Friday, September 30, 2011

business advantages


-- Quote of the Day --

"Extinction does not only apply 
to giant pandas or tigers or exotic species
that dwell in the rain forests. 
Vegetables can go extinct too
and when our food goes extinct
then we follow."

~ The Henry Double Day Research Association, England


-- The Advantages of a Virtual Office for Your Small Business --


* Today's article came to us through Sachin from www.webprofits.com.au who thought our readers might want to learn more about the benefits of a home based business. 

Are you a small business operator and your business is growing? Are you afraid of all of the costs that you will incur? Sometimes when we grow from a simple start-up sole trader we hit a point where we can no longer handle it on our own, but we don't want all the hassles that come with hiring staff and setting up an office when an answering service will just do any more. How much business are you losing, or how much of your time is being interfered with because you are wearing too many hats? A virtual office is probably the solution that you are looking for. Lets take a look at some of the main advantages.
  • Taxation. Employing people can be very costly and cumbersome. Think of all the different taxes that you have to deal with and all the other legal issues that you will now deal with. When I think of a secretary or personal assistant, I think of someone who should be giving me service. Well, that is exactly the way it is. Buy buying your virtual office and other staff services you are paying for services necessary for your company, and the best thing about it is fully tax deductible.
  • Less hassle. Not interested in personal relationships with people you don't really want to know? Don't want to bother yourself with hassle of interviews and other training. Does employing people feel like it is just a drag on what you do and how you do business. Do you not want the person when you think personal assistant. It is all only a web-click or phone-call away, make your personal a virtual assistant.
  • Power and control. Many employers feel they are a victim of their employees. I have been an employer and sometimes wondered who I was running the business for. You start your own business to be your own boss and it turns out that now everyone is your boss. By choosing a service, you have the power of being a client to the company that is providing your service, and that has some very large plus points for anyone. If you are not happy, you can complain, and ultimately you have the power to terminate as a consumer – not by the laws of an employer.
  • Flexibility. Employing people can be a hassle at the best of times, and what happens if you only need them for a couple of weeks or for a couple of months? By using virtual staff and virtual offices, you have the freedom to change whenever you want to. It makes you wonder why you ever thought about employing anyone at all.
  • Cost. Are you in a high cost region? Perhaps there are people that could be doing the job that you require at much lower cost, and therefore costing you much less money to get the same amount of job to be done. The company that you choose may have staff that live in a cheaper location than yours. This is more likely to be the case than not.
  • Talent. Are you struggling to find the right kind of talent that you need for your business. This could be due to your region and due to the time that you have. Virtual offices and virtual staff agencies specialize in the business, let them find the right kind of people for you and your needs.
For many common and even professional tasks, and with the advancement in technology, face to face interaction is less of a requirement to getting a job done. Re-think the way you do business.



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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beyond the Prescription Pad


-- Quote of the Day --

"I can think of no better way of redeeming this tragic world today than love and laughter. Too many of the young have forgotten how to laugh, and too many of the elders have forgotten how to love. Would not our lives be lightened if only we could all learn to laugh more easily at ourselves and love one-another?"

~  Theodore Hesburgh


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 

Cathy Rosenbaum joins us today, sharing her thoughts on how people can be more proactive about their health and the importance of prevention. We're talking about looking for answers Beyond the Prescription Pad

Join us live, and drop in the live chat room too if you can, via the hyperlinked show title (above) or access the archived interview at your convenience via itunes and Blogtalkradio station home page: Conscious Discussions Talk Radio 


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Long-lasting Relationships


-- What's the secret to a long lasting relationship? --

Dave's 47th birthday has arrived and I wanted to celebrate his life by sharing some of the lessons I've learned about relationships through being with him all these years.

It can surprise me sometimes when I realize that Dave and I have been together for nearly 22 years (as of April 25) and are still going strong, despite many life obstacles from physical injuries to work-related or financially-related stress and traumatic grief. 

Many people are impressed by the number of years we've been together, but more are impressed by the fact that Dave and I also work together. All this time we've shared one office, one vehicle and up until this last year - we shared one computer. Being writers and working different schedules, this often felt like we were performing a juggling act. 

There are several secrets that I learned from my mother's mishaps in relationships. She used to remind us to "Start how you mean to continue." - this was meant to include most areas of our lives from money and balancing chores to relationships. 

Dave and I did not conform to the pressures of "When are you going to get married?" ..."When are you going to..." and on and on... Instead we took our time. You see, I was really naturally wary since my mother had 3 failed marriages before she found the love of her life. For instance, I didn't meet his family until about 7 months after we were dating seriously. We moved in together and lived that way for 7 years before considering marriage... Did we take things slow - you bet! I feel you don't really know a person until you've lived with them for at least one year. That is when they've stopped trying to impress and their true selves come out. 

If you love someone, you are willing to do the little things that make them happy, just because it makes them happy. For instance if he knows that you can't stand it when he leaves the water jug on the counter instead of putting it back in the fridge - and he does it anyway, then he's saying quite a lot just with the little action. Whereas if he mentions that he prefers the toilet paper roll to unwind forward, instead of backwards, and so you place the new rolls on just so since that pleases him. When we love someone, acts like these are not a sign of subservience; it is showing love with little everyday actions. 

If we are already whole persons, we will not look for another to magically fulfill a need for us. Therefore that person that we love has the freedom now to live for themselves and love freely - rather than feeling weighed down. Look to fulfill your own needs so that you will be a pleasure to be around. People are individuals, they cannot be who you think they could be - they must develop themselves in their own way, in their own time. Their journey is not our responsibility. Ours is the pleasure of joining and sharing with them, not making them into something they are not. 

Now there is no way I can sit back and tell you that Dave and I have never, ever had a row of any kind. We have, but they have never escalated to yelling or name-calling. Twice, and only twice in 20.5 years together, we've come close to feeling too exasperated to carry on and each time our dispute was repaired within 48 hours - or less. So what I've learned is this - Expect that there will be times when you will agree to disagree. We can learn that it is okay to disagree, when our emotions or energy levels do not jive. We don't have to see things the same way, but we do need to respect one another. Getting angry at someone because they doesn't see something the way you do is pointless. 

If we think about the issue that is really upsetting us, and look at it in perspective we might realize we aren’t even mad at that person at all – that we are mad because of something their behavior triggered due to the pressures in our lives or some inner termoil. It might be helpful to ask yourself a few questions in the heat of your anger: Is that one thing really worth the stress and anger you are putting into it? If your partner died today, would you regret fighting with him about it? Does it really matter to you that much? Or are we taking our own stresses out on someone else? If it really matters to us and we feel slighted by the action, than it must be discussed and resolved in some way - discussion is important.

Also we need to expect the other person to have faults. Yes, we all have them - even me. (ha, ha) - So we need to understand that each person will have moments of being unpleasant, tired, striking out verbally in anger or being unreasonable about an issue. People are emotional creatures and once we've calmed down - that is the time to talk about how it affects us - not when emotions are high. Rather, walk into another room or go out for a while if you must. Say nothing and stew for a while... It is better to wait and refocus before starting out on communication, speaking when we are ready to share our thoughts without striking out. I am sure that when you look back on your own experiences, you'll agree that things escalate wildly when we say things we will regret and can never take back. 

Dave and I have tried to maintain a mutual respect and support for one-another and when working together we try to think of how to make the job easier for the other. By doing so, chores and obligations are handled much more smoothly. But we also make sure to take time out of the office and other work to spend time in nature at least once, if not a few times, per week. 

We have learned to celebrate our differences and work with them - I desire a clean house and he loves to cook,; I love to garden and he has the skills to build whatever we need; I have talents in research and transcribing and marketing, whereas he has talents in audio, graphics, web maintenance and editing. 

So I guess the key to a long relationship is this:

Look for how you can compliment each other, rather than for things that make you different - and your relationship will bloom. 


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Greener Train Stations & Waste Conference




 -- Conscious Living Event --

Sept 27-29th

Corporate Recycling & Waste Conference
Orlando, Florida (USA)


-- Positive Eco-News --

I read an interesting article in the Japan of Sustainability org newsletter about an eco-friendly train station. Apparently West Japan Railway built the station with a dome roof that allows natural light to penetrate inside, they’ve installed solar panels that can produce about 90,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, and they are using misting for air conditioning. The company has future plans to utilize the more than 2900 square meters of building rooftops within their corporation as gardens – that’s enough space for 30,000 plants and 90 trees – which they intend to rent out to locals. 



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Monday, September 26, 2011

Medical Waste




-- Quote of the Day --

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is."

~ Sir Francis Bacon


-- Positive Eco-News --

Really cool article by the Recycling News Magazine - which talked about a new technology for turning medical waste, like syringes and medications, into a sterile pellet product that has been successfully tested as a feed material for energy intensive industries, and for making roads and building construction. Check out the company that came up with the technology at: www.sharpsinc.com

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Humanitarian At Home & At Work


-- Quote of the Day -- 

From decreasing our reliance on virgin natural resources, to reducing energy use and pollution, to growing recycling jobs right here in America, there are tremendous environmental and economic benefits from increasing our nation’s abysmal 34% recycling rate,” …In order to move forward, we need manufacturers to team up with small businesses and solid waste officials to eliminate the concept of waste altogether.”  

~ Matt Prindiville, Associate Director of the Product Policy Institute (productpolicy.org) was recently interviewed in the Recycling Product News Magazine – where I found this quote.



 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episode will feature another Positive Eco-News segment with a discussion on green business ideas, and tips on being a humanitarian at home, at work, and while on vacation. 

Check it out via the hyper link above


Airs live @ 10-11 Pacific & will have a chat room open for live listeners.

Can't make the live show? No problem - just click on that same link to access the archived interview later on at your convenience. 



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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Laugh at Yourself


-- Quote of the Day -- 

Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore – have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.” 

~ Alan Alda
 

-- Conscious Living Event --

Sept 25- 27
Waste to Fuels Conference and Trade Show
Location: San Diego, CA - USA



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Organic Waste


-- Organic Waste -- 


According to an article I read recently on the Recycling Product Newsletter – about 30% or 50 billion dollars worth of food produced for human consumption, is THROWN AWAY!

That is about 31.79 million tons tossed out by citizens of the planet earth, and results in over 1 billion dollars in disposal related costs. There are several high-volume composting systems available for hospitals, restaurants, hotels, schools, prisons and other high volume areas like this… and we’ve highlighted a few of these in previous discussions on this topic over the years. One other that we learned of recently is called the Eco-Safe Digester which converts the waste into a liquid which can be processed in a much more eco-friendly way in the septic system.

Personally, I’d rather see the product in the form of a dehydrated powder soil amendment that the establishment can give to staff or offer to a fundraising event… or make arrangements with a local farmer. I’m curious if the liquid from this machine could be bottled and used as a liquid fertilizer – and there is no doubt that there are incredible benefits of diverting the 1200 pounds of food waste per day with just one of these eco-safe digester machines available via: www.marathonequipment.com

Or the industrial composting machines offered by www.kollvik.com

Or the ECorect machines that produce a dry sterile biomass, that can process between 30 and 1500 kg a day – depending on the model you choose.

But again these are the most recent models we’ve learned of – to access others simply scroll through the organic waste related episodes of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Leave No Stone Unturned


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's special featured guest is:

Chitoka Webb is our featured guest of the day – who is currently a successful business owner, motivational speaker and author residing in Tennessee, USA.
Chitoka joins us to share her poignant, funny and inspiring life story from her humble beginnings as the daughter of a single mother holding her family together in the Nashville housing projects, to her rise as the CEO of several companies  - choosing to find love in herself and in others along a journey from the lowest valleys of misery to adrenaline-filled tops of personal and professional achievement.

With so many businesses to run – juggling numerous volunteer activities – writing books… and I’m sure she’d tell you of hundreds of other projects she’s either working on or working towards – Chitoka is certainly one woman who won’t be leaving any stones unturned in her life.

Check out the live show (10-11 AM Pacific) or access the archive show later on via:



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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Green Business



-- Quote of the Day --

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without spring s- jolted by every pebble in the road.” 

~ Henry Beech

-- Positive Eco-News --

Source: Recycling Product Newsletter

Ice River Springs have been successfully operating a new PET recycling plant where they produce their own resin and can make bottles now with 100 % recycled plastic, and this bottle has a lower weight, and a smaller label. On top of this, the company also creates all kinds of things using this recycled PET resin including trays and shrink film. This one company which has some 6 locations across Canada, can reportedly process 80% of the bottles collected in Ontario’s blue box program. 

Now that is definitely a fantastic example of what businesses can do to save money, increase employment, and have a powerful positive impact on the world!  

Find the company at: www.amut.it





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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Interview, Today!

 -- Brummets in the Media --

I was just interviewed by the http://businessinfoguide.com site - about being an entrepreneur and running our business. Check it out when you can - http://businessinfoguide.com/entrepreneur-interview-lillian-brummet-drum-it-percussion/

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Appreciation for all of You!



-- Quote of the Day --


“Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality, and once in the mirror, which waits.” 

~ Catherine Bowen


 -- Chatter -- 

Well, as you can see I took a few days off from the blog, and I've skipped one issue of the newsletter (for the first time, ever!), due to a heavy schedule around the home office and peak harvest season for peppers and tomatoes.  I'm taking the next few days to catch up on the canning, freezing and so forth... but can be in the office for a few more hours now that the real rush is over.

Last Sunday, I hosted another World of Writing segment of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show - offering a number of resources, and advice on personalities in or around the home office. I was surprised by some heartwarming comments in the chat room (for live listeners) where one person in particular spoke of how much they like our work and how they follow the radio show. And we had a live caller who surprised me with some positive feedback on the Purple Snowflake Marketing guide book that we wrote. This experience on Sunday left me with a warm, lighthearted emotional residue that lasted well into today! ...We appreciate our listeners and readers so very much!


-- Positive Eco-News --

Polymer Research Technologies offers a new way of recycling both polyurethane and isocyanurate foam right here in BC, Canada – and can soon divert insulation foam waste and create new building products for resale through retailers. This is great news for the landfill management and waste reduction related industries!



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Friday, September 16, 2011

How To Reduce Your Bills


* Today's article came to us through Sachin from www.webprofits.com.au who thought our readers might want to learn more about reducing their bills by saving energy. 

--  How to Reduce Your Bills --

If you are serious about saving money then you need to have a good look at where your money goes. A large portion of it goes towards bills, as well as other items like food, petrol and of course, rent or mortgage. We can't avoid paying our rent or mortgage, nor can we control the cost of petrol and we certainly have to eat. But our bills are one thing that we can adjust, with a little careful consideration as to how they can accumulate and what we can do to control them. Whether you save on electricity by installing solar panels for your home or putting in rain water tanks, you can take some positive steps towards reducing your household bills. Any adjustments or additions you make to your home to help curb your bills will also help increase its value, in case you decide to sell, in which case you would be needing to obtain the help from conveyancing services.

Reduce your electricity bill

We use electricity everyday and in today's world of technology it is virtually unavoidable. It powers our lights, our computers, our entertainment systems, our appliances that wash our clothes, clean our dishes and cook our food, and it also heats and cools our homes. The cost of electricity is steadily rising and is expected to continue to rise significantly in the future. Our electricity bills are one area that we can make a difference by simply watching our energy usage. Switch off appliances at the wall when they are not in use, switch to energy efficient light globes and when buying new appliances make sure they have a high energy saving rating.

Decrease your reliance on heating and cooling

There are a number of things you can do to decrease your reliance on your heating and cooling systems, which will in turn help reduce your energy consumption and your electricity bill. Having verandas or awnings over your windows will help keep windows shaded in summer which will then reduce the temperature within your rooms, leading you to rely less on air conditioning. Having proper curtains or blinds will also mean you can shut out the sun and the heat in summer and also trap the heat in winter, keeping your house much warmer. Also check that your home is well insulated and that there are no cracks or holes where cold air can get in.

Solar energy

Invest in solar panels for your home and save a lot of money on your power bills, as well as reducing your homes carbon footprint. The energy collected can run your hot water service as well as power your home and even heat a swimming pool. There is the initial cost of installing the panels but this will be paid back many times over with the money saved in electricity bills.

Water usage

Save water at home by installing rain water tanks so you don't have to rely on the usual water supply. Install water saving shower heads and even think about replacing your toilet for one that uses less water per flush. 



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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just a few moments...



-- Quote of the Day --

"To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. 
To do this you need to experience solitude, 
which most people are afraid of 
because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions."

~ Deepak Chopra

 -- Chatter --

Well, Brummet's Muse Newsletter goes out today. I'll have made some changes to it for this release, however the next few newsletters will have more changes to come, so keep watching to see what we come up with for you  :) - If you haven't already signed up for the newsletter, it is easy to do so via the widget here on the blog, or head over to our site and sign up for it there. www.brummet.ca

A new set of bookmarks and business cards will be ordered in soon. Dave's got some lovely designs prepared for us, once again. I look forward to holding them in my hand, and being able to give some away as well. As soon as they arrive I intend to offer a set to our readers here on the blog via a prize draw. 

New cover designs for the new editions of some of our books are nearly completed, which means they can head into production soon after this is complete. What an exciting time for us in this office, to see so many things we've been working all year on come to fruition. Of course we don't have a release date just yet, or anything, but it is exciting for us just the same.

It is a busy time of year with the cantaloupe trying to ripen every last fruit it has made, tomatoes coming in by the bowl full, overflowing chard leaves, and beets getting larger every day. We've been freezing our excess cantaloupe this year for smoothies... Dave makes incredible fruit smoothies!

I hope to take some time to relax and refresh my energy reserves later today... an essential component of any writer's life. ...and perhaps get some leisure reading in as well (wish me luck with that!). I hope that you are able to snatch a few moments for yourself too!



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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Poverty, Humanity


-- Quote of the Day --

I believe a man is born first unto himself for the happy developing of himself – the world is a nursery and the pretty things are to be snatched for, and pleasant things tasted.Some people seem to exist thus right to the end. But most are born again on entering manhood; they are born to ‘humanity’ – to a consciousness of all the laughing, and the never ceasing murmur of pain and sorrow that comes from the multitudes.” 

~DH Lawrence



-- Referral Corner --

Its time again for us to celebrate the incredible positive, proactive work done in the world by so many individuals... We love to highlight non-profits, and others, in this section - offering their sites so that you can follow up, network, share with others, or support them in some way. 

New Start Highland: this organization was established to provide practical help to homeless people who are moving into their own home. They offer everything from home improvement, training, budgeting, bikes, used furniture.

CARE: a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
Info: Care.org

CRASH: Now here's an interesting one for you. This organization focuses on the construction and property improvement industries by harnessing their skills, products and goodwill for the purpose of improving hostels, day centers, night shelters, training centers, and more - and it is all in support of the homeless.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Healthy Soil & Overcoming Obstacles


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio -- 


 Sept 11-17 is also International Coastal Clean-up Week


* Composting: cleaning up the garbage crisis 

Our guest of the day canceled via email only this morning, so we're presenting a new contingency show for you... lol - today we'll offer an installment of the Best of 2007, where we feature some edited excerpts of our favorite interviews of that year. Today's topic will be on vermiculture (composts, with worms) with two Canadian experts in the field.


We'll start the show with: Cathy Nesbitt - founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters - believes worms are going to play an ever-increasing role in waste management and soil remediation. Learn about the importance of adding life back into the soil naturally and how worms can help divert 30% of our waste from the landfill. ...and then close the show with:  Children series author, Larraine Roulston, will discuss her desire to pass on worm composting knowledge to our children. We discuss her illustrated compost books and presentations for children.


Join us live at: 10-11 AM Pacific ...& drop into the live chat room if you have a chance.
Location:


*Today's episode will be archived, and will be available for anyone who cannot make the live broadcast.
 



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Monday, September 12, 2011

World of Writing


-- World of Writing --

Today's guest, Ami Blackwelder, offers an interesting look at the how's and why's of her writing career:

My writing process is a lot like the author of Vampire Academy. Quiet and Alone! (ha, ha). I've heard of other writers say they turn the music up, or go to the beach, or enjoy a spot at the local coffee cafe. I've tried that and that one and...well, maybe it is me but I can't write with other people around. Its too distracting. I thought I was alone on this process. But after reading up on Vampire Academy, I learned she is exactly the same way! Thank goodness, I'm not alone. All I want is my laptop and a warm cup of tea. I might go to my porch or by my room window, but I don't want people walking around when I'm writing. Nothing personnel. I think to dive into that imagination, that creative quality, I have to be separate from the real world. 

Once alone and quiet, I spend time pondering the outline, the title, the chapter titles. I usually have title and chapter titles outlines fairly easily and beforehand. Covers soon follow. I spend time discovering characters and possible plot lines and  then I begin. I'm not particular about having a fixed outline before I write. I like to allow the characters to take the story into their own hands and I allow for that flexibility. In writing my new release Invasion of 2020, the first book in the Shifter Evolutions: books 1-6...I used all of the above. The characters were fun to write in this book, because I got to dive further into the initial motivations behind some of the main characters and minor characters who will change the world forever. ...Sometimes my Siamese cat Lotus jumps in and misspelled a word or two, but for the most part I write alone.

I've written five of the six books in this alien-shifter saga already. Readers begin with Shifters and then Hybrids and then choose to read either the past or future. Cool concept, huh? 

Check me out and learn more about my writings at: amiblackwelder.blogspot.com 
 where I have trailers, and promotion giveaways each month!



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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Gardening - today!


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Sunday Gardening with Chris McLaughlin ! … Chris has been an avid gardener for over 30 years and became a Master Gardener in 2000. Author of several books, she teaches kids gardening and actively writes for several online sites. Her work tends to focus on guiding and encouraging gardeners living in suburban or urban spaces to grow food in their own backyards. Chris appeared on our radio show back on May 22nd when we discussed composting… She’s graciously agreed to come back to answer some questions we didn’t get to in our last discussion for our audience and then we’ll learn about heirloom varieties, seed saving, making a difference in your community, getting stuff for free... and much more! 

Join us live @ 10-11 AM (pacific) today & drop in the live chat room if you can... or - access the archived interview at your convenience later on:




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Saturday, September 10, 2011

basic fundamentals of life


-- Quote of the Day --

"Success is neither magical nor mysterious.
Success is the natural consequence 
of consistently applying the basic fundamentals." 

~ Jim Rohn


 Today's quote has me thinking of one of the 'basic fundamentals' of life - and that is taking some time to recharge our mental batteries. Decision making and efficiency declines when we are stressed, have low energy due to improper nutrients or rest - and this affects how our work is presented as well. So it really is important to take time for you, and only you - regularly. I'm learning this lesson this year myself and have found it quite difficult to actually use the days I book off for rest. Like most of you there's laundry, and lawns, and many other chores or responsibilities that get in the way of time off from the office. It isn't easy to let the dishes go unwashed or let the berries in the garden go unpicked, but training ourselves to do this is essential. If not, our work will suffer in the end and our success is then compromised. To top it off we might get nasty with others around us... 

I used to book only 3 days off per month, but have changed this to taking a few days per week this summer in order to manage all the things we are doing outside of the office, and to practice this 'me' time. Today I'm dedicating the entire day just to me, myself and I. Not one chore, not one phone call, not one email. In fact, this blog post is pre-written and pre-scheduled, so that I can keep the office door closed for the entire day. (wish me luck with that!) 


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Friday, September 9, 2011

Eco-travel Options


-- Quote of the Day --

To change your life, you must change your perception of the world and everything around you. …The experience provides an opportunity to learn and grow from the challenges. At the Same time, the experience is inevitable because you create it in the first place. …The fact is, you cant help but create these experiences. They automatically happen because they represent what you believe to be true.” 

~ Gary Spinell, It Was You All Along



-- Eco-Travel Tips --

In these times of economic strife and environmental concerns, it is no wonder that eco-tours, volunteer travel and stay-cations (staying at home during vacation time or within their borders) are becoming more popular. JTB Corp., a leading Japanese travel agency, released results of its survey on environmental awareness while traveling. According to the results, 70 percent of respondents are conscious of eco-friendly activities on their trips. There are dozens of things the average individual can do to perpetuate this green travel movement.

When browsing the tourist stations, map or brochure racks refrain from taking too many brochures. Decide which ones you truly want to know more about and leave the rest where they are for others to enjoy. When you have read the materials that you have taken with you, consider leaving them in hotel or restaurant lobbies, waiting rooms or on one of their tables to extend life of product. If, for some reason the material was ruined, be sure that you do place them into the recycling system - it only becomes trash when we send it in the landfill.

Many hotels offer personal products in little baskets throughout their rooms. If you do consume some of these, take the container with you if there is anything left in it that is still useful, because the staff has to throw out anything that has been opened, even if it is barely used. In fact, some fancier hotels are obligated to remove the items whether they were used or not! So in this situation it may be wise to take them and donate them to a homeless shelter, where people can benefit from the smaller sized containers.

Those plastic cups in hotel rooms are both reusable and recyclable… however, you can easily prevent this waste by bringing a reusable cup with you. That same reusable cup can prevent a lot of take out drink containers from ending up at the landfill during any road trip.

Be sure to ask questions when traveling, such as whether the restaurant has environmentally friendly take out food containers & purchase local food or does the hotel use recycled content in their products, if there is in-house recycling available for guests, whether their restaurant employs organic recycling programs, or whether you can rent a hybrid car instead of a regular gas guzzler.

These kinds of questions will lead businesses to make more conscious purchases because they see their patrons interested in supporting this movement towards positive change.



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