Empowering Women to Know Their Value & Claim Their Worth!

What is mina meetings?

mina meetings is the answer to overwhelm and lack of clarity.

It is keeping promises to yourself.

It’s putting those things that have been on your “I would love to…” list over on your “I did that!!!” list!

It’s putting those things that have been on your “I would love to…” list

over on your “I did that!!!” list!

Empowering Women to Know Their Value & Claim Their Worth!

mina meetings is a LIVE, interactive online course that provides the structure of the 3 things necessary to achieve any goal you are after.

If you have big dreams but your environment is skeptical or politely supportive, that is...

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...not the ideal environment for your dreams to grow.

If you are
sick of being at the same level in your life year after year, you need the right Environment to support the type of changes you are trying to make. An environment that allows you to tap into your very best.

Through the monthly meetings, weekly Q&A calls, accountability, coaching, and Private FB Group, mina meetings is designed to provide the healthiest emotional, mental and physical environment for growth and breakthroughs!

Professionals and people who create the life they have always wanted, do not rely on willpower.

If you are going to do something you have never done before, trying to...

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...keep it going to experience the reward.

Who doesn’t know somebody or is somebody who has gotten on a roll, made great progress and then BAM! there goes LIFE doing what life does, being all uncooperative and throwing off your rhythm.

Success is not linear and you have to be able to keep going when life tries to throw you off.

Consistency is the mother of Success.

At mina meetings you have consistency everywhere, in your action items, in your accountability, in showing up every month, in the supportive, clarity creating, environment that is surrounding you for the journey.

Here you can create the consistency that will get you through the rough patches so you can taste the reward, not just the effort!

Consistency is Queen!!!

Most people do just enough to feel the pain and sacrifice of effort, but don’t...

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...will your way through it and then beating yourself up when you “fall off the wagon” is not only unkind and unfair, it’s ineffective.

Accountability allows you to stay on track.

However, if you’ve ever had accountability, you know it’s not just about having accountability, but the type of accountability that will determine failure or success.

Do you have room to learn and grow? Are you lovingly reminded of your goal when you want to give up? Is it consistent until you are?
 
At mina meetings every single member has accountability, so you know there is someone to report to at the end of the month to make absolutely sure you are on track!

Trying to use willpower to achieve your dreams is a recipe for frustration that puts you on a never ending hamster wheel.

Accountability is for those who want to experience their dreams coming true and enjoy themselves along the way!

As someone who has always been a hard worker, working sometimes 60-80 hours a week, taking time off and practicing self-care was something that did not come naturally for me.

Through my action items in mina meetings I was able to prioritize self-care and started doing a monthly spa day for myself.

What is also amazing is that, although I was taking care of myself, it wasn’t affecting my work negatively. In fact, using my action items to focus on my performance at work changed how I showed up at work so much that my boss came to me and gave me a $10,000 raise!"

"When I first joined mina meetings I had just opened up my own business. I wasn't necessarily looking for guidance; there were small tid-bits that became profound guidelines for the whole month that I didn't even know I needed. After my very first month in mina meetings on a Q&A call I asked a question about getting new clients. Mina taught me the “Money Sandwich which completely changed my perspective on how to approach the client. 

My business partner and I used that approach in the very next meeting we had with a potential client and were able to secure a $70,000 retainer!!

Through confidence, courage and compassion I was able to completely transform my year!"

mina meetings enrollment is closed
however we would love to let you
know when it opens again!

mina meetings enrollment is closed however we would love to let you know when it opens again!

What have you always wanted to do?

Download your "I've always wanted to..." first step!!

Download your
"I've always wanted to..." first step!!

Your dreams are waiting!!!

I’ve always wanted to….

In working with people on their goals and dreams I’ve heard a lot of things that people have always wanted to do.

Things that have been with them since they were 4 years old.

Things they were recently inspired by.

Things they want to do for their loved ones.

Start a business.
Write a book.
Travel to India.
Be financially free.
Take 3 generations of family on an incredible vacation.

Of all the things I’ve heard, you know what I have never heard anyone say?!

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I’ve always wanted to…..pick up the dry cleaning!!

Run errands
Agree to go to a party even though I wanted to relax at home.
Tolerate my job.
Go to Target…(okay maybe some people live for that, but can we hardly blame them?)

Yet….this is what people do. Day in and day out.

While what they have always wanted is on the back burner waiting for “one day”.

Here’s the thing. You don’t have to choose.

You can do both.

Yes, real life has responsibilities and obligations and... there is space for your dreams.

In fact, when you put your dreams at the top of your list you end up having 10x more energy to do the other things in life that have to be taken care of.

Or even better, some things that were just dead weight just fall away.


I have always wanted to…

If you knew whatever you said out loud in this very moment would come true, no strings attached and all things “handled”, what would come out of your mouth?

Take a moment…

…close your eyes…and say it in your mind…I have always wanted to…

Yes….

that…

that first impractical one.

The next step is bringing it into physical reality.

Say it out loud.

Even if you have to whisper it.

Or if you’re like, is she crazy, I’m not saying this out loud!!??!

But, why not?

I have lived my life finishing this sentence.

And watched, at first in astonishment and then in deep gratitude, as these sentences came true..

Before any of my dreams came true I first spoke my desire for them.

So go ahead and speak it right now...

Great!

How did that feel?

It might have been amazing and it might have felt weird. That’s the thing they don't tell you.

Your greatest dreams may not always feel the best when you think about them, but that doesn’t mean they are any less valid or not for you. It just means you haven’t gotten to know them yet.


You haven’t yet gotten comfortable with your dreams.

So next, it’s about keeping it top of mind. Maybe you believe it’s 100% possible. Maybe you feel it would be more likely that a herd of hippopotamus will fly through your living room today.

Believe it or not, at this stage that’s not what’s most important. What’s important is getting it out, getting it on paper and keeping it top of mind.

Getting comfortable with this idea. This thing that you have always wanted and that you, yes you, can have it.

So, I’ve created a little simple something to help with that.

Your first step!

Download your “I’ve always wanted to” card.

On this card you will write your, **I’ve always wanted to….** and put it somewhere you can see it often.

Let yourself get comfortable with your Dreams.

They are waiting and ready when you are. ;-)

Mina

I’ve always wanted to….

In working with people on their goals and dreams I’ve heard a lot of things that people have always wanted to do.

Things that have been with them since they were 4 years old.

Things they were recently inspired by.

Things they want to do for their loved ones.

Start a business.
Write a book.
Travel to India.
Be financially free.
Take 3 generations of family on an incredible vacation.

Of all the things I’ve heard, you know what I have never heard anyone say?

Things that have been with them since they were 4 years old.

Things they were recently inspired by.

Things they want to do for their loved ones.

Start a business.
Write a book.
Travel to India.
Be financially free.

Take 3 generations of family on an incredible vacation.

Of all the things I’ve heard, you know what I have never heard anyone say?

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I’ve always wanted to…..pick up the dry cleaning!!

Run errands.
Agree to go to a party even though I wanted to relax at home.
Tolerate my job.
Go to Target…(okay maybe some people live for that, but can we hardly blame them?)

Run errands

Agree to go to a party even though I wanted to relax at home

Tolerate my job.

Go to Target…(okay maybe some people live for that, but can we hardly blame them?)

Yet….this is what people do. Day in and day out.

While what they have always wanted is on the back burner waiting for “one day”.

Here’s the thing. You don’t have to choose.

You can do both.

Yes, real life has responsibilities and obligations and... there is space for your dreams.

In fact, when you put your dreams at the top of your list you end up having 10x more energy to do the other things in life that have to be taken care of.

Or even better, some things that were just dead weight just fall away.

I have always wanted to…

If you knew whatever you said out loud in this very moment would come true, no strings attached and all things “handled”, what would come out of your mouth?

Take a moment…

…close your eyes…and say it in your mind…I have always wanted to…

Yes….

that…

that first impractical one.

The next step is bringing it into physical reality.

Say it out loud.

Even if you have to whisper it.

Or if you’re like, is she crazy, I’m not saying this out loud!!??!

But, why not?

I have lived my life finishing this sentence.

And watched, at first in astonishment and then in deep gratitude, as these sentences came true..

Before any of my dreams came true I first spoke my desire for them.

So go ahead and speak it right now...

Great!

How did that feel?

It might have been amazing and it might have felt weird. That’s the thing they don't tell you.

Your greatest dreams may not always feel the best when you think about them, but that doesn’t mean they are any less valid or not for you. It just means you haven’t gotten to know them yet.

You haven’t yet gotten comfortable with your dreams.

So next, it’s about keeping it top of mind. Maybe you believe it’s 100% possible. Maybe you feel it would be more likely that a herd of hippopotamus will fly through your living room today.

Believe it or not, at this stage that’s not what’s most important. What’s important is getting it out, getting it on paper and keeping it top of mind.

Getting comfortable with this idea. This thing that you have always wanted and that you, yes you, can have it.

So, I’ve created a little simple something to help with that.

Your first step!

Download your “I’ve always wanted to” card.

On this card you will write your, I’ve always wanted to…. and put it somewhere you can see it often.

Let yourself get comfortable with your Dreams.

They are waiting and ready when you are. ;-)

Mina

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I’ve always wanted to…..pick up the dry cleaning!!

 

Run errands

Agree to go to a party even though I wanted to relax at home

Tolerate my job.

Go to Target…(okay maybe some people live for that, but can we hardly blame them?)

Yet….this is what people do. Day in and day out.

While what they have always wanted is on the back burner waiting for “one day”.

Here’s the thing. You don’t have to choose.

You can do both.

Yes, real life has responsibilities and obligations and... there is space for your dreams.

In fact, when you put your dreams at the top of your list you end up having 10x more energy to do the other things in life that have to be taken care of.

Or even better, some things that were just dead weight just fall away.

I have always wanted to…

If you knew whatever you said out loud in this very moment would come true, no strings attached and all things “handled”, what would come out of your mouth?

Take a moment…

…close your eyes…and say it in your mind…I have always wanted to…

Yes….

that…

that first impractical one.

The next step is bringing it into physical reality.

Say it out loud.

Even if you have to whisper it.

Or if you’re like, is she crazy, I’m not saying this out loud!!??!

But, why not?

I have lived my life finishing this sentence.

And watched, at first in astonishment and then in deep gratitude, as these sentences came true..

Before any of my dreams came true I first spoke my desire for them.

So go ahead and speak it right now...

Great!

How did that feel?

It might have been amazing and it might have felt weird. That’s the thing they don't tell you.

Your greatest dreams may not always feel the best when you think about them, but that doesn’t mean they are any less valid or not for you. It just means you haven’t gotten to know them yet.

You haven’t yet gotten comfortable with your dreams.

So next, it’s about keeping it top of mind. Maybe you believe it’s 100% possible. Maybe you feel it would be more likely that a herd of hippopotamus will fly through your living room today.

Believe it or not, at this stage that’s not what’s most important. What’s important is getting it out, getting it on paper and keeping it top of mind.

Getting comfortable with this idea. This thing that you have always wanted and that you, yes you, can have it.

So, I’ve created a little simple something to help with that.

Your first step!

Download your “I’ve always wanted to” card.

On this card you will write your, I’ve always wanted to…. and put it somewhere you can see it often.

Let yourself get comfortable with your Dreams.

They are waiting and ready when you are. ;-)

Mina

“Upon experiencing the first “I am awesome!” I thought, “Okay this is incredibly cheesy and possibly... too cheesy for me.” What I didn't expect was that saying “I am awesome” with a group of women would be just so impactful and how doing so would make my day- actually, make my whole month.

I get to share my world, and get to listen to the world of so many amazing awesome women and that I get to be part of a group, no - part of a family that is led by such an incredible person and possibly the kindest person I've ever known.”

I wanted to take my business to another level, however, I also ended up being a better mom. Being in the meeting was like peeling an onion. I’ve learned to be compassionate with myself. I’ve learned to embrace and enjoy change. I'm a better listener now.

And now I have a beautiful relationship with my daughter, who by the way, also attended the meetings.”

It has been my life before and after the mina meetings."

Although the mina meetings course is 1 year long it is actually only .014 % of your year.

If you take 18 waking hours a day x 365 days, that’s 5840 hours.

Divide that by the 84 hours a year that is mina meetings, including if you attended all the weekly calls, that’s .014% of your year.

That’s 1% of your time to transform your life! Mind. Blown.

How is mina meetings different than other programs?

mina meetings is a LIVE, interactive, workshop style program that is about YOU.

Rather than hearing about how other people have succeeded, you get to sit down and do the work right in the workshop to get clear on YOUR goals and dreams! From there you are given a structure to be able to identify the best small action step forward that will bring the greatest results!

Tired of starting programs and not finishing them? (Or worse, finishing them but not really moving the needle in your life?)

Because mina meetings is interactive you never risk having a bunch of content you never look at. You go through the content with Mina during your monthly meeting, so you don’t have a bunch of modules sitting somewhere in cyberspace that you are not able to find the time to look at.

mina meetings does not teach 1 way to success. There is no Triple-Star-Diamond method of success you’re going to have to stuff yourself into. Every single woman is unique and what will work for one woman will not work for another. mina meetings provides structure and guidance so month after month you choose goals and actions that will lead you to YOUR best self.

I’m not the type of woman that hangs out with other women a lot. How do I know if this is right for me?

Until Mina was 27 years old, she was afraid of women!! Literally afraid of women…

Growing up in 8 families by the time she was 5 left her terrified of her caretakers and as a young woman she found herself not wanting to be near other women. Through the work she's done, that feeling is a distant memory, so she totally understands the “not feeling groups of women vibe”!

The response we get 2-3 months into mina meetings from all the women who were initially concerned has consistently been, “I never thought I could be so comfortable around a group of women.”

Each woman is respected for who she is and what her nature is. Bring the “you” that’s most yourself to the group and you will find your spot that will feel just right!

Can I really achieve my goals?

Yes and YES! There’s a reason you are here reading these words. There is something in you that KNOWS you are capable of more than you have done and is READY for it. Yes, you can achieve your goals! Other people have and I promise you sister, they have NOTHING MORE than you DO. You would not be given desires that you cannot bring to life. Listen to your knowing. It is ready now!! 

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however we would love to let you
know when it opens again!

mina meetings enrollment is closed however we would love to let you know when it opens again!

Hi it's Mina!

I truly believe that the ability to create the life you have always wanted is in your hands. Regardless of who you are, where you came from, or what has happened to you, you can have what you have always wanted.

I have been on my own since I was 15 and got what would be called a really "rough start" but here's what I've learned...

My Backstory

When I first started my journey I thought that “hard work” was the answer.

People would ask me to hang out and go do things and I’d say, “No, I’m working!”

They’d respond, “You’re the hardest working person I know!”

And I remember saying countless times, “Yeah, I’m working hard now so I don’t have to later!”

Back then though, I truly believed that if I just kept working hard something would give and I’d find my way out of the daily struggle and into the world I saw on TV and in the media. I would have the life of the people who I saw “made it.”

What I learned though was that working hard alone does not guarantee success...you can work yourself hard into the same never-ending circle.

I learned that beyond working hard, I needed clarity about where I was going, an environment that supported my goals and dreams, and the inner confidence to speak my truth and act on it when it really mattered.

“Working for things I didn’t even want."

Without this, I could just end up working hard for things I didn’t even want!

“Working for things I didn’t even want.”

Understanding that sentence saved my life because connecting to the things I actually wanted turned out to be the “answer” I was looking for. 

And by the answer, I mean that “thing” I thought successful people knew that I didn’t. That special something that once you know it, your efforts will start paying off.

Back then, I didn't know that’s what it was. I actually thought I might be being irresponsible making the choices I was making, but there was something inside of me that was like, “No, this is what I want right now and that’s what I am going to do.”

My journey from living in section 8 housing, stepping over cockroaches (sorry for the visual, but it’s true) gripping my mace, walking to the bus stop to head to my 16 hour day ahead of me to now living the life of my dreams all started with me acknowledging the things “I’ve always wanted to do” and then going after that with my whole being.

When I was 19, going to college may have seemed like the “responsible” thing to do, however, what I wanted to do was travel the world. I had met someone who had traveled to over 50 countries and when I heard the stories of his travels I was like, “I want to do that”.

At the time I was working for $8.25 an hour.

So, working for $8.25 an hour, I worked my three jobs and planned and saved and planned and saved and planned and saved and planned and saved, and 14 months later, my friend Heather and I were boarding a plane for a seven month trip circling the globe.

I had the time of my life!!

And you know what? I discovered things about myself and the world that to this day serve me and have helped me become the person I am.

And, it set the stage for a few very important lessons that I would use over and over again.

Lesson #1  You don’t have to wait till you're “rich” to do the things you want. You would be amazed at all the things you can have NOW with a little planning and saving. Waiting till you're rich is the ultimate in procrastination and perfectionism. Procrastination and perfectionism, the two things that are definitely included in the recipe for failure. Sometimes people decide in advance they can’t have something instead of taking a look and seeing how they can make it happen now.

Maybe you don’t travel for seven months but you find a way to take seven days. You have to start somewhere, and often by starting “small” you learn things so you can enjoy yourself more when you’re able to do it “big”. Don’t allow your ego to put off things till “you can do it big.” I always say, “To achieve greatness you must be willing to take small and humble steps.”

Lesson #2  When you pursue what you want, the things you are afraid of losing will either...

a) not be relevant anymore after you’ve pursued what you’ve always wanted (this ‘ol thang?)

b) will be waiting for you when you get back.

Before I went on my seven month trip around the world I had the opportunity to take a six week trip to Asia. At the time I got the opportunity I had just landed a job making what was a big jump in pay from what I was used to. The trip felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity. I really wanted to keep this job, but I couldn’t imagine saying no to this trip.

I went to my boss, explained about the trip and gave my notice. I could not have imagined what happened next. Without blinking she said no problem, we don’t want to lose you. You can take a six week leave and come back after your trip. I was FLOORED. I got to go on this amazing trip and keep my job.

Trying to figure out how to hold onto things to pursue your dreams just doesn’t make sense. Once you step into what you’ve always wanted, things that appealed to the “old you” just won’t be relevant anymore. And like I said, if they are, they’ll most likely be there waiting for you.

Lesson #3  If you do your very best where you are, it will prepare you for what’s next and you will rarely need to go looking for opportunities.

There was a reason my boss was willing to hold my spot and let me take a leave. I showed up. I was on time, I was on point. I was open to feedback. I did my job and then some. I didn’t know everything, but I did the best I could with what I was given.

When you show up life shows up. I had the flexibility to take that trip and come back because I wasn’t so busy thinking about the future that I wasn’t giving 100% where I was.

This is where you have to be smart. Having your eye on future goals doesn't mean you check out of where you are. You give 100% where you are while building towards what you want.

When you do this it makes you valuable where you are, and as it turns out, people become more likely to want to help you to get to where you are going.

Not to mention, wherever you are you have the chance to develop skills. The very skills you may need to support you in your next phase.

So, over the next decade I repeated this.

I decided on something I wanted, did some research and planning, set a date and started working toward it, did that incredible thing I always wanted to do, then started the process all over again.

That may sound really simple and it is, except there’s just one more step that makes all the difference in the world.

“I stayed with
it until I crossed the finish line."

When I got really close to the goal, when I was just a step away from accomplishing it, I didn’t back off. I stayed with it until I crossed the finish line.

THIS is CRAZY important. Right when you are getting close to accomplishing the very things you have been working your tail off for...the thing you SAID YOU WANTED, it’s very common to all of a sudden come up with reasons for why, “This might not be a good idea.” or something will happen, and you’ll be like,

“Is this a sign I shouldn’t...leave my job, start that business, move, travel or take that opportunity?”

I remember when I was living in Las Vegas. I had a roommate who loved Depeche Mode (yes the band from the 80’s) and also wanted to go to Europe. Turns out Depeche Mode was going to have an incredible tour and one of the stops was Germany. My roommate was SO EXCITED. He bought tickets when they were released, got the time off from work months in advance, started saving and bought his flight. He talked about it with excitement for months right up until a couple of weeks before the concert. 

Just weeks before the concert...all of a sudden he had some “responsibility” that came up and he started giving all these reasons why it wasn't practical and just like that canceled the trip. The whole thing, the flight, tickets just GONE! 

“RIGHT BEFORE it was about to be accomplished I thought it was the worst idea ever."

Whaaaaaa….?

We can all read this and be like that’s crazy!

Do you know someone who has done this? Had some major plans and then just backed out?? And, this doesn't just happen physically.

If you think about it, how often do you do this in your head?

You think about something you really want, and think about how amazing it would be, everything it would take. You then have imaginary conversations in your head about making it happen and all of a sudden, you’re like, “Yeah but….insert “practical” reason that only reinforces the life you already have, not the one you want.”

Every single dream I have accomplished, RIGHT BEFORE it was about to be accomplished I thought it was the worst idea ever and maybe I shouldn't do it.

Yes, every single one.

After saving for 14 months to travel around the world and in the weeks leading up to the departure dates, I started looking at all the wonderful things I had in my life; my friends, my job, and started to wonder...was it crazy to leave it all behind?

“was it crazy
to leave it all behind?"

Even the night before the flight I was laying in bed thinking, “You’re an idiot, you’re going to go to Cambodia, step on a landmine and get your leg blown off! You're going to get food poisoning in India and possibly die from it!!!! What are you thinking??? (I’m literally laughing while writing this, thinking about how I was torturing myself with these thoughts.)

When I got the news that after four interviews, two tests and a presentation, I had in fact landed the job at Tony Robbins as a speaker (!!!!!!) I kept pushing my start date back and questioned if that's what I really wanted.

Five years later, when I had come to a fork in the road and had to decide whether or not to leave my dream job at Tony Robbins for what I felt was my life's purpose, I sat down and wrote my resignation letter. I was in front of my laptop crying hysterically to the point where I thought I was going to hyperventilate. It took me 45 minutes to hit the send button on that email.

Every single time when I was inches away, my brain gave me all the reasons why this was “the worst idea ever.”

The thing was, my brain didn’t have access to the memories I was about to create.

It didn't know what it was like to be in Borneo, looking out a bus window at the jungle and think, “This is the bluest sky I have ever seen...I didn't know the sky could be that blue…”

“I didn’t know
the sky could
be so blue..."

It didn't know the feeling of waking up early to be right there when the Taj Mahal opened in the morning and have 45 minutes all to myself before all the tourists got there. To be one of the very few people walking around taking in the majesty of the monument that love built.

It didn‘t know that although it seemed impractical to travel every four months to a new city for this job with Tony Robbins, that my first day of training sitting in that conference room, I would experience a feeling wash over me and would finally understand what it meant when people said, “Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life.”

I didn't know. And that is why when you are pursuing what you have always wanted you need to remember the three things I shared with you above and that when you get within inches, you cross that finish line. 

You don’t turn your back on your dreams.

"You don’t turn your back on your dreams."

Today, I am living my mission of Empowering Women to Know Their Value and Claim Their Worth. I am teaching the very things I wish someone had shared with me when I was struggling and I am giving women practical tools - real life tools - to move the needle in their life.

Tools beyond telling women to “believe in themselves” and “know your why.”

Let me tell you something. When I used to hear that or read that while watching people who had a life so fabulous they might have well been aliens, those pieces of advice didn’t mean anything to me.

All they represented was how far away from my goal I was because I thought, I did believe in myself and if I knew my “why” then I wouldn't have needed their help!

Not to mention, you can believe in yourself and know your why and still not have what you want!

Because at the end of the day you need real life skills to get to where you want to go.

And that’s what we teach at mina meetings.

The real life skills that you can apply immediately. The mental, emotional, and physical skills I learned over 20 years of doing life on my terms.

And today I have the joy - the absolute joy, of witnessing women going from zero to their own hero!

To see the look of pure astonishment and disbelief while they are sharing a huge milestone they’ve accomplished. Something they’ve wanted their whole life!

Or the look of peace on their face when they share a resolution they have created around something in their life that has been so painful for so long.

But not anymore.

Not. Anymore.

And that’s the last thing I want to share with you while we’re here together.

Not anymore.

Whatever your life has been up until now it doesn’t have to look that way moving forward.

And you don’t have to have “come from nothing” to transform your life.

Middle class can be just as dangerous because there’s a level of “comfort” there that guilts us into believing “you should be happy.”

“Middle class
can be just as
dangerous"

I am passionate about this work because I think it is wholly unfair to have the first 20 years of your life dictate the next 80.

That where you came from becomes the blueprint for where you live, work, who you are in relationship with and most of all how you feel about yourself.

You are so much more than what you saw and learned the first 20-ish years of your life.

That is PART of your story. You don’t have to let it be the whole thing.

I was not dealt good cards. In fact, I was dealt horrifying cards. Emotionally, physically, and sexually abused for most of my childhood. I lived with foster parents, adopted parents, real parents, and was then on my own at 15.

Abusive relationships, an eating disorder and no education to lead the way.

Here’s what happened though. I made a decision early on that set the stage for me to allow myself to “Have what I have always wanted.” I decided that I never wanted to be someone that, “because those things happened to me I couldn’t….fill.in.the.blank.”

Those things that happened to me were not going to rule my life.

They got my first 20 years. They were not going to get the rest.

I had to make that decision over and over and over again until one day I didn’t have to decide anymore.

I just wasn't that person anymore.

I wasn't the person who had to “overcome.”

I was the person living a beautiful life.

And you know what? I didn’t have my trauma or issues completely sorted out when I went on those amazing adventures.

Every stage of my life there was a new emotional layer to deal with.

Letting myself have what I wanted FIRST allowed me to work through the trauma.

Going after my dreams was my training ground for strength and resilience.

So don’t wait.

If you have a desire in you now it’s trying to lead you somewhere.

Set a goal, set a date. Plan, research, save, and most of all BE WILLING TO START SMALL.

Tell the world or don’t tell anyone till they see you doing it, but give yourself the gift of discovering who you are beyond what you have known.

Let your dreams reveal to you what life has in store.

They are waiting and dying to show you how awesome you really are.

-Mina

Hi it's Mina!

I truly believe that the ability to create the life that you have always wanted is in your hands. Regardless of who you are, where you came from, or what has happened to you can have what you have always wanted. I have been on my own since I was 15 and got what would be called a really "rough start" but here's what I've learned...

My Backstory

When I first started my journey I thought that “hard work” was the answer.

People would ask me to hang out and go do things and I’d say, “No, I’m working!”

They’d respond, “You’re the hardest working person I know!”

And I remember saying countless times, “Yeah, I’m working hard now so I don’t have to later!”

Back then though, I truly believed that if I just kept working hard something would give and I’d find my way out of the daily struggle and into the world I saw on TV and in the media. I would have the life of the people who I saw “made it.”

What I learned though was that working hard alone does not guarantee success...you can work yourself hard into the same never-ending circle.

I learned that beyond working hard, I needed clarity about where I was going, an environment that supported my goals and dreams, and the inner confidence to speak my truth and act on it when it really mattered.

“Working for things I didn’t even want."

Without this, I could just end up working hard for things I didn’t even want!

“Working for things I didn’t even want.”

Understanding that sentence saved my life because connecting to the things I actually wanted turned out to be the “answer” I was looking for.

And by the answer, I mean that “thing” I thought successful people knew that I didn’t. That special something that once you know it, your efforts will start paying off.

Back then, I didn't know that’s what it was. I actually thought I might be being irresponsible making the choices I was making, but there was something inside of me that was like, “No, this is what I want right now and that’s what I am going to do.”

My journey from living in section 8 housing, stepping over cockroaches (sorry for the visual, but it’s true) gripping my mace, walking to the bus stop to head to my 16 hour day ahead of me to now living the life of my dreams all started with me acknowledging the things “I’ve always wanted to do” and then going after that with my whole being.

When I was 19, going to college may have seemed like the “responsible” thing to do, however, what I wanted to do was travel the world. I had met someone who had traveled to over 50 countries and when I heard the stories of his travels I was like, “I want to do that”.

At the time I was working for $8.25 an hour.

So, working for $8.25 an hour, I worked my three jobs and planned and saved and planned and saved and planned and saved and planned and saved, and 14 months later, my friend Heather and I were boarding a plane for a seven month trip circling the globe.

I had the time of my life!!

And you know what? I discovered things about myself and the world that to this day serve me and have helped me become the person I am.

And, it set the stage for a few very important lessons that I would use over and over again.

Lesson #1: You don’t have to wait till you're “rich” to do the things you want. You would be amazed at all the things you can have NOW with a little planning and saving. Waiting till you're rich is the ultimate in procrastination and perfectionism. Procrastination and perfectionism, the two things that are definitely included in the recipe for failure. Sometimes people decide in advance they can’t have something instead of taking a look and seeing how they can make it happen now.

Maybe you don’t travel for seven months but you find a way to take seven days. You have to start somewhere, and often by starting “small” you learn things so you can enjoy yourself more when you’re able to do it “big”. Don’t allow your ego to put off things till “you can do it big.” I always say, “To achieve greatness you must be willing to take small and humble steps.”

Lesson #2: When you pursue what you want, the things you are afraid of losing will either...

a) not be relevant anymore after you’ve pursued what you’ve always wanted (this ‘ol thang?)

b) will be waiting for you when you get back.

Before I went on my seven month trip around the world I had the opportunity to take a six week trip to Asia. At the time I got the opportunity I had just landed a job making what was a big jump in pay from what I was used to. The trip felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity. I really wanted to keep this job, but I couldn’t imagine saying no to this trip.

I went to my boss, explained about the trip and gave my notice. I could not have imagined what happened next. Without blinking she said no problem, we don’t want to lose you. You can take a six week leave and come back after your trip. I was FLOORED. I got to go on this amazing trip and keep my job.

Trying to figure out how to hold onto things to pursue your dreams just doesn’t make sense. Once you step into what you’ve always wanted, things that appealed to the “old you” just won’t be relevant anymore. And like I said, if they are, they’ll most likely be there waiting for you.

Lesson #3: If you do your very best where you are, it will prepare you for what’s next and you will rarely need to go looking for opportunities.

There was a reason my boss was willing to hold my spot and let me take a leave. I showed up. I was on time, I was on point. I was open to feedback. I did my job and then some. I didn’t know everything, but I did the best I could with what I was given.

When you show up life shows up. I had the flexibility to take that trip and come back because I wasn’t so busy thinking about the future that I wasn’t giving 100% where I was.

This is where you have to be smart. Having your eye on future goals doesn't mean you check out of where you are. You give 100% where you are while building towards what you want.

When you do this it makes you valuable where you are, and as it turns out, people become more likely to want to help you to get to where you are going.

Not to mention, wherever you are you have the chance to develop skills. The very skills you may need to support you in your next phase.

So, over the next decade I repeated this.

I decided on something I wanted, did some research and planning, set a date and started working toward it, did that incredible thing I always wanted to do, then started the process all over again.

That may sound really simple and it is, except there’s just one more step that makes all the difference in the world.

“I stayed with it until I crossed the finish line."

When I got really close to the goal, when I was just a step away from accomplishing it, I didn’t back off. I stayed with it until I crossed the finish line.

THIS is CRAZY important. Right when you are getting close to accomplishing the very things you have been working your tail off for...the thing you SAID YOU WANTED, it’s very common to all of a sudden come up with reasons for why, “This might not be a good idea.” or something will happen, and you’ll be like,

“Is this a sign I shouldn’t...leave my job, start that business, move, travel or take that opportunity?”

I remember when I was living in Las Vegas. I had a roommate who loved Depeche Mode (yes the band from the 80’s) and also wanted to go to Europe. Turns out Depeche Mode was going to have an incredible tour and one of the stops was Germany. My roommate was SO EXCITED. He bought tickets when they were released, got the time off from work months in advance, started saving and bought his flight. He talked about it with excitement for months right up until a couple of weeks before the concert. 

Just weeks before the concert...all of a sudden he had some “responsibility” that came up and he started giving all these reasons why it wasn't practical and just like that canceled the trip. The whole thing, the flight, tickets just GONE! 

“RIGHT BEFORE it was about to be accomplished I thought it was the worst idea ever."

Whaaaaaa….?

We can all read this and be like that’s crazy!

Do you know someone who has done this? Had some major plans and then just backed out?? And, this doesn't just happen physically.

If you think about it, how often do you do this in your head?

You think about something you really want, and think about how amazing it would be, everything it would take. You then have imaginary conversations in your head about making it happen and all of a sudden, you’re like, “Yeah but….insert “practical” reason that only reinforces the life you already have, not the one you want.”

Every single dream I have accomplished, RIGHT BEFORE it was about to be accomplished I thought it was the worst idea ever and maybe I shouldn't do it.

Yes, every single one.

After saving for 14 months to travel around the world and in the weeks leading up to the departure dates, I started looking at all the wonderful things I had in my life; my friends, my job, and started to wonder...was it crazy to leave it all behind?

“was it crazy to leave it all behind?"

Even the night before the flight I was laying in bed thinking, “You’re an idiot, you’re going to go to Cambodia, step on a landmine and get your leg blown off! You're going to get food poisoning in India and possibly die from it!!!! What are you thinking??? (I’m literally laughing while writing this, thinking about how I was torturing myself with these thoughts.)

When I got the news that after four interviews, two tests and a presentation, I had in fact landed the job at Tony Robbins as a speaker (!!!!!!) I kept pushing my start date back and questioned if that's what I really wanted.

Five years later, when I had come to a fork in the road and had to decide whether or not to leave my dream job at Tony Robbins for what I felt was my life's purpose, I sat down and wrote my resignation letter. I was in front of my laptop crying hysterically to the point where I thought I was going to hyperventilate. It took me 45 minutes to hit the send button on that email.

Every single time when I was inches away, my brain gave me all the reasons why this was “the worst idea ever.”

The thing was, my brain didn’t have access to the memories I was about to create.

It didn't know what it was like to be in Borneo, looking out a bus window at the jungle and think, “This is the bluest sky I have ever seen...I didn't know the sky could be that blue…”

“I didn’t know the sky could be so blue..."

It didn't know the feeling of waking up early to be right there when the Taj Mahal opened in the morning and have 45 minutes all to myself before all the tourists got there. To be one of the very few people walking around taking in the majesty of the monument that love built.

It didn‘t know that although it seemed impractical to travel every four months to a new city for this job with Tony Robbins, that my first day of training sitting in that conference room, I would experience a feeling wash over me and would finally understand what it meant when people said, “Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life.”

I didn't know. And that is why when you are pursuing what you have always wanted you need to remember the three things I shared with you above and that when you get within inches, you cross that finish line. 

You don’t turn your back on your dreams.

"You don’t turn your back on your dreams."

Today, I am living my mission of Empowering Women to Know Their Value and Claim Their Worth. I am teaching the very things I wish someone had shared with me when I was struggling and I am giving women practical tools - real life tools - to move the needle in their life.

Tools beyond telling women to “believe in themselves” and “know your why.”

Let me tell you something. When I used to hear that or read that while watching people who had a life so fabulous they might have well been aliens, those pieces of advice didn’t mean anything to me.

All they represented was how far away from my goal I was because I thought, I did believe in myself and if I knew my “why” then I wouldn't have needed their help!

Not to mention, you can believe in yourself and know your why and still not have what you want!

Because at the end of the day you need real life skills to get to where you want to go.

And that’s what we teach at mina meetings.

The real life skills that you can apply immediately. The mental, emotional, and physical skills I learned over 20 years of doing life on my terms.

And today I have the joy - the absolute joy, of witnessing women going from zero to their own hero!

To see the look of pure astonishment and disbelief while they are sharing a huge milestone they’ve accomplished. Something they’ve wanted their whole life!

Or the look of peace on their face when they share a resolution they have created around something in their life that has been so painful for so long.

But not anymore.

Not. Anymore.

And that’s the last thing I want to share with you while we’re here together.

Not anymore.

Whatever your life has been up until now it doesn’t have to look that way moving forward.

And you don’t have to have “come from nothing” to transform your life.

Middle class can be just as dangerous because there’s a level of “comfort” there that guilts us into believing “you should be happy.”

“Middle class can be just as dangerous"

I am passionate about this work because I think it is wholly unfair to have the first 20 years of your life dictate the next 80.

That where you came from becomes the blueprint for where you live, work, who you are in relationship with and most of all how you feel about yourself.

You are so much more than what you saw and learned the first 20-ish years of your life.

That is PART of your story. You don’t have to let it be the whole thing.

I was not dealt good cards. In fact, I was dealt horrifying cards. Emotionally, physically, and sexually abused for most of my childhood. I lived with foster parents, adopted parents, real parents, and was then on my own at 15.

Abusive relationships, an eating disorder and no education to lead the way.

Here’s what happened though. I made a decision early on that set the stage for me to allow myself to “Have what I have always wanted.” I decided that I never wanted to be someone that, “because those things happened to me I couldn’t….fill.in.the.blank.”

Those things that happened to me were not going to rule my life.

They got my first 20 years. They were not going to get the rest.

I had to make that decision over and over and over again until one day I didn’t have to decide anymore.

I just wasn't that person anymore.

I wasn't the person who had to “overcome.”

I was the person living a beautiful life.

And you know what? I didn’t have my trauma or issues completely sorted out when I went on those amazing adventures.

Every stage of my life there was a new emotional layer to deal with.

Letting myself have what I wanted FIRST allowed me to work through the trauma.

Going after my dreams was my training ground for strength and resilience.

So don’t wait.

If you have a desire in you now it’s trying to lead you somewhere.

Set a goal, set a date. Plan, research, save, and most of all BE WILLING TO START SMALL.

Tell the world or don’t tell anyone till they see you doing it, but give yourself the gift of discovering who you are beyond what you have known.

Let your dreams reveal to you what life has in store.

They are waiting and dying to show you how awesome you really are.

-Mina

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"I don’t know if anyone can relate to this, but for me there was something so incredibly heavy weighing on my mind. My son was killed in a house fire. He was 9 years old at the time and when I met Mina it had been 12 years, I’ve always wanted to do something in honor of him.

It came out in my second mina meeting while I was there under the guise of wanting to build my baking business.

mina meetings has been so instrumental in helping me make that happen. Working through the emotional part of it, the business part of it, all the ins and outs and the support that's necessary to make that happen.

So now what’s happened since then is that we now are a 501c3 Corporation and have been so for 3 years.  

We became an approved vendor for Broward County doing presentations for kids and adults showing how to leave the house in case of a fire. We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity and we provide smoke alarms to families who can't afford them.

In essence, what Mina has helped me do is remove the barriers inside myself that were preventing me from achieving my mission and discovering my life’s purpose. I thank you and love you, Mina”.
 

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