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with Kristina Leonardi

November 2012



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Tuesday, November 13th 6:30pm-8:30pm  
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The Saturday before Sandy, I was at a Halloween party. The host went to town with decorations, and in several corners had massive floor to ceiling spider webs. Little did I know what foreshadowing that would be for the week ahead!


Four years ago this week we were on the eve of a historic presidential election, after a historic financial disaster. That Fall the unimaginable became imaginable on both fronts when we chose our first Black president and watched the implosion of the stock market and our banking system. This woke us up in more ways than one, and both divided and connected us.


Fast forward to today, and we are on the eve of yet another historic election, the outcome yet to be determined, and post another disaster, this time a natural one which at the end of the day is hitting us materially as much as anything else. And we are even more divided, yet more connected than ever.


After the financial crisis of 2008, because of the actions of a relative few that then rippled throughout the world, at the very least we were forced to deal with our addiction to credit and consumerism, and at the worst lost our homes and jobs because of it. Now it's Mother Nature aided by the man-made contribution to/ignorance of climate change who is now teaching us that lesson with a more visceral punch as we recover from power outages and gas shortages at the least, and physical destruction of our property and loss of life at the worst.


Since this hit the tri-state area, because of its special density of population and unique connection to the global as well as local economy, no one is exempt from this lesson, as everyone has been affected in one way or another - it's just who, what, when, where, how and level of gravity that varies. 


In the middle of the storm, the fašade of an apartment building in Chelsea was ripped off, showing a dollhouse-like view of the inside, a symbolic representation of what is happening to us physically and emotionally as the walls and structures between and around us are being torn down in order to reveal the truth of our lives.


Our interconnectedness and vulnerability have been thrown in our face - not only through weather, power, gas, goods and services, transportation, and social media, but relationally too. How long can you co-exist in the disconnected dark, live back at mom's, stay at your friend's or sleep with strangers at a shelter 24/7? How many days can you work from home or miss it, or have three hour commutes or wait hours in line for gas without losing it ? Community is a funny thing in New York - we like the anonymity and self-sufficiency of living on top of each other and the illusion of togetherness that brings, but having to actually interact and be with each other and ask for or receive help, is another story.


People have mentioned how Sandy is too 'nice' a moniker for what she did, but just like the gentle soul of Frankenstein for which she was also named, there is goodness to be found underneath the external horror of her monsterous appearance. She is asking us to come together like never before and question the deepest meaning of our lives; she is forcing us not only to realize but to actually experience the ways in which we are now more connected, more interdependent than at any other time in history. And it is a gift because experience is usually the only way we humans learn, and that, as painful as it may be, is something to be grateful for if we choose to accept it as such.


Like big elections, these are the occasions when we focus passionately around something that impacts us all; they bring out the best and worst in us; we get to see people's true colors good, bad or indifferent; how flexible we can be; how generous and open-hearted we are, how we distill down what is vitally important; what is a necessity, and what is merely a luxury - or when suddenly those necessities become luxuries after not having them for a few days. It tests our patience, politeness, perseverance and willingness to exist in the present. It also shows us the incredible strength and spirit of humanity, our willingness to help one another, our capacity for leadership and organization, and our ability to rise to the occasion in times of crisis.


So remember, when we wake up tomorrow morning, no matter what the result of this election is, and no matter where you live in this country or on this planet, what we do know for sure, now more than ever, is that we are all in this together.




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Kristina is a NY-based career and life coach who has a proven record of getting "stuck" clients empowered to make lasting professional and personal changes aligned with their true passions and talents in a short time. Her holistic, gimmick-free, and minimalist approach has earned her widely diverse and fiercely loyal following from all walks and stations of life, including savvy New Yorkers who have tried other coaches, approaches, and therapy with little or limited results.  


Kristina gets clients to achieve long-term, break-through success by actively listening to their situation with understanding, and without judgment. She encourages her clients to creatively and independently problem-solve by asking them to make conscious, small choices to start. As a result of this, clients learn to stand on their own, think for themselves, and believe in their own abilities to effect change in larger life decisions.


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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'.  For more information please visit