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Ingrid Vanderveldt Ingrid Vanderveldt sustainability advocate. entrepreneur. fosterer.

Ingrid Vanderveldt is an entrepreneur, TV personality, and passionate advocate of working with women to foster a more sustainable future. She consults with Fortune 500 companies on their WOMEN + GREEN initiatives. [http://ingridvanderveldt.com]

I try to remain very open to hearing the guidance I feel called to receive. That’s what guides me in all the work I do. It’s important to me to be of service in the largest way possible.

When I was a child, I thought I’d grow up to be a missionary. I went through a number of experiences that were very unique for me in terms of feeling spiritually led. As I grew up, went off to college, and started taking on more active leadership roles – first at school, then at national and international levels – I started realizing the power of one person with a clear voice, a clear vision, and a committed heart to impact the world. As I grew older, I felt more like I could do things – like launching a business – to create change and community, to channel resources and have a wider impact.

In the middle of all the things that go on in my life, how do I get back to centering myself? I take a deep breath and say to myself, Just allow. Just trust. You have nothing to prove. You have nothing to justify. There’s nothing you can say that’s wrong. You just are. So just be. Then I authentically respond to whatever’s being asked of me, and whatever comes out of me in response is exactly what was supposed to. I do that process multiple times throughout the day. That’s how I stay centered. And everything flows smoothly, all the time.

Something else I do is that whenever I start feeling fearful or concerned or stressed or pressured or like I have to prove something, I recognize that it’s my ego wanting to say something. I’m very clear about acknowledging it when my ego gets in the way. The simple act of recognizing that’s it’s my ego helps. In conversations with people, I’ll say, “My ego needs me to say …” This helps me stay in a place where I continue to recognize the difference between my ego and my divine self. It helps me recognize divine guidance.

I continue to learn every day, and working on global initiatives is so exciting. I feel like a missionary, but in a different sense. Over the past year, I’ve really gotten it that the more I hand over to divine guidance, the more things unfold exactly as they’re supposed to.

– Ingrid Vanderveldt

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