Lunch & Learn: What is Clean Eating? with Renu Agrawal | Podcast Episode 38

Today’s lunch and learn episode was recorded live during the June 4, 2015 meeting of the Connecting Conroe Business Women.

What is Clean Eating?

Our speaker, Renu Agrawal, is a certified holistic health coach. Her teachers include Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Renu loves to work with women who are looking for easy and fun solutions for their health issues, especially pain and weight management.

Though the topic of the lunch and learn is clean eating, Renu’s talk begins with a short meditation. Find a comfortable spot, plant your feet on the ground and have a listen.

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Holistic Health Coach Renu Agrawal discussing What is Clean Eating

Holistic Health Coach Renu Agrawal discussing What is Clean Eating

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Alice Gerard, Alice in Gardenland | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Alice Gerard is a gardener, artist, freelance writer and photographer in New York.  She learned about gardening while serving time in federal prison.

Describe your business in 3 to 5 sentences.
I actually have two businesses: I’m a gardener and a freelance writer/photographer. I go to people’s houses and take care of their gardens for them, treating their gardens as my own. It is pleasurable, delightful work.

The work that I went to school for was journalism. I write and take photographs for a local weekly newspaper. This gives me the opportunity to learn a little about a lot of things and to meet many fascinating people and to share their stories.

How did you get started in your business?
I got started in journalism after I attended journalism school at the University of Missouri.

Gardening… well, that start was more unusual. I spent some time in federal prison camp for protesting. Everyone had to have a job there. One of my jobs was to work in a greenhouse. I learned a lot about gardening while I was in prison. Later, I went to a local adult education program and took a horticulture class. I have also become a master gardener.

Image: Alice Gerard

Image: Alice Gerard

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
I don’t have a car. Some of my gardening customers, however, will pick me up in their cars. But, for my journalism work, I am pretty much on my own. Transportation can be a nightmare!

How has this hurdle made you better?
I walk everywhere. I am in good physical condition because I have no choice but to walk for miles to do my work.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
It means everything. It means that I don’t take all of the beauty that nature and human beings offer for granted. It means that I have the responsibility to pay forward the beauty and joy to someone who may be struggling and who may not feel the existence of that beauty and joy.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
My parents, my family, my friends, my church, all the teachers that I’ve ever had, my editors, my gardening customers…

I appreciate them because they are willing to share themselves with me and to guide me and to teach me and to help me be the best me that I can be.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
I am also an artist and I draw and paint and crochet and do embroidery. I will paint on just about any surface, from canvases and paper to rocks and chairs.

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Your Turn to Type

  • Do you have a green thumb? What grows in your garden?
  • How is the work you are doing related to the degree or education you received?
  • Describe your life without a car?

Sir Ian McKellen Reads Bruno Mars

Todays’ moment of gratitude is for Sir Ian McKellen.

Sir Ian McKellen is best known for his role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. You might also recognize him as Magneto in the X-Men movies.

If I am being perfectly honest, my favorite McKellen role is Freddie in the BBC Sitcom Vicious.

Regardless of whether he is performing as a meddling wizard, evil supervillain with mutant powers, or washed up aging gay actor, Sir Ian McKellen never disappoints.

Sir Ian McKellen Reads Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift

Here is a little sunshine to make you smile this beautiful Sunday morning, Sir Ian McKellan reciting the lyrics from Taylor Swifts’ Bad Blood and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk.

Don’t believe me? Just watch:

Can’t view the video? Try this link.

Periscope for Network Marketing

Are you in Network Marketing?

Are you following your company’s leaders on Periscope?

MLM leaders are embracing Periscope, a new video social networking platform from Twitter.

Periscope is a real-time video platform.  You need a Twitter account to use it.

If you want to share something live with the world, you can broadcast.

If you want to be a fly on the wall while someone else does something interesting, you can watch their broadcast.

Pretty straight forward concept.

Periscope for Network Marketing

Watch live video from any smart phone.

Watch live video from any smart phone.

MLM leaders use Periscope for real-time network marketing training.  I like to watch my favorite company leaders as they show our business opportunity to real people.

I learned many years ago that to be successful in Network Marketing I need to do what the leaders do.  They became leaders because they followed a system.  Systems work.

Periscope has a myriad of other uses beside real-time network marketing training.

Sports teams can use it to engage their fans.

Businesses can use it to entice their clients.

I plan to use it with my art blog, Handmade in Texas, to engage artists and art lovers, by live streaming from markets and art events around Texas.

Check out these 5 Quick Tips for Using Periscope.

Your Turn to Type

  • Who do you follow on Periscope?
  • Share what you love about network marketing.
  • Have you ever ridden in a submarine?

Lunch and Learn: Networking Basics with Louise Dewey | Podcast Episode 37

Today’s lunch and learn episode was recorded live during the May 2015 meeting of the Conroe Texas Chapter of Wealthy Sisters Network.

Networking Basics with Louise Dewey

Louise Dewey, Queen of Networking

Louise Dewey, Queen of Networking

Our speaker, Louise Dewey, AKA Lady Lou, spent over 25 years of her career in the world of sales, both inside and outside sales, and loved it. In 1989, when her husband died, she withdrew from the world for 12 full months as she no longer knew WHO she was.

Finally, she had only two choices to make – DIE, OR GET HER LIFE BACK.

Shortly after that she attended her first NETWORKING meeting. The speaker was an author on ‘women in sales.’ But the lady spoke on women “getting out of their nightgowns” instead! BINGO! Louise was ready. Her choice had been made! She was tired of living in her nightgown and wanted her life back!

Louise started going to so many networking meetings in Houston that her friends began calling her the “Queen of Networking.” During those same years Louise began attending many classes preparing for her new life – The Silva Method taught her how to meditate, use her mind, and balance her life. The Path Foundation taught her to be a Certified Hypnotherapist. NLP gave her more people skills, plus she attended many, many others helpful classes where she worked on becoming the best person she could be.

Finally it came time to put all the things Louise had learned to work for her, so she started a business as the ‘Queen of Networking.’ She began consulting with people on networking basics, speaking at public functions, conducting networking workshops, writing a weekly e-newsletter for networkers, writing articles, and having the time of her life!

When her elderly mother became ill in 2005, Louise left her business to be there for her mother, and two years later her mother passed away. In 2008 Louise sold her home in Houston, retired, and moved to Montgomery to live in the home her parents built back in the 70’s on 5½ acres. She is now a Lady Farmer and a Master Gardener.

Today, Louise is also known as The Baby Boomer Babe. You see, her middle name is M-S-U! That stands for MAKE STUFF UP! Who knows WHO she will be next!

Listen in as Louise Dewey, the newly un-retired queen of networking shares a few of networking basics she has learned.

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Namaste

Namaste

Today’s moment of gratitude is for Lisa, my first yoga instructor.

Lisa explained that namaste, in sanskrit, means “the divinity in me salutes the divinity in you.”

Yoga and meditation have now gone mainstream in the western hemisphere.  True to form, Westerners have urbanized the greeting, and now it has many meanings and translations.

Yoga and meditation practitioners choose the definition that is most comfortable within their own belief system.

Choose the meaning that best reflects your intention and celebrate one another.

Thank you to Be the Breath for the awesome graphic!

Thank you to Be the Breath for the awesome graphic!

Your Turn to Type

  • What does namaste mean to you?
  • How do you celebrate the people in your life?
  • What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Namaste!

 

The Enemy is Fear Not Hate

Today’s Moment of Gratitude goes out to my friend Ellen, Frank Oz, and Gandhi who coined the phrase, “The enemy is fear, not hate.”

I try not to watch the news. When I do, I stick with BBC America and CBS News because in my opinion, those two stations are the most reliable and neutral.

I figure if something really important is going on in the world, I’ll read about it on Facebook.

Here’s what I garner has happened in the past few days based on my Facebook feed.  Do any of these statements cause you to fear?

  • Texas is threatening to secede (again) over fear of a US Government takeover posing as a multi-state training exercise.
  • The American Stock Exchange stopped trading due to computer issues.
  • All United Airlines flights were grounded due to computer issues.

I have NOT fact checked any of the above, I am just sharing what came across my Facebook feed.  How accurate are my suppositions?

If the news makes you afraid, remember this quote from Gandhi:

"The enemy is fear.  We think it is hate, but it is fear." - Ghandi

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is fear.” – Gandhi  |  Image by Spirit Science

I posted this image to my Facebook wall a couple of days ago.  My friend Ellen reposted it with this caption:

“From Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte my contemporary, this worldly, non-George Lucas Yoda.”

Now that is a compliment!!

“Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda

Thank you Ellen for totally making my day, and giving me a reason to blog today.  I try to follow Yoda’s advice and share the wisdom I gather.  Learned much have I during my 45 years of paying attention to those who are smarter than I.

Thank you Frank Oz for giving life to Yoda, and being an inspiration to millions, including me.

Thank you Gandhi, your legacy lives on and you continue to inspire non-violent change in a world that just might be even crazier than it was during your lifetime.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda

Your Turn to Type

  • Who inspires you?
  • What is your favorite Star Wars Quote?
  • Light Side or Dark Side?

May the Force be with you!

The Religion of the Dalai Lama

I had the privilege of hearing the Dalai Lama speak in Berkeley, California when I was in my early 20s.

His words were simple and true.

He cracked jokes. The jokes also rang true.

For example, he suggested that the population of the Earth was growing too rapidly. To prevent overpopulation, we needed more monks and more nuns.

When I watch a documentary of the Dalai Lama I am always struck by the big smile on his face and the way his whole body jiggles when he chuckles.

He teaches anyone who will be taught his very simple religion.  It is beautiful.  It is a religion of kindness.

Thank you, your holiness, for leading by example and showing the world that kindness is the universal religion.

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