When Things Change, Go With the Flow or “What do I do with the radio show?”

September 8, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

solstice_4_bg_061903Changes to my radio show this week have prompted me to change too. Since December 2009, Bloom Talk has aired online on the Her Insight network but a few days ago, Her Insight postponed all live production for several weeks. Its changing its online presence and announced a “transition phase” to improve programming.

This stinks for me. What do I do now? My content this year has largely been the radio show and now I have to change gears fast… and think. Links of past shows on my website are temporarily out of service and I’ll have to juggle things around. Questions pop up all around me. Should I wait it out and continue on with the show? Change to a different format? Do something new? And what about you listeners? How can I keep providing the content that you want?

Funny how what you’re thinking may actually happen. I have another project on the table - too soon to mention - and was just wondering how I can take a hiatus from the show. Take a break, a breather. Don’t we all wish that from time to time? And here is my wish come true.

But, I want to keep moving forward and Make It Happen. After all, this is one of my Seeds for Success. However, I know some things can’t be forced. Sometimes you just have to accept the things you can’t change. According to Lao Tzu, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

I think about this and intuitively know that I can’t make things happen all the time. No one can. Sometimes, I just have to go with the flow. By accepting and allowing, I can continue to move forward - less forced, less stressed. A way to Make it Happen without having to do anything other than navigating the path I’m on.

Now, I’m toying with the idea of changing the name of the last success “seed. ” To continue to spell the Bloom acronym B-L-O-O-M, the last seed has to start with the letter “M.” Hmmm. Why not call it Move Forward instead of Make it Happen? It sounds more like life. When things happen - and they always do - learning to go with the flow while continuing to move forward will help anyone to keep blooming. Even me.

Stay tuned as I go with the flow, update my website and move forward with Bloom Talk.

Defy All Odds & Sprout Your Dreams

January 30, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

bloomjumpincloudsFind out how some women reach for the dreams and make them come true against all odds!

Guests: Author C.J. Golden-Tao of the Defiant Woman & Tao-Girls Rule!
Listen to the Show on Bloom Talk Radio
Aired: Feb 4, 2010

Part of Bloom’s original Dream Team, C.J. knows what makes women tick. With her unique style, she has captivated audiences who are making their dreams a reality and will share their stories. Get ready explore how women are moving mountains in their lives and careers and how you can too.

C. J. Golden

C. J. Golden

If you don’t know where to start or don’t think your dreams can ever come true, plant your first seed and don’t miss this enlightening hour of wisdom, wit and inspiration!

CJ’s website

A New Lifestyle After Breast Cancer

January 11, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk


After cancer, Julia found health and a whole new way to live.

Guest: Julia Chiappetta, breast cancer survivor and author of Breast Cancer-The Notebook
LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio (pre-recorded)
Aired: Jan 14, 2010

When she heard the words “breast cancer”, Julia began doing extensive research to “get her arms around” what she would have to deal about her illness and also, about the immune system.

breast cancer the notebookThe result was notebooks filled with data that has now been transferred to her book, Breast Cancer-the Notebooka compilation of easy to understand facts at the fingertips of the reader and her road less traveled in opting not to have radiation or chemotherapy but instead implementing a plan of care and lifestyle change through exercise and wellness and by fueling her body with an organic vegetarian diet. Read more

Following Her Dream to Write

January 5, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

Sandi Kahn Shelton

Author of three great novels, Sandi’s dream was to write and made it come true!

Guest: Sandi Kahn Shelton author of What Comes After Crazy“, A Piece of Normal and her latest, Kissing Games of the World.
LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio
Aired: Jan 7, 2010

Sandi has been writing fiction since she was six years old and figured out that she could make money selling stories to the neighbors so she could get money for the ice cream man. She grew up, got married then got a divorce and onto a job writing news for a local weekly newspaper.

Sandi then he started writing a weekly column about her life as a single working mom and people started calling it a “humor column” which led her to write “You Might As Well Laugh: Surviving the Joys of Parenthood.” “Sleeping through the Night…and Other Lies” followed and was the only book about parenthood that offered virtually no advice whatsoever that could ever help a new parent.

After free-lancing for magazines, Sandi realized that what she’d really always wanted since she was six was to make up lies about fictitious people and put them in books and buy banana popsicles. Whenever there wasn’t a carpool to run, or a load of laundry to throw in, she could be found tapping away on her laptop on a novel. A mere seventeen years from the date she’d started it, “What Comes After Crazy” was published in 2005. “A Piece of Normal” and “Kissing Games of the World” soon followed.

Sandi Kahn Shelton takes us on her fabulous journey to follow her dream and inspires budding writers and dreamers alike to follow your dreams too!

Sandi’s Website

Can We Be Happy At Any Age?

December 17, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

42-16020607The answer, “Yes!” Let’s find out how…

Guest: Dr. Dale Atkins, co-author of Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life and guest psychologist on NBC’s Today Show.
LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio (pre-recorded)
Aired:  Dec 17, 2009

I can’t think of another person who I would want to be on our 1st show other than Dr. Dale Atkins, my co-author, friend and a wonderful woman. We’ll toss around the topic of women’s happiness, how we can be happy at any stage and at any age and take your calls. Get ready to Bloom!

screen-shot-2010-01-18-at-124143-pmDr. Dale Atkins, psychologist with more than 30 yrs of experience, is a relationship expert, focusing on families, wellness, aging gracefully, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life. Author of 6 books, most recent among them Sanity Savers: Tips for Women To Live A Balanced Life, Dr. Dale lectures worldwide and regularly appears on NBC’s ”TODAY” show. She maintains a private practice in NYC, loves the outdoors, and has fun with her five grandchildren.