Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lazily Grow Your Business: "The Thank You Economy"

The Thank You Economy

I just got home from the airport.  On the 3 hour plane ride I finished Gary Vanderchuk's "The Thank you Economy,"   I can't more highly recommend it to anyone who:

1) has a business
2) knows someone who has a business
3) might one day have a business
4) might one day meet someone who has a business

So, run -- don't walk -- to pick it up.  Or go to amazon -- I'll even give you the darned link:

I read Gary's first book "Crush It" which I also couldn't recommend more highly, where I really got the message: social media is not just for personal fun, it's a force that must be reckoned with professionally.  I loved that book so much that I was dying to meet Gary when he came to KPCC/Drucker Family Forum last week.  What a thrill to meet this force of nature, and a true inspiration. 

When I stood in line to get my books signed, I watched him.  Most people were big fans like me.  But, I saw there were a few in the line had no idea who he was.   It was starting to irritate me when I saw that Gary was being just as I imagined he would be: GENEROUS.   It really appears like he tries to "give" something to each and every person he meets.  The woman right before me literally -- unbelievably -- seemed completely disconnected and uninterested, even though he was signing her book!  He tried engaging her, first with his eyes, then his body (leaning in), then his words.  Nothing:  she would not RECEIVE!   I love him for trying.  I really love him for trying.  He lives his life in a context of gratitude and generosity.

"The Thank You Economy" shows that every business -- from the local burger joint to dentists to corporate lawyers, and beyond -- needs to live in the context of gratitude.  The flow of life, money, and energy from customer to business -- and back again to customer -- is based on a genuine appreciation of the customer's needs and wishes. 

I am so inspired and have a new fire in my belly that was lit by the Vanderchuk torch!  I inherited by dad's business when he died a year and a half ago.  While I got in new management and worked on "righting" the ship, I was always very moved by the hearts of our customers, their undying loyalty to my dad, their sticking with us through thick and thin (i.e., when management didn't care about them).  I have been wanting to personally go up to Alaska and thank each and every one of our customers -- to give them ALL a hug!

As I read the book I came up with tons of ideas of how I am going to honor them, my staff...and my dad's legacy.  I am thrilled, and even though I've already had an 18 hour day, I am still full of vim and vigor!

I hope you feel it!...and pass it on!

Monday, March 28, 2011

It's What's for Dinner = It's What's in the Fridge

First, Full Court Press of yesterday is absolutely working.  The dark cloud that lifted last night appears to be nearly gone today due to the remedies I mentioned yesterday.  I suppose I need to give the whole plan credit, but I do think the remedies are due special thanks.

Just made yummalicious dinner that I wouldn't have made were I not leaving in the morning for a business trip.   I had a potato, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and chives.

Here's what I did to make it extra fulfilling, flavorful and Weight Watchers friendly too:

1.  Baked potato at 450 for about 30 minutes.
2.  After potato was in for 15 minutes, I chopped up the two big portobellos and two big tomatoes and tossed it all with Truffle Salt (Birthday present from friend, Karen!) and a teaspoon of olive oil.
3.  While that was finishing I chopped a bunch of fresh chives, got out a Tablespoon of butter and a couple Tablespoons of Trader Joe's Creamy Goat Cheese.
4.  When out of the oven, cut open the potato and throw on the butter, goat cheese and chives.  
5.  Scoop up all the roasted veggies and throw them on the prepared potato!

Buon appetito!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lazily Dealing with Depression -- Full Court Press

Two weeks ago I broke up with my boyfriend in a way that we both understand that it wouldn't be good for us to talk until he figures some things out.  I may never speak to him again which is the sad reality that hit on my birthday a few days ago: no communication at all.  It was, I'm sure, a blessing that he didn't contact me because it's been unbearable to be separated.  But it still hurt like hell, particularly since I made his last birthday the birthday of a lifetime and had an absolute blast creating it for him.  When you love someone you love to celebrate them and give them as much joy as possible, eh?!   There is nothing like the effort your love will make to give you joy.

Cut to: last night. I slept 12 hours.  Unheard of!  I didn't "need" it...except, I guess my psyche did...endless dreams of him, his family, my old boyfriends, and endless painful scenarios.  When I woke up and saw the time, the "depression" word popped in, and I realized I am now in a full blown depression. 

So, I started my full court press to deal with this depression:

1.  To Do List.  I am making myself "do" things but I have to truly make myself. I write out lists: 1) read "Thank You Economy" (amazing book by the way! as was "Crush It" -- must read if you are in business of any kind!) for 15 minutes, 2) read "Spiritual Divorce" (another amazing book -- must read if you are going through a divorce or major break-up) for 15 minutes, 3) write thank you cards, etc. I gave myself smaller goals, but goals nonetheless because if they aren't on paper, I won't do anything, because I don't "feel like it"!2.  Whole Foods. I am blessed to have a Whole Foods that has incredibly knowledgable people working in the vitamin/supplement/herb section.  I found literally the perfect person to guide me to two things that truly are making a difference (and today I'm being diligent about regular doses):  Bach Flower Remedy Sweet Chestnut and Boiron's Homeopathic Remedy Ignatia Amara.  The first is for depression and the second for anxiety.  I told him I didn't feel at all anxious but I had just told him that I couldn't stop the negative thinking, so he actually was right on.  Regular doses are making a difference -- undeniably.

3.  Running. I started running again.  I have never stopped working out but ironically I had an achilles injury that stopped my running right about the same time the achilles heel of our relationship stopped our relationship.  I gave running a shot again today even though it's not 100% and I was absolutely fine.  And, the endorphines really helped.
4.  Friends.  I enlisted a few friends to call when I felt like calling my ex.  It happens a LOT so these friends...well let's say if I was really rich I'd probably buy them each a car.  I keep reaching out.  I think they all have confidence that I will get better since depression is something I don't normally deal with, but still I'm sure at some point I will owe them each a home in Tuscany.
5.  Doctor.  I happened to have a regular doctor's appointment on Friday and I asked her to write me a prescription for anti-depressants -- just in case I couldn't turn this all around naturally and with all the tricks and tools I have in my bag.  I can't imagine filling it, especially since I'm in Full Court Press mode BUT getting the prescription really was part of Full Court Press mode.  It's there if I need it. 
6.  Taking Responsibility.  There are things that I can work on for myself that were brought out by this break-up.  The more I take responsibility for me the better I feel, because "me" is something I can control and change. 

On the road to recovery, one moment at a time...

lazily yours,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lazy Exquisite Dining -- Hours of Deliciousness in Carmel

In 1993 I had a several course meal at a tiny fairy-lit, tree filled outdoor restaurant located on a cliff off a winding road outside of Naples, Italy.   At that time, it was what I considered the best meal of my life.  To this day I have not tasted a boccoccino (baby their case probably as local as down the street) that would even vaguely rival what exploded in my mouth that night.  Unbelievable.  Every course was flawless and burgeoning with flavors I had never experienced before.  I had tasted food that "tried" to be this great, but my god, it was perfection.

I have had many truly great meals since because I have been very, very lucky.   A home-cooked meal in Morocco of roasted sardines and vegetables....right up there.

And, now, there is my new love, Casanova.  I was supremely blessed last weekend to have been taken to Casanova in Carmel (  We were in town for my friend's 50th birthday and her brother, sister and sister-in-law took us there as it is one of their favorite spots.   They know their food and they really know their wine, so they helped with their Casanova-expertise.

After the table was graced with perfect olives, tapenade, fresh baked crackers and breadsticks, they ordered Spinach Gnocchi as our first course.  They were literally the best gnocchi I have ever eaten.  I haven't even tasted anything in the same league before this.  They were soooooo little pillows, and full of spinach flavor, swimming in a rich -- but not too heavy -- cheesy sauce.  

My next course was mussels in a just spicy enough wine and tomato sauce.  I've eaten a LOT of mussels and these were the best.  No kidding.  The best.  The french fries it came with were fried in some kinda yummy oil and sprinkled with course salt. 

No need for me to go on and on about the other photographs below...I didn't even photograph everything ordered for the table.  Each and every morsel was divine.  The desserts featured -- and I didn't even photograph my lemon tart because I was too busy eating it -- are Lavender Flan, Profiteroles and Mushroom (yes mushroom) Ice Cream.

The wine that our amazing hosts ordered with the help of the brilliant Sommelier were outrageous.  This was my favorite restaurant wine pairing experience ever.  This Sommelier is nothing short of inspired.

We were a large group and it was a joyous event, but they tout themselves as the most romantic restaurant in Carmel...and they really are.  It is an jewel of a spot for a romantic date.  I cannot wait to share this with a love...if you are ever in Carmel with a love, you must go.  It will probably catapult your relationship to new heights -- no matter how long you've been together!

And, if you aren't in a relationship, go anyway.  You will be impressed and will have fun.  The staff literally delights in serving each and every guest, creating an unforgettable celebration for every taste bud and soul that graces their gorgeous European country house in the middle of California! 

And, if you love Van Gogh, then you are even luckier as they have a room set aside in honor of a table they have from Van Gogh's home.  More magic.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dealing with Loss the Lazy Way

Fighting all the uncomfortable emotions in life really doesn't work.  The majority of my life I just wanted to run away from sadness, anger, jealousy, etc.   When I'm sad especially, my M.O. is to judge the sadness, try to get rid of it.  My dad and a few great friends would say "It's OK to be sad, just let yourself be sad."  

This is one of the jewels I got from the Debbie Ford Shadow Process.  I'm not saying I'm expert at staying in the sadness, but I am finally seeing that "what you resist persists."  When I fight the darkness, it really does stick longer. 

And, I can also take action -- the Lazy Way -- not over-doing, over-exerting, just taking some actions that will make me feel better.  For instance, I'm going away today for 4 days.  I return the night of my birthday.  I am flying into LAX in time for what was going to be birthday dinner with my boyfriend.  So, I called a friend and set up that we will go out for chocolate layer cake instead.  And, so that I don't come back to a depressing house, I filled the house with flowers that will still be lovely when I return.  And, I got myself a huge new orchid plant that is gracing the table next to my front door.

But, some preparations cannot be done alone. I received my first birthday card yesterday which is literally the most perfect card for me.  It's adorable, makes me smile and laugh, and it has a dog on the cover that looks just like my dogs looked when they were babies.  So, when I come home that card will be right in front of me as I walk in the door. 

My dad always sent me flowers on my birthday, and showered me with love.  My boyfriend would have probably given me some as he did last year.  So, I covered the flower front.  And, my incredibly thoughtful friend covered the best card on the planet front, so that I will know I am loved no matter what the circmstances on my birthday when I walk in the door that night.

We are all loved no matter what.  Dealing with the loss of the love you WANT and can't have is hard, so one of the Lazy Ways to deal with it is focus on the love you HAVE right here, right now, and take some little action to remind yourself of what should be quite obvious.  

We are all very, very matter what.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Trader Joe's Tuesday (a wee bit late) - Roasted Veggie Dinners

I'm in the throes of the finality of a break-up right now so I'm running a little slow, a little ragged, a little behind.  I'm trying to deal with my grief in a lazy way, i.e., feeling it, not pushing it down like I normally do, or busying myself beyond belief so that I don't have time to feel.  So, it's just plain depressing time now.

But, since listening to Marianne Williamson's "A Course in Weight Loss" and also doing Debbie Ford's "Shadow Process Workshop" I am not eating my feelings or busying myself to get away from them.  In fact, instead of eating lots of chocolate through the grief, I find myself forgetting to eat and then being very weak.  And, I'm not particularly in the mood to cook, so I'm thankful more than ever to my Mecca, Trader Joe's.

In the veggie section there are wonderful bags of cut up vegetables that are super easy to steam in the microwave, but my favorite thing to do with them --  sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, mushrooms, etc. -- is ROAST them.

So here's what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Depending on the veggie you'll roast at this temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. Throw the contents of the bag onto a cookie sheet.
  3. Take 1 teaspoon of olive oil (yes, that truly is all you need!), drizzle it over the veggies and toss so coated.
  4. Sprinkle with all your favorite herbs, salt, pepper, spices, etc.  Two of my favorites are Garlic Salt and Pico De Gallo:

For those of you doing Weight Watchers -- a big bowl of green beans is only ONE POINT -- the olive oil!   Sometimes I sprinkle fat free feta on top for a total of TWO POINTS!

Buon appetito!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Best Lunch on Planet -- Lazy Weight Watchers Version of a Rubio's Favorite

A couple months before I decided to finally stop my grieving-for-my-dad-eating-everything-I-feel-like-eating regimen, I discovered a new favorite at Rubio's.  I, like my dear friend Beanie, am a fiend for fish tacos and everywhere I go -- even the Kansas City Sheraton that I used to go to a few times a year -- I try fish tacos.

In Los Angeles, the best fast food fish taco -- for my tastebuds -- is found at Rubio's.  So, it took a lot for me to one day order something different.  I am mostly vegetarian but about once every couple weeks I have fish.  So, anything vegetarian will definitely catch my eye, so when I saw the sign for a Grilled Portobello and Poblano Soft Taco I simply had to try it.  It did not disappoint.  It was all kinds of gooey, crunchy, warm, yummy deliciousness, with just the right amount of kicky spice.

Today, I had a craving for it, and happened to have all the right ingredients -- except the poblano.  Next time I'm out I'm buying poblanos, but even without the poblanos, my healthy version of the Rubio's treat is DIVINE!

So, for the Healthy Portobello (and Poblano!)'s what you do:

1.  Heat up your George Forman grill. 
2.  Throw on a portobello mushroom -- mine was really huge so I ripped it into a few pieces.  This is where you would also grill up the poblano.
3.  While it's cooking, chop up fresh herbs.  I used flat parsley and chives, but if you have cilantro so much the better!
4.  I made two quesadillas because I was hungry.  So, while still cooking the portobello/poblano, get out four small corn tortillas and one slice of cheese.  My favorite is Trader Joe's Jalapeno Yogurt Cheese.  Put 1/2 of a slice on each quesadilla.
5.  When the mushroom/poblano is done, take it off and chop up with the herbs. 
6.  Put quesadillas on for a minute or so to get them going.  Then add the mushroom/poblano/herb mixture.
7.  Cook until YOU say they are done.  I like mine crispy on the outside,  but you may prefer them soft.

8.  I whipped up a salad to have it with -- lettuce, tomato, 1/4 cup Lite Mexican cheeses (Trader Joe's), a couple tablespooons of salsa, juice from 1/2 lemon and 1 teaspoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss it all together and serve with piping hot quesadillas. 
9.  If you like spicy, throw some salsa or hot sauce on the quesadilla at the end.

Buon Appetito!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Yet Another Lazy Treat at Trader Joe's ...and Lazy Lemons, to boot!

I remember the days when I prayed for more veggies and fruits at Trader Joe's, and soon they started appearing.  Then I had to pray for lemons because somehow they left them off their wish-fulfillment list, so I had to pray extra hard, and they came. 

Well, it's been a while, and I'll admit I wasn't praying quite as hard as my lemon vigil, only because I literally use a lemon a day, but I have been consistently praying to the veggie Gods to provide me with popcorn so I wouldn't have to stop at another store on nights like tonight when I had a craving.

Well, tonight, on the "New Items" shelf at Trader Joe's, 'lo and behold, was organic yellow popcorn.  I came home immediately and put it in the air popper and boy did those kernels pop up so big and fluffy!   Then I drizzled about a tablespoon of melted butter all over it, salted it up, and voila....DINNER!  Seriously, this was one inspired dinner.

Now, can we go back to my previous lemon prayers?  I can't say enough about how Lazy lemons are just a few ways I suggest you seize the lemon day:

  • Lemon Water -- If you are trying to kick a soda habit, start with Perrier/Soda Water/Calistoga and add fresh lemon, fresh orange, or a splash of your favorite juice.  Or, if you just can't bear drinking all the water you should be drinking during your day, sometimes this is just the little kick you'll need to make the transition.  Whatever you have to do to drink more water -- DO IT!  It is the key to great digestion and lovely skin.  I promise you this.
  • Most Healthy Salad Dressing in History of Mankind -- Simple: fresh lemon juice and olive oil.  You'll find your own personal taste balance, but you gotta know both of these ingredients are very good for you for many reasons, too long to list here.  And, you will be literally blown away by how the flavors of all the veggies pop, including the most simple of greens (arugula, for instance, really shines under the glistening mixture).
  • Roasted Veggies/Sauteed Veggies - I learned this trick in Italy.  There is nothing like roasted potatoes drizzled with fresh lemon juice.  Also, there is literally nothing like fresh spinach lightly sauteed in olive oil, or roasted veggies of literally any kind (oh my god roasted broccoli!) with a squeeze of lemon.
Buon Lemon & Popcorn Appetito! 

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Lazy Deliciousness to Start the Day!

This is my new favorite breakfast that is Weight Watchers friendly.  It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's sweet, it's savory.  It's all that is good in life all wrapped into one.

  • Two pieces of Sprouted RYE Bread  -- any sprouted bread would be good but rye adds the savory kick that makes this such a balanced treat = 4 points
  • 1/4 of the Creamy Goat Cheese -- you can even do 1/2.  The 1/4 serving is 1 point and 1/2 is 2 points.
  • A couple teaspoons of the Superfruit All Fruit Spread = 0 points

Toast the bread.  Spread on the goat cheese.  Then on top of that spread the Superfruit!

So for 5 or 6 points you will have a wonderfully balanced, delicious and FILLING breakfast.

Buon Weight Watchers Appetito!  And, anyone else -- it's just good and good for you!  You don't have to be watching your weight to enjoy it, that's for sure!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Lazy Home Improvement: I LOVE SPRAY PAINT

I got this table and chairs about a year ago.  They were rusty and dirty and somehow when I looked at them the whole deal just looked like a lot of work.  I finally said "This is NOT Lazy!"  Procrastination can be lazy, but if every time you look at the thing you are procrastinating about you feel icky, then that's just not Lazy.  Less stress and more joy is the goal!

So, this weekend I got the spray paint.  There were too options -- one limey, one appley.  The limey one looked truer to the original color so I chose it.  I came home, sanded and cleaned it -- in no time!  What I thought would take hours, took less than one hour all tolled!  Then I painted it which took about 25 minutes.  I did it while I talked to my friend Fran on the phone.  That's how stress-free it was.  And, I did an excellent job.

The only problem was that when it was all done, the color was blindingly neonly bright.  So, on Sunday I went back to get the appley color and repainted it -- all 5 chairs plus the table seriously in about 15 or 20 minutes!   I loooooooooooooooove spray paint.

Now this table is good and painted and coated to prevent rust!

And, I am officially addicted to spray painting because the transformation is so satisfying.  It's like it's reflecting the transformation that is happening inside me.  Very exciting. 

So, next project is my antique metal kitchen work table.  I'm going to get the paint tonight.  Yipppeeee!

Some addictions serve the this case, the world of home improvement.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Lazy Vacation: Rumi's Guest House

I am in love with this poem and have grown accustomed to reading it every day since Debbie Ford gave it to us in the Shadow Process Workshop last weekend.  I love thinking of joy, depression, meanness, jealousy, sadness, anger and each and every other feeling as a GUEST...

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, still,
treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Lazy Weight Loss Full Court Press is Slam Dunk

I have always been an "all out" kind o' girl.  I just got that the reason I'm losing weight so easily right now is that I am doing an "all out" kind o' plan.  It's the Full Court Press mentality that is working for me.  That way, if one of my moves/techniques/shots doesn't work one day, I've got a lot of other moves/techniques/shots to pick up the slack.

Some people aren't all out/Full Court Press.  Everyone has their own way.  Some people need to ease into a plan.  I saw someone tweet yesterday that she is just cutting out sodas to start her plan.  After that she's going to start walking.  She knows herself.  She knows what she needs.  If you don't help yourself feel nurtured during the process, you just can't expect to stay on your plan.  You need to figure out for yourself how you need to do it, and then come up with a plan, and start.  You can even give yourself dates/deadlines -- if that works for you.  March: Quit Soda; By April 15th: Join Gym and start workout; by May 15th: start meditating, etc.

My Full Court Press Weight Loss Plan is three-fold:  body, mind, and spirit.   I actually feel confident saying that if I don't address all three of these elements, I will not succeed.  That's me.  I always work out and have since I was a young teenager.  Not an issue for me.  But, the food going in, that's an issue.  I've also been working on the issues behind the weight since I was in my early 20's, and made some progress but it came back.  So, for me, the Full Court Press is:

1.  Exercise -- creative new options to change it up for my body, so I start HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as a new ingredient in my work out recipe.
2.  Eating -- My deal is not binging or late night eating.  My deal is just a little bit too much food at each meal, eating to fullness, etc.   So, Weight Watchers is the plan that works for me, causing me to stay conscious of what goes in my mouth all day long!
3.  Sugar/Salt Cravings -- These are usually based on emotion.  Sugar was sometimes an after dinner habitual craving, but largely I would crave sugar, salty/crunchy things when I was angry or sad.  So far I can say that the Shadow Process Workshop I did last weekend has brought those cravings to a firm halt because I am now so much more at peace and dealing with my emotions in a much more even-keeled, healthy way.  I am more comfortable and at ease in my heart.
4.  Mind & Spirit -- Marianne Williamson's "Course in Weight Loss" playing over and over and over in my car was a godsend.  Her meditation CDs also a godsend.  Debbie Ford's Workshop was an enormous godsend.  Over the last couple of months embracing both of these fine women's wisdom has proven a coup in terms of mending mind, spirit, and bridging the gap I had between the two. 
5.  Gratitude/Acknowledgment -- These two practices I have done on and off over the years but now thanks to both Debbie and Marianne, I have an active daily practice. I can't tell you how these two practices have added to the peace and joy in my life.  I start my day with gratitude, listing all I am grateful for -- from my comfy bed to the fresh flowers around the house.  I end my day acknowledging myself for everything I did -- from doing the load of laundry I didn't want to do to giving my dogs an extra love walk, from the tiniest to the most significant thing. 

The bottom line for me is that when I am peaceful in my soul, I do not want to overeat.  I do not crave foods that make me high or jittery or off-kilter or fat.   I love the taste of red wine and while at dinner the other night wanted the flavor of the wine, but realized I had no interest in numbing myself at all.  I already was relaxed so I didn't "need" it to relax me.  So, I chose to have water. 

I'm not saying I won't have sugar or alcohol once in a while, but I am getting very accustomed to the wonderful freedom that comes from not needing them as a "fix" of my uncomfortability.

So, for me LAZY weight loss = full court press.  We all need to find our Lazy Way -- aka the way of less stress and more joy.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Ever Shrinking Lazy Woman

I am down 11.2 pounds which is the idyllic 1.5 pounds/week loss.  I am very excited.  And, realizing I want to move my goal weight down a couple more points, so want to lose 8 more pounds and see how I feel, reassess, etc.

One of the other delightful things that happened at the Shadow Process Workshop this weekend was my sugar cravings ended.  We weren't allowed ANY sugar...or coffee (which was possibly harder) -- and I literally do not have the daily sugar cravings I used to have.  In the afternoon and after dinner -- the two times that I would find myself in search of all things chocolate -- I crave fruit or tea.  I know it sounds insane but it's true.  It's because the anger and anxiety that drove the cravings are delightfully peacably quelled.

The other embarassing -- really super embarassing -- craving that I no longer have was for an addiction that I kept largely hidden:  Diet Coke.  It started a few weeks into Weight Watchers when the fact that it was 0 points, i.e., free.  I spent my teen years and early 20's addicted to Tab.  I dropped that and probably 5 or 6 times in my life since I picked up Diet Coke to just have a "treat" that wouldn't cost me anything.   I really love the flavor.  But mostly in my adult life, if I wanted a soda, I would have the real thing: a Coke with sugar, i.e., seemingly less toxins.

All this, even though I know that it is literally like drinking liquid chemicals, that it makes me feel wacky and crazy inside and out, and I really have an inkling that it actually hinders my body from losing weight, has me hold on to weight.

And, I love water.   I drink water all day long -- unless I'm drinking Diet Coke.  And, my skin suffers madly.  When I drink my yummy water all day long my skin and digestion are literally perfection.  Why would I want to look and feel worse?  Cause it makes me high!

So, I'm really happy to not have that "high" in my life anymore, happy to be blissfully back in the arms of H20, and definitely delighted to be as peaceful as I am, no longer needing to alter my emotional state.

Peace peace peace.  Yummy peace.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Lazy Transformation aka the Road to Less Stress & More Joy

Since beautiful Tara commented on the last post because she resonated with what the Shadow Process with Debbie Ford gave me this weekend, I wanted to post an amazing offer that one of Debbie Ford's coaches has for everyone. 

First, I highly recommend reading Debbie's books.  If you are going through a divorce, I have heard over and over for many years about her book "The Spiritual Divorce."  And if you are interested in the shadow process she has a few amazing books, including "The Shadow Effect" which just came out.  But you'll see...just check out her website:

And, if you find you resonate with the work and want to delve in deeper, I highly recommend the Shadow Process Workshop.  Find one, do one, be free!

And.....if you can't get to the Workshop and/or you want to make a leap into the work sooner and get your life jump-started, my amazing brilliant friend Fran Fusco is now an Integrative Coach for Debbie Ford.  Ever since I met Fran in 1985, I have said she is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met.  She is extraordinarily brilliant with a huge open heart --- a combo you don't often find in people.  She is rare and is an extraordinary coach.  She is offering one free session of coaching to show you what the coaching process can offer people and introduce them to the work.  Here is a link to her bio and contact info:

And, if you are outside the U.S., there are coaches all around the world!!!! From Dubai to Denmark to the Dominican Republic!!!

Happy Lazy Transformation to All!