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One Woman’s Journey to Elation; Pat Alva-Kraker

December 30, 2020

Pat Alva-Kraker is a corporate expert after having enjoyed a 35-year career in the IT industry. She was faced with a series of challenges that altered her professional life forever including being let-go from a major technology company, her husband of 22 years suddenly passed-away, their shared 200-acre exotic animal ranch business had to close its doors, and an experience with cancer. Pat is now a breast cancer thriver and has experienced her own journey to elation. Along the way she realized she can inspire other women to own their feminine power creating a successful business and affirming their right to financial freedom while creating a life they love. Pat has recently authored the book, Katherine's Quest: One Woman's Journey to Elation.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has effected my emotions in the fact that I can choose to either see what happens in my life as good or bad or just neutral. Mindfulness has taught me that everything is neutral until I give it meaning. 

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is so critical. If there is any one self-care tool I would teach it would be breathing.
  • It would be just taking four deep breaths, holding it for four seconds, out for four.
  • That is an important tool when you have a sense of anxiety or you are getting ready to do something that requires a sense of creativity, it's just, connect with your breath.

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Bullying Story

  • In the man's world, it's very analytical. When you start talking about, this is what my intuition says, you get this ‘look'. There's immediate resistance. I didn't necessarily get bullied, but I got immediate resistance.
  • Their eyes and their body language said, that's not the way we do things here. You get to a point where I no longer want to be in this environment if I can't really bring all of who I am to business.
  • Then you start having discussions with women about, don't be afraid to be intuitive and use your sixth sense to get things done and to really have your heart guide you in the discussions that you have with your boss, with your clients, with your team members.
  • Let that be a major part of how you do business because that's where we do our best work.

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