The holidays mean a time for rejuvenation!

by Louise Sattler, 411 voices

It is that time of year when families get together, old friends reunite and  proverbial doors are open for a myriad of emotions to collide! How to handle the stress of the holidays?

First, recognize that this is a busy time and try to organize with a schedule.  But be careful! Don’t over commit to too many get – togethers that run you ragged.  When the family gets together try to keep conversations “light” and perhaps crack out the board games to set the stage for a fun event filled with laughter instead of open conversational time that can lead to topics best left for another time.

Next, give yourself permission to let some things “go”.  Ask guests to bring a dish to pass to your holiday party so that you don’t need to cook the entire meal.  Go the bakery to get your cakes and cookies vs. making them yourself.  Enjoy a quiet evening at home instead of accepting each and every invitation.

Tip:  download the UBER app or friends phone numbers in to your cell phone so you aren’t tempted to drink and drive and have a safe way to get home.

Treat yourself!  You have bought and wrapped gifts for everyone from your neighbors to your family. Now it is time to treat yourself! Get a facial, go to a movie, go for a long walk or hike, enjoy an afternoon out with friends, buy yourself a little present, too.

Get ready for 2016!  Make a list of one or two goals for 2016.  We are more apt to complete reasonable goals than a long list of lifestyle changes. Think of the big picture when you create your list.  Such as read more, exercise during my lunch hour on a daily basis, spend less time on social media and more time having real conversations, turn off the TV during dinner, etc.  We hope that one of your goals is to come to our meeting if you are a woman biz owner in the beach cities of LA or check out our websites!

What are you looking forward to most in 2016?  Write down your aspirations, wishes and goals and put them in a jar.  Set the jar in your cupboard and open it up again in 2017.

From all of us at the Beach Cities Breakfast Club to all of you- Happy Holidays!


How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

Sad young beautyThe cold is the most common infectious disease in the United States and unfortunately it becomes prevalent during the holiday season. In the United States it is estimated that the average adult will get a cold typically two times a year, while children may have up to ten. The typical cold accounts for more missed work and absences at school than any other illness. People typically see their primary care physician for colds, however it is a viral infection and all doctors can do is say to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Treating colds with antibiotics are virtually useless because antibiotics treat bacterial infections and a cold is a viral infection.

There can be an abundance of reasons why during the holiday season our immune systems can become compromised:

-Eating too much sugar and grains

-Not getting adequate sleep and rest

-Low levels of vitamin D & C

-Emotional stress can be elevated during these times

Colds can typically last one to two weeks in duration. How can you curb colds and make them go away faster? What can I do to prevent cold from occurring in the first place? Here are some great ideas to keep you healthy during the holiday season.

-Coconut oil- It has great anti-septic properties and is high in Omega 3’s

-Eat organic local fruits and vegetables-mushrooms especially have great immune enhancing properties

-Eat garlic- It is a potent antimicrobial agent that kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Other herbs and spices with high healthy promoting properties are: turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, and cloves.

-Stay hydrated-Instead of gulping down Gatorades and sports drinks which have an overabundance of sugars try cutting up some grapefruit and basil, or cucumber and lemon for a great way to make your water sparkle with flavor.

-Get plenty of exercise and sleep- With the stresses or work and finances your body needs time to heal and recuperate.

-Introduce supplements such as zinc, vitamin C, and oregano oil into your daily routine.

Stay Healthy!

Dr. Sabrina Quinene

About Breast Thermography

Did you know that one in eight women will develop an invasive breast cancer in their lifetime? If you knew what tools were available to you would you do everything possible and take all the necessary steps to lessen your chances of developing cancer? The answer is Breast Thermography, which is a promising screening tool that is used as an adjunct to mammography. A breast thermogram is 15 minute non-invasive, non-radiation test of physiology.  Thermography detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease.

To understand how thermography works we must first look at how cancer spreads. Cancers need nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth. In order to facilitate the process, new blood vessels are formed through a process known as neoangiogenesis. This vascular process causes an increase in surface temperature in the affected regions which can be viewed with infrared cameras. Additionally, the newly formed blood vessels have a distinct appearance, which thermography can detect.

The most promising aspect of thermography is its ability to detect anomalies years before mammography. Studies have shown that by the time a tumor has grown to be a sufficient size to be detectable by physical examination or mammography it has in fact been growing for seven years. A mammogram can detect a tumor once it is about 12-15 mm in size, whereas thermography can detect a tumor 2 mm in size. It is a great screening tool for women as young as 25 to serve as a good baseline against future changes that might occur in the breasts. Why wait until 50 years of age to get screened for breast cancer when there are screening tools like thermography that are safe and extremely effective? Take charge of your own breast health and find a certified thermography physician today.


Read more about Dr. Sabrina on her bio page here


Steps to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur!

         You have an idea. Others think it is great! You think perhaps now is the time to take the plunge. Wait!  You have NO idea how to forge in to the business world as an entrepreneur – let alone SUCCEED!

First, don’t even kid yourself that you can be a successful business owner without equipping yourself with the right tools?


Write down what is is that you want to achieve with your business and why? (To provide for your family, change your career, add dimension to your life? Whatever is the reason, write it down.)


Post your REASON(s) of why you are starting this business to the wall where you can see it daily! This will help you more than you can measure when times get rough – and they will!

Keep a motivational WHY statement where you can see it DAILY!

Keep a motivational WHY statement where you can see it DAILY!


STEP THREE and FOUR (they are interrelated)

Develop a business plan?

Make sure to have a projection timeline included in your business plan?

Seek experts to help you if you haven’t a clue on how to start a business. (Community colleges and local Small Business Associations offer mentors and classes)


Get a TAX ID, Business License and any other paper work that you need to be a LEGAL business. Don’t think that the little ‘ol  “cottage business” you are doing from your basement is tax exempt\


BUDGET!  This should be integrated in to your business plan, but you need to budget and then ADD 10% for unforeseen costs and expenses.  Don’t forget to include license fees, taxes and marketing costs.


GET your URL once you are a legal entity (or before). Claim your NAME and BUSINESS NAME websites. Using cheap servers such as GO DADDY will help you to BUY your online presence. Then also secure your TWITTER, PINTEREST, FACEBOOK and GOOGLE + names, too!  If you don’t secure them right away (even at the idea stage) then I guarantee the minute the “word is out” about your great idea for a business someone will snatch these website names out from under you!  And, use FREE ways to get your name out there like asking for BLOGGERS to try your product and then review.

 STEP EIGHT- (where is where I will end for now)

Educate yourself about running a business and about YOUR business field. A wise business owner is half the battle.  And, don’t give things away for FREE  unless it is part of your marketing plan.

An Open Letter to Thyroid Patients

BCBC member, Louise Sattler is about to “celebrate” her third anniversary of having Stage 3 Thyroid cancer removed from her neck and her life! Here is an honest and humorous blog to help others who may be undergoing the same path.  This was originally written for her blog WHERE LEARNING MEETS LAUGHTER and we reprint here due to the importance of helping other thyroid cancer patients.
Dear New Thyroid Cancer Patient,


I am writing this letter nearly three years to the date of my thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer.  I was so lucky to be surrounded by great docs at  Johns Hopkins Hospital  and many others.

I know it  seems like the trips to doctors offices, tests and treatments will never end. Your scared, frustrated and perhaps feeling a sense of doom.  Welcome to cancer- land. Sorry it isn’t fun – just beastly.

For some of you this will be a short “lump” in the road (thanks to Margaret McSweeney who coined that phrase during her own bout with cancer). For others, the road will be long and bumpy.  Here is perhaps a few little suggestions to help you endure whatever path you now have found yourself taking –

1. Surround yourself with those who truly care about you and don’t shut out anyone who genuinely wants to help you because you are too “embarrassed”.   NOW  is a time to accept anyone with good karma to help you out.  (If they have a drivers license and can do errands for you post-surgery – even better!)

2. Delete from social media,  your contact list and your life anyone who brings negative energy to you and yours.   You don’t need them right now.  Maybe never.  Also, expect that some people will believe cancer is contagious and will dump your friendship like a hot potato.  So be it.  Remember stay positive, rid yourself of negative. There are a lot of great people in this world. Those who tossed you aside are not them.

3. Your body will betray you.  The surgery will be only the beginning of the changes to happen to your body.  Expect a shift in how you look.  A few more pounds. A few less pounds. I haven’t met anyone who had thyroid surgery who weighed the same before and after.  Your hair will get all funky for a bit. Your voice may change and you will find other oddities that are either annoying or a bit humorous. Just go with it!

4. Ladies – retail therapy for new scarves is a must!   Indulge and don’t go too cheap – you want the kind that look fashionable but don’t scratch or make you sweat.

5. Men- scarves can help you out too. So can turtleneck sweaters, etc.

6. Or… wear that scar proudly!!

7. If you have a voice problem – go ask your doctor for recommendations to speech therapist who work with voice disorders.  You may need help with your vocal quality (I sounded like James Earl Jones for about two months, frankly!). Also, don’t be shy and discuss with your physician any of your concerns. You paid him/her big bucks to get the cancer out- and you want your monies worth!

8. Accept that you will have a whole host of emotions, from sad to laughing for no reason.  Let’s face it – cancer is absurd!

9. Take a break. Even if it is to have a mini vacation at the local Holiday Inn Express for one night.  Bring chocolate for medicinal reasons.

10. Celebrate your NEW life.  It is not all bad. You have learned some valuable lessons and will learn many,  many more. Most of all – every day is IMPORTANT and there is no room for EXCUSES.  Now is the time to re-evaluate what  you want to keep, change and add to your life.

11. Here is a link to many more of  my cancer related posts)

 LASTLY… Know that I and many more thyroid cancer survivors are in your corner.  Good luck and have a great life!



About the author:  Louise Sattler is a frequent blogger and social media expert. She is the co-founder of 411 VOICES – Women in Media

When your guests won’t leave –

This blog first appeared on the 411 VOICES website and is reprinted here with permission by the author, Louise Sattler.

When the Guest Won’t Leave – Living with Cancer

By  On September 24, 2013 · Add Comment

By Louise Sattler, Signing Families

Cancer arrived at my doorstep nearly three years ago.  It wasn’t welcome and it took every ounce of my being and the skill of a team of doctors to eradicate the beast from being detected in my body.  I am thankful for all amazing medical care that I received at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Yet, despite being one of the “lucky ones,” I must say that cancer is like a guest that never LEAVES!

I know that many are probably reading this article thinking I have NO right to complain. I survived. I am able to see another day. I truly get that sentiment and outrage. I like most, have lost many a friend and relative to cancer.  I also know that when you are a survivor and doctors have determined your disease untraceable with no apparent evidence (we no longer call it remission), that you will continue to have your doubts. Big ones. Forever.

                 Because in reality cancer never really leaves you…

In fact, it lurks in the back of the minds of each and every person I know who has been diagnosed. Sure, you can try and forget about it. Go about routine as if it never existed, but the honest truth is that it wins, time and time again.

Every cough… every body pain…  every headache… makes you wonder… is IT back?

When I first heard about the words.. You have Stage 3 metastatic cancer of the thyroid – time stopped.  I started to recall chapter and verse Kubler – Ross’ books about grief and dying.   Instead of being a patient I became – “SUPER PSYCHOLOGIST”..  busy analyzing the words and body stance of the doctor delivering the news. Was she lying? Was he being too evasive? Was it worse than she said or better?

Fast –  forward to six months after my diagnosis when I got the news many long to hear- “there is no evidence of disease”.  I spent that day smiling from ear to ear and feeling an overwhelming sense of being grateful!  But, that didn’t last long as IT returned. Not as cells that torment and rage your body but as a mental invader giving you a chronic sense that the “other shoe could drop” so don’t be so smug.

So, as I get ready to hop back on the table for my bi-annual check up, I am smacked with the reality that the beast still lurks in the back of my mind and I need to own up to that. I also have determined that there are many more beasts finding a permanent home in the minds of others.  I guess I am not the only one with the guest that refuses to leave.

So, I guess it is time to just accept that some guests never leave… or pay rent.

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