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Do you remember how curious you were as a kid? Some of us never grew out of that and it’s made all the difference. Pick from any of 100+ episodes to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so you can too.

Each week, personal development coach, business coach, and “warrior” mom Melissa Llarena helps you go from imagining to living your best life. In this podcast, you will learn how to believe in yourself, unleash your biggest potential, leave perfectionism behind, and build a fulfilling life. You deserve the best. Learn from entrepreneurs (Suzy Batiz, Beth Comstock), creators (GaryVee, James Altucher), world changers (David Meltzer, Asha Curran), beacons of hope (Raphael Rowe, Dr. Joel Fuhrman), and world-class storytellers (Cal Fussman, Jordan Harbinger). Tune in to discover how you can overcome life’s biggest challenges and embrace its wonderful surprises.

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Do you remember how curious you were as a kid? Some of us never grew out of that and it’s made all the difference. Pick from any of 100+ episodes to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so you can too.

Each week, personal development coach, business coach, and “warrior” mom Melissa Llarena helps you go from imagining to living your best life. In this podcast, you will learn how to believe in yourself, unleash your biggest potential, leave perfectionism behind, and build a fulfilling life. You deserve the best. Learn from entrepreneurs (Suzy Batiz, Beth Comstock), creators (GaryVee, James Altucher), world changers (David Meltzer, Asha Curran), beacons of hope (Raphael Rowe, Dr. Joel Fuhrman), and world-class storytellers (Cal Fussman, Jordan Harbinger). Tune in to discover how you can overcome life’s biggest challenges and embrace its wonderful surprises.

Follow Melissa @melissallarena on Instagram for daily pep talks and behind-the-scenes insights. Follow An Interview With Melissa Llarena and share the show with someone who wants to step into their greatness.

    A Spiritual Journey: A Look into Your Masculine and Feminine Sides with Johnson Chong

    A Spiritual Journey: A Look into Your Masculine and Feminine Sides with Johnson Chong

    Are you on a spiritual journey right now? Chances are, if you are in your 30s or 40s, you have been on a spiritual journey of some sort, and maybe you still are going through the motions of it. 
    As for me, my spiritual journey started here in Australia due to the “at-home time” I had during the pandemic so I had the space to dig deep. As for many of us, it caused us to pause and reevaluate our purpose in life. It was my desire to reconnect with my intuition and keep my head above the water if I wanted to make progress on my business. 
    This brings me to this week’s guest, Johnson Chong, the best-selling and award-winning author of Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma. Johnson is passionate about creating a bridge between ancient wisdom, energy medicine, and direct modern application. His unique experiences offer a profoundly healing self-discovery experience, followed by very practical and actionable steps to create lasting change. 
    With his background as a teacher who trains yoga teachers and pilates teachers, Johnson has an expansive knowledge of the physical body and how the psyche can create stagnation on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and energetic.
    Today, Johnson shares his shamanic wisdom to help us keep it all together in all the roles that we are playing in life – in the most authentic way possible. Whether you’re a child of parents who are also on their own spiritual journey or maybe you have conflicting beliefs, this is definitely a great episode for you to listen to. 
    Gain an appreciation for both your feminine and masculine sides and learn to reconnect with them. Share this with someone else who is also curious about the idea of doing inner work and its benefits on your life. 
    As a mom, you do not want to let the spark of a business idea get caught in the undercurrent of motherhood. This month, I will be offering 3 VIP Moms In Business Coaching spots for moms who wish to build a resilient business capable of bouncing back after any family interruption. It is during our day together that we will map out your precise implementation plan with the realities of being a caregiver in mind. This opportunity is unlike any other because it syncs up what you deeply desire out of motherhood with the needs of a business at every stage; it’s what I’ve picked up and refined over the course of an 11-year plus entrepreneurial career that has grown with my family of three young boys. Are you ready for a tailored resilient business plan for yourself? 
    Sign-up today on https://go.oncehub.com/ClientSessionMelissaLlarena for a complimentary 15-minute connection Zoom call to see if it’s the right fit based on your income goals in the next 9 weeks. 
    Johnson Chong’s Biography
    Johnson Chong is the best-selling and award-winning author of Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma. He is also a TedX Speaker, shaman, and the founder of Sage Sapien Soul Academy where he trains aspiring meditation and breathwork teachers. 
    Through the synthesis of the most applicable teachings of yoga, meditation, breathwork, coaching, and shamanic healing, Johnson’s training programs are designed to help people quiet the mind, awaken the heart, and free themselves of the roadblocks that keep them from living more authentically and joyfully. 
    Johnson has spoken and led workshops at companies like Unilever, Facebook, Nike, Macquarie, Insight Timer, UBS, UOB, and more. Johnson is a native New Yorker, has lived on three continents, and is currently based in Sydney, Australia. 
    Highlights
    Mental state: Modern people have to make use of technology in healthy ways. To keep his mental state, Johnson uses a pulsed electromagnetic frequency device, which mirrors back high-functioning brainwave states. 
    Spirituality: Your spiritual path is personal and one with huge benefits that can span generations. In my case, having this business led me to seek my spiritual path. 
    Balance: You have both feminine and masculine energie

    • 1 hr 17 min
    How To Reconnect With Your Artistic Self For Busy Moms With Belinda Lindhardt

    How To Reconnect With Your Artistic Self For Busy Moms With Belinda Lindhardt

    How can pausing or neglecting your hobbies as a busy mom lead to feeling like you’ve lost an essential connection to yourself?
    In this episode, you’ll uncover what it takes to be an artist and a single mom, especially during those early childhood years. Hear whether it’s worth it to give up on your dreams, your artistry, or your own self. Also, learn about cost-effective and less time-consuming media you can use to express your artistry as a mom. 
    Belinda Lindhardt provides valuable insights and productivity hacks fit for a creative mom who is busy or overwhelmed yet still appreciates her art as a tool to give herself downtime and help reconnect with herself. 
    In this conversation, Belinda shares what it takes to continue and persist and work on your passion projects or even your creative business, no matter where you are in your life, whether you're a single mom, or a mom taking care of a lot of unpredictable people. This concept is applicable whether you wish to maintain a hobby or you want to commercialize it and turn it into a “jobby.”
    Share this with a mom who thinks she's too busy to do things that bring her joy or a mom who desires to build and grow a resilient business that can weather the interruptions and changes that come with motherhood. 
    As a mom, you do not want to let their spark of a business idea get caught in the undercurrent of motherhood. This month, I will be offering 3 VIP Moms In Business Coaching spots for moms who wish to build a resilient business capable of bouncing back after any family interruption. It is during our day together that we will map out your precise implementation plan with the realities of being a caregiver in mind. This opportunity is unlike any other because it syncs up what you deeply desire out of motherhood with the needs of a business at every stage; it’s what I’ve picked up and refined over the course of an 11-year plus entrepreneurial career that has grown with my family of three young boys. Are you ready for a tailored resilient business plan for yourself? 
    Sign-up today on https://go.oncehub.com/ClientSessionMelissaLlarena for a complimentary 15-minute connection Zoom call to see if it’s the right fit based on your income goals in the next 9 weeks. 
    About Belinda Lindhardt
    Belinda is an artist/painter, illustrator & graphic designer, based on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. Belinda is inspired by the beauty she sees everywhere – in landscapes, in people, and in the playfulness of color, light, form, and movement. She loves creating art that brings joy to people’s lives. From colorful, abstract painted landscapes to captivating portraits and intricately detailed drawings, Belinda creates art and printed products that make ideal gifts or pieces to keep for yourself.
    Belinda studied Graphic Design in 1995 and started her first business in 1996 creating websites. She is mainly a self-taught artist being a student of the internet. Belinda thinks being a mom has been her greatest achievement yet!
    Highlights
    Artist: Being an artist means you've created something from nothing. That is equal in writing, or coming up with a solution or even cooking. Your identity is something you create for yourself.
    Medium: Belinda wants to work more freely and openly, and create a painting more easily with the limited timeframe she has raising a family. And so the medium became less important. 
    Mixed media: Try some watercolor backgrounds. Do a layer or two of watercolor. And then go over the top with some colored pencils for an intricate output.
    Work smaller: Find short-cuts to create your art and make reconnecting a priority. It doesn't have to take a long time to create the painting. You just need downtime for you to connect to yourself.
    Connection: It's about the connection and the journey of creating something new. It's not about the outcome, even though that's nice to have as well. You become better when you learn to connect with y

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    Collective Hub CEO Lisa Messenger on How to Start Up to Scale Up

    Collective Hub CEO Lisa Messenger on How to Start Up to Scale Up

    Lisa Messenger has lived a full range of entrepreneurial emotions – the ups and downs over the course of being in business for over 21 years. 
    In this episode, Lisa covered quite a bit, including the idea of finding your purpose, knowing why you're going into business, how to fail fast, and how to assemble and work with a team even if you can't pay them at first, and finally, the numbers that matter. This is actually all in her book, “Start Up to Scale Up,” which makes a great graduation gift or if you simply want to give somebody something that will help spark up an idea within them. (Use the discount code Melissa20 to get 20% off of any of her products.
    Lisa also shares how she is currently getting to know the North American market, considering the nuances between the U.S. and Canada, especially compared to the Australian market.  Finally, Lisa dishes out some actionable insights into when we should share our big business ideas, how to stay ahead of the curve if someone has already done what we wish to accomplish, and getting to know your customer avatars.
    Enjoy this conversation and share this with an aspiring or new entrepreneur who could really use raw and positive wisdom to keep them going. Whether it's a mom with a spark of a business idea or a recent college grad who wants to turn her purpose into a sustainable business – today’s episode is suitable for both!
    I have a special offer for you if you are a mom new to a service or coaching business. This week I will be offering 3 VIP Moms In Business Coaching spots for moms who wish to build a resilient business capable of bouncing back after any family interruption. It is during our day together that we will map out your precise implementation plan with the realities of being a caregiver in mind. This opportunity is unlike any other because it syncs up what you deeply desire out of motherhood with the needs of a business at every stage; it’s what I’ve picked-up and refined over the course of an 11-year plus entrepreneurial career that has grown with my family of three young boys. Are you ready for a tailored resilient business plan for yourself? Sign-up today ( https://go.oncehub.com/ClientSessionMelissaLlarena ) for a complimentary 15-minute connection Zoom call to see if it’s the right fit based on your income goals in the next 9-weeks. 
    About Lisa Messenger
    Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Collective Hub. She launched Collective Hub as a print magazine in 2013, with no experience in an industry that people said was either dead or dying. Collective Hub has since grown into an international multimedia business and lifestyle platform with multiple verticals across print, digital, events, and education – all of which serve to ignite human potential.
    Five years and 52 issues into the print magazine Lisa made the courageous move to “break” the very thing that she started – the print magazine – enabling her to take some time and space to evolve into the next iteration and again disrupt this space.
    Her passion is to challenge individuals and corporations to get out of their comfort zones, find their purpose, change the way they think, and prove there’s more than one way to do anything. She encourages creativity, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit, and lives life to the absolute max. Most mornings, she wakes up and pinches herself at how incredible her life is, but is also acutely aware and honest about life’s bumps and tumbles along the way.
    Highlights
    Humility: If you're new to the entrepreneurial space, stay humble but put little teeth into it. Don't be shy about growing your business and asking for guidance. 
    Discovery: Spend time getting to know your customer avatars. Drill down into who they are, what they eat or shop, etc. Understand who your market is and who is not.
    Feedback: Get feedback or suggestions from the right people. Not only are you opening up to criticism,

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Tim Taylor Teaches The Father-Daughter Dance: How to Cultivate a Beautiful Relationship with Your Daughter

    Tim Taylor Teaches The Father-Daughter Dance: How to Cultivate a Beautiful Relationship with Your Daughter

    What does it take to earn back the trust of not just anyone, but your kids?  In this week's episode, I invited Tim Taylor as he shares how he tried to earn the trust of his daughter back. 
    He also shares how fathers can create space for their daughters so that they can open up with their dads. He particularly talks about how not to rob daughters of the experience of having to go through difficult times, and instead, give them the grace and the dignity to go through them.
    Especially in a divorced family environment, the relationships are fragile. In Tim's situation, his daughter lost her trust in him, having witnessed him going through a spiral, including being addicted to a substance and going through financial woes.
    Whether you're a dad or a mom, or maybe you're the child who lost trust in their parent/s, you're going to get some ideas from Tim that you can apply to your relationships as well. 
    Emotional well-being is imperative to us as parents. If you still haven’t gotten on the waitlist for my book, please do so: www.melissallarena.com/waitlist
    Also, I will also be opening up 3 VIP days for women with small businesses that they wish to scale online or offline, or both. Learn how to get to a place where you can hang out with your adult daughter and just joke around; how to earn the trust of a daughter after you’ve lost it; how to create the space for daughters to share their experiences with their fathers, and; how to not rob your daughter of going through difficult times
    Share this with a dad who has a daughter (or two or three or more) to help give them a new perspective on how to talk with their little girl!
    Tim Taylor’s Biography
    Tim Taylor lives in San Francisco, CA, and is the father of a 21-year-old daughter. He is a passionate advocate for every Dad trying their best to keep up with the velocity of how things are changing for our daughters. He is a committed supporter of our daughters finding their paths with our support. 
    More than anything else, he believes it's NEVER too late for us Dads to get help and be the best we can be. It's a sacred and unique relationship that deserves maximum emotional fluency and understanding. 
    At this time, Tim is performing a one-person play in November of 2022 called The Father Daughter Dance which is based on his experience raising his daughter in the context of some of the difficulties he had personally with addiction, ultimately getting sober. 
    It is an expansion of Tim’s podcast The Father Daughter Dance which is devoted to helping dads keep up with the velocity of how things are changing for their daughters. They can then help their daughters find their inner greatness, agency, power, and vulnerability, and allow them to be who they are and align with what they want. 
    Highlights
    Communication: Things like exchanging notes with your kids or watching their favorite shows together can set a solid foundation in your relationships.
    Dignity: Let your kids have the dignity of going through hard moments because there's going to be an opportunity for them to grow and learn from their mistakes. 
    Struggle: It's hard for most dads to hear their daughters struggling. But they can't rob them of the dignity of going through difficult times. 
    Space: Just become a witness who holds space for them. Let your kids feel they're seen, held, heard, and loved because that's what creates dignity.
    Ask: Today's generation is more willing to understand the value of help.
    Stepping out: A lot of times, parents feel like they need to step into certain situations in order to protect their kids, but at a certain point, too, stepping out is as valuable as stepping in. 
    Empowerment: There’s power in working on our own stuff. And there’s power, too, in letting kids work on their own stuff.
    Support: If you're a mom, what role do you think you can play in a daughter-father relationship? Sometimes, that may mean getting out of the way or allowing dads to nurture their rel

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Michael A. Blunt Teaches How to Attain Peace and Success by Deprogramming Your Limiting Beliefs

    Michael A. Blunt Teaches How to Attain Peace and Success by Deprogramming Your Limiting Beliefs

    What if you could create a gorgeous life on your own terms?
    What if you are exactly where you are supposed to be not behind or broken?
    What if you gave yourself the permission to envision your fantasy life free of obligations?
    What if you just want peace in your life in a world that knows how to poke your wounds and feel total and utter chaos?
    Whether you're a parent with many obligations or you're single and you feel a little bit burnt out, you have a choice to live a gorgeous life. It’s possible!
    In today’s episode, I want to introduce you to Michael A. Blunt is a master teacher, student, and global energy influencer. He unifies modern psychology, neuroscience, and spiritual energetics into a single path. He teaches creators and business professionals a global model for transformation that is so simple that it can be applied immediately to upgrade the quality of their life. 
    Michael’s purpose is to teach ancient wisdom in a modern way, and show creators that they can have it all. His purpose also includes empowering business professionals to find balance and transcend their current limitations. Micheal wants to give people a plan to improve their lives – being happy with where they are right now, but never satisfied with just staying there.
    During our conversation, Michael explained that he had no concept of belief systems and paradigms. So his behaviors were more aligned with things that were passed down to him rather than things he was creating for himself.
    If you're in a place where something just doesn't feel right pertaining to the way that you're living your everyday life, then this episode is for you! A lot of us feel this way, yet we don't feel like we could talk about it. The truth is that there are many of us feeling this way and it could be eating up even your boss, your neighbor, or your friends. 
    As moms, most especially, we think we’ve lost that touch of creativity and imagination. That's why I've also written a book to empower moms to use their imagination because it's a superpower – and it all starts with changing the mindset. Sign up here to get waitlisted for my book: https://www.melissallarena.com/waitlist/
    Share this episode with moms who want to drop the struggle with a life that is no longer serving them or making them happy. 
    Michael A. Blunt’s Biography
    Michael A. Blunt is an entrepreneur with Reiki healing experience. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science and a Master's in Business Administration. Michael has been engaging in the personal transformation industry for years, bringing unique blends of business mastery, scientific reasoning, and natural energetic abilities that translate directly to the needs of successful creators and professionals who are seeking a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.
    Michael was inspired ​​to go on this journey after quitting his corporate job in 2016 because of his own poor health due to chronic stress, anxiety attacks, and depression. Searching for an answer, he was eventually introduced to Energy Transhumanists such as Dr. Joe Dispenza and Bob Proctor, who taught him the idea that humans can transcend their current natural state and limitations through the mastery of their own built-in subconscious technology.
    Michael’s work has been influenced by the teachings of these energy masters, and many more such as Dr. Bruce Lipton, who helped form Michael’s vision of creating one of the leading models in energy transhumanism – the perfect formula to elevate the world's most powerful creators and professionals.
    Highlights
    Perfectionism: You can uncover the beliefs behind the behaviors you no longer wish to exhibit. Perfectionism is a coping mechanism to cover over shame. The underlying belief of shame is being not enough. 
    Stillness: Drop your obligations mentally for a moment of stillness. We spend a lot of time trying to chase success trying to chase a dream or trying to be something different than what we are and we

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Coaching a Homeschooling Mom Who Wants to Scale Her Small Business And Be Present With Her Kids

    Coaching a Homeschooling Mom Who Wants to Scale Her Small Business And Be Present With Her Kids

    We want our kids to have a lot less screen time. Yet we keep hearing that the only way to have a scalable business that sells while you're sleeping is online. How do we figure out things to make sure we stay in alignment with our values? How can we continue to be excited about an idea that we bring into the world, and at the same time, be present and enjoy our children? 
     
    This is a recent coaching conversation I had with Rianna Alvarado, a mom who wants to limit her kid’s screen time and someone seeking alternative ways to scale her business so that she could align herself to her values and achieve educational goals with her homeschooled kids. 
     
    Juggling her roles being a mom of five and an entrepreneur, Rianna has this huge dream of creating something that's scalable, and ultimately, she wants to get all the money she needs to buy her own house. 
     
    We covered quite the gamut including key questions such as how Rianna Alvarado feels about her big and juicy business vision, what it would take for her to feel in sync with her mothering philosophy, her intrinsic motivation, how to leverage her existing workshop tools, as well as how to communicate her outcome to prospective clients and help them engage on a whole other level.
     
    Now, let’s work on your business. I have opened up four spots in the VIP Coaching Days for moms who are launching or growing their businesses and who want to get unstuck from thinking that scaling their business has to come at the expense of their children or values. What if you could scale your business on your terms, exploring a myriad of profitable options that can help you live out your professional dreams and help your kids learn too? 
    If you’re interested in being a VIP for a day and partnering with me to brainstorm how to profitability scale your business so that your big vision is achieved while you continue to be a present mom, then email me at melissa@melissallarena.com.
    I’m also sharing nine tips to help you spend more time with your kids. These are things that have worked for me over the last decade, having raised my three kids in keeping my energy up, and at the same time, helping me become productive. If you’re a woman in business, and if motherhood and entrepreneurship are important to you, grab that list by reaching out to me on Instagram @melissallarena.
    If you are not someone that has an entrepreneurial idea, but you know a mom who is starting to think that she's gonna want to do her own thing, share this episode with her! 
    Rianna Alvarado’s Biography
    Rianna is a writer, artist, lover, maker, thinker, gardener, and passionate life-liver. She has a lot of passions and she does her best to live honoring those desires while serving her family and friends in love, time, and honesty. She has been homeschooling her children for eight years and loves living life from the home. 
    She lives by the heart. So before they decide to assimilate new ways into their lives, it has to jive with their spirits. In her words, formulas just don't work for her family. Rianna fell in love with the Waldorf Philosophy when discovering Biodynamic Farming practices founded by Steiner and she incorporates the Charlotte Mason methodology into her life as well. Through this practice, she and her family have learned to listen, follow, and trust their inner voice. 
    Highlights
    Alignment: If you want to limit the time that your kids are on a screen, how is it that you can then build a business that is purely on-screen? It's something for you to consider. 
    Intentionality: You don't have to build a business that is purely online if that is not going to give you the joy that you desire out of your business. It all depends on what the intention is behind your business. If the intention is purely to make money then is that enough to drive you to the computer? 
    Desires: The idea of being left behind is something common with moms who decided to leave their corporate jobs or take brea

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Fabulous talks w an exceptional interviewer

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From Fortune 100 leaders to budding entrepreneurs, Melissa’s interviews are insightful and offer great information! You can tell she really cares about getting her message out and helping others in the process!

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