Personal Development

How to Start Creating Sustainable Change in Your Life (Without the Internal Struggle)

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Have you ever created a goal for yourself then laid out the entire long-term strategy, leaving you feeling super productive and on top of the world?

And a few days or weeks later, you’ve either completely forgotten about your strategy or you’re working super hard to fight the resistance that is trying to make you abort the mission?

This episode is all about WHY this is happening to you (your subconscious mind is in full control) and HOW to begin to take that control back.

This episode breaks down 3 strategies that you can use right now to help you eliminate the inner battle between your conscious desires and your subconscious beliefs that are holding you back.

This is a take-action kind of episode, so grab something to write with and get ready to change your life!

If you love this episode, please share it with your people! We all go through this stuff, so do share the love! And then come on over to Instagram and let me know how this episode impacted you!


Journal Prompts Mentioned in this Episode

  1. Why do I want to achieve this goal?

  2. How will I feel when I achieve it?

  3. How do I feel now? Why is that a problem?

  4. What do I believe about people who achieve this goal successfully? What do I believe about people who don’t?

  5. Where do I fall on this spectrum? Why do I position myself there? What do I believe about myself that justifies my positioning on this spectrum?

  6. What do I believe about successful people (in my specific goal) that I don’t believe about myself?  

  7. For every belief - ask yourself - Why do I believe this?

#26: Shattering the Shame around Mental Health with Jenna Monaco

You and I both know that talking about our mental health is less common, and less accepted, than it should be. Yet it’s a fundamental aspect of our well-being, and THE key to our ability to function at our highest potential.

I’ve always been fascinated with the mind and how it can either function to our advantage or to our detriment. How can we actually take control over our own mental health, so that it stops taking control over us?


On today’s episode of The Power & Potential Podcast, I’m chatting with Jenna Monaco, a mentor for women, a writer, and the podcast host of Spark Intention. Her mission is to remove the shame around mental health and teach other women how to ditch their stress and take back their lives. 

Jenna is raw, authentic and gets incredibly vulnerable in her conversation with me and there is no doubt in my mind that you are going to LOVE this episode.

When you listen in, don’t forget to snap a screenshot and share it out for the world to see. This episode can impact lives in a significant way, so it is worth sharing! And if sharing on Instagram, don’t forget to tag myself (@miriambuttu) and Jenna (@jenna.monaco) on Instagram, so we can share the love back to you.


#25: The Quickest and Most Effective Way to Change Your Life

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When you want to change something in your life, my guess is that you open up your phone or laptop and ask your good friend Google. Hey Google….How to (insert goal here).

The answer you’ll get back is almost always a set of strategies, tactics, techniques - steps you can take to get to where you’re going.

But I challenge you to step back and think about why you’re going after that thing in the first place. What do you think you’ll get out of it, and how can you achieve that change right now instead?

In this episode, I share my own thoughts on how to go about changing your life in the quickest and most effective way. This concept was literally revolutionary for me, and I can’t wait to hear how it impacts you.

If you enjoy this episode, please do share it with anyone you know who is actively trying to make a change in their life. Life’s too short, so if you can help them get there faster, that’s a huge impact to have on them!

Once you’re done listening be sure to let me know what you thought about this episode over on Instagram!

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Danielle LaPorte - The Desire Map

#24: Chasing Your Dreams Like Your Life Depends On It with Madison Anaya

Do you find yourself holding yourself back from pursuing your big dreams? Do you have big dreams at all? If you haven’t been dreaming much anymore or if you feel like you aren’t really going for it like you know you could be, you are 100% in the right place. Madison Anaya is here to light that fire in you that will launch you forward.

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Madison is the host of The Fearless Chase which is all about learning to fearlessly chase your dreams like your life depends on it - because let’s be honest - it does.

She is a fiery motivator and serves the world by encouraging and inspiring women to pursue their purpose and live the life they were made for.

During this episode we talked about what holds us back from dreaming, and how we can so easily put our dreams on the back burner. Most importantly, Madison gives us tons of concrete strategies to start moving. No more thinking about it…it’s time to start doing the thing!

I hope you enjoy this episode and if you do, please share it out with your world. If we can inspire more and more people to do what they absolutely love, not only would they be happier, but there will be an incredible positive ripple effect as a result.

#23: Feedback: How to Take it and How to Give it with Olivia Pratiwi


In this week’s episode of the Power and Potential Podcast, I interviewed Olivia Pratiwi about her strategies on providing and receiving feedback.

Olivia Pratiwi is a Career Coach with a mission to empower women to confidently take that next step in their career. She helps women enhance their confidence, understand corporate relationships and enhance their soft skills to set them up for their next promotion.

I am fascinated by this topic because it’s sometimes really difficult to know what kind of feedback is legitimate and what kind of feedback we can dismiss. I don’t know about you, but I have been given all kinds of feedback in my life. Some of which makes me think more deeply about myself and I how I can improve as an individual, and some of it is completely detrimental and undermining.

So what I was most interested in understanding from Olivia was how the interpretation process works and how we can get to a point where we can not only receive feedback in the most productive way, but also how to provide feedback in a way that is best received.

I hope that you enjoy this episode and, as always, don’t forget to take a screenshot and share your favorite takeaway with me on Instagram!

Have you been thinking about working with me as your coach? If so, feel free to send me a message. I always like to make sure that the fit is right before moving forward, and a quick (and free) phone call is often the best way to do that for both of us. :)

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Oivia on Facebook

Olivia on Instagram


#22: Your Net Worth ≠ Your Self Worth

Have you ever thought about why you spend the way you do? Or why you use money, in general, the way you do?

So many of us have deeply internalized that our self worth depends on our net worth. Meaning that the more money we have (and the more lavish our lifestyle) the more worthy we are. And of course, the less we have, the less worthy we are.


Dr. Radha Maharaj, this week’s guest on the Power & Potential Podcast, helps us understand the reasons we’ve fallen into this pattern, and what we can do right now to start peeling away our net worth from our sense of worthiness.

Dr. Radha Maharaj (Dr. M) teaches people of all ages core economic and financial concepts to empower them to make better decisions and to have a more secure and prosperous financial life.

She provides avenues regardless of age or knowledge that assist the understanding and implementation of financial concepts in daily life. Her books, talks and lectures are all aimed to demystify finance and make it relatable. Dr.M’s main goal is to bring order and clarity to an important but sometimes intimidating subject for many individuals and families.

I am absolutely fascinated about the topic of money and how it relates to our identity and sense of worthiness, and if you are too, I am sure that you will find immense value from this episode.

After you’ve listened be sure to come follow up me on Instagram, and let me know what your biggest takeaway was! Enjoy :)

Links Mentioned in the Episode

Dr. Radha Maharaj’s website

Elly in Action

#21: What is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and Are You One?

Have you ever heard of the term Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)? I’ve been hearing it for a while and I was so curious to dive into the details with Leah Walsh.


Leah works with people who are highly sensitive. These are quiet & powerful leaders who want to be seen & heard but struggle with overwhelm, self-doubt, and a lack of clarity on how to create their ideal lifestyle. She offers one-on-one coaching and experience-based playshops so that they can ground their confidence, awaken their impact, and live fully expressed.

By the end of this episode, I was super curious to find out if I am an HSP and I committed to doing the assessment in the links below. To find out my results, come over to Instagram today (April 25) at 3:00 pm EST for an Instagram Live with Leah and I. (It’ll be up for 24 hours only, so don’t miss it!)

I hope you enjoy this interview and I hope you gain perspective on whether or not you, or others in your life, are a Highly Sensitive Person.

When you’re done listening, let me know below in the comments: What was your greatest takeaway from this episode? How has this episode impacted you? I would love to hear.

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Leah’s Website

Leah on Instagram

Leah on Facebook

Leah on LinkedIn

Miriam on Instagram

ASSESSMENT to find out if you are an HSP

#20: I lost my hair and finally feel brave enough to share my story

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This may just be the scariest, yet most liberating thing, that I’ve ever done. I have been working up the courage for years and years to talk about this long-standing struggle I’ve been dealing with.

As a woman, especially with today’s standards of beauty that are hard enough to live up to for anyone, experiencing severe hair loss took a massive hit on my confidence.

Even deeper than that, it led me to shut down in so many ways. I hid myself from the world, and I started playing small in every way.

I was just so consumed by the FEAR that someone would find out, or even worse, that someone would SEE me as I really am. I couldn’t handle the thought of being judged or criticized for something I couldn’t change.

Honestly, this point of release and liberation was a long time in the making. I struggled for so many years on my own, and I’ve been wanting to share to my story forever but the fear was too powerful.

In this episode, I share my experience of going through this for the past 15+ years and how I got to the point where I was ready to open up about it. This is just the beginning and I have so much more to say about this topic. I have done a lot of my own work to get to this point and I’d love to share it with you over the weeks and months to come.

I know that you too have you struggles that you don’t share with the world. It might not be as extreme as severe hair loss, but there is something. And I hope that this episode reminds you that you are NOT alone in dealing with it, and that it is something you can overcome and move past too.

This isn’t the end of my journey. This is just the beginning. And if you want to join me and hear more about the steps I’m taking to heal and grow, do let me know! I’d love to know if my story resonates with you in any way, shape or form.

When you’ve listened, please do me a huge favor and share your thoughts with me. You can write a comment below this post, or reach out to me on social media or you could even write an iTunes review.

And last thing - if you know someone who is struggling and feels super alone in it, please do them a favor and share this with them. We all deal with our own stuff, and sometimes knowing that you’re not the only one going through heavy things helps tremendously.

THANK YOU so much for being here and for listening. I’m so grateful for the fact that you are here with me through this crazy journey!

#19: How to Align Your Entire Life with Your Core Values with Sarah Ezcurra

Do you know what it feels like to be in complete dis-alignment? Even if it's just in that one area of your life where things just never feel right?

I have been there many more times than I can count, and I believe that these situations are precisely what we need to show us the path to alignment.

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My guest on this week's episode is Sarah Ezcurra and during our conversation, she shares with us exactly how to go about identifying your core values, and how to align every part of your life with those values.

Sarah serves the world by helping creatives get results with clear, actionable strategies to reach specific goals. Through years of experience doing this, she has come to know what it takes to create strategies that work. She loves to give entrepreneurs tools to identify and live from their core values, then implement them in their life and business.

Her own business, The Maui Collective, began with live events for entrepreneurs and professionals on the little island of Maui. The focus has since expanded to impacting creatives beyond Maui with tools and resources to achieve both business and heart health.

This is an incredibly powerful episode with strong potential to change your life IF you are brave enough to implement some changes.

And I know you are!

I hope you enjoy it. And if you do, please don’t forget to hit subscribe inside your podcast app to make sure you never miss another incredible episode again!

#18: 3 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way Right Now

Hey you, ambitious one with the big dreams! I see you…

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I know what it feels like to have massive dreams and goals, the kind that light you up so bright inside.

I also know what it feels like NOT to make progress on them. That stagnant / stuck feeling that is so discouraging…

I’ve learned now that those feelings are just nudging me to take a look in the mirror and figure out what needs to be dealt with in order to launch forward into the next level of my life or career.

This very short rant-like episode gives you 3 tips that you can use starting today to get out of your way. Because progress is everything. We don’t JUST feel the joy, meaning and fulfillment when we get to our destination. We also feel it every step of the way, as long as we are moving forward.

I got you, friend. Listen to this episode and get unstuck right now :)

And of course when you’re done, come on over to Instagram and let me know what you thought about this episode! Hearing your comments is (no word of a lie) ALWAYS the highlight of my day.

Enjoy :)