Manifest (Your Own) Destiny

Over the years, I have consciously and intentionally become a more spiritual human being. By that I mean that I’ve come to trust that there is a deep, flowing, always present current of energy and knowledge that pulses all around us and knows what we are meant to do in order to live in alignment with our true nature – love.

I spent many years labeling myself as agnostic, mainly because I feel that organized religion does more to separate people than bring them together (my God only loves you if you do these things that humans made up…. that doesn’t work for me). Further, I didn’t know who I was. Now I understand that I don’t need any man-made labels or denominations to define who I am and what I believe in – I am love and I believe in love.

I have become mildly adept at the art of manifesting, and synchronicities – what also may be interpreted as “coincidences” – are a major part of my everyday life. They are signs letting me know that I am heading in the right direction. Instead of being surprised when they happen like I used to, now I just experience intense gratitude for the guidance each time it happens.

Not only has this practice of letting go of my ego and trusting in the Universe allowed me to have an even more loving relationship with myself, my diabetes, and everyone else I encounter, it has served me in my business growth as well.

About a month ago, my husband Bill and I were having a conversation about the future. And although we know what we want on a large scale, we were both feeling a bit stuck regarding the next best steps to take.

One thing I said (that I was crystal clear on) was that I wanted to do more consulting work. I really enjoy the process of helping a company that wants to help the diabetes community in some way to figure out if what they are proposing will actually be helpful to the people in the diabetes community, or if people in the diabetes community simply don’t care about what they’re proposing.

It is a fun and interesting process, and I enjoy it. I’d like to think it helps clear up some of the business-y BS that often gets in the way of clear, simple, directed actions that can be collaboratively approached that have the very real outcome of improving the lives of people with diabetes across the board.

I offer a perspective that business executives that don’t live with diabetes simply cannot see on their own, and I am grateful to represent the diabetes community since I’ve spent thousands of hours and have dedicated my career to speaking both one on one and in groups of people with diabetes who are working to improve their lives over the past eight years.

All that being said, in the past week, I’ve received two separate offers – seemingly out of the blue, but I know that it’s the Universe supporting me to fulfill my desires since they are aligned with my true nature of love – from two major insulin manufacturers to come in on a consulting basis, and getting paid what I feel is appropriate.

This is very important to learn and understand – the Universe isn’t going to go out of its way to support you if you don’t feel you deserve to be supported – I learned that the hard way!

Your self-worth is directly proportional to the Universal support you receive. 

My hope is that you will set aside thirty minutes to get crystal clear on one thing that you want.

Journal about it, meditate on it, take a walk in the park with the question “what do I really want? holding space in your mind. Don’t judge what comes out – often what comes out may seem absurd or grandiose. That’s usually a good indicator that you’re on the right track.

What do you want? Will you practice manifesting it? Will you trust in the Universe to support you? Will you support you?

I know I will, and I hope that you’ll join me in the practice of surrendering your ego to the collective conscious knowing of the Universe. It’s not easy, but it is certainly worth it. 🙂

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for learning & growth! Join me + 25,000 others!

I’m here –as always – to gently urge you to intentionally set aside some self-love and self-care time, and I have a super quick, easy and majorly beneficial way you can do that for yourself right now!

I truly believe that the level of health and vitality we feel day to day is directly proportional to the amount of self-love and self-care we are willing to practice.

Self-love includes how much attention we’re willing to pay to ourselves, our feelings, and the signs our bodies are always sending us – being conscious, present, and non-judgmental, and being willing to change course when we know things don’t feel right.

I also believe that learning leads to growth, new ideas, new ways of thinking, and forward moving progress on all fronts, and I believe in supporting others who feel the same way.

With that in mind, if you’ve ever considered a whole foods plant-based nutritional lifestyle as a way to manage your blood sugars but wanted to learn more from the world’s most renowned experts on the topic (including yours truly) before making any decisions, then this FREE Mastering Diabetes Online Summit is definitely worth taking a closer look at.

I’m grateful and humbled to be presenting on the mindset of implementing sustainable change on this awesome summit running from March 28 – April 4!

Last year, more than 26,000 people with diabetes attended the online summit (I was one of them!), and began transforming their diabetes health, losing weight, reversing insulin resistance, gaining energy, and controlling their blood glucose better than ever before. 

My good friends, fellow people with diabetes, and hosts of this amazing summit – Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro – changed their nutritional lifestyles to a whole foods plant-based approach years ago and never looked back.

So my suggestion to you if want to gain some incredible new knowledge: register for the Mastering Diabetes Online Summit and see what you can learn!

I know that these guys worked their butts off to provide world-class knowledge for our diabetes community, and both have hearts filled with love and care for helping others.  

Since it’s free, there’s no risk of losing anything, and a huge opportunity to learn new things that you can use to continue to give yourself the gifts of self-love and self-care on your wellness journey.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE MASTERING DIABETES ONLINE SUMMIT FOR FREE BY CLICKING HERE!

Learn on my friends, and please share with anyone who might benefit from this awesome learning opportunity! 🙂 

Let’s Hang Out In June?

The time has come again! Registration is OPEN!!!

For the third year in a row, I’m super psyched to be presenting at the Camp Nejeda Survive & Thrive Bootcamp for adults with type 1 diabetes, June 1 – 3, 2018!

I’ll be there all weekend speaking about how to cultivate an empowered mindset around living with diabetes, teaching yoga, Latin dance fitness, and more – and I’m bringing my mom with me!!!

This environment is so incredibly supportive. It’s a safe place to learn, grow, and connect with other adults living with type 1 diabetes. No condescending words, no judgement – just lots of love, empathy, peer support and hugs!

The scenery and surroundings of Camp Nejeda are absolutely breathtaking and awe inspiring. We will be surrounded by the power and beauty of nature that adds so much to the healing and invigorating experience that this weekend already provides.

If you’ve been thinking about getting out there in the diabetes community and bonding in person with those of us who “get it,” now is the time to take that leap!

Registration is officially open! Click here to read all of the details and to sign up!

Hope to see you there! ♥ – Daniele

Ambassadors of Love

The reality of life with diabetes is that we simply are not meant to go at this alone. Choosing to seek out the support we need is up to us – the same goes for me!

Without the incredible friendships and bonds I’ve formed with other members of the diabetes peer support communities over the years (that I consciously and intentionally formed…they didn’t just fall into my lap!), I wouldn’t be able to reach as many amazing humans who are looking for guidance towards learning how to tune into their intuitive voice and inner health & diabetes expert that we all have.

Once we choose to practice self-love, we begin to feel so much more joy, gratitude, and peace each and every day – diabetes included. It’s by honoring who you are and what you value – mind, body, & spirit – actually taking the time to figure that out and getting rid of the notion that progress is linear, that we learn how to give diabetes a meaning that makes us stronger.

These ambassadors know that we must fail to succeed – over and over again – and we must learn to embrace and use that failure to our advantage to propel us forward versus letting it derail us.

What exactly is an ambassador? According to the dictionary, an ambassador is “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” In this case for Team Diabetes Dominator, the activity is being mindful (present, non-judgmental, grateful, proactive versus reactive) as often as possible, to act from a place of love, kindness, & empathy, especially, but not limited to, when it comes to oneself and taking care of ones mind, body, & spirit – and that includes diabetes.

The amazing human beings on this page inspire me to continue leading by example. All of them, after years of struggling, fully embody the Diabetes Dominator mindset that love, forgiveness, and perseverance (self-love and self-care first and foremost) heal all things if we allow ourselves to explore a path of healing – regardless of chronic disease – and that diabetes means to us what we allow it to mean to us. We know that diabetes has contributed greatly to our ability to be in touch with our inner wisdom and knowing who we are and how we want to show up in our lives, and that consciously and intentionally acting from those values is the most fulfilling and empowering gift life has to offer, and that we have to offer back to life.

If you would like to join the Ambassadors of Team Diabetes Dominator, please send an email to [email protected] let us know why you’d be a great fit!

Phyllis Kaplan
Ambassador Team Leader

Phyllis was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. Living with diabetes is not easy, yet she tries hard not to let it stop from accomplishing her goals. Phyllis holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and masters in instructional technology and media  She’s currently a Program Manager for User-Centered Research for consumer electronics company in the greater Boston area. Her current advocacy work is based around support and outreach for adults with type 1 diabetes.
Friends call her the “diabetes guru” as she has experienced it all – weight gain and loss, exercise, international travel, working the health-care system to get what she needs.  She has also learned through Daniele that diabetes is more than insulin doses and carb counting, that making mindful choices about food, and life, makes a difference.

Learn more about Phyllis:  www.dinobetic.com

Sarah MacLeod

Boston-native Sarah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005 during her freshman year of high school. After struggling with issues like burn out and diabulimia for many years, she finally sought help in her early 20’s utilizing the power of peer support, and was soon connected to the wonderful diabetes community, both online and in real life. In 2013, she started volunteering with the DiabetesSisters as a PODS leader in Massachusetts, and presently runs two peer support groups in the Boston area for women with all types of diabetes. Sarah has a passion for connecting with individuals affected by diabetes and eating disorders, and is a member of the Diabulimia Helpline Board of Directors.

She is a certified holistic health coach, reiki practitioner, and is on her way to completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Sarah is a recent graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her latest venture in the diabetes realm is becoming a chapter leader for Type One Run, and founding the Boston-based group. She shares her thoughts and adventures through her blog, What Sarah Said, and believes that each of us should seek a way to be a light in this world we live in.

Learn more about Sarah: https://whatsarahsaid.blog/

Tricia Wingard

Why did I leave a financially stable, 14-year career in environmental consulting to pursue a career in health coaching? I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 28 years and counting now. For most of that time, I have dealt with my diabetes on my own, always striving to bring down my A1c and day-to-day blood sugars, to eat right, to exercise more, etc. Over the years, I have always had a strong interest in nutrition, being physically active, and general health and wellness, possibly thanks to my diabetes.

For quite some time, I have also wanted to help others, especially other diabetics, to live their lives in a positive way, embracing their health goals and facing challenges head on. After receiving my certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I am truly ready to share my long-term love of health and wellness, focus on improving my own health as a type 1 diabetic, and inspire others to do the same. My life with diabetes shouldn’t be a burden but an inspiration and motivation to be a healthier human being!

Learn more about Tricia at: http://triciaontrack.com/

Sarah Schaff

My name is Sarah and I’m a NOLA native currently living in Minneapolis, MN. It has always been my aspiration to have a career where I can make a difference. In 2002 I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, and realized that living with diabetes had not closed any doors on me; instead more were opened. I saw this as an opportunity to work for a cause as close to my heart as a cause could possibly be. After learning about the Dogs 4 Diabetics program, I felt this  was my calling.

I graduated from LSU A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology. I was then accepted to an internship at Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services in Columbia, SC and then another internship with Eyes Ears Nose and Paws in Carrboro, NC. After that, I moved back to New Orleans to start an assistance dog program based on positive reinforcement/humane training since there wasn’t one already in existence. I also completed the Karen Pryor Academy professional training course and offer private lessons for pet dogs. I realized that being a trainer at an organization that trained diabetic alert dogs was the best way I could make a difference in my community, so when the position became available and offered to me in Minneapolis, it was a no-brainer to move across the country for another adventure. My goal is to be blissfully dissatisfied, to always be proud of where I am and excited to become a better version while encouraging and guiding others to do the same!

See more from Sarah at: https://beingwithdiabetes.weebly.com/