There’s no such thing as rest for corporate strategist and money management coach, Brianna Firestone. Or at least there wasn’t before she met Jenn Racioppi.
Firestone had been working long hours at her demanding day job as the director of insights and strategies for a large performing arts complex. Then she coming home to put in more hours on The School of Betty, where she teaches women how to manage their money, time, and energy. She sought a bit more insight into the direction she was headed.
“I found Jenn with a solo, natal chart reading to start with,” Firestone says. “The biggest thing she did for me was [to] help me see how highly ambitious I am. I have a lot of fire in my chart that she pointed out to me, and she was just like, ‘You have got to slow down and get some air and breath in your life.’ That was such a foreign concept to me. I hadn’t recognized that in my drive and constant pushing that I had been kind of knocking down some people and some emotions.
To get there. I was just so lasered in on the goal that I didn’t allow anything to impact me.”
That first insight was only the beginning. Racioppi’s thoughtful coaching helped Brianna recognize she was using her goals to avoid processing trauma. “At some point that catches up with you,” Firestone says. “Jenn really encouraged me—or kind of demanded—that I slow down and breathe so I could face some of these things as part of my personal development.”
The opportunity to participate in Moon School came up just as Firestone was ready to delve deeper into the ideas of support and rest. She was blown away by the community that Racioppi cultivated. She says, “The wildest thing for me to experience was meeting these women from different parts of the world. It was just the most enjoyable time of my life.
All of these women met without judgement.
They respected each other’s space and where they were in their lives and it was just a powerful experience. I feel like women don’t get to experience that in day-to-day life.”
The group retreat to Italy further cemented Firestone’s commitment to accepting support. When she returned to her businesses, Brianna finally felt ready to integrate the lessons she’d learned about true success and how to thrive into her ‘real-life’. “I was able to peel back more of the layers with Moon School, and I just feel more rooted in who I am now,” she says. “Even after Moon School, I continued to go down this journey to make sure I’m being my authentic self, as cheesy as that sounds.”
Above all, Brianna insists every part of her life is better since allowing herself to catch her breath with Moon School.
“I’m just not as stressed as I used to be. I work through things with a lot more ease. I’m more courageous in speaking up and being more vulnerable in how I’m feeling. I think all of that is because I feel more confident in who I am now.”
Registration for Moon School 2020 opens March 19, 2020. The program kicks off in May, and the Italy retreat is October 10th-17th. It’s a serious investment and admission is by application only, but Racioppi tells me the parameters are necessary. “One thing I know for sure about Moon School is you have to be available to do the work. If you say yes to it and to the work, transformation is happening.”