Life Is Happening For You, Not To You... What Does It Mean?

Today’s episode quote is actually an affirmation that i heard for the first time in an intenSati class at the beginning of my journey. If you don’t know what intenSati is, it’s a personal development workout where high cardio moves are paired with affirmation. I had the founder, Patricia Moreno, on the podcast for the third episode, about Aligning Heart, Mind and Body and i highly recommend you check it out.

So, life is happening for me, not to me, instantly resonated because it was so simple to understand at first glance. When something challenging happens, flip the script from negativity and a black hole of despair and go to positivity, to having faith that things are here to teach you something. If you have read even only one blog post about personal development you know that is one of the foundational premises to actually improving your life, to know that things happen for a reason, that you can learn from any challenge, and that if you actually manage to stand the course and believe it in the moment the challenge is unfolding, your overcoming of that challenge can be much better and the recovery much more effective. So far so good.

But, and here’s a big, huge BUT, when you’re in situation where you lost your job, your best friend died, your house burns down, how in the world are you still supposed to find a silver lining?

Well, today’s guest is the perfect person to talk to about this because he is one of the most steady and positivity-oriented people I know. Joel Readence is a life and leadership coach for one of the largest companies in the world and he coaches leaders and executives in finding their purpose, gain more fulfillment in their lives, and achieve a full life-work integration. These are all great reasons for Joel to be on the podcast in the first place, but the main reason I thought he would be great for this episode is because he had an immense loss in his life, that by applying this rule, life is happening for me, he made a huge life-change that led him into this field in the first place. I’ll let Joel tell Joel’s story, and I am so excited for you to hear him speak about life lessons and self-discovery. Happy listening!

Align Heart, Mind and Body with Patricia Moreno

Mindset expert and fitness guru Patricia Moreno is a genius in all things training: training the mind, the body, the heart, but also confidence, self-love, and all things personal power. She helps her clients train their whole being so they can become the humans they want to be, find their true purpose in life and thrive.

Patricia is also the person who initiated me on this path of personal development. When I took my first intenSati class, her signature workout that she created when she was one of the top fitness instructors at Equinox (a world-wide luxury gym, she has left the company in 2015), I was hooked. Also because the class was fun and a great experience, but mainly because I felt that this class would somehow change my being to what I really aspired to be.

I wasn’t disappointed, and as I proceeded to work for Patricia for 4 years, I also embarked on a journey that completely transformed me and let me to truly love my being, reframe relationship, discover my purpose, and achieve my life-goals. I kid you not when I say that this podcast wouldn’t exist without her.

It is therefore a great privilege for me to have her on the podcast this week talking about the alignment of heart, mind and body. It’s something you hear and read especially in connection to yoga and fitness studio, but how does this alignment really work? How do we start aligning ourselves in our lives, and more importantly, how do we stay aligned “off the mat” as they say?

It wouldn’t be a surprise to me if you had a completely different way at looking not only at exercise, but at your whole self. Patricia’s way of explaining basic mindset concepts can be truly eye-opening.

I loved talking to Patricia for this, and I can’t wait to hear what you think! Happy listening!

Raise Your Vibration... What Does It Mean?

Guys, it’s here! The first episode of What Does It Mean? is published!

I am so excited you’re here, and frankly, I am very excited to be here! I love having conversations like the ones we are going to have on this podcast, and it is a dream of mine come true to have them intentionally and to share them.

At 12 years old I realized that if I was upset or sad, I could just go outside and the first person I would talk to would make me feel happy again. It would happen in an instant, and so every time I felt that way I would go outside, talk to someone, either a stranger at the store or a neighbor of my village in the Italian part of Switzerland, and feel better. It would happen in a moment.

It still works – that’s how I know I am an extrovert, right? And I love that something so simple as a human connection can put me in a completely different state in a moment. But, as we grow up, life gets a little more complicated, so it became more and more difficult to change my mood on the long run, and that technique just provided a very temporary relief. I didn’t notice that at the time either, because frankly, I was going through life without feeling much. Until I moved to New York and I found intenSati.

This amazing workout that combines high cardio movement with spoken affirmation was my new trick, and even more so, it really changed me at my core. The mood change was lasting! And it initiated me on a true path of transformation.

By being exposed to this whole new world of mind empowerment I started to unpack underlaying conscious and subconscious blockages and pains, and that led me onto an incredible life-transforming path – that I am still on – and that led me here, to the creation of this podcast.

I am a very analytical person, which serves well for a journalist. That is the career I was in for the first few years of my adult life, until I moved to New York and everything changed with one intenSati class. And while I have come a long way in trusting my feelings too and not only revert to logic, it’s still in my nature to understand certain concepts. It comes to no surprise then that one day I thought, but what does it mean to raise your vibration? How does one do that?

And every time I would scroll on Instagram, I would see so many of those quotes that sounded really good, but that I just wasn’t sure I truly, fully understood. So that led me to thinking, “How many people are in my same position, of not really understanding what this means?”

That’s when I decided to create this podcast, where I will talk to experts in various fields about those quotes that are so “instagrammable” and that we’re so quick to “like” or “love”, and that maybe when unpacked and looked at a deeper level can five us much more than just the impulse to double tap on our phone.

This first conversation is with Primavera Salva, a spiritual teacher whose core message is to transform with love. The way Primavera explains spiritually complex problems is truly understandable, and I am so happy that we had this conversation at her beautiful home in New York City. Find more information in the show notes at then end of this blog post.

We explored what a vibration is, how to raise it, and especially how to do so in extremely challenging situations, when you don’t even want to change your mood because you’re so sad and mad that all you want to do is crawl underneath your blanket and cry.

This conversation led me to understand that when I discovered the ability to be happy when I talked to someone, I was intentionally raising my vibration. I just had no clue that I was doing it.

intenSati? Raises my vibration. As do most forms of physical exercise. What else? Listen to the episode and find out!

I hope that by listening you can have an “aha-moment”, and that you will share this episode with someone in your life that can learn something, too. Especially now that we just launched, it is incredibly important that we get ratings and subscriptions, so that we can get far up on the “New” category. So please subscribe, rate, and follow WDIM on Facebook to leave comments and post your favorite quote, or one you would like to hear talked about on the pod.

Go out and talk to someone today – it’s good for everybody :)

Much love


  • You can find more information about Primavera Salva on her website.

  • The Einstein quote that Primavera and I couldn’t remember is: “Energy can’t be created or destroyed.”

  • This is the link to the Super Soul Conversation with Larry Dossey, the surgeon who is incorporating prayer into his medical practice.

  • Here is more information about the stone Black Opsidian that Primavera mentions in the podcast.