You Do or You Don’t. There is No Try- With Christine Conti.

In this episode I share the story of Christine Conti, a relentless and incredibly mentally strong woman who has had her share of victories as well as struggles. With a background in investment banking and teaching, she ventured into her passion in fitness coaching, crushed it, and even co-hosts a podcast called Two Fit Crazies And a Microphone Podcast. With struggles including sexual abuse, infertility and a final diagnosis of a severe form of Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 30, Christine walks us through her journey and shares her perspective that kept her pursuing her goals. Christine has run a total of 30 marathons and also completed an Ironman in 2018 all the while under chemotherapy for her RA symptoms. But she is far from done. Tune in to listen to Christine’s incredible story and see how she was able to experience her breakthrough!

Christine Conti- Get In Touch!
Contifitness.net
Twofitcrazies.com
Christine@contifitness.com
IG: @contifitness

The Power of Habit – With Vincent Miceli

In this episode you get front row seats to raw conversation between myself and Vincent Miceli, serial entrepreneur and founder of Verb and the Body Blueprint Gym. Vincent has been through extreme weight loss- shedding off 100 lbs, Filing for bankruptcy due to a failed business venture, and quitting a life of drugs and alcohol to get to where he is today. Vincent is all about how our habits can either make us or break us. We discuss how many of those habits are learned through life and the importance of continuously being aware of developing habits that help us lead the lives we desire. Vincent has key principles that guide him through life and keep him focused on chasing his passion, and he shares them in this episode. If you want to tap into the mind of a resilient power house- this is the episode for you!!

Vincent Miceli- Get In Touch!
@vincentmiceli
Thebodyblueprint.co
Getverb.co

My Dirty Little Secret- I’m An Addict.

I HAVE AN ADDICTION

One that has enslaved me and has ruled my entire life.

My addiction influences everything I do, and it has given me amazing highs but also incredible Lows.

Some have called it ambition, others have called it drive- but what it really is is an addiction to high-level performance.

From when I was 16 years old and in high school, I felt I had to balance 2 part time jobs on top of school and work.

During college at 18 years old I was a full-time student and worked full time to cover my expenses while living on my own.

Now in my adult life at 23 I have pursued 5 ventures in the last 2 years and have always had one thing in mind:

WORK.

I didn’t believe in days or time off for ME, I didn’t believe in coming home at 5 pm and watching TV until bedtime. I had to always be working towards something, building something, “growing” in some way.

This sounds great in theory, but the lack of BALANCE led to my consistent demise.

Here’s the thing, my entire life I have used my performance as validation of my worth. You see I have always been a confident person; I’m forward, outspoken and secure of my views. But being confident in person does not mean I understood or acknowledged my value; the fact that my health, mental wellness and sanity mattered TOO.

I have only come to start to care about my value THIS YEAR, and it has transformed me in many ways.

I want you to understand that this has nothing to do with how I demand people to treat me, or what I expect to receive. This has EVERYTHING to do with how I treat myself. Having a low self-worth is not cured by demanding better from people and their interactions with you, it starts first within yourself and how you care about YOU and choose to put YOU first.

For me this meant acknowledging that my addiction for consistent high-level performance was not giving me self-worth, it was denying it from me, because I was denying myself the personal benefits of living a more balanced life.

Here’s how I came to realize my addiction; I burned out. I observed how my mind fought against me when I took time OFF to care for myself. I felt worthless every single day, for weeks. I stayed strong, more than because I simply couldn’t work because my burnout was so bad, but because I knew the right thing to do was to slow down and tend to myself.

I started to feel better, not only mentally, but that outward confidence started to be backed by a calmness and certainty of self that I had not experienced before. I went from feeling guilty from taking care of me to telling myself FORGET everything else, it’s ALL about me in this moment and that’s all that matters.

I say I told myself, because I literally did. I had that internal dialogue every hour of every day that I was “lazy”. I WENT ON STRIKE AGAINST MYSELF. I have always rebelled against outside influences, this time I rebelled against my own insecurities- and it was LIBERATING.

To all of you fellow high-level performance addicts that are hitting roadblock after roadblock, with all your luxuries, income, achievements and outward success, but lacking in fulfillment, joy and self-worth; try putting yourself first for a change and experience the clarity and peace of mind that comes with it.  

Much Love – Laurie

Taking Back Control of Life After a Decade of Addiction- With Sam Anthony

Sam shares his story of struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for over a decade from his teen years into adulthood. Sam had an overdose which hospitalized him, but that wasn’t enough to break his addiction. One fateful night when he was caught and arrested for breaking and entering into a home of a friend, he decided he really needed to change. And change he did. Since that night Sam has dedicated his life to sharing his story with others to help inspire, motivate and encourage students and business professionals alike. This is a great episode with individuals dealing with their own struggles with addiction and also parents with children that might be at risk!

Sam Anthony- Get In Touch!
Samanthonyspeaks.com
Sam@samanthonyspeaks.com
@sam_anthony_speaks

Finding Your Strength, Confidence & Courage- With Alexa Carlin

Alexa Carlin is a sought-after speaker on women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, and personal growth. She is the founder of the Women Empower Expo (WEX) which is the largest event for female entrepreneurs on the East coast, where women can support each other, find funding, and connect with other like-minded individuals. She started her entrepreneurial ventures when she was only 17 years old, but at the age of 21, she went into septic shock, was induced into a medical coma and was given a one-percent chance of living. Alexa fought to defy the odds and used her near-death experience as a sign that she was meant to impact others in a bigger way.

Alexa Carlin- Get In Touch!
@alexarosecarlin
Alexacarlin.com


Why People Don’t Follow Their Dreams

I came out to meditate and reflect on the transition I am making right now. The last couple of weeks have been one of the most transformative moments of my life. When it comes to a position of financial stability, I had that, but what I was doing was unfulfilling. So, I am starting all over, and jumping into an industry I am unfamiliar with, leaving everything I once thought I wanted, and it is all quite unsettling.

Understandably, I have been feeling heavy in my heart and head, not exactly expressed by anything specifically, but just a conflict of sorts. At the same time, I am calm and at peace with my decisions, It’s an interesting blend of energy.

Humans have emotions and these emotions are powerful. They can prevent us from living out our dreams. And the strongest emotion is that of FEAR. There is truly only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: The fear of failure. But going out and meditating by the river today I watched the river and I learned something.

A river is forever ongoing, its nature is to run continuously, and without ceasing. The river might face disturbances in the form of rocks, boulders, or the edges of the land that serve as guides to keep the river on its path. When the river confronts those barriers, it becomes tumultuous and unsettled. Powerful. This agitation continues until the river has passed the barriers and then it returns to be calm, it’s natural state. Throughout its journey to its destination, which will be something larger than itself (a bay, ocean, or lake), the river will meet with many barriers in different forms. It will become agitated, but it will then pass and return to tranquility. But most importantly, the river never ceases to continue on its path of destiny. It is destined to become something grander than it currently is.

It’s the law of the World. Humans are part of nature, part of creation, and we all deal with change in similar ways. We become unsettled and agitated, but nature understands this is part of life and fulfilling our destinies. Rivers do not cease to run, and trees do not cease to grow. They do not fear failure. They adapt and they conform. Fear of failing is usually more significant than the failure itself. But I would much rather live my life as I dream, free and with a sense of high, than to live a life formed by fear and never truly living. Therefore, failing by default.

How to Live a Life Without Self-Made Limits- With Stuart Knight

Stuart is a serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker, thought leader and disruptor. He has gone through life always questioning what set the foundation for his beliefs of himself and society which later inspired his life motto “Boycott What You Thought”. Despite not having the support of his family when he decided to pursue his goals in life and later finding himself in incredible debt of $250k at 28 years old, he always kept his head above water by focusing instead on controlling his mindset. He is now running his successful public speaking company and shares with us his perspective in life and what kept him always working towards his dreams.

Stuart Knight- Get In Touch!
info@stuartknight.com
www.stuartknight.com
IG: @stuartsknight
Twitter: Stuart_Knight

What It Takes to go From Employed to Successful CEO, In 2 Years- With Ryan Blakeley.

In this episode we sit down with Ryan Blakeley, a serial entrepreneur who has managed to create 4 brands in fitness and coaching in the last 2 years alone, that are all thriving. Being raised in a family where employment and low risk in life was the norm and taught, Ryan decided later in life that he had something of value to give to others and he wasn’t going to allow his limiting beliefs to get in his way. This guy is a raging ball of positivity and RELENTLESS attitude! Learn how he managed to make the transition and his mindset behind it on this episode.

Ryan Blakeley- Get In Touch!
Ryan@skullzandbarbells.com
www.skullzandbarbells.com
@skullz_ceo

How Having Full Control of Mindset Can Take You Far- With John Victoria

In this episode we sit down with John Victoria, a young successful entrepreneur who has focused on self-development and getting his mind right from when he was a pre-teen. The beliefs and values that he has created for himself has not only strengthened him to get through risks and challenges in life, but ultimately has made him one of the youngest thriving entrepreneurs I know. He shares everything from his struggles in life to how he got through them, and his overall philosophies in life in this episode.

John Victoria- Get In Touch!
Johngabrielvictoria@gmail.com OR John@polianna.net
Polianna.net
(703)475-6907j

Proving That Living With Depression Does Not Determine Your Level of Success- With Roro Asmar

The truth is, dealing with depression is no joke. It interferes with your motivation, belief in yourself and overall quality of life. Trying to create a great life for yourself where you can be the best you can be becomes so much harder. My guest in this episode was no exception. He struggled for years with his mental health always digging himself deeper into a hole that he didn’t know how to escape from. He found himself at such a low point when he decided to try and take his own life. He was unsuccessful. From that point on he made the decision that he would take control of his circumstances and create something beautiful out of it.. which he did. Find out how on this episode.

Roro Asmar- Get in Touch!
@Chefrorosworld
@Roroslebanese