Archive for January, 2009

Wow, it seems a lot of your really liked our idea of posting your vision boards and putting our intentions out to the Universe in an even stronger way.  Here are a few more we received today.  They are beautiful images and you can feel the strength of the intention.  Powerful stuff.  Thank you all for sharing.

My own vision boards are on my altar right across from my desk.  They are the first thing I see when I sit down to work.  I pick one word or image and focus on that for the today.  It keeps me focused on my vision and so far…it works.






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Can it be that laughter really is the best medicine?

Everyone’s been raving about Laughter Yoga so we just have to try it too.  Even Oprah’s team is in on this laugh.  

So how does Laughter Yoga work?  It starts with a few chuckles, grows into giggles and then launches into genuine belly laughs – and when you mix in some yogic breathing and stretches, it becomes Laughter Yoga.

We thought it sounded  like a fun way to reduce stress, improve circulation, lower blood pressure and we’re told it can even tone your abs, so we sought out Portland’s leading Laughter Yogi to show us how.

Meet our expert…Andrea Crisp is leading the Laughter Yoga movement in the Northwest.  laughteryoga31smallShe is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher and the founder of Portland Laughter Yoga and Awakenings Laughter Club.  She is also a certified health counselor and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Join us for a giggle-filled afternoon as we learn all about this health phenomenon that is sweeping the world.  All that and a great brunch and champagne too!


Flourish February Salon

DATE: Sunday, February 8, 2009
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: West Side (directions upon registration)
COST: $25.00 ~ includes a yummy brunch & presentation
LINE UP:  12:30 p.m. – Brunch and connecting
1:30 p.m. – Laughter Yoga Presentation

To learn more visit us at www.Flourish-PDX.com

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jayne2 We recently sat down with Jayne to find out what keeps her flourishing.  Here’s what she had to say…

Who is your hero?
My hero is most definitely my beloved Max.  Max was my seven year old son who passed away from leukemia.  He was incredibly brave, strong and courageous.
We called him our brave warrior and that he was.  Even when he was very sick, he made us laugh, was quietly patient and kind, seldom complaining. He wasn’t worried about himself, he cared about others and how he could reach out to them.  He has changed my life forever.  Every day, I try to live my life in a way that would make him proud. I strive to incorporate all of his
wonderful characteristics into my approach to life.

2. What is your favorite quote?
I have a few favorite quotes but these two I look at every day:
“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future.  You must
break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the
unfamiliar and the unknown”–Denis Waitley
As someone who has a hard time taking risks and stepping outside the box,
this quote is a good reminder that I need to be comfortable with feeling
uncomfortable.  Feeling uncomfortable is a sign that I’m pushing outside of
my box, growing and challenging myself.  Someone once said to me:  It’s not
about playing it safe….that’s my new motto.
“Life turns out best for those who make the best out of the way life turns
out”-author unknown.  I see this everyday as I leave the house.

3.  If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be and why?
I would like to be a pair of stylish, fashionable leather boots with a
great, bold design that would turn heads.  To me, leather boots are
practical, durable and able to weather the toughest storms. Yet they can be
very stylish, stand out in a crowd and say I’m bold and unique.

4.  What keeps you flourishing?
Spending quality time with my family and close friends keeps me flourishing.
I love to be connected with those I care about. I enjoy laughing hard and
I’m my brother’s best audience.  He has always made me gut laugh over the
years. I also enjoy exercising and eating well.  When I take good care of
myself, I have so much more to give to others.

5.  I can’t wait to…..
See our non-profit, Max’s Blue Butterfly, blossom with great success so we
can help  fund research to help fight childhood cancers (and hopefully find
a cure someday).  To me, that would be the best gift of all.

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Ring in the New Year with Gratitude!

“You cannot bring anything new into your life until you are grateful for
what you have now.”  Dr. Michael Beckworth

Rebecca Shapiro, an amazing woman and the inspiration that fuels the wonderful Portland Ladies Who Launch incubator, shared this exercise for Ringing in the New Year.   I decided to try it this year instead of my old goal list and (maybe it was the champagne – a very important part of the process!) but I was amazed when I really took time to look at all that I had actually accomplished and how many amazing people have supported me on this journey.  I raise a toast to you and wish you all a prosperous and peaceful 2009!

Treat yourself to something special and give Rebecca’s exercise below a try.  Enjoy!


Here’s a fun little exercise to get you in the gratitude mood so you
can make room for more things to be grateful for this coming year!

1. Go splurge on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Chill.

2. Grab some paper and slip away for 20-30 mins. I know! Just do it.
Try the bathtub if you must.

3. While sipping champagne, write down 5 things that you’re pleased
with that you accomplished this year. These are things that you’re
proud of, excited about, happy that they happened to you. You can
write down more than 5 things if you like.

4. While sipping a little more champagne, write down 5 things that you
did to take care of yourself that stuck. Meaning, you know they’re a
part of your routine now. They could be morning walks, monthly
massages, girl’s night out, bellydancing classes.

5. While helping yourself to another glass of champagne, write down 5
things that you did to invest in your business. For instance,
attending workshops, hiring a copywriter, printing biz cards, meeting
with a financial planner, going back to school.

I bet you’re feeling pretty good by now and I promise it’s not the
champagne. It’s because you took time out to reflect on all the
amazing, wonderful things that came into your life. You deserve that
good feeling because you made it happen so roll around in it for a

So here’s the trick to bringing more of what you want into your life:
once you give thanks for what you already have, SHARE it with others:

1. Find a new way to improve someone’s day.

2. Promote the great people out there and keep doing it.

3. Learn from brilliant people and share what you learn.

4. Work on interesting projects that matter to you and empower others
to participate.

5. Discover your passions and share them openly.

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