Archive for November, 2012

Happy At Home

Friday, November 30th, 2012

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition the end to which every enterprise and labour tends - Samuel Johnson

What Pierre had learnt, according to Tolstoy

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Pierre had learned not with his intellect but with his whole being by life itself that man is created for happiness that happiness is within him in the satisfaction of simple human needs… - Tolstoy

Advice From A Tree

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Advice From A Tree - Stand tall and proud. Sink your roots into the earth. Be content with your natural beauty. Go out on a limb. Drink plenty of water. Remember your roots. Enjoy the view! - Ilan Shamir

Happiness Is Like A Butterfly

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Happiness is like a butterfly - the more you chase it the more it will elude you but if you turn your attention to other things it will come and sit softly on your shoulder... - Thorean

Real Success Is More Than Money

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Real success is a feeling of being fulfilled, knowing that your life has purpose and meaning

“Success is so much more than money.

Real success is a feeling of being fulfilled, knowing that your life has purpose and meaning.

It’s trading your life for what you love and what you believe in. Giving your very best in that pursuit.

Show me someone who is doing this, and I’ll show you a successful person!”

John Assaraf
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Five Simple Rules For Happiness

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Five simple rules for happiness - Free your heart from hatred - Free your mind from worries - Live simply - Give more - Expect less - (unknown)

Staying Healthy During Your Holiday Season

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Tips for maintaining healthy habits during the holiday season, courtesy of Hannah El-Amin, RD, a registered dietitian at Northwestern Integrative Medicine.

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The Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Holiday Season is a great time for celebrations, family gatherings, shopping and entertaining that are often accompanied with temptations that can lead to weight gain.

Fortunately there are strategies to help you stay on track and enjoy the season without unhealthy excesses. “Between busy schedules and a plethora of snacks and treats, it’s difficult to stay motivated,” said Hannah El-Amin, RD, a registered dietitian at Northwestern Integrative Medicine. “It is possible however to indulge a little without gaining a lot.”

The following tips can assist with focusing on healthy eating habits and maintaining a healthy body during these festive times:-

• Plan ahead – Eat a healthy snack before attending holiday parties. A large apple, reduced fat flavored yogurt, or vegetables with hummus, are low calorie snacks that are filling. These will take the edge off the hunger before you arrive and, therefore, help with portion control. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help curtail your appetite and prevent overindulging.

• Don’t miss a meal – “A common misconception is that skipping meals will save room for large amounts of food later in the day,” said El-Amin. “Instead, this sets your hunger into overdrive and by the time you finally eat, excess hunger will make you more likely to choose food impulsively and overeat.”

• Control your portions – Avoid the clean plate club by eating until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Take time to pause during the meal to check your level of fullness. When you feel satisfied, reinforce your decision to stop eating by leaving the table, washing your plate and going to watch football. Choosing smaller portions from a variety of foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, will allow you to still enjoy your favorite holiday treats while eating less.

• Swap this for that – Offer to make a dish to share that uses fresh, healthy ingredients or makes substitutions to lower fat and sugar. At the holiday gathering, balance out your meal by swapping fattening ingredients with lower-calorie options. This includes liquid calories; drinking high-calorie beverages like soda, juice or alcohol can easily add another 500 calories to a holiday meal. Instead, opt for sparkling water or low-calorie beverages.

• Keep moving – Don’t park in front of the buffet at a party. Research shows that having food in front of you prompts you to eat more, even if you’re not hungry. Add fitness into your holiday celebration with exercise that is fun for the whole family. Take a walk after a large meal or head out to play ballgames with the kids.

“The key to enjoying a healthy holiday season is moderation,” said El-Amin. “Allow yourself to enjoy a little while still striving to make nutritious choices.”

Source: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, ‘Stay Healthy Through the Holidays’, 20th November 2012,

10 Ways to Live a Happy and Healthy Life

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Daniele Boido, spiritual teacher and author of The Human Being Of The Future, has suggested ten simple steps that could lead you to a happier lifestyle. As reported by the Daily Express, Daniel said purging negative emotions and improving relationships could helps us create a better and happier life.

Here are Daniele’s top tips on how to feel upbeat and fulfilled.

1. Understand spirituality

To enhance your spirituality make sure that whenever you come across someone with less understanding and awareness of particular situations you do everything in your power to help them, Daniele said.

“Show compassion, patience and unconditional love. Don’t judge and instead share your knowledge and insights to try to support and encourage them to follow their own path,” advises Daniele.

“Work on becoming more aware and in tune with your thoughts and actions. This could be through meditation, exercise or a healthy lifestyle as these will help you to achieve inner strength and a connection to others,” he added.

2. Learn to forgive

He said holding on to past hurts only leads to a destructive state of mind.

“If someone has hurt you then you need to let go of your bitterness and resentment in order to move on,” said Daniele.

“For a few moments repeat in your mind or out loud, ‘I truly and freely forgive and let go of any negative event and person from my past and anyone who needs to forgive me now does’,” he said.

3. Take care of your body

Daniele recommends eating plenty of fresh foods including fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, pulses and wholegrains, suggesting “These will nourish your body with vibrant, healthy energy.”

He also advocates taking up a mind and body exercise such as yoga, Pilates or tai chi.

4. Release negative emotions

To let go of negative emotions Daniele suggested a simple exercise.

He said, “Sitting comfortably, begin to inhale and exhale taking long, slow, deep breaths.

“As you exhale imagine releasing all negative emotions such as anger, revenge or jealousy. As you inhale imagine breathing in the positive qualities you need in your life such as calmness, courage and willpower.

“Continue this for a few minutes. With practice you will find it easier to let go of negative feelings,” he added.

5. Share unconditional love

Daniele said feeling unconditional love towards yourself and others creates harmony.

“The more you can open yourself up to this feeling the more peaceful and tranquil you will feel,” he stated.

6. Find your inner boss

If one moment you feel calm and in control yet the next stressed out and compelled to binge on chocolate you might need to summon your inner boss.
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“If you want to feel more in control a simple tactic is to imagine that you have an inner chairman,” said Daniele.

7. Learn from others

Daniele says we can learn a lot from people we fall in love with.

8. Be aware

When you’re caught up with work, looking after family or just trying to get through the day it’s easy to slip into an automatic, zombie-like state.

To come out of this Daniele said, “Find a quiet place. Relax and starting with your right thumb mentally isolate and focus on every single body part.”

“Notice how they feel and work on being aware of how you are mentally and physically,” he suggested.

9. Create positive vibes

“You must develop the ability to focus,” said Daniele.

He suggests practising this exercise: “Draw a large circle. Fill it with black pen. Place it at eye level, breathing slowly and deeply. Focus on it for three minutes. Use these focusing skills when summoning positive thoughts.”

10. Try to connect with nature

“In the morning spend two to three minutes focusing on things such as water (rain), trees, flowers, grass or fruits. In the evening focus on inner qualities including love, peace, kindness and harmony. This will help you to create a stronger connection to these natural qualities and feel more in tune with nature,” Daniele said.


10 Steps to Lifelong Happiness

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Author: Domonique Bertolucci

“WHY does happiness come so easily to some people? Here’s how to join them.

Happiness begins with a choice. So many people are waiting to feel happy. They think they will be happy when they have done this or achieved that.

But the truth is, enduring happiness is not a result of the things you have done, but the person you have chosen to be.

As a success coach, I have had the chance to examine the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of people seeking happiness. I have found that many people are so focused on changing themselves that they lose themselves in the process.

When I share this observation, all too often the response I receive is, “I’m just trying to be the best that I can be.” But what does being the best you can be really mean?

Here are 10 guiding principles to help bring you lasting happiness and fulfilment.

1 Take charge

The first and most important step in becoming the best you can be is to simply decide to be that person. Of course, that’s much easier said than done.

Most people find plenty of excuses to avoid being honest with themselves about who they are and what they really want from life. Make the choice to own up to your true potential and step into your brilliance.

2 Let it go

Don’t waste energy trying to change or alter things that are well beyond your control. Instead, focus on the things that are in your influence and find a peaceful acceptance of the rest.

3 Live for now

Don’t live in the past, blaming your current reality on experiences from childhood, early adulthood or even last week.

At the same time, don’t be so busy dreaming of your future that you overlook or waste the opportunities that are presented to you today. It’s important to accept the past, dream of the future, but live in the moment.

4 Expect the best

If you believe things will turn out well, they usually do. Likewise, if you expect to be disappointed or let down, it’s highly likely that will be your experience. Being optimistic is not about being naive or ignorant about potentially negative outcomes. On the contrary, optimism is about expectation: expect the best from life and it will deliver.

5 Back yourself

One of the most important ingredients in creating any success in life is to believe in it. You need to learn to believe in your dreams, your ideas and yourself.

Other people will always try to lead you away from your dreams, not because they don’t want you to be happy, but because they are governed by their own fear, self-doubt and limiting beliefs. When you truly believe, it’s amazing what becomes possible.

6 Give all you can

Be generous, not just with the gifts you give, but also with how you give of yourself. To be generous you need to give your time, energy and spirit. Be generous in your assessment of others. What you give will determine what you receive.

7 Get out of the way

So many people don’t take ownership of the myriad possibilities in their lives. They constantly blame other people, other times and other situations for their circumstances. The only person who can really hold you back in life is you. Overcome your limiting beliefs, ideas and attitudes and give yourself permission to truly shine.

8 Be grateful

Very few people genuinely don’t have enough money to get by and yet so many affluent, healthy people constantly
talk about all the things they don’t have.

A poverty mentality is a serious affliction. When you focus on how much you already have, your true desires will be easily met and you will also discover how little you genuinely need.

9 Keep it up

It won’t always be easy to do, be or have everything you want in life, but if your desires are genuine, over time these things will begin to come to you with ease.

Don’t give up or choose a more complacent path should this take longer than you might have wished. If you are committed to being the best you can be, then you’re already becoming that person.

10 Be brave

If you want to be the best you can be, you need to do the right thing, not the easy thing. I don’t mean right or wrong in a black or white, moralistic sense; rather the principle of courage revolves around doing the right thing for you and having the courage to do it, even if at the time it feels like the hardest thing in the world.”


Strong Strong Woman CD

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Strong Strong Woman – a collection of inspirational songs from strong Australian female artists …

Strong Strong Woman CD cover

This CD was produced by Jacqui Walker in 2011 to raise funds and awareness for the Women in Need charity. You can read the Valleyarm Featured Release article.

The Artists featured on this compilation that have donated their work for this great cause are: Deborah Conway, Mia Dyson, Andrea Marr, Riley Jordan, Carol McCoy, Martina Medica, Mae Collard, Jen Bush, Devon LaSalle, Christie Heart and Riley Jordan. Jacqui Walker also donated a song for this CD.

Initially this CD was produced as part of Jacqui Walker’s fundraising activities for the Mrs Australia 2011 pageant – it is now available for download from iTunes.

At $16.99, all profits from the sale go directly to Women in Need Foundation of Australia.

Source: Jacqui Walker

How Would You Like To Be Remembered?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?” He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.

  • What is your legacy?
  • How would you like to be remembered?
  • Will you be spoken well of?
  • Will you be remembered with love and respect?
  • Will you be missed?

Life is Beautiful Festival Set for Downtown Las Vegas Fall 2013

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Life is Beautiful (L.I.B.), a new two-day music, food and arts festival plans to attract thousands of locals and tourists to Downtown Las Vegas in the fall of 2013. L.I.B. is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project.

Life Is Beautiful Festival 2013 Flyer

“We’re incredibly excited to be bringing this unprecedented lineup of partners, together,” stated Rehan Choudhry, CEO of Aurelian Marketing Group. ” This group of first class producers will make Life is Beautiful an incredible first of its kind festival.”

Aurelian Marketing Group is a Las Vegas-based marketing strategy company specializing in branded entertainment & event experiences. Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for 2011.

Bay Area based Another Planet Entertainment will be responsible for music booking and stage production for L.I.B. Another Planet also produces the annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival and the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco.

MAKTUB Marketing is headed by Joey Vanas, a managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

“We’re bringing this Festival to Downtown Las Vegas because there is a tremendous community here driving real change, and we are looking to be a partner in the effort to make the arts an integral part of this growth movement,” stated Vanas.

Downtown Project is committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world by inspiring and empowering people to follow their passions and through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business and tech startups to create a vibrant, connected urban core.

Festival dates, music, food and arts details will be released at a later date. For additional information on L.I.B. please visit

Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events. Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City. He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011.

Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007).

MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas. Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups. With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas.



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