Personal Growth Gab
with Kristina Leonardi
New Year's Message: Don't Believe the Hype!
January 2010

Happy New Year!  How ya doin' with those resolutions so far?  There is so much hype and pressure around making huge life changes and setting goals starting January 1st that it's easy to feel utterly defeated when we don't succeed that first week, and therefore just give up. Yes, it is the beginning of a new calendar year, and there are no other holidays for a while, so the world likes to make this time far more momentous than I believe it deserves. After an intense holiday period of excess and socialization, it is unrealistic for you to turn on a dime and start things completely fresh, especially if they are habits that you've had for 20 or 30 years!  Change and growth do not happen overnight.

As we go through our lives there are various cycles that affect us, with many opportunities for new beginnings that occur in more authentic ways, and are further in line with where we are at in life at any given moment.  January is a particularly good time though to review the past year and to THINK about and understand the changes you want to make going forward - really get reflective and go inward to see what is out of balance, what direction you want to be going in and what small adjustments you want to make in your daily life to be more fulfilled.  True change can only happen after you've made an internal shift, and the inner work that you do is just as valuable as the external results you desire.

Nature and the planets are more in tune with our existence and can help guide us as well; the New and Full Moons and Eclipses throughout the year, the Lunar New Year (this year on Feb. 14th); the seasons (i.e. Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes), our individual birthday, which is our own personal New Year, and the sunrise each and every day are all good examples.  The important thing to remember is that life is a process.  Be true to who you are and take one day at a time knowing what is best for you and your goals - and don't beat yourself up if you don't make this first week or month the picture of perfection you envisioned on Dec. 31st. Setting a timeline and internal clock that is in harmony with YOU will be much more effective
- and that will be something to celebrate at any time of the year!

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If you need a little help sorting out where you've been, where you want to be going and how to get there, give me a call!
Maybe you like where you are, but you just need a little more balance and can't quite figure out how to do it
 Or maybe you're just feeling a little off and need someone to help turn you back on....

Contact me at or call 917-816-0834 to set up an appointment.

Book your consultation by January 15th and pay
 just $79 for a one-hour phone consultation
($129 for a 90minute in-person)
*Consultations must be scheduled and paid for by January 15th to receive special rate, however they can take place after the 15th.  Regular rates are $99 and $159)

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Kristina's workshops and consultations are inspiring, empowering and encouraging for anyone who has ever felt stuck at a crossroads in either their personal or professional lives. Her delivery is clear, down-to-earth and honest.. I know I can always count on her for an objective point of view whenever I feel like I need a 'guide' - who doesn't?- Melissa E.
Thursdays at Three:
Coffee, Conversations & Coaching
*Every Thursday from 3-5pm*
Resuming Thursday, Jan. 14th
Attend every week or drop in when you can!
Feel like you are on your own as you make your next career move?
Would you like to connect with others who are in a similar position?
Are you looking for structure and support as you go through your job search?

Come to this small gathering of like-minded people in career transition to share your experiences and information with others in similar situations. Facilitated by Kristina Leonardi, the purpose of these weekly, semi-formal meetings is to provide mutual support and resources as well as an understanding of and appreciation for personal growth throughout the job search process.

COST: $25 ($20 for TWM Members) per session
Open to men and women.
Minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 participants.
WHEN: Every Thursday from 3-5pm
LOCATION: NYC Midtown East*
RSVP Required to or call 917-816-0834*

*Please note that this is an ongoing event. RSVP's accepted up until 1pm day of session. Location and payment information will be sent upon RSVP.
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In this 30-minute phone session Kristina will help you:
  • identify what your next career move or change should be
  • assess your resume to be sure that your goals and experience are clearly reflected in it
  • strategize and brainstorm next steps to take in your job search
Only $ 59.00* (Just $49.00 for TWM Members)
* Anyone who receives a Quick Fire Coaching Session will qualify for the $159 discounted rate for a full Essential Self Consultation [regular rate is $195]. Also get the 2009 rates of $49/$39 if you book and pay for your session by January 15th!)

Contact Kristina for more information at or call 917-816-0834
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"After months of researching the job market, I became overly consumed with endless data and foggy ideas. Kristina helped me see that my resume reflected this uncertainty and it was working against me. In just a half hour we defined more sharply what my true goals are and how to best revise my resume(s). I now look forward to communicating - on paper and verbally - a clear message that will lead me to a new opportunity". - Linda M.
Aligning your work with your Essential Self and unique talents and abilities creates a sense of peace and calm that allows for internal healing to permeate every aspect of your life.  Spend 90 minutes with Kristina as she helps you discover your unique gifts and talents, and offers practical solutions as to how best you can use them in your personal or professional life!  

An Essential Self Consultation is valuable if you:
  •  are unsatisfied in any stage of your career
  •  feel a need to make a change, but are not sure how
  •   are at a life crossroads
  •   are a recent college graduate or post-graduate
  •   can benefit from an outside observer connecting the dots in your life
  •   are looking for clarity and direction in any area of your life
  •   need someone to be an objective, supportive listener
  •   want a big-picture look at your life in order to make adjustments where needed
  •   need a resource of life options and steps to get there
Just $195 for a 90-minute in-person session and 45 minute follow-up phone session
($159 for TWM Members)*
*Please note these are 2010 rates. Receive the 2009 rates of $185/$149 if you schedule and pay for your appointment before January 15th!

Contact Kristina at or 917-816-0834 to schedule your appointment.

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"I got so much out of our session and I know it will be an impetus to spring me into action!  I can already feel that a change is on the horizon.... I also wanted to let you know that I felt inspired not only by your advice, but also by seeing how much you love what you're doing.  It's truly a gift to be able to listen and provide such meaningful feedback. "-Nicole H.
Kristina Leonardi is the Founder and Executive Director of The Women's Mosaic®,a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in all areas of life. As a speaker and career/life coach, she provides a practical framework for each individual to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large.
In This Issue
Special New Year's Promotion
Thursdays at Three
Career Coaching & Resume Critique
Essential Self Consultations
About Kristina Leonardi
Book Kristina as a Speaker
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Read Kristina's Posts on TWM's Blog

If you refer three people to any combination of my Thursdays at Three, Quick Fire Resume Critique & Career Coaching,or Essential Self Consultations I would be happy to offer you a complimentary one hour one-on-one session!
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About Kristina Leonardi
Kristina Leonardi is the Founder and Executive Director of The Women's Mosaic®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in all areas of life. As a speaker, seminar leader and career/life coach she encourages each individual to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, embrace and  fulfill their role in the world at large. Kristina believes that personal transformation is the key to social transformation and has dedicated her life to helping people connect more fully to themselves, each other and the world around them. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and has taught extensively for New York University's Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Center for Career, Education and Life Planning. A featured guest on the all-women owned radio network, Greenstone Media, Kristina was also listed as one of Hispanic Magazine's Top Latinas of 2004, received the Tango Diva 2007 Diva Visionary Award  and was recently honored by the WNBA's NY Liberty as part of their 2009 Inspiring Women Night.  Click here for a full interview on TangoDiva, and here for her featured profile on Peace x Peace, where she was interviewed as one of the 'inspiring women and peacebuilders around the world'.
Stay Tuned For Announcements About Upcoming Seminars & Workshops!

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Do you belong to an alumni association, women's affinity group, networking or other organization?

Why not have Kristina talk to them about women, diversity and personal growth!
Saatchi & Saatchi, Junior League of Brooklyn, Woodhull Institute, CLAY Fitness & Spa,  Savvy Ladies, In Good Company, Career Peeks, Women's Center of Long Island
...You would be a huge asset to ANY group who is looking for an amazing, one-of-a-kind speaker.  Your ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures, and ages is a true gift!  - Stacy Francis and the Savvy Ladies® Team

Speaker Kit Available Upon Request.  Contact Kristina at kleonardi@mindspring. com or 917-816-0834 for more info.

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New Year's Coaching Package Special:  Book a series of 5 one-hour sessions by January 30th and receive 25% off - just $375 (regular rate is $495)

Offer Expires: January 30, 2010.  Package must be paid for in full by this date and sessions be completed by March 15, 2010. Initial session is in person, subsequent sessions by phone.