A Melancholy Happiness: Happiness Homework #5

Ok the good thing that happened recently was I made it home safely. Hurricane Irene tore up & down the east coast and I arrived home last night to my home unscathed. I passed a number of roads that were closed, holes in bridges and trees down.

Little by little the news is coming to me of calamities which befell others, but not me. A friend of my sister’s outside of Albany stepped out to evacuate her house and was swept away and drowned. Extreme sports enthusiasts went white water rafting on my normally quiet swimming hole and had to be rescued after one died.

My home is pristine in its quietness this evening. The cicadas are in concert, punctuated by a vehicle cruising by in the distance from time to time, or the distant soothing clatter of the train passing. I almost hate to go to sleep. It’s so hypnotically wonderful, this nighttime moment.

The town lights glitter from the other side of the river like a string of beads tossed there. The reflected colors of my tifffany lamp look back at me from far away, reflected in the glass of the window.

There an African beaded necklace hangs on the wall, rich in patterned colors. There, the face of the Buddha. The plants are crowding out of the corner and threaten to take over this room. The dog sleeps on his bed. All is natural, peaceful and embracing.

My sincerest gratitude for all the perils that paraded by me, to one side and the other, and those that paraded around my family.

My condolences to those who were not so fortunate.

It’s a melancholy happiness which I experience with tonight’s happiness homework. I can learn that happiness may come in many shapes and sizes and feelings of intensity. I can learn to embrace them all.

the church bells ring.

thank you

Good night

Happiness Homework #2 Too many happy things to report!!

As per Shawn Achor (The Happiness Advantage), I’m diligently doing my 21 days of homework, which is to write in detail every day for 21 days of a recent happy experience.

I just have one problem. There are too many happy things that happened yesterday!

Industry colleagues, fellow Everest trekkers & heart buddies. I'm in front in black.

It was the final day of the USANA convention and the line up of speakers kept me on the edge of my seat the entire day!

As motivating and inspirational as all the speakers were, I want to write about my colleagues in the industry because they touch my heart so profoundly. Some of them are at the top of the industry. Some of them are in the middle. “Living the dream” as the convention theme stated. And some are striving to realize their dreams.

I truly feel that everyone I introduce to these supplements will benefit with enriched, possibly life saving, health advantages. I make what I feel is my small contribution, making as many people as I can aware of how much better they may fare with this additional wellness tool put to use for them.

I did a pretty good job this year and I won an award for introducing so many new customers to our products. My surprise was when I received so many heartfelt congratulations from my colleagues.

I was surprised because I always feel I could be reaching so many more people, helping so many more. How can I do that? So there is this feeling of inadequacy, this striving to be better.

But my colleagues all expressed to me how proud they were of me, of the job I am doing. They seem to be doing so much more than me and yet they are congratulating me!

I mention it because it’s not just me. I see that support, that encouragement, expressed throughout this community.

To all of us in complimentary medicine, it seems an uphill battle. Colleague & speaker Dr. Christian Northrup explained it this way: Today’s medicine is “disease screening.” It has nothing to do with making people healthy.

Dr Northrup and I at the health convention.

We in complimentary medicine have a tough job sometimes convincing people that it’s time to take another approach and make your body able to be healthy despite all challenges.

A special thanks to the Integritas group. This is a group of industry colleagues who work with internet marketing. They are doing their damnedest to make this technology understood and available to all of us. I am definitely one of the over-50 computer challenged. I’m learning from the Integritas group to be able to reach out beyond my small local community. That’s awesome!

Jason Wells of Integritas with Ruth Kohake and me


When I soon have this mastered, I promise I will be one of the best teachers of internet marketing to technologically challenged people like myself! You have my word on that! : )

We got together at a small pub last night and everyone was so happy just to reconnect, go over the highlights of the convention, share insights and plans for this next year. Smiles all around, laughs, and optimistic feelings.

According to Shawn Achor and the latest studies, the most effective way to get anything done is with optimism and happiness.

Sending love,
Elizabeth

What?! Happiness homework? What’s that? Assignment #1

At the USANA convention in Salt Lake City yesterday, Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, did a training and gave us a homework assignment. We choose one of 5 things. I choose journaling. We have to do our choice every day for 21 days. Today is day 1.

Celebrating with the Japan team

Journaling in this context means writing about a positive experience that happened recently, perhaps in the previous 24 hours.

This morning is easy. I just completed the 5 K run to raise money for the Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF). It happens every year at the USANA convention and its a blast. I don’t normally run for exercise. Just once a year at this event. I wasn’t sure I was going to run this year, on account of having a lot of stiffness in my spine because of lyme.

So I started out racewalking & quickly began running & ran to the end.

It’s hard to describe the ecstatic energy this event delivers every year. I run the entire event with a big grin on my face. Everyone is out there to support CHF, which spends 99 cents of every dollar feeding children around the world & in the US.

With Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra, CHF founder & president Dave Philips & team member Donna Zucchi at last years run.

With Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra, CHF founder & president Dave Philips & team member Donna Zucchi at last years run.

Since USANA has partnered with CHF, USANA Associates have assisted in building an orphanage in Ggaba, Uganda, and in funding several orphan homes. In addition, Dr. Wentz, founder of USANA, has personally funded the building of two Wentz Medical Centres—one in Uganda and one in Cambodia—which treat infections, malaria, malnutrition, and much more.

So we are really REALLY proud of this partnership & this morning over 2,000 of us came out to run and raise money and have a great time! Because whatever I’ve learned being around USANA, is, if it’s worth doing, it’s gotta be FUN & HEALTHY!!

With Dr. Wentz in 2008

So after we finish our personal race, everyone makes a gauntlet for the rest of the runners to run through. It’s a hand slapping, cheering gauntlet to the finish line. Everyone is screaming, smiling and laughing. Everyone is sweaty and smelly and hugging.

CEO Dave Wentz is there and beginners all together. I get to see all my buddies from our trek to Mt Everest Base Camp last year.

I’ll be high for the rest of the day over this. Except there is more to come!

Love,
Liz

Secret to Effective DETOX! Because you asked for it!

Everywhere I turn, people are either asking me about how to effectively detox or telling me how they are doing it. When they tell me the method they are using, they are often asking if I think this is an effective method. Most of the time, I really don’t know for sure. One measure of effectiveness is if you are feeling better. But many toxins don’t manifest symptoms early on, so it’s hard to go by that. There are very few products that have objective evidence of effectiveness.

Let’s face it, toxins invade our bodies from every direction!! But no need to panic. There are effective ways out there to handle it.

I was really happy to discover this brief video that describes a very simple & easy way to turn on the natural detox process in our bodies. I wanted to share it with you right away because it gives us reliable proof that its actually working! Proven effectiveness is a rarity in many detox products on the market. Check this video out and let’s talk!

Feel free to give me a call at 914 762 4693.

This is my swimming hole pictured here. This is the Croton River, which flows down from the Croton Reservoir and ends in the Hudson River. It’s an interesting river because, like the Hudson, it flows in 2 directions. The Hudson flows from the Adirondack Mountains and ends up in NY Harbor. But at high tide, the Hudson flows in reverse, with salt water coming up the river.

Croton River & my dog, Max

At high tide, the little Croton River also flows in reverse and heads back in the direction of the reservoir until it reaches the small dams in place to provide swimming lakes.

Every moment of every day there is a different delight to enjoy at my swimming hole. It changes depth and light and character with the changing tides, weather, and cloud formations.

This summer there were 2 incidents when anxiety crept into my idyllic get-away. There was the sewage spill at Yonkers and a second spill at Ossining. The Hudson Riverkeeper keeps us aware of “bad” effluent days, even when there is no disastrous spill. The truth is our sewage infrastructure, even on good days, is over-taxed and needs to be brought up to speed with the population growth.

Be sure to check out the Riverkeeper website at www.riverkeeper.org to see how you can contribute to the solution! I was concerned about swimming with all these sewage spills. My favorite spot was never affected, though many beaches were closed. Even so, I wonder what’s getting into me when I swim. As the water flows up to my swimming hole from the Hudson with the high tide, it passes through a natural filtration system of reeds and swamp. When it comes from the other direction, it flows from the Croton Reservoir, which is as pure as it can get.

“As pure as it can get” How pure is that? Recently I got a new water purifier from my friend. I can’t tell you a lot about it, except that I go by the wisdom of my friends on this one. The purifier I got actually has 3 separate filters. One takes out mercury, flouride and chlorine as well as other heavy metals. One aerates it. One takes out drugs!

This one surprised me. Drugs! Of course, what they say is true. We are all one. So if one is taking anti-depressants, anti-biotics, statins, WHATEVER!! Then we all are taking it, because, eventually, it gets in the water!

So this is how I am taking steps to make my home, my body healthy. I’m purifying my water and I’m following the advice of that video, building up my body to detox naturally on its own!

My body will be SUPER capable of de-toxing poisons that never before existed for a body to deal with. Will yours? I’m happy to help you get your body turned into an effective detox machine, too. Just contact me & we’ll get you going.

TO OUR EVERLASTING HEALTH!!
with love,
Elizabeth

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