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 …


If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

If you don't believe in yourself, who will? | Diane Sanfilippo

Something that comes up often when we are working toward a goal — whether it’s starting a business, investing in a new side hustle, or setting out on a new fitness journey — is choosing when to listen to other people’s opinions (and when not to).  If you’re not careful, it can be the exact thing to set you back …


Time-blocking: Why I Don’t (And Never Will) Use This Approach To Managing My Time.

Time blocking: why I don't (and never will) use that approach. | Diane Sanfilippo

  On a recent episode of the Driven podcast we discussed having a linear vs non-linear approach to planning a product or business launch, which got me thinking about time management… It’s almost comical how many times smart, productive, well-meaning people have told me, “you just need to time block” when I expressed frustrations in the past about my own …


More than food, but sometimes FOOD.

More than Food, But Sometimes Food | Diane Sanfilippo

You know what? I realized that trying to only share one type of content via my @dianesanfilippo Instagram account is just not my vibe. If you follow @balancedbites, you’ll see just food or food-related content. Maybe one day I’ll open a separate account where I talk about other things. But, on an account with my name, I simply can’t not …


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 …


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 …


You are exactly where you need to be.

I know sometimes, maybe most of the time, it can feel like this isn’t true. But, I promise you, it *is* true. Even if you’re currently working at a job you hate. Even if you’re trying to figure out how to get out of a bad relationship. Even if you’re barely rubbing two nickels together. Even if you’re working on …