Traveling through Life

Vacationing and traveling through this thing called life seems to be a daily task for us all. What are you doing with your measured days? Are you only working through it, or are you an adventurist? Are you on a treadmill and haven't even began to think about the possibility of a vacation this year? Well, summer is just around…

Graduating Through Life’s Path

I would like to start by congratulating all the recent graduates in our community! Aren't we all graduating from something every day of our lives? I think we all deserve some congratulations every so often for our daily accomplishments. We come into this life by ourselves, yet I like to think that we all walk together. We meet people along…

Be Your Own Hero

In a world filled with so many expectations for women, I like to live in a world full of unexpected surprises, where we can all choose our lifestyles and our careers according to our dreams. For as long as I can remember, my mom always did her best to help out in my childhood classrooms, as well as offering to…

Celebrating the Magic You Make

Have you ever walked into a hotel where the environment dominates your feelings in a positive or negative way? Does your home happen to be your sanctuary, or for some of you, do you see it as your garden? I want you to take a moment to think about the place that you just love to hang out in, the…

Unconditional Love

We all have some loyal friends in this world, but if you have been lucky enough to find a furry friend that honors you, even when you have not brushed your teeth or have gained a little weight, you have been blessed with one of the greatest friendships of all time. Our pets represent the true meaning of unconditional love.…

Loving Yourself

First of all, I would like to say that Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. Loving yourself enough to love someone else is such an amazing feeling. And to whom does your love life concern? Well, it concerns anyone we let into our lives. Do we let people love or abuse us? What boundaries have we…

“Laughter is the Best Medicine”

Sometimes in our lives we forget that we have our own healing powers. If we can all remember to take life a little easier every day, we can utilize these healing powers. Try using your laughter as vitamins like some of us take our prescribed medicines.

Making the Most of Today

We all go through difficult times in our lives, so don't ever feel alone in your troubles. If you are reading this right now, it means that you have woken up to another chance to what we all call life and a chance to clean your slate.

Giving Thanks for Family Traditions

As the holidays approach, my heart is warmed by the many traditions my family has created. In order for a tradition to survive, an equal effort must be made by the family to consciously repeat the tradition year after year.

The Brighter Side of Health & Hope

So many of us have been touched by cancer, either personally or through a loved one. If you've listened to my radio show, you know I focus on the brighter side of life, so let me explain the brighter side of cancer and positive thinking.

Many Hands Make Little Work

Giving to someone else can be your best medicine. There are so many ways to give back. Money isn’t the only way to support your community. You can donate your time and expertise as well. The important thing is to find the best way to incorporate charity into your life.

Man-O-Pause

Yep, man-o-pause, that’s right… we’re always hearing about women and their menopause experiences, but did you know that men go through their own type of menopause? Often when men feel like they are going through a midlife crisis, doctors and researchers explain that they are actually experiencing a form of male menopause called “andropause.”

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Till It’s Gone

There are many roads to your summer fun! Even a staycation can be a great option. I just read that as a parent you can expect to get 18 summers with your kids. How do we make them the best with time flying by?

Dads are just Grown Up Sons

The men we love play such an important role in our lives. I have been so fortunate to have my dad as one of my best friends. Growing up he was always there for me to talk to, and he always has the best advice and so many stories to tell. I still use his lessons every day. I use…

Discovering the Woman You Call Mom

Women have raised the bar in our world. My family’s origin of women were generally very strong and amazing and I am blessed to be a part of their lineage. To know that I am carrying on their tradition of vitality cues the song "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!” As far back as I can think, my grandmother and…

How Are You Programming Your Family?

When I was very young, I remember thinking my parents were perfect. They were my “God.” They brought me into this life, taught me the value of family and took care of me, providing a warm, loving home. As I got older, I started to realize that our family wasn't perfect. When I was 16, my parents divorced and life…

Animals Can Be Great Therapy

The New Year is in full swing and it is time to greet spring with a new furry friend. What is your choice of animal comfort? It is a proven fact that animals of all shapes and sizes are sources of unconditional emotional support. With dogs, cats, horses, and birds being the most common choices, which are you most passionate…

February: The Month of the Heart

The heart is often referred to as the symbol of love. While love is vital to a fulfilling life, a healthy heart is crucial to it. A healthy heart functions without us having to even think about it. It beats about 100,000 times per day and pumps 1.5 gallons of blood through the body per minute. The more in shape…

You’re Invited to Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016!

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve got your fitness and wellness goals firmly in place, it’s time to look closely at the space around you and ask yourself, “Are things looking a little cluttered?” or “Are my closets bursting at the seams?” Why not set a goal to declutter and, more importantly, to simplify this year?

Wrap Less, Remember More

December is a month of remembrance and celebrations, but too often it is also a month of overwhelming obligations and rampant commercialism. The combination of guilt, stress, lack of sleep and overspending tend to turn the last month of the year into a whirlwind of overextended schedules.

November 2015 Parting Thoughts

To those of us who can rattle off the phone number of the first home they lived in (Willow2-1604), the pull of memory can be powerful and bittersweet. It can shape all our future place wishes, and rarely fades with time.

Tribute to a Great Grandmother

As you have read in this issue about local leaders in the Conejo and Santa Rosa Valley communities leading the fight against cancer, you may reflect how cancer has personally affected you or those you love.

Mobilize the Forces

During a recent 12-hour drive, I was able to spend the better part of a day listening to one of my very favorite voices. Tom Brokaw narrated his book, The Time of Our Lives, as I drove my boys through several states as we made our way to our vacation destination. My boys were plugged into their gizmos, and it…

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…