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Rev It Up! With Intention


I often ask someone their intention.  In NLP and hypnosis, INTENTION is an important concept.  Before a class, a session, a discussion, it is often helpful to set your intention.  This week, I set the intention for my new office. I’m happy to say that the other’s who rented from me have all agreed and we have set our intention! Here’s what we agreed to:

It is our intention to build a practice and place of wellness and healing.  While the law clearly states that we as mental health practitioners can not “promise to heal or cure, we can all agree that this is our life purpose.  We believe that miracles can happen here.  We choose to help others design their lives to be the magnificent human beings that God created.  We strive for perfection, and understand and love life’s imperfections.  We choose to avoid diagnosing (unless required by the legal bounds of our position to do so) or labeling and instead lead our clients to their highest potential.   We choose to support each other in creating a harmonious space to work and be.

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Have you thought about your life’s purpose and intention?  Need help in knowing your purpose and intention?  Give me a call 661.209.2632

July 14, 2011 Posted by | anxiety relief, insomnia relief, stop smoking, stress relief, weight loss | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Oxymoron of Holiday Stress

I caught some great examples this long weekend.

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Seems some folks went BBQ hopping to the extent of exaustion.  Others went somewhere else to party, like a lake or camping, and spent the whole weekend “having good old American weekend” of drinking, playing hard, over eating etc.  But they forgot one thing.  Relaxation.  So off they go to work this week, more tired than when they began.  They feel just plain “yucky”.

So how about we plan some real relaxation soon.  Like a  Saturday spa day?

Sunday afternoon nap.  Read a book.  Go to a movie.  Chill!

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Need some advice on stress relief, relaxation, better sleep, or better health? Call

 Dr. Vicky Thomas, Rev it up! Hypnosis (The better oxymoron!)  661-209-2632

July 14, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Weight Loss | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lost and Found; A personal experience

 

Hazel’s Story

 

Katie and Hazel

 

Families go through many trials together. Losing a pet can be one of the most challenging trials to handle.
This is what happened to our family when Hazel, our 9 month old German Shorthair pointer decided that there was something outside the block wall and iron gates that she had to see. It happened on Labor Day and before we knew it she was spending her first night alone in the desert. We drove around in the desert, rode horses out in the desert and
informed everyone we could think of that she was missing. We tried not to panic but we did not sleep much. Day after day searches yielded no results. Then I started researching and educating myself on what to do when you lose or find a pet. The following information is what I found.

Animals usually run into the wind. Hazel did. Check sheds and garages of yours and your neighbors. I once found my cat in a neighbor’s shed because I heard him vocalizing. The neighbor had no idea he was there. Make lost pet fliers that include a recent photo, breed, sex, color, age, weight, personality characteristics, location and date last seen and phone numbers to reach you. Offer a reward but do not state an amount. If your pet has amicrochip, you can make the flier up on the microchip company website or many other websites. Distribute the fliers to as many individuals and locations as you can: dog parks, pet supply stores, feed stores, pet grooming stores, veterinary offices, grocery stores, gas stations and around schools. Children are often more observant than adults, especially with animals. Withhold an identifying mark or characteristic of your pet to verify the identity of your pet. Replace fliers regularly as they fade or are destroyed by weather. When you find your pet make sure you take down all your old fliers.

Notify the microchip company if your pet has a microchip. They will send out notices to veterinary hospitals, animal control, etc. Advertise. The penny saver and Craig’s list are free. Found ads are free in the Antelope Valley Press and lost ads require a nominal fee. Look through the found ads regularly. Talk with the postal workers, garbage crews
and anyone else you can think of. Give them fliers. Notify rescue groups. Animal forums and message boards on the internet are also good way of getting the word out. Networking does improve your chances. I found people to be very compassionate and helpful. Animals do tend to bring out the best in all of us!

Put a piece of your clothing or blanket at the spot where your pet was last seen. He may come back to that area.  Research reported that certain breeds are more likely to do this than others.  Utilize your county Animal control facility or Humane Society. Personally speak to as many officers as you can and look in all the areas. Visit the facility in person and visit regularly.  Leave fliers regularly. Check the dead animal list and check the web site regularly.  The individuals at our local Animal control facility were amazing to me in my quest for Hazel.  They have a very tough job and I am very thankful for them.

Be careful of scams. I was taken for $120 when a nice older gentleman from a company he called  Petfinderalert.com called me and said they would call homes within a 10 mile radius to spread the news about Hazel.  After research, I discovered that it was a scam. Unfortunately, there are many individuals who prey on anothers troubles
so be careful.  I did find a legitimate company entitled Find Toto.com who did call people in the area to notify them of the loss.

To prevent loss of your pet, the most important tool you have is the microchip.  Microchips can be easily inserted into your pet at Animal Control or any veterinary hospital.  Make sure that you have your current address and phone number registered with the microchip company. I have one client who was able to get her pet back after 1 year because of the microchip. Countless success stories arise because of microchips. Good collars that fit well with tags are helpful.  Pet proof your yard regularly.  Train your dog and spend time with your dog.  A well exercised dog is less likely to run off.  There are also many outstanding tools for boundary training available. Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to wander. Research the breed prior to getting a pet so you know what you are getting into and keep a current photo of your pet. Prevention is the best key and saves a lot of heartache. Finding your dog is great but not losing your dog is even better.

Don’t just wait and see. Don’t focus on the wrong theories. Dogs are rarely stolen for research labs.  This kind of thinking will only drive you crazy. Our family persevered through the power of positive thinking.  As a mom, I had to not be a lunatic for my 12 year old daughter (Hazel’s owner).   Showing her a good example of problem solving was
important to me.

Rescuers can determine the fate of the animal. If you rescue a dog, Please keep in mind that this may be someone’s pet.  Please be responsible and compassionate. Animals can quickly begin to look rough if they have been out- but don‘t just assume that they are mistreated or not well taken care of. Many dogs can become frightened, hungry, etc and may not act themselves.  DO NOT JUST ASSUME THAT AN ANIMAL HAS BEEN DUMPED RATHER THAN  LOST.   You can take the pet to any Animal Control facility or veterinary office to check for a microchip.  There is NO cost for checking for a microchip. It is a quick, easy procedure and yields a high percentage of positive results.

Finally, if I may quote Winston Churchill- Never, Never, Never, Never give up. Once you lose hope, you reduce your chances of finding your dog. The power of positive thinking does work in life. Hazel is home after 3 months and our family received the best Christmas present ever.

Debbie Spencer, DVM

Southern Kern Veterinary Hospital

Quartz Hill Veterinary Hospital

July 14, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Veterinary, Lancaster Veterinary, Palmdale Veterinary, Quartz Hill Veterinary, Rosamond Veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment

City of Lancaster to Begin Offering Farmers’ Markets on The BLVD this Thursday

The City of Lancaster announced today that The BLVD will now feature a weekly Farmers’ Market on Thursdays.  In partnership with Raw Inspiration, a non-profit operator for California Certified Farmers’ Markets, the City is offering citizens yet another way to live healthier and be proactive about personal wellness.

 

“I cannot stress enough how important it is for our citizens to have access to fresh and affordable healthy foods,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The addition of this farmers’ market on The BLVD gives everyone an opportunity to support local vendors, while making health-smart purchasing decisions.  Conveniently located in the downtown area, this market will attract both residents and the business community.”

 

Beginning this Thursday, July 14th, and continuing every Thursday thereafter from 3pm to 8pm, the farmers’ market will take place on The BLVD between Date and Ehrlich.  Fresh in-season produce and fruit will be available, as well as organic and prepared foods; arts and crafts; and flowers.  In accordance with the City Council’s initiative to create a more health-conscious community, the farmers’ market is geared toward educating adults and children on how to improve their eating habits, fight obesity, practice proper nutrition, engage in an active lifestyle, and enhance overall well-being.

 

“Farmers’ markets are popular because they offer a wide variety of top-quality goods at low direct-sale prices,” said Lancaster Director of Parks, Recreation and Arts Bob Greene.  “We wanted to partner with an experienced, reputable management company who will screen all vendors based upon high-quality, affordable products.  Raw Inspiration fits these criteria, adding us as their 20th market location.”

 

Raw Inspiration’s mission is to educate children and adults on the importance of a healthy diet, especially the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily. To accomplish this mission, they have set up a program where growers can distribute their produce at neighborhood farmers’ markets.

 

“We are always eager to partner with like-minded organizations who understand the significance of growing a healthy happy community. Conceptually, a farmers’ market has always been our hope for The BLVD, and we look forward to this new venture,” added Mayor Parris. This is only the beginning of a local staple we plan to grow continuously. We encourage everyone to come out and support our new weekly market.


July 14, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, BLVD, blvd events, blvd today, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster BLVD event | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet me at the Bandstand

One part dancing, two parts music, delicious food, and a whole lot of outdoor fun is the recipe that makes the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series the best way to welcome the arrival of summer to the Antelope Valley. On Thursday, June 16th, the City of Lancaster will kick off the Summer Concert Series with “A Night of Wine & Music” in Downtown Lancaster. 

“People have been visiting downtown Lancaster for more than a century,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Today, retail outlets, professional services, and fine restaurants continue to make downtown a natural gathering spot. On Thursday, the City is providing yet another reason to make the trip, as patrons can spend a warm summer night enjoying great music, sampling wonderful wines, and feasting on our many downtown delights.”

Pair the musical sounds with a wine tasting hosted on the bar patio or bring your own lawn chair to just relax and enjoy the music. Local restaurant favorites, including the Lemon Leaf Café, will provide tasty meals on the go which can be enjoyed as you listen to the evening’s entertainment.

“We are very pleased to be in a partnership with the City of Lancaster.  The inaugural season of the Sierra Toyota Concert Series promises to bring great entertainment downtown. This is an exciting opportunity to promote Sierra Toyota as a premier auto sales facility in the Antelope Valley and to meet our customers in a relaxed and festive environment,” said Paul Ondo, General Manager, Sierra Toyota Scion of Lancaster.

                Meet at the Bandstand throughout the summer to enjoy the sounds of local favorites, including Wild Side performing on July 14th; the Queen Nation Tribute Band on July 21st; and the Runaway Train Band who will close out the concert series on August 18th.

For more information about the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series, please contact the City of Lancaster Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at (661)723-6077.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | av sumer festival, av summer fun, BLVD, blvd events, concert, lancaster blvd art, lancaster live music | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Team Good Life Bake Sale

Team Good Life Cooks/Bakers is participating in Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale On Thursday July 14th and Saturday July 16th. The bake sale is our way to help raise money for this great organization whos’ mission it is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. 

Our bake sale will feature a variety of delicious baked goods, Our Menu will include:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Brownies
Lemon Bars
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Lavender Scones and Lemon Curd
Lemonade and Water
And so much more 

We will also have a raffle that will have lots of fun things to win. Remember that all the proceeds from the sale will be made as a donation to the Share Our Strength Organization. This is not just about great food its also a great purpose. So come and enjoy our bake sale and support the cause at the same time!

 

For more information

 

July 14, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, BLVD, blvd events, City of Lancater, City of Palmdale, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD event | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR SUCCESS

A few days ago a video of me for YouTube was shot advertising my new CD, FELIX THE STORYTELLER.  It includes 38 of my narrated children stories.  The interviewer was the brilliant entrepreneur, Jim Greenleaf, founder and CEO of  ilive TODAY, whose headquarters is at Kings Photo Supply in Lancaster, CA, where Blvd Today Café is also located.   The video is one of many that Jim and his Production Manager, Ben Andrews, shot of me that can be found on YouTube where I promote four of my children’s Books: “Horace the Great, Harmonica King” “Wobbly Bags a Thief;” “The Three Little Godfathers”; and “Guitar Cowboy.”  Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era,” my autobiography, can also be found on YouTube.  I particularly like the three-part video Ben Andrews took of me reading “Horace the Great Harmonica King,” to a third grade class at Ocotillo School in the Palmdale School District, Palmdale, CA.

Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era

 

The above videos are a small part of Jim’s productions.  He introduced me to Socialnomics, which is using social networking to increase my Internet footprint and social reach in order to drive more traffic to my websites, or through the front door of my enterprises, which is trying to sell books and eBooks.

 

When Jim first explained the concept of Socialnomics I was slightly confused but at the same time intrigued, sensing there was something there, so I decided to gamble and give it a try.  It was a wise decision on my part because I’m beginning to see the results in my royalties, small right now, but it’s building bi-monthly.  Ben Andrews was my teacher, and with extreme patients he showed me the ins-outs of the network.  Shawn Downs, who has done some of the teaching, is doing an equally good job–I’m not the easiest student to teach at 81.  Regardless of all their instructions, in the final analysis, I’m the one doing the daily work of promoting my books and eBooks by writing blogs (I’ve done 33), and twittering almost daily promoting each one of my 38 eBooks that are sent throughout the world by many outlets.   

 

I’ve been self-publishing (Fideli Publishing) the past couple of years after having been with a small publisher who went bankrupt after the entire business was wiped out during an Indiana flood.  It was left to me to sell my books and I find I’m better off social networking than being with a regular publisher.  My books and eBooks will sell for years.  As I mentioned above you must do all the work and be consistent if you want to be a success.  I’ll inform you later this year in another blog how successful my ventures turned out.  If I don’t write the blog and you don’t receive a Christmas card from me you’ll know the answer.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series

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One part dancing, two parts music, delicious food, and a whole lot of outdoor fun is the recipe that makes the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series the best way to welcome the arrival of summer to the Antelope Valley. On Thursday, June 16th, the City of Lancaster will kick off the Summer Concert Series with “A Night of Wine & Music” in Downtown Lancaster.

“People have been visiting downtown Lancaster for more than a century,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Today, retail outlets, professional services, and fine restaurants continue to make downtown a natural gathering spot. On Thursday, the City is providing yet another reason to make the trip, as patrons can spend a warm summer night enjoying great music, sampling wonderful wines, and feasting on our many downtown delights.”

Pair the musical sounds with a wine tasting hosted on the bar patio or bring your own lawn chair to just relax and enjoy the music. Local restaurant favorites, including the Lemon Leaf Café and Bex Bar and Grill,  will provide tasty meals on the go which can be enjoyed as you listen to the evening’s entertainment.

“We are very pleased to be in a partnership with the City of Lancaster.  The inaugural season of the Sierra Toyota Concert Series promises to bring great entertainment downtown. This is an exciting opportunity to promote Sierra Toyota as a premier auto sales facility in the Antelope Valley and to meet our customers in a relaxed and festive environment,” said Paul Ondo, General Manager, Sierra Toyota Scion of Lancaster.

                Meet at the Bandstand throughout the summer to enjoy the sounds of local favorites, including Wild Side performing on July 14th; the Queen Nation Tribute Band on July 21st; and the Runaway Train Band who will close out the concert series on August 18th.

For more information about the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series, please contact the City of Lancaster Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at (661)723-6077.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | BLVD, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster BLVD event, lancaster blvd fun, lancaster blvd music | , , , , | Leave a comment