I’ve been influenced. The TOP people who have helped my Growth Journey

I can pinpoint some of the exact moments that changed the trajectory of my personal growth journey. It began with a breakup, followed by a career shift and then a book. Yes, a book.

It all started with a meltdown about money, which lead to a friend gifting me this book. That book changed everything for me. I took a look back and identified some major players that have influenced me and my mindset … in a positive way… over the past few years. Here they are:


Dale Carnegie: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (aka THE book)

This was the book that lead me down a path of a complete mindset shift.  The message is incredibly simple and some of it reads as common sense, but for someone like me who use to stress over everything – this is a must read. I won’t ruin it for you in case you do read it, but the biggest piece I took away from this book was this: Most of the things we stress over and worry about, never come to fruition. Think about it!? How much of the stuff that is consuming you and filling you with dread actually ends up happening? Its not likely and its not worth your happiness.


Alexi Panos: YouTube

My mind shifted quite a bit after reading that book and I felt inspired to start beginning my days with more intent. During this time I had stumbled across a video from Alexi Panos on my Facebook feed. This was not a coincidence… the Universe dropped that in my lap to keep me on the path towards mindfulness. I began to watch these short, motivational & high vibe videos from Alexi while I drank my morning coffee. It was just that little spark I needed to pay more attention to my thoughts and the way I was talking to myself. This opened up a huge door for me.


Abraham Hicks: The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham & YouTube

During this time, I began to see & hear the word “manifestation” a lot throughout my search on YouTube for motivational videos. Naturally, I wanted to know more about this… particularly how to manifest more money. Abraham Hicks kept popping up in my search so I finally gave it a listen. My first reaction- what on earth is this lady talking about. Is her name really Abraham? It was a bit confusing at first, but something kept me intrigued. I kept listening to her seminars, and piece-by-piece the message became crystal clear to me. This is exactly what I needed to find, and where I began to go through a massive internal transformation. I was diving deep into the world of the Law of Attraction, and I felt like I had finally found my church. These were my people, and I truly believed in this way of life. I listened to her speak for almost every day for 2 years. Besides ol’ Dale getting me started on this path of change, the words of Abraham Hicks have made the most impact on me, without a doubt.


Tony Robbins: YouTube

Ahhh, Tony. Who doesn’t know about Tony?! I knew of him, but I didn’t truly know the scope of the incredible work he did. My morning motivation videos evolved from Alexi to Tony Robbins and man, did he light a fire underneath me. I love his no bullshit approach to every message he delivers. His words really helped me become aware of having a victim mentality, and shifting that to taking control of my reality. I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to the material Tony Robbins has to offer but whatever he touches is good & gold. Maybe one day I will do something really awesome and go to one of his seminars…


Tim Ferriss: The Tim Ferriss Show & The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Up until this point I had been focusing solely on personal growth & development- mainly around money, relationships, my body image, and confidence. I had started a new position in my job which took us from Orange County to Chicago and I had been battling some rough inner-dialog throughout this change on whether or not I had the ability to succeed in the workplace. Once again, the Universe dropped me a life raft and I came across a Ted Talk from Tim Ferriss on the 4 hour Workweek. This talk struck a chord with me because it shed a lot of light on the idea of work/life balance, which tipped heavily towards more time for life. I should mention that I was commuting a lot during this time throughout the Chicagoland area and working almost every day of the week. I had thrust myself completely into my work and I wasn’t seeing the results. Tim made me feel like there was a different, better way of life ahead for me.


Brene Brown: Ted Talk & The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Not too long after, my mom began raving about this woman Brene Brown and this Ted talk she gave. I brushed it off at first, but mama came through and encouraged me to watch her speak. Low and behold, I became one of the many millions who was hit by Brene’s message around vulnerability. This was major for me. Being the shy girl who has often viewed my vulnerable moments as a weakness, the thought that maybe this was one of my strengths became really empowering. Naturally, I got my hands on every Brene Brown talk, book and interview I could until and soaked up her real-life, soul centered message of embracing your imperfections… until I could hear the words “shame gremlin” no more.

My life took a little side street when Eddie and I found out we were having a baby. My mindset shifted and my focus turned to what being a mom was going to mean for this life I was still figuring out how to manage. I stopped reading, I tapered off of the personal development and even stopped writing… only for a moment.


Jenna Kutcher: The Goaldigger Podcast

About 8 months after our daughter was born, we moved back to California. A new life was breathed into me and my hungry for personal evolution and mindset mastery was raging. I began to divulge into the podcast world once again. I came upon the Goaldigger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher and HOLY SHIZ, this woman gives out so much awesome & applicable advice on how to run a creative and successful online business. It blew my mind a little, and I am still listening to her now.


Kathrin Zenkina: Manifestation Babe Podcast & Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 in 21 Days

You know when you just find your people? The ones who just get you, and you get them. Kathrin is a mindset coach and money manifestation BADASS. I will wholeheartedly admit I kinda want to be her… or own her business at least. This woman is doling out so much good information on how to manifest money, utilize the Law of Attraction and manage your overall mindset in concurrence with the laws of the Universe. This is my jam you guys. I listen to, watch, follow, soak up as much of Kathrin and her Manifestation Babes as often as I can. Needless to say… I’ve drank the kool-aid.


There have been so many more people to have positively influenced my growth but these are the BIG ones. I’m always game to dive into a new guru, so send me your favorites!



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Hi There! I'm Jordan Laine Thomson. A writer at heart, an emotional exhibitionist, a proud mama, semi-cool wife, and world's worst small-talker. I believe I've been put in this earth to share my gifts with others through written & spoken word. I have a knack for people, despite my shy & introverted tendencies. Multi-passionate does not begin to describe my personality, it just makes things more confusing. It's my mission to inspire you to write, share & evolve.
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