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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!Blessings to you:  May life be welcomed and appreciated individually with our each inward breath.  May  we pass life’s blessings to others with our each outward breath.  May we each play a part in making the world a safer, kinder, more joyful place in 2013 and beyond.  Happy New Year to you and yours.

Sincerely, Barb Hughes and family

Bare Bones Budget: budgeting time, money, and more when under stress

We are gainfully self-employed now, but when my husband and I both lost our full time jobs back in the 1990‘s we were rather stressed.  So we revamped the way we looked at our work/business/home life.  One of the things we did was come up with what we call our Bare Bones Budget.  This isn’t just about budgeting money, but also budgeting/balancing time and the enjoyment of life.  So for those who are looking for a different approach when under stress (besides doom and panic), here’s what helped us – and we continue to follow today.

The Bare Bones Budget Mantra Continue reading

Book: Second Sight by Judith Orloff, M.D.

Second SightThis book reads more like a novel than a self-help book.  Judith Orloff is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, has a private practice, is a New York Times bestselling author… and is an empathic intuitive.  Not a ‘put-on-a-turban-roll-your-eyes-into-your-head-entertainer’, but an authentic healer and seer.  She was part of the team awhile back that intuited and uncovered buried sea treasure.  I remember reading about that in the news and thinking “cool – to be able to find buried treasure with your thoughts!”

Second Sight starts out with Judith’s childhood fear of ‘knowing’ when her grandpa died, and why she could tell which of her parents friends were going to Continue reading

Bye bye old world thinking: an ode to the end of the world

December 21st 2012:  Old world thinking ends today.  The thinking that we as humans can keep punching the bag called air/soil/water/’the other’/nature in the nose like a bozo clown and expect it to pop back up for more of our abuse.  The old thinking/believing that humans with money, anger, and power are the Lords of the universe.  The old thinking that humans are above all else, and our wishes and will should dictate who has rights and who doesn’t.  The old thinking of believing that if we let our anger turn to love, we’ll ‘lose the game’, and Continue reading

Chiropractor to Olympians inventing new healing modality

Dean at clinic 3-2011He’s the Chiropractor to Olympians, rock stars, weekend athletes, kids, pregnant moms, and your grandma.  Dean Clark is always looking for new and better ways to alleviate pain and bring about better health. His expertise and great bedside manner have given him the privilege to be the Olympic Chiropractor to world-class athletes at THREE different Olympics (2000, 2008, 2012).  His rock star healer status has also caught the attention of actual rock stars who’ve flown him to their homes and/or on the road to treat them.  You’d think this kind of access would go to a guys’ head…but not Dr. Clark.  He’s the kindest, most down-to-earth Continue reading

Can our corporate grief help heal the world?

I’ve not read the actual news report.  I’ve not seen the pictures.  I don’t need to.  I feel what has happened through friends and family face book posts, have seen it today in the heavy footsteps and sad eyes of people on my walk to the post office box.  There is a corporate grief that transcends nations, language, religion, and political views. We all agree that innocent children should be safe.  We all agree our own children, the children in another state or another country – ALL children – should be safe, held, and loved. Continue reading

Book: The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon:  “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized.  “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.”  So she decided to do something about it – to research and apply happiness to her life.

With humor and insight, she chronicled her adventures during the 12 months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.  Since Rubin is a mom and loves her city, she didn’t uproot herself;  instead, she focused on improving her life as it was.

Her conclusions:  money CAN buy happiness when spent wisely, novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness, over ‘treating’ yourself can make you feel worse, and Continue reading

Traveling the world with compassion

Sue Warner-BeanFrom Dictionary.com the definition for Compassion:  (noun) a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  Compassion:  A word that sums up the heart of Sue Warner-Bean.  Sue has been a listening ear for survivors and families who’ve lost loved ones in aviation disasters and other accidents. But Sue isn’t a counselor – she develops emergency response plans and training for companies big and small world-wide. Sue helps them prepare so Continue reading

Your heart can impact the world

Interesting short scientific facebook video about how the human heart can literally impact the world.  Gregg Braden, former Senior Designer for Martin Marietta and Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems, has been featured in PBS, History and Discovery TV programming, film, and radio interviews.

Friendship Has No Boundaries Photo credit permission given by artist Aubrey Frimoth.

Nurturing yourself by taking time to heal

Many times it’s those people who don’t think they are heros who teach us the most about bravery, kindness, and life.  A good friend of mine, Laurie Larsen-Caesar, is in the midst of radiation (after going through chemo, then surgery…yup, she’s had the whole 9 yards).  Often we see cancer as a battle, a fight.  We want our friends with cancer to Win.  We want them not to be in pain, so we send our love, prayers, cards, food, and wonder if it’s enough.  Wanting to do more but not knowing what.

Recently my friend posted this blog entry:  “I’ve been resting, Continue reading

Book: 50 is the new Fifty

“50 is the new Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood” by Suzanne Braun Levine. Ms. Levine is over 50, is one of the founders of the Women’s Movement, and has a delightful writing style.

She says we are not just older versions of our younger self…we are becoming NEW people all together, and Continue reading

Book Review: The Hidden Messages In Water

If you’re looking for a short and fascinating read, check out The Hidden Messages in Water, by Masaru Emoto.

The Hidden Messages in Water introduces the revolutionary work of internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, who has discovered that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings.

The photos in the book are incredible.  Emoto took samples of waters from around the world, and in a lab the only thing different he did was to expose them to the vibrations of various music styles, or to the vibration of certain Continue reading