Saturday, November 19, 2011

How Jenny Gallagher Is Feeding Her Love Of Life

I've always tried to see the positive in life even when it was challenging. For example one time I took a new job and it was a struggle every day. I worked 60-70 hours a week and got very little support. Other team members were bullies. One day I decided to change all that I could; my perspective. I changed my log-on password to 'smile' to remind me each day to lighten up. Life is short and I want to enjoy as much of it as I can. I ended up having a very successful career for that organization.

10 years ago I started my own wellness business because I felt there was a lot of what I call 'self induced suffering'. To me that is when we have made choices (career, relationships, activities) but then feel overwhelmed by our commitments. We create bad habits of blaming, complaining and make poor life style choices that make us feel even worse. As a life, business and wellness coach I specialize in self improvement and work with professionals and small business owners. I wanted to make coaching techniques available to everyone and offer free and low cost services and products. I will help anyone with a good goal or dream even if they have very little time or money. I offer a scholarship program and believe in paying it forward. I love writing articles for local print magazines and Internet websites. I also host a talk radio show and do public speaking. And I love teaching yoga classes locally and have guest taught and offered workshops throughout the country. I want to inform and inspire and love what I do!

For more information you can go to and for information about my latest book titled Yen Path: Taking Steps Towards What You Want in Life you can go to Amazon or You can reach me at or call 503-939-9552.

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How Wendy Williams Is Feeding Her Love Of Life

I wrote a book about love.

The Globalisation of Love is about the whirls and twirls, the quirks and perks, the frustrations and the fun of a multicultural relationship. The book is based on dozens of interviews with multicultural couples from around the world. It includes chapters on multicultural weddings, religion, race, food, language and children. It is both humorous and factual and I include personal anecdotes from my own experience in a multicultural family.

It is important to recognise that a multicultural relationship, what I call a GloLo relationship, is inherently different than a monocultural relationship. Multicultural couples have all the issues that exist in monocultural relationships, as well as whatever colourful combination of culture, language, religion and ethnicity the couple bring into their marriage. The book outlines the issues in a multicultural marriage, so it helps GloLo couples to identify hot spots in the relationship that are culturally based. I wanted other GloLo couples to know that they are not alone and that there is a funny side to a GloLo marriage. The challenges may be bigger but the rewards are huge.

I wrote the book because globalisation has been the buzz word of the past 20 years, yet little attention is given to the most profound influence of globalisation, which is the effect it has on people. People from everywhere are falling in love with people from everywhere else. Secondly, multiculturalism is another term that is bandied about to describe some kind of pesky nuisance to society, yet multicultural couples and families are constantly increasing and becoming a social norm. Thirdly, multicultural couples get a lot of negative attention, like they are all destined to fail. In fact, most GloLo couples describe their multicultural relationship and experience as enlightening, enriching and the most amazing journey to take through matrimonial life. Almost every knows someone or is related to someone in a GloLo relationship. This book is about their love story.

There is a world of romance happening out there and it is all captured in The Globalisation of Love.

Wendy Williams, Author of The Globalisation of Love

How Darla Arni Is Feeding Her Love Of Life

I have dedicated my life to helping others, and thus helping myself, by sharing my stories, successes, solutions, insights, setbacks and frustrations through my professional speaking, writing, artwork, and generally the way I live my life. My goal is to impart awareness and hope with a healthy dose of life skills thrown in for good measure. 

The two most important lessons/actions that I really really try to do daily to make the most difference are:

Control My Thoughts:

Keep negative thoughts out of your mind and replace them with grateful ones to turn your life around one day at a time. Our actions and outcomes follow the way of our thoughts and our thoughts can be controlled. How cool is that?

The Art of Being Still:

Practice being still for 5 minutes a day. Choose a quiet time and comfortable place that is good for you, close your eyes, breathe in through the nose then out through your mouth as you relax. The result will be calmness, clarity and a feeling you can handle whatever comes your way.

The BEST thing about these techniques? Not only do they work but they don't cost a dime!!

If your moments have purpose, so will your life. Enjoy!


Darla Arni

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Darla Arni is a nationwide speaker, author, artist and attitude expert who helps others navigate through life by imparting awareness & hope with a healthy dose of life skills. She presents to a wide range of audiences and shares her expertise every month through her e-newsletter.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick Is Feeding Her Love Of Life

I have a love for life.  I believe that every person is granted time on earth because we have a special gift to share with the world to make it a better place.  And each of us has the ability to reach that potential in this life.   Sharing this basic philosophy, which is at the core of Little Patient Big Doctor is the reason I wrote the book.
The story I share is of overcoming health challenges.  I now speak to groups and reach out in every way I can to encourage and inspire people to trust their instincts, always have hope and to persevere in the face of challenges.  The reality is that this can only happen if we have a vision of the type of life we want to live and persist in the hope that it is possible.

Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick is a speaker and author of the book Little Patient Big Doctor: One Mother's Journey. 

How Derrick Hayes Is Feeding His Love Of Life.

My love of life is fed by giving others opportunities. I started Today's Honoree so that people could give back to others who are making a difference in their life. It doesn't matter how big or small you are or how much or less money you have each Today's Honoree has to be nominated by someone other than themselves.

Today's Honoree has already featured the likes of Chandra Thorpe, Dr. Ben Thrower, Pastor Earl Carroll, Bob Hughes, Gus Deligiannidis, Joseph Andreula, Oliver Ross, Darren Marks and Salva Dut (Lost Boy of Sudan), and J.D. Masterson.

The following information is needed for you to nominate someone or for you to be nominated for Today's Honoree.

1. Who you are nominating?

2. Why are you nominating them?

3. Bio if you have one and it was not included above.

4. Picture of Nominee if you have one.

5. Video of nominee if you have one. (Embeded code from You Tube is preferred)

Reply with all information here or send to Derrick Hayes at

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

How Carolyn Jones Is Feeding Her Love Of Life!

"Part of my love of life includes noticing the little things. I practice conscious awareness of everything around me... other people, places, and things. I delight in what I see. What I experience is very rich in nature and brings me great joy. For example, I think one of my favorite things to witness is an elderly couple holding hands and smiling. It feeds my heart and brings me hope.

"Another way I feed my love of life is through my expression of gratitude. I love to be grateful for everything that occurs in my life, even the disappointing or difficult things which arise occasionally. I have many blessings for which to be grateful, including my humble abode. There, I am especially grateful for the way I have decorated my home, as an additional way that I feed my love of life is by surrounding myself with objects and plants that feed my spirit.

"To encourage others, I set an example that they, if they choose, can follow. It is often contagious to be around a positive person, lifting the spirits of another, so I try to be that positive person.

"The main way I encourage others, however, is through the promotion of my book "Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing." It is a tribute to the resiliency and beauty of the human spirit, and it gently guides you, the reader, to greater self-love and love of others. It is definitely a "feel good" book, and helps you to a more positive space within and in the world around you. It is my hope and my passion to guide you to a greater love of life, so that you, too, can experience great joy."

Carolyn CJ Jones
- Speaker, Author, Photographer: Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing
- Healing emotional pain with inspirational photographs and prose

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- office: 415-883-8325
- fax: 415-532-2381

Monday, October 31, 2011

"How I Am Feeding My Love Of Life"

by Sheryl Sorrentino

I feed my love of life each day by refusing to overeat. I am a food addict, which is no different than being a drug addict, alcoholic, or any other type of addict—other than the fact that people don’t understand it. They think I am being silly when I refuse to go to such-and-such party or restaurant because I’ve painstakingly worked out my food plan for that day, and the holiday potluck or all-you-can-eat buffet does not fit within my goal.

While some people don’t put much thought or effort into staying trim and fit, for me, it is a daily exercise that requires time, effort and vigilance. I plan low-fat meals in advance, log my daily food intake on a computer program, and run 4-1/2 miles five mornings a week (when I am not lifting weights or doing yoga). Since I am not one of those people who can wake up in the morning and simply eat what she fancies that day, I must use my only effective tool against the constant lure of food, which is to make a daily diet and exercise plan, and then stick to it.

My husband and daughter think I am an obsessive health nut, but my efforts have paid off. After being overweight my entire life, in my forties I finally managed to lose 40-plus pounds and maintain that weight loss for the past several years. Still, temptation abounds: Impromptu lunch invitations from friends and clients; bowls of Halloween candy on desks and store counters; the irresistible Two-for-One special at the local donut shop. Even in my own home, I must stare down my husband and daughter while they indulge in desserts of ice cream and cookies.

Fortunately, I have discovered the joy of writing. Writing has helped enormously in my effort to manage my weight. After all, one cannot munch mindlessly on potato chips while typing on a computer. But more significantly, I now realize that years of consuming too much food soothed and distracted me from deeper issues surrounding a troubled childhood. Writing is a wonderful way to process my observations and clear my emotional pipeline each day; it nurtures and fills me to the brim like no food ever could. Gorging may feel good for a minute, but smothering my thoughts and feelings with excess calories extinguishes my creative spark. And even the richest, most delicious food cannot compete with the joy of hearing someone say that my writing has moved them, or simply made them laugh.

I don’t know that I’ll ever truly overcome my food addiction, but I am committed to consciously keeping it in check with dogged tenacity, daily mindfulness, and writing. Overeating is ultimately a soul-depleting pastime, whereas writing is an artistic and joyful endeavor. Besides, eating too much and carrying around extra weight threatens my health and well-being, and preserving the blessing of good health is my Number One priority. After all, I’ve got a wonderful husband and beautiful daughter to consider. I intend to stick around and nag them about their eating habits for a very long time.

(Sheryl recently appeared as a guest on Conversations LIVE. Listen to the interview here.)

Friday, October 14, 2011

"How I Am Feeding My Love Of Life" by Elaine Williams

"Having struggled with food, drug and alcohol addictions since age 12, I personally know the pain and hurt in can cause in oneself and in family and friends. I am 11 years sober!! And my personal mission in life is to help break down barriers between classes and cultures through thought provoking, enlightening, and transforming theatre, writing, and comedy.


"My projects deal with people embracing their humanity, questioning their beliefs, and broadening their own perspectives and horizons, and therefore causing audiences to engage in this process as well.


"I have just published my first book, Stop the Madness: How to Identify Addiction Warning Signs in your Friends… and What to do About It, in hopes to help people recognize the dangers of abuse, but also open a dialogue where people can get help and realize they are not alone. I've also released a Meditation CD and workbook to accompany the book and really help people take those first steps in healing.


"My commitment is to be a part of the global shift of raising the world's consciousness. By constantly embracing my own creativity and compassion, I am giving others the permission to raise their own spirit and engage in higher frequencies of thought, energy, light, and flow."


Elaine Williams, author/comedian/speaker

Discover more about Elaine at

Monday, October 10, 2011

Patrick Dati: A Survivor Feeding His Love Of Life

After being abused at the age of 9 by a serial killer and keeping it a secret, Patrick Dati has now broken his silence and written a memoir about the abuse and bullying he endured from an older brother throughout his childhood and adult life.

The memoir is also a torturous coming out story of a man raised in the midst of a devout Catholic family whose members he loved and spent years trying to please by realizing their dreams for him. He attempted suicide twice, and found freedom and himself one day in three simple words: “I have survived."

When asked how he is feeding his love of life as a survivor and helping others in the process, he answers this way: "By showing other victims of child abuse and bullying how I have gotten through my depression from my trauma and prove to them that they can survivor as well. Life does get better."

Find out more about Patrick and his book at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How Laura Pallatin Feeds Her Love Of Life

"Through my company, LaBelle Mariposa, I offer products which facilitate and
support personal growth and transformation. My book, Walk in Your Own
Footsteps, is a practical guidebook for designing the life the reader truly
wants to live. The 30 snack-sized chapters provide tools for finding what
they love to do, carving out time to make it happen, and set boundaries to
protect their time and energy. I also offer inspirational cards, a Guided
Visualization CD as well as original inspirational art and pendants. 

"While helping other people find their passion and life's purpose is an
important part of my life, so is using my own life to help others
one-on-one. I try to look for opportunities to help people every day. We can
make an impact by offering to help in the most obvious ways sometimes. Even
by simply holding a door open for another person, or listening when someone
needs to share a problem (right when they need it) can be very powerful. I
find that making time to be of service to others is vital to feeling
fulfilled and helping others at the same time."

Laura Pallatin

Friday, September 30, 2011

Feedback From Guests Further Validates Conversations LIVE!'s Purpose

Feedback From Radio Show Guests Further Validates Conversations LIVE!'s Purpose

For Mississippi native Cyrus Webb, host and creator of Conversations LIVE, the popular radio show has never been about him. He knew from the very first show in July 2003 that the platform was that of the people, and his purpose is to honor that with each and every guest. Whether it is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, television celebrity or someone who is on the rise in their profession, the 36 year old treats them all with the same dignity that he feels as though they deserve.

Over the years Webb has been praised because of the people he brings on the show, but for him it is the feedback from the guests themselves that really lets him know that he has achived his goal and given the audience the best of himself and those with whom he converses.

Recently after interviewing author Steven Janke (The Kykuit Bunker) Webb received this note:

"Thank you so much for having me on your show tonight. I had a great time talking to you about my book, and am thankful that you invited me to share my work and ideas with your listeners. To be honest, I was nervous at first, but your interview style and kind, welcoming demeanor provided a very warm environment that allowed me to feel comfortable during the interview. I can tell that you are a great listener by your follow-up questions to my responses, but I can also tell that you have a very friendly personality.

"I was thinking about a question you asked me regarding what I felt like when I first started getting positive feedback about my book. After giving that some more thought, I wanted to let you know that aside from having relatives and friends provide positive feedback, and people that I met online whom I don't know personally give me similar feedback, that it wasn't until your show contacted my publicist, Kevin, about coming on and talking about my book did I truly feel that I had accomplished something of tangible value. It's receiving feedback from someone like yourself, a person who I imagine reads countless books in a year, with only a finite number of interview spaces to consider when doing a show, when I have actually felt an incredible sense of pride for having written this book. Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for anyone who reads, or has read, my book, because I am appreciative of the time they spent to read it, but it wasn't until I had a chance to get on your program and share my story not only with you personally, but also with your listener base, that I finally felt that I had made it past just being another local author up here in Minnesota. You have made me feel very welcomed in the community of authors, reviewers, hosts, and entertainment in general, and that welcoming feeling is something that I wish I would have thought of when we were talking, to share my appreciation for you, to your listeners.

"As a result of that feeling, I am glad that you were the person who conducted what is actually my very first book interview. I hope that I continue to get to meet people along the way and share my story with more and more people, but I can't imagine meeting and interacting with a kinder person than yourself. Thanks again for everything, and I would welcome any opportunity to have another chance to speak with you on your program. Take care. --Steven Janke"

The sentiment shared by Janke online were mirrored by Cathy Jo, author of Transitions in this email:

"How beautifully put! Steven's sentiments echo my own. I had actually
listened to several of your interviews beforehand, just to familiarize
myself with your interview style. Listening to your voice took some of the
edginess away. And what Steven said about his moment of clarity is true for
me as well. I couldn't believe that someone with merit wanted to read my
book, let alone interview me about it! And then to give me a glowing
review--I was literally in shock. Usually, I'm shock-proof. As Steven said,
you are truly a great listener! That's a lost art today. Many people,
especially in your line of work, don't listen when others talk, they're
simply waiting for their turn to speak. You truly do possess a gift and it
has served you well!

"Again, Cyrus, thank you for the opportunity to be on your show and to talk
about my book. Your interview will definitely be one of the greatest
highlights in my literary career."

For Webb this is further validation that as Conversations LIVE continues to progress and grow that as long as it sticks with the formula of making the guest and the audience the priority it will continue to thrive. Listen to the interviews with the authors mentioned above at this link:

To stay connected with what's next for Conversations LIVE, visit Want to be considered as a guest or advertise with the show? Contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PROFILE: Nancy Alvarez


"I am a glass half full type of woman, but a few years ago I contracted a urinary tract infection that lasted over five months, which utterly altered the self I had always known.  For the first time in my life it became difficult to rise in the morning.  One day I was walking upstairs from couch to bed, since sitting was impossible, and noticed a childhood picture of myself on the wall.  Thinking, 'I wish I could get her back,' I continued on my way and then stopped.  Without pause, I walked into my office and sat down at my desk to write a letter to that joyous, curious, creative little girl. The pain had become irrelevant. That letter to 'little Nancy' was the beginning of a journey that not only examined my life, from my earliest memories to the move to the tiny earthy/crunchy town I moved to on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, but brought her back into my life full force.  During the writing I not only found that lost part of myself, but discovered all the ways I had tried to bury her over the years and why.  I made a commitment to keep her alive because she is the best of me, my heart, my soul, my creativity, and my joy.

"At the suggestion of three female colleagues, who didn't have editing suggestions for me because they were so consumed by the memories that surfaced for them because of reading the manuscript.  We shared those memories with one another for hours on the day we were supposed to meet to talk about the book, and whether I should try to offer it in book form to other women.  Before they left, one of the them suggested I add a chapter-by-chapter workbook to the memoir and begin to offer workshops with the book/workbook as a guide locally.  The depth of the conversations that ensued has been unbelievably life-affirming for both me and the women who have had the courage to share their stories with me and one another. From those workshops a new website was born, as well as an e-book, weekly blogging, workshops in more far-reaching places, and an offer to blog for the Huffington Post.  Needless to say, I no longer dread getting out of bed.  Because I was open to where life was leading me, I have discovered a new relish for life and what it is offering me: connection with self, and with women I never would have met otherwise.  It has been a marvelous adventure thus far, the ride far from over. I welcome what is still to come with wonder at my good fortune."

Nancy Alvarez

(SPECIAL) "How I Feed My Love Of LIfe"

by Faina Sechzer of

I feed my love of live by making sure I get a daily "yes" answer to the four most important questions and pillars in my life:


1.  Did I love fully?

2.  Did I do what I love?

3.  Did I live healthy?

4.  Did I build legacy?


I devised these questions after my breast cancer diagnosis on 2009. Facing my own mortality and questioning my life and impact on the world, I felt the urgency for loving and making the most of my life going forward.


These are some of the specific ways I re-designed my life path to feed my love of life.


Loving fully


This is the most important of the four pillars. I make a priority to love myself.  Despite the prevailing view that selfishness is a negative trait I view loving myself as positive and necessary part of loving life.


Having achieved great professional and financial success, I gave up the pursuit of perfection and numerical results as definitions of success. l love myself for my essence, which is not defined by my job, money or other outside measures.


The unloved self could not give much to others. I love others by not judging and accepting each person as they are -understanding that we all are products of our childhood, genes and life experiences.  When I gave up perfectionism from myself, I stop being extra demanding of others.


I make sure I spend time with people who are important to me.


I express gratitude daily to those I give love and those who give me love, but I don't expect reciprocity. I love because it feels good to me.


Doing what I love


I loved a lot about what I did before, but the priority was to achieve professional and financial success. For example, my demanding job left little energy and time to travel, which is one of my passions.


I received my MSEE at the age of 22, only to find out that I absolutely hate engineering, having pursued this degree because that's what people said I should do, given my math abilities. Thankfully, I was smart then to course correct, and find careers I enjoyed better.


Not until my post cancer decision to feed my love of life, did I completely switched professions. I am now a Health & Life Recovery Coach helping feed the love of their lives for woman cancer survivors and those facing major life challenges.


The skeptic in me didn't relate to those saying they "found their calling". Yet, this is exactly what I feel now for the first time in my life.


I travel -and recently, with some trepidation and uncertainty about my physical strength, I took a trip around the world.


Reading and learning for me are as food and water are for others. I probably learned more in the last two years, then in the 16 years of my formal education.


I dance just for the pure pleasure of moving my body.


I find time to meditate twice a day, something I thought only the 60's hippies do.




Living Healthy


I now firmly believe in the mind body connection and take care of both with utmost care.


I always belonged to an organized religion. But only after discovering my internal spirituality, I understand it's impact on my health. I allocate time to practice my spirituality with the same importance as healthy eating and exercise.


Most of my life was the life of stress. You can't feed your love of life when you are stressed. Finding peace of mind is one way I feed my love of life.


Being in a place that is nurturing helps reduce our energy drains - I make my home and office places I feel good to be in. I love water and am planning for being on the water more, giving the constraints of my husband's career.



Building Legacy


Feeding my love of life would be leaving dessert out of the menu without building impacting other lives that need what you can give.


I offer free workshops, talks, newsletter and participate in the community of women cancer survivors. When I help even women, I feed my love of life a great meal and am thrilled to know the world is a better place for them.


My dream is to help women to live healthy and happy lives and being masters of their destiny. I have a plan for making this dream a reality for those who want it.



PROFILE: Nancy D. Butler

"After building a business from scratch as a single parent with no other source of income, to approx. $200 million in assets under management, 25 years later I sold my business.  The original intent was to retire.  Shortly before the business sold, I decided that I did not want to die with the over 25 years of knowledge I had gained on how to raise a family as a single parent and how to build and run a successful business.  So, within a few months of the sale of the business I set up a new business.  I am now a national speaker and consultant to help business owners do a better job for their clients and improve their bottom line.  And speak on topics to help individuals live a successful life and realize their dreams. As a Trainer, Educator, Motivational Speaker and Entertainer, I help improve performance, build success and leave audiences energized, educated and excited about their future.

"On the personal side I love caring for my grand children twice a week for the last 14 years and also have been looking after my 87 year old mother's care for the last ten years.  After being divorced for 12 years I remarried. My husband and I travel often to different parts of the world.

"Life is what you make of it.  In the last few years I have been up in a hot air balloon, parasailing, rode in a sail plane (no engine) and swam with dolphins, a beluga whale and sting rays.  Realizing I only have this one life to live, I want to really live it now."  

Nancy D. Butler, 61
Waterford, Connecticut

PROFILE: Sandra LaMorgese

"I followed my heart, and then I began to nourish my soul for my love of life.
"Ten years ago I decided to step into the wellness industry to educate and inspire others on "personal wellness empowerment." I had no idea now I was going to do this, and in addition, I had no formal education in the health field. But, that little voice inside me told me I could and I should do it! At the time I was a salon and day spa owner. My business was doing pretty good, so I was taking a major risk. In addition, I was single with no family in the area to help me it I needed something to fall back on. So basically, I knew I had to put 110% of my drive and passion into my dream! Sometimes ignorance is bliss...
"Wow! If I had known before hand that my "dream journey" was going to be so difficult, I'm not sure if I would have had the nerve. However, along the way I found out a few things about me I didn't know. For example; that material things have no value, and I was richer by learning this, that my ego was not aligned with my true self, and that the only person or thing that can keep me from reaching my me, and that I am never alone, God's love is always with me.
"Everyday I'm grateful for living my purpose and that my dream just gets bigger every minute! If I have inspired one person into feeding into the life they love, it would fill my heart. However, I think I'll keep going...." Sandra LaMorgese, 55
Little Falls, New Jersey 07424

PROFILE: Tricia Trimble

"I'm running a company that has heart and soul for me. It's a non-toxic, mineral sun care line that I made in honor of my Mom who passed away from melanoma skin cancer. I hope to save lives by providing a sun care system that helps prevent skin cancer and it is my intention that people will take a moment to honor someone they love everyday when they apply their sunscreen."  Tricia Trimble, 42
City/state: Marina del Rey, CA

PROFILE: Nancy Schimmel

"I always feel more love of life when I come out of the Y after a
swim. It's not just the exercise; I feel like going through the water
is washing away my stress, and I also like the community of chit-chat
in the locker room.

"Then I'm ready to tackle the ins and outs of being in business for
myself--I'm a songwriter and I love the writing but getting the songs
out there takes work. Some of my songs are for children; some of
these just for fun but some are upbeat songs about the issues they
face: bullying, deteriorating environment, TV ads for toys that break
immediately. You can hear my song about bullying, written with and
sung by Judy Fjell, at

"I also try to make the world a better place by taking part in
demonstrations--I plan on going to one this afternoon to support a
bill that will prevent drastic downsizing of the postal service, with
loss of jobs especially in smaller communities. It makes me feel good
to be with people who are hopeful enough to take action. I belong to
a group, the Freedom Song Network, that provides music for
demonstrations, rallies, union picket lines and meetings.

"Contact with nature also feeds my love of life, even just working in
my garden. And I guess it's obvious but singing does too, either on a
walk, or with a chorus, or in performance."

Nancy Schimmel
Berkeley, California

PROFILE: Lauren Wuscher

"I believe I take a much different approach to life than everyone else. My job isn't my life. My interests and my love of learning something new every day is what I live for. I think I'm one of the few people who say, 'Life is short,' yet actually act on it.

"While so many people spend time wishing they could do more, but hesitate because of lack of time, money, or commitment, I just do it. When I wanted to get my motorcycle license, I didn't think about what motorcycle I would ride, how I would fit it into my schedule, or if it was practical, I just did it. I did the same thing when I took kite boarding lessons this year, when I signed up for Spanish classes and cake decorating classes, and when I called the Photography school near me to sign up for a workshop so I could learn to use my brand new digital SLR camera (which I also bought on a whim because I want to have pictures to remember all the fun I have).

"When I make a decision, I don't dwell on it or over think it, I just do it.

"I have a lot of friends who ask me, 'How do you find time for all this?' And in reality, I work full time and I just launched my own business and in reality, I don't have an ounce of time to waste. But when I think about what most people may spend time on, it's the things I used to spend my time on when I got home from work... vegging out in front of the TV with a glass of wine and my feet up, complaining about how horribly long and boring my day was or how stressful work can be.

"It's that exact moment that I now take and turn it into something I can look back on 10 years from now and say to myself, "Wow, I'm glad I learned how to blow glass," because it's just another thing that makes me more well rounded.  When I want to do something or learn something new, I make the time and I find the money, it's always there and everything always falls into place.

"Recently, I've been able to turn my motivation and love of life around into something positive for people around me. About a year and a half ago I found out I had some pretty bad food allergies. I didn't get upset about the allergies, what I got upset about was that I could no longer enjoy going to a restaurant without worrying whether or not I'd be sick. I hated attending parties where I couldn't nosh on all the goodies with my friends and I was appalled at the disgusting excuse for allergen free food.

"So I've created my own allergen free party and events planning business where I'll be launching new products for in the next few months. I hope that my advice and products and positive outlook on the allergen free world can help even just a few people realize that life is short and just because you have allergies, it shouldn't keep you away from anything you dream.. including cake decorating classes."

Lauren Wuscher,26
Philadelphia, PA

PROFILE: Bob Miess

"They thought I was gonna die! The doctors and nurses worked valiantly to save my life, but they later confided that for the first couple of days they weren't sure I would make it. Now, as a heart attack survivor, living daily with heart failure, I know from personal experience that it is possible to survive and thrive, even after a massive heart attack and while living with the after-effects of a weakened heart. I also know that I could have prevented my heart attack, if only I had known what to do, and had actually done what I knew I should be doing. So I am feeding my love of life by providing coaching that helps people to achieve and maintain the heart-healthy lifestyles they want. I get to re-affirm my new lifestyle while sharing my passion for life with others who want to live life to the fullest!"  Bob Miess, 64

PROFILE: Author Sonia Fuentes

"I feed my love of life by going out and having experiences, leaving my comfort zone when I have to.  No one has ever come knocking at my door with opportunities.  I have to create them.

"For example, this past July, I registered for the Chautauqua Institution to attend a week's programs on women (I'm one of the founders of the second wave of the women's movement and have been a feminist activist since 1963.)  After I signed up, I was asked to be a speaker during that week, and I was. 

"Earlier this month I took a one-week trip to Germany, where I was born, as a guest of the German Foreign Office on a tour called Jewish Life in Germany with seven other Jews from the US and Canada; after that week, I went to Belgium for three days as the guest of the City of Antwerp.  Both those trips were the result of initiatives I took.

"As far as working to make the world a better place, I continue to work every day on women's rights issues." Sonia Fuentes,age 83 Speaker,
Author:  Eat First--You Don't Know What They'll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter


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