It's Friday, and it's time for some THINKING OUT LOUD. If you're new here, our THINKING OUT LOUD episodes are very loosely structured solo episides of me riffing off of whatever thoughts are on my mind lately.
I often pair them with an Instagram post so you can follow along easy-peasy. Here's the one that goes with today's episode.
On deck for today:
- The difference between following inspiration and following an aesthetic
- Being a tourist in your own city and what kinds of life lessons that brings up
- Being a good person vs making sure a lot of people THINK you’re a good person
- Body pride + mental well-being
...and SO much more.
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Ksenia Avdulova is a FORCE to be reckoned with in the digital world. a speaker, social media strategist, and founder of @breakfastcriminals, an award-nominated digital platform known for its influential online presence and offline experiences that merge food and mindfulness. You've probably seen her gorgeous acai and smoothie bowls on Instagram in her signature "heart bowl."
Ksenia's conscious social media methodology, Hashtag Mindful, is rooted in the idea that social media is a tool to share our message, expand our success, and create a positive impact. She has been a workshop leader and speaker at the United Nations GirlUp summit and other empowerment-centered events and retreats around the world. Ksenia is also a featured marketing teacher on Skillshare and co-founder of @crystalcriminals.
In her podcast, Woke and Wired, Ksenia and her guests have unfiltered conversations about expanded consciousness and entrepreneurship in the digital age.
Ksenia has created something REALLY special through Woke and Wired. After binge listening to the first few episodes, I was immediately certain that this is the missing piece we need in a wellness culture that values spirituality over practicality, and a business culture that values the bottom line over looking inside. I am so inspired by these intelligent and nuanced conversations that Ksenia leads with such grace, ease, and mindfulness. There's truly nothing else like it.
Whether you're looking to use the internet to build out a business, stumped on how/when to monetize, curious what goes on behind the scenes (and screens) of influencers, or you're just wondering how the heck to stay grounded and centered in our Like!-Post!-Share! culture, this is a conversation you're going to want to come back to over and over again. Grab a pen, take notes, and come hang with us.
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