Career Blues? Born for This Review

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It’s Out There: Born for This Review

By Jocelin Higgins

Born for This Review

Are you still seeking your ideal career? Is your current occupation dragging you down? Or, do you love what you do, but find that it just doesn’t generate enough income to live the life you want? If any of these questions are on the top of your mind, then this  definitely could be a book to get you out of your career rut or create a side hustle to generate more income. Born for This offers hope for the discontent, lost, or hopeful seeker. My Born For This review aims to give you a thorough and broad scope of what it’s all about.

It’s a practical guide full of useful advice to get you moving toward your best fit avocation, so that you have what he refers to as “joy (what you like to do), money (what supports and sustains you) and flow (what you are really good at)”  in an occupation and livelihood that absorbs your waking hours. Why not enjoy it as much as possible?

How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

In this new manifesto, Portland lifestyle blogger, world traveler and host of WDS Chris Guillebeau pens on the cover, How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do.” Thus setting up the purpose for this career help guide, complete with illustrated graphics. He believes that there is a perfect fit for you, a particular calling, per say, and shows it by telling story after story of people who are doing just that. However, what I found really helpful was that he also mentions earlier, not-so-great-for-those-interviewed jobs that they experimented with and struggled through until they had found their jackpot careers. He even goes into detail to describe his journey to finally getting to where he loves what he does.

He breaks the book into two main focuses. The first being a few lessons that can help you in figuring out what it is you want from a career and the second part gives you practical modes and methods to put these lessons into practice to find your most fulfilling job.

Your In-Box Tells All

How exactly does one figure out what to do with their life? You could start college or university and take classes until you stumble upon what you feel drawn to or you could listen to your parents and family and follow in their footsteps. Since we already know about THESE methods, this book doesn’t repeat them.

Instead it tells you to look at your “in-box:” What kinds of e-mail lists have you subscribed to? What activities do you pursue in your free time? What favors do your family and friends ask of you? Because the people in your life can see things in you that you may not be aware of. This could give some insight into where you may want to focus your time and energy. He brings up how his vast traveling experience led him into creating creative travel guides because his friends were consistently asking him for trip advice.

Helpful Messages This Book Presents:

  • Why changing your thinking about work: reframing assumptions or beliefs you’ve held is critical.
  • You can both love your work and earn good money.
  • Believe and bet on yourself and have faith in your abilities.
  • It is possible to master the skills to leave your drone job for your ideal life’s calling.
  • Entrepreneurship can lead to reaching success more rapidly.
  • Knowing when to make your big break and when to bide your time is vital.
  • Asking 100 average people what their problems are can lead to unique ways to help them.

Where This Book Doesn’t Go

Some of the suggestions presented in this book were not new to me. I’ve read many a self-help book. However, it’s one thing to know you need to make changes, but another to actually make them or to even have the courage to do so. This book does not include the coaching motivator, although it is encouraging. It doesn’t really get into the psychology of HOW to redirect your mind to change direction or get your behavior to follow suit. There isn’t really a mention of the spiritual aspect of looking for one’s calling other than when things just work out easily. A fascinating book I read in this vein is
called, Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life which is about paying attention to synchronicity and seeing it as signs from the other side to guide you in the direction to take with your life. This isn’t that type of book.

You do need a certain amount of confidence and persistence to follow his advice and integrate it into your career search, especially if you are living paycheck to paycheck. This would be a great book to use in a group book study with others, so that you can hold each other accountable or with a personal coach that pushes you to go farther and expand your limits more than you have ever done before. You could also re-read it a few times and get more out of it each time you do. I plan on this.

So, Now What Do You Do With This One Wild and Crazy Life?

Start living, he says. Embrace life, don’t settle, Be courageous and take risks (don’t worry, there’s even a chapter on ways to take calculated risks to decrease loss). Keep searching for your ideal career because you deserve it and the world it anxiously waiting to embrace your wondrous gifts!

Thanks for checking out my Born For This review! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

*By the way, I do know this author and was given this book to review before publication. However, it is my honest review. If you have enjoyed what you have read, please consider clicking on the affiliate links, so we may earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) to support this site. We only refer our readers to books or advice that we support and believe in.

What is Your ONE Thing? A Book Review

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A Book Review of The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

By Jocelin Higgins

Do you ever feel like your life is out of balance? That you are swimming upstream against the racing current and watching the salmon pass you by? Do you ever wonder what your one thing could be that would turn it all around? Perhaps you have found your one thing, but just don’t know how to focus on it consistently, so that you can become an expert at it.

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Maybe you found your one thing and it involved a career that had a prime time (a professional athlete, model, musician, etc.) and you are discouraged now, because you are older and just really want to excel at something and make a difference in the world and leave a legacy, as they say.

Well, I’m here to tell you not to give up. It’s never too late to find and carry out your one thing–to live passionately and be more fulfilled. It’s not too late for more creativity or to have more financial security or to strive for greatness. This book review aims to help you!

What is Your ONE Thing?

I found some real life, direct and very useful information and strategies in this book that I read and enjoyed called THE ONE THING:The Suprising Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. I must first say, that it isn’t a book that helps you DETERMINE your best possible career, calling or ideal job per say, but it does guide you to ask yourself questions in all areas of your life and then directs you once you have found them. It helps you to get laser focused on the clearest path toward your goals, so that you KNOW what you are reaching for in all of the areas of your life and how to get there the most effectively.

What are the Six Lies Between You and Success

  1.  With Your Time, Everything Matters Equally
  2.  Multitasking is Effective
  3.  A Disciplined Life is How You Succeed
  4.  Willpower is Always On Will-Call
  5.  A Balanced Life is Possible
  6.  Big is Bad

Gary and Jay really speak about thinking BIG, but they describe the way to get there in simple, applicable steps. Just like most self-help books though, you need to make the time for the important aspects of your life. This is what can be the most difficult. So, they have formulated what they call the focusing question: What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? Then, you apply this question to whatever area of your life you want to improve. This book review will explain more.

Dreams Need Systems

It is easy to conjure up goals and dreams and put them out there, but you really need to put a system in place to get there. Not to mention, taking the necessary risks. Many people are afraid of taking risks because of the money factor. Do I take out debt to get a degree? Do I take out a loan to start a business? These are stressful things to think about. Four years ago, I had ten grand in credit card debt and now, It’s down to only two and will be paid off this year. This I feel I’ve made some progress on because the interest was high and I was just kicking myself that I was paying all this extra money on it. So, I set up a system that automatically took out a payment of a certain amount each month and I could easily pay extra when I could afford it and now my credit score is in the 800’s.

Unfortunately, I still have some student loan debt that I’m widdling away on from 2003 because I hadn’t asked my formative question: What is the one thing that I can do right now to pay off my student loan? The answer of course begins with: make bigger payments, which leads to find a way to increase my income and not spend as much, which leads to creating tangible things to sell or finding higher paying work…ect. Do you see how this works?

The Three Main Commitments to Make

The writers recommend you commit to three main things:

1) Follow your Path to Mastery. In order to excel at something, you need to practice it often. Studies show 10,000 hours working on a skill, leads to mastery of it. But, as my college swim coach would say, “perfect practice leads to perfect swimming in events.”

2) Move from E to P (Entrepreneurial to Purposeful) in your actions which means to push through on projects and goals and be more purposeful with them instead of jumping from one idea to the next. In our ADD society, here is an extremely vital tactic to carry out.

3) To Live the Accountability Cycle, hold yourself accountable to your commitments. Ask others to hold you accountable. Since there is a link between what you do and what you get, take complete ownership of your outcomes by not blaming others or by playing the victim. On page 184 they state, “Accountable people absorb setbacks and keep going. Accountable people persevere through problems and keep pushing forward.”

The Four Thieves of Productivity

The authors stress that you know what The Four Thieves of Productivity are and how to avoid them as you are focusing and answering your formulating question.

  1. Inability to Say “no”
  2. Fear of Chaos
  3. Poor Health Habits
  4. Environment Doesn’t Support Your Goals
Now, if all of this confuses you due to the fact that it’s an abbreviated version in this book review and you don’t know how to apply it to your life, the last chapter gives you some sample questions in these areas of your life: Your Personal Life, Your Family, Your Job, and Your Work Team to help you get started.

My Book Review: What I Didn’t Like About the Book

There were a couple of things that moved me the wrong way in this book. From a women’s perspective, I felt the success quote from Bill Cosby was difficult to read, considering recent allegations against him. Also, there is a story of how Sam Walton of Walmart avoided paying $11 to $13 million in estate taxes that I found to be in poor taste as corporations such as Walmart really should be paying their fair share of taxes to support public services where everyone benefits.

But, overall the productivity teachings in this book are well worth the read. Just close your eyes when you come to the above examples so you don’t cringe.

So, hey, I want to give a copy of this book away to “pay it forward” because I won this book by commenting on a blog post on Smart Passive Income. It only seems fair after all since I was given this gift. I took me a bit of time to get to this book review, but I hope you enjoyed it!

The ONE Thing Website

 Additionally, If you are a tactile learner, the book has a website, www.the1thing.com with a plethora of tools and worksheets to work through to really get your personal goals set using the formulating question in all areas of your life as well as describing how to time block your four hours a day to focus on your ONE Thing.

Win A Copy of This eBook By Commenting Below!

What is your ONE Thing for today?

Also, what did you think of this book review? Was it helpful? Did it makes sense? Let me know! I will be writing more book reviews in the upcoming months and would love to know what you specifically like to read and appreciate hearing about!

I’ll choose a lucky winner with a creative post comment and send you this e-book for free!

Cheers!

-Jocelin

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Works Cited
Keller, Gary, and Jay Papasan. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth behind Extraordinary Results. Austin, TX: Bard, 2012. Print.
Unknown. “Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Feb. 2016. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.
Unknown. “Criticism of Walmart.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Feb. 2016. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.

Sensory Deprivation Tank Floating: An Intro

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By Jocelin Higgins

Sensory Deprivation Tank Floating- What is it?

What is it like floating in a sensory deprivation tank? Perhaps you are wondering what it’s all about and why people do it. Or, rather how does it benefit you?

Sensory Deprivation Tank

A woman floats in a sensory deprivation tank with the lid open. You  can float either way.

I became interested in floating in a sensory deprivation (otherwise known as reduction) tank about seven years ago. A wellness center where I was practicing hypnosis had a couple of the Samadhi sensory deprivation tanks (also known as isolation tanks) in the basement. I became curious about them and so I began floating in the tanks to see what it was like.  I had heard it was a type of meditation in water and quite a healing experience. Later, I would bring in hypnosis audio programs to listen to while I delved deep in the darkness resting my body by slightly submerging it in the 800-1,000 pounds of ebsom salt saturated water. I found it highly rewarding for not only feeling better emotionally, but physically and spiritually as well.

The Origins of Sensory Deprivation Therapy

In the 1950’s, scientists were experimenting in order to find out what would happen to a person when all environmental stimuli from the outside world disappeared. Dr. John Lilly is one of the most well-known of these scientists, along side Dr. Jay Shurley, that first created an isolation tank in 1954 at The National Institutes of Mental Health Lab in the Virgin Islands. They wanted to learn how people responded by eliminating contact with other people, light, gravity, sound, but yet heating the water to about 93 degrees Fahrenheit to remove the extremes in temperature.

They learned many important discoveries from these experiments. They found that when they removed all external sensations, that there was still a mechanism that generated internal experiences. A person’s mind does not go unconscious, but the brain is still active. It constructs experiences out of memories and stored impressions. If one does not fall asleep in an isolation tank, then there is a great opportunity to reprogram the mind for desired change-to consciously construct more positive thoughts and discard deeply held limiting beliefs. It is similar to being in a state of hypnosis as brain waves are slowing down to theta levels.

Yet, he also discovered that the mind fostered creativity while in the sensory deprivation tank, thus allowing people to present a problem when in the tank and retrieve answers quickly after coming out of submersion from the isolation tank. He goes into these discoveries in the book, The Deep Self: Consciousness Exploration in the Isolation Tank or Programming and Meta-programming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments (if you are more scientifically inclined).

Since then, many others have studied the effects of floating in an isolation tank. John Turner and Tom Fine developed the more modern floatation R.E.S. T. technique, which stands for Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. Michael Hutchison published a ground breaking book in 1984, The Book of Floating. I’ll outline some of this research and current findings later in this post. Dr. Oz even tried it and recommends it. There is a fantastic documentary made in 2014 called Float Nation that answers many questions people have about floating and gives more insights into float therapy. Recently, in November, Time magazine reported that the United States opened its first float clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma: the Float Clinic and Research at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.  This is a huge move in studying the science behind floating and its effect particularly, on neuroscience.

The Health Benefits to Floating in a Sensory Deprivation Tank

Floaters have reported numerous benefits floating. Depression lifts, anxiety  decreases. Whereas Dr. Lilly focused on the brain and the psychological aspects, there are many physical ones too. These include, a heightened state of relaxation from the deep rest your body undergoes and a release of dopamine and endorphins that go with this relaxed state. It’s the complete opposite of how you feel when your body tenses up from too much stress, adrenaline and cortisol buildup in your system! Consequently, relief from chronic pain often subsides after a few floats. A person can recover from jet lag quicker by floating after crossing time zones.  Athletes, artists and musicians float to enhance performance and relieve muscle pain and students find their memories improve and super learning occurs.

Most importantly, the metaphysical aspects are fascinating to note. I’ve often felt that I was “lost in space” as the weightlessness of floating makes me unaware of my body. On a recent session, I saw bright lights come and go in my mind’s eye and stars appeared on the ceiling inside the float tank. I had to ask afterwards whether they painted stars on the ceiling. “Nope. But, others have also mentioned seeing them,”a staff member at Float On responded. Hmm. Some mind expanding adventures here within this inner world. Many experts even believe that if more people took up floating, there would be less violent crimes committed. If there is a negative to floating, it would be a little salt getting in your eyes or it can sting if you have a scratch on your skin. However, you can dab some Vaseline on any scratches to prevent this from occurring.

How and Where to Float

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Bird’s eye view of man floating in a sensory deprivation tank with lid open.

It’s really a simple, passive activity that just about anyone can partake in. You just need the physical mobility to get into a tank and lay down in salt water, which is so highly concentrated that you become very buoyant. Locate a local spa or sensory deprivation tank center to visit. If you are near or plan on visiting Portland, Oregon, you will find a few great options. We have the USA’s largest float tank center, Float On, (which is a colorful, creative and innovative place). Additionally, there are three different types of tanks at The Float Shoppe (whose owners are super friendly and generous.) I spoke with co-founder, Sandra Calm and she states that they have plans for an additional tank soon. There are two tanks at The Everett House Healing Center (where I stepped into my first tank), and Mudra Massage clinic has a tank as well. The combination of massage before or after floating is an added health benefit. Receive a massage before a float session if you desire mainly the psychological benefit, but if you’d rather focus on physical healing, float first and then get the massage after your muscles soften in the tank, stated Sandra from The Float Shoppe.

If you are a seasoned floater, did you know that a national float conference is held in August in Portland, Oregon each year? Come visit. Additionally, Portland Float Shoppe owner, Dylan Schmidt has started a podcast called The Art of Floating for people who want to open a float center and need support to keep it running smoothly.

How Much Does It Cost to Float?

It costs anywhere from $60 on up for a 90 minutes session (which is the least recommended at a time for best experience). You can sometimes find discounts for first time floats if you check Groupon or Living Social coupons in your area.  It can add up if you are not flush in the pocketbook, so I wanted to let you know about a new company that has created and built home tanks. Commercial ones begin at $8,000 and go on up, however the Zen Float company is manufacturing float tents for only $1,850 to give more people an affordable option.

Well, I hope this post is helpful in giving you an introduction to the fine art of floating in a sensory deprivation (reduction) tank. Give it time, you really need to partake in a few sessions to know what it’s really all about! Please feel free to share a comment below. I’d love to hear more about your experiences floating.

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Bynum, Brad. “Altered States Is a Session in a Sensory Deprivation Tank as Surreal, Dangerous and Psychedelic as It Is in the Movies?” Www.newsreview.com. News Review, 03 Sept. 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015. <https://www.newsreview.com/reno/altered-states/content?oid=18187527>.

Float Nation. Dir. Jory & Carl Piglowski & Jessee. Perf. Various. Kickstarter, 2014. 27 Dec. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2015. .
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Hutchison, Michael. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea. New York: Morrow, 1984. Print.
Oaklander, Mandy. “Behind the Strange New Science of Floating.” Time. Time, 18 Nov. 2015. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.
Stevenson, Seth. “I Floated Naked in a Sensory Deprivation Tank. You’ve Got to Try It.” Anything Once. Slate.com, 15 May 2013. Web. 29 Nov. 2015.
Stevenson, Seth. “I Slept All Night in a Sensory Deprivation Tank. Here Is My Story.” The Drift: A Blog About Sleep. Slate.com, 23 Nov. 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015.
Unknown. “Float Science – The Float Shoppe.” Float Shoppe. The Float Shoppe, 2015. Web. 30 Nov. 2015. <http://www.floatshoppe.com/floating/float-science/>.
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Williams, Brittany. “I Floated In A Sensory Deprivation Tank; Here’s What Happened – Healthcare Industry Today – EIN News.” The Grapevine, 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015. <http://health.einnews.com/article/287759735/-O_E6uyT8FLJceRX>.

How to Be Processed Sugar Free

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A delicious bowl of natural fruits and veggies.

 

Hello dear Feel Better Wellness reader! I’m excited to announce that my friend Jim Fasulo is guest posting today. He is quite inspirational as he has made some major changes in the past ten years to better his health. One such is giving up processed sugar and those synthetic food items which contain massive amounts of it. I’ll admit. I love sweets and find it difficult to avoid them in my diet. So, let’s find out just how prevalent sugar is in our diets and learn healthier ways to replace it with natural foods. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom Jim! Read on. Here’s to feeling better!  -Jocelin

How to Be Processed Sugar Free

By Jim Fasulo

In so many instances, the consumption of sugar is communicated as a good thing. Coworkers offer us sugar laden foods during breaks, kids become excited and even entertained by the thought of eating ice cream, and virtually any celebration, be it a birthday party or retirement celebration is accompanied by the crowd favorite, the ever so sweet cake with frosting. Argh!

My journey towards a healthy diet and avoidance of processed sugar is not unique. Ten years ago, in the hunger to improve my health, I discovered the benefits of  naturopathic medicine. Early prescriptions of my first naturopathic physician involved removing inflammatory foods from my diet, and chief among these culprits was processed sugar.

Since that first visit to an ND in 2005, I have come to benefit from avoiding sugar in many ways. I have arrived at and maintained a healthy weight, changed my old habit of constantly “sugar snacking” during the day, and gradually migrated towards being sugar free and eating natural foods which increased my vitality and overall energy.  That cheesecake for dessert never delivered such rewards.

How Our Culture Promotes Processed Sugar

This notion that sugar equals goodness is a hard to overcome. Yet for those of us on a sugar free diet, these sugar feasts do not equate to happiness. Sugar abstention is met with fierce resistance. Our society provides many messages that eating sugary foods is not only a good thing, but also a reward, a way of signifying an accomplishment. “Bring out the cake-let’s celebrate!” is a common refrain.

However, countering this notion of sugar’s goodness can be done in a subtle way.  Allowing people to experience the dramatic benefits to their health by avoiding sugary foods and emphasizing the virtues of a natural diet is a much more sound approach than giving a lecture.

How to Counter that Processed Sugar Push

When the dessert cart comes around after a nice meal at a restaurant, instead of lashing out at the server or launching into a long diatribe with your friends about the evils or sugar consumption, consider a different tactic. Propose a natural substitute like a bowl of fresh berries or even a cup of herbal tea as a positive counter to the “processed sugar push.”

It is far more fruitful (no pun intended) to model eating a healthy diet than excoriating others for their indulgence.  Once someone experiences the feeling of well-being and health from eschewing sugar, the need to stand on a soapbox and sermonize about the pitfalls of unhealthy eating fades away.

Go Sugar Free: A Way Towards Change

When I bring in food for my coworkers as a gesture of comradery, I leave out cinnamon rolls and doughnuts, and instead put forth organic berries, apples, and unsalted nuts. I find a great deal of gratification in quietly observing friends discover these tasty treats and then watching the smiles on their faces as they express satisfaction from eating non fattening healthy foods. There are differing opinions on whether eating fruit is okay for your body. You should avoid fruit juice from concentrate. If you are diabetic, please follow your doctor and adhere to that diet. Fresh fruit contains a natural sugar, fructose, while it is still not perfect, it is a natural substance and easier for our bodies to digest. Additionally, do your research and get second or third opinions, especially if you are cautious and concerned.

Moreover, the conversation that follows isn’t about the downside of eating processed sugary foods. It may not be a conversation at all, rather a method, and a positive one at that, of bringing about awareness of the benefits of healthy eating.

Be Patient with Yourself But Look for Other Options

So, if eating a lot of sugary foods is a problem for you, be patient with yourself and just try to cut out one or two items a week. Think about what you can substitute for, say a candy bar instead? Or, what about that cola? It often helps to think about how much better you will feel with less processed sugar in your system. For inspiration, watch the mind-blowing documentary, That Sugar Film. And, get ahold of these two books. They will truly educate you: The Sugar Habit and No Sugar Diet.

Keep in mind, we are not licensed doctors or naturopaths. Please consult professionals if you are diabetic or have other serious health concerns. We are sharing what we have learned and applied and therefore gained through personal experience. We would love to hear how it’s going for you! What are your thoughts on this post? Anything else you’d like to hear about? Do you have any tips for healthier eating? Please share them! Just leave a comment below!

Thanks so much for reading and visiting Feel Better Wellness!

Works Cited:

Unknown. Creative Commons. “Fructose.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 Oct. 2015. Web. 11 Oct. 2015.

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Can Recycling and Consuming Less Lead to Happiness?

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More stuff doesn’t make us happier, but I’ve found that higher quality stuff (and less of it) does. The nice thing is that this “selfish” decision (to invest in quality over quantity) also happens to be the best thing for the planet!” -Terra Heilman

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Do you love to go shopping and collect things or rather, do things collect you? Do you find yourself cleaning out your house on a day off and getting rid of or recycling stuff that you barely used? Perhaps you buy something and it falls apart shortly after you get it and then you have to replace it again. If any of this sounds familiar, read on!  I  recently talked with an environmental educator and learned some fascinating tips on how to increase your happiness by eliminating excess material items, which in turn is better for our earth. Here is our Q &A:

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Jocelin: Hello there Terra! Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed for Feel Better Wellness! Go ahead and tell us about yourself.

Hi! My name is Terra Heilman and I run my own business, Terra Linda Consulting. I’ve been in environmental education for about 15 years now. Currently, I’m a public speaker on waste reduction topics (recycling, reuse, thoughtful consumption, etc) and I’m also involved in a few side wings of the business doing environmentally friendly gift markets and client gift boxes.

Jocelin: Oh, that sounds really fascinating! What makes what you do important? Does it involve a mission and if so, what is it?

Most people recycle. That’s great! But, what most people don’t realize is that they’re probably over-recycling and also that recycling is a very small piece of the puzzle when it comes to the environmental footprint of our “stuff.” This can be overwhelming knowledge (it was for me when I discovered it) and that overwhelm can lead to apathy. I help my students and clients push past that overwhelm/apathy cycle to action. I inspire people to live a bit lighter on the planet by offering guilt-free green tips and tricks.

Jocelin: Apathy can lead people not to take action, unfortunately. So, how can people feel better by getting involved in what you teach?  What are the advantages? Are there any obstacles or things to consider that may make participating difficult?

When I initially talk to people about “waste reduction” that can be a hard pill to swallow. It sounds like I’m asking them to sacrifice. The funny thing about it though is that often, the “sacrifice” is replaced by something better.

Here is an example: Let’s say you have $100 to spend on new shoes. You can either buy three pairs of boots for $30 each or you can buy one pair of boots for $100. Many of us look at that equation and think, “Well, of course I’d want three pairs! That way, I can have black, brown and a third color!” The problem with this is that we’re also talking about three times the resources that went into making those boots. The resource extraction and manufacturing phases of our “stuff” are responsible for the majority of the environmental footprint, so now we’re talking about three times the amount of resources wrapped up in just one consumption decision.

Let’s look at it from a purely selfish standpoint: we’re talking about the difference between three pair of boots versus only one pair, right? Well…what about the quality of those boots? If the boots are selling for one third of the price, they’re likely lower quality (how many times have you bought something “cheap” only to find it wears out much sooner than you would have hoped?)

I personally take my boots to a cobbler when they’re wearing out and for about the price of a latte, I have a practically brand new pair of boots! You can’t really take “cheap” shoes to a cobbler because there was just never much quality in them to begin with. Also, I’m walking around in these suckers all day! I’d much rather pay for one solid pair of shoes and keep them in good repair than to have three pairs that all pinch and give me blisters. Ouch!

The bottom line is that the “sacrifice” that you make by spending your hard earned dough on quality instead of quantity is usually worth it. More stuff doesn’t make us happier, but I’ve found that higher quality stuff (and less of it) does. The nice thing is that this “selfish” decision (to invest in quality over quantity) also happens to be the best thing for the planet!

Jocelin: This seems like a simple change and quite smart. Do you have any other incredible stories of positive change that resulted from what you do?

I have a lot of little stories of inspiring others to make changes in their lives!

Here’s one: I have a good friend who was helping me to refine what I speak about and I mentioned that one of the behaviors that I’m working on in my own life is to refuse a plastic straw when I go to a restaurant. Shortly after we had this discussion, that video was going viral of the turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose (warning, it’s pretty sad/painful to watch!) She shared it out to her social networks and mentioned that someone (yours truly) had recently inspired her to decrease her own consumption of straws like this one by simply refusing a straw in restaurants.

For me, it’s the little things that have gotten us to where we’re at in regards to our planet and it’s the little things like this that can collectively make huge changes.

I know videos like this one and climate change news can be disheartening and lead to overwhelm and apathy. I hope to help people push past that and change behaviors in their own lives and then inspire friends and family to make lasting changes as well.

Jocelin: That poor turtle. ): Thank you for giving up the use of plastic straws. We once had those plastic rings around a six pack, but now they are non-existent. So, change is truly possible!

Please tell us, how can we get involved or learn more?

I’ll be giving my talk, “Beyond Recycling” on a few dates in October, beginning October 8th here in Portland, Oregon. We will look at the fact that recycling is only ten percent of what is needed to create lasting change in our consumption habits. I’d love to see people at these! Additionally, we have a few events coming up and if anyone needs client thank-you’s for their business, we’d love to help you create a customized gift basket full of high quality, locally produced goodies! The best way to keep up with me is to follow The Reuser (my alter ego) on Facebook and/or through my website: EverGreenGifts.net. Additionally, if you have specific questions about what I do or my knowledge base, I’m happy to have an email dialog, as well! I can be reached at: terra@terralindaconsulting.com

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom and being an earth saver, Terra! We appreciate all of the important work that you do!

Be sure to e-mail Terra to learn more about her upcoming schedule of talks! She is located in the greater Portland, Oregon area, but travels often.

WBV: Why Whole Body Vibration?

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The Sonic Life Pulsation Vibration Machine

What is WBV: Whole Body Vibration?

By Jocelin Higgins

It’s an acronym, WBV. “It’s the smartest, most efficient way to exercise and rehab because it’s firing 98% of your muscles at once and it’s low impact” states Tara Krupich, co-owner of Body Quirks.

What is whole body vibration training, otherwise known as WBV? Strangely enough, I had never heard of whole body vibration training as a means to fitness and weight loss. In fact, I thought these types of vibration machines were just for physical therapists to use to help people regain muscle strength for recovery and such.

However, recently I was introduced to Portland’s new whole body vibration studio, Body Quirks and this led me to try the machines out and investigate how they can help people not just in feeling better, but to increase fitness and bone density, improve core strength, improve your circulation and flush your lymphatic system, reduce cellulite, and especially promote weight loss. I’ll share with you my experience using the machines, explain how they work and give you some advice on where to go to find them.

My Experience with WBV-Whole Body Vibration Machines

So, I spent a couple of weeks, about every other day using the machines for twenty minutes each time and then the following Saturday, ran seven easy miles playing in a soccer tournament. I was really impressed on how my body responded after using these WBV machines for only two weeks.  I felt better and more energized. I noticed my muscles toning up and my belly felt firmer. My mood improved and the neck pain that I get from long hours at the computer, eased. Apparently, ten minutes on one of these equates to an hour at the gym. I found that it was much easier for me to run and move my body and dart back and forth quickly out on the soccer field than it had been previously.

Why and How Does Whole Body Vibration Training Work?

A person stands or sits of a vibrating platform and experiences these movements throughout their body. The speed can be adjusted and many of the machines are equipped with workout plans that can target specific areas of the body or switch from a more massage or “therapeutic” mode to a fitness or “training” one. It is an aerobic form of exercise, even though you may not be panting as heavily, but if you also move your major arm or leg muscles more rapidly your heart rate will increase as your body is vibrating on the platform. Specific machines are equipped with guided workouts and show you which posture to take by demonstrating with a picture of what to do and how long to hold each posture. This makes them super easy to use and you can always step off one at any time if you are feeling uncomfortable.

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How Body Quirks Opened in Portland, Oregon

There are many different types of whole body vibration machines which have been researched for over fifty years I’m told by the owners of Body Quirks, Esther Bell and Tara Krupich. Some are better than others, of course. Tara shares the story of how they first found and tried the Zaaz 20k machine, which is one of the most popular on the market currently. This discovery led them to dive into more research done on the machines and learn as much as they could.

What they discovered was that the closest studio was in San Rafael, California. They knew that the time was ripe to open a studio here. Their studio is even equipped with an amazing Sonic Pulsation WBV machine which uses sound energy.  It feels calmer than the other ones and so very soothing that it even put me into a light trance; I was so relaxed on it.

Are There Any Risks to Whole Body Vibration Training?

As with most any exercise or activity, it’s important to start slow and build momentum. If you are out of shape or previously sedentary, try a slower speed (15 hertz) at first and work your way up (30 hertz). Trust your body to tell you if it’s too much as you will begin to feel very tired if you are over doing it because your body goes into detox mode, which can affect your immune system. Remember that ten minutes on a vibration machine is like an hour of training in a gym or fitness facility. Additionally, you want to make sure that you are not jumping too much on a platform because you could lose your balance.

If you are local in or near Portland, the Body Quirks owners invite you to come on by for a free session to try out the WBV machines. They are located at 3311 NE MLK Blvd. in Portland, Oregon.  Call them at 503-233-9030.  A couple of pricing options include a $15 per session price or an $80/month unlimited membership, but call them for more specifics!

Where and How to Try Some Body Vibration Training

But, what if you don’t live here in Portland, Oregon or San Rafael, California? What can you do to try this simple vibration training?

Well, you can either find a studio in your area by typing whole body vibration and your city name into a search engine or buy a machine of your own.  The prices run the gamut, depending on the quality.  The better the machine, the longer it lasts. My favorites are the Sonic Life ones as I found an incredible difference in using sound versus mechanical vibration.  They are a bit more pricey, but you can also reach higher levels. They have even been compared to simulating heightened states of meditation quite accurately. The Zaaz 20 k mentioned earlier can be found at Zaaz Movement. If you are on a smaller budget, the Confidence Fitness has a best-selling machine with 4.5 star rating.

A great reference book, Whole Body Vibration: The Future of Good Health, describes the many health benefits to whole body vibration. It’s written by a naturopath, Becky Chambers. In it, she claims that  WBV therapy in combination with nutrition, supplements and homeopathy treatment under her doctor’s care, finally allowed her to heal from a lifetime of extreme and serious health issues.

Lastly, here in this video chiropractor Dr. Mike Moriearty explains why these machines help so many people. He debunks the criticism and details how their effectiveness is backed by numerous scientific studies.

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear from you regarding this post here at Feel Better Wellness! Please leave a comment or question below. Namaste!

Works Cited

Bell and Krupich, Esther and Tara. “Whole Body Vibration Training.” Body Quirks: Total Body Solutions. Body Quirks, 2015. Web. 26 Aug. 2015.

Chambers, Becky. Whole Body Vibration: The Future of Good Health. First ed. N.p.: Quartet, 2013. Print.

Moriearty, Mike, Dr. “Do Whole Body Vibration Plates Work.” YouTube. YouTube, 23 Aug. 2014. Web. 26 Aug. 2015.

Unknown. “Whole Body Vibration.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Feb. 2015. Web. 26 Aug. 2015.

Vibration, Lymphatic. “ZAAZ 20K Vibration Machine – Step Counter – Lymphatic Drainage Monitoring.” YouTube. YouTube, 13 June 2014. Web. 26 Aug. 2015.

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Humanitarian Service at WDS

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By Jocelin Higgins

World Domination Summit? What’s that? Well, it’s not what you think! It’s not some tyrannical plan to subjugate the masses. It’s a welcoming and wonderfully inspiring event!

I actually find myself relishing in the memory of an amazing experience that I had a couple of weekends ago as I participated as an Ambassador in The World Domination Summit here in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been reflecting back on this volunteer experience and how I both really enjoyed and learned a great deal from this endeavor. So, I wanted to reach out and share my insights of this experience with you and touch on the humanitarian service of it all.

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Derek Sivers Explains it all here: Siver’s Trust Photo credit: Armosa Studios

 A New Paradigm of Humanitarian Meets Business

The business landscape is changing, if you haven’t noticed already, and entrepreneurs and humanitarians are evolving into a synergistic breed who now combine forces more readily to work together and impact the world in new ways that are profoundly amazing. A scene from the film, Hector and the Search for Happiness profoundly shows the loneliness of  old way of doing business. It’s the scene where he is commenting on how content these poor Chinese women look as they are sitting in the street happily visiting with each other in contrast to the expressionless business men who walk right by them looking quite bored and empty.

The tides are changing though and more people want meaningful, fulfillment and adventure in their lives these days, especially when they are doing business. They want to give back more and meet needs in their communities. This wave is awe-inspiring to watch unfold and witness the changes happening to our economy and communities. It’s long overdue and the world and its citizens are jumping on board!

A shift in our economic structures, a reaching out to people and being more inclusive to empower others is altering the paradigm. The World Domination Summit is a great model of this awakening.

A Spirit of Giving at The World Domination Summit

I saw this inspiring blend of humanitarian and small business creatives come together to share some wonderful gifts with others from the community of The World Domination Summit. The themes of this  summit are community, service and adventure. Chris Guillebeau, a writer and entrepreneur of the widely read blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, envisioned and founded WDS as a way for people to come together in person to both share how they are living remarkable lives in a conventional world or how they can learn to do so. From my experience as a volunteer Ambassador this year, I can honestly say that it is not just living up to these goals, but it’s surpassing so many people’s expectations, especially after getting to meet and personally talk with professional bloggers that I admire, take part in attempting to break three Guinness World Records and then dancing to upbeat Bollywood music, I can attest that it is truly unique.

My Reflections of the WDS Experience

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Brad and Robby of Kid President. Photo credit: Armosa Studios

I first learned about the World Domination Summit through finding and reading Chris’ blog online. In 2014, I signed up for a Friday blogging workshop called Problogger Academy and was very impressed. It actually helped me get this blog going. This piqued my curiosity about the entire summit. When it rolled around in 2015, I applied to volunteer and was given the honor of being called an Ambassador.

As an Ambassador, I worked behind the scenes with other volunteers and the core planning group to build community and facilitate the enjoyment of attendees. There were many mind-blowing workshops and super inspiring speakers, which have already been described online in other blogs, so I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite reasons that contribute to the blending of effective humanitarian service and business at WDS:

  •  Everyone who organizes and presents WDS is a volunteer. This includes Chris, his wife Jolie and all of the core group in the steering committee, guest speakers and volunteers. No one earns a dime to participate at the venture nor collects any money from sponsorship and yet puts in a ton of hours of work. Some companies did donate products though. Mainly edibles.
  • A WDS Foundation was created that donates thousands of dollars to community attendees every year in order “to empower individuals to pursue their dreams and impact their community.” These folks came on stage and told us all about their incredible brainchild’s. This year’s recipients are described in this post.
  • Many items purchased for Guinness World Record attempts and other events were given away afterwards. For example, this year about 500 Ikea beds were given to Habitat for Humanity Restore and the Community Warehouse in Portland.
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Loading up beds to donate to Community Warehouse. Photo credit Armosa Studios

  • The generosity from participants with time and belongings was astounding. You walk away with some remarkable free education (Creative Live gave everyone there a $150 gift card for one of their classes), inspiration and unconditional support for what ever idea you have incubating or crawling on up to walking or needing a restart. I was continuously being thanked as a volunteer.
  • The audience applauded when speakers needed encouragement and cried when felt moved by such touching stories. Additionally, a lot of goodies-t-shirts, The Happiness of Pursuit book, a backpack, free food tokens and gift cards, and fun WDS socks were passed out in abundance.
  • They even have a lounge for highly sensitive people with massage therapists and hammocks and an outdoor yoga session! WOW.

Even though this isn’t a third world country, summits like this show that humanitarian service is being redefined here in the capitalistic land of the freedom and opportunity.

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Here I am with a couple other Ambassadors breaking the Guinness World Record also known as World Wide Waffles.

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