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A longtime dream of mine has just been realized – to host(ess) a retreat for a few select women, where we could just BE – enjoy peaceful surroundings and each other’s company.  This past summer, in talking to a dear friend, who had the idea for a retreat, but not the place, we were able to merge the two dreams, then fine tune and plan it, until it became reality.



If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is NOW.  Not for any grand cause, necessarily, but for something that tugs at
your heart, something that’s your aspiration, something that’s your dream.

You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have FUN.  Dig DEEP.  STRETCH.


Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy.  There will be good days. And there will be bad days.  There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up and call it quits.  Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.



It has been four months since I have posted a blog.  I have not been hibernating, even though the winter has been a bitter one. Life has been busy and good.

Recently, a friend, who is a Life Coach mentioned that we need to eliminate the “shoulds” in our heads. The things we think we “should” be doing, but aren’t getting to or for whatever reason we aren’t exploring fully. Who is really in charge of the “should”?

Just thought I would surface again, so that those who are visiting my website will know that, yes, business is good and life is good and perhaps blogging will at some point be good, but in the meantime I won’t stress about it.

I am currently reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown and the subtitle is: “Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are”.

That is my wish for all who are reading this today!


For years I have used the scientifically developed Access Bar as part of my work-out regime, to burn fat, provide energy and prevent stiffness, whether I am power walking or marathon gardening.  It is an amazing food product that does what it promises to do!!

It accesses the body’s stored fat,
instead of the sugar in the muscles, as the primary source of energy, allowing the body to:
1. burn 2x the amount of fat during every workout,
2. eliminate lactic acid buildup, so no soreness and stiffness the next day, and
3. utilize more muscle fibers to build more muscle (which helps burn calories on an ongoing basis)

The added bonus is that it tastes like a yummy chocolate bar, a nice treat to help us be brave and stick to our exercise routine!!

Now, along with the Access Bar, we have a Simple Steps program, that helps us to melt away excess pounds, without being on a “diet” or feeling deprived! more


Do you have the perfect business, that you are passionate about and yet, you’re stuck, and not thriving in the way that you should?
Do you have relationships that are more challenging than pleasurable and causing you concern?

Is it possible that you are getting in your own way?  Do you listen to and learn from the lessons that reveal themselves to you each and every day? more


When I posted this picture of my mother and daughter on Facebook, I was unprepared for the outpouring of love, compliments and insights from all who viewed it.  Everyone seemed to see the love and devotion mirrored in the contented expressions and realized that this will be a moment that I will cherish forever.

Yes, they are the two, most precious girls in my life and one of them is gracing us with her final days.  We don’t know if it will be days, weeks or months – we just know that she is fading and that every moment is precious. more


Personal wellness can mean different things to different people.

Someone asked me recently, “What if I was hoping that my book launch would go extremely well and that my new book would be wildly successful? Could that be considered personal wellness?”  Good question. I would (and did) say yes, for the simple reason that our lives can’t be compartmentalized.  When our business is going well, it enhances life and makes us happy.

That being said, we tend to think of personal wellness in terms of having the freedom to make choices about what we do and when we do it.  Having balance. Is that even possible, in this day and age?  I do believe it is.  But we can also be OK with being out of balance occasionally, to achieve a goal.  Then personal wellness comes as we reap the rewards and enjoy the benefits. more

What would make a difference for you or someone you love

Once upon a time, there was a hard-working, forty something, General Contractor in construction who had built, over 20 years, a very good life for himself and his family. He had 3 children and his wife had been a stay-at-home Mom for their entire childhood. They had a beautiful home, 2 cars, a cottage, a boat, all 3 kids played hockey (expensive in itself) and they didn’t lack or want for anything.

He had made some smart investments and had a very tidy nest egg set aside for retirement (since, as a business owner, he had no pension to rely on) and he knew that it would continue to grow, until the time came that he would eventually need it. more


When I started my business in 1995, raising environmental awareness and educating my fellow consumers on the dangers of the toxic chemicals found in common household products, (cleaners, laundry and dish detergents), personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste) and skin-care and cosmetics, (lotions to mascara and everything in  between), there was a lot more skepticism than there is today.

A common thought was, “If they’re selling it in stores, it must be safe, right? Surely they wouldn’t put toxic products on the store shelves!” more


A key component to good health and good looks is being fit and not carrying excess body weight that puts a strain on our entire system – joints, heart, liver, kidneys – you name it, it takes its toll! Fitness and exercise have always been important to me. As a child, I ran and played outdoors daily – skipping, hopscotch, bike riding – anything to be active.