Month: April 2018

Unlocking Your Potential With Julie Billings-Nguyen

While most people define themselves by their achievements and what they do, Julie Billings-Nguyen, the co-founder and CEO of Odessa PR, does the exact opposite. She asks herself, “Who am I without everything that I’ve accomplished?” and strives to focus on her mindset, rather than focus on what she’s achieved.


“I’m trying to shift my mindset into being, rather than doing.”


Focusing on who she is rather than what she does helps Julie practice self-love and live authentically. Similarly, her public relations company, Odessa PR, is built on this unique perspective and approach to life. In the same way that Julie is focused on accomplishing goals in an authentic way, Odessa aims to do the same with their clients.


“Odessa follows entrepreneurs and founders through their odyssey of how they conquer victory.”


Be The Next

Julie is passionate about working with incredible, inspiring people and building a company that truly cares about the success of their clients. Unlike a traditional PR agency that typically focuses only on execution, Odessa is extremely strategic and aims to help people be the best version of themselves.

Odessa is mindful in what they do. Julie and the rest of her team regularly asks themselves, “How can we best serve our clients?” and “How can we move their business forward in an incredibly meaningful way?” Odessa’s latest project encourages people to #BeTheNext, go after who they want to be, and narrate that journey.


“I want to tell the stories worth telling.”


I said I could, I would, and I did

Julie was raised on the foundation that stability and security were extremely important. So leaving everything she knew in Australia to move across the world to New York City to begin her own company was a big change. How did she do it? “Have zero inhibitions,” she shared. “Ask yourself, ‘What would the decisions in your life look like if you had no limiting beliefs?’” Simply put, Julie believed she could do it, said she would do it, then did it.

It wasn’t always easy. “It’s incredibly hard to be an entrepreneur because you’re creating a world that doesn’t exist yet.” This is where mindful reflection comes in. When doubt, worry, and fear creeps up, recognizing those emotions and being mindful of how you act upon them is key. For Julie, practicing daily meditation, reflecting, and journaling helps her stay in control of her thoughts and actions.


“It’s important to catch your thinking before it becomes an action.”


The Power of Questions

Julie recognizes the power of asking questions. “The quality of your life relationships stem from the questions you ask people and yourself.” One question she often asks herself is, “Am I saying yes out of guilt or out of fear?” As social beings, we want to be liked and usually default to saying yes. However, Julie explained that if we don’t really want to do something or be somewhere, it’s better to say no if you’re not going to be truly present. Her newest mantra helps her commit to this practice every day:


“I protected my time and honoured it with decisions that would lead to deep happiness, intellectual and emotional fulfillment, and inner joy.”


Do You

There are countless tools, methods, and ways to practice mindfulness, but the most important thing is finding what works for you personally. Julie explained that she once tried to practice meditation and journaling very early in the morning, but failed again and again. She is someone who enjoys rising with the sun, so that just wasn’t for her. She explained, “Setting yourself up to fail is the worst thing you can do for yourself.” Instead, think about how YOU work best. Be honest with yourself and practice mindfulness in a way that makes sense for you.


“You are unique. You can’t copy someone else’s mindful practice.”


Julie’s Questions for Kyō:

  • Were my decisions today serving my vision and long term goals or were they a reaction in the moment?
  • Am I saying yes out of guilt or out of fear?
  • How can I unlock the potential of those around me to be the best version of themselves?


Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

Master Your Relationships with Melissa Ambrosini

Melissa Ambrosini is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, host of ‘The Melissa Ambrosini Show’ podcast, a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur and self-love teacher. Named a ‘self-help guru’ by Elle Magazine, her message — that love is sexy, healthy is liberating, and wealthy isn’t a dirty word — has inspired women across the globe to activate their dreams and live life on their own terms.

Make sure to pick up Melissa’s most recent book “Open Wide”. A radically real guide to deep love, rocking relationships and soulful sex!


  • How to show up for each moment of the day
  • The Open Wide Event – Coldplay meets TED talks
  • Mental preparation routines for public speaking & events
  • How to release expectations in your relationships
  • Living a life of love
  • Balancing your masculine & feminine energy
  • Practicing crystal clear communication

For Melissa’s books, blog, Podcast and more, head over to
Follow Melissa’s journey: @melissaambrosini

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Vision, Patience & Confidence with Janet Zuccarini

Janet Zuccarini is the sole owner and visionary behind Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group and is a Top Chef Canada resident judge. She’s spent the last 21 years building an award winning restaurant group and opens up with us about the mental fitness practices that have helped her along this journey.

Janet and her restaurants have been all over the news, winning awards and attracting people like Michelle Obama & Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. But it took years of drive, patience and confidence in herself and her team to earn these accolades.


  • Being born into an entrepreneurial family
  • Running a company with love
  • Confidence required in entrepreneurship
  • Forcing delegation into your life
  • Digital journaling & brain health
  • Janet’s morning/breakfast routine

Follow Janet on Instagram and Gusto 54

Photography by Gusto 54

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From Start-Ups to Tech Giants & Back With Hemant Bhanoo

Having experienced start-ups, tech giants like Amazing and Google, acquisitions and now spreading the benefits of mindfulness around the world, Hemant shares his thoughts on mentally navigating these worlds.

While at Google, Hemant introduced the Search Inside Yourself program to hundreds of coworkers in Tokyo, London, Dublin and Mountain View. He now leads the Product & Strategy team at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (born out of Google). Hemant is a fascinating individual with a tremendous amount of experience and a wonderful perspective on integrating mindfulness practices into your everyday.


  • Navigating your career, family and life
  • Managing your thoughts during big life transitions
  • Working through a mid-life crisis with reflective practices
  • Mindfulness at Google
  • Visualization & journaling practices
  • How to deploy the skills from a silent retreat

Follow Hemant’s work at

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Diving Into The Layers Of Your Mind With Jonni Pollard

Jonni is best known for bringing meditation to the mainstream through his organization, 1 Giant Mind and its Learn to Meditate smartphone app. As one of the top rated meditation apps, 1 Giant Mind has taught hundreds of thousands of people worldwide how to meditate for free.

He is also recognized for leading mass meditations at some of the world’s biggest lifestyle events and festivals (Wanderlust, Lightning in a Bottle, The Big Quiet). Jonni teaches private meditation and personal development for entrepreneurs, CEOs, celebrities, political leaders and wellness experts across yoga and meditation. Born and raised in Australia, Jonni currently resides in Manhattan.


  • The journey of self-inquiry
  • Managing social groups & changing friendships
  • Connecting with your “inner child”
  • Connecting with yourself & your children on the highest level
  • Authenticity & mindful moments in the streets of New York City
  • Linking meditation techniques to key areas of your mind
  • Unwrapping the different layers to our mind

Follow Jonni’s journey & get the 1 Giant Mind App

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