What I Love About Confrontation

It’s an unpopular opinion, but I strongly believe that avoiding confrontation does not create more peace in your life. It actually builds resentment, cultivates unhappiness, and *disturbs* your peace. Some mistake an enneagram type 8 (which is me) – the challenger – as people who *enjoy* arguing. I don’t enjoy confrontation for the sake of it. And I certainly do …

Overcoming Fear of the Unknown

The biggest reason why people tell me they are holding back in their lives? Fear of the unknown. But here’s the thing: you will *never* know what the future holds. The only thing that’s certain is that you have a limited amount of time here in which to live a life that you love. And, in that time, you can …

The Power of Asking for Help

You may know by now that I *rarely* seek or take advice, but I had an experience recently that almost brought me to the ground. For months I told myself to reach out to Miguel, one of the founders of Siete Foods, for business advice and mentorship. We go back to the beginning, when I was teaching paleo seminars in …

Why You Need to Embrace Boundaries

I have been discussing boundaries a lot on Instagram lately, and have been flooded with responses from readers about how they have felt empowered to deepen their relationships as a result. I’ve heard things like: “Because of your boundary modeling, I feel empowered in my own life to do the same.”  “I have learned so much from you about boundaries …

How to Improve Relationships Through Inner Work

In reflecting on the personal development work I’ve been doing for nearly a decade overall, it’s typically hard to see or experience the self-improvements in a bubble. I don’t mean better eating habits or workout routine. I mean inner work. I find it’s often only in relation to others where we realize the benefits or progress of our inner work. …

Finding Strength in Softness

I recently heard Robin Arzón say “your strength is contagious” in her Turkey Burn Peloton ride. And, I agree. I’ve felt and seen that happen for many years now… that my own strength empowers others to also be strong. My ability to lead empowers others to lead. My lessons and examples on how I set boundaries to protect my energy and …

Four Simple Words to Boost Confidence

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Words of affirmation are meaningful to everyone, even if they’re not that person’s primary Love Language. When you recognize effort, hard work, stepping out of a comfort zone, trying something new, or anything that makes you notice that someone is out there doing their best – say it to them. Tell someone, “I’m proud of you.” I think a lot …

How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve

How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve We’re inching towards the beginning of a new year — a time when many people reflect on progress and set goals for the year ahead. In fact, my team and I are preparing for an upcoming retreat where we’ll get together and plan for 2020. (If you missed it last week, read …

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How to Develop a Food Brand: Behind-the-Scenes

How to develop a food brand - behind the scenes of Balanced Bites. | Diane Sanfilippo

DEVELOPING A FOOD BRAND ISN’T EASY.
In fact, I know a lot of folks who have seen me take on this challenge who’ve assumed I’m simply fearless and never doubt myself.

That couldn’t be further from the truth!

While working hard to grow Balanced Bites as a food brand, or consumer packaged good brand (CPG), I’m certainly faced with many challenges. Not the least of which has been branding. While I find myself doing this now, I sure didn’t know how to develop a food brand when I dove into it.

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What I’ve learned about hustle as an entrepreneur

What I've learned about hustle as an entrepreneur

Hustle is defined by how you spend your free time.  Some choose to watch television, or surf the web, or get extra time socializing, partying, what have you. If you have a family to take care of, certainly your time for these things is even shorter, which is why focus when you are spending time on your business is even …