Ending The Year with Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage of a Child, Episode 106

Think about what 2022 could look like for you. What does it take for you to make 2022 amazing? Imagine using your capabilities and resources as an adult and pairing those up with the confidence, resilience, curiosity, and energy you had as a kid. During a coaching engagement, a client asked me something that illustrates how we might be keeping ourselves stuck by relying purely on thinking like an adult. 

In this episode, I’m doing a 2021 wrap-up and sharing with you some of my upcoming guests in 2022. Specifically, I’m giving you a sneak preview of next week’s episode which features a Sesame Street puppeteer who offers some words of wisdom about reconnecting with our inner child being the key to harnessing our imagination. There’s no better way to approach 2022 than with oodles of imagination for you to dream bigger. 

My goal for this podcast is to bring you world-class thought leaders across disciplines from around the world who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities until they felt ready. Hopefully, you have drawn some inspiration from this podcast over the past year. I’m passionate about helping you believe in yourself enough – to stand up for yourself, to invest in yourself, and to show up as yourself to the world. My role is to scour the earth for those who could inspire us all to be our authentic selves.

If you want to feel better, expansive, and unlimited like your inner child would want you to feel, I would love to see you join my free master class by simply going to www.melissallarena.com/limits. If you could combine your kid-like qualities and your capabilities and resources as an adult, then you will realize how limitless your potential is.

It takes rethinking and reimagining what’s possible for you and I want you to have everything you need so you can enter 2022 with eyes wide open!  


Creativity: Most successful people have a playful spirit. They’re creative and curious and they have this sense of hope that we can all stand to learn from.

Impact: Do you want to continue following the expectations of what you should be doing as a responsible, practical adult or follow what you really want to do as a human and make a huge impact on this world?

Limitations: Before you start thinking about your 2022 resolutions and goals, you need to know what you’re up against. What’s the traditional thinking around what’s possible for you and what’s unavailable to you? 

Dreams: Many individuals have multiple degrees and so many successes, or they may have some big brands on their resumes, but they don’t have the energy to apply their effort towards their dreams.

Insecurities: People who look like they are totally put together can absolutely also feel like they either don’t belong, or they don’t have a right to do whatever it is that they want to accomplish.

Reconnection: Know what you’ve been taught about what it’s like to be an adult and what people expect of you that you may not agree with. Then tap into reconnecting with your inner child, which you can do almost on-demand, to help you get out of the rut.

Courage: A lot of our beliefs are worth getting rid of in 2022. Don’t be afraid to swap them, question them, or maybe introduce brand new ways of thinking and rehearsing them so that this way your actions don’t feel so hard in 2022. 

Awareness: Be fully present, pouring your heart, your soul, and everything into any activity in which you are doing in the present moment. 

Clarity: Imagine going to a party and not feeling bad or awkward about deciding not to eat something the host made because you just want to love yourself by losing some weight. There are a lot of incongruencies between what you want in 2022 and what you think you should go for or be grateful for. Therefore, having clarity is essential.

Momentum: Our inner child often gives us a sense of what we really want. And once you’re able to break free from your limitations and reconnect with your inner child, you can move so fast. 

Curiosity: Kids don’t have the burden of some past trauma. They have just this free and clear approach to what they want. And so, there are a lot of things that we can learn from them.

Ageless: Once you are happier, everyone else around you will be happier. Having the spirit of a child or reconnecting with your inner child is ageless.

About Melissa Llarena

Melissa brings a makerspace mindset that is laser-focused on creatively making space for courage for those with a big message to share with the world. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace with very different tools meant for making things fueled by active imaginations. In a makerspace, the goal is to inspire new creations. In Melissa’s program called Courage Makerspace ™ we are making space for courage in your daily life so that you can become an incredible thought leader who has the courage to connect, communicate, and create something incredible that will have an impact on the world. 

What makes Courage Makerspace™ different is that it uniquely brings an interdisciplinary and creative approach to high-performance coaching. This online program is based on psychological principles, the art of storytelling, and incorporates proprietary experiential tools that harness the power of our imagination. Melissa has infused proven strategies and insights that have empowered clients around the world.  Her background includes a psychology degree from NYU, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and she holds a Transformational Coaching Academy certificate based on Tony Robbins principles and Landmark Education insights. She is a native New Yorker who has lived/worked in Paris as well as London, and courageously relocated to Sydney, Australia with her family.

Want to be a COURAGEOUS thought leader who is fulfilling their life purpose?

If you intend to become a thought leader and have the courage to accomplish your life purpose faster than you’ve imagined possible, book an appointment with me in the next 24 hours. We’re going to assess where you are on this confidence journey, then we’re going to put our heads together and come up with a step-by-step game plan to define how you can rebuild your courage when you need it. Book this free session by going to http://www.melissallarena.com/sessions.

Want to continue the conversation?

Find me on Instagram! You can read my daily mini-blogs centered on the same three topics that my podcast features: creativity, courage, and curiosity. I believe that without all three it would be impossible to solve the challenges we were each uniquely made to solve. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m easy to find on Instagram @melissallarena

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Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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