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    Meet Michele

    “Why are you scared of something you don’t even know is gonna happen?” Leila asked, in all of her five-year oldness, with clenched hands on her hips and a look of confusion on her face. It was the summer of 2006 and several of us had gathered at a friend’s house for a barbeque. His backyard was expansive and housed many tall trees; however, the very best one of all had a tire swing. When Leila and her family arrived, she had zeroed in on that tire swing long before the door to her parents car slammed shut. Out of all the people she could have asked to push her in this swing, Leila came to me, which would normally be a wise choice, but on this occasion I said no with a long list of why’s. “The rope could snap, you could sail through the middle of the tire, and you could get hurt.” She focused on my face for several minutes before throwing her hands up in the air and saying, “Oh well, I guess you’re gonna be missing out on a lot of fun.”

    As you can imagine, Leila’s words stuck with me. First, it was rather frustrating knowing a five-year old was more connected to her spirit than I felt at age 37. Second, she was correct. I was no longer having fun in any areas of my life. Although at the time I owned a successful technology-consulting firm in Manhattan for close to a decade, lived in a fabulous Upper West Side apartment with views of Central Park, and travelled extensively, there was something missing. My divine plan and life purpose weren’t anywhere to be found, but, then again, up until that point I had not been looking very hard. It was right then that I embraced the importance of my “Life’s Dash” – the precious time between arrival and departure from this world that many of us take for granted. I took a good hard look at mine and knew I was no longer doing or living what I loved. I knew my Dash was meant for something greater.

    ~ Excerpt from “What Would You Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail”; Michele Mattia’s co-authored book Align, Expand, SucceedShifting the Paradigm of Entrepreneurial Success

    I’ve been blessed to live in New York City for 15 years. Each day I awake to watch the sun warm the brick buildings outside of my window, and I’m still in awe of the energy Manhattan generates. This energy is contagious and once it seeps deep into your bones, well, grand things are bound to happen!

    In my quest for a deeper spiritual connection and to finally address the nagging sensation I had been feeling at my core for years, I attended a weekend, silent retreat during a snowy February in Connecticut. Up until that point, the amount of silence I had experienced in my life could have fit into a thimble, but I knew if I didn’t shut up and shut out my ego, I would not hear the still, small voice guiding me.

    My anxiety was pretty high: I was not only putting my needs first, something foreign to me, but I feared discovering something that would require leaving my comfortable, safe, and secure lifestyle.

    While on retreat, I had many opportunities to participate in walking meditations – a serene and solitary 30 minutes of crunching through snow with the smell of crisp winter air and snowflakes tickling my eyelashes. Prior to one of those walks, I asked myself this question: “What would you do right now if you knew you could not fail?” Within minutes, I came across a magnificent tree. Her limbs branched outward as if waiting to receive a hug from me and snow clung to tiny green leaves. It was the dead of winter and this was the only tree with foliage. For me it represented strength, growth, and limitless possibilities.

    When I got back to the retreat center and sat in front of the fireplace, images of my tree and the words author, speaker, Life Design, transformation, growth, creativity, abundance, prosperity, and coaching swirled in my head. I wrote in my journal “What are you thinking? Who leaves the success and security of an established company to start over based on a 30-minute walk?” But I knew I didn’t love my current business and believed in my heart that we are not only meant to do what we love, but to live a life rich in joy, abundance, and prosperity while doing so.

    Every morning I wake up with a smile on my face and express gratitude for all the good I have in my life and all that will show up. When your career is a product of divine love, joy, giving back, allowing good to enter, setting daily intentions of positivity and saying yes to experiences, the hard work that goes into what you create feels effortless. By living what I love, I have manifested my divine plan for becoming a part of the conversation and making a difference. I am grateful!

    My mission is to inspire, co-create and support all of the possibilities my clients and audiences are courageous enough to demand. I believe we are meant to live life big! We are meant to live and be what we love! What would you do right now if you weren’t worried about the “how”?
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    Michele’s Bio

    Michele Mattia is a Best Selling Author, Inspirational Speaker, Thought Leader, certified Life Design Coach, and Creative Strategist. She believes our lives should not be lived compartmentalized and embraces the philosophy of living our Absolute Truth in every area. Life Design is about the “whole” of who you are and the balance of mind, body and spirit. Michele emphasizes the importance of maintaining a strong focus on our Life’s Dash. The “Dash” is the precious time between arrival and departure from this world that so many of us take for granted

    For almost twelve years, Michele owned a successful technology-consulting firm in Manhattan; however, she wasn’t doing what she loved and knew her Life’s Dash was meant for something bigger. Her company, Life Design, began to manifest during a silent retreat she attended in February five years ago when she asked herself the question, “What would I do now if I knew I could not fail?” Michele’s mission is to inspire, co-create and support all of the possibilities her clients and audiences are courageous enough to demand. She is blessed and grateful to do and live what she loves and believes we are all meant to live dynamic and delicious lives!

    Michele is the creator/writer of Michele’s Daily Dash, an eZine & Blog, motivating and inspiring thousands of subscribers daily. She posts a “Question of the Day” to her YouTube channel with the hope of igniting a spark in her viewers to take action! Recently, Michele released two co-authored books: Align, Expand & Succeed ~ Shifting the Paradigm of Entrepreneurial Success and The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives. She appears often as a guest speaker, facilitator and lecturer on retreats, workshops, conferences and radio all around the world.
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