Thursday, October 12, 2017

What Matters Most

This past year has been challenging for many. And in the daily upsets, grips, changes, and upheaval - the one thing that is my personal constant is my family (shown above in pumpkin form): me, Jim, and Hennessy. Grateful for love; thoughtfulness; playful times. And in that there is peace (or at least the light of it) when things are blah.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 LA Kings 5K

The Annual LA Kings 5K (and this year also a 10K) to me is like the pre-beginning of the hockey season every year. This year's race took place on September 9. It benefits the Hydrocephalus Association. For the past 4 years my husband, dog, and I have participated. Hennessy gets her picture taken with the ice crew every year.

And I see how many Kings players I can get tongued tied talking to (though this year I got more tongue tied talking to Jeff Carter's wife then I did him since I really admire her work in animal rescue).


My husband runs the race (and always does incredibly); Hennessy and I walk (and always lag along enjoying the morning).

Tomorrow is officially opening night of the new hockey season. I am nervous. So many changes in the organization this year from coaches to players. I'll be watching! I may be yelling at times. I'll be cheering.... Go Kings Go!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Times Are Changing...

As a Cancer Sun Sign... I don't do well with changes.
One of my long time Full Management Speaker/Author clients has decided to “semi retire” so he has decided to cut his hours due to less work he’ll be accepting from now on.
Therefore, I have an opening for a full management client starting October 1. I am VERY picky about these rare openings as it really does have to be a good match for optimal success. Also due to the fact that full management work takes more time than I am compensated for (due to my own insane diligence and work ethic) I need to start working more intelligently with my time as it is beginning to affect many areas of my life negatively.
For that reason, some of this time I have becoming available will also be spent on increased consulting clients and teaching more essential oils classes. 
I am staying positive that I can make this work. 
I can start to improve the areas of my life that need improvement. 
Start living that OolaLife.
The fog from the above photo will lift.
If any of you know a speaker, author, entrepreneur, athlete, or other public figure / celebrity who could use my management and / or preferably consulting services I would greatly APPRECIATE the referral. Also if anyone is interested in hosting an essential oils class, I would LOVE to teach more and more classes. I can teach 101 basic oil classes (like the one I did this past Saturday), classes about oils for pets, oils for babies / children, using oils for a toxic free home, and much more! These classes do not have to be done in person; if we live in different locations, let’s schedule a fun virtual one!
Thank you so much for reading my blog! THANK YOU so much for your love and support!
Website for more info! www.life-enlightenment.com 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"Value Yourself to Master Yourself"

Lots of thoughts today.
I cried at Target. Things have been stressful today. This month. Last month. This year.
I am still working on Elena Brower's YogaGlo classes for Self Care for Women. Great timing on that.
Recently Elena's brilliance has brought me reminders such as "value yourself to master yourself" and she taught me what substantiate means.
I have also learned I need to look at how my time is spent. Having people ask me to resend client bios and head shots, clients asking me to resend radio show details, following up on things I have asked people for numerous times... not the best use of my time. My what feels like limited time lately.
The dog in that picture above - my Hennessy... I am so grateful for her in my life. She is love, she is fun, she is smiles, she is everything in one cute package!
Another quick lesson from today - you never know the impact you might have on others. After crying at Target, my husband asks me if I want to grab a snack at Starbucks. Well there is a Starbucks inside Target and one the same shopping center; I said it didn't matter that one of the ones right where we were would be fine but he decided let's go to our usual hangout one. Well that was the perfect choice. One of the baristas who I feel makes the most magical beverage who I haven't seen in a while was working. Since she started another job she only works every once in a while so it was a rarity to see her there today... and she made my hot chocolate. She was a bright light in my day - and all she was - was awesome authentic self.
Let's all look at how to value ourselves in order to master ourselves and remember that just being ourselves we can bring brightness and blessings into the days of others... sometimes without even realizing it.

Monday, August 28, 2017

To Salute Oneself

Today in yoga we looked at how do you salute yourself in the quiet of your own mind?

First off I wanted to really understand what salute means. By definition "a gesture of respect, homage, or acknowledgement". How often do we salute ourselves? Ever? And in the quiet of our own mind?

So in contemplating this I came to recognize how often I put myself down in my own mind (which is A LOT) so I take this statement from yoga as a reminder to at least in my mind catch myself when I have negative self talk going on and make a gesture of respect and acknowledgement about something about me that is awesome - recognize myself! Recognize what I accomplish. Recognize my cool traits. Recognize me for just being me.

Namaste!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Equanimity

Today I started a new program on YogaGlo called Self Care for Women: Practices for Resilience and Grace taught by Elena Brower. Today's fist class was called "Equanimity". I have to be honest, I wasn't entirely sure what the word "equanimity" meant even though I have heard it many times. I looked it up and by the picture above you see it means "mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation". I can certainly see that needed in yoga as there is an attempt to reach certain benchmark poses. And in life - yup, every day. I tend to get frustrated pretty easy ...even if you can't see it on the outside there is a good chance I am feeling it on the inside; just hiding it. I feel my lesson for the day from this class is to gain that equanimity on the inside AND on the outside; in yoga AND in life. I love classes taught by Elena. She is very wise. I always take away far more than a yoga practice from her classes. This is a four week program so I'll share more wisdom the journey continues.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Fun Afternoon of Wellness on September 2

Walk and Talk - An Afternoon of Wellness
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Ever since I was a kid I was interested in wellness and exercise. 
My mom and sister spent one summer going to McDonalds everyday for lunch where I opted for a salad or sandwich at home knowing that fast food wasn't the choice for me. I picked vegetables in the garden with my Grandma, often eating them as soon as they were rinsed. And animals were always my friends not my food.
Then exercise... I am happiest when I am moving. As a kid it was years and years and years of tap, ballet, and jazz. We had 6 dogs so walking our dogs everyday after school and in the evening was my other favorite past time. In high school my best friend Laurie and I would power walk. Our peak was a 10 minute mile. In my early 20s I even became AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) certified to teach and train in the fitness arena.
This all kept going...
Living on my own I would make sure to read all labels, research what was in my products and food, and strive for chemical free living. Some situations and set backs a long the way but all in all - healthy living.
And now at 44, I am vegan. I do yoga, walk, Zumba, and hoop dance. And I also am a Young Living Independent Distributor. Essential oils support all areas of my life from cleaning products, to beauty products, to dental products, etc. Plant based! You can't go wrong in my opinion when you use what is naturally grown (ok... except for strawberries which I am oddly allergic to).
So - while doing yoga (of course) the other day I came up with the idea to have a fun afternoon of wellness with some friends. We'll go for a walk, have a snack, chat, laugh, and I will share some information about essential oils.
If you are in the San Diego area reading this and would like to join us, you are invited to an afternoon of wellness. Join me, Jim (my husband) and Hennessy (our pooch) at Liberty Station! We’ll meet at Starbucks at 3 pm (2401 Truxton Rd, Liberty Station, San Diego, CA 92106), enjoy a nice walk for 30 – 45 minutes, then head back to Starbucks for a snack of your choice. (There is also a Trader Joe’s, Panera Bread, etc. over there so we can all grab whatever snack we feel drawn to.) Then I will lead a conversation about how to kick toxic chemicals out of your home using wonderful essential oil products. Come for the fun, the frolic and the education! 
Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1916886665217879/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D