Are You Following Your Gut?

I think a lot of us (myself included) truly sit and wait for someone to invite us to our next level. I’ve certainly done this many times. But, the times when I have let very subtle *signs* or calls from the Universe guide me (aka: my gut/instinct telling me softly but firmly, “yes, do it.”), I’ve never let myself down. …

How to Maintain Flexible Boundaries

I often share about why and how you should create and maintain boundaries, and one of the biggest things I have learned over the years is this: Your boundaries don’t need to be brick walls. They can also be screen doors.  I know this may seem confusing, so allow me to break it down. I think a lot of people …

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How Boundaries Create Positive Relationships

It’s a common misconception that someone may set boundaries in order to remove or exclude others from their life. Quite the contrary! THE reason we set boundaries is to keep someone in our lives in a way that allows for a positive relationship. We do this by expressing how we feel (not always, it may depend how close you are …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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Taking the Leap to Start a Business

Taking the Leap to Start Your Business | Diane Sanfilippo

Taking the leap to start your business (and overcoming *the scaries*). It can be scary to take the leap to start your own business. Whether you’re starting something from scratch, creating a program or product, looking for a small side hustle, or you’re working on building a network marketing business, it’s never easy. Some of the most common fears I …

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Say yes.

Say yes | Diane Direct

This never changes, no matter where you are in your journey or which path you’re on. You can choose to say yes or no to opportunities. And discerning between opportunities and distractions is not always easy! In fact, that decision making process is a skill that needs to be honed, a muscle that must be consistently worked. And there will …