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It’s harder than ever to hold a person’s attention in today’s hectic, digitized world.  A recent headline in TIME proclaimed “You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span than a Goldfish.” Ouch! Goldfish can only focus for about nine seconds. Why not turn the few extra seconds you have with your clients and prospects into a […]

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How to Meet your Romantic Match

Lisa Amador, owner of Santa Barbara Matchmaking, is a dating coach and matchmaker. Pictured here as 'naughty Cupid,' she says her Valentine's parties usually net the most matches (Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking).

Lisa Amador, owner of Santa Barbara Matchmaking (pictured here as ‘naughty Cupid’)says her Valentine’s parties are traditionally her most successful event of the year.(Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking).

February is considered the ‘month of love’ for some romantics. For others, Valentine’s Day (or February) is just another reminder of being single.  But, if you would like to, chances are it’s not too late for you to find a sweetheart.

Lisa Amador, owner of Santa Barbara Matchmaking, is a matchmaker and dating coach. She offers dating and relationship coaching as well as personalized matchmaking services to clients who are looking for true love.

In our podcast conversation, Amador offers advice for navigating the world of online dating. For starters, she suggests writing a solid profile and posting flattering, non-blurry (recent) photos (which can be taken with your smartphone).

In the online profile, Amador urged Lisa.FM listeners to show off some aspects of your personality. “Share what’s exciting and wonderful about you…. Tell me a story that shows who you are. Or, give something unique to allow the person to see who you are.”

Singles mingling at a Santa Barbara Matchmaking mixer (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

Singles mingling at a Santa Barbara Matchmaking mixer (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

“You should be very transparent (in your profile) and let people know what you are looking for so you don’t waste your time.”

The Santa Barbara matchmaking maven says one of the biggest challenges of her job is helping her clients to get in the proper mindset – to be ready for love to come into their lives. Confidence and feeling good about yourself and your body can translate into a better dating experience.

“You’re going to attract what you are putting out… so you want to attract the best,” said Amador.

In our podcast, Amador talks about how to choose the best online dating site for your needs.

Tinder is known for offering a platform for ‘hook ups,’ which isn’t the best option for anyone who wants true love. But, Amador doesn’t rule out any site, since you never know (where you will find Mr or Ms Right).

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Santa Barbara Matchmaking is hosting a “Meet Your Match 2016” party at Globe in Santa Barbara, February 13th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. She says this is traditionally her most successful event of the year. “People come and they’re hopeful. They’re excited there’s a chance to meet somebody.”

Amador hosts parties with icebreaker games so guests will feel more comfortable mingling (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

Amador hosts parties with icebreaker games so guests will feel more comfortable mingling (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

So, don’t be shy if you are looking for love – just go for it! And, please keep me posted on your stories and success!  

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Everyday Fitness

Fitness trainer Lanré Idewu warms up a group of hikers ahead of a trek through the Santa Monica Mountains (Photo courtesy of Lanré Idewu)

Fitness trainer Lanré Idewu warms up a group of hikers ahead of a trek through the Santa Monica Mountains (Photo courtesy of Lanré Idewu)

Think it’s hard to get fit, lose weight and eat healthy? Maybe you’re being too hard on yourself.

“You don’t need to spend an entire hour working out,” said Lanré Idewu. The former medical student turned certified trainer and celebrity fitness instructor suggests working more activity into your day naturally. “The key is to get moving.”

As for strict diets, he isn’t a fan. “Everything in moderation, including moderation…. if you eat a piece of cake, don’t beat yourself up.”

An important key to achieving the body you have always dreamed of is in finding a way to be happy with your appearance now, before you begin your fitness regime.

In this podcast, Lanré explains why strict diets don’t always work, how you can easily add more activity into a busy day, and the affects the stress hormone cortisol could have on your body.

Learn more about Lanré Idewu at Fit4LA.com

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12 Steps: A Path to Recovery

"First Light" photo by Ken Pfeiffer

“First Light” photo by Ken Pfeiffer

Anyone who has attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting has likely heard of the ’12 Steps.”

The spiritual program based on 12 steps, worked through step by step in consecutive order, was created by Bill Wilson in the 1930s. Since then, it’s helped a lot of people overcome their addictions to alcohol and drugs.

Today, the 12 Steps have been modified and are used in many lesser-known self help programs such as Al-anon-Alateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics as well as Gamblers AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Narconon and many more.

“(Before the 12 steps came along), alcoholism was regarded as a moral weakness,” said Dr. Ken Pfeiffer, a Carpinteria-based psychologist and pain expert. “The traditional way of dealing with alcoholics was with scorn, and condemnation and punishment… We know now that this only makes the situation worse.”

“What Alcoholics Anonymous does now, is it brings together people with a similar mind, added Dr. Pfeiffer. “.. if you go to AA, you’re meeting with other alcoholics who understand your situation…. so there’s a lot of love and understanding and camaraderie.”

In this podcast, Dr. Pfeiffer will walk you through the 12 steps, and offer ideas, hope and healing to you or your loved one who is suffering with the disease of addiction.

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Creating Meaningful Rituals

Ritual in clouds_800A new year seems like a logical time for making a fresh start. I thought why not do a podcast about reinforcing a new year’s resolution or goal with ritual? So, I turned to one of my favorite yoga instructors to walk you and me through this process.

I’d imagined she would suggest doing something spiritual like lighting a candle and gazing at a crystal cluster in a meditative state. Or, setting some meaningful mementos and fresh flowers in an area of your home that could serve as a small alter, reminding yourself of the person you wish to become.

But, I was wrong. She did suggest the meditation part – sitting still doing deep belly breathing for five minutes a day.

“Meditation is a wonderful ritual every morning, to set space for self respect, to set the tone of our attitude. To realize who we want to be in that day and how we want to meet others,” explained Suzanne Marlow, a Santa Barbara area marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and Insight Yoga instructor at Yoga Soup.

For those who have trouble sitting still she suggested a meditation alternative she calls Beditation, which can be done first thing in the morning.

“Five minutes before you get out of bed, put your hands on your belly. Feel the breath moving in and out. Relax into who you are, and then kind of set your mind to who you want to be.”

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She also offered some practical ideas for weaving mindful rituals into daily life, such as expressing gratitude. “Every time you walk through a door, can you slow down a bit, and just take a breath and remember how fortunate you are to be in this moment… even the moments that don’t seem so fortunate.”

Marlow calls cleaning the space inside of us mental flossing. “As we develop into healthier human beings…. we need to think more wholesomely… We need to be honest about what is going on inside (ourselves).”

For more information on Suzanne Marlow’s yoga and counseling services, including her new mindfulness group therapy program, go to Suzanne Marlow.com.

 

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Manage Stress with Essential Oils

Essential oils can be an effective way to provide support for the nervous system and can help eliminate occasional irritability.

Essential oils can be an effective way to provide support for the nervous system and can help eliminate occasional irritability.

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It’s probably not realistic to eliminate all stress from daily life, so the key is how well can you manage it?  Yoga and other forms of routine exercise can work wonders. Essential oils can also be an effective tool for helping to promote a feeling of peace and calm. The products I use are from Young Living, because they are medical-grade (unadulterated), so the quality is top-notch.

Lavender is a great all around oil and has been known to help with relaxation. Rub two drops of lavender oil in your hands then brush across your pillow can help promote a restful night’s sleep. Dabbing a drop or two of Stress Away on wrists or temples can help ease frayed nerves. Stress Away (featuring the aromas of vanilla and lime) is one of my favorite essential oil blends from Young Living, and it seems to live up to its name.

I recently spoke with my friend and Young Living mentor, Carla Cohen, about her favorite essential oils for relaxation. In the podcast (click link above to listen), she shares a funny story about how she learned by accident the relaxation-power of Stress Away. Carla also shares another of her favorite de-stressing-oils, which you may have in your kitchen: Marjoram.

“It has an uplifting scent,” said Cohen. “Marjoram was known as ‘the herb of happiness’ for the Romans, and the Greeks called it ‘the joy of the mountains.'” But, Cohen went on to explain why you need the pure essential oil in order to enjoy the full uplifting benefit of marjoram, because dried herbs have virtually no manna, or beneficial powers, “It’s a living organism with the essential oil,” said Cohen.

Ruta-Va-La is another Young Living blend which you may find helpful in calming nerves, promoting sleep and managing stress. It contains Valerian, which is sometimes referred to as ‘nature’s Valium.’

Cedarwood, with its fresh woodsy aroma, has long been used to promote a feeling of peace during meditation.

Cedarwood, with its fresh woodsy aroma, has long been used to promote a feeling of peace during meditation.

While I can’t promise you that essential oils will work for you in managing stress, promoting a sense of calm or easing anxiety, you may find these oils sometimes known as ‘nature’s medicine’ can be of help to you and your family.

Essential oils have been around since ancient times. They’ve been used to promote health and induce a feeling of peacefulness in meditation (such as Cedarwood, Hyssop, Frankincense & Myrrh). Today, scientists are studying Frankincense for use as a treatment in brain cancer research, and for promoting healthy brain function.

Because Young Living Essential Oils are very pure, it only takes a drop or two to be effective. You can also add one or two drops to a carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, or other oil) for massage. When ordering these products from Young Living, please be sure to use my ID #1734225, so you join our team!

If developing a new income stream is your goal in 2016, consider becoming a Young Living team member. It can be a fun way to make extra money while sharing these healthy, natural products with your friends and family.


Welcome to Lisa.FM Thrive!

Lisa.FM Thrive! is a podcast that covers all aspects of health & wellness as well as personal development. You’ll hear from doctors, holistic health practitioners and others about how to go from merely living to thriving.

Topics covered include managing stress, oral-systemic health, integrative medicine, the power of a good night’s sleep, tummy tune-up, as well as the power of positive thinking, essential oils, aromatherapy, anti-aging techniques, mindfulness, natural remedies, and reducing toxins in your environment.

This podcast is based in Santa Barbara, California. So, along with experts in the health, wellness and personal development fields, you will also hear from some local artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and others who are living their passions, which I hope will inspire you to also live your dreams.

You can also hear some of these podcast interviews on KCBX FM, Public Radio for the Central Coast, airing in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

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The New “I Do”

Christmas is the time of year when a lot of couples tend to get engaged. A new study out of UC Santa Barbara takes a closer look at the economics of tying the knot to determine who is most likely to say ‘I Do.’

Economist & demographer Shelly Lundberg, UCSB’s Leonard Broom Professor of Demography, conducted the study based on previously published research with economist Robert Pollak of Washington University.

Read more about Shelly Lundberg’s study here