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!
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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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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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Making a Bloom Plan on CT Style

January 3, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Press Room, What's New

screen-shot-2011-01-03-at-25420-pmGrow your goals, visions and dreams in 2011! How? With a Bloom Plan!!

78% of us do not have success with our New Year’s resolutions. Barb tells us why good intentions fail and how to set yourself up for success to grow a healthy lifestyle, launch a business idea or get going with other goals on your list.

Find out her Seeds for Success formula so you can make your Bloom Plan for a productive, fulfilling and energizing year!

Bloom with Barb:

WORKSHOP: Make a Bloom Plan - Jan 13th, Guilford CT

BLOG: Make a “Bloom Plan” for the New Year

December 9, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New


2011 is right around the corner.  And I want to be ready with a plan for the new year.

With so many ideas swirling in my head, I grabbed a  large sheet of poster paper and marker.  Many people make flow charts, vision boards, graphs and charts, but I have found that a visual “garden” of ideas works well to organize my thoughts and plan ahead.

I started out with a “bloom” statement.  Ironic that mine is a bloom plan about Bloom, but any overall goal, project or dream will do.  Say you want to transition to a new career next year, eat healthier or put your financial life in order. You can make a bloom statement with your particular objectives in mind and post it in the center of a large flower. The petals can be subset goals within the overall plan. For me, revamping my website is a subset “petal” of my bloom statement to inspire people to live an inspired, balanced and healthier (and more natural) life/lifestyle.

What about all of my other ideas….and more dreams? They became my “sprouts” at the bottom and I can have an endless creative supply listed so I don’t forget about them. How can I keep blooming when faced with challenges, low energy or lack of time? My Seeds for Success listed on an upper corner reminds me to be positive, love what I do, organize, own my life and keep moving forward. How am I going to make this plan grow, happen, materialize? With “fertilizer”  to sprinkle in from time to time which I list in the upper right corner. What about things I really need to help my plan grow further, such as a new computer or helping hands? I list these items under my  ”gardening tools” wish list. And we can’t forget about the never-ending To Do list. This I call “sun and water” because these are essential things any plant or plan (hey, just drop the “t”) needs on a daily basis. Here’s where you can go crazy with a laundry list of things to do to get started with your bloom plan, changing it as you tick things off the list and add on new things.

Most people start out with their list of things To Do and get lost and overwhelmed before they even get started. That’s the mistake. Marching orders are really the ending point after the main mission or vision statement is in place. It all starts with a vision and then execution falls into place.

If you don’t have a vision, nothing happens. ~ Christopher Reeve

There! A great visual with my whole plan on one sheet which I taped to my office wall. If your vision is already flushed out in your head, then you can get going with a Bloom Plan too.  If it’s not, this exercise is a start to organize all your mind clutter.

And those of you who would really love get your Bloom Plan out of your head and onto paper but need a bit of help with gaining clarity, focus and formulating clear objectives and goals, I’ll be running a Bloom Plan workshop right after the New Year. Date and time to be announced…stay posted!

Grow Your Gusto!

October 27, 2010 by Barb Scala  
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screen-shot-2011-01-25-at-20220-pmBe bold and brave to open up to new possibilities and LOVE life!

Guest: Dale Allen, creator of her one woman show In Our Right Minds: A Celebration of Women, the Sacred Feminine and the Right Brain
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Podcast: Recorded Feb 11, 2011 (41 min edited)

Not feeling creative? In a rut? Not sure how to get energized? Well, get ready for the energy of a Cape Canaveral lift-off when Dale Allen joins me on Bloom Talk. We’ll ask the question, “If not now, when?” and toss out ideas to get your creative juices flowing.


We’ll also talk with Louise, a vivacious tap dancing senior who is growing her gusto. “I was a daughter, student, wife, mother and then I became a widow. Even though I was very content and very happy with life, now I lost some of those roles. I had to find more and that’s when I found ME!”

From Bloomin’ in the Kitchen with Dale to exploring our soul’s purpose, we cover the bases and our dreams, passions and gifts. “Everyone has a gift and it starts with what makes you happy, what makes you feel alive. Start small ~ something you can access right now and that will lead you to the next thing and the next. You can’t look outside, you have to look within.”

More of Dale on Barb’s Bloom with Barb test pilot. Don’t miss Dale’s song and dance routine (with a little help from Barb) about reaching for dreams and finally getting off of Someday Isle a/k/a/ Someday I’ll.

Guest Website:
Who’s Blooming?
Louise’s Story
Bloomin’ in the Kitchen Recipe:
Creamy No-Cream Butternut Soup

Lessons from Pretty Smart Women

April 1, 2010 by Barb Scala  
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penny-pearlman1If being smart isn’t enough to guarantee success and achieve your dreams, then what is?

Guest: Penny Pearlman, author of Pretty Smart: Lessons from Our Miss Americas
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Aired: Thursday, April 8, 2010

In her book, Penny Pearlman extracts lessons of what it takes to be a “winner” contained in the stories of  twenty-two former Miss Americas including Lee Meriwether, Mary Ann Mobley, Phyllis George and Gretchen Carlson, who turn out to be not just pretty, but pretty smart.

Through their stories, we’ll explore how any woman can overcome obstacles and move past limiting beliefs and achieve success, personally and professionally.  Also, we’ll talk about what it takes to pursue a dream to create a life filled with soul satisfaction and why being smart isn’t all it takes to guarantee success.

If you have a deep desire to live your life on purpose, to work at what you love and follow your own road, Penny and I will tap into the tips and techniques contained in her “lessons” to help you make an exciting and enriching journey to a life you truly love.

Penny’s Website

Defy All Odds & Sprout Your Dreams

January 30, 2010 by Barb Scala  
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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!
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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