Well, the store displays and flyers have been creeping up for a few weeks now and there’s no avoiding it. Christmas is only weeks away. Regardless of whether or not you actually celebrate this Christian observance honoring Jesus’ birth, the Christmas Holiday Season means many things to many people. For some it’s a happy time of getting together with family and friends, decorating the tree and stringing up lights outdoors. For others it’s about watching the faces of little ones opening presents on Christmas morning and enjoying a big family dinner. However, for many, Christmas is a time of overspending on gifts and travel, overeating and gaining unwanted holiday pounds and a time of overwhelm as you rush to do the shopping, gift wrapping, organizing and preparing for all the holiday meals and treats. It can be a very stressful time. In this article I’m going to show you some simple solutions to the common problems I just mentioned so that you can experience some joy and peace as you prepare for the Christmas Holiday Season. (more…)
More and more we’re seeing in the news and social media the amazing benefits of meditation. On the David Lynch Foundation website there is wonderful information about The Quiet Time program which has been helping improve academic performance while decreasing stress and violence in schools. They also talk about the benefits of introducing Transcendental Meditation (TM) to prison inmates and the measurable benefits including more than a 30% decrease in recidivism rates. The Foundation has also created a program for US veterans suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) called Operation Warrior Wellness. There is no question about the benefits of TM and other types of meditation on body, mind and spiritual wellness. However, is it enough to truly create inner peace? In this article I’m going to discuss that, while meditation has numerous measurable benefits, if you really want to create inner peace, you have to name what’s actually causing the stress and inner turmoil and take action to address it specifically. I’ll go over one of the main causes of inner conflict as well as some simple techniques that you can use to help you truly create inner peace. (more…)
With winter approaching, everyone is preparing for the colds and flus that seem to come with the season. The main reason any of us get sick isn’t because there are more germs floating around. The truth is that we’re exposed to “bugs” all the time. You’d have to be living in a bubble to not encounter any bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Thankfully, our immune systems, when functioning optimally, can deal with the germs that can make us sick. However, did you know that you are probably doing one thing, over and over, every day that is actually preventing your immune system from helping you fight off these bugs? In this article, I’m going to tell you what that is. Plus, I’ll show you a few simple but powerful things you can do to naturally boost your immune system. Staying healthy this winter is not only possible, but it may be simpler than you think. (more…)
I recently had the privilege of attending The Best-Sellers’ Summit and Golden Gala Awards held in the heart of Hollywood. In addition to receiving a Quilly® Award from The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors® for being part of the best-selling book The Soul of Success with Jack Canfield, I also got to meet him in person and be interviewed by him! (You’ll be able to see the video on my website in a few months once they have completed the editing.) Jack, as many of you know, is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series which has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide and is a NY Times best-selling author. And yes, he’s as lovely and amazing as everyone says he is!
Brian Tracy, who is the author of more than 45 best-selling books and has spoken to over five million people worldwide helping them to achieve their business goals, was one of our keynote speakers. Simon T. Bailey, who was the first African American sales director at Disney, made the 2015 list of most booked speaker as well as being inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame, gave an inspiring presentation. I also got to meet Tommy Bahler, a singer, composer and song writer who has worked with Fred Astaire, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, to name a few. Kelly Stoddard, a young woman who is a content creator for a “little” company called Google, gave us some amazing tips to help our websites get well placed in Google searches. And this doesn’t even begin to include the other best-selling authors I met who I’ll tell you more about in a moment. Before you think I’ve gone all “Hollywood” on you, I want you to know that I’m not telling you all this to impress you. Rather, I want to share with you what impressed me so much about the people I met and it’s not all about their fame, fortune and accomplishments. I think you’ll be very surprised about what I learned from my trip to Hollywood! (more…)
Remember last week when you were rushing to get your kids out the door, you dropped them off at school and then remembered that you forgot your laptop at home? You had to drive back home to pick it up but then you were stuck in rush hour traffic and barely made it to your big meeting. How did you feel? Stressed? Irritated? On October 19, 2015, Canada will be having its 42nd federal election. Are you going to vote or do you feel that it won’t make that much difference anyway so why bother?
When was the last time you felt deep gratitude for your home, your family, your car, rush hour traffic, your job or even that fact that you have a job? When was the last time you were grateful for the fact that we live in a country where both men and women can vote and actually have a say in what happens at all levels of government? I can think of at least two countries, China and Syria, for example, where people have literally risked their lives to experience what we take for granted every day. I often think of both my grandmothers who lived in a time where women were considered the property of their husbands, not even real people, and therefore could not vote. In the busyness of our own lives, it’s easy to become complacent about what we have and even our very freedom. However, did you know that feeling grateful can actually improve your physical and mental health? In this article I’m going to show you three really simple but powerful tricks to help you have an “attitude of gratitude” so you can be both happier and healthier. (more…)
“I’ve got to get organized!” How many times have we said that to ourselves, especially when something has happened like a missed appointment, or you realize that you actually don’t have all the ingredients you need for that dish that you’re already in the middle of preparing? Do you ever feel like you’ve got a million things to do and you don’t know quite where to start? There are definitely a lot of different time management strategies and tools out there, but sometimes even that is overwhelming because you have to learn how to use them, especially if it’s an app or program for your mobile devices. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of whatever makes your life easier. However, what I’d like to share with you is three simple steps to help you get organized and not feel stressed while doing it! (more…)
Whether you live in a bustling urban center or quieter rural setting, you don’t have to look too hard to find a yoga studio. A 2014 research article from the International Journal of Yoga (which uses the abbreviation IJoY as part of their title) states that, “With origins in 5,000 B.C.E. India, yoga combines specific postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditative techniques (dhyana), chants (mantras), and wisdom teachings (sutras) to encourage health and relaxation.[1,2] Following the worldwide commercial success of yoga, industry reports an increase in yoga participation since 2005 with over 30 million people practicing yoga for health benefits daily.”1 So in these modern times, what is drawing so many people to this ancient practice? Is it the relaxation, the physical stretching and strengthening that happens, the community or the communing with the higher self? In this article I’m going to explore some of the misperceptions around yoga, both as a physical and spiritual practice. (more…)