Saturday, March 31, 2012

Quote for Today: Responsibility...

You do not have to allow others to hold you back. Give those around you the freedom to take responsibility for themselves.

Health Tip: Breeding ground for bacteria...

Dirty wet buckets can be a breeding ground for bacteria. After you use a bucket to clean your house, empty it and wash it with a little bleach or rubbing alcohol and dry well. This will prevent spreading bacteria around your home the next time you clean.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Quote for Today: The Blue of Heaven...

The blue of heaven is larger than the clouds. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Health Tip: No Shortcut...

There is no shortcut to longevity; to win it is the work of a lifetime. Sir James Crichton-Browne

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Quote for Today: Teaching...

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.~Aristotle

Health Tip: Chemical Free Insect Repellent...

For a chemical free insect repellent: mix 1 part pure vanilla extract with 1 part water. Mix well and generously apply to your skin.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quote for Today: No one else can take away...

The inward journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can take away."~Deepak Chopra

Health Tip: To naturally freshen...

To naturally freshen and humidify your air, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil and add some cinnamon sticks and cloves. Let it simmer until the water is nearly gone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Butterfly Wings...

Butterfly wings rank among the most delicate structures in nature.  Butterfly wings have also given researchers inspiration for new technology that doubles production of hydrogen gas -- a green fuel of the future -- from water and sunlight.

Quote for Today: Yielding to rather that opposing...

Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather that opposing the flow of life.

Health Tip: Dehydration may show up...

Dehydration may show up as a headache, tiredness, lightheadedness, nausea or anxiety. If you experience any of these symptoms, drink 1 to 2 glasses of pure water and notice if you feel better.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Quote for Today: Waiting for your Ship...

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it." - Jonathan Winters

Health Tip: A great way to relax...

A great way to relax and refresh when you are under stress is to close your eyes and cup your hands over them while not touching the eyeballs. Count to ten and then open your eyes.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Quote for Today: Freedom...

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.~Ronald Reagan

Health Tip: Energy...

If you feel your energy dropping in the middle of the day, get up and go for a short walk or do some jumping jacks or other physical activity. This will re-energize you instead of reaching for caffeine or sugary snacks.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Quote for Today: Supporting hands...

Some people need a red carpet rolled out in front of them in order to walk forward into friendship. They can't see the tiny outstretched hands all around them, everywhere, like leaves on trees.~Miranda July

Health Tip: A good night's sleep...

A good night's sleep is essential for health. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will allow you to wake up refreshed and energized.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Health Tip: A great way to relax...

A great way to relax and refresh when you are under stress is to close your eyes and cup your hands over them while not touching the eyeballs. Count to ten and then open your eyes.

Quote for Today: It is better to look ahead ...

It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. - Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Quote for Today: Three Powerful Resources...

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.~H. Jackson Brown Jr. #quotes

A Confused Old Owl

A confused old owl, goes hoot in the night;
and sits on the tree-limb, focused and stout.

Little old owl, with perky eyes bright;
Too early in the season to be out and about.

Health Tip: Avoid drinking liquids with meals.

Avoid drinking liquids with meals. Liquids will dilute your digestive enzymes and interfere with the digestion process.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Recipe for today: Simply Traditional Lasagna

A traditional lasagna, with about half the time and effort! I always cook extra to have leftovers, but the more I cook, the more they eat! Serve with garlic toast and salad.  Simply Traditional Lasagna Recipe

Check out what Alex has to say!

Check out what Alex has to say, Alex Says!

Health Tip: Drinking half your body weight of H2O...

Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day is a simple calculation to ensure you are well hydrated. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, it is recommended that you drink approximately 80 ounces of water per day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Health Tip: Strength training...

Strength training at least twice weekly will increase your metabolism and increase your potential to burn fat and build muscle mass.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Health Tip: A rebounder or mini trampoline...

A rebounder or mini trampoline is an excellent form of exercise. Gently bouncing for a few minutes daily will stimulate every cell in your body and assist your lymphatic system to eliminate toxins.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Health Tip: Trans fatty acids found in margarine...

Trans fatty acids found in margarine, processed baked goods, fried foods and saturated fats found in meat and full fat dairy products have been shown to make brain cells hard and rigid. These fats also interfere with your brain's ability to process information quickly.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Health TIp: For optimal health, quit smoking.

Smoking cigarettes increases your risk of developing diabetes, dementia, stroke, heart disease and cancer. For optimal health, quit smoking.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Health Tip: Enjoy a fresh salad...

Enjoy a fresh salad of a variety of dark green leafy greens and a colorful array of mixed vegetables at least once a day. This will ensure a healthy dose of antioxidants.

One of "Five Powerful Conversation Strategies"...Action...

Action: Time to take the information received and put a plan in place to drive change & action going forward. Strategy is great but nothing changes with a strategy alone. Without a bias towards action, you remain stuck.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Health Tip: Wear a helmet while bike riding.

Wear a helmet while bike riding. This will reduce your risk of head injury by 85% and brain injury by 88%.

One of "Five Powerful Conversation Strategies"...Generating New Thinking & Ideas...

Generating New Thinking & Ideas: You can use this technique to drive innovation and change paradigms. It is an interactive type of brainstorming. No idea is a bad idea. All ideas have the opportunity to push through barriers if they are nurtured to be something bigger than any individual would have come up with by themself.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Health Tip: A natural herbal bug repellent ...

A natural herbal bug repellent is to place 1 teaspoon of hot pepper, one onion and 3 garlic cloves in 2 quarts of water and bring it to a boil for a few minutes. Once the liquid is cool, pour it through a strainer into a spray bottle. Spray on roses, azaleas and vegetables to kill bugs.

One of "Five Powerful Conversation Strategies"...Connecting: Try this with a group...

Connecting: Try this with a group you do not know very well to break down barriers. "Two Truths & A Lie" is a great ice-breaker to get to know others better. This forces you to look for similarities instead of differences. I used this with our WWE Board last June when we were just coming together to put plans in place for the upcoming year. This helps to push through the FORMING, STORMING, NORMING & PERFORMING process with teams.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Health Tip: To prevent ants from entering your home...

To prevent ants from entering your home, sprinkle cayenne pepper, paprika or boric acid at their entry point into your house.

One of "Five Powerful Conversation Strategies"...Exploring & Understanding: Share and grow...

One of "Five Powerful Conversation Strategies"...
Exploring & Understanding: Share and grow through a balanced discussion. Remember to slow your mind down so you can listen and not judge. (this is a hard one to do consistently....try it today!)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Today is your day... dreams can become reality!!!

‎"Rather than exist each day in some dull, boring habitual manner, move into action on a big idea. Everyone is on the brink of possibility. Your responsibility is to discover what that possibility is for you. Ideas can turn you on, they can wind you up. The right idea can and will add a new dimension to your life."
I woke up this morning, early, and it was dark. Probably because of daylight savings time.  The original plan was to take an early bike ride to get my blood flowing. Instead, as I walk outside, I notice the ground is wet. So, on second thought, I decide to type a note in my blog.  (note to self: Time goes by so quickly, geesh', it's already a half hour later.)

I wake up from a really cool dream.  I am speaking to a large audience, in a very large room.  The kind of room that has steps, like a theater, allowing the people in the audience to have a full view and actually see me on the stage speaking.

The room is sparsely filled with people; there are only a few seats filled with people sitting in the large auditorium.

I stand in the front of the room, on the stage behind the podium, I look down to get my thoughts together. I look up, with microphone in hand, walk to the middle of the stage.  The room is now packed with people. Each seat is filled. More people are coming into the room, trying to find a seat.

Since this is a dream, it turns out the people in the audience are people that I graduated from high school with. They are listening intently. I hold the microphone close and talk, engaging the audience by telling them what this is about, what's in it for them and then go on with my story.

I wake up with a smile.

It's amazing how it all turns out. The way I imagine it. I am speaking in front of a large audience, telling my story.

Inspiring people, to give hope and transform!

Health Tip: Some conventionally grown fruits...

Some conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain more pesticides than others. The fruits and vegetables with the highest concentration of pesticides are: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach and strawberries.

Quote for Today: A great work...

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.~Nadia Boulanger

Reflection: Look back to learn ...

One of "Five Powerful Conversation Strategies"...
Reflection: Look back to learn from a shared situation and gain a better understanding of what happened. Why did it to happen? What was your part was in it? What would you do differently? Hindsight is 20/20.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Health Tip: The conventional fruits and vegetables ...

The conventional fruits and vegetables with the lowest concentration of pesticides are: asparagus, avocado, banana, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mango, onion, papaya, pineapple and sweet peas.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Quote for Today: Conflict is inevitable...

"Conflict in close relationships is not only inevitable, it's essential. Intimacy connects people who are inevitably different."~Martha Beck

Health Tip: For optimal health...

For optimal health, read food labels and avoid foods containing additives such as:
artificial colors, nitrates, sulfites, MSG, food preservatives, synthetic flavors, food waxes and genetically modified foods.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Health Tip: If you experience a craving for unhealthy food...

If you experience a craving for unhealthy food, distract yourself for 10 minutes.
Often you will find once you get busy doing another activity, the craving will pass.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Quote for Today: What can I say-it plays for me...

I try to play hard, and sometimes I play long hours. Some people would say I play too much,
but what can I say-it plays for me.~Martha Beck

Health Tip: Use caution when ordering your salad...

Most people consider salads a healthy meal. Use caution when ordering your salad.  Adding croutons, cheese, eggs, nuts, fried meat and high calorie dressing will transform a salad from a healthy meal to a high fat, high calorie unhealthy meal.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Quote for Today: Brazenly promise...

I’ve been coaching long enough to brazenly promise that if you decide to reclaim the essence of anything you regret losing, you’ll find it – often sooner than you think, in ways you would never have expected.~Martha Beck

Health Tip: Read food labels...

For optimal health, read food labels and avoid foods containing additives such as: artificial colors, nitrates, sulfites, MSG, food preservatives, synthetic flavors, food waxes and genetically modified foods.

Health Tip: The secret of change ...

The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
Dan Millman

Health Tip: Massage offers several health benefits...

Studies have shown massage offers several health benefits.  Massage has been shown to improve mood, quality of sleep and immune function and reduces anxiety, fatigue, headaches and upset stomach.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Quote for Today: Lifetime experience...

"EVERY experience is a once in a lifetime experience."~Unknown

People don't really know what you are going through at any given moment.

Today, I woke up terribly sick.  My head ached, my chest ached, my nose was running.  All I wanted to do was sleep.  So, I did.  Life keeps going on around me, striving fast, pulling away, continuing forward.

A person, gets up in the morning, does the routine of the day.  Some may head to the gym or walk outdoors.  The first thing others do, is make that first cup of coffee.  Others, hit the snooze alarm a few times before waking to the world.  Mine is all of this, head out for a run or walk, then come back, shower and make myself a fresh cup of coffee.  Take some time to relax before I get busy for the day.   But, not today.

I'm tired today.  Literally and emotionally exhausted from trying to help others see what they don't see, and may never see, what is good for them and the community they live.  Yes, I made my choice, and I'm good with that choice.  The moment I did though, is when my body went in turbo-spin, down the healthy pike of nothingness.

I suppose I've been holding it all in.  This time it falls in my chest.  I must have been driving from the heart because this is where all the sickness and pain comes from.  It must have been settling there, the stress and uncertainty, frustration of those who don't open their hearts, or listen to what is so brutally necessary in order to succeed.

Time for me to move on.  I'll take another day or two to rest my body, soul and spirit; then it's off the the races again.  I deserve that much!

Health Tip: Clean your clutter ...

Clean your clutter to clean your mind, open your heart and receive your wishes. Katherine Anne Lewis

Monday, March 5, 2012

Quote for Today: The history of people...

The history of a people is found in its songs.~George Jellinek

Health Tip: Clutter can zap...

Clutter can zap your energy and keep you stuck in the past.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quote for Today: Found beauty and serenity...

I have found complication and chaos. I have also found beauty and serenity, when I can see through the eyes of my heart.

Health Tip: The human body is meant to move...

The human body is meant to move.  Select physical activities that you enjoy such as: rollerblading, Tai Chi, Yoga, running, dance, spin class, swimming, bicycling, hiking or walking.  The more you enjoy the activity, the more likely you will do it.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Quote for Today: What is a teacher?...

"What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows."~Paulo Coelho

Health Tip: Clean your clutter...

Clean your clutter to clean your mind, open your heart and receive your wishes. Katherine Anne Lewis

Friday, March 2, 2012

Quote for Today: History of people is found...

The history of a people is found in its songs.~George Jellinek

Health Tip: Abdominal fat...

A Yale research study found that people with high stress levels, release more cortisol and tend to have excess abdominal fat.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Quote for Today: You get what you tolerate...

"You get what you tolerate. You are constantly teaching people how to treat you."~Elise Burns-Hoffman

Recipe for today: Grandma's Chicken...

Grandma's Chicken - By: MADDIEGAIL "Delicious chicken coated in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sooo easy but your guests will never know how hard you didn't work!"

Health Tip: Cruciferous vegetables...

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, kale and collard greens contain sulforaphane.  This is an antioxidant that has been shown to speed up the detoxification of many harmful chemicals from your body and is believed to suppress cancer and tumor growth.