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"From feeling overwhelmed with a never-ending to-do list and easily distracted due to a concentration span of 30 minutes, I was able to increase my concentration to 2 and 3 hours. This enabled me to double my productivity."

Anne-Mari Macridis, COO @ FestiVote

Hollywood Actress

Where she was... 

As a start-up newbie, I was navigating the co-founder landscape the best way I knew how: by reading as many books on the subject as possible, participating in webinars, and listening to podcasts and pitch events.


My to-do list was longer than a CVS receipt and more often than not, I would end the day with half-accomplished goals and with milestones that had loose deadlines.

And no matter how many task management systems I implemented, I continued to wrestle with goal setting, task organization and how to effectively manage the small team that was helping me reach these milestones.


Sure I was learning a ton, but analysis paralysis quickly set in. Where was I to begin after taking in loads of information?

I would wake up early and thrilled to begin my day with FestiVote, but after that first cup of coffee and diving into tasks, I would quickly become overwhelmed not knowing how to efficiently tackle the priorities I set for myself. I mean, wasn’t every task incredibly important as a start-up is ya know, starting?


Every decision, in the beginning, required input from others and intense brainstorm sessions, all while attempting to master the basic skills of marketing, sales, bookkeeping, grant writing, social media planning and financial planning to name a few. I’d end the day in the late evening, exhausted, not meeting the expectations set for myself, and usually feeling like I wasn’t the person for the job. 

Needless to say, I was yearning for guidance. I desperately needed someone who had walked a similar path as a start-up entrepreneur and could divulge their secrets of keeping sane, organized, and proactive, all while wearing a million different hats.


There were several meetings with different consultants and coaches who gave me great perspectives and helpful advice for the business. However, it was more strategy and bigger picture. It wasn't so granular where I could immediately implement and get results. I really needed a step-by-step plan of action; to literally start at ground level. 

Even though my business was pre-revenue, we had not raised any capital (not even grants or a small business loan), I made this major investment in myself during the was one of the most important birthday gifts I have ever given myself. 

Where she is now. 

Performance Efficiency: Through a data-driven assessment, I came to grips with how much time I waste on activities that don't move the needle forward.  


I always knew in the back of my mind that moving forward with tasks in a meaningful way was all about planning and implementing time management skills. But, I was always going about it in a way that never propelled me forward.


I had never taken the time to actually sit and plan so meticulously using a scientific system and that was my “aha” moment. I felt my brain fog clear as I learned the techniques to reverse engineer which then allowed me to carry out tasks more effectively. I became crystal clear about my objectives.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: I felt successful in understanding why I was struggling to be in the mindset of a high-performing founder in the first place. Once that was established, it was as if barriers were broken down, and I could approach my start-up with a different, healthier mindset.


The plethora of tools and hacks that came my way at Optimyzed Brain didn't feel daunting but felt like a support system that was ready and willing to help when I was ready to implement them.

Enhanced Mental Clarity: As a very methodical person, I require structure and a plan when approaching a task so I know I am clear with my directives and can execute in the best way avoiding as many pitfalls as possible.


Using science-backed techniques enabled me to establish a clear roadmap of where to go and what to do to get there. Tackling a thought-provoking task without interruption is something I now welcome rather than shy away from.

Increasing Focus: Optimyzed Brain provided me with how and why to approach my goals with laser focus all while being in the most optimal mindset to do so. I really loved comprehending the science behind the system for peak brain performance and it just all made so much sense!


By working with Optimyzed Brain, I went from ‘sometimes’ to ‘always’ being clear on what needs to be done on any given day, week, month and year. 

Feeling Calmer: By drastically changing my thoughts from ‘go-go-go’ to let's just sit right here and feel, brought about a sense of calmness and triumph. I was able to gain control over my situation and how I was feeling at the moment.


Stopping and taking several moments to just be, was not only incredibly important but powerful, which increased my decision-making speed. I went from being stalled to now capable of making complex decisions with certainty and clarity. 

Enhanced Concentration: implementing new hacks to optimize my priorities, productivity and performance enabled me to feel calmer about tackling the enormous job of being a tech founder.


From feeling overwhelmed with a never-ending to-do list and easily distracted due to a concentration span of 30 minutes, I was able to increase my concentration to 2 and 3 hours. This enabled me to double my productivity.

"The most unexpected part of the Brain Optimization Bootcamp was who I blossomed into throughout this process and how life-changing it was. I haven’t been the same person since. " - Anne-Mari

I allowed myself to acknowledge and accept the barriers and fear of failure that have kept me from leaping into the unknown, and I thanked the old me for getting to this point in my journey. The new me has just taken flight and I am in love with creating the life I want to live.


Optimyzed Brain was a remarkable experience that came into my world at a time when I needed the tools to assist me in navigating a very winding path with many forks and dead ends; a maze, really.


I didn’t need another book with a general direction to point me in. I needed someone to ask the tough questions, teach the best practices and really care about the process I was experiencing.


Had I not invested in myself and experienced Portia’s expertise, many more frustrating tears would have been shed and I would have continued the cycle of kinda, sorta making progress with self-doubt making a “special appearance” more often than not.

Founders, entrepreneurs, and company leaders who feel the slightest bit overwhelmed, creatively stuck, uninspired, exhausted, disorganized, and feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders would benefit from optimizing their brain performance to gain clear directives on how to transform their perspective and implement tools, tips and hacks to be more efficient, balanced, and accomplished. 

Customer Testimonials. As with any self-growth program, your results may vary from these customer testimonials.  The testimonials used are of actual clients and of the results they personally achieved. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future clients will achieve the same or similar results. Your results will be based on many variables, such as your level of effort, personal qualities, knowledge, skills, and a range of other biological factors. Since these factors differ for each individual, we cannot guarantee your success, or results nor are we responsible for your success or failure. Optimyzed Brain is not an overnight transformation. It takes time, effort, and dedication to optimize your brain and while we - and the customers shown - believe Optimyzed Brain gives you incredible and comprehensive guidance, ultimately, you do have to take action.

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