to KNOW THAT WE HAVE A CHOICE is everything. 

And so do you. 

Much Love,

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hot off the Press!

Thx so much to the kickass women Jess + Janine at Female Business Hub for the invite to share pieces of my entrepreneurial journey! Not always easy but so worth the ride! 

Click here to check it out and also to see what they've go the works! 


Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Top 7 Reasons Why

Still "thinking" about joining me LIVE in SF this summer? Then you're gonna want to check out the Top 7 Reasons why you just can't miss my Kickoff ReTREAT that's coming up!

Here we go!

#7 Your dreams are sick of hangin' out on the sidelines chanting "When can I go in? When is it my turn? Don't forget about us!"

#6 It's time to loose the metal weight. Your brain is ready for a reboot. Can you say SUPER RECHARGE?

#5 You never make the time to focus on what you really want and you’re so over it. Sometimes you wonder how you even catch your breath and you're ready to do something about it. 

#4 San Francisco is calling YOUR name. 

#3 An intimate retreat is EXACTLY what your soul craves. 

#2 You want to walk away from a weekend already making a difference in the world. Hello Kindness + Super Love.

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Drum Roll please…

Duh?! Tell me somethin' I don't already know. 

So... what if you said YES? How might your life look different? Who might you meet? What would you be excited about when you got back home...

The Founding Retreat Starts July 24th and I'd LOVE for you to be there! 

Want in? What are you waiting for…Registration ends soon!

Got Questions? I've got answers. Email me and I'll get back to you in a flash. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How Bad do you Want it?

I was sitting in the little local coffee shop near my place a few months back with a bunch of seasoned Italian men mostly. They were reading the paper, sippin' on coffee or BS'ing about the characters + happenings in the hood. While I just wrapped up a long over due brainstorm session with a new friend who's super smart, business savvy and all things entrepreneurial.

You see I've had this super cool business idea for quite a few years that I keep trying to push aside or table it for later but it just won't go away. It keeps popping up and nudging me to pursue it a little bit more to see if and how it should come to life. Can you relate?

I finally decided.
It's time.
No more waiting.
I have to act.

So I did.

I reached out. Set up a coffee chat.
And put it on the calendar.

As the day got closer the more I felt like I wanted to cancel and back out. I realized I was scared. I didn't expect that so I took a closer look. 

Here's what was happening in my head...
* What if I waste his time? I'm not even sure what the whole idea even looks like yet.
* What if I never follow through with it or decide to ditch it? Will he think I'm a flake?
* Who am I to think I can add one more project, business, gig to my plate? I mean come on gia, be real.
* Where would I even get the money to fund it? So many unanswered questions...

Yeah, makes sense why I was kinda freakin' out right?
With all that negative head smack going on.

But then I realized + decided I really want this conversation to happen. For myself. So I said, fuck it.

I can handle freak out.
I can handle scared.
I can handle nervous.

And I showed up.

And it felt so good to finally take a step forward towards something I've talked about looking into for years.  And I know from experience that this small action is what will lead into, what comes next. 

I also know that...

Nothing is going to happen if, I just think about it.
Nothing will ever happen if, I wait for everything to be perfect before I talk about it.
Nothing will ever happen if, I just keep saving it for later.

And then check this out…I came across this quote...

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You have to want it more than you're afraid of it. 

So right on don't ya think?

After my biz sharing session I realized I've possibly got a new gig in the mix, I definitely have one that's building momentum and more live events in the making.and surprisingly, it doesn't feel like too much. At least not today. 

It just feels like scary-fun. 

WIll you please remind me of that next month when my crazy thoughts want to creep back in, cuz I know that they will. Cuz, that's how it happens. :) And I'll keep doing the same for you. 

In hearing my story what comes up for you?
What have you been thinking about doing?
Or trying?
Or sharing?

And what's holding you back?

Leave a comment, I wanna know.


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P.P.S. Want to Retreat with me in SF this summer? 
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Take a Minute.

Right now I'm taking a minute before the weekend arrives and life starts happening to sit down and acknowledge myself.

Yeah, you read that right.

I'm gonna take a second to think of a few reasons to say YAY ME! And WOW! I'm so proud of you, gia. (not that I normally talk to myself in the 3rd person ;)) And I want to invite you to do the same.

You ready?
Let's play.

Close your eyes if you want…

And take a moment to think about all the things you've been doing over the past few days, weeks or couple of months. It doesn't have to be anything unusual or super exciting…it can be the day to day stuff and whatever comes to mind. If you want grab a pen and paper and jot some ideas down, go for it. I'll wait.

Stumped? Here's a few to get your brain fired up...

I made that deadline for work.
I finished that project I've been working on.
I reached out to my friend to see how things were going.
I spent some time in the garden relaxing last weekend.
I took my pup on a fun hike last month.
I read books with my kids every night before they go to sleep. 

Now that you've thought of a few things it's time to acknowledge yourself. 

Maybe just doing this exercise is enough. Or perhaps you want to scream out loud and say, YES! THAT WAS SO AWESOME! I'M SO PROUD OF ME! Of maybe it calls for a celebration jig or trip to the store for your own little mini prize.

Whatever sounds good to you, do it.

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For some reason as we get older we tend to skip this step or we blow it off. Or we make excuses on why we "shouldn't" or don't need to say "YAY me!" anymore.

"I dont' want to sound like I'm bragging."
"I do this every day it really isn't' THAT big of a deal."
"Well my friend just did something way harder or cooler and it's not as awesome as that."

I'm here to call BS on every single one of these reasons and whatever ones you got.

Because acknowledging our wins, (big or small) IS important. It's that part of life we call self-care or self-love and in my opinion we don't get enough of it. 

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And as much as we might want this cute little furry guy to come a knock'in on our door to give us a high five for rocking out the healthy family meals, working our butts off studying for a class or making it to the gym 4 days this week he's probably not going to show up out of the blue. Which is all the more reason to do it for ourselves.

Because it feels good. 

Your body will thank you.
Your mind will celebrate with you.
And I bet no matter how silly you might feel doing cartwheels in your driveway your lips will have no choice but to curl up into a smile at least for just a second. 

I know it can be kinda awkward sometimes if we're not used to it but I promise it gets easier the more we do it and it can be so much fun!

I  know I'm proud of me right now.

And I let out an EEK I'm so happy I just did THAT squeal a few days ago. And last week I celebrated something I've been working really hard on by grabbing some chocolate chip mint ice cream with some friends to top it off.

So let me ask you...what are YOU proud of right now? 

Leave a comment below and let me know so I can celebrate with you! And if you were here I'd definitely give you a gold star, a high five and a super big hug.
WOO HOO! I'm making some noise for you!


P.S. Did you hear? You're invited to join me LIVE in San Francisco this summer! Say WHAT?! Wanna meet up with me and 7 other passionate women for a one of a kind in person Re-TREAT? Click here to find out more and to register!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Retreat w/me in SF this summer!

I'm super excited to share with you my Kickoff in person Retreat that is happening this July in San Francisco! WOO HOO! Wanna play?!

You're invited to join me + 7 other Big-hearted, Big dreamin', Badass women in San Francisco for a LIVE in person a one-of-a-kind intimate weekend workshop retreat! (Say that 10 times fast! :))

I promise you I'm going all out with this event and with a kickoff price that makes it easy to say KALE YEAH sign me up!  

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Smiles + Cartwheels, 
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