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Top 5 Things I Learned at my Mastermind Retreat

Top 5 Things I Learned at my Mastermind Retreat

Earlier this month, I spent three amazing days with my mastermind sisters and coach in Upstate, NY. It was an experience that I am grateful to have been on - and not for reasons you think. We all hear about how mastermind retreats are life-changing, and they are. But for me, the highlight was how it truly set me free in more ways than one.

Here are the 5 things I learned in the company of inspiring women who are doing amazing things!

4 Ways to Deal with Your Inner Critic {and how you can let it fuel you instead!}

4 Ways to Deal with Your Inner Critic {and how you can let it fuel you instead!}

We are abundantly self-critical in a negative, loud, and persistent way. That type of dialogue is unrelenting, and if we don’t know what to do to quiet it down, it can and will affect how we show up for our businesses, our clients, and potential opportunities for growth and success.

Here are 4 ways that will help strengthen the self-loving dialogue and create an abundance of that you can quickly use in times of bubbling self-criticism so you can thrive in life and business.

Why We Struggle to Step Outside of Our Comfort Zone

Why We Struggle to Step Outside of Our Comfort Zone

For most of my life, traveling alone seemed lonely, filled with unseen dangers and unpredictable outcomes. It also would have been stressful for my family, who is prone to excessive worry and quick to share fear-filled rhetoric - just like many old-fashioned Italian parents typically are. Growing up, it just seemed safer all around - for all of our sanity - to wait until marriage to travel anywhere. Anytime I’d dream of taking road trips or going on month-long backpacking trips, or even think about doing a semester abroad, I’d be overcome by fear. It became much more comfortable to stay where I was.

How to go from Fearful to Confident

How to go from Fearful to Confident

Have you ever felt like you couldn't overcome a fear because it was so paralyzing?

I have felt like this time and time again. No matter how much I tried, I would stay stuck in place. Cemented, more like. Nauseous, overwhelmed, and defeated. Sometimes fear would overcome me over the seemingly silliest, littlest things. More often than not, those fears were driven by what I thought others would think. Crazy, right?

The point is that what we think other people think can have a hold over us. It can keep us from chasing after our dreams, from enjoying the things we truly love. We end up playing small for fear of judgement, for fear of looking stupid, for fear of failure. Maybe we care too much about what other people think.  Change happens when we decide to face our fears for ourselves.  Maybe if it is too much and you want courage and encouragement, find a set of people you can surround yourself with that leads to success for you. You can join a virtual support network of people who share the same dreams and goals if you cannot find others in your own workplace, home, or community.