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Barcelona, Here I Come!

I’m writing this post having just boarded my plane destined to Barcelona, where I will take residency for a year on a wanderlust adventure that includes SoulBlazing™ seminars and workshops, simultaneously learning and teaching my daughter Spanish, and discovering the nooks and crannies of one of the most beloved cities in the world.

Am I Allowed to Feel Joy?

Joy is not always found fireworks, trumpets, and fanfare. Joy is a hug from a child, a bite of a succulent apple, a kiss on the lips. Joy is literally the air we breathe, for it is a gift that we inhale so our eyes can see, our fingers can touch, our mouths to taste.

Resenting Resentment

Clara Barton, as you probably know, was the American nurse who founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and was its president until 1904. She was a remarkable woman. And she made it her personal rule never to hold resentment against anyone.

Four Legacy Lessons

One of the most liberating moment's in a person's life is when he or she realises that your Legacy has nothing to do with how much "stuff" you amass or how many business mergers you execute. Likewise, a Legacy doesn't have to be some grandiose global mission to save the planet. Legacies are the fingerprints we leave on each other's lives. That's it. And that's the really exciting part, because that means your legacy can be created the instant you decide to.

What are your Greatest Hits?

Some people call it an “elevator speech”— the ability to tell a stranger the story of your life or brand in the time it takes an elevator to travel from the top floor of a building to the bottom. I call it a “Greatest Hit”. An event or moment you already experienced that was transformational, important or moving in some way.  It could be profound, funny or informative, it doesn’t matter.  The only thing that does matter is that... Read More

The Spiritual Energy of Money

Most of us are intimately connected to money. Whether we're spending it or making it, money is a part of our lives. How you perceive money has much to do with how much you have and are able to create. While it's not healthy to be preoccupied with money or lust after it, it is important to appreciate its value and the positive things it can do for your life. And, like anything, the more you appreciate something, the more you invite that into your life.

I’m an Overwhelmed Working Parent!

Parenting is all about being of service, but if you’re running on fumes, then you’re doing a disservice to your children and to yourself. Children learn from actions more than words, so whatever atmosphere and attitude you present, they will absorb and emulate. Here are some tips on how to show them how to have it all and give it all.

Prague – A Gothic City that Gnaws at the Soul

A visit to Prague, one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities, takes one back through a history defined by centuries of cross-cultural evolution, political revolution, and philosophical introspection. The complex personality of Prague is expressed through a juxtaposition of vibrantly modern creative change evolving against the backdrop of repressive Soviet rule. Interestingly enough, that iron rule was quietly overturned without bloodshed during the art-fueled Velvet Revolution.

Am I a Micromanager? Help!

Micromanaging can be the symptom of a sickness, and I’m not talking about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—I’m talking about not being in touch with your Authentic Soul.

My Partner Doesn’t Listen to Me!

Before you start playing the blame game, you should evaluate how you communicate with your spouse. We all want to believe that we’re the innocent victim, but both parties are guilty in miscommunication. If you’d like your partner to listen to you and take action on your requests, you should ask yourself some questions first…

Staying Spiritually Connected

Why is it that just by walking into a room some people light up the atmosphere with their presence? Why, when certain individuals speak, do their listeners become spellbound, while someone talkin about the same subject is met with yawns? What I'm describing are those individuals whose magnetism is so potent they effortlessly make a dynamic impact. No form of social networking, marketing, or resume reveals more about us than the vibratory frequency that radiates from our being.

Reinvigorate Your Relationship with a Volunteer Vacation!

The best opportunity for couples to get away from their routine is during shared time off, so why choose a routine vacation? Many couples asked themselves that same question, and are opting for volunteer vacations as a refreshing alternative, and a unique way to grow closer and reconnect as a couple.

To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse?

There's been a strong debate for and against cleanses as a proper way to recalibrate and rejuvenate our bodies, so here are some tips to choose the cleanse that’s right for you.

Lost in Translation – Found in Travel

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain

How to Turn a Breakup Into an Opportunity

Obviously, acceptance of a breakup is the ultimate and inevitable goal, but it takes a lot of work to get there. Acceptance, however, can only come after you’ve peeked your head out of the cave of depression and begin to discover the world around you and all the wonderful things it has to offer!

Do You Crave Silence?

How can you learn to be still and silent, to quieten the voice in your head that is always chattering away - even more so when you want to be still and silent!

When Plans Go Hubbly-Bubbly, Trust Your Gut As Your Guide

What was supposed to be a 7-hour hike with a paid guide through the natural beauty and wilderness of Petra, Jordan became a mini-Odyssey when a rather intimidating cave dweller kidnapped me. Or perhaps he seduced me with his nearly toothless smile, philosophical frankness, and romantic culinary skills.

Salvaging Lives From Hollywood To Hell

Venturing beyond our own neighborhoods – both socially and emotionally – can be the most exciting and revealing journey of all.When I visited Cambodia one of my tour guides was Scott Neeson – a former Hollywood mover, shaker, and “A-list” entertainment industry executive. In Phnom Pehn he led me on a hike up a mountain of steaming, stinking garbage where we enjoyed the hospitality of local residents who eat, sleep, and work in a toxic landfill. I was worlds away from my usual comfort zone – but soon felt right at home thanks to spiritual connections established with the lovely people I met.

Are We In Denial of Animal Abuse?

Dear friends, family, clients and colleagues, I was recently invited to the Ringling Bros. circus when it came to town, and had the opportunity to sit very close to the front row. My daughter couldn’t have been more excited, and she marveled at the trapeze acts, clowns, and most especially the animals. Because I was close to the trainers, I noticed the way they struck the animals with incredible force to motivate them to perform... Read More

TED Talk Tuesday: Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. In this TED talk, Brené explains that the roots of her research began with her desire to understand human connection; the quality that gives purpose and meaning to our lives. Her research concluded that shame is the enemy of connection, easily understood as the fear of... Read More

Learning to Receive by Giving From the Heart

In Cambodia I met children who lived in toxic garbage dumps until they were personally rescued by a former member of Hollywood’s A-list elite.While visiting Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I experienced one of the most gut-wrenching and heartbreaking scenes on earth – seeing firsthand how as many as 500 to 600 young children call the hellish Steung Meanchey landfill their only home. But I also met a former member of the Hollywood elite who has dedicated his life to rescuing these children and giving them a renewed sense of hope, promise, dignity, and love. Through his acts of generosity and sacrifice he himself has been given a new lease on life and has discovered his life’s greatest reward and purpose.

Don’t Let a Downturn Economy Drag You Down

Dear friends, family, clients and colleagues, Whether we have stable jobs or are really feeling the financial pinch, the economic downturn is affecting us all, often to degrees that we are unaware. Fears about making a proper living cascade into every aspect of our lives: family, friends, colleagues, and psychologically. It’s important to remind ourselves that although we may be stressed about money, we need to protect the other important aspects of our lives from... Read More

TED Talk Tuesday: Eleanor Longden – “The Voices In My Head”

“To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of... Read More

Bugging Out In Zanzibar

My friend Ashley and I traveled to Zanzibar expecting wild exotic nights and magical days.Instead we found filth, stench, boredom, and a distinct lack of charisma. Politically and religiously, Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim country, inhabited by conservative people who do not spend their evenings partying on the dance floor with L.A. women taking advantage of a long overdue girl’s night out.

Leading an Authentic Life

As a life coach, most of my clients come in wanting to live and authentic life, but somewhere along their journey they make bad choices. The result? They’re forced to live with the consequences of those actions. But if you asked them if they feel those actions truly represent who they are inside, most often they will tell you they don’t. Why, then, do we do things that go against our own best interests? It’s... Read More

Ted Talk Tuesday: Street Artist “Shows The World Its True Face”

JR is a French street artist who won the TED prize in 2011. Why? His artwork builds community and empathy by “showing the world its true face.” He travels the globe taking photos of people in communities and pastes these photos across massive canvases. The result is a community that must look back at itself and reflect on who comprises their community—rich, poor, religious, secular, dark-skinned, light skinned, etc. recognizing that they are all connected,... Read More

Acting Fashionably While Traveling in Egypt

The ultimate Egyptian fashion experience for me – an L.A. woman – was to do just the opposite of the Cairo girls who wanted to sport a distinctly sexy Western look. I decided to venture over to the conservative side of apparel world.

How Aware of Your Surroundings Are You? A Lesson from the Maleku.

On my most recent trip to Costa Rica, I had the unique opportunity to visit the Maleku tribe, and indigenous tribe of Costa Rica dating back prior to the Spanish colonization of Central America. Since the colonization, their numbers have dwindled to a mere 600 inhabitants, reduced from tens of thousands of their original population, and yet they persevere and struggle to keep their original language and culture alive and relevant. The Maleku people are incredibly connected... Read More

TED Talk Tuesday: A Penny For Your Thoughts?

This weeks TED Talk by Tania Lunar really shows not just the importance of gratitude but also importance of appreciating all that you have in life. As a young child, Tania Luna left her home in post-Chernobyl Ukraine to take asylum in the US.

Playing My Part in the Role of Egyptian Women

While in Egypt I interviewed several local Muslim women on the topic of sex, a universal subject that often transcends language – but still translates differently according to cultural or social traditions. Then I had some interesting body-conscious experiences of my own involving both overexposure and underexposure on the streets of Cairo.