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Happy Thanksgiving!

I had the opportunity to go to Ohio a few weeks ago during the height of fall color. There were moments it simply took my breath away.

Ohio Fall Color 2015

On my return to Los Angeles I was welcomed home to 90° heat with Santa Ana winds – our special SoCal version of fall.

I’ve always loved living in Southern California. We have the beaches, the mountains, and Disneyland all within a short drive. I often forget the beauty of nature that surrounds me. And while I do get to travel a fair amount for my business and for leisure, it’s a rare occurrence to actually get me “outdoors” beyond my garden. I do love my climate-controlled indoor environments.

As I sit here writing this and reflecting on the time I had last month experiencing nature in all its glory and change, it occurred to me it was one more thing I have experienced that I have to be thankful for – the ability to access and explore the vast open spaces the United States offers. We have access to these open spaces through parks and preserves; from local municipal to great national treasures.

I would like to suggest this Thanksgiving, rather than queuing up for your 5 a.m. retail fix (or, God forbid, actually going out shopping on Thanksgiving day), that you and your family spend some time outdoors. Connect with nature. I know I’ll be doing just that.

Lessons in Making Your Life (and the Lives of People around You) Easier

Mind your manners, people.

I could leave it at that, but nope, here I go.


  • Behaving as if you are the only one who matters in the world
  • Living in a virtual world and neglecting your “real” friends and family
  • Being late
  • Being dishonest
  • Pushing your agenda on others
  • Being unkind
  • Being selfish
  • Neglecting to invest in your community
  • Being a downer
  • And for goodness sake stop playing the victim card

These are just a few of my pet peeves at the moment. If you really want to make a difference in the world, begin with your little patch of earth and see if you can effect positive change in others – not through your words but through your actions.

So what can you do? (Glad you asked.)


  • Taking care of your needs (eat, rest and move), turning off the TV/computer/cell phone and connecting with the people around you
  • Valuing other people’s time as much as your own
  • Being truthful with everyone – especially yourself
  • Releasing the need to judge others – you do not know their path
  • Giving to others and giving to yourself generously; whether of your time or your resources, giving helps you connect with other people
  • Contributing and find a cause greater than yourself – someone or something that needs you more
  • Being more positive and, for goodness sake, whatever you’ve been through, you’re here now; that doesn’t make you a victim in my book – that makes you a survivor. Own it and you can change it.

Are You An Emotional Eater?

Comfort food.I’ve never been hugged by a bowl of mashed potatoes, and chances are neither have you. Yet we often refer to things like cake, pasta, or other starch-laden food items as “comfort foods.”

When I worked in healthcare many of us had become addicted to what we termed white flour Thorazine. We knew we were using simple sugars, fats and high glycemic index carbs for their sedative qualities. We worked in a highly-stressful environment and ate to alleviate that stress.

Foods that are high in fat, carbs, and/or sugar are highly addictive for a reason. They kick off a set of chemical reactions that lead to a boost in serotonin in your brain. Bottom line: they make you feel good. If only for a short time.

I’m embarrassed to say that at one point during the most stressful period of my life I had more than doubled my weight. I’ve since lost 50 pounds and kept it off, but the battle is far from over. I’m still 100 pounds over my normal healthy weight, and until I make the change in my own mind that this battle is a priority, it will continue to be a daily process of determining whether I am eating for hunger, stress, exhaustion, addiction, or a myriad other reasons.

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you think you’re eating for emotional reasons:

  • Do I eat because others are eating?
  • Do I eat when I’m not particularly hungry?
  • Do I get a sense of peace or soothing while I’m eating?
  • Do I feel bad about what I’ve eaten when I’m done?
  • Do I find myself regularly craving high carb or fatty foods?

If you find you’ve said yes to even one of these questions perhaps it’s time to start looking at what’s eating you as opposed to what you’re eating.

Lessons in Manifesting, Intentions and Law Attraction

positive thinking conceptAre you tired of living in a state of lack and want? Do you think you know about the Law of Attraction and yet, you just can’t make the shift in your life? Are you unable to manifest what you need in life: Love? Money? Peace? Security? Consistently? Has “This Economy” left you with some serious opportunities for growth?

Are you ready to receive?

Or have you found that no matter what you do you just can’t seem to make things happen for you? I have to tell you I was at this place in my own way many years ago. It was these very tools that I want to share with you. If you can begin to use them in your own home with your own family, you’ll find that so much will change for you.

Are you ready to change?

Well here’s your opportunity. Email with “Intentions” in the subject line and I’ll happily send you a copy of the intentions practice I use weekly. Whether looking at law of attraction, universal laws or creative consciousness there are some basic tools to put in place – and I’ll provide you with them to kick start your manifesting abilities.

Previously: How to use the language of intention

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Lessons in Leisure: California’s Central Coast Nibbles, Noshes and Noms

DSC01516I spent a week last year in Morro Bay, Cambria and San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast. It was a great getaway and I really enjoyed some downtime.

One of the things I enjoy doing while traveling is finding great new places to eat. With all the walking we do (9 miles and 23 flights of stairs in one day at Hearst Castle!) I want good food. And I’m not looking for chain restaurants when we travel.

Here are a few of great little places that we found during that week.

Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley

Embarcadero, 1001 Front St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

They serve the best clam chowder I can ever recall having. My husband and I split this with some garlic cheese bread and a couple of beers for lunch one afternoon. I’d be tempted to drive all the way up there just for this.

Dorn’s Original Breakers Cafe

801 Market Ave, Morro Bay, CA 93442

I had the dinner special one night – Seared Ahi Spinach Salad. It was pretty damn good and they shared the recipe with me. Kind of.

  • Spinach
  • Sesame crusted Ahi seared rare
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Avocado
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Feta cheese
  • Garlic vinaigrette

Linn’s Fruit Bin Restaurant

277 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

Remember the 9 miles and 23 flights of stairs at Hearst Castle? We skipped lunch and left there hungry, ending up at Linn’s. Again, I’m one for taking the waitstaff’s suggestions and went with the dinner special: brined bone-in thick cut grilled pork chop with an olallieberry relish. I don’t even remember what else came with it and frankly I don’t care. This and a glass of chilled white wine – after a long hot day spent walking and climbing – made me happy.

Las Cambritas

2336 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428-3404

While I don’t recall what I had, I had a bite of Mr. Rinaldi’s chicken tostadas. I spent the rest of the meal trying to get him to switch with me. Yes, they were that good.

Rick and I often comment about the fact that with all of our traveling – and eating – we’ve never had a bad meal. A lot of that comes from talking to the locals and asking questions. So the next time you’re out in a new area, check out a local restaurant, support a small business and ask your waitstaff what they recommend. You might find a place worth driving six hours to for a cup of soup.

previously: travel tips for the leisurely traveler

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