Re-invent, Re-brand, Re-design Your Career Workshop

October 25, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under What's New

CBR003054Sat. -  Nov. 5th, 10 to 1pm, Westbrook CT

Embrace your own unique style to navigate your career path, attract clients, impress bosses, dazzle potential employers or stick out from the crowd in this half-day workshop.

You will:

  • Identify your unique brand
  • Craft a personalized branding statement
  • Discover ways to use your brand to maximize results
  • Declare what makes you UNFORGETTABLE!

Champion the true YOU and your style, skills and passions instead of following what you “should” or “shouldn’t” be doing. Explore how to develop your distinctive brand and discover the benefits of re-inventing and re-designing yourself and your career to let your authenticity shine through. This workshop is the perfect follow-up to Barb’s conference presentation by the same name.

COST: $75.00 per person. Register now!

Barb Scala,
Transition Strategist & Coach and co-author of Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life facilitates this insightful workshop. 

Granola Parfait

dscn40591 cup muesli or granola
1 cup favorite yogurt (I use nondairy yogurt) such as blueberry, lemon, strawberry, apple or kiwi lime
1 cup fresh fruit, sliced
1 cup all-fruit preserves or applesauce
Fresh mint

In a parfait glass, alternately layer yogurt, sliced fruit, preserves and muesli or granola. Garnish with fresh mint.

Recipe submitted by Dr. Susan Smith Jones

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Reclaiming & Remembering Your Dreams

March 18, 2011 by Barb Scala  
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42-16476950 Our dreams open up a whole new world!

Guest: Dr. Dorthy Martin-Neville psychotherapist and author of her latest book, Your Soul Sings Your Body Dances.
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Podcast: Recorded Feb 16, 2011 (22 min)

Living an inspired life means you’re in touch with your dreams. In fact, Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville claims that dreams are essential! “It’s not reality when we don’t have a dream. I truly believe we are embodied souls and our soul speaks through us through every dream we possess.”  ”When you listen to what your soul wants you to do, your health is phenomenal, your body wants to sing and it wants to dance,” says Martin-Neville.


But what if you don’t have a dream or haven’t reached for it? “If you have not achieved your dream to its fullest, it’s because you have bought a message that said you couldn’t…it was too hard, you weren’t qualified, you didn’t have what it takes, it’s other people who get to have dreams.”

Hear Dorothy’s amazing story of starting out life as an orphan, living in the ghetto, becoming a nun then shedding her habit to travel the world and creating The Institute of Healing Arts. Lots more including how you can get back in touch with your dreams and why “good girls” need to dream too to let their souls sing and bodies dance!!

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10 Secrets to Easy & Permanent Weight Loss

March 9, 2011 by Barb Scala  
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BBE085Hint: It’s all about creating a healthy lifestyle!

Guest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor and over 26 books on diet and nutrition, high level wellness, natural remedies, balanced living, and human potential.

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Podcast: Recorded March 1, 2011 (26 min)

Susan Smith Jones is back again with her secrets for shedding weight. And it’s not that hard. In fact, it’s easy if you create a lifestyle that  puts your health and wellness at the forefront.

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Find out Dr. Susan’s 10 secrets for easy and permanent weight loss (yes, you heard that right!)  and create the healthy lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about. Susan also gives us tips on how to start off a nutritious day and also what to eat at night if you’re still hungry. Loaded with info on what makes our bodies healthier and more vibrant, this show should be on everyone’s list.

Recipe: Granola Parfait

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Vacation from Technology

March 9, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

42-16535651I just came back from vacation.  Even though I went south to sun, surf, warm weather (I’m sure you heard about our weather in the northeast this winter) and wore cute sundresses and sandals, the highlight of my vacation was taking a break from technology.

But, I didn’t go cold turkey. It was more of a voluntary withdrawal. Even though I had a cell phone to keep up with emails and my Mac in a new carrying case, by the second day I was forgetting to plug my phone into the charger and the only website I linked to all week was Away went Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. My email inbox? By the end of the week it was piled high with e-newsletters and a slew of people selling products or programs or telling me how they can better promote my website. What about texting? I figured if it was important, they’d call.

A break from cyberland is great. I recommend it. It allows you to be present in the moment and not tied to what’s going on somewhere else. Part of my Seeds for Success is to be positive and being present is a subset. So you don’t miss out on what’s going on right before you or ignoring the people you are with in the moment.

I’ll have to admit that I do get aggravated when I’m in a meeting and it’s interrupted to answer a text. Or worse yet, when out to dinner someone takes a call at the table. This disrupts the art of being present and the flow of our time together. It also makes the person who is sitting there feel a bit uncomfortable.

Next time I’m on vacation, I’m going to leave the computer at home. My phone? Okay, so  I won’t totally disengage from the world but if I don’t charge it, what good is it? Better yet, how about periodic staycations from technology too. Unplugging while at home has to be therapeutic. Maybe I could go cyberless one day a week. But now I get ahead of myself.

Try unplugging when on vacation. You might notice something you could have missed.

Are You Ready to be Cherished?

February 14, 2011 by Barb Scala  
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42-15200509Creating a loving relationship is in your power!

Guests: Marilyn Graman author of How to Be Cherished, There is no Prince, and The Female Power Within and Ronnie Ann Ryan author of Manifesting Mr. Right

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Podcast: Pre-recorded & edited (46 min)

Let’s explore the balance between a so-so relationship and one in which you are adored.  It’s time to discover how you can attract more love into your life, whether you are in a relationship or not, and finally be cherished.

According to Graman, “Cherished means you’ve experienced someone wanting you to be happy…someone to hold your hand and try to understand what our issues are. We have to tune into that for it to come back to us.”

Why stop with cherished? How about being irresistible, asks our team of experts. “Learn how to flirt …it’s part of our charm  …and when you’re playful, lighthearted and fun…guess what? You become irresistible,” claims Ryan. Graman adds, “Being irresistible includes having enough of your own life but not too much so that there’s no room (for your partner)…some balance between the two.”

Whether it’s the person you are married to or someone you have not even met, it’s time to open your heart, let love in and be cherished!

Marilyn Graman

Marilyn Graman

Ronnie Ann Ryan

Ronnie Ann Ryan

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Best Medicine for Health: Girlfriends

February 10, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

Friends working togetherDo something good for your health. Have some girlfriend time!

I know all too well the benefits of women gathering and the positive energy that flows from our girlfriends. So I thought I’d pass along an email I received about how girlfriends are good for your health.

“I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was
on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease.
The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things,
that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be
married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could
do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.

At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.
Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that
help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences.
Physically this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin
- a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general
feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form
relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and
talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives
are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf?
Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our
sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said
that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general
health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing
something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends,
we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged—not true.
In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal
relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself
on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your
health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let’s toast to our
friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it’s very good for our health.”

Surefire Ways to Expand Love, Romance & Intimacy

February 7, 2011 by Barb Scala  
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bloomcoupletalkingBalance your life with love!

Guest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of her latest book The Joy Factor.
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Podcast: Recorded Feb 2, 2011 (25 min)

Here’s 8 surefire ways to let love in your life. Dr. Susan Smith Jones is full of energy on how to create healthy, happy and thriving relationships and she is loaded with tips to help your love thrive. Find out about the four “A’s” to a happy relationship and the magic number needed to spark intimacy and romance.

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Not only do we turn the heat up on relationships but we also sizzle in the kitchen with some foods to get you in the mood. Surprise -  garlic is one of them! With the right recipe you can create a healthy sex life and increase your passion. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, Dr. Susan will help you find the balance by welcoming love and kindness into your day, everyday!

Recipe: Roasted Garlic

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Roasted Garlic

garlic1Recipe and comments from Health Bliss: Using Nature Foods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life authored by Dr. Susan Smith Jones:

This simple-to-make treat is delicious and nutritious. A couple of times each week, you can smell garlic roasting in my home. Slowly baked, it becomes mild and so soft that you can spread it on bread, toast or crackers like butter. Bake several heads at a time and keep them in the fridge, then warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds before using. I often squeeze all of the soft cloves from their skins and put them in a small bowl to use in a variety of dishes such as mashed potatoes, soups, salads, dips, spreads, sauces, and


6 heads garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. sea salt
nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 300° F. Slice ½ inch off the top of each garlic head (not the root end). Rub off as much loose garlic skin as possible without separating the cloves. Lightly spray a small baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the skinned garlic heads, cut-side up, clustered together in the baking dish. Sprinkle the top of each head with a dash of salt and thyme. Add ¼–1⁄3 cup of purified water to the baking pan, surrounding the garlic. Cover and bake until the cloves are tender when pierced with a knife and beginning to pop out, about 60 – 90 minutes, depending on the size. If you turn up the


oven to a higher temperature, it roasts faster. Serve hot or cooled to room temperature. I sometimes serve a whole head of garlic to each of my guests. They can squeeze out the soft cloves from the skins to spread on baguette toast or any variety of whole-grain breads, instead of using butter or margarine.

Variation 1: Instead of salt, drizzle some tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos over the top of each head. It gives them a nice flavor and darker color. Or substitute other herbs such as oregano, rosemary, basil, dill, cilantro, chives, or cumin for the thyme.

Variation 2: Take 3–4 heads of garlic, separate all of the cloves, and peel away all of the skin. Discard any cloves that are very small. In a small saucepan, combine the garlic cloves with ½ cup Vegetable Broth. Bring to a high simmer, cover, reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and cook until the cloves are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Check periodically to make sure the broth hasn’t evaporated. If necessary, add some more. When cooked, the cloves are as soft as butter, easy to use, and will last 2–3 days in the refrigerator.

Garlic is a superfood that has been studied worldwide for its medicinal properties. It’s packed with antioxidants known to fend off cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and overall aging.

By Susan Smith Jones, PhD ©. Health Bliss: Using Nature Foods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life published by Hay House Publishers and available at

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Surefire Ways to Expand, Love, Intimacy & Romance

Brave Enough to Switch Careers & Pursue My Dream!

February 1, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Finding A Passion, What's New, Who's Blooming

Jen Conroy

Jen Conroy

It took me 38 years to figure out that I need to be working with my hands every day.

I studied journalism at Northwestern and pursued a career in magazine editing in New York, but I never felt I was truly myself all those years. I’d always had creative hobbies—painting, interior design, knitting—but they were always just hobbies. And I’d always felt an enormous, guilt-driven responsibility to continue with my journalism career. It was my job, after all. I had gone to an expensive college to pursue it. How could I waste my professional contacts?

Then one Christmas I decided to make jewelry for gifts, and I couldn’t believe how much fun it was. I was thrilled to get positive feedback from my friends and family members, who told me that I had a knack for it, and that I should consider selling my designs online. Of course, my first instinct was to say, “I can’t do that.” There’s such a glut of jewelry in the market. What could I possibly contribute? But the more I thought about it, the more excited I became.

Once I decided to officially pursue my own jewelry business, friends bent over backwards to help me. My friend Kathleen’s husband, David Maloney (, generously offered to design and manage my web site. Through David I met a fabulous local photographer, Catherine Kiernan, who offered to barter with me. (Thank you for your support, Catherine!) Another friend, Jen Hurley, also takes fabulous pictures for me. And I’m grateful to all my delightful, good-natured friends who have agreed time and again to be my models, devoting big parts of their day to smiling for the camera. Some of these dear people have even offered to host jewelry parties to get the word out. Thank you!

I feel lucky that it only took me 38 years to figure out that true joy—for me—comes from working with my hands. What a simple thing that is! It’s not rocket science! And yet for so many years I had ignored this creative compulsion in myself and tossed it aside to the relegated “hobby” pile.  I thank God that I had the courage to look at myself and re-evaluate my goals. I thank God that I felt brave enough to pursue this dream, despite the fact that it’s a “long shot.”

When wise people say it’s the journey, not the destination, I finally get it! Every day I feel such joy as I sit at my dining room table and create jewelry. There is joy in every step of the process! I’m not sure where it will lead. I do have a few long-term goals. I’d love to be able to donate a portion of my profits to a special need. (I’m still working on the profit part!) But I truly believe that by pursuing something you love, and infusing everything you do with love, you will bring out the best in yourself and others, and ultimately bring good to the world.

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