October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Here is a PSA video that is produced by DAMSEL in DEFENSE and brought to our attention by their representative, Linda Benecke of Damsel Pro Gal.

Please take time to discuss the tough issues spotlighted in this video with your loved ones.

Being Balanced with Water

What do Arianna Huffington, Brendon Burchard, and Eben Pagan have in common? If you answered an amazing amount of wealth along with millions of social media followers you would be correct.

There is another commonality among these three contemporary thought-leaders that has contributed to their success. They each speak about the importance of bringing balance into your life through daily morning rituals; the most important of these is drinking water! They recommend drinking water first thing in the morning and continue with lots of quality water throughout your day.

Learning through personal experience of body fatigue and sickness by not giving the body its most important nutrient, water, we go into dehydration. When the body dehydrates, even just a little, it’s like letting parts of our brain dry up. Dehydration dulls our alertness, lowers our energy, allows toxins to build, and slows our metabolism.

If we don’t give our body its most basic needs, our body will start failing us when we need it most to show up.

In fact, the aforementioned powers in business and media had this to say about the importance of hydration and balance in their lives:

Arianna Huffington starts her day every morning with a glass of hot water with lemon and she continues saying, “I drink tons of water with lemon throughout the day.” *

Eben Pagan’s morning success ritual includes drinking a half liter of water, doing several minutes of meditation, drinking a green smoothie using his custom recipe, and doing a morning walk to get exercise while spending time with his daughter. Moreover, Eben’s ritual over time has resulted in dropping 20 lbs. of excess weight, making him healthier, and more productive throughout his day.

Pagan shares, “I have found that the first action I do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. When I have a great morning, I feel the rest of the day is great too. I can concentrate and get things done and feel a fulfilling satisfaction at the end of the day.” – Excerpt from Wake Up Productive  webinar.

Brendon recommends that we set a trigger. You wake up in the morning and your first action is to drink water, get dressed for exercise, and workout. Bam! Nothing interrupts those actions. Plan for success by starting your day, every day, with a routine you do not question.

Brendon Burchard says, “ I’ve spent my entire career helping high performers basically set up better habits in their lives, better routines, better strategies that they could run on a continual basis -to keep them energized, to keep them in a good space, to keep them engaged, to keep them enthusiastic.

If we can’t have the right habits in our daily life, we’ll never reach high performance.”

Read more about Burchard and his recommendation regarding water consumption in his New York Times best-seller ,  The Charge. 

More about the value of water

Drinking water first thing in the morning jump-starts your metabolism. Rania Batayneh, MPH, a nutritionist and the author of The One One One Diet, explains how the essential carbohydrates and proteins that you consume on a daily basis are digested, assimilated, and transported by way of water throughout the body. “When we are not adequately hydrated, we can mistake thirst with hunger, which leads us to eat more,” she says. 


 My personal journey…

Just like cute puppies and chicken soup, water can be “man’s best medicine”.  Through years of my intensive study of seeking health and well-being, I’ve experimented on myself and I completely agree with the aforementioned thought –leaders who emphasized the importance of water in our diet. Along that path for wellness inside and out, I have chosen to drink Kangen water.

Why Kangen? Simply, this water is restructured water and cannot be bottled and stored on a shelf because its greatest benefits must be absorbed and assimilated fresh (just as eating fresh-made food is always the healthiest and more tasty.) Kangen water is made by attaching a medical grade ionizer to your kitchen faucet. The medical grade ionizer cleans and restructures your tap water into high-quality energy equal to fresh mountain running water as nature intended. In my opinion, it is the most delicious, fresh, anti-oxidant water you’ll ever taste without being in the high mountains drinking from a running stream of active, alive water!

Last words, please seek out the healthiest water you can find and drink, drink, drink to your health!


*Arianna Huffington, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

About the author:

Debbie D’Aquino is associated with Kangen Water. She is available to connect with those interested in learning more here:

You may also learn more about this multi-talented dynamo at DebbieD’

Opinions expressed here are hers alone. She received no compensation for writing this article.


Don’t forget this powerful tool – LinkedIn

Facebook. Twitter. Google+.  Instagram.  YouTube.

All of these are amazing social media platforms that can be instrumental in helping with an entrepreneurs marketing plan.  However, when it comes to really splashing your skills so potential customers or employers notice8dbdea_a25fc462106442b4bf99c54ed7f07060 be sure to jump to LinkedIn!   

Why? LinkedIn has many elements that the other social media platforms do not include. In fact, it is a huge site for putting prospective employees with employers!

Here are just a few reasons why this site is well worth your time – whether you are “job shopping” or not:

1. LinkedIn offers an opportunity to upload your current resume, spotlighting your skill set.

2. LinkedIn offers a way for you to connect with people in your field and groups that share your interests.

3. Posts are shared on LInkedIn and can be re-shared via TWITTER – giving you double the exposure of your blog, articles, etc.

4. You can’t deny that LinkedIn is now the new want ads.  Here you can job search locally and globally. Moreover, you can post jobs if you are looking for talent!  Much more “verifiable” than Craigslist and definitely a professional matchmaker!

5. You can share your programs and social media talents with integrated platforms – such as Slideshare.

6. There are varying levels of membership.  The premium memberships allow you to connect directly with people on a more personal level, especially helpful if searching for employment or to make B2B connections.

7. A basic membership is FREE.

8. This platform can be an extension of what you do locally, such as BCBC.

This is what LinkedIn users sometimes forget, however:

1. This platform is not Facebook or  for  crowd sourcing funding.. So don’t post your plea to help fund your new book or video and simply don’t  ask for donations to help with a charitable event either.

2. Negative comments on LinkedIn are just as detrimental to your career as anywhere else on social media.

3. Don’t over post.  You need not switch your resume each time you write a blog or find out your Klout score has raised.

To learn more about LinkedIn visit their website at





Whew -my busy season is officially over (except for the few custom jewelry orders that I will be making before Christmas). So, as this year comes to an end I find myself reflecting on the many things that I have to be grateful for.

This past weekend was my last show creative jewelry show of the year. While it was successful monetarily, it was more successful for me – emotionally. The craft show was held at a local Catholic church. I was raised Catholic, but do not practice my faith in church (although I do usually attend on the BIG holidays). And, being around people of faith in the church atmosphere reminds me that there is still a kind, gentle and thoughtful sense of community in houses of the Lord, regardless of what religion one is . But this blog is not about religion – it is about being grateful. So, here is my partial list, as the full list would go on for too many pages.

I am grateful for all the things I am given by God.

I am grateful for the trials that I have endured and conquered.

I am grateful for the large and small successes of my husband with his health struggles, getting stronger most days, and not on many days.

I am grateful to be able to give of my time and talents to those in need. And while I give freely and unconditionally, I unashamedly DO receive emotional happiness in helping others. I see this as a win-win.

I am grateful to have been able to share my life with those close to me who have passed this year: my oldest brother, my nephew’s lovely wife, and my dear cat of 20 years.

I am grateful for every day I wake up and can get out of bed with ease.

While life may be challenging at times, I will always keep gratitude close to my heart.

Simply… Grateful~


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My Hero, Jaylen Arnold from

by Louise Sattler, Psychologist, owner of Signing Families

My hero is a thirteen year old Floridian with Tourette’s Syndrome  and other unique traits.   He doesn’t spend his days doing ordinary things. He does EXTRAORDINARY things!    Meet Jaylen Arnold!

I did, back before he was all over national news, had his own Wikipedia page and was nearly a household name.  We first me when he was a guest on my radio show and later in “real life” (over yummy food in a restaurant outside of Orlando, Florida).  I knew from the minute I spoke to his mom, Robin,   that Jaylen would be “someone to watch”.  I also knew that the impact he made on my life in less than 30 minutes was going to be life-changing. And , it was!

img_0698Jaylen has a mission statement that I think should be repeated daily in classrooms, playgrounds and boardrooms –  Bullying NO WAY!  He wants to put anti-bullying programs in to EVERY school in the United States.  The program, while targeted to help kids, actively involves parents and teachers.


I believe that Jaylen’s story is very powerful and the lessons learned need to be told in his own voice. That is why I wrote this earlier blog with links to his media pages.  It is his story to tell and here it is>> Read  Jaylen’s  story here.

This Spring Jaylen and family are taking his message to the highways! Thanks to the generosity of many sponsors and entertainment personalities willing to donate their time, Jaylen is now criss – crossing America to help put an end to senseless bullying! He also has become quite a notable TV personality himself.

Watch Jaylen on television via YouTube

Soon, he will be trekking in to Los Angeles where I plan on reuniting with this amazing teen and his family!  If you have ever doubted yourself, your vision , or your endeavor – you need to meet Jaylen.  He makes you realize that if you want it bad enough you can’t make any excuses.  He doesn’t.

Some people call Jaylen inspirational, hopeful and a role model.

I call my friend – hero!

Love ya, Jay!