Over the last twenty years, native New Yorker, Rachel Goldstein, has collected invaluable experience in industries from film and music to politics and wellness, in the for profit and non-profit sectors. She served as director of program development for Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation, produced film and TV alongside Academy Award winners Barbara Kopple and Alex Gibney and Emmy Award winner Marc Levin and threw concerts and cultural events for music world heavyweights like The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews Band, Moby and Kanye West.
This work, along with a personal passion for social progress, led her to found multi-faceted management firm, Agent of Change, in 2010, with the intention of making a difference through events and strategic marketing campaigns.
Here, Goldstein describes the lifestyle choices that keep her energized and focused despite a hectic schedule, and shares how following her intuition put her on the path to fulfilling her dreams.
Live The Process: Has wellness always been important to you, both personally and professionally?
Rachel Goldstein: Growing up, I was an athlete, so transitioning from competing in sports like softball and volleyball to the mind/body balance of yoga was a fun challenge. The only person I’m competing with now is myself.
Over the last thirteen years, I have been a practicing yogi, seeking spiritual, physical and mental harmony. I strive to stay focused on my inner self and to understand my deepest capabilities.
LTP: How do you maintain your health and stay energized despite your busy event schedule?
RG: I meditate on a near daily basis and practice yoga as much as I can. If there is a hectic day ahead of me, I know I need to take that energy to the mat before I step into the office.
LTP: What tips would you offer people who strive to balance work and wellness in their lives, but struggle to do so?
RG: We all struggle—even those who make everything appear effortless. But the goal is to find the lesson in every moment. Remain engaged with yourself. Educate your mind, body and soul, and always begin with your breath.
LTP: What inspired you to found Agent of Change?
RG: I was tired of fulfilling other people's dreams. I knew that by using my event planning, strategic marketing and connectivity skills, I could create a path to personal enlightenment. I had a hunch, listened to it and went for it.
LTP: What does happiness look like to you?
RG: There is nothing I truly want more in the world than to be a mother. I nurture all those around me. It is just my innate way to give to others.
LTP: What does it mean to you to "Live The Process" and how do you do that every day?
RG: It means to have awareness when it comes to the sensitivities in your life and the areas within you that need more attention and their own discovery of truth. Accept those sensitivities. Explore them and allow them to be the catalyst to a renewed commitment to self. Use that newfound strength and share it with others. Who doesn't love to see a positive quote on Facebook or Twitter?