Something Significant: Shawn Rogers

No one likes waiting in line, sitting in traffic or waiting at the doctor’s office – but none of that matters when something truly tragic happens. Daily life pauses when your neighbor has a heart attack, your friend’s house catches on fire, a city breaks out into riots, or terrorists threaten peace. Those moments of panic bring what’s important into focus. When I was growing up, the term “first responders” held less weight. As a society, we have come to realize the vital necessity of those brave souls, the boots on…

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A Tribute to Dr. Wayne Dyer – You Didn’t Die with Your Music Still In You

My relationship with Dr. Wayne Dyer began on June 4, 2011. My wife introduced me to some of his interviews and, for my birthday, I bought his book, Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao. The Tao Te Ching (Tao for short) is a spiritual text of 81 verses that is attributed to Lao Tzu, a philosopher of ancient China. Dr. Dyer introduces one verse of at a time, reflecting on its meaning with a short essay about applying Lao Tzu’s wisdom in our…

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Unlikely Inspiration – Scott Barry’s RISE

I was disappointed when we canceled our Sedona Retreat earlier this year, but things happen for all sorts of reasons – and even bad luck can become good fortune in hindsight. Matt and I took a trip to Arizona anyways and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. We were in a gorgeous location, spent time with good people and learned a lot. Happy Living hosted a free event at our friend Karen Conover’s Tae Kwon Do studio. The first part was Matt’s speech about Turning Inspiration Into Action. His talk…

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Is Gluten Really That Bad?

For the first time in history,” says Dr. Tom O’Bryan, “your kids are going to get sick earlier, get diseases earlier, and die earlier than you!” The Dr. (his website is literally theDr.com) is a highly esteemed clinician who specializes in Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. If you’re wondering, is gluten really that bad? He says all gluten isn’t bad. Bad gluten is bad. The bad gluten comes from wheat, rye, and barley. It doesn’t matter if it’s a modern hybrid or an ancient strain. Dr. Tom sites a research…

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How to Revive Your Resolutions

The weather is shifting. Summer is over. “Back to school” happened. Students are settled into their routines. Q4 is approaching. The holiday season is around the corner. This next part of the year moves quickly. It helps to pause and reflect before 2015 gets swept away. Revive Your Resolutions Think back to January. Did you set New Year’s resolutions? Write a list of goals for the year? Create an annual theme? How are you coming along? Are you on your way? Or did you place your goals on the backburner? At this…

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Discovering My Dharma

Over the summer, a series of inspirations, events, connections, and hours of reflection led me to discovering my Dharma, though I didn’t know to call it that at the time. The author of The Five Dharma Types and teacher at the renowned Ayurvedic Institute, Simon Chokoisky, defines Dharma as our purpose in life. Our Dharma is the “path” we are meant to walk, our reason for being on this planet. Simon created a simple self-test that helps you discover your Dharma Type. He explains that for individuals living their innate…

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Something Significant: Dr. Jocelyn Dunn

When facing the possibility of failure, it is tempting to take the easy way out. Listening to your intuition takes guts – and it certainly helps to have the support of friends and family. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share our Something Significant interview with Dr. Jocelyn Dunn, an oncologist in private practice at Stanford, specializing in the surgical diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease. Jocelyn graduated from Stanford University with her B.S. in Medical Microbiology, received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and…

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Slow the Flow of Chemicals

Watching the powerful documentary, Unacceptable Levels, I was shocked to learn the average person has over 200 synthetic industrial chemicals in their body. With further research, I learned more about the damaging health impact of so many toxins in our bodies. Specifically, three resources motivated me to slow the flow of chemicals in my household: Dr. Leona Allen’s video on cellular inflammation. In simple language and less than 8 minutes, she explains how the flow of chemicals, sugars, and bad fats is damaging our cells and causing the epidemic rise…

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My End-of-Year Goals

This time of year moves quickly, so I am taking my own advice and setting goals for the rest of 2015. I hope the following goals help me finish the next few months with enthusiasm and focus. I used these seven steps to set goals that are thoughtful, effective, and inspiring. My Theme, My Mission My theme for the end of the year is to “settle for good enough,” which might sound negative, but I’m thinking of the most positive interpretations of these words! I want to settle into the remainder…

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My Philosophy on Adventure and Unknown Outcomes

Life is a non-stop opportunity for learning, creating, and becoming. I believe a better self is always possible today, every day, as long as I keep exploring. Adventure is the primary means of my continuous search for a better self. Each new day brings another trail to hike, book to read, person to meet, relationship to strengthen, recipe to cook, or idea to try. The more I explore “out there” in the world, the more I develop “in here” within myself. I am the sum total of my life’s adventures.…

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