Personal Growth Gab
with Kristina Leonardi

December 2010


Last night we experienced a rare occurrence of the Winter Solstice and a Total Lunar Eclipse overlapping; this means the shortest day of the year combined with the cover-up of a full moon gave us a double dose of darkness. Although there is some debate and lots of myths about what effects these sorts of things have on people, after the year and especially past couple of months we've had, my interpretation is that "It's always darkest before dawn."

The good news is from now on the days will be getting progressively longer and bright. It's important at this time of year to get all the literal sunlight in you can - think of the rays as vitamins for your mind, body, spirit and soul, a lack of which can alter our moods as anyone with SAD will attest.  In addition to the actual light, it's also a good idea to keep things as 'light' as possible - do a little dancing (even if just around your house) or Zumba and laugh a lot.  At the very least you will make others smile when they see you sunbathing in 29 degree weather!

As we approach the end of 2010, it's also a good time to shed some light on what you've accomplished this past year.  Many of my clients are in career transition, so it's easy for it to seem like nothing has happened or if you are just going about your business from day to day, to lose track of what has actually transpired over the past 12 months.

So make sure you take at least a couple of hours with your journal and calendar to jog your memory to see what external things you experienced and accomplished this year, big or small. Then let them help you recall how you have grown and what has changed internally for you as well. What mental, emotional shifts have occurred, in terms of your perceptions of yourself, your life, your work, your relationships, and how has that impacted some of the external actions you took or that happened to you?

Having a little trouble seeing the proof in the pudding of how far you've come along? I can be a flood light, offer an objective point of view and a little push for you to see where you've been and where you want to go in 2011 and beyond. Just give me a buzz, meet with me during my 'office hours' and/or attend my upcoming workshop on January 22nd and I'll light the way to a more peaceful and prosperous new you!
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

P.S.This is my last Personal Growth Gab original post of the year - who knew that I would be disciplined enough to write every week (50 out of 52 weeks!) - and that people would actually read them?!  It's one of my best accomplishments of 2010. I'll be off for the holidays but tomorrow you will get an email with upcoming opportunities to start the New Year off on the right foot,  and next week will send you links to some favorite posts based on feedback I've received over the past year.

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"Kristina is an amazing coach... I'm always impressed by her intuitive nature, creative ideas, and insight to tap into the core. She is tremendously gifted and has the ability to unblock obstacles that perhaps we didn't even know existed as it's sometimes most challenging to see situations clearly when you're immersed in them. I'll have Kristina to thank when my upcoming big and delicious publishing projects materialize -- her guidance and reinforcements I need to hear about having patience with ingredients baking in the oven have shaped my efforts! " 
-Vicki S.

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Wednesday, January 5th 3pm-8pm
 Saturday, January 8th 2pm-7pm
Kristina's 2011 New Year's Coaching Kick-off
I'll be holding coaching 'office hours' each day for you to come by and have a 50minute coaching session with me at a reduced rate
More details coming soon!.

Saturday, January 22nd 1pm-5pm
New Year's Workshop: Review, Refresh and Reboot for 2011!
Spend a reflective, interactive afternoon focusing on what you want to achieve and how to do it in 2011 and beyond!
More details coming soon!

Wednesday, February 2nd  6-730pm
How to Stay Motivated throughout the Job Search Process
for SIBL
More details coming soon!

Saturday, February 5th  11am - 5pm
VISIONING WORKSHOP: Using Your Creativity & Intuition to Gain Clarity, Find Focus and Manifest Your Dream!
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Stay tuned for more upcoming events!
In the meantime,book Kristina now for your company, organization, or affinity group! 

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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.
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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
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Thursdays at Three:
Coffee, Conversations & Coaching
*Every Thursday from 3-5pm*
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: $30 ($25 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*
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*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
Cover letter writing also available - contact Kristina for more details.

Only $ 69.00* (Just $59.00 for TWM Members)
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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.
Tuesday Talk Group Coaching Sessions
Every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm

Are you currently working but would like support, networking and some individualized coaching in career transition or work/life balance?
Due to popular demand I am now offering Thursdays at Three on Tuesday evenings!

Come to this small gathering of like-minded people to share your experiences and information with others and receive coaching in a group setting. 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 career and life transition process.

COST: $35 per session ($150 for package of 5)
Open to men and women.
Minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 participants.
WHEN: Every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm
LOCATION: NYC Midtown East*
RSVP Requiredto kristina.leonardi@gmail.comor call 917-816-0834*

*Please note that this is an ongoing event. RSVP's accepted up until 3pm day of session. Location and payment information will be sent upon RSVP.
"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.

"I nixed her career ideas during our consultation and now I'm actually performing the job and loving every minute - doesn't feel like work at all!" - Anonymous

Kristina Leonardi is the Founder and 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.
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Upcoming Seminars with Kristina
Essential Self Consultations
Thursdays at Three
Career Coaching & Resume Critique
Tuesday Talk Group Sessions
About Kristina Leonardi
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Read Kristina's Posts on TWM's Blog

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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'.

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"I had just lost my job a few weeks earlier and I was a little out of sorts. I attended Kristina's breakout session entitled "How Losing Your Job Can Be a Good Thing". After listening and actively participating in the session, I was really able to put things in perspective. It allowed me to dig deep within myself and really determine what I wanted to do with my life. After the conference, I decided to have a one on one coaching session, which helped validate my career goals, and have also attended her Thursday at Three Transition Group meetings. Kristina is truly an inspiration and I recommend her to anyone who is feeling a bit lost and needs some career and life counseling." - Justin S.

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