Life is a very exciting, ever-changing, and possibly the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever have. Living skillfully requires mindfulness, education, determination, and discipline. With so many moving pieces at all times, it’s no wonder we often struggle and feel confused and challenged. I’ve made it my mission to help people figure things out, move forward with their plans, and untangle themselves from the confusion of uncertainty.
I am a passionista – passionate about learning, passionate about people, passionate about exploring, passionate about life. I love the complexities and meanderings of relationships, creativity, and self-expression, breaking molds and dispensing with conventions.
I get why everyone pushes the idea of self-esteem and feeling good about yourself. People, want to feel good. But seriously, no one ever feels good all the time. Those who chase the feeling end up drinking and driving through life inhibited by the illusion of a good time until they crash in a field somewhere nowhere with an empty bank account and ruined relationships.
I believe in feeling good about who you can be. Despite the awful circumstances. Despite the challenges. Despite the mistakes you’ve made and the wrong turns.
Feeling good about who you can be will set you on a path of transformation and growth.
If you choose to accept the challenge of your future self, you will live a meaningful life, waste less time, and surround yourself with the kinds of people that help you and inspire your progress.
If you can make today just a little better than yesterday, you are doing well. If you can learn one thing today you didn’t know yesterday; if you can walk a mile; if you can eat one healthy meal, apologize once, be honest with your self, just this one little thing in the right direction, and you will be this much closer to who you CAN be!
If I could sell you a magic pill you can take before bed and when you wake up, your life will be the ideal version of itself, would you take it? Do you really want to be your old self in your new life? How long do you think before your new life starts looking like the life you are desperately trying to leave behind?
Life is a series of games, a tournament. To win the tournament, strategize, prioritize, and play honorably.
Losing a few games does not prevent you from winning the tournament.
If you want to become who you aspire to be,
If you want to have the relationships you long for,
If you want to feel accomplished and secure,
If you want to experience the transforming power of honest conversation,
If you want to have a member on your team to challenge and support you,
Then you need to call me.
You need to talk to me today!
With love, Valentina.
Valentina Petrova has a Master’s in Integral Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelor’s in Sustainable Economic Development from Whittier College. She is certified as a strategic interventionist and life transitions coach through the Robbins-Madanes 100 hours training program. She is a facilitator for the nationwide Alternatives to Violence Project, working with people in severe circumstances, such as prisons.
She is Facial Action Coding System (FACS) certified and has worked as an academic researcher on emotion expression and suppression at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Since 2004, Valentina has published close to a hundred articles on psychology, spirituality, and well-being in various publications, including the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (July 2015). Her life-coaching practice, personal development workshops, public speaking engagements, and volunteering on a crisis support line give her daily opportunities to help others.
She started her first small business when she was 21 years old and a student at Leeward Community College in Hawaii. From a hobby, she transformed her passion for making clothing into a featured trendsetter during the MAGIC show in Las Vegas in just a few years. She sold the label prior to arriving in California to work on her BA in Sustainable Economic Development. This took her to the United Nations to work on a project analyzing the actions and interactions of the 26 UN agencies at the time in order to discover areas of duplication of effort and help streamline their operations. Under the Agency for Interagency Affairs, Valentina published a report which was used by these agencies.
Eclectic best describes Valentina’s experiences. She has been a day-trader, owner/manager and event coordinator for a four-diamond B&B and a large RV park, and the owner of a yoga studio and a wellness center for 13 years. In her native country, she competed as a professional athlete and made it to the Olympic team, but instead of competing in the 1992 Olympics, she immigrated to the United States and watched them from Hawaii.