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Four Simple Principles


These principles keep me on course and facilitate every business and social interaction I have. They free me to be creative and productive. They enable me to see and take advantage of opportunities. They are the first thing I share with my management team in every company I manage and form the basis of our working relationship. When the team follows these practical principles, the flow of communication is smooth; productivity and morale are high. These four simple principles are the most powerful, readily adoptable tool I’ve used in my career and in my life. I want to share them with you over the course of the next month.

Check back every Monday to learn more about each guiding principle.

1. Tell the Truth All the Time

It’s less confusing. You don’t have to remember what you said and to whom. And you won’t trip over conflicting remarks. This one is very basic and also very hard to do at times. Oftentimes, we say what we think others want to hear to keep them happy. When the truth comes out later, everyone is unhappy. More importantly, there is less time to fix whatever you were afraid to say in the first place.

Telling the truth all the time keeps your mind clear of the clutter and reduces the stress of having to remember the various versions of the “truth.” Whatever problem you’re trying to avoid will be resolved much sooner if you tell the truth and deal with it immediately. Letting the skeletons multiply in the closet only makes things worse. The reach of technology today means that sooner or later, whether it is deleted computer files or missed financial payments, the truth will come out. Deal with the issue when it appears and you’ll not only sleep better, but you’ll learn more quickly and ensure that you keep moving forward.

Rid Yourself Of Unwanted Weight



Let’s just get down to the nuts and bolts of how to rid yourself of unwanted weight, which for many of you is quite easy.  The phantom puzzle piece that keeps eluding you is the piece on maintaining the results.

Maintaining the results is not so easy if you don’t know what to do. You may fall prey to the crazy ads and claims that feed off your emotions and not upon your ability to rationalize and determine for yourself what makes sense and what doesn’t.

What saddens me is not the tons of money being lost but the loss of self respect, confidence, and ability to know what is best for yourself in the perpetual effort to “lose weight now.”

As a lifestyle fitness coach, I know how important it is for you to maintain a healthy weight.  And as a woman, I know how important it is to feel confident and sexy within yourself, how your appearance reflects who you really are.  To stop hiding and bodaciously express yourself as if you were you nail color.  (I love that quote by Mary Foley)

So how are you going to find that phantom puzzle piece and finally place it in your weight loss/fitness puzzle to achieve your bodacious figure?

I have the solution!

It is important that you realize that doing just one thing rarely works for achieving lasting weight loss results.  It usually takes a combined effort of putting just the right puzzle pieces in place to get rid of unwanted weight and live a healthy, joyful lifestyle.  This isn’t rocket science, you probably familiar with a few of these but all you need is some tweaking.

A weight loss program needs to combine supportive mindful nutrition, focused daily exercise, a strong mental foundation, and an inner sparkle that ignites your motivation.

Something that most women rarely do.  Believe it will happen!  When I interview women who have lost 50, 60, 80 pounds there is one common factor I see. They started believing in themselves, and visualizing themselves as a fitter, healthier, and happier woman.  Taking one pound at a time and celebrating their successes.

Visualize yourself doing the things you love as the new you.  Start taking positive action that reflects who you really are.  Prevent yourself getting caught up in guilt, discouragement, worry, and frustration.  This always sabotages your efforts.

Watch your language!  “We are of what we speak” If you keeping speaking about how fat you are, you subconsciously sabotage your efforts and keep yourself fat.  I know…doesn’t that sound absolutely ridiculous!  But never under estimate the power of your thoughts, language and subconscious mind.  If you keep telling yourself how much you hate your fat thighs you must change your language.  Start expressing gratitude for all your thighs have done for you.  “My thighs are getting stronger and toner through my exercise efforts.  They allow me to glide effortlessly through the shopping mall or while I cross country ski and they help me lift my groceries out of the mini van.”

Switch your thinking so that the language comes through in a more positive, uplifting compassionate way. Do this every day in conversation and inner self talk.

Look at your past diets and how they effected you not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually.  Most diets cause a backlash of intense emotions that drive women to binge after depriving themselves of what society calls “bad food.”  Diets cause a complete disconnection to the body and mind.  A person learns a mindless form of eating through exposure to one diet after another.  Diets alone have taught us not to live in the now but always look into the future.  As you diet, you look forward to the time when you can eat normally again.  Diets become an outside source of what to eat, when to eat, and how much.  Mindful eating on the other hand has been proven to have an 85% success rate because you learn to honor your hunger and reconnect body and mind to eat when hungry until satisfied.  This is normal eating, watch any two year old eat.  They will leave a half of an Oreo cookie on the counter and be totally content with one bite. How about you?

Reconnect your body and mind with food and listen to your inner biological cues for hunger and satisfaction.  Enjoy the chocolate chip cookie, taste it, smell it, swish it around in your mouth and enjoy the pleasure and feeling of it go down your throat.  You  just may notice that a couple bites are all you need.

Sign up today for Amy’s life changing course Self-Care Before Sit-Ups 10 Week Transformation by visiting www.selfcarebeforesitups.com  Learn how you can effortlessly eliminate excess weight for good and end the cycle of dieting and weight loss failure so that you can live a healthy, vital life full of joy and energy.

Guest Blogger – Amy Lundberg owner of Aim For It – Fitness Coaching LLC helps women balance family, business, and their personal health successfully, eliminating overwhelm, exhaustion and overweight.  Inspiring a healthier fit body and lifestyle.

She has developed Self Care Before Sit-ups E-book and 10-week Telecourse.  Amy has her B.A. in Sports Studies Management (Exercise Science) and a B.S. Health,  she has achieved certifications that include, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, ACE Certified Weight Mgmt Consultant, Certified Yoga Fit Instructor, Certified Intuitive Eating Coach and graduate of Fitness by Phone Coaching Program .

She has also been awarded the 2002 Master Fitness By Phone Coach of the Year and 2004 Fitness By Phone Lifestyle Achievement Award. Amy is the Best Selling Author of “Wake Up Women –Be Happy Healthy and Wealthy,” a certified Intuitive Eating Coach, Personal Fitness Trainer and Lifestyle Fitness Coach.  Get your free audioTransformational Fitness and Weight Loss Secrets All Women Must Know here.

Gratitude for the Food We Eat


A healthy mind begins with a healthy body and a healthy body begins with a healthy mind. As a raw vegan chef and nutrition enthusiast, I believe both physical and mental health and wellbeing have a lot to do with what you put into your body; but I’m not only talking about the food. The gratitude and intention that goes into your body with your food is just as if not more important.Negative emotions are just as harmful to your body as junk food. If you are eating a 100% organic raw vegan diet but have anger in your heart, you mine as well be eating a greasy fast food burger.

Don’t just take my word for it. Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, actually studied it. He conducted a clinical research study which demonstrated that feeling genuine gratitude promotes health, happiness, and a strong connection to others. It just makes sense to me! It’s hard to be spiteful, angry, depressed, or anything other than gracious when you are feeling pure unadulterated love and gratitude.

My favorite example of pure gratitude in action is the miraculous experiments of Dr. Masaru Emoto and his magical experiments with water. Dr. Emoto conducted various experiments in which he taped words such as love, gratitude, peace, thank you, war, and hate on bottles of plastic water. He also had Buddhist monks pray over some of the water as well as conducted experiments where participants where to honor and thank water. He then froze the water and looked at the crystal formations under a microscope. As one might expect, the water exposed to kind words formed beautiful crystal structures while negative words created ugly chaotic patterns. The human body is made up of 60 – 80% water depending on body size. I defer back to my opening statement: A healthy mind begins with a healthy body and a healthy body begins with a healthy mind.


Hidden Messages In Water – Dr. Masaru Emoto Experiment


Make Life Delicious,
Chef Tina Jo

Most Americans don’t consume even half the amount of fresh raw foods that our bodies require. Do you?
I challenge you to try the raw vegan lifestyle for 3 days with my free e-book Real Life Raw: 3 Day Challenge. Get a taste of what looking and feeling great is all about!

Emoto, Masaru. The Hidden Messages In Water. Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Word Publishing, Inc. 2004

12 Natural Alternatives to Sugar

Sugar Natural Alternatives


Staying away from processed white sugar and using alternative natural sweeteners is one way to create foods that support good health. However, “natural” doesn’t mean that these sweeteners can’t be as detrimental to our good health as that white stuff. Being aware of the glycemic index and how these natural sweeteners affect our sugar levels is key to optimal health.

When choosing a sweetener for a recipe, be mindful of who you’ll be serving it to (diabetics or those sensitive to fructose or children) and look at the sweeteners characteristics (color, texture and flavor); is it a good fit with the other ingredients in your recipe. Being aware of how sugars affect both your health and a specific recipe, will keep you on the healthiest and sweetest road possible!

Agave nectar: Agave nectar is a natural vegan sweetener made from the liquid in the bulb of the agave cactus. There is presently much debate as to whether or not it’s raw and if it is nutritious. The consensus is that the darker version is unfiltered and contains higher concentrations of naturally occurring minerals. I still use a bit of agave here and there, but I only use the Ojio agave from Ultimate Superfoods because it’s raw and absolutely delicious. Agave is high in fructose so use sparingly or in combination with other sweeteners.

Coconut nectar: Coconut nectar is a 100% natural raw vegan sweetener made from pure fresh coconut sap. It has a light, yet rich sweet flavor reminiscent of the coconut fruit. Low in fructose and low on the glycemic index, coconut nectar makes a perfect substitute for agave nectar. Some companies boil the nectar before bottling and although vegan, it is obviously not raw thus losing some of its nutritional value. Read the label and make sure your product is minimally evaporated at low temperatures never exceeding 115 degrees F to insure it’s raw.

Coconut Sugar: Coconut Sugar is made from coconut palm sugar blossoms. It’s low on the glycemic index, loaded with minerals and B vitamins and although vegan, is not a raw product.

Date Paste: Date Paste is made from dates that have been soaked in water, then blended to form a paste that is a whole food. I like to add a squeeze of lemon to my paste too. Dates are high in natural sugars so they’re a high glycemic food. Be aware of your guests sugar tolerances when serving up goodies made from this sweet treat!

Honey: Honey has antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. When using honey source out local, unprocessed, unheated raw honey. This is not a vegan product, is high on the glycemic index, high in calories and raises blood-sugars levels more quickly than white sugar. I don’t recommend its use for infants and children because of its pollen.

Lakanto:  Lakanto is a zero calorie sweetener that has absolutely no influence on blood sugar and the release of insulin. It’s a fermented sweetener made from a sugar alcohol naturally found in grapes, pears, mushrooms, soy sauce, cheese, wine and beer called erythritol and an extract from a super sweet Asian fruit called luohanguo.

Maple Syrup:  Maple syrup is made from the boiled sap from maple trees. It’s higher on the glycemic index, but has fewer calories and more minerals then honey. Using only the darker grade B maple syrups will ensure you maximum mineralization and richer flavor then the other versions.

Maple Sugar: is a higher concentrated version of the syrup.

Molasses: This slightly sweet, intensely rich flavored syrup is a byproduct of processing cane and beet sugars. First press molasses is light in color and flavor. Repeated boiling results in the dark, blackstrap molasses. Although high on the glycemic level, molasses contains measurable amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, making it more nutritious than many other sweeteners.

Rapadura: Rapadura is simply unrefined evaporated cane juice. Because it is minimally processed it retains all the nutritional value lost in the processing of the white stuff. Rapadura is a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin A.

Stevia: Stevia is a super sweet sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant, a perennial shrub native to Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is sold in powder or liquid form and is zero on the glycemic index. The liquid comes in a plethora of flavors which can enhance many recipes. A little goes a long way with this product; Stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar.

Yacon Syrup: Yacon syrup is made from the tubular roots of the yacon plant.  There are so many reasons to love this stuff; it’s raw vegan, low on the glycemic index, low in calories and it’s a pre-biotic (non-digestible carbohydrate that help the good bacteria in our guts thrive). The deeply rich flavor is reminiscent of molasses, maple syrup, or honey and it makes a great substitute for the aforementioned in your recipes. Yacon syrup is about twice as sweet as sugar so you need less of it which is a good thing considering it is a bit pricey!
So as you can see there’s no need for that white processed stuff. Get busy and get creative using your new found knowledge on natural sweeteners.
Make Life Delicious,
Chef Tina Jo

Living Her Dream – Mermaiding!

Dana Mermaid


Dana Marie Richardson, best known around the shoreline as Dana Mermaid, swims with sea life in oceans all over the world, including Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and the Bahamas.

“The mermaid, being half human and half fish, inspires that connection we have to the ocean world and the sea that is so imperative for our survival on earth.  We must replenish the balance of our relationship from land to sea. “- Malama O Ke Kai and Malama Ka Aina”

Dana also helps with humpback whale research in the winter time, and can free dive to 90 feet without a mask on a single breath of air.

She is a marine mammal naturalist, a boat captain, an underwater photographer and a professional MERMAID.

“My hope is is to inspire children & adults to follow their hearts, live out their dreams, and experience the beauty & magic of the ocean.  My heart has always been with the sea and dreamed of being a mermaid since I was little”

Residing in Kona, HI, Dana spends her time free diving with the dolphins and other marine mammals. Dana strives to learn as much as possible about these underwater mammals in order to protect them and their ocean home. By following her heart she is living her dream in Hawaii, and is now able to educate and inspire others through her true passion — Mermaiding.

Dana’s Mission is to inspire others to follow their hearts, live out their dreams and make the world a better place by educating and spreading awareness as to how we can take care of our oceans and sea life.

Dana Mermaid Took a Break From Her Sea Duties For This Interview.
Listen In:


Sensuality of Joy

sensuality of joy


Sensuality can be defined as gratification of the senses. We experience sensuality through sensation in the body. Therefore, the mind must become somewhat quiet to become aware of sensation. It is through this awareness of body sensation that we can navigate a balanced expression of sensuality; not being too constricted and missing out on pleasure, but not being too indulgent and losing one’s self in obsession either.

We generally think of sensuality as the 5 physical senses; taste, touch, sound, smell and sight. Researchers are now also discovering that we probably have several more senses based on the scientific definition of the senses where there are specialized cells and brain reception for a specific signal to be interpreted. This includes such things as a sense of balance, a sense of time and sensing electromagnetic energy. Who knows, maybe we will eventually discover the biologic pathway for a sense of trust or a sense of intuition.

Other cultures have recognized the more elusive senses for thousands of years. In my Ojibway heritage, the Megis shell, also known as the Cowrie shell, is a symbol used to represent this more subtle aspect of life. We are taught to run our fingers up and down the ridges on the underside of the shell to remind us of all the senses available to us. The ridges curl into the opening of the shell, representing the opening to the womb of Mother Earth and her Mystery; just like the awareness of deeper senses brings us into a deeper acceptance of life’s mystery.

For me, there is one sensation in particular that seems to be the source for all others. This is the sensation of my own life force, also called prana or chi. Many spiritual traditions have ancient practices to cultivate this connection, such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, breathing, fasting, chanting and dancing. All of these activities quiet the chatter of the mind while increasing the sensation of prana.

I find that as I cultivate my awareness of my own life force that I can naturally stay in balance with my 5 physical senses of pleasure as well as cultivating the more subtle senses, such as intuition and healing. Prana, or life force energy is considered by many spiritual masters to be the most powerful and most healing energy there is.

Message From Onani On Sensuality of Joy

As I write this, I am just now noticing the pleasures of all my 5 senses here at my kitchen counter; the beautiful colors of sunrise, the many birds singing, the bright green trees, the fresh, cool breeze and the damp air of Ohio summer. And now I notice a few more subtle sensations; a sense of gratitude and a sense of peace. I think there really is a biologic pathway for these senses, with specialized cells and brain reception that interprets these sensations. I feel it in my heart and throughout my body; it can bring tears to my eyes. A connection to my prana brings feelings of peace and contentment, feelings of misery and pain reflect a disconnection to my own life force. That is proof enough for me of this dynamic force I can tap into anywhere, anytime. This is the sensuality of joy.

How To Make A Mermaid Tail

How to Make a Mermaid Tail


This week on FMG Magazine is Ocean week, and for our “Learn” section, keeping with the Ocean and Mermaid theme we have going, I wanted to share with you a very well done, informative video on how to create your own Mermaid Tail.  With your tail, you will be able to gracefully swim amongst the Sea creatures and enjoy the world under our amazing Ocean.

Merlissa is your host…Enjoy!



Additional videos for your Mermaid Tail from Melissa Thomas:

Basic Zipper Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs0v3a2IqJk
Basic Elastic Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3fIIxogwJc
How to Paint Mermaid Flukes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZxFpmP1G-U


“Special thanks to my mother who did all the sewing (since she doesn’t trust me around her machines yet. ;) ) I’d also like to thank Molly, Awena, and Coraline for supervising different aspects of the making of the tail and my fiancé for always believing in me and supporting my strange hobbies.” ~ Melissa Thomas



To care for your tail so it lasts a long time, make sure you clean it. In some public pools there is a chlorine neutralizer rinse next to their water aerobics equipment. I have had no problem dipping my tail in these rinse buckets. This will help get rid of that smell as well.

If you have no rinse buckets at your pool, cleaning is still simple. Remove the monofin from the fluke and wash the tail by hand. So far I have used laundry soap on it and it was just fine. Hang the tail to dry. Do NOT put it in the dryer. Heat on the mermaid tail is a big NO-NO since it can ruin the fabric and cause shrinkage and color fading.

When you are not swimming in your tail and need to store it, simply take the fin out and hang it on a hanger in the closet. Be sure to keep the fin nearby so you will always know where it is.

Taking your tail to the coast, to the lake, or on a family vacation is a lot of fun. My black tail went across the country with me to the east coast and then up and down it. If you are traveling by plane, make sure your monofin will fit in your suitcase. The monofin is flexible and will bend a little, but you will not want to bend it too far or for too long. My monofin was bent slightly for about 8 hours for my trip to the east coast. However, when I got there, I took it out of the suitcase and let it ‘breathe,’ even placing objects on the fin to help it get flat again.  It is also wise to take with you a seal-able plastic bag that will hold your tail. Chances are if you are on the road, and especially if you are hotel hopping, you will need something to store your wet tail in so it doesn’t get everything else all wet. Hanging it to dry overnight may not always completely dry it out.

Swimming with a tail can be a feat to master. Do not swim alone when in your tail, especially if you are new to the experience. Most people are a little weirded out the first time they swim with their legs bound together. The monofin alone will make you swim faster, but you swim speed will slow down to a little above normal, normal, or even slower than normal with the tail on because of drag. How much drag you experience depends on how elaborate the tail is, what materials it’s made of, and how many layers are involved.


For beginners, keep to sallower waters to begin with. Work on swimming without having to dart for the side of the pool and get used to the feeling of moving your legs together to swim. Only when you have gotten the kick down and can swim strongly in the tail would I suggest moving to deeper waters. Only swim in familiar waters or pools.


We would love to see any pictures or videos of your Mermaid Tail you create, inspired by this incredible video by Melissa!  Visit http://fmgmagazine.com/submitarticle for submission information.

Be sure to visit Melissa’s site for more Mermaid Videos!


Mermaid Magic Thru Wyland’s Lens



In this beautiful video, join artist Wyland under the Sea off the shores of the Big Island of Hawaii, as he and Fasano Underwater Productions film the graceful, underwater movements of the Kona Mermaids.

Dana Mermaid, Doreen Virtue, Susan Knight, and Kariel, are known as the Kona Mermaids, swimming under the ocean with their handmade Mermaid tails, no masks or tanks, and diving to the depths of 90 feet.

On February 4th and 5th of 2012, The Kona Mermaids were photographed as well as video’d for this documentary showing behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews with The Kona Mermaids.



For some-more information, visit: fasanounderwater.com, wyland.com danamermaid.com, susanknightstudios.com and doreenvirtue.com

Chlorophyll in Treatment of Cancer?




Research published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology questioned whether or not chlorophyll could prevent cancer and concluded yes and no.

Chlorophyll is a pigment found in dark green plants that is important for photosynthesis to take place; however, this pigment does more than just facilitate energy production in plants. According to Michael T. Simonich of the Linus Pauling Institute, chlorophyll actually helps fight cancer cell growth and acts as an antioxidant in the body.


Chlorophyll protects against various chemical carcinogens found in fungus-contaminated nuts and grains, the toxic materials created when meat has been overcooked, and carcinogens in the air that result from pollution. It does this by blocking the metabolism of chemicals known as procarcinogens that damage DNA. By preventing DNA from being damaged, cancer growth is inhibited and prevented.   ~ NaturalNews.com


They found that when tested against modest carcinogen exposure levels most often found in the environment, chlorophyll from green vegetables offered protection. However, in very high carcinogen exposure levels it actually increased the numbers of tumors.

In the study, 12,360 rainbow trout were used as lab models instead of mice. In one part, the trout were exposed to fairly moderate levels of a known carcinogen but also given chlorophyll that reduced their number of liver tumors by 29-64 percent and stomach tumors by 24 to 45 percent.   However, in another part of the study using much higher and unrealistic dosages of the same carcinogen the use of chlorophyll caused a significant increase in the numbers of tumors.

Thus, at the lower carcinogen doses and cancer rates relevant to humans, chlorophyll was very protective. However, the outcome of chlorophyll protection in major target organs is dependent upon carcinogen doses. The researchers concluded that the “results derived at high carcinogen doses and high tumor responses may be irrelevant for human intervention”


Photo synthesis and chlorophyll

Photo synthesis occurs as a result of interaction with sunlight. This creates chlorophyl and it is what makes plants green. This also began in the sea and led to one-celled organisms who were the ancestors of blue-green algae, such as spirulina and a fresh water variety called chlorella. Both algae are known to be very good for the blood because of their high chlorophyll content.

This is no coincidence as chlorophyl is also 98% identical to blood, in the exact same way as sea water – chlorophyl too needs an extra molecule of magnesium and blood an extra molecule of iron. Chlorophyll is also near-identical to hemoglobin, a protein responsible for making red blood cells and carrying oxygen through the blood. It is this oxygen transport that makes chlorophyl so healing, since pathogenic organisms like hiding out in cells by creating an anaerobic (oxygen-starved) environment. Chlorophyll is both oxygen and blood, not just for green plants but also animals and humans.  ~NaturalNews.com


Use of Chlorophyll and Ultrasound in Cancer Therapy



Spotlight On Artist Wyland

Wyland Painting Life Size Blue Whales

Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s. Wyland always thought big.  And he never stopped.


Today, the Wyland name has become synonymous with the new generation of awareness about environmental conservation.



Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation. His life – like his art – can find him anywhere around the world, at any time, from the Antarctic ice shelf on a photo expedition to document climate change to a grassroots journey down the Mississippi River on a mission of conservation.

The multi-faceted artist, SCUBA diver, educator, and explorer has hosted several television programs, including, “Wyland’s Ocean World” series on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet Network, “Wyland: A Brush With Giants” and “Wyland’s Art Studio,” a series for national public television. His mission of engaging people through nature-themed art and a more environmentally friendly lifestyle has led to strategic alliances with such notable organizations as the United States Olympic Team, United Nation Environment Programme, and Walt Disney Studios, to name a few.


Episode From Wyland’s Art Studio; How to Paint Sea Turtles


Wyland’s 100th and final monumental marine life mural, Hands Across the Oceans, a 24,000-square-foot, half-mile-long series of canvas murals with student artists from 110 countries, was displayed in October 2008 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and honored by the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. In May 2010, the United Nations released six Wyland images for an international stamp issue celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Since 1993, the non-profit Wyland Foundation has set the standard for environmental outreach. In partnership with the United States Forest Service and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Wyland is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our ocean, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands.

The enormous extent of Wyland public artworks (it is estimated that his murals are viewed by more than a billion people every year), his award-winning art galleries, and community service projects have made him one of the most recognized and beloved artists in the nation. He is considered one of the most influential artists of the 21st Century, with artwork in museums, corporate collections, and private homes in more than one hundred countries.



For more information, visit wyland.com or contact 800-WYLAND-0.

BEE- Lieve It! the Buzz about Pollen



Our little community here in Baja has recently been plagued with an invasion of bees and wasps.   Everyone and their brother are calling and asking each other what can be done to rectify this “sticky” situation!   But for me, it’s a sure sign that summer is here.

I enjoy seeing the bees buzz around my head and pollinating the flower buds.   But if you’re one of those unfortunate people with an allergy I certainly understand how you might find them annoying! Just remember that we really do need these buzzing little creatures in our world! Look at it this way; the sweet nectar they deliver is yet one more way of saying every thorn has its rose, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade, or better yet, every cloud has a silver lining!  You get the point: without bees in our world, life as we know it just wouldn’t be the same.

Bee pollen is one of earth’s true treasures.  Nutritionally speaking, I can’t think of many foods that are healthier for us.  Without trying to bore the heck out of you, let’s explore some of the amazing benefits of this super food!

  • Bee pollen is one of the most nutritionally complete natural substances found on mother earth. Its incredible nutritional and medicinal values have been praised for thousands of years. For starters, bee pollen contains close to 10 different naturally occurring enzymes. That’s 5 to 7 times the amount of amino acids found in beef, milk, eggs or cheese! If you know anything about enzymes (which can be bore-iiiiing!) you know that you couldn’t digest your food without them. Ok, for you scientific minds and intellectuals out there, the enzymes I’m referring to are: amylase, catalase, cozymase, cytochrome, dehydrogenasae, diaphorase, diastase, lactic acids, pectase and phosphatase. Bee pollen contains an amazing amount of vitamins B, C and E, a wealth of minerals and hormones, powerful antioxidants including lycopene, selenium, and beta carotene, and several flavinoids. Now don’t tune out just yet because there is so much more to this wonder food!!
  • Bee pollen is a completely natural product that is well tolerated by our bodies due to its purity. It is completely free of toxicity and harmful side effects. Bee pollen is often used by inactive elderly people to increase weight and energy levels. Its super energizing properties will benefit anyone with regular use.

In addition to all its nutritional benefits, bee pollen has some powerful properties that can actually fight and prevent disease! Most strains of bee pollen contain active antibiotic substances which can destroy harmful pathogenic bacteria upon impact. Furthermore, certain strains of pollen have been proven to be effective anti-viral agents which play a role in the reduction and prevention of common viral infections such as influenza.

Now here’s one that appeals to the vanity in all of us: bee pollen contains fatty acids that make our skin suppler and combat some of the effects of aging.


Now who doesn’t appreciate that? So I say, neighbors, rethink that annoying little buzz around your yard and forget about those pesky bee hives! Brake out the pollen and add it to your favorite smoothies, pudding and the like.  Get your beekeeper gear on and enjoy the little buzzers!

Make Life Delicious,

Chef Tina Jo


Most Americans don’t consume even half the amount of fresh raw foods that our bodies require. Do you?

I challenge you to try the raw vegan lifestyle for 3 days with my free e-book Real Life Raw: 3 Day Challenge. Get a taste of what looking and feeling great is all about!

EnergizeGrowth’s CEO Lisa Nirell



Our fifth interview of the Wayback Series from 2004, is with Lisa Nirell, the Chief Energy Officer of EnergizeGrowth®, which helps companies grow customer mind share, and market share.

Since 1983, Lisa has worked with Zappos, BMC Software, Adobe, Microsoft, and hundreds of entrepreneurs in nine countries. Lisa is also an award-winning expert speaker and author of the acclaimed EnergizeGrowth® NOW: The Marketing Guide to a Wealthy Company.


Lisa produces winning strategies, not workbooks.

Lisa’s clients consider her an accomplished growth expert, thought leader, and speaker with first-hand, laser-focused, practical insights. Lisa recently authored EnergizeGrowth® NOW: The Marketing Guide to a Wealthy Company. Business luminaries such as Guy Kawasaki, Dr. Stephen Covey, Joie De Vivre Hotel’s Chip Conley, Seventh Generation Founder Jeffrey Hollender, and global leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have endorsed her work. In addition, she is an expert blogger on strategic growth planning for Fast Company Magazine.

Lisa has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, American Express OPEN,The San Diego Transcript, Women in Technology, and Computerworld.

I hope you enjoy this interview with this very energizing, uplifting lady…ENJOY!!!


Interview With Lisa Nirell



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Wake Up and Be Happy

Wake Up and Be Happy

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