Founder & CEO of The Exceptional Life Institute
Monica Ortiz began her career in mindfulness long before it became the buzzword it is today. As a self-education pioneer in the health and wellness field, she is an award-winning writer and author of Universe 101: Learn Grow Evolve and a powerful keynote speaker who has given multiple TEDx talks and spoken at a variety of institutions including the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and Google.
In 2016, Monica established The Exceptional Life Institute (ELI) with the mission of bringing the healing work of self-education and mindfulness into the digital age through an ever-evolving array of life courses, apps, and easy-to-use content that can reach people wherever they are around the world. Keeping in stride, the following year Monica and her motivated team here at ELI launched the Masters of Mindfulness app.
As a successful healing coach who has been teaching mindfulness and helping others become their best for over 20 years, Monica believes an extraordinary existence filled with happiness, love, good health, and success is attainable for everyone.
Monica makes it easy to work on different areas in your life. Spearheading all of the ELI courses, she teaches how to create more success in your relationships, health, career, and overall personal growth. Her practical life tools and effective teaching methods have helped people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and beliefs achieve incredible happiness in both their careers and personal lives.
Monica's Unique Gifts
Like all of us, there are many things that make Monica unique and special in her own beautiful way. One of the things that she likes about herself is that she is from a variety of ethnicities and says,
“The universe created me in this particular way so that I would understand on a very deep level that instead of criticizing our differences, we should embrace the fact that we are all related, try to understand our differences, and respect each other’s uniqueness.”
When she was young, Monica realized there was something very different about her because she viewed people as though she were seeing the face behind the mask. Without trying to, Monica was able to see their true core, their life difficulties, as well as their illnesses. Seeing all of these elements created a strong pull to want to help, which Monica lovingly calls her compassion chip.
An innate, unseen knowledge always peered through which made Monica seem odd to the people around her and she was ostracized by her peers and family members. She grew up tormented and confused not realizing that what drove her to help others was the exact thing that set her apart.
Monica did not understand her innate gifts until her grandfather explained to her that she had a connection to the Universe and taught her how to use it for the good that it was.
Understanding that the gifts she thought were a curse were actually gifts that could help others was a part of her own evolution and so, Monica studied the human condition, mind, body, and spirit in order to help in a way that was easily digestible. It is also what she now understands to be a part of her life’s purpose.
You can read more about Monica’s unique path in her first book, Universe 101: Learn, Grow, Evolve.
Monica's Creative Outlets
As a firm believer in practicing what you preach, Monica has worked to also develop her creative talents because she knows it is a part of her core and fulfills her personally. One of her passions is singing and although she was constantly told as a child to “be quiet,” when she sang, Monica’s voice was truly extraordinary.
After working through her personal hurdles regarding this, Monica felt inspired to share her singing voice with the world. In 2017, she released a collection of cover songs that include healing tones which you can find on Spotify. Using her voice as a tool, Monica sings in healing tones and puts a personal touch on every song.
Another form of creative expression that Monica enjoys is painting. Over the years, she has worked to develop her painting skills and has discovered a love for acrylics, oils, and airbrushing. To help balance her inclination to be a workaholic, Monica likes to paint things she finds interesting, from calming geometric patterns, and natural landscapes, to studies of the old masters.