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Transforming Baggage into Luggage: Embracing Your True Potential


Welcome back to the Woman of Grit podcast! In this episode, Dr. Ahne had a captivating conversation with Donna Tashjian, a Life Mastery Coach and the founder of Vibrant Living International. They explored the transformative power of changing one's perspective, the importance of belonging, and the significance of self-care. Join us as we delve into practical advice, data-driven insights, and personal anecdotes that will inspire you to embrace your true potential and live a fulfilled life.

Transforming Baggage into Luggage: The Power of Perspective:

Donna Tashjian's program, "Turn your baggage into luggage," offers individuals a fresh perspective on their past experiences. By reframing their mindset, they can transform their baggage into something that propels them towards a better future. Donna shares a success story of a woman who went from feeling hopeless and burdened by shame to feeling hopeful and confident in herself. This powerful example highlights the potential for positive transformation when we change our perspective.

The Pursuit of Greatness: Embracing Personal Growth and Fulfillment:

Donna's podcast, "You Were Designed for Greatness," aims to provide valuable insights to a wide audience without requiring a significant investment of time or effort. This resonates with Dr. Ahne's belief in elevating women's voices and exploring intersectional challenges. The conversation emphasizes the importance of not comparing ourselves to others and instead focusing on being true to ourselves. Even successful individuals like Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou have experienced impostor syndrome, proving that feelings of inadequacy can affect anyone. Dr. Ahne helps her clients overcome this fear by turning it into excitement and challenging their limiting beliefs.

Shifting Fear to Excitement: Embracing Your True Potential:

Fear of rejection and not feeling good enough can hinder us from pursuing our dreams and living authentically. Dr. Ahne and Donna discuss the importance of recognizing when fear is sneaking in and learning to identify the difference between fear and excitement in our body's reactions. They also explore the impact of past disappointments and trauma on our body's default response to avoid fear and danger. The conversation highlights the need to develop confidence and comfort in our own skin and see fear as excitement. By reframing our perspective, we can overcome these obstacles and embrace our true potential.

Belonging: Love, Acceptance, and Authenticity:

The conversation between Dr. Ahne and Donna underscores the importance of belonging in personal relationships and work environments. True belonging occurs when individuals can show up as their authentic selves and are fully accepted by their peers. Donna shares her personal experience of redefining what being visible means to her, overcoming childhood experiences of criticism and rejection. Dr. Ahne adds that she enjoys her own company and can spend time alone without feeling lonely. This highlights the significance of self-love and finding belonging within oneself.

Letting Go and Forgiveness: Reclaiming Your Grit:

Donna Tashjian discusses the importance of letting go of past traumas and embracing the future with optimism and confidence. It is a process that requires perseverance and self-love. She recommends using affirmations and declarations to change negative thoughts and speak what you want instead. Forgiveness is another key component in moving forward, and the conversation highlights its transformative effects. Seeking support and guidance from coaches or individuals who have experienced similar situations is crucial in this journey of self-discovery and empowerment.


In this enlightening conversation, Donna Tashjian and Dr. Ahne provide practical advice, data-driven insights, and personal anecdotes that inspire us to transform our baggage into luggage, embrace our true potential, and prioritize our well-being. By changing our perspective, letting go of past traumas, and finding our true selves, we can live authentically and achieve personal growth and fulfillment. Remember, you were designed for greatness, and it's time to reclaim your grit and soar to new heights!

We hope you enjoyed this episode of the Woman of Grit podcast. Stay tuned for more authentic conversations and empowering insights. If you'd like to explore Donna's wisdom and insights further, be sure to check out her book, "The Key to Transform Your Life." Remember, your journey of self-discovery and empowerment continues, and we're here to support you every step of the way.


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