Stopping to Smell the Flowers…in November!

November 17, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog

img_2639Last night’s raindrops are still on my pink fairy roses just picked a few minutes ago….in November. Global warming? Maybe. But whatever the reason, I know that my rose garden won’t be blooming for long and now is time to take notice. To stop and smell the roses.

A freshly picked bouquet might not seem unusual if I were in sunny Florida or somewhere on the warmer west coast. But for this time of year in Connecticut, being able to walk out my kitchen door and cut fresh flowers is something to behold. And to take a moment to enjoy. Even celebrate!

I strive to live a balanced life and sometimes that means stopping to smell and admire my roses even when my To Do list is a mile long. This morning I had planned to make a few phone calls, pump out some emails and edit a few podcasts. And that’s before seven hours of scheduled work!

But I just couldn’t walk by those roses yet another day without acknowledging their beauty and picking a few to bring indoors.  So, I quickly re-prioritized my tasks in my head and made it a point to stop and savor nature.

That word “savor” has particular significance for me. It’s one of the 5 S’s that Dr. Dale Atkins and I talk about in our book Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life and one that I try to incorporate in my own life. Being present, in the moment, not letting life passing me by. Infusing time to savor the smallest things I might have otherwise overlooked is an essential part of trying to live my life in balance.

Which brings me full circle to my Seeds for Success. The first seed you can plant each and every day to live a balanced and fulfilled life is to be positive. And you can’t be positive without being able to be in the present moment - to enjoy the little things in life.

Taking the time, if only for a few seconds, to smell  flowers on miraculous sunny morning in November is part of that balanced lifestyle that I try to live every day and one I wish for you too!

Banish Mother’s Guilt & Dream Big!

May 6, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

Our kids inspire us to dream and want us to soar! So why the mother’s guilt?

Guests: Dr. Dale Atkins guest psychologist on NBC’s Today Show and author of Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life and Renata Bowers children’s author of Frieda B. Herself.

LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio (pre-recorded)
Aired: Thursday, May 6th, 3pm EST

Another Mother’s Day tribute to inspire moms to bloom!

Remember when you were a child and you could dream big? And as a mom you saw your own kids’ imaginations running wild too. No matter what their age, toddlers to adults, our children have much to teach us about how to live our lives and how we can encourage them to live theirs.

Dr. Dale Atkins

Dr. Dale Atkins

Renata Bowers

Renata Bowers

Flush out mother’s guilt and give yourself the best Mother’s Day gift of all. The gift to be all that you can be!

Dr. Dale’s Website

Frieda B. Website (Renata’s book)