Today I am delighted–thrilled beyond words!–to share energetic space with Sandi Amorim.
To give you an idea of Sandi’s energy, here are a few words from her about page:
“You may know me as a master coach, a workshop facilitator, or writer. You may also know I have a passion for personal growth, salted dark chocolate, and a Scottish Terrier named Tarty.
But that’s just the surface. Go deeper and you’ll find a truth-teller and freedom fighter. A raging inferno of passion…
Passion for you experiencing more love and freedom in your life.”
Sandi and I connected online a few years ago. I love her energy, the way she chooses to show up in the world and what she is creating. Among the many ways that knowing Sandi has enriched my life is that a few years back, she introduced me to the word and energy of *audacious* and I’ve been exploring it ever since. Recently, in October 2015, I worked it into my personal mantra “Aligned with love, audaciously luxuriating in infinite possibility” (which you can read about on my about page). So, you see, knowing Sandi is life-changing in a magnificent way!
Sandi Amorim’s Bio:
Sandi Amorim is a Master Coach, NLP Practitioner, and author of the bestseller, The 100 Day Promise: A Guide to Changing from the Inside Out. She has spent the past twenty years studying what makes us tick, what keeps us stuck and most importantly, what helps us thrive.
As a seasoned professional in the field of coaching, she holds coaching certificates from Erickson Coaching International in the Art & Science of Coaching, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, as well as a Master Coach designation from the Harmony Integration Academy. In 2014 she was one of the first coaches in the world licensed to lead Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map workshop.
Sandi is facilitating a new session of The 100 Day Promise, with the theme of Living Abundance, beginning January 1, 2016. I participated in the first 100 Day Promise offering and I highly recommend it. This new theme is one that speaks to my heart and I know will speak to yours, too. Sandi agreed to an interview to share some information about this program and she graciously gifted me one session to giveaway to one of my readers (the giveaway information is at the end of this interview).
Joy: I could speak with Sandi for hours, covering a myriad of topics, but today we are keeping our focus on her 100 Day Promise program that begins January 1, 2016.
What was your inspiration or motivation for creating this program?
Sandi: My motivation for creating the program was frustration with how often people failed when they wanted to change something in their lives. We’ve been told for so long that it only takes 21 days to change a habit, and yet, I repeatedly heard a different story. As I began researching what it takes to change effectively, I heard from many friends and clients and also knew from my own experience that 21 days was a myth that actually set people up for disappointment. I decided to find out what would work better, and that led to research that felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole!
Joy: I know that as you facilitate each session, you also work through them with your own promise. What is one of your biggest personal takeaways from participating in this program?
Sandi: My greatest breakthrough came from understanding that while there’s a definite process to change, we can personalize it and make it work even better for ourselves as individuals if we create practices that work for our lives.
So instead of telling people what to do, I invite them to explore what kinds of practices and rituals bring them joy and help them stay focused. For example, my own morning practice is made up of 4-6 activities (i.e. walking my dog, chanting, meditation, etc.) that I choose from every day based on what I need in the moment instead of trying to stick to a prescribed one-size-fits-all routine.
Joy: Were you surprised in any way by the feel of the program, as you created it, then facilitated a few sessions?
Sandi: I wasn’t surprised as much as delighted in how the structure works. I’ve often jokingly called it the sneak attack, and what I mean by that is that day by day it may not feel like we’re doing that much, but because we’re taking small actions often and consistently, the cumulative effect is awesome, and once people see that they’re even more inspired to continue.
Joy: The 100 Day Promise information page is very thorough. Almost any question I could ask is answered there!
The theme of this new session is “Living Abundance”. May you share with us a little about what you feel the meaning and energy in these words are and what might ‘living abundance’ look and feel like in daily life?
Sandi: When the previous group requested the theme of abundance I decided I really wanted to look at the topic from a new perspective. I looked up the original meaning of the word abundance and loved the intention of fullness and plenty, and that’s the lens through which we’ll be looking at abundance for the 100 days together. So while we’ll definitely include money, it’s only one area of life with a greater focus on the whole. I also wanted to engage people in a way of living vs. abundance being something sought after.
Joy: What might someone who chooses to participate in this “Living Abundance” session of the 100 Day Promise program expect to read and experience?
Sandi: We’ll still be going through the 100 Day Promise structure but they can expect a bit of the unexpected! Each time I lead the program I tailor the daily prompts and weekly exercises to the theme, and I’m excited as to what might show up with abundance as I’ve never addressed this topic specifically in my work.
Joy: What words of encouragement or guidance would you share with someone who creates and shares their promise internally and within the 100 Day Promise program community, then feels really resistant to being consistently present to the materials and to their promise?
Sandi: The mantra I shared in the last program is still the best thing I can offer: Zero judgement, all love. What I mean by that is to do your best every day, to notice when you slip, and then start again the next day. There’s no right or wrong way to go through the program. There’s only showing up for yourself in a new way.
Joy: Lots of people are familiar with creating New Year’s resolutions. I know your 100 Day Promise program differs greatly in energy and feel from the resolution process. May you share with us the key differences as you understand them to be?
Sandi: The main difference is that the first month of the program is about clearing the energy that may be in the way of a powerful promise. So instead of blurting out a New Year’s resolution in a moment of inspiration, I invite people to consider what they really want as well as what’s stopped them. This is a very different approach, and so we ease into the commitment with clarity and intention, instead of what often feels like desperate motivation at New Year’s.
Joy: What you and previous participants speak highly about is the environment and support one feels as they are present in this program. May you share a bit about that with us?
Sandi: One of my favourite parts of the program is the community love and support. There’s a Japanese proverb that says, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” and I really see this in the program. People start supporting each other, offering encouragement and suggestions, and it really becomes a safe place to bring yourself fully. This helps people share not only when they’re having a good day, but also when they’ve slipped and need a few kind words of encouragement to get back on track.
Joy: People who register for the 100 Day Promise program also receive a copy of your bestseller “The 100 Day Promise: A Guide to Changing from the Inside Out.“
Through connecting via social media, it seems like your book naturally unfolded from facilitating a few sessions of this program (meaning I don’t think you originally planned any of this out – it organically grew). May you share a bit about that with us?
Sandi: You’re right about that! Both the program and the book grew naturally out of the participation that took place in the group each time. When I first offered it I had no idea I’d do so much research into how we change, and I certainly didn’t expect to write a book about the process. That it went that way feels good as it was a real journey for me, one that led to many personal breakthroughs
Joy: Thank you so much for sharing! In closing, is there anything else you would like us to know about the 100 Day Promise program?
Sandi: The thing that might surprise people is that I go through the program each time myself, and I do this for a few reasons.
First, it’s an opportunity for me to keep growing, which I love, but it also reminds me what it’s like to face resistance, to struggle, and to slip and feel disappointment. What we go through in the 100 days is a uniquely human experience, and going through it with like-minded people is inspiring.
I also changed the schedule to offer it only once a year in January. My intention is to have the 100 Day Promise become a powerful and effective antidote to New Year’s resolutions.
I want people to know that change doesn’t have to be so hard, and with the right structure and support it can be a life-affirming experience.
Thank you so much, Sandi, for sharing your time and energy with us!!
Dear Reader: Do you see why I love Sandi’s energy and work?! As I mentioned at the beginning of the interview, Sandi graciously gifted me with one session to giveaway to one reader through my site. To qualify to win, please leave a comment in the comment section answering this question: What speaks strongly to you from our interview and what most excites you about the 100 Day Promise Living Abundance program?
On December 30th at 9p (pt) I will choose a winner from the names of each person who has commented before then. I will post the winner’s name here and contact the winner via email.
*Edit 12-30-15: The raffle is now closed. Thank you to all who participated by leaving a comment! The winner is….Suzanne McRae.
Much peace and abundant love,