I will be the first to tell you that I have got the best group of friends a girl could ask for. When I say my friends are my family, I really mean it. Mike has been continuously amazed by the warm and fuzzies he’s experienced with my group, because they have truly welcomed him like family. As many of those around me have expanded their own families, I feel that sense of family even more.
That being said, a lot of my friends are still in northern Virginia and I don’t get to see them as much as I would like to. We’re all busy with jobs and life, and we’re all going in different directions. We’re all at different life stages with spouses, kids, careers, etc. Right now, I’m in a place where I want to focus on my career and being my best self; others are focusing on being a good mommy or pursuing adventures while we’re still young. While that doesn’t change how much they mean to me, it does mean that I have to look outside of my core group for support on my personal goals.
In listening to a webinar the other day, the speaker mentioned that when she initially committed to changing her life, she did not have a lot of friends around. To talk the talk and stay in that positive mindset, she hired coaches, listened to seminars and found mentors to be her support. This was a light bulb moment for me!
I know as I work towards a fabulous life in 2012, I too will need a support team (and so will you). We’re dreaming big here, so ask yourself who it is that motivates and inspires you, who has already done what it is that you want to do? For me, I thought it would be wise to find someone in each of the five areas I committed to work on.
I could put Katie Humphrey into any of the categories, but I think she best fits in the personal development field. Her boot camp is about so much more than just health, PCOS or weight loss. It’s about balance. It’s about changing your life. I’m so happy that I took a chance on myself and signed up for the boot camp and hope that I might have an opportunity to coach with her when it ends.
When it comes to career and finances, no one inspires me more than entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown. I love to that I can learn so much from her programs available online and even through her blog and her emails. I’m really hoping that I’ll have an opportunity to attend the Get Radical Conference in March this year and hear her speak live again.
Who better to follow for spiritual guidance than the Spirit Junkie herself, Gabrielle Bernstein? Again, even without working with her one on one, you can learn many valuable lessons from her group coaching, her books, and her free vlogs you can subscribe to. As you see her glow as she shares her story, you too will want that kind of peace and inner wisdom that she gets from her inner guide.
My relationship guru is Tiffany Granath (and Producer Marie - of course). I love to listen to their radio show on my way home from work every day! Don’t let the fact that they’re on Playboy Radio fool you, they are about way more than just sex. While I don’t always agree with the advice Tiffany gives, I find that it always generates interesting debates (with others or in my head, who cares?). It gets you thinking.
For health and wellness, I turn to Bethenny Frankel, the one and only Skinnygirl. I lost more weight after reading Naturally Thin than I ever did in Weight Watchers, and I never felt like I was on a miserable deprivation diet. Her tips are suited for the busy career woman or mom on the go, because that’s what she is. I love her focus on whole foods and natural ingredients vs. fake diet foods, and her realistic take on exercise.
If these names all sound familiar, I hate to sound like a broken record, but when I find something or someone who helps me, I want to share it with everyone so they can experience the same. These women, along with my friends and family, will be my team for the year. Go Team Kristin!
Who’s on your team?