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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Gwyneth Jones Gwyneth Jones should exterminator. goal pusher. honesty pioneer.

Through Skype-based life coaching, Gwyneth Jones helps people get in touch with their true selves, find out what's holding them back, turn limiting beliefs around, and achieve their goals. [www.makelifemagic.blogspot.com]

When I have a big, scary decision to make, I take a few deep breaths, look deep into my soul, and ask myself what it is I truly want to do. Usually, I find the answers inside, just waiting for the right question to unlock them.

I see people every day who aren’t honest with themselves. It breaks my heart a little, before reminding me why I started coaching in the first place. I help people uncover the deep-rooted reasons that hold them back from doing what they want to do. I help them realize that they’re only staying in jobs they hate because of some society-created idea or because of what their mother might say. Sometimes, people come to me with predetermined goals, but then realize that what truly makes them radiate happiness is something completely different.

The most meaningful, beautiful thing we can do is live a life that’s authentic, a life in line with our core self and our soul and, in turn, in line with nature and the universe.

We’re brought up brainwashed by the opinions, thoughts, and values of other people – people who don’t always want what’s best for us. People who grow rich at your expense will do anything to convince you that you need their products. Others will tell you that chasing your dreams is foolish, or that listening to your gut and swapping fast food for a vegan burger makes you a hippy. People are terrified of opening up, listening to their hearts, and doing what they know –  deep down – they need to do.

Sometimes, people come to me and say “I feel as if my life is going nowhere. I’m happy traveling, but I see my friends getting married and settling down, like they’re all taking the next step, but I’m not.” What I usually ask is “The next step to what?” I don’t live in the hope of an afterlife utopia. THIS is what we have, here and now, this beautiful, fragile, yet feisty planet and everything it has to offer.

When we examine the voices that say, “You should do this” or “You can’t do that,” we often find that they’re not really part of who we are. When we learn to tune them out, we can really listen to our core self.

Gwyneth Jones

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