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. 

Parts 1 & 2: Sprouting Your Way to Vitality

September 28, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk, Bloom Talk

sproutgardenkitGuest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of 27 books on wellness including her latest, Walking on Air: Inside & Out Rejuvenation Makeover.
PART 1 -LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded Sept 21, 2011 (19 min)

PART 2-LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded Sept 21, 2011 (17 min)

“Sprouts are the most remarkable superfood on the planet,” claims one of favorite guests, Dr. Susan Smith Jones. She knows, she’s been growing and eating them for years and stresses without a doubt, sprouts are the one superfood she recommends over and over again. “Sprouts are natures little miracle because there is no nutrient richer food on earth. ”

Dr. Susan Smith Jones

Dr. Susan Smith Jones

In Part 1 we talk about how easy it is to grow sprouts for pennies and how good they are for you. Part 2 goes over the six reasons to start sprouting nuts, grains and beans to heal the body, lose weight, look younger, have more energy and to help your mind function more clearly. Sprouts are the food of the future!
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Bloom Groups Forming Now!

June 6, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Events, What's New

screen-shot-2011-04-07-at-54900-pmGrow your life goals with the gals!

Balance * Wellness
Passion & Purpose

Want to meet friendly women and stay on task  with life goals, balance, even explore your dreams and have some fun? Then join one of several “bloom” groups facilitated by Barb, forming now.

What is a bloom group, you ask?
Goal oriented small groups of wonderful women like you (6 to 8 in each group)  have fun and fuller lives living with more purpose & passion, balance and wellness.  Based on the premise that connection and a community of women is healthy to body, mind and soul, you work on individual life goals and dreams while forming friendships and support in a group setting. Instead of a networking group or a book group, this is a connecting group for you to grow, blossom, bloom!

  • Inspiration & support
  • Work on individual goals, big or small
  • Community, connection & friendship
  • Group format helps you stay on task
  • Meets twice a month (total of 6 gatherings)
  • Always fun & insightful!

If you’ve been trying to move forward, get out of overwhelm with your “to do” list, or simply want to connect with like-minded women and build new friendships, a bloom group is for you!! I’m so confident these groups make a difference in our overall happiness and well-being that I’m happy to offer a free initial consultation over the phone.

“I guarantee you’ll get something out of attending just once!!”

Where? Westbrook CT OR Contact Barb for information on joining a Bloom Tele-Group.

Cost $150 for six gatherings

Groups meet twice a month in Westbrook, other Shoreline CT locations TBD or over the phone (tele-groups).

Email or call 203-521-1129 for an initial phone consultation and to answer your questions.

Butternut Squash, Spinach & Sage Pasta

img_00481I love pasta but have sworn off white flours. That’s why  I like to use spelt spaghetti or linguini for this recipe. I find rice pastas to be a bit gooey and whole wheat pastas to be…well, too whole wheat. Although not gluten free, spelt is an artesian grain I find easy to digest, healthy and as close in taste and texture to the pastas I grew up with.

This dish was inspired by a Whole Foods butternut ravioli recipe. I wanted more color (and garlic!) and less cheese and butter.  So I added fresh spinach bountiful in the spring, used olive oil and fresh garlic cloves, and traded cheese ravioli for spelt pasta. Yum!

2 cups butternut squash, cut in cubes
1 onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, mInced
4 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
1 box (8 oz) spelt spaghetti or linguini
2 cups packed fresh spinach leave

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a roasting pan, toss squash in 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons chopped sage and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven approximately 25 minutes till tender.  Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Add remaining olive oil to large skillet with onions and garlic and saute on medium heat until onion is translucent. Add remainder of sage leaves and vegetable broth. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add drained spaghetti, butternut squash and spinach and quickly toss until spinach is wilted. Serve alone or with grated parmesan if desired.

Do You Dare to Dream?

April 13, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

42-16477749If so, you may just find what you love to do.

Guest: Kathie Hightower & Holly Scherer authors of Help I’m a Military Spouse: I Get a Life Too!
LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded March 16, 2011 (25 min)

I love to find people who are inspiring others to bloom like Kathie and Holly. As military wives they were always moving from place to place wondering if they would ever have the chance to have a life too!

Now they run Dare to Dream groups and have a creative and practical approach to follow your dreams instead of letting them go by the wayside. They also have great insight into the 5 keys to happiness and how to be more optimistic to follow a dream even when it’s not your innate nature.

Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer

Kathie Hightower & Holly Scherer

“The best thing to do when faced with obstacles is to say, What is possible? What can I do?” Those two questions can really shift you into a new way of thinking,” claims Kathie.  Holly adds that when something is not possible now but may be possible in the future, try and turn “I can’t” into “I can’t yet.” This will shift negative thinking into the realm of possibility when trying to reach your goal or a dream.

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Simple Tips for a Clean Green Healthy Home

April 13, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

j0386134Easy, inexpensive & natural solutions!

Guests: Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson mother-daughter team and authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family.

LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded April 4, 2011 (24 min)

Did you know  white vinegar has 100’s of uses around the house? So does baking soda, lemons and natural sunlight. You’ll love Lynn and Corey’s easy tips for green cleaning which are non-toxic, money saving solutions we can all use.

Mother-daughter "green" duo Corey Colwell-Lipso and Lynn Colwell

Mother-daughter "green" duo Corey Colwell-Lipson & Lynn Colwell

Fill your home with the fresh scents of lavender, citrus and cinnamon and antibacterial benefits of tree tree and thyme oils. And in celebration of Earth Day,  find out how you can contribute to a greener planet with a plastic free kitchen and zero waste lunches.

Think green and clean!

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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

LISTEN: Easy & Permanent Weight Loss
Dr. Susan Smith Jones on Bloom Talk

Reclaiming & Remembering Your Dreams

March 18, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

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.
LISTEN on Bloom Talk
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  
Filed under Bloom Talk

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.

LISTEN on Bloom Talk
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.

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