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Have you been saving a cherished bottle of wine or bubbly waiting for some Toastingspecial occasion that, so far, has never quite happened?  Well wait no more!  Thanks to Open That Bottle Night founded by Dorothy Gaither and John Brecher who write the weekly tasting column in the Wall Street Journal, you’ve now got the perfect excuse.

It seems that every year since 2000, on a specific Saturday night in February, friends, couples and groups around the world get together to enjoy a special bottle of wine or champagne that they’ve been saving on the wine shelf (or in the cellar if they’re lucky!)

This year Open that Bottle Night is Feb. 28 and its the 10th anniversary of the event.  Dorothy and John say that it really doesn’t matter if the wine is expensive or low cost, red or white, or even if it is still good.   What matters are the memories associated with the wine.

So we say gather some friends, set out some cheese and crackers and get ready to sip, swish and swirl away.

Here’s a toast to you!


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151We recently caught up with Katie Johnson, the whirlwind behind Kix by Katie. We were looking for the inside scoop.  Here’s what she shared…

Who is your hero?
My husband, Wes, without a doubt!  He believes in me!  He’s always so solid and grounded and has a wonderful ability to see through all of the clutter I can sometimes bring into my life and say – “here take my hand this is the way to go”  and I know he’s right.  Then he says “okay, there you go” and lets me fly off again all confident and secure that he will be there again when I need him.  That’s the best feeling ever!

What is your favorite quote and why?
“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time!”
It reminds me that to keep moving forward and making progress in anything you have to have something you’re aiming for, a goal.  You don’t have to know every step, or the exact path, but you do have to know where you want to end up.  That way you’re more aware of and more apt to act on opportunities, on a daily basis, that will lead you in the general direction of your goal.

If you were a pair of shoes what kind would you be and why?

I would be a stilletto for sure!  Red sole and heel with leopard print on top.  A peep or semi pointy toe but definitely a sling or open back so I would  need to wear my Kix By Katie!  They would be made from the softest most delicious smelling leather.  and according to my husband cost A LOT!    Why?    It just makes me feel fabulous!

What keeps you flourishing?
They say it takes a village to raise a child, well, it takes a village to raise a business as well!  and most importantly to do it in a way that you are proud of and lets you stay balanced.  I feel like I have a village of smart and fascinating people around me all adding their unique talents to help me flourish.  My God, children, husband, parents, siblings, friends and of course my business associates each play an important role.  Keeping them all close to me and paying attention to them keeps me grounded and focused on what is really important at that moment.  I need that to keep growing in the right direction.  I can’t thank you all enough for that!

I can’t wait to…
Go to my first Trade Show in Las Vegas this weekend!  I am visioning so many new retail accounts that I will have to redo our whole “Where To Buy” Page and group it alphabetically by states!

Thank you Katie.  You are an inspiration to all of us.  Keep on flourishing!

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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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Rebecca Shapiro

Rebecca Shapiro

“I have always embraced a green heart; the eco-movement is a global expression of my personal blueprint. My art stands as an example of what it means to be a sustainable artist seeking kinship between art, nature and the human experience. It offers hope so we may remember the interconnectedness of life.”      

~Rebecca Shapiro


Rebecca was born an artist and at the age of five her first major art installation was a dress designed for Montessori school. Fashioned from a bonafide flour sack, her mother banned the dress from being worn in public.

She learned graphic design and medical illustration at the University of Texas Medical School.  Rebecca went on to study illustration, printmaking and photography, graduating in 1986 Smith College where she worked with such noted artists as Gary Niswonger, Dwight Pogue, Carl Chiarenza and James Rosenquist’s printer. Rebecca has enjoyed over 25 painting exhibitions with works hanging in private and public collections in the United States and New Zealand. Rebecca’s artwork has been greatly influenced by personal studies with Ted Katz. She also works with beads and fibers, has taught painting, drawing, jewelry and knitting classes.

“My artwork has profoundly influenced my connection with people and nature. My art explores those relationships and how their bonds or dissonance form beauty in the world. I look to the human form, shells, plants, flowers, rocks for inspiration.”  Thanks to an informed childhood in the Pacific Northwest, she strives for sustainable practices in her studio and chooses earth friendly materials that express her love of nature.

Rebecca has served as the CEO of a non-profit healthcare organization, Art Director for a national music magazine and worked with museums. She has launched several successful businesses including an online arts and crafts store and an internet consulting firm. Her current endeavors include studies in entrepreneurship, socially and environmentally conscious business, haiku poetry and writing. She is also the Portland leader for Ladies Who Launch, a social network that supports women embracing creativity and entrepreneurship as a lifestyle.

“My son once asked me, ‘Mom, what if there was an antiseptic for the soul?’  It really made me think and I decided that giving back was that balm. Since I paint in encaustic (molten beeswax), I donate to Heifer.org.  Bees from Heifer International help struggling families earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. I also believe in giving back in little ways bringing a pot of split pea soup to a neighbor, saying thank you with intention to a grocery store clerk or making sure that I recycle or compost (even when I’m feeling lazy). There are many ways to give back and all are viable…even the little, tiny ones.

Who is your hero?

My mother, Karmen. She was the first woman in her family to go to college and become a doctor. She taught me to look for the wonder and magic in the world. The first time I cued into this was when I was about five. We were at the Oregon Coast and she showed me a gumboot chiton. It was the coolest, most prehistoric creature I had ever seen (I was very into dinosaurs at the time). She never stopped showing me cool stuff from all the bones that grew in my hands to how to make a mean blackberry pie. She will always be my heroine!

What is your favorite quote?
“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” – Vincent Van Gogh

If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be and why?
A pair of eco-friendly, chartreuse colored, John Fluevog heels with a mary jane strap. They’re creative, wacky and a little naughty librarian.

What keeps you flourishing?
My wonderful husband, Joe, my two children, Tobiahs and Natania, my friends. community, nature, creativity and art. I’m pretty lucky because all of these touch me at least once a day.

What’s next?  I can’t wait to…
Go to Dubai. I have a dream of attending and showing in the Dubai Art fair. They are spending over $52 billion dollars on an eco-community (not sure how that’s going to work in the middle of the desert but I’m open). I want to start the dialogue about what it means to be a sustainable fine artist and why people should be collecting earth friendly art.

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Nothing like a couple of Cosmos to get the creative juices flowing! Cindy Aggson, Nancy Thompson and Cindy Milton-White take time to celebrate the season and the amazing first year of Flourish.  Thanks to the two best Cindy’s I know.     Nancy

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I’m so excited about our amazing line-up of Flourish Salons and Workshops for 2009, that I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  Here is a short teaser of what’s on tap…  Stay Tuned for more details and register at www.flourish-pdx.com to receive our Flourish Flash Newsletter and your Personal Invitation to each event.

Sunday January 11, 2009  ~ 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Visual Goal Setting ~ Creating a Dream Board
Workshop with Deandra Ellerbe


If you have watched the movie The Secret, you know that Treasure  Mapping is one of the best ways to speed up the Law of Attraction to manifest what you desire.  Let’s ignite the power of the Universe and be ready to accept all things good!


Sunday February 8, 2009  12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Laughter Yoga with Andrea Crisp of Soaring Eagle Wellness

Knock! Knock! …. Who’s There?
Laughter Yoga is a new sensation sweeping across America one giggle
at a time!  Laughter Yoga is a playful and fun series of physical exercises
that stimulates the body to rediscover its ability to laugh deeply for no reason.  This salon will have in in tears of joy.


Sunday March 15, 2009  12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Understanding Our Dreams ~ The Blueprints for Our Lives with Elva Redwood


We can learn much from our dreams.  Dreams direct the flow of life – containing the essence of who you are and all your gifts; the one you know well and the ones you have yet to discover.  Join us for the fascinating and revealing discovery of the world of your dreams.


Thursday May 17, 2009   6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Science of Happiness with Ellen Raim


It’s caused a revolution in psychotherapy.  It’s the topic of the most popular course ever offered at Harvard.  And it can transform how you feel about your job and your life.  Positive psychology a.k.a. “Happiness Studies” offers proven evidence of what makes some people happier than others.   Come on – get happy!

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