Pursuit of Alignment is about finding one’s life purpose and the journey to balancing and integrating that purpose into your life according to one’s own terms. When you discover your life’s purpose, there is usually a shift in consciousness and a desire to pursue that purpose. This podcast creates space for people who have discovered their purpose and have made the decision to do something about it.
In this solo episode, I share my struggles with falling in and out of alignment with my purpose. There are many everyday distractions as well as just living that can impact our ability to stay focused. I share how a recent project I was working on left me feeling very drained, out of sync and unmotivated. I share what feelings and behaviors helped me recognize that I was out of alignment. I also provide five tips on how to self-correct, seek out help and get back to the business of walking in one’s purpose.
I also talk about how making the decision to self-correct lead to synchronicities which resolved the issues without much help from me other than having to be more intentional. I also share how I quit my corporate job in 2017 to focus on full-time entrepreneurship because I was feeling misaligned, along with the unexplained coincidences that took place once I made that decision. That decision lead to the formation of my second business, a self-published book ‘60 Affirmations & Reflections for Entrepreneurs’, the Quit Your Job Conference and the launch of this podcast. That one decision also brought me in more alignment with my purpose and has given me the space to create these platforms to encourage others to find alignment with their purpose and provide tools for them to do so.
In this episode, I chat with multi-passionate Creative Director, Serial Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Jeremie Charitable Foundation Sasha Revolus. Sasha dubbs herself a Productive Dreamer, because she is creative, free-spirited, and structured so she knows how to bring dreams into reality. She runs four businesses and still finds time to be actively run a foundation, events, and conferences in both Atlanta and Miami. She also owns a creative studio in Atlanta which brings people together to work, connect and create.
Sasha shares how she is a ‘Jill of all trades’. Her Haitian and Cuban roots, along with her entrepreneurial parents provided her with the foundation, motivation, and freedom to know and believe that she could do anything. Sasha shares how she hopes that every step she takes is part of her overall purpose for being. She shares everything from how she started her first business to how she is currently building two schools in Haiti. She also shares how her passion for education has served as fuel as she provides sustainable structures to various communities in Haiti. Sasha is a true inspiration and a real-life example that we are only in the boxes we choose to allow ourselves to be in.
In this episode, I chat with one of my best friends Kiana Player about finding purpose in your profession. I often speak about my transition from corporate to entrepreneurship but there are many women and men who not only love their chosen profession but they have found alignment and purpose in their field. In this episode, she shares how she sees working for an organization as an even exchange. We also talk about her journey in leaving her organization after 12 years for one more in alignment with her values and potential. She shares that your growth will come from being uncomfortable and you don’t always have to change professions to find it. She also shares the impact of finding an organization and leadership that supports your growth.
We also talk about the impact of her attending the Quit Your Job event that I’ve hosted in Atlanta for the last two years. Quit Your Job in 90 Days Tour, is a women’s empowerment workshop series designed for women in pursuit of finding their purpose, following their dreams, starting a new career or launching a business. Attendees walk away with an actionable plan for leaving their current job in pursuit of a career more aligned with their core values and needs. She shares how this event made her reassess if her role was in alignment with her plan for her life and made the decision to leave in pursuit of one that was.
Kiana L. Player, MSN, BS, RN is a dedicated nurse leader with more than 13 years of health care experience. Currently, she serves as a Director of Nursing in a leading Chicago hospital. She has strengths in clinical excellence and uses innovative approaches to advance the nursing profession. Kiana received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I have completed my first seven episodes of this podcast. I don’t know if anyone is listening but I am enjoying recording. I’m still not a fan of editing. The self-tutorials are helping but I need to work on my sound quality. So bear with me a few more episodes while I try to figure this out. I’ve reached over a 100 downloads which is a milestone for a practically unknown podcaster. That means a few people are rocking with me and at least interested in the subject matter of purpose and finding one’s alignment with it. So for the people who have taken the time to listen, I cannot thank you enough. Just hang in here with me because I have some really good content coming.
On episode 006 Purpose and Fearless Intuition with Jordana, we both share how we see numbers as signals from the universe that we need to pay attention to. There are certain series of numbers that when they pop into my awareness, I start to look for synchronicities. I also research the spiritual meaning of the numbers and symbology of what begins to appear. Numbers have been a part of my guidance system for the last 10 years.
So it’s no surprise to me that as I approached episode 007, I debated about which guest would be the perfect end to my first cycle of episodes. Seven is a very spiritual number. Some even consider it a lucky number. If you subscribe to the Bible, then you know that creation was complete after the sixth day and the seventh day became a day of rest. There are seven days of the week, continents, chakras and seven wonders of the world. Even the body recreates itself physically and spiritually every seven years.
7s have played a significant role in my life and in my consciousness. So as I approached episode 7, it was very important for me to recognize and celebrate the completion of my first cycle of podcasting. I decided that episode 007 Second Chances with Simla would be the perfect ending to the first cycle. Simla shares how her near-death experiences awakened her to her purpose. Simla’s story of overcoming a life-threatening brain aneurysm, leaving her corporate accounting role and starting a tour company which helps empower women in countries as widespread as Cambodia, Fiji, India, Vietnam, Mexico and Australia will prompt you to reassess the opportunities you have to help yourself and to help others and leave you with a vision of what you can change, both in yourself and the world. The perfect end to the perfect beginning.
In this episode, I chat about how Founder of Hands On Journey, Simla Sooboodoo. Simla shares how she found her purpose after having two major brain surgeries back in 2007. She shares how her whole perspective change and she walked away feeling born again and that she was had a purpose. Simla also shares how she always had a passion for travel but she wanted to create a bridge between the travelers and the communities they traveled, she wanted to have an impact that was both sustainable and long term. From here empowerment tourism was born.
Simla Sooboodoo may have started life as a girl in Mauritius watching the planes fly overhead and doubting she’d ever fly in one, but life has turned out very differently. Simla now runs her own company, Hands On Journeys, and strives to promote the concept of Empowerment Tourism.
After migrating to Australia, Simla studied accounting and worked her way up to a position as a regional finance manager for a large tour operator, but wanted to make more of a difference. She survived a health crisis and nearly died and decided there was no better time to invest in her own company, creating tours that helped give back to local communities and empower them to create their own better futures.
Starting Hands on Journeys was always more than a job or business to Simla, it was about turning everything she is passionate about into part of her daily life. She spends a lot of time on the road now as she likes to be as involved in the communities and tours as possible. From training new tour guides to researching the projects and communities Hands On Journeys will work with, these are all parts of the business that are so important to her she cannot imagine delegating them to her team. Helping to empower women in countries as diverse as Fiji, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Mexico, and Australia has created an entirely new and immensely satisfying career.
In this episode, I chat with serial entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist, Jordana Guimaraes. Jordana shares how she opted out of college and experimented with multiple jobs prior to finding her passion in public relations (PR). At 23 a decision to grab a career book in Barnes & Noble, that described every career imaginable, lead her to her passion. After reading the section on PR, she instinctively knew that’s the career she should pursue. With no experience or background in that industry, she fearlessly applied for a PR Director role at an agency. The firm like her boldness and offered her a three-month unpaid role with no training to see if she could do the job. Needless to say, after three months the firm offered her the job which she turned down in order to pursue a PR career as an entrepreneur. Jordana has spent the last 15 years, in marketing and public relations for the fashion industry. Jordana and her husband Marcelo, co-Founded FASHINNOVATION, a startup that uses technology to connect entrepreneurs and innovation to create revolutionary change in the fashion industry.
Jordana is also the Author of It Can Be You, a book dedicated to bringing awareness and changing the narrative surrounding homelessness. She spearheaded The Nylon Project, a campaign to bring awareness and monetary aid to homelessness. She shares how when homelessness is humanized we allow ourselves and others to show more compassion toward one another.
Kelli Johnson is a Spiritual Life Coach and Founder of I Am My Sister’s Keeper. Coach Kelli is not your typical coach, she uses her spiritual gifts to communicate and offer guidance from the spiritual realm. In part two, we talk about self-worth, stepping out on faith and shifting your mindset to walk in your purpose. We also discuss creating boundaries, personal rules, to protect yourself and being fairly compensated for your gifts. We also discuss the financial impact of walking in your purpose and how some may view it as taking a step back. Coach Kelli shares her theory on how you have to be willing to lose temporarily to gain what you want in the long term.