There's Power in Vulnerability: Celebrating International Women's Day 2018

There's Power in Vulnerability: Celebrating International Women's Day 2018

Last International Women’s Day, I celebrated by sharing my story with you.

Since then, it's felt like every day has been International Women's Day, as women across the world increasingly shared their stories and fought to get their voices heard. #MeToo

It sparked a conversation that — while I wish these stories never occurred in the first place — I'm glad is happening.  The courage to share these stories gives us the opportunity to finally feel like we're not alone, inevitably empowering us to rise stronger together

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Remote Year Recap: Month 1-6

 
RY Month 1 Recap
 

I started Remote Year with the intention to post regular blog posts highlighting my RY experiences, favorite places, lessons learned, etc. In my head, I imagined this picture-perfect blog filled with breathtaking views and endless wise words — all effortlessly crafted on a weekly basis. 

I quickly realized during Week One of Remote Year the importance of remaining present during this life-changing journey:

"It's a crazy feeling, realizing you've just embarked on this life changing experience — one that feels more powerful than you can possibly wrap your head around. You can see the dots coming into view but the only way to see how they connect is to remain fully present." 

So, I made an commitment to being present with my RY Yugens and blog when it felt right.

But, of course, the over-achiever inside of me couldn't keep quiet because week two rolled around and I pumped [forced] another blog post out. 

And then....?

RADIO SILENCE.

That's right. Not a single blog post has been posted since August 18, 2017.
That's well over 6 months ago. 

I absolutely love to write. It's such a transformational outlet for me. But I realized when I was "forcing" myself to write, it just wasn't as fun. It also wasn't authentic. 

And FUN and AUTHENTIC are two of my most important values. 

On top of that, I found myself spending way too much time overthinking the whole writing process when I could be using that time to explore my new city or connect with any of the 60 strangers I had just met. 

So...I stopped.

That wasn't my intention. I planned on writing when it felt "right." But I could never find the words to properly articulate all my emotions or the experiences I was having or the views I was seeing.

Since writing wasn't working, I took a shot at creating a [super amateur] video of Croatia from all the footage I had....and turns out I loved it! So I decided to keep creating them for every month. 

My monthly videos are by no means anything fancy. But they allow me to capture the feeling of the month every time I watch them. And I hope you get a little piece of those feelings while watching them too. <3

 

Check out the first 6 months of my Remote Year journey:

Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Easy Method to Conquer Productivity

Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Easy Method to Conquer Productivity

Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Easy Method to Conquer Productivity

Life can be complicated and overwhelming — your to-do list doesn’t have to be.

Introducing the Ivy Lee Method: the daily prioritized 6 item to-do list. It's simple, straightforward, and provides immediate results. 

 

Want the biggest results with the least amount of effort? I got you, boo. 

Personally, the Ivy Lee Method is one of my favorites. It's simple, straightforward, and provides immediate results. 

Here's how it works: 

  1. Each night, write down the 6 most important things you need to accomplish the next day. Don't write more than 6!
  2. Prioritize and rewrite those 6 items in order of true importance.
  3. When you start your day, concentrate ONLY on the 1st task and do not move on to anything else until it's completed. Then move on to the 2nd task until it's completed, working your way down your list one at a time until each individual task is completed.
  4. At the end of the day, write your list of 6 for the next day, moving any unfinished items from the day to the new list, unless they're no longer relevant. Be sure to prioritize your list each night.
  5. Repeat this process every day.
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Focus on the Important, not just the Urgent

Focus on the Important, not just the Urgent

If you find yourself constantly busy but never truly productive, the Eisenhower Matrix is an excellent technique to start with to make real progress in your productivity. The central focus of the Eisenhower Matrix is to start classifying tasks by their urgency and importance so that you can better allocate your time.  

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My Remote Year Mission: She Hearts the World

My Remote Year Mission: She Hearts the World

I leave for Remote Year in just 2 months and I've finally established my mission!

Expressing love, choosing kindness, and extending appreciation have always been important values of mine and I plan on both deepening and sharing that message as I travel across the globe over the next year.

You can follow along using the hashtag #sheheartstheworld

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Dream Big by Transforming Intimidation into Inspiration

Dream Big by Transforming Intimidation into Inspiration

It's an extraordinary thing -- believing you can achieve absolutely anything you put your mind to. 

While it's possible for anyone, so few people live their life this way.

Plus 4 writing prompts to transform intimidation into inspiration.

 

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A (Short & Sweet) Love Letter: #awc2016

"I've always believed that one woman's success
can only help another woman's success."

~ Gloria Vanderbilt
 
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I am still reveling in joy from last week's Awakened Woman Conference in Bali! 

Today's post is nothing but a celebratory "hell yeah!" love letter to my dear sister, Phoenix Muranetz

Dear Phoenix,

My fiery lioness.  I am beyond proud of you for taking this vision and launching such a powerful event! Throughout the planning, and even through the continual challenges thrown your way, you stood with grace and kept the vision of this MOVEMENT sparkling in your eyes.

AWC has literally changed the lives of those who attended, all because you created this beautiful container that allowed for connection and transformation.

I can't wait to see the ripple effect of our week in Bali and am already counting down the days until #AWC2017. 

Thank you for inviting me to join you on the stage for this inaugural year. 

All my love and gratitude, 
Kelly

PS - Sending love and appreciation always gives me a high, so why not keep it going?! I'd like to give one more dose of gratitude over to my coach, mentor, and friend, Nisha Moodley:

Nisha love, I am forever grateful to you for creating The Freedom Mastermind and bringing together a group of incredible women, supporting and celebrating each other in their success. We wouldn't have been in Bali if you hadn't called us all together! I am honored to have had 5 of my Freedom Mastermind sisters by my side in Bali and the rest in spirit. This was the trip of a lifetime! 

Choose Greatness

Choose Greatness

Every morning we wake up, we have a decision to make:"How do I want to show up in the world today?"

We can coast through our day, move through the motions, check off our to-do-list, and just live in a routine.

OR, we can start our morning by making a conscious decision to try to be totally present throughout the day and seek opportunities for greatness. 

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November 8, 2016

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must―at that moment―become the center of the universe." ~ Elie Wiesel
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November 8, 2016: History has been made. 

As Americans, and especially as leaders, we have a responsibility to show up and to take a stance.

Regardless of who you voted for and whether or not they were the best person for the job or just the lesser of the two evils, we owe it to ourselves, to our fellow Americans, and to the future generations to make a decision and to stand for it. 

What Do Your Dreams Sound Like?

"It's quiet now. So quiet that can almost hear other people's dreams." ~ Gayle Forman


I consider Sunday morning to be a precious time.

An opportunity to wake up early and still have the freedom of the weekend.

It allows you to dream of the possibilities of the future without feeling the weekday pressure of a to-do list.

So as I sit here quietly, enjoying the warmth of my coffee, a soft blanket, and a crisp fall morning, I wonder: what do your dreams sound like?

The Freedom Mastermind

 
 
“When you hang with your tribe, you feel invigorated, recognized, and understood—you can’t underestimate the powerful effects of being fortified in that way. When you have your tribe on speed dial, you’ve got all the resources you need to fuel up, fly straight, and head back out to face the world at large.” ~ Danielle LaPorte

Today's post is dedicated to some of the most incredible women I have ever met and our amazing leader, Nisha Moodley, who brought us all together.

I'm still in denial that today is officially the last day of The Freedom Mastermind, after the most transformational 10 months together.

For someone who is rarely at a loss for words (😉), I can't seem to find the right ones to express how insanely grateful I am for this experience.

So instead, I will make a promise to you all:

I promise to show up every single day as the leader you have inspired me to become.

And while today may be the last day of our program, I know it's just the beginning of our adventure together.

I can't wait to watch you all continue to rise to success and inspire others along the way.

I love you all!