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There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. ~ Leonard Cohen

I recently had my apartment painted, which is basically like moving without actually moving. The main reason I did it was to force myself to go through all of my belongings and see what should stay and what should go, clean all the nooks and crannies that never get looked at and rearrange things in a better way. Well, it’s working, but for various reasons has been happening s-l-o-w-l-y….and I just need to be okay with that.

In my post The Present of Presence, I mentioned that out of chaos comes clarity. And I’m always talking about process, how patience is a virtue and the consistent effort needed to make lasting change, One Day at a Time. I’m certainly getting some good practice right now! …

Help bridge the divide in our country by bridging it within yourself

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There are so many things wrong right now with our country that have nothing to do with politics.

As an expert on personal growth, healing, and evolution, I see the increasingly toxic political situation as a manifestation of what’s built up over hundreds of years and the result of our own ignorance and refusal to look at hard stuff both individually and collectively or to understand patterns, deal with, be accountable for, process and heal our past; our lack of concern for the well-being of all citizens (not corporations), no matter how different they might be from you, as well as the pervasive/mainstream lack of trust in and/or reliance on something greater than ourselves other than fame, fortune or some magical pill. …

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For me, and in my observation of so many, the day after the election was a National Day of Mourning. Because although the GOP candidate technically won, our country as a whole lost, not just because of how close it was, but how split apart and divided we are as a result. Amplified by technology and media, we feel this more viscerally than ever.

Unlike many of my friends and others who opposed and then were shell-shocked by the announcement of our new President-elect, I had seen this coming since the summer, slowly and steadily building with a ferocity and stalwartness that you would have never guessed if you only went by the mainstream media. I paid close attention to the backstory and aftermath of Brexit, recognizing a mirror image of ourselves across the pond, and had a terrible sinking feeling in my stomach when it happened. I paid attention to the worldwide trend towards nationalism. I opened my ears and eyes as wide as possible, kept coming across non-stereotypical supporters and noticed traditionally assumed liberal outings and locales were populated by more “Make America Great Again” t-shirts and hats than I would have imagined. …

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Wow. Here are all the new words (in date order) I wrote to you over the past 12 months!

It’s far more than the last few years (i.e. 18 entries as opposed to 6 in 2018 and only 2 in 2019!) — which says a lot about how I process things and how I felt called to help people move through these unprecedented and transformative times.

In keeping with the anomaly that was 2020, however, not all of these are straight “PGGs” — meaning they were not the usual stand alone essays you would receive with a title in the subject line, but rather I went to town with my thoughts in the “A Note from Kristina” portion of the eNewsletter. …

When the restrictions are external or beyond our control, as many of us experienced in 2020, there are still many positives to be found.

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HO, HO … HO? It’s so hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Christmas was just last week? It has definitely not been the most wonderful time of year for many in 2020 (as it often isn’t, but that’s another story), and my heart goes out to anyone who is suffering from any loss, loneliness, or financial, mental and/or physical health issues.

The amount of change forced upon us these past 10 months has affected every level and aspect of our society, for good or for bad — and in many instances, both. It’s our perspective and how we respond that make the difference, trusting that as long as we are doing our best at any given moment, ultimately the Universe will sort everything out as it should be. It just might not look, feel or be on the timeline that we mere mortals desire! But we will be transformed for the better as a result.

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Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind. ~Douglas MacArthur

There are no rules here — we’re trying to accomplish something. ~ Thomas Alva Edison

One of my all-time favorite films is Strictly Ballroom for a variety of reasons, one of which is how the main character, a world class ballroom dancer wants to use his own steps in competition and the outrage and, ultimately, delight this causes. I’ve always loved to dance but hated formal exercise. …

Make sense of your storyline from the past 12 months and reflect on what script you would like to experience in the year ahead.

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I’ve been thinking about the “old days” before Netflix and binge-watching, to the era when the quality of TV began to equal, or surpass in many instances, that of films. Although I personally never watched them, shows like Lost, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Game of Thrones were national obsessions for a minute, as there were fewer home media options and outlets only a decade ago. …

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I never watched an episode of this much beloved recently departed TV series, but I learned that a lot of you out there have dedicated the past six-plus years to figuring out what it all means, and wondering what you are going to do now that it’s over.

Instead of trying to sort out what happened to the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815, why not spend as much time and energy making sense of the who, what, when, where and why of your own life, work and relationships, or perhaps even the world. After all, fact is often stranger (and more interesting!) …

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We should be evolving into a new age of business with a worldview that maintains one simple proposition — that all of nature, humans, animals, earth, are interconnected and interdependent. ~ Anita Roddick

Throughout the past few years it’s become even more apparent that the physical glue that binds us together, whether we like it or not, is money, finance, trade. Between the crumbling of our economy and Europe’s, and thus the world’s, we’ve watched as the powers that be attempt to patch it all together with rubber bands and bubble gum both here and abroad in order to prevent a full-on global collapse. …

Cultivating conscious connection during these times of physical separation and political division will help you feel better in mind, body and spirit.

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Yes, last week was Friday the 13th, and in 2020 that shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Well, we may still be sorting out the presidential election, but no matter who is officially inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021, as the famous quote goes: “Houston, we have a problem.”

As I mentioned in last week’s note (which you can read as a separate essay here on Medium), the political, cultural and mass communication divide in our country is not good for anyone, regardless of who sits in the White House, and that’s why my dominant emotion upon hearing the declared winner was melancholy. Add to that the prolonged (and seemingly increasing) forced isolation and separation of family, friends, work colleagues and humans in general, which is completely unnatural, unrealistic and detrimental to one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health — the exact opposite of what these extreme measures are supposed to do to save lives. …

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kristina leonardi

Speaker,Coach,Writer.Very Tall. Expertise:People. All kinds, what makes 'em tick, how they fit into the world, how they can best connect to themselves + others.

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