This is Your Permission to Break the Rules

Your Permission to Break the Rules

I don’t know about you but I’m so done following the rules… your rules, their rules, heck, even my own rules! 

From the absurdities of the social algorithms to the policing of content by followers and non-followers alike, it’s all just utterly ridiculous.

And it takes the fun out of what we’re all doing on social media. 

We’re here to connect, learn new things, take in other opinions, be entertained, share our joys, our struggles, our human experiences.

Sometimes all that is holding us back is the fear of being seen…

…As humans with challenges and struggles, 

…As someone who wears many hats (mom, wife, boss, goddess divine…),

…As an individual with many interests, hobbies, skills, and talents.

You don’t have to share anything. You can also share everything. 

What would happen if you decided to make social media a little more playful?

What would you share if you decided to incorporate more *play* into your social strategy?

How can you infuse more fun in the connecting process?

We’ve become so mechanical… the user has quite literally become the computer.

Sameness does not mean oneness. Uniformity does not mean unity. 

I love sharing my life… not because I think it’s aspirational or influential or anything like that.

I share it because it’s my source of joy. It’s my source of inspiration. I share my ups, my downs, my highs, my lows, my story, because connecting – with all of the parts of me I wish to share on here – is meaningful to me. And fun. And that’s OKAY.

So, #sorrynotsorry but if you see me sharing more of me, different sides of me, various pieces of me, myself and I, you can either embrace it or keep it moving. 

I’m here to have some fun. Who’s with me?!

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What Does Failure Actually Mean to You?

What Does Failure Actually Mean to You?

Has this thought ever crossed your mind? “I feel like I’m a failure in business.”

First of all: you’re not alone. This thought has crossed my mind more often than not in my nearly 10 years as a business owner.

“I had a (launch/client/project/contract/etc.) that flopped and fell through. And therefore, I failed.” -Said every entrepreneur, ever. 

And so I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately… What does it really mean to me?

I took a backwards, inside-out approach to this question (which is a very common approach I take to just about everything)…

If success to me means self-mastery, well then what does failure mean?

Self-incompetence? 

Self-loss? 

Self-shortage? 

Self-lack?

And yet none of this is possible.

…So therefore failure isn’t possible.

We base our entire concept of failure not by looking at ourselves, but by looking at others… what they are doing, saying, sharing versus what we aren’t doing, saying, sharing.

So, what if we truly focus on ourselves… what would we see?

If I focus, I’m able to look at every single launch, project, client, contract and deal from my past and see the bigger picture: the experience that was needed, the lesson that was learned and the wisdom that was gained.

And a perceived failure is just an opportunity for a pivot. A soul-powered pivot.

A failure (or see: blip, challenge, obstacle, etc.) just means that you’re being realigned towards what you actually want, what you truly need, and what you very much desire.

And simply acknowledging and owning that takes consciousness, clarity and a heck of a lot of conviction. 

The Soul-Powered Business Program will soon change to The Soul-Powered Pivot Program as a self-study-only version. Opening date to be released soon. 💕

Check out The L.I.F.E. Method Mini for a sneak peek and to access the waitlist!

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Where Is Your Compass Pointing?

Where is your compass pointing?

Lemme tell you about the summer vibe I’m all about right now… 

Over here, in my corner of the world, we’ve been: spending time outside, adventuring together as a family, and seriously reducing our “working” hours.

As a result: I’ve shown up online a little less. I’ve focused my marketing efforts towards a relational approach (communities, networking, etc.) I’ve spent most of my “working time” restructuring my program to a self-study-only model.

But I’ve also felt some major resistance to all of the above. Because… expectations.

Here’s the thing about expectations – they are often a reflection of the social mirror rather than our own values and priorities. I “should” show up more online. I “should” use all marketing tools at my disposal. I “should” spend more time creating, innovating, launching, selling. 

But deep down, I want my summers to be family-focused. I didn’t become a business owner to sacrifice my well being and time with my kids. I want to be outside and feel the sunshine. I like being the summer camp counselor to my boys with my visor and matching fanny pack. 

Because I know that just like the summer season, and any season, this season of life shall pass, too. 

So, next time you get frustrated about ANYTHING related to business building, think about whether or not it’s because of an expectation that might be out of alignment with your values and priorities.

So, how do we get clear on our unique values and priorities?

Instead of thinking about what you value and what you prioritize from the lens of a roadmap…

Think about it from the lens of a compass. What is your true north leading you to?

What gets one person from point A to point B might not look the same for you.

The greatest minds in the business building arena aren’t sharing cookie cutter processes. 

They’re sharing ways in which you can discover your own unique, one-of-a-kind process for creating your unique, one-of-a-kind success. A compass, not a roadmap.

Have you noticed a trend happening all around us?

The way we do business is changing. The way we market is changing. 

And if you let it, your heart will begin to pull you towards the leaders who are truly leading you back to yourself – your innate knowing, truth and being. 

You know more than you think. 

You’re capable of more than you think. 

Let your compass guide you. 

And if you feel compelled for some guidance, take a look at my now digitally remastered L.I.F.E. Method – an approach to building an aligned life and business that puts you at the center of it all. 

Back in the sunshine we go.

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You’re Making a Difference – Trust Me!

You Are Making a Difference - Trust Me!

Over the past few weeks, I surveyed my community (which is something I typically do, mid-summer.) I do it to see how I can recharge my content, rejuvenate my messaging, but mostly to see if what I am doing is making a difference.

The turnout of responses was the largest of my career.

One of the questions on the survey was, “What is one thing you love learning from me?”

And the responses included the following:

  • Following your passion, facing challenges.
  • Everything I know about you.
  • To stay in line with my passion and calling.
  • Being non judgemental about people’s fears and breaking it down into manageable, non-intimidating steps.
  • Your message is really important, to stay authentic to yourself.
  • You inspire me to want to stretch myself while also being compassionate. I don’t feel judged, which can be paralyzing. 
  • I love that you are committed to your business and that you continuously show up. I also like your newer messaging around being yourself and not copying others.
  • You are just such a guiding light for those of us who feel lost and alone in the world of entrepreneurship. 

Wow. Beaming.

The point of this is not to toot my own horn (even though I am proud of myself for being 100% responsible for this feedback), it is also a loving reminder that what you put out into the world matters.

You are being seen, even if you feel invisible. 

You are being heard, even if the outside noise feels loud. 

You are making a difference in someone’s life, even if the impact feels small. 

Keep going. Spread your light. The world needs it. 

I’m here for it, cheering you on. 

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My Birthday Blog – This is 35

My June 21st birthday message to you…

If there’s one thing, one piece of soul-powered inspiration that I would share with you over and over again… one message that comes from my heart and epitomizes all of the knowledge and experience that brought me to where I am today… one thing, just one, it would be this:

Stay true to you. 

Some of us don’t know what that means. 

Some of us don’t know where to start. 

Some of us may think “duh!” And others may be like, “huh?”

But, just for a moment, really consider it. 

Is what you are doing, who you are being, and how you are living truly aligned with what you WANT to be doing, who you WANT to become, and how you WANT to live?

We put things off. We wait. We say we’re not ready. We take into account other people’s thoughts, opinions, beliefs. We say “one day.” We think we have all the time in the world.

Right now is all we’ll ever have. The present moment is all we’ll ever have to do, be, and live. 

I’ve spent the better part of my life going through the motions of the day-to-day, waking up to the same routine, then rushing, rushing, rushing through the day, without a conscious thought of why, just to fall asleep and do it all again the next day. 

Until I took a moment to really check in with myself and ask, “Is this truly aligned?”

Here’s the truth: the only person who can tell you that you are aligned is you.

What might be aligned with one person may not be aligned with you. What may be true to someone else, may not be true to you. 

So how do you start being true to you?

I created a practical approach to this whole idea of alignment – one that takes into account the only thing that matters when it comes to alignment: you. 

The L.I.F.E. Method helps you identify your desired lifestyle, identity, feelings and expression, so that you can create your desired reality. 

My birthday wish is to get the method into as many hands as possible. Of course it will take some time, but you can help. Who can you send this to? Who can you share this with?

Imagine the kind of world we’d be living in if people approached their own lives with this type of consciousness and clarity. Imagine if more people built and designed their lives with intention.

That’s the kind of world I dream of every day. 

Because this is how you stay true to you. 

Download the free preview here: https://christinagiordano.com/life-method-mini-course/

You Are Just One Pivot Away

You Are Just One Pivot Away

This season of life is asking me to re-align and pivot in ways I never thought possible.

And lately, while I’m in the midst of running the pilot program of The Soul-Powered Business Program, I’m also taking the space I need to ensure that its curriculum, delivery and experience is in alignment with my vision for it.

…And to pivot once again towards greater alignment, towards greater living. 

This is the wonderful thing about entrepreneurship – you get to decide exactly what you want your day-to-day to look like. You get to decide what you want to talk about, teach about, share about, post about, etc. 

And if you’re doing it right – being mindful and conscious of where you are and where you’re going – you are always one pivot away from a greater life. 

But here’s the thing: the only person who can tell you if you’re aligned is you. 

If you haven’t clarified your desired lifestyle, identity, feelings, expression, then this is the missing piece you need. This is what will inform your next move, your next pivot. This is what will get you closer to your desired reality – being in 100% alignment with who you are and who you want to be. 

A free preview version of The L.I.F.E. Method is available HERE.

And an accessible, e-learning-only version of my methods will be available very soon. Stay tuned. 

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Re-Aligning for Even More Ease

Re-Aligning for Greater Ease

In a previous blog post, I talked about the energy of alignment – and that once you commit to living your life in an aligned way, there are energies around you that protect that alignment. I’m currently in a state of actively re-aligning.

It’s kind of like being in the late third trimester of pregnancy… when you’re reconfiguring your environment and way of living to prepare for this new life. 

After the initial launch of my Soul-Powered Business Program, I realized that there are still some elements that weren’t entirely in alignment with how I want the program to run on its own and also with how I want my members to consume it. 

This doesn’t require going back to the drawing board. It simply requires pivots.

Alignment is, more often than not, a series of pivots you make in an effort to become one with your soul – for how you want to live, be, work and show up for it all. 

A few questions I’m asking myself are:

  • How can I bring members from point A to point B even faster and in a simpler way?
  • How can I bring more joy and fun into the experience of moving from point A and point B?
  • How can I help people truly enjoy the pivot? How can I embody the joy of pivoting myself?

It really all comes down to ease. Re-aligning to ease is what I am currently moving through.

Are you embracing ease in your business, and if not, what kind of pivots do you need to make so that you can?

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Rest Is Productive

Rest is Productive

Rest is productive. This is something that I have known to be true for quite some time but have only recently decided to put fully into practice.

You see, it’s easy (especially for a Type-A-Recovering-Perfectionist like me) to get caught up in being consistent for the sake of consistency. 

Maybe that’s how it used to be. Show up constantly and consistently until you get the results that you want to see. 

The world is changing though. A new, more enlightened, more refreshing approach to building business is manifesting all around us. 

And we’ve been brought here to give ourselves and others the permission to put their hearts first and at the center of it all. 

That means before we think about it, we’ve gotta “feel” about it. 

(Yes, I know that sentence doesn’t really work but hear me out!)

I used to think through (aka strategize) everything. I’d plan, plot and overthink my way through pretty much everything in life, including my business. I did it all even if it didn’t feel right, even if I didn’t feel like doing it. 

With my most recent launch, there were elements of my program that I wasn’t fully aligned with, and consciously or not, I still allowed myself to be influenced by the coaching/consulting community to create an offering that fit into the current model that is considered “standard” out there.

And thankfully, this new type of energy is protective. It helps you re-align so that you can create something in tune with what your heart longs to create in their world. 

And so, that is what I’m currently doing. I’m feeling my way through everything I do, say and share. Instead of doing, I’m in a state of being (of seeing, sensing, breathing, moving) with my heart.

Yes, it’s a little scary and unnerving for someone like me.

But it’s also totally wonderful. 

So what has come from my restful state?

>>> A more aligned approach to the next chapter

>>> Greater clarity in my next steps

>>> Full faith in what’s to come 

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You’ll Never Have it All Figured Out

You'll Never Have it All Figured Out

“I just have to get this figured out and then I can finally: (fill in the blank.)” How many times have you thought this in the course of your life?

Whatever it is that we are focusing on (be it parenthood, health, marriage, relationships, business, spirituality, etc.), there’s a desire to “figure it out” before we can finally: start the thing, take an action, change a behavior, be more present, take a break, the list goes on…

What I’ve come to realize is that for me, have it “figured out” often translates to: Let me put as much thought and energy and action into something so that I can have full control of the outcome and bypass any challenge or setback that comes my way. Sounds exhausting? Yes, yes it is. 

But what if instead of figuring it out, you believed life was figuring it out for you… *Queue the jaw drops, shutters, shakes, WHAT THE and HELL NAH vibes.* I hear you. That’s what I thought too. Until I realized that’s part of what I’m meant to teach you.

There’s a magical element to marketing that nobody talks about because nobody truly releases the pressure valve enough to embrace the emptiness that “figuring it out” fills up. I attempted to teach it through a “soul-powered” approach, but then God said, “nah, bigger.”

The approach might look different, but the methods stay the same. And they will soon be available in a self-study-only format. Because the vibe is you doing the dang thing in your time on your own timeline. 

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Stop Trying to Fit In When You Already Belong

Stop Trying to Fit In When You Already Belong

The difference between me and most marketing consultants is that I’m not trying to teach you how to fit in. I’m teaching you that you already belong. 

Yes, I can come up with killer campaigns. Yes, I can innovate all the livelong day. Yes, I can come up with some  really great sellable and scalable ideas. But I don’t need to prove my greatness. I want to bring out yours.  

You already have everything you need within you to show up for your business. You are already “soul-powered” – maybe you just need to connect with it, clarify it and finally commit to what you know in your heart. 

How many times have you altered your program or strategy or promo beecause you were influenced by someone else’s? 

How many times have you not said or not expressed something because you were afraid of what someone might think?

How many times have you inauthentically showed up because that’s what you thought you were supposed to do?

It’s about time we got back to the truth and the root of who we are and why we do what we do. 

You don’t have to show up like so-and-so to get leads. You don’t have to do “all the things” to get results. You don’t have to do anything that doesn’t feel aligned to be seen.

(And the people who tell you the opposite of this are most likely doing things that are out of alignment with what they themselves desire too.)

The problem is that we are so pressured to fit in. We allow all the best practices and old conventions and “shoulds” get stuck in our heads and then subsequently wander away from what we know in our hearts.

What if it was safe for you to do things your way? What would you do differently?

Start there.

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