ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Association

This challenge involves dumping ice cold water over the head of the individual who’s been challenge is intended to raise awareness for ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hence the name  ALS ice bucket challenge.  The person nominated must complete the challenge within 24 hours of being nominated or donate $100 dollars to ALS Association.  And in the light of supporting a worthy cause while spreading fun at the same time, most people choose to donate and still perform the ice bucket challenge.  This fund raising project surely reached a phenomenal impact to the public in general – where people from all walks of life including famous personalities are doing the ice bucket challenge.

ALS is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” it is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  As it progresses and the motor neuron dies, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is also lost. This may eventually leave the patient totally paralyzed during the later stages of the disease. 

The ALS Association is bringing hope to those people affected by the disease by leading the way in global research and providing assistance - through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships. The Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS and with the attention that the fund raising project is getting right now, there is a big hope that more and more people will be educated about ALS.  For more about ALS and the ALS Association you can visit their official website on www.alsa.org.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted!

You have probably saw tons of people doing the ice bucket challenge – from ordinary people to famous personalities!  And yours truly has been challenged by my superwoman friend Carla Kohlhase.  So this supermom rises to the occasion and took to my daughter Eloise and son Tristan to help me with the ice bucket challenge!

Click the image above to see the video :)

I then nominate my superwomen friends, Layla Black, Candice Mata Box and Terri Nicholson – everybody was a good sport and obliged themselves to do the Ice Bucket Challenge! FUN!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is Simply Contagious

What a great way to spread awareness, right?! Ice Bucket Challenge became a great tool in creating awareness about a disease that probably not a lot of people are familiar with.  As the popularity of this fun challenge continues to spread so is the awareness about ALS.

As of August 25, The ALS Association has received 79.7 million dollars in donations, from July 29 to August 25. That’s way more than the $2.5 million dollars raised during the same time period last year. These donations came from existing donors and 1.7 million new donors to The Association.  That’s a very promising development, I’m positive that before the fun died out we’ll be able to reach and educate as many people as possible with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

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Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Click below and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

“A simple system that anybody can follow to potentially make more money than they ever have before.”

That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.

It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:
- It made them want it.
- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

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Wacth my video challenges HERE!

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California Earthquake Magnitude 6

The California earthquake felt Sunday measures 6.0 on the Richter scale, the strongest in the last 25 years.  It leaves a number of houses on fire, several establishment destroyed or damaged including a number of historical buildings.  This California earthquake definitely shakes the people in the area badly hit.  People are taken aback because of the strength of the quake.  In times of calamities, like this California earthquake, it matters that people are aware of basic training on what to do to help themselves and their neighbors as well.

California Earthquake and the Certified SF NERT

It really pays to be a certified SF NERT especially in times like this.  NERT stands for Neighborhood Emergency Response Team and to become a certified NERT you need to undergo a training program given by the San Francisco Fire Department

It was actually an earthquake that leads San Franciscan to come up with the idea of NERT.  It becomes clearer more than ever that knowledge on basic training to provide emergency assistance for themselves, their family and their neighbors as well is extremely important.  Rescue responders of course always try their best to be at the scene the soonest they can but every second counts in case of emergencies and can even mean life and death for those involve.

A typical SF NERT volunteer is not one type, he is anyone who is active and involved in the community–or wants to be.  These NERT teams are best formed in neighborhoods through a partnership with existing community groups like the Neighborhood Watch program, Rotary Club, business group, faith based group or homeowners association. 

California earthquake: It Pays to Be Prepared

Check out my previous posts about NERT and learn more about San Francisco Fire Department's disaster preparedness training program.  NERT network is build by neighbors, team members and co-workers and teams up with the San Francisco Fire Department in cases of emergencies like the very recent California earthquake.

 

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Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Click below and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

“A simple system that anybody can follow to potentially make more money than they ever have before.”

That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.

It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:
- It made them want it.
- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

Click below to know more!

Watch my video challenges HERE:

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Juicing for Health

Juicing is definitely good for your health and an excellent way to lose weight safely.  You can actually have it before meals – like juices that include vegetables that require more calories to digest than they contain (like carrots, cabbage and broccoli) because it will help curb your appetite and speed up the weight loss process. Juicing also ensures that you get enough vegetables and fruits in your diet because let’s face it; most of our meals are generally carb and calorie laden.  With juicing, you can get all the nutrients that you need in a few gulps.

Juicing Tips

If you want to be successful at juicing in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle, then be sure to keep your juicing machine on your counter or in sight all the time. If you keep a certain area designated as the "juicing area," then you will be more likely to use it as it is intended.

Reuse the pulp from your vegetable juices to cut down on waste. You can use vegetable pulp as a base for soups and stews, to add flavor and texture. In addition, the pulp can be used as the base for compost, which you can then use in your garden to grow even more fresh vegetables.

Make sure and remove the greens from items like carrots and rhubarb. They can contain harmful chemicals that become toxic when juiced. Make sure to research all of your fruits, veggies and other items before juicing them so that you are aware of any important do's and don'ts before starting.

The best time to fire up your juicer is a half hour before any meal. Drink the fresh juice on an empty stomach. Drinking juice on an empty stomach is helpful to absorb the most nutrients quickly and effectively. Fruit juices should be consumed in the mornings because digestive energy is the lowest in the mornings.

Certain juices are very potent, so contact your pediatrician before juicing for children especially the young ones. Some fruits can cause diarrhea in large doses, for example, so while they just keep you regular they could instead keep your child regularly in the bathroom! If you can't get to the doctor any time soon, stick to juice that is typically sold with kids in mind, like apple and orange.

Juicing Your Way to Fitness!

If you want to be more health conscious, you do healthier things. Whether eating or drinking, there are several ways that you could make meals wiser and healthier, and juicing is one such way. Drinking juice is one of the best ways to get the nutrients and enzymes your body needs. So do you buy bottled juice or make your own juice? Start now the habit of juicing!

 

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at about.me/lisabnetwork

“A simple system that anybody can follow to potentially make more money than they ever have before.”

That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.

It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:
- It made them want it.
- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

Click below to know more!

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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Save Environment Now

Focus should be given on how we can save environment now given its state and the people’s mindset when it comes to conservation and preservation.  With the ever growing population worldwide come the accompanying problem of trash pollution and the incessant demand of people to require more from the environment.  The numbers are growing but our planet is not expanding – the more reason why we need to do something to save environment now.  Raising awareness about how our actions are affecting the environment will create understanding as to how we can save environment by taking responsibility.  We can start by being a conscious consumer and supporting fair trade products.

Save Environment by Supporting Fair Trade

Did you know that a key principle of the World Fair Trade Organization states the protection and conservation of our natural resources?  With that, there are guidelines as well as Environmental Standards that needed to be met by farmers who would like to participate in fair trade.  The standards aim to protect the environment so that we can preserve and conserve it for more generations to come.  There are guidelines are set from the treatment of the soil and water to non use of GMOs and agrochemicals.  The farmers are given financial incentives and resources for adhering to standards – that is for organic conversion, reforestation, water conservation as well as environmental education.

Save Environment by Being Aware

It’s safe to say that buying fair trade goods also save environment.  Farmers are starting to treat our natural resources more wisely, respectfully and economically because of the education and additional knowledge brought upon by fair trade cooperatives.  They are now enlightened to the fact that these natural resources will provide for their livelihood, their children’s education and even their family’s health care.  As a sign of gratitude it’s only proper that we care and save environment in return.

Fair Trade empowers the farmers through funding and incentives.  It means that they no longer have to result into their old ways – carelessly farming with no regards to deforestation, erosion or the impact of their pesticides to people and the water system.  Knowing that they can fairly join the trade market by making a living while protecting the environment – there is no reason why they will not choose to embrace the new ways.

Fair Trade is making an impact to the lives of people by providing them the means of livelihood while at the same time helping to save environment through awareness and education.  In Fair Trade, we can assure that producers or the farmers are being paid accordingly, being protected by working in a safe environment and are being educated with the needed information to push through further with their chosen means of livelihood.  Fair Trade also ensures that mother earth is being protected by promoting a more sustainable eco-friendly lifestyle to save environment.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Click below and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at about.me/lisabnetwork

“A simple system that anybody can follow to potentially make more money than they ever have before.”

That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.
It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:

- It made them want it.
- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

Click below to know more!

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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meditation

Meditation: Natural Healing

Oftentimes, our body and mind eventually give in to all the everyday stress that we started to feel the heaviness - physically, mentally and emotionally.  And of course we all hate that feeling.  You’ll be surprised at how even a brief meditation can do so much for you.  Meditation is definitely a great way to clear our minds, relieve us of stress and ease some chronic pains that you may be experiencing.

Meditation 101

Before you start to condition your mind into surrendering in a meditative state here are three basic considerations that can help you prepare for meditation:

Find a quiet place – If you can, it’s ideal to choose a room that has an ocean view, or view of the nature like mountains or fields. But of course, the reality is that most of us may not have such luck.  Probably for many people out there having an empty and spare room is already a luxury in itself.  If you do happen to have an extra room for your meditation, have it painted with colors that suggest relaxation (like lavender, sky blue, or green).  You can also opt to have even just a small space or area; just make sure that it’s the quietest place in the house.

Nothing too fancy but some props will be great – Keep in mind that we don’t want clutter, in fact you basically just need something you can sit on, it could be a mat, a rug, or a cushion.  You just need simple meditation pillows or mat to avoid strain on your back, remember that you’ll be sitting in a position for an extended period of time.  You can also add plants, or table top water fountain, the sound of rushing water will help you relax. You can also use meditation music so you can relax more easily.  You can also try using incense or scented candles and see if that relaxes you better – for some people, starting at the candle’s flame helps them to focus their mind in the present.

Getting yourself ready – Before meditation make sure that it is that time of the day where you are most unlikely to be disturbed.  It is ideal to meditate before a meal rather than after because we tend to doze off whenever we’re full.  On the other hand, meditating when you’re hungry is not a sound idea either since it will be harder to concentrate in meditation when our mind is actually thinking about food.  As to your clothing, it doesn’t necessary have to be lose fitting, you just have to make sure that it doesn’t restraint your movements or your breathing when you start on your meditation.

Meditation, Your Mind, and Your Body

Don’t under-estimate the power of even a 3-minute meditation in your life.  It has been proven how just minutes of stillness could actually calm us down, make us think differently and let us see more clearly. Feel relaxed physiologically, psychologically, and even spirituality – with meditation.

 

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Click below and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at about.me/lisabnetwork

“A simple system that anybody can follow to potentially make more money than they ever have before.”

That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.
It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:

- It made them want it.
- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

Click below to know more!

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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