The Mindset MashUp, the new podcast by Michelle Sorro - TV host on Extra, an author and a lifestyle strategist. Through her lively, unfiltered and heart-centered podcast, she aims to bring people closer to their best life. In her podcast she invites inspirational guests who provide tips that can elevate your life, business and relationships.
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Michelle was born on a navy base in Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington. They then moved to the central coast when she was five years old. That's where Michelle went to grade school, junior high and high school. She made her move to LA in search of a career in acting. Her favorite job to this day was as a singing waitress at Café Bellisimo in Woodland Hills, California. Another one of her favorite jobs, which she did more than 20 years later, was when she was a host on HSN. Michelle can trace her acting, performing, singing and dancing, all the way through her grade school years. She always felt that she wanted to make an impact with performing.
Michelle found her spiritual home at Agape spiritual center. There she studied transformational studies and was drawn to the study of major organized religions around the world. She wanted to dig deeper into being a practitioner of that work. She then enrolled in a practitioner program. At that point she thought that she wanted to be a reverend of trans-denominational faith and principles. There she started facilitating personal growth by leading groups in her home.
Michelle was always immersed in personal growth. That's how she saw raised. Some of her favorite mentors when she was growing up included Tony Robbins, Michael Wickett, and Terry Cole-Whittaker, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Maya Angelou, and Steven Cuby. Michelle then continued taking courses at Agape, doing volunteer work where she led ministries, helped to raise funds and awareness and took trips around the world.
At 28 years old, Michelle realized she wasn’t going to be a reverend and that she wanted to make money. This realization led her to the real estate world. For over 10 years, she became very successful in real estate. In the first couple of years in the real estate industry, she assisted Melissa Alt, a top producer. Melissa became Michelle's mentor, then her partner and they ended up building a team.
In 2008, Michelle went back to UCLA and studied broadcast journalism through a certificate degree with the aim of optimizing the potential for manifesting her dream. Michelle's dream at that point was to become a TV host. Michelle one day shared with Melissa her dream of working on the entertainment primetime show called Extra.
The financial crisis of 2008 forced Michelle to assess her financial situation. Realizing that real estate shows were the hottest things on the market, Michelle decided to put her journalism skills to use. Michelle admits that a mistake that she made at that time was that she had some limiting patterns and beliefs that held her back from what she really wanted. After many unsuccessful screen tests for about a year and a half, Michelle remembered a quote by Tony Robbins which says, "Life is always happening for us, not to us." Michelle now knows that no matter what, it doesn’t really serve to dwell on the pain and suffering or to indulge in it.
Michelle finally realized that she wanted to host and she wanted to use her over 10 year experience in sales. She was then fortunate enough to get hired at QVC. 3 years later, Michelle had to have 2 radical surgeries which altered the course of her life. She decided to take what she had learnt at HSN, where she was working, and go back home. She made up her mind to start a consulting business. The first company she consulted for was a skincare beauty brand called Trish McEvoy.
There's something about when you set intention and you get super clear and you have that vision. You got to get out of your own way, which is the fear and sabotage and the old stories and limiting beliefs, and just move forward. It takes, in some instances, a lot of bravery and a lot of courage, but also just a lot of faith and belief that if you've got the vision then it must be able to be divinely supported. A lot of people may be grappling with an idea or a dream or a goal or something that they'd like to launch or really grow or pursue and some of these little things can be holding them back.
10 years after Michelle declared that she wanted to work on Extra, she finally got the job. Michelle still works with tons of brands and shopping networks like QVC, HSN, Evine, The Shopping Channel in Toronto and QVC UK. She also does speaking events and works with product-based startups.
Michelle then stepped into a holistic lifestyle strategist role after going to a life-changing event in December of 2017 called "Date with Destiny". She knew that she had to start talking about personal development and inform people about her favorite books, podcasts, documentaries, mentors and the mindset tools, tips and techniques that she had applied that had made incredible and measured differences in her life.
This is where the idea of her podcast, The Mindset MashUp, came from. The mission of the Mindset MashUp is to provide listeners with tips, habits, tools, resources that have activated Michelle's full potential. Michelle will invite many of her mentors who have guided her in her four decade career. Some of the mentors are Michelle's family members, her friends, very well recognized spiritual luminaries, personal development experts, celebrities and even Fortune 500 CEOs. Michelle wants to invite to her podcast people who are really working toward and experiencing more fulfilled lives. It's all about taking baby steps and making progress. It's like just the tiniest nuances of shift can really be a mindset revolution.
The main pillars in life that are going to be tackled are radical self-love, emotional mastery, tribe and impact. Radical self-love is not just when things are great and everything's going our way. It's the hard times, when you say or do something you regret or when you didn’t treat your body or your mind kindly. If you can’t get there naturally, Michelle will give you the tools and the resources to help you get there quicker than you would have with time elapsing and indulging and dwelling in conversations that would just hold you back.
Emotional mastery is another big pillar. A lot of time will spent talking about how to reset our minds and align with our heart through emotional mastery. Another pillar is tribe. Jim Rohn correctly states that, "We are the average of the five people that we spend the most time with." It's really looking at that tribe and understanding where we are in that circle. Are we at the top and everyone's under us as they're always looking up to us? Are we right in the middle where it's this wonderful blend of people that you're really helping and inspiring?
Impact is another crucial pillar. Tony Robbins says that, "Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure." Being able to make an impact means, can we also make a difference or give back in a way that is also fulfilling? Then finally success. Success is not about dollars in the bank or passport stamps or a house in a particular ZIP code. Success should be, being able to do what you want, when you want, where you want, how you want and with whom you want.
Connect with Michelle
www.themindsetmashup.com- Personal website
The Voice of Gratitude: Celebrating the Gift of Friendship- Michelle Sorro