August 31, 2007

Spreading the JOY!!

A friend of mine, Shelly Marie, recently learned the devastating news that her mother has been diagnosed with mucinous adenocarcinoma or cancer of the stomach fluids and GI tract. As a result, Shelly decided to take action and start a support group called Spread the JOY! (Joy being her mother's name).

"Spread the Joy!" is a not-for-profit forum hosted by Facebook. This forum is being used for publishing uplifting stories of cancer and hope. These stories/quotes will be utilized to keep Joy's spirits up and her will to fight this cancer high. The goal of this group is to have 1000 members by September 6th, which is Joy's birthday.

Here's how you can help Spread the JOY!:

  • If you already have a Facebook account, just join the "Spread the JOY!" group.
  • If you do not have a Facebook account, sign-up for a free account. Then, look up and join the "Spread the JOY!" group.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post with a message you'd like to share. We will make sure that Joy and Shelly receive your well wishes.
  • Wear anything periwinkle (the color of stomach cancer awareness) and take a picture of yourself wearing it. Send us the picture. We'll send the picture of your support to Shelly and Joy.
  • Keep Joy and her family in your prayers.

Joy (Mom), Shelly and Russell (Dad)

It is always amazing to see how something so negative can turn into a moment of inspiration and triumph. From all us at Supernova Coaching, we are praying for Joy that she may recover quickly to continue leading her supernova life!

Haven't You Ever Wondered What Your Name Would Be in Elvish?

Well, it is the last day of Youthfulness Through Lifelong Learning month, and it has been a lot of fun. We hope you have learned something new that makes you feel wiser, but not one day older.

We have one little last surprise for you. As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. Some of my family members might even call me obsessed, because I know a ridiculous amount of trivia about the make-believe world of Middle Earth. (Don't get crazy on me. I don't own any latex, pointy ears. Okay.)

And so, I thought it would be a fitting end to this month to offer you the opportunity to discover your Elvish and Hobbit names.

Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya!
(May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky!)

Yours Truly,

Valaina Inglorian (a.k.a. Rosemary Laack)
P.S. Can you say, "Geek?"

August 30, 2007

Using Creativity to Keep You Young With Janell Wicht

Who doesn't want to stay young as long as possible? Well, creativity is one way to help retain a childlike view of life that will make you appear youthful far into the future. For example, have you ever met a senior citizen with a joie de vivre that rivaled that of a 5-year-old? Maybe you guessed that this person was 65 when in fact they were 80. Hey, I'd be happy if someone guessed I was 15 years younger than my real age.

You see, creativity is like an antioxidant for the mind and soul. And that's what we're talking about in this interview with Janell Wicht. Janell has a distinctive and varied background in the creative arts. She's been a painter, poet, professor, and professional coach. She shares some of her secrets with us on how to incorporate more creativity into our lives for a richer, more youthful life experience.

Listen to this podcast.

Contact Janell Wicht.

We hope you enjoy this podcast! Stay tuned for upcoming shows from Supernova Coaching Radio.

August 29, 2007

Great Minds Think Alike: On Lifelong Learning

Some words from great minds to inspire youthfulness through lifelong learning.

"Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!" --Louisa May Alcott

"That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning." --Richard Bach

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." --Confucious

"Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs." --Albert Einstein

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." --Henry Ford

"The illiterate of the future are not those who can't read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn." --Alvin Toffler

August 28, 2007

So What Does a Bull Do in a China Shop?

I'm sure you were waiting with bated breath for the answer to that amazing question. As The Power & Success Diva, part of my mission is to make you a worthy adversary in a Trivial Pursuit game. Afterall, It is lifelong learning month. And so, here is the answer this much awaited, and yet oh-so-insignificant, question.

May you beat all your trivia foes!

August 27, 2007

Monty Python's Holy Grail: A Barrel Full of Laughs?

I love a good laugh. Who doesn't? And I happen to like Monty Python and many of their movies. But what happens when you mix one of The Python's allstars, John Cleese, with a documentary on laughter? Laughter Yoga. Yes, that's right. I said Laughter Yoga.

I happened to be perusing The Chillout Guru's blog, and stumbled across an excellent entry on how laughter can reduce your stress. Apparently there's a whole movement in India that uses laughter therapy for this very purpose.

And so, I'm sharing a big belly laugh with you right now...that it may keep us young and vibrant for many years to come!

August 24, 2007

What a Wonderful World!

Okay, so here's one of those random thoughts I warned you about in the header. As you know, it's Youthfulness Through Lifelong Learning month here, and we've been talking about making dreams come true, connecting with our youth, tips and strategies for lifelong learning, and food! But here's something that we should remind ourselves of more often.

With our daily trials and tribulations, sometimes it's hard to remember what a wonderful world we live in. So sit back and enjoy a little reminder of how great it is to be enjoying this life. And Happy Friday to all!!!

August 22, 2007

Learn to Impress Friends & Family With a Signature Dish

I'll be the first to admit that it is rare day when I have the time and/or motivation to make a full home-cooked meal. There are just so many other options these days when it comes to fast, convenient, healthy food. However, I do have a signature dish that I make when I have time.

What is a "signature dish," you ask? Well, it is any epicurean delight that you learn to perfect in your own unique way. It is a dish that people associate with you. And best of all, it doesn't have to be difficult. My best friend has one signature dish: Eggs Any Style. Now you might not think that this is very impressive, but you should see the speed with which he prepares his eggs in any style you want. It is truly a wonder to behold. My signature dish is Black Beans & Rice (pictured), but it takes almost a full day to make, so don't expect to see it any time soon.

Right about now, you're probably thinking, "who cares about a signature dish." Well, what if I told you that this dish could increase your self-confidence, impress your loved ones and bolster your creativity. You might think I'm crazy, but I'm not. Here's why.

Let's say that you don't know the first thing about cooking. Having a signature dish can help your understanding of and confidence in all things culinary. But what if you already cook? Challenging yourself to learn a more difficult "signature" dish will not only give you a sense of accomplishment, it will most likely make you the envy of any pot luck! This leads me to my next to impress your loved ones. Just imagine the satisfaction you'll feel when you serve your special dish to your family, significant other or friends and you hear them "ooh" and "awe" at your culinary skills. In the back of their mind, they'll be thinking, "when did he/she learn how to do this?" Ah, the sweet sound of success! Finally, there is no easier way to test your creativity than to look in the refrigerator or pantry and see what you can make with what is inside of it. You'd be surpised what Flaming Hot Fritos, strawberry jam, hot dogs and rice can make. (I bet you wish I were kidding about that.)

So if you don't have a signature dish yet, here is my gift to you. This is a lovely, easy recipe for Curry Coconut Chicken Stir Fry. The cook does an excellent job of explaining the preparation of this dish. And remember to tell everyone that you just "threw this together one day." It'll be our little secret. Bon appetit!!

August 21, 2007

10 More Ways to Add Youthfulness & Learning to Your Life

Okay, so I got a little carried away with the brainstorm. Here are ten more ways to find your inner child while stimulating your brain cells.

  1. Take a class on any subject of your choice.

  2. Help others in need by becoming a volunteer for a local charity.
  3. Invite family and/or friends over and have a good old-fashioned game night. To help stimulate your brain power, try games like Scrabble, Pictionary, Taboo, Trivial Pursuit or Scene It.

  4. Write poetry. Challenge yourself to learn about and use the using the different available poetry forms like haiku, sonnet, etc. Poetry not your thing? Try writing short stories instead. Challenge yourself to write every day for one month.

  5. Pretend you are a news correspondent for a major newpaper or magazine and interview someone that you admire or has greatly influenced your life. Your interview can be based on fantasy or reality. Record your interview and take notes (for reference later, of course). You can transcribe the full interview, add some pictures and present it as gift. Or you can take a portrait of the individual, add your favorite quotes from the interview and it in a nice frame.

  6. Decide to overcome a fear by planning an activity that challenges that fear. For example, if you are afraid of heights, try a little rock climbing, bungee jumping or sky diving. To keep your courage high, bring a friend along who can give you support and encouragement.
  7. Create a dream board.

  8. Take an architectural tour of your local city or town.

  9. Try a new sport or activity like horseback riding, surfing, bowling, cross country skiing, kite flying, etc.

  10. Compose a song or learn to play an instrument.

Do you have any other ideas on how to stay young at heart through lifelong learning? Feel free to share them with us by posting a comment. Happy learning!!

10 Ways to Add Youthfulness and Learning to Your LIfe

In the spirit of lifelong learning month, we thought we'd give you some ideas on how to incorporate this idea into your life. Here's a list of ten items to get your juices flowin'!

  1. Read a book that you haven't read since you were a kid. Or better yet, read a book that you thought was dreadful in high school or junior high. You might be surprised how good it is now.

  2. Hop in your car and drive in a direction you have never been to before. Stop at any interesting locations along the way. For best results, do this on the spur of the moment and with no particular destination in mind.
  3. Visit a museum of your choice.

  4. Try a new cuisine or a new recipe. For the really adventurous, take a month to go through the alphabet, and eat at a restaurant that begins with each letter.

  5. Learn a new language. Sign language counts.

  6. Take a hike on a beautiful trail. Bring along a book on trees, flowers or birds and try to identify items as you hike.

  7. Learn how to quiet your mind through meditation.

  8. Start a journal and record your thoughts, favorite quotes and/or lessons that you learn every day.

  9. Rent a classic movie and watch it with a friend. For extra credit discuss if it really merits being considered a "classic."

  10. Try your hand at painting. For a little added nostalgia and a lot of laughs, rent a Bob Ross video (The "Happy Trees" Guy). For the more serious-minded, take an art class.

August 20, 2007

Something Old, Something New - How Old Hobbies Can Teach Us New Lessons

I remember when I was a little girl my grandfather would take our family to see baseball games all the time--he was a big Chicago White Sox fan. That's me as a baby with my grandfather. I have very fond memories of popcorn, peanuts, cracker jack and baseball with the family. When he died in 1980, our family stopped attending games. After all, he was the avid fan. Since then, I can count on one hand the number of baseball games I've attended.

My brother, who is a news reporter and web producer for FOX News in Milwaukee, was in town this past weekend. And wouldn't you know it, he wanted to go see a Dodgers game. It almost felt like my first time at a ball park again. It was so neat to see how much fun families were having in the stands, and it took me back to the days with my Grandpa. I had a great time, and to add to the fun, I was able to see the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies! However, the best part of it was being able to spend quality time with my family.

So when was the last time you reconnected with an activity from your youth? Did you used to go fishing with Dad, or shopping with Mom? Maybe your family had a special activities or game night? Whatever "hobby" you used to have as a kid, it's never too late to resurrect it and share it once again with family--even if your only family is a great group of friends. After all, money and fame come and go, but family is forever. And thanks to a baseball game, I now remember this important lesson.

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. --Clara Ortega

August 19, 2007

Have You Heard About Helicopter Parenting?

In the spirit of lifelong learning, I thought I would share information about a phenomenon that first started in elementary school, but is quickly trickling into college and adulthood. I recently did a radio segment about Helicopter Parenting.

So why should you know about Helicopter Parenting? Have a listen and find out!

Listen to interview.

August 16, 2007

How Learning Can Make Your Dreams Come True

I have been obsessed with interior design and home improvement shows lately. I've been learning how to make homemade paper borders, rearrange my room for better flow, add a splash of color to a room to give it new life and, my personal favorite, the messes and successes of flipping houses. Now let me state that Southern California home prices are such that only 3% of its population can actually afford to by a nice house at this time. And you've guessed it, I'm not in that 3% at this time.

So why watch all the shows on home improvement? Well, one answer is that I am learning a new hobby in home decor and design. However, the real reason is that it makes me think about owning a nice house. I am throwing my thoughts and dreams out into the universe every time I see these shows and start imagining how I would decorate my house or fix up a room. And as we all know by now, the law of attraction says that whatever you think about, you bring about. In other words, you attract your dominant thoughts.

So I was recently at a little soiree in Pasadena and happened to meet Steve Watson, host of Don't Sweat It on HGTV. That's me with Steve and the President of Jewelry Messages, Tiffany Westrich. This is a great show, by the way, that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do just about anything. The great thing is that they archive the how-to's on their website, so you can reference them later.

Anyway, back to the point. Is it a coincidence that I've been filling my mind with thoughts of houses and then I meet Steve? You may say maybe, but I think it's not. So stay tuned, because some day soon I'll be showing you the house that I've willed into reality...just by learning a little about home improvement.

If you are interested in a wall color consultation or how to make your dreams come true, sign up for a free coaching session. Okay, so maybe I'm kidding about the color consultation.

August 14, 2007

Lifelong Learning and the Fear of Change

Thank goodness we don't have to undergo the sort of metamorphosis that Neo goes through in The Matrix every time we learn something new. Yet, lifelong learning can involve serious change to our minds and bodies. Most people resist change. That's just the way it is; it is much easier to stay the same.

However, when you can overcome the fear of change, you will open up doors to worlds you never thought possible. I talk about this at length in my blog series, Overcoming Fear: The Way to Personal Power. So which do you choose, the red pill or the blue pill? Here's a little inspiration from Neo and company. You never know what you might learn, even from a Hollywood movie.

August 12, 2007

August is Youthfulness Through Lifelong Learning Month

The days are getting shorter, back-to-school sales are in full force and vacations are coming to a close. Ah, the end of summer is near. As school children around the nation get ready to conquer another year of studies, we thought it would be a great time to revisit the idea of learning. In this case, lifelong learning.

It is known in nature that whenever anything is not growing it is decaying and this is also true for us as humans. No matter the person's age, there are great benefits to be gained by challenging yourself in all areas of your life: physical challenges such as exercise, mental challenges such as a course of academic study or even other areas of learning such as challenging your limiting beliefs or habits, enhancing your communication skills, or even expanding your comfort zone.

Probably the greatest advantage of lifelong learning is the ability to remain young at heart, sharp of mind and strong in body. So this month we'll devote our postings to helping you develop a lifelong learning philosophy. To get you started, discover how to make your lifelong dreams a reality with our Dream Explorer E-course. Enjoy!

August 10, 2007

The Golden Rules of Credit Cards with Gerald Lokstadt

Have you been wondering about how to improve your credit score, get yourself out of credit card debt or how to get yourself ready for that next big investment? Well, if you have (or even if you just want to stay ahead of the money game), then we have the inside scoop for you.

I recently had the privelege of interviewing Gerald Lokstadt, who is a Farmers Insurance agent and has been in the financial services industry since 1995. Gerald has assisted hundreds of clients in rehabilitating their personal credit through legitimate third-party credit repair agencies. He shares some incredible tips and tricks in our last podcast related to money and finance. You NEED to hear this podcast on the Golden Rules of Credit Cards!!!

We hope you enjoy this podcast. Oh, and make sure to check back soon as we launch podcasts for next month's topic.

August 9, 2007

Great Minds Think Alike: On Wealth

Some words from great minds to inspire your personal wealth.

"If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it." --Socrates

"Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think." --Alexander Pope

"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed." --Edmund Burke

"Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul." --Henry David Thoreau

"Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it." --Benjamin Franklin

"Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 8, 2007

13 Way to Save Money or Live on Less

It's no secret that many self made millionaires became rich by living frugally. Well, every dollar you spend has consequences elsewhere in your life. Remembering that will change the ways you spend and save. Here are two different articles that chronicle how to build your financial empire one dollar at a time.

Thirteen Ways to Live on Less