In honor of Mother’s Day, we are thrilled to bring on Kristina Kuzmic as our Special guest to discuss keeping our sanity while navigating the years of parenthood.
Kristina is energetic, funny, and obsessed with creativity, Kristina has an in-your-face perspective on issues of parenting and life in general.
She has become an internet sensation with her “mom-centric” videos about raising children and juggling all of life’s challenges. With over 600 million views across media outlets and websites worldwide, and over 2 million Facebook followers.
Kristina has quickly made a name for herself as a creative, yet unpretentious parent, as well as a world-renowned motivational speaker/comedian. In 2011, Kristina was chosen from over 15,000 applicants and crowned the winner of Mark Burnett’s reality TV competition: “Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” Kristina’s first reality show titled “The Ambush Cook,” aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Kristina’s blog posts have been published on various websites, including Oprah.com and The Huffington Post.
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A Surprisingly Sweet Morning
By Ariel & Shya Kane
The set up to our surprisingly sweet morning happened the day before. It was mid–August and Shya and I were in the midst of a trip to Oregon to visit my parents and to spend a couple of days fly fishing on the Deschutes River.
My parents live in my childhood home of Gresham, a suburb of Portland. Their home abuts a forested area and the Douglas firs tower above – stately sentinels, old and moss laden. I like to stand at the base of those trees and gaze up to admire the sunlight shafting through the bows that march up the trunks in orderly rows.
At 86 and 85 years respectively, Mom and Dad enjoy our company, as we do theirs, and our visits are very relaxed affairs. The night before our fishing adventure to Eastern Oregon we set up the coffee and packed a lunch. We awoke early to the smell of coffee, toast and bacon, as my mom was up long before dawn to see us on our way.
Two hours later it was still dark when we met up with our guide Brian at the Imperial River Inn in Maupin. Excited for a day on the water we stowed our gear in his pickup truck and, boat in tow, we went to the area where we would launch. As the sky just began to show the barest hints of light, we all loaded into the drift boat and Brian began to row downstream to our first destination, as anticipation of the day before us filled our hearts and minds.
Although it was hard to believe, we weren’t the first on the water. A couple of drift boats had managed to put in before us. Stifling a curse Brian continued downstream as the other anglers had already taken up residence in his favorite spots.
We love fishing and particularly love using our spey rods – long two handed fly rods that turn the art of fishing into a graceful dance. The rest of the day was a ballet of loops and line arcing out over the rush of the river; watching it swing downstream in hopes that a Steelhead (an ocean going trout that returns to the river to spawn) is intrigued by the fishing fly passing by their nose enough to take a bite. Cast, swing, two steps down is the cadence of this dance and it is a quiet, restive meditation where each cast is its own reward and the tug of a fish on the end of the line is an occasional bonus.
The day turned out to be glorious, hot and dry. We drifted past magnificent stretches of columnar basalt cliffs and high above we saw a couple of big horn sheep, their stout bodies supporting their massive cornucopia curls of horn.
“Do you mind,” Brian eventually said, “if we start a little earlier tomorrow morning? It would be nice if we could get a head start so that we can get on the river before first light and so we aren’t following anyone.”
Our reply was an enthusiastic “Yes!”
The day ended with each of us having caught and released one fish. We went to dinner that night at the little restaurant associated with the hotel blissfully exhausted by our day on the water. After eating we took a shower, set an alarm for 4am, poured ourselves into bed and enjoyed a night of deep, deep sleep.
Our iPhone alarm roused us at 4am and we were surprisingly alert given the hour. Of course that is often the case on fishing mornings. They awaken in us the childlike anticipation of large swimming creatures lurking in the deep awaiting a chance encounter with our fly.
Our luggage was mostly packed so it was easy to house the remaining toiletries in our bags. We had left our waders hanging up so it was a simple matter to slip into our warm socks, long–johns, fleece pants and fishing shirts before donning our waders and pulling on our wading boots. As is our habit, we did a final check of the room to make sure we weren’t leaving anything of ours and, wheeling our bags behind us, we exited the room to the walkway.
The room spilled directly outdoors and we brought our bags to our rental car to leave them in the trunk for when we returned in the late afternoon. We had set up an automatic check out so after our day of fishing, we planned to have a bite to eat and then drive back to my parent’s house for the night.
It was now about 4:15 and the business of getting ready accomplished, we used our keycards to let us into the dining area that was preset for fisher folk and early travelers to use so that staff didn’t have to be on hand at that early hour.
Since we were the first patrons that morning we flipped the switch on the coffee maker and the pungent smell of fresh java soon filled the air. There were breakfast sandwiches, cold and instant cereal but we each elected to snag a couple of hard–boiled eggs and an apple. Food and cup of Joe in hand we headed outside to await the arrival of our guide Brian in his extended cab pick–up, hauling his drift boat behind.
Happily we set about consuming our food and sipping the hot black coffee. We were pleased to be ready before he arrived and eager to be out on the river before first light. It was still jet black out and in the high desert air the stars splashed across the sky like fistfuls of diamonds. 20 minutes later Brian still had not arrived so we sat on the end of the aggregate walkway, our legs stretched out before us, boots resting in the parking lot. 40 minutes later, still no Brian. By now we knew something was amiss. But given the circumstances, we had very little recourse to rectify the situation. There are no phones in the rooms at the Inn, our cell phone didn’t have reception in the area, and even if we did have phone service there would have been nowhere to call since we didn’t have Brian’s number and the fishing company where we booked our trip was not open yet. We briefly considered going back to our room but realized that if Brian did eventually show up that he would have no way to find us since the office wasn’t open and he would have no way of knowing our room number. There were two options remaining – get upset and complain or enjoy our morning. Getting upset wasn’t actually an option. What would it accomplish other than to ruin our mood and spoil our day? So we leaned into one another and enjoyed the quiet.
As the sky began to grey, birds began to rustle. The smell of sage wafted on a slight breeze, insects hummed. We enjoyed the warmth of each other as we sat shoulder to shoulder, quietly chatting about inconsequential things. Our morning was unfolding in an unforeseen manner and we found the experience surprisingly sweet and intimate. All forward momentum in our lives was forestalled and what was left was the moment and being there for it.
Eventually Brian came roaring up, apologetic and highly embarrassed. He had overslept. His wife had awakened him saying, “Brian, aren’t you working this morning?” around about the time he was supposed to be picking us up. The problem was he lived 45 minutes away and when he awoke he still had to hitch up the boat trailer as well as stop by the fly shop for supplies before picking us up. And just as we had no way of contacting him, he could not reach us either.
We felt for Brian. It must have been a very uncomfortable ride knowing he was late. He had to have been rehearsing his apologies, knowing that the fact it had never, ever happened before (and would likely never happen again) would be of little consequence. He must have been surprised and a bit skeptical when we told him it was OK…actually more than OK. We were just fine and had been enjoying each other’s company and the dawn of our new day.
Sometimes life shows up with unexpected twisting and turnings. If you are there for them the results can be surprisingly sweet.
Since 1987, internationally acclaimed authors, seminar leaders, radio show hosts and business consultants Ariel and Shya Kane have acted as guides, leading people through the swamp of the mind into the clarity and brilliance of the moment. Find out moreabout the Kanes, their seminars in NYC, in the UK, Germany and Costa Rica, the Say YES to Your Life! Meetups their work has inspired, their Being Here radio show or join their email newsletter. Also get information about their award-winning books. Their newest book, Practical Enlightenment, is now available on Amazon.com.
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July 5: Sink or Swim When you fight the currents in your life you drown. Tune in to Being Here and discover how to be appropriate to life’s flow so that you can swim with them rather than have life be a constant struggle. Callers welcome at Tel# 1-888-346-9141! Listen Live this Wednesday, July 5th at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the
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June 21: Drama is Optional You have been pre-programmed to get upset and emotional when things don’t go your way. What if all the drama in your life is of your own making? Challenging situations don’t have to result in suffering but when you say “No!” to how your life is unfolding, you create a life full of pain. Join Ariel and Shya in Being Here and realize that Drama is Optional. Callers welcome at Tel# 1-888-346-9141 Listen Live this Wednesday, June 21st at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
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10/14/15 – Nurturing Friendships
“You canât do it alone.” – Ariel & Shya Kane
Although the United States was founded on the principles of independence and pride in being autonomous, we have discovered that life is so much more rich, satisfying, easy and fun when you share it with people. Challenges get easier and good times are more satisfying. Join the Kanes as they share how to nurture your relationships and even make new ones. Callers welcome at Tel# 1-866-472-5795!
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Do you ever feel like you are continually experiencing crisis or challenges day in and day out? Would you like to learn how to cope with these challenges with Grace and tap into Courage? Join me and my guest, best-selling author of âSimple Steps Real Changeâ Cheryl Maloney, as we discuss Cherylâs simple steps that lead to real change. There will be a Q&A portion where we will open the phone lines to your questions by calling, 1-888-346-9141. Join Nancy Gentle Boudrie on Gentle Power Radio Tues, May 5 at 3pm ET 12pm PT.
How time flies!
Life is but a twinkle of a star in the infinite journey of eternity!
Barely nine weeks ago, I embarked on the headily exciting adventure of Hosting my Internet Radio Talk Show, Dream The Life; Live The Dream, on the VOICEAMERICA network, the world leader in Internet Talk Radio, with a daily, worldwide listener base of 4.5 million people. Nine weeks down the road, and the astonishing verdict from my Executive Producer, Josh Bernstein, with reference to the ever-increasing listener density on the Show, borders on nothing short of the superlative. This phenomenal feat could not have been accomplished without your active connivance, dear friend and listener. That is why, I unabashedly, and unreservedly, celebrate, today, the valuable hours you have invested in listening to the Show, by making a modest attempt to justify your monumental investment in time and effort.
In achieving this justification,the principal question to ask is:
“Dr. Garnett, what role are you expected to play on this Show, and to what significant degree are you meeting this objective?”
My response, as usual, will be magnificently simple.
I have come to the perfectly valid conclusion that my role as your Host on this Show is two-fold:
(A) I am here to assist you to accurately identify the major concerns in your life.
The next, and pertinently relevant question then becomes, “what, averagely, are the sources of perturbation in your life?”
The issues that bother you, dear listener, will fall somewhere within this wide spectrum:
1. You acknowledge peace of mind as the ultimate human good, and you want it.
2. You crave financial security, and you deserve it.
3. You desire a certain hope for future achievement.
4. You need to develop coping mechanisms in the event of the inevitable adversities and disasters of this life time.
5. Â You want to rise above depression.
6. Â How do you raise positive kids in a negative world?
7. Â How do you cope with your pervasive fear of the unknown?
8. Â How do you cope with the stress incident to day-to-day living?
9. Â How do you handle the unfair, and sometimes, downright malicious attitude of others towards you?
10. Ultimately, you want to find true meaning in, and to make some sense out of, this chaos called life!
(B) Â Secondly, having assisted you to identify your core concerns, it then becomes my unavoidable obligation to assist you in arriving at a rational resolution of these concerns in your life.
I urge you, at this stage, to come into a full appreciation of two facts:
1. Life is quite a challenge. It has always been, and will always be. Now, let us work from first principles: Is it not patently true that once you gain so much familiarity with something, it is only a matter of course that you will become contemptuous of it? An oft-quoted refrain puts it quite simply:”Familiarity breeds contempt.”
Begin to intensely familiarize yourself with the fact that life is quite a challenge. Become so familiar with this valid notion that, soon enough, you would have developed so much contempt for the very fact, that, the fact that life is a challenge will no longer be one worthy of your attention. This means that the fact that life is a challenge will simply pale into insignificance, and life itself then becomes a much easier project to pursue.
2. Realize that no one promised you that life would be a bed of roses. However, you may pray that you will be accorded sufficient grace to safely navigate your path through the thorns, and the narrow bridges of life.
HEREIN, then, lies the functional utility of my messages.
To encourage you.
To tell you that there is a certain hope for the future.
To assist you in building up your dormant faith.
To inform you that courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.
To tell you that you can rise above adversity, and become whole again.
Above all, to join you in composing a new song that says: I WILL DREAM MY BEST LIFE EVER, AND THEN, I WILL LIVE THE DREAM!
To put matters in a beautiful nutshell, I am your dream catalyst, and your dream merchant, all in the same instance!
And, that was why I christened my Show, DREAM THE LIFE; Â LIVE THE DREAM, in the first place!
Accept, with the most affectionate regards, my best wishes for a life filled with the magical splendor of glittering dividends, in all areas of the glorious life which you so richly deserve!
Dr. Yomi Garnett
President, The Global Institute For Human Excellence.
For more information about Yomi, Tune into his Show “Dream the Life. Live the Dream.”Â Our show challenges you to grow, and helps you to win. Our entire show is based on the thirteen unbreakable habits of truly enlightened people. Each episode of this initial series focuses on one of these life-changing habits. It will be an interactive excursion in self-discovery, with the aim of effecting a radical alteration in your world view. Our program is designed to touch your very core if you are seeking your own true path to destiny.
Tune in to Dream the Life. Live the Dream, every Thursday at 7 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
Yoga and meditation while dealing Â with PTSD, TBI and MST.
Pamela Stokes Eggleston: MBA, Senior Consultant. Since 2004, Pamelaâs goal has been to raise awareness of the challenges military families and veterans face upon returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since her husband was combat injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Pamela can identify with military spouses and caregivers who are often ignored. She has worked in the public policy, criminology, research and business management fields for over 18 years, serving as a consultant, peer reviewer and grant reviewer for numerous agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the VA, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), the Department of Labor, the National Resource Directory, and as an advisor on Congress-supported publications, and as Development Director for Blue Star Families. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association; additionally, she serves as an Advisory Board Member of Tee It Up for The Troops and on the Business and Professional Women Foundationâs Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Advisory Council.
Lorinda Fontaine Farris: Lorinda has been a practicing nurse practitioner for fourteen years, in the military for 27 and a spouse for 17 years. Of those 17 years of marriage, Lorinda shared her husband, Doug,Â with the Army for fourteen of them.Â Her husband retired from the Army four years ago; ironically, she has now worked for the Army as a government civilian for four years continuing to care for military women, spouses and retirees. Lorinda loves what she does for a living and is honored to be caring for her fellow military comrades. Lorinda and Doug have two âchildrenâ, their cats, Moxie and Glacier.
Tune in for a new episode with the Hosts of theÂ American Heroes Network on the Voiceamerica Variety Channel.Â Listen for this weeks episode “Yoga & Alternative PTSD Therapy” Tuesday January 28th 8am Pacific Time.
Â It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition. American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes.Â This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.