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Ah-ha Verifier
by Kristina Leonardi
   wholeheart pic 
I rarely dedicate this space to anyone other than yours truly, but wanted to be sure you knew about the work of Dr. Brene Brown who I discovered over two years ago from a TED talk video that has also been viewed at this point by over 8 million other people.  
The first time I watched her I thought - OMG she is able to articulate in 20 minutes, in a style that I can relate to, all that I understand, have experienced and am trying to help others with through my coaching and seminars!  I was so impressed I shared the link with all my clients and friends, again, not something I normally do. 
Well, here we are a couple years (and another very close to home TED talk) later and she just had a two-part conversation with Oprah on  Super Soul Sunday.  Oprah said it best when she called Brene an "ah-ha verifier" because she is able to put into words and has the data to back up what the big O has known, observed and intuited all these years, which is exactly the same reaction I had!
If you don't care to watch the videos, I at least wanted to post an excerpt from her new book Daring Greatly, which I have not read, but the points/chapter titles they discussed on the show sound like I could have written them - and my clients will definitely recognize my methods and philosophy there...
Whether you are a parent or not, I believe this is how we should treat each other since we are all part of the human family, and is the key to happiness and peace on this very broken planet... be sure to scroll down to get the link for the complete version. 


Exerpts from The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto

by Dr. Brene Brown from her book Daring Greatly


Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions--the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.


I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.


We will teach you compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other.


We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work, hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be family values, as well as family practices.


You will learn accountability and respect by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I ask for what I need and talk about how I feel.


I want you to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.


I want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.


Click here for the OWN page to read the entire manifesto  or here for a free pretty download



Inspired, stimulated, motivated, curious to do some work based on any of Brene's themes?  Give me a buzz so we can dig in and get you living with your whole heart, filled with meaning, purpose, compassion and connection, and above all love for yourself and for all those around you.


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P.S. For those who are looking to read a more traditional PGG, check out my posts The Passion of Passover, All that You Can't Leave Behind, or Here Today, Gone Tomorrow




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Kristina Leonardi is a career/life coach who has a proven record of getting "stuck" clients empowered to make changes aligned with their true passions and talents in a short time. 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 and live a life with clarity, balance and direction.   


Kristina's 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.  Click here to learn more 


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