I am a believer in practicing what I preach. I too have a morning routine of my own that I promote to my clients and in workshops. It begins by jumping rope every morning followed by meditation and I ask myself two questions. First, how do I want to feel today, and second, what do I need from today? Both of these questions allow me to set my boundaries and find my balance for the day leading to a healthy mindset and increased productivity.
You are one person and that is personally and professionally. The same person who is making breakfast, running errands, meeting friends is that same person with the same needs and desires as in the boardroom. If you are not clear in your own self-awarenes, balance and boundaries, non-negotiables, then your productivity will be affected at work no matter how much you try to compartmentalize the two.
Absolutely, I implement my own strategies into my everyday life especially beginning with my morning routine. I noticed that when I have slipped and not kept my morning routine, I am not as productive, efficient and overall just not feeling as good about myself.
My most recent keynote at Exponents happens to be my most memorable. First of all, it was a stunning evening at The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. My keynote was about my 3 C’s of Life: Choice, Chance and Change. Everyone has a CHOICE to take a CHANCE to make a CHANGE. I spoke about turning obstacles into opportunities and moving on from the past. That your past does not have to define you. The mission of Exponents is to ignite hope in people dealing with HIV/AIDS, Addiction and post-incarceration. I loved being able to keynote and combine our missions. Your past does not define you and everyone deserves a chance.
Turning 53-years old really gave me a sense of mortality. That was the age my mother died and I was 21 at the time. I realized how young 53 truly was and also realized that I felt as if I was living in a bubble. I asked myself if I was to die tomorrow what did I accomplish aside from raising my three beautiful children. Did I make a difference in changing the world? Did I even have a legacy or know what that meant? I also knew that I wasn’t alone, and most women lose their identity. I was and am a great nurturer, however I never allowed myself to pause and reflect on my life. Instead, I looked at my life as chapters and milestones that did not connect, which was the furthest from the truth. My own fear of being seen and having a voice kept me trapped and isolated in my own body until my epiphany turning 53.
I became interested in speaking on larger stages, because I wanted to educate the masses. I feel that my messages are about creating a healthier lifestyle and healthier world we live in. Therefore the opportunity to speak to larger crowds and share that message allows me to implement my strategies faster. I have a goal of speaking to 1 million people from various size stages in 2020.
I want the audience to gain actionable steps that they can implement immediately after my keynote. I think this makes me unique in that I give 1-3 science-based strategies depending on the keynote.
As much as I adore Ellen DeGeneres for her inclusivity and kindness, my true role model is a stunning inside and out 23-year old who happens to be my daughter: Kyra Meyers. She has an old soul and the kindest heart that the world needs more of. I admire her fire as an actor making her way in New York City and feel so blessed for the adult relationship I have with her. I cherish our relationship and friendship, because I never had that with my mother losing her when I was 21-years old. Kyra is truly the person who I choose to spend my time with. She is an advocate for people, the environment and believes that everyone deserves a chance.