Moving Through Loss

Most of us know the five stages of grief, but for the heart loss isn’t something that can be quantified and there is no set time to move from one stage to another.  All we can do is take one difficult day after another, allowing time and love to heal the wound.

Whether it be a family member, beloved pet, friend, the Queen of Soul or a decorated War Hero, there’s a measure of grief for who they were and the legacy they leave in our world.

The loss of their brilliant light is palpable, yet we are better for having spent time in their glow. It’s been said that the pain we feel when we lose someone is equally to the love we had for them.

But how do we move through these losses? The truth is, there’s no wrong way, but there is a way. We move through loss by paying tribute to those we have loved, even from afar. We share their pictures, notes, memories, and words of wisdom. We honor their values and character by emulating those best qualities, so their legacy can live on in others. As difficult as it might be, we re-engage with those around us, even if it’s a little at a time. Over time, the pain will drift away, but their impact in our lives will forged be in our hearts and actions.

Make Every Moment Count!

 

 

Megalodon: Dominic Pace’s 20-Year Mega-Reward

By Victoria Davis, staff writer & journalist

While B monster movies may not be considered “high-class” cinema, there’s no point in denying that they are well loved. Since Steven Spielberg ignited the golden age of shark movies in 1975, viewers have been hooked on bloody underwater attacks and heroic life raft escapes. As a tribute to the six Sharknado films produced by Asylum Entertainment, Sharknado Week will be kick-started with Asylum’s latest: Megalodon. This is not only a cinematic reward for scary shark movie enthusiasts, but also for the film’s star, Dominic Pace.

An Ossining native, and coincidentally born the same year that Jaws released in theaters, Pace’s acting career has been most noted by his recurring roles on NBC’s hit comedy, Superstore, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel live and his appearances on countless television crime shows over the past 20 years. But now, Pace is reaping what he’s sewn, being rewarded with his first Top Billed Role in Megalodon.

“I’m very grateful to have grown up in Ossining,” said Pace in an interview with Ossining Patch. “We weren’t a Participation Trophy Town which is the reason why I have been able to endure the ups and downs of this business. From sports to academics, to the parents. There was no ‘sugar coating’ life. It kept kids grounded, and it gave you tough skin. To understand that this world, or Hollywood doesn’t owe you a thing, but that you have to go out and earn it.”

Director James Thomas’ thriller will put Pace, playing U.S. Navy Captain Jack Streeper, against the Russian Navy, while also dealing with a 150-foot shark, of course. Pace says that this film is not as “campy” as Sharknado, and that as much fun as it would be to “wield a chainsaw machine gun,” he was grateful Thomas made this film a little more grounded. 

“Sometimes sci-fi films, I feel like they have a little bit of a bad habit in terms of just being on the surface, and the one thing that was great about this was all five/six leading characters had a lot of depth to them,” said Pace in an interview with Rich Girl Network TV. “It wasn’t so much about not only the relationships, but were also carrying the honor of not only the United States Navy but also the Russian Navy. So, to me that had a lot of texture and I was honored to be a part of it.”

Megalodon will air Monday, August 13 on SyFy at 8 p.m., PST. 

Changing Perspectives

Whether social, political, ecological or even philosophical, the way we view the world and the people in it are directly related to the way we live our lives. Everyone has their favorite restaurants, stores, communal hang-outs and so on. It’s not wrong to have a routine, but getting stuck living on repeat is another story. Staying in our own bubbles can stunt our world views causing us to shut down, which often makes us feel alone and isolated.  It’s a vast world outside these routines that’s begging us to give in to the adventure that’s calling, and connect with others in a more meaningful way.

While it’s easy to hop on a plane and jet off to some new land—exploring new cultures, ideas and lifestyles—it’s equally important to get to know the multi-cultural atmosphere that makes up our own countries, neighborhoods and cities. It’s by exploring this diversity that we can change our perspective about life, and about those with whom we share this planet. “Exploring,” could mean anything from trying a new eatery, becoming involved in a new organization or attending an event that you’ve been wanting to experience.

There are so many beautiful places to visit and billions of beautiful souls to meet. If we’re lucky, we get about 100 years on this earth. Don’t waste a single moment. Open up your soul to the world and let it breathe by circulating in the oxygen of many atmospheres, and get ready to see more beauty than you imagined.

Make Every Moment Count!

 

Annual Open Solicitation for Authors

Once a year we host an open solicitation for established & promising authors who are looking for leadership and guidance in an inclusive representation of their work.

For consideration, request a complimentary brief consultation by emailing Marianne Pestana at Marianne@MariannePestana.com

Moments with Marianne radio show now on Spotify!

Now you can listen to Moments with Marianne radio show on Spotify! Connect Spotify to your Amazon Alexa or Echo and listen to inspiring, entertaining and educational episodes all day long!

 
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Moments with Marianne Radio Show 2018 Silver Award Winner

Delighted to announce that the Moments with Marianne Radio show has been selected as a 2018 Silver Award Winner by the Coalition of Visionary Resources.

Visit their website to learn how you can sign up for a free membership and participate with this great group of forward thinking visionaries! https://covr.org

How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying) by Robert Kopecky

In Robert Kopecky‘s latest book, How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying), which was just released through Llewellyn (March 2018), the reader is given a clear, and easy to understanding account of what it’s like to have a Near Death Experience (NDE) and how we can transform our lives.

It’s often reported by those who have gone through an NDE, that they have a clear awareness of being in on the other side. When they return, many of the experiencers report a deep and profound connection with everything, and a sense of enlightenment that expands within their lives.  Near Death Experiencers also have reported an overwhelming sense of love, both in feeling loved and a deep love for everyone and everything around them. It’s as if they see their life, their purpose and connection to the Divine with new eyes.  But do we all have to go through trauma of a NDE to experience such nirvana?

Having gone through three NDEs himself, Kopecky outlines his experiences and lessons that each encounter has brought.  With these insights, Kopecky shares how to create “Heaven on Earth” without having to go through the trauma of experiencing an NDE.

“Once we begin to recognize the real magic around us and experience a little bit of Heaven for ourselves…  we might take up permanent residency there.” – Robert Kopecky

Kopecky’s book beautifully outlines how to creating paradise in our lives is not only possible, but something we all can strive for. With simple to use techniques and tools, How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying) is a must read for anyone looking to obtain the enlightenment experience.

My recommendation for How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying), is located on the back cover.  Make sure to pick up your copy today and create the magic you’ve been missing.

 

You Are Never Alone

Over the last few weeks, we have been touched by the untimely passing of several people who have encouraged us to live in bold and adventurous ways.  

While as shocking as this was, I would like to say that regardless of what is going on, no matter how desolate your heart may feel at times, you are never truly alone.

One of the most valuable lessons my coach Judy Goodman CPC, CSRC, CRC has taught me is if you feel lonely and need a friend, be a friend to someone.  If you are sad and need comforting, comfort someone in need.  When we give away what we are looking to obtain in our lives, it shows up in profound ways.  

One great resource to find volunteer opportunities in your area is Volunteer Match.  If you are looking to connect with people in your area or for a cause that is close to your heart, this is the place for you!  

If you know someone who feels hopeless or they’re thinking of hurting themselves, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is always available at 1-800-273-8255.  

As part of the Moments with Marianne community, you can email your prayer requests to Marianne@MariannePestana.com.  This is a confidential and private resource and your requests will be added to my morning meditations.

It’s in caring for one another that despair diminishes. 

Make Every Moment Count,

Sound Advise with Merrill & Justin Osmond

Merrill Osmond, lead singer of The Osmonds, and his son Justin Osmond have  teamed-up for an epic presentation of inspired messages and music designed to help audiences take their business and personal lives to the next level. 

The program, Sound Advice, is a journey of over 60 years of unique experiences lived by two generations. They share an inside look to the many lessons they’ve gathered throughout the years using their personal experiences to show each person how they can face their fears and challenges, discover their strengths, have a positive attitude, and achieve their full potential.  http://www.justinosmond.com

Book Review: Dream Big: The Universe Is Listening by Ilona Selke

What does it mean to Dream Big in your life? Often when we ask ourselves this question it’s met with the thoughts that dreaming big is for someone else, we don’t deserve it or we just don’t know where to start.

This life changing book offers the reader new ways to look at ancient principals of manifesting while bridging new discoveries in quantum physics into a common sense guide for greatness.  With simple to use techniques and plenty of examples, Selke paints a landscape of abundance and daily miracles that anyone can achieve.

“Our passion when we follow it, will find the perfect resonant field for us.  Coordinated from a higher level we will find the right people, get the right insights and find the right help even while we are sleeping.”

In exploring what it means to live in a holographic universe, Selke outlines how healing, manifesting and love can be achieved in the higher plains. The techniques outlined by Selke’s encourage the reader to transforms the ordinary into extraordinary and to Dream Big daily.

A must read for anyone looking to eliminate self-doubt, develop a greater level of healing or a deeper awareness in their personal and spiritual transformation. 

Protogenesisis a Mysterious Mythical Masterpiece

By Victoria Davis, staff writer & journalist

Bestselling author, Alysia Helming’s cultural fantasy novel is this generation’s The Silver Crown. While Helming has likened her book to other fantasies like that of Twilight, Protogenesis: Before the Beginning carries a more coming-of-age likeness to Robert C. O’Brien’s imaginative 1968 science fiction children’s story. Both tales begin with a mysterious fire which kills the parents of the protagonists, who (unbeknownst to these strong female leads) carry a strong, redeemer call on their destinies. Likewise, both stories center around a valuable object such as a silver crown or, in Protogenesis’ case, a sacred Cyprus tree medallion.

Though the parallels are strong between both highly successful novels, which were published nearly five decades apart, O’Brien’s much darker narrative is plagued with harsh truths of the real world and the corrupt use of technology, while Protogenesisis a book filled with immense color and light, centering around Greek myths and legends and also shedding light on a tainted government. This tale spirals the reader into rich swirls of mythological mystery, hope and romance while educating them on the stories that live and breathe in the hearts of Greek families around the world.

Coming-of-age stories can be tricky as most authors have to walk a fine line between their teen characters being relatable and, at the same time, not stereotypical or “cheesy.” Helming seems to have found that balance with 17-year-old Helen who carries all the characteristics of a bookworm girl awkward in love and yet continues to surprise in each chapter with her determination to find the other half of her soul: her mother, Diana. Though it is likely no coincidence, the name “Helen” is Greek for “Shining Light,” and the character is true to her title as she is an ever-present symbol for hope throughout the book and, ironically enough, seems to cause every significant object she encounters on her adventures to glow, like the cats-eye stone in her godfather’s apartment.

Tales of Greek mythology are interwoven perfectly throughout Helen’s journey, never taking readers fully out of reality, but still boldly captivating them with bursts of suspended, fantastical fantasies like Helen’s daydreams of lightning storms over desert sand dunes and larger-than-life mountain lions, gliding over shimmering volcanos. But not only does Protogenesisbreath life into these ancient stories of Greece, showing how real these legends are to the people, but also touches on the very tangible economic and social crises happening now in the nation state, such as organized crime and the vast financial struggle for the middle and lower classes.

Regardless of their differences and similarities, the hope for Protogenesisis that its message, like The Silver Crown, reverberates through the minds of readers for years to come. Perhaps it will be used as a tool to teach young adults about the complexities of Greek myths or the importance of experiencing other cultures. Whatever the future holds for Helming’s novel, it can be certain that this book serves as a much-needed escape from the current world of politics and social unrest to a world of heroic courage and magical mystery where the fairytales of our dreams kick down the doors of atrophied minds.

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Book Review: Searching for the White Magician: Spiritual Psychology and the Manifesting of Destiny by Stefania Magidson

Searching for the White Magician: Spiritual Psychology and the Manifesting of Destiny by Stefania Magidson, in dialogue with Carmen Firan brings an insightful and thoughtful approach to many of the questions we ask ourselves today.  Set in the format of a dialogue between Stefania & Carmen, the discussion answers such questions as; how can we bring more love and consciousness into our lives, can our dreams guide us in everyday challenges and is it possible to have a healthy relationship with money.

Stefania knowledge, experience and education in Spiritual Psychology, brings forth questions that will cause the reader to deepen their own practice and search for greater meaning in life.

The proceed of the book benefit the Blue Heron Foundation, founded by Stefania  in 2002. Today the Blue Heron Foundation is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora. To date, the organization has raised more than $2,000,000, has awarded 300+ college scholarships and has touched the lives of at least 2,900 children.

Namkung’s These Violent Delights Depicts True to Life Ends

By Victoria Davis, staff writer & journalist

Just in the last couple months, the world of sports, Hollywood and popular news networks have exploded with sexual assault and harassment accusations. 83 women, according to USA Today, have come forward claiming sexual harassment from producer Harvey Weinstein. CBS fired veteran journalist Charlie Rose due to allegations of sexual misconduct and Olympic Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after 156 female athletes spoke out about decades of enduring the doctor’s sexual abuse.

Some might say that the world has changed, that sexual predators are lurking on our doorsteps more than ever before. Victoria Namkung, author of These Violent Delights, believes the world has not become more dangerous, but that people are just more aware.

“Because of social media and all these new websites that weren’t around when I was growing up in the 80s, we have access to see more than we used to,” said Namkung. “We can see what children are missing, where sex offenders live in our area. If someone makes an accusation, it’s put on the internet almost right away.”

This newfound awareness, knowing that they are not alone, has helped to support women, and men, coming forward and sharing their stories. This, in turn, has given journalists and authors like Namkung the opportunity to share those stories with the world.

These Violent Delights was just published at the start of this month and has already received raving reviews on Goodreads, with over 60% being four or five stars. The book tells the story of three women who, while attending an all-girls private high school in Los Angeles, experience sexual advances from their married English teacher, Dr. Gregory Copeland. Caryn, Eva and Sasha are all from different graduating classes at Windemere and all had different encounters with Dr. Copeland. But when Caryn publishes an essay titled, “My Tenth-Grade Teacher Claims He Fell In Love With Me,” during her college internship at the Los Angeles Daily, the three women realize they have more in common than they thought. Caryn’s essay kick-starts an investigation and, with the help of esteemed reporter Jane March, the women begin the process of healing, finding justice and making peace with their everyday lives.

Namkung takes an interesting approach to this story, with each chapter narrating the first-person perspective of one of the four women. The first few chapters alternate between narrations from Caryn and Jane, but as Eva and Sasha enter the picture, the chapters become more diverse. This was an extraordinary choice of storytelling because it brings the reader into the heart and soul of each women. They are not just mothers, writers or victims. They are people with deeps hurts and pains. The varying first-person perspectives also helped distinguish what make each woman different and how each of their experiences with Copeland impacted them individually.

Having used her journalism skills to interview real victims and private school students and teachers for her book, Namkung creates an emotional journey that is real and raw. The accounts of Sasha and Eva specifically are very detailed, recalling instances of groping, intercourse and emotional abuse post-relationship from Copeland. However, this makes up only a portion of the story. These Violent Delights also covers Caryn’s feelings of estrangement from her family, Sasha’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Jane’s compensation for past mistakes and corruption within private schools and their board members.

Perhaps one of the most overpowering topics addressed in this book is the effects of severe mental disorders. The sociopathic and pedophilia state of mind is expressed, not through a man in a black hoodie hiding in the bushes and waiting to attack, but in a seemingly typical family man and beloved teacher.

“Most of these predators are found to be people that look normal,” said Namkung. “We see them everyday and they can even be people we’ve known for a long time and trust.”

As the women in the book sort through their experiences one step at a time, the reader will go through the same process. Things that didn’t raise red-flags in the earlier chapters will set off alarms toward the book’s conclusion.  One of these examples being when Caryn says in the book, “I remember he [Copeland] told me his students were his friends during the interview I did with him so many years ago. At the time, I didn’t realize how sad and strange that sounded.”

Despite the heartbreaking stories and emotional toll this story takes on one’s soul, Namkung leaves readers with hope rather than hopelessness, that a happy life after trauma is possible and that when one of us speaks out, the rest will raise their voices. Justice is not perfect, and the world is filled with uncertainty. While we don’t always get the answers we ask for, These Violent Delights speaks truth that when someone takes a chance and reaches out their hand, someone will be there to help pull them up.

“I want women and men to feel empowered to speak out against the things that are wrong in this world,” said Namkung. “They are not alone, all it takes is one person.”

You can visit Victoria Namkung’s website at http://victorianamkung.com

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Dreaming Beyond What’s Possible

Can you feel the expansion of abundance that’s on the verge of becoming all that you dreamed of and more?  Often, when we are on the cusp of profound transformation, knowing what the next step is can feel a little ambiguous.

When we look to grow beyond the plateau of where we currently stand, this often requires we step into the unknown, discarding the things that have kept us feeling comfortable and safe in the past.  It’s in the willingness to let go of what has been, that are we able to create the magic of what can be.

For me, letting go and dreaming is all about allowing this very magic to flow into my life.  Dreaming of what’s possible can be playful, adventurous and limitless.  Letting go can feel exciting, exhilarating and like a breath of fresh air. Yet, I often ask myself, “Am I dreaming big enough?”  Have you ever asked yourself the same question?  What if we imagined beyond our daily needs and desires?

Join me this month in allowing our minds to reach beyond what’s possible, and dare to dream higher than you’ve ever allowed yourself before.

Make Every Moment Count!

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O’Connell Pearson

In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia O’Connell Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need during World War II in Fly Girls.

Patricia is a former history teacher with a master’s degree in education from George Mason University. She has contributed to and edited history textbooks and published articles in magazines and newspapers including The Washington Post. Always enthusiastic about sharing the stories of history, she earned her MFA in writing for young people from Lesley University and now writes both historical fiction and nonfiction. When she is not writing about history, she can often be found talking about history as a volunteer with the National Park Service in Washington, DC.

 

 

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10 Experts Share The #1 Most Common Employer Branding Mistake They See Companies Make

By Linda Le Phan, at Kununu

For those who are familiar with the general concept of company branding, employer branding sounds pretty straightforward. All you have to do is show that you’re a good employer by creating well-written job descriptions, having a thoughtfully designed career page, and demonstrating a positive company image to the world in as many ways as possible. Sounds simple enough, right? Well yes, but there’s more to it than that.

For starters, it’s crucial today more than ever to have authentic employee-centered content out there on social media.

Having no set rules or code of conduct when it comes to your employer brand

“While there are many things to be conscious of when discussing employer branding, the biggest oversight I tend to encounter is that there are no set rules or codes of conduct outlined when it comes to managing a company’s online employer brand. Leaving this level of expectation open to interpretation can be a major cause of gross misrepresentation of the brand and can lead to clientele loss, not to mention negative feedback from the media. Establishing a clear understanding on what is expected of all individuals who maintain the online presence gives employees and consultants a road map to successfully supporting a company’s mission and values.” – Marianne Pestana, Radio Show Host, Leadership Coach and CEO

See what other leaders have to say on the topic by reading the full post on the Kununu website by clicking here!

A Season of Hope

 

As the Holidays draw near, and dates are crossed off the calendar, we are encouraged to slow down and connect with those we love. Candle-lit dinners and frosty morning gatherings give our hearts a tingle of sentimentality, while gently reminding us this Season offers so much more.

Reflecting on this time of year, it’s brings something more than any gift could offer.  It’s a Season of encouragement, community and hope. In a world where there seems to be so much despair, I wonder what light I can bring and how can I make a difference to those that are suffering?  Even if it’s a simple smile, kind word or action, it can mean so much to those we encounter. Our hearts may never know the impact these small gestures will make. We all have the ability to bring light into someone’s life, in a powerful and meaningful way.

The Holiday lights that decorate our space, is a reminder of how interconnected we truly are. These tiny little lights illuminate a house, neighborhood and community with a certain magical quality.  As they cast their colorful, warm glow on snowy city streets or lonely country roads, together they pierce the darkness for miles around.

Join me in celebrating this Holiday Season by coming together in love and hope, to shine our light into the world.

Make Every Moment Count!

Forgiving the Unforgivable

What does it mean to truly forgive somebody, on every level and for everything? I used to think that I had a great capacity for forgiveness and that, over the years, I had developed a deeper level of compassion for those that had slighted me, understanding that they are often operating out of an unresolved pain or trauma. However, my belief in my abilities was shattered and dramatically changed after watching the movie The Shack.

The film, based off the book by William P. Young, follows the journey of Mack Phillips who spends a weekend with a trio of individuals, each personifying God, at an old shack in the woods. The story takes place after a man called, “The little lady killer” kidnaps and murders Mack’s youngest daughter while the family is on a camping trip. While the rest of the family attempt to move through the pain, Mack falls into a deep depression that spurs doubt regarding his beliefs. The topics of forgiveness, judgement and love are discussed in a whole new way and eventually brings Mack back to peace, healing and a deeper level on his personal beliefs, changing him forever.

Watching this movie was an eye-opening experience that left me questioning how deep my level of forgiveness was. Did I truly forgive everyone with an open heart? Even if it was something unforgivable?

Every painful moment can be traced back to an initial heartache or trauma someone has endured, usually at the hands of another. The root of this suffering is often not easily visible to the person experiencing the pain. Yet, if we are willing to step back and see the entire story, the reason someone might have wronged us becomes clear. While this doesn’t condone behavior or activity that goes against social and moral conduct, it offers us the opportunity to be more compassionate and objective when forgiving someone, being careful to not get caught up in the energy of their story. If we are willing to step back and look at the bigger picture, we find that, while each of us is unique, we are not all that dissimilar.

As expressed in The Shack, we were made to love and forgive. That is our legacy to the world. Love is the answer to all things and the greatest gift we can give one another. But the first step to giving love is receiving peace. And how is it possible to receive peace? By freeing ourselves with forgiveness and approaching all situations with the same compassion and wisdom we would like to see in others. I encourage you to break the chains of resentment and find a way to peace, in all of your relationships, even if it means forgiving the unforgivable. As my mentor Judy Goodman has taught me, forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning what someone has done, it’s about freedom & peace. You deserve to have peace in your life! Only then will we be on track to living the life we desire — a loving, joyful and fulfilling one.

Make Every Moment Count!

Mindfulness as a Path to Self-Care

While out walking the other day, it seemed like I had just stepped into the perfect day. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing and birds were singing as my thoughts wandered to the topic of mindfulness as a path to self-care. While self-care and mindfulness are not new topics, both still offer a greater shift in perspective when we choose to dive deeper into the practice of caring for our mind, body and spirit.

Many times, self-care only captures our attentions while we are on vacation or out of town on some far away trip, miles away from the typical stresses of everyday life. Self-care is often placed at the very bottom of a never-ending list of things to do. Meanwhile, busy work and being overly connected take center stage in our lives, drowning out our body’s cry for some major tender loving care.

But how important is it to devote time to ourselves? Can we really find moments in our already overbooked schedules and hectic lives to develop a solid routine of self-care?

When the topic of mindfulness finally does surface above the daily noise, it is often thought we need to have a serene place, void of distractions to develop a state of awareness with everything around us and, most importantly, with ourselves.  However, cultivating mindfulness as part of a self-care regimen can take place anywhere, regardless of what is going on around you. The advantages of this practice can be immense.

Science has now proven the wide range of benefits derived from practicing a state of mindfulness as a path to self-care. These benefits include…

  • Reduction in anxiety and stress
  • Improved cognition
  • Elevated happiness, contentment and gratitude
  • Increased immune function
  • Boost in memory
  • Improved moods
  • Slowing of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Increased creativity
  • Lowered blood pressure

I would like to share with you a very simple mindfulness exercise that I use on a daily basis which only takes a couple of minutes.  It doesn’t matter if you are at your desk, just got off a phone call with a difficult client or you’re feeling generally overwhelmed. This practice can bring you back to center allowing you to focus on what is truly important — your inner peace.

Close your eyes (not while driving) and focus on your breathing.  Feel the expansion of your body with each inhalation and rhythmic flow as each exhalation leaves the body. Clear your mind. When thoughts arise without judgement, gently allow those thoughts to drift away while bringing your attention back to your breathing.

Initially, it might seem like a battle to win over the quiet moments of your mind, but with each practice it gets easier and the times that you experience peacefulness will last longer. In time, you’ll find that it’s extremely easy to drop into a mindfulness state and that those few moments allow you to recharge quickly.

This simple mindfulness tool has allowed me to remain centered and focused over the years even during a bustling workday. You see, it’s not about finding the perfectly quiet and serene place to refocus and find your peace. It’s about finding the mindfulness practice that is the perfect fit for you, plus getting in the habit of using that practice to improve your self-care if even for a moment.

Our minds, bodies and souls are always working hard, so show yourself some love and take a deep breath. Kick off your shoes. Find your center. I hope it brings you peace like it has for me.

 

Make Every Moment Count!

Making Every Moment Count with Marianne Pestana on The Self Improvement Show with Dr. Irene Conlan

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Make Every Moment Count with Marianne Pestana on The Self Improvement Show with Dr. Irene Conlan, LIVE TODAY, Thursday, March 16th at 12pm PDT/1pm MDT.

New books are published every day. Sometimes we see advertisements about them, get information about them in email or get a pop-up as we surf the net. We may see promotions on YouTube or interviews on the news with an author whose book caught on and is on the way to becoming a best seller or has already hit the top of the bestseller list. Most of us don’t think about what it took to make that happen—the coaching, publicity, bookings, book signings, radio show appearances, and YouTube videos. It takes a lot of work on the part of someone or a group of “someones” to make all of that happen. Our guest today is a literary publicist with clients who have hit the best seller list. She will talk with us about what she does to help her clients succeed in the very competitive literary world. What does it take to get your work noticed and sold? She makes every moment count and will help you learn how to do the same.

Click here to listen live!

The Self Improvement Show with Dr. Irene Conlan

Thursday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

The Self Improvement Show was created because almost everyone wants to be better, do better, and achieve more, but we don’t always know how to do that. We aren’t looking for perfection. We are simply trying to improve in ways that allow us more happiness, contentment and success with some laughter along the way. We address issues common to us all and suggest useful tools that will help you tap into your strengths and your wonderful uniqueness. We think most self improvement is an “inside job” so we talk a lot about how to “go within” to make lasting changes. We talk to people who have struggled and won and have great stories to tell as well as those who live ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. The show is laid back, informative and down to earth. The welcome mat is always out and we invite you to join us.

Click here to visit The Self Improvement Show with Dr. Irene Conlan to learn more about her!

Finding Tranquility in the Moments

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With the accelerated energies on the planet, many people are coming face-to-face with issues that they have either not dealt with or lessons that need to be experienced in one degree or another.  With all of this taking place, there is great opportunity for personal development like never before and at the same time, there is also a lot of energetic chaos that feels more like blindly walking through a dense fog, unable to distinguish any path leading out.

Staying centered allows us to move through these transition points with grace, while finding tranquility in the moments offers a greater sense of peace. Developing a consistent practice of mindfulness eventually makes these moments of internal bliss last for longer periods of time.  Ultimately we become more focused on the miracles that each moment brings as opposed to the perceived chaos that surrounds us.

When we take personal responsibility for the world that we choose to live in, we realize that we are the direct creator of what we are experiencing.  The inner journey for peace starts with me, only then can it be reflected in the world around us.

Make Every Moment Count!

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John Gray PhD & Chetan Parkyn on Moments with Marianne Radio Show

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It’s all about relationships tomorrow on the Moments with Marianne radio show! Did you love Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus series? Tune in FRIDAY, March 3rd at 5am & 5pm EST for a special interview on Moments with Marianne with John Gray PhD as we discuss his new book Beyond Mars and Venus, followed by The Book of Destinies with Human Design creator Chetan Parkyn.
 
Moments with Marianne is heard at Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network and WMEX 1510AM Boston. Listen LIVE FRIDAY, March 3rd at 5am & 5pm EST by clicking here http://rdo.to/DREAM7
 
Beyond Mars and Venus with John Gray
John Gray is the author of the most well-known and trusted relationship book of all time, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. USA Today listed his book as one of the top 10 most influential books of the last quarter century. In hardcover, it was the #1 bestselling book of the 1990s. Dr. Gray’s books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries and continues to be a bestseller.
 
Dr. Gray has written over 20 books. His most recent book is Beyond Mars and Venus. His Mars/Venus book series has forever changed the way men and women view their relationships. He has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and others. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, and People. He was also the subject of a three hour special hosted by Barbara Walters. https://www.marsvenus.com
 
The Book of Destinies with Chetan Parkyn
Chetan Parkyn has been giving Readings to people of all walks of life and all nationalities for over 35 years. He has spent the past 23 years mastering Human Design. He is more than a leading practitioner of the system. As the author of the first major book on the subject, which has been translated into eleven different language versions, he has made it his mission to bring Human Design to the whole world. https://www.humandesignforusall.com

All You Need Is Love

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February often has us thinking of Valentine’s Day and romance, but are we truly in love with the most important person in our life?
 
Think of someone you love unconditionally. How often is that same level of care, affection and devotion showered upon yourself? Typically, this answer falls far short of what we would consider loving behavior. With the ever alive self-critic and stream of negative input from the environment that surrounds us, it’s easy to fall into self disparaging comments and develop beliefs that don’t serve us. Discussions of self-love is often met with the criticism that its narcissistic, self-absorbed or egoistical to dedicate such devotion to yourself, however this couldn’t be further from the truth.
 
A self-loving practice teaches us to accept ourselves as we are. Love those qualities that make us celebrate and smile as our feet hit the floor every morning and the shadow characteristics, shrouded in pain that cause us to cringe and take shelter from the world. When we honestly love ourselves, the knowledge contained within our heart demands that we treated ourselves as the worthy, loveable, deserving, respected and forever cherished host.
 
Without loving ourselves first, we have nothing authentic and lasting to give someone else other than a momentary facade and fleeting vision of what we desire to become. Find the truth within your heart and love yourself beyond compare!
 
Make Every Moment Count!
 
Marianne

New Beginnings

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As we start the new year, everything is about new beginnings. We often reflect on the upcoming year with anticipation, citing our intentions for the road ahead. How is it possible to show up in the world in a bigger way?
How can I make a greater impact in my community and lives of others? What are some of the ways that I can improve myself? These are some of the questions that come to mind as I look for new ways to move beyond the comfortable boundaries that my life continually encompasses me with.
 
 
“How can you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown?” – Esmeralda Santiago
 
 
What I’ve learned over the years, is when there is the willingness to be remain open to new ideas and opportunities, the magic of life tends to unfold in ways that we could have never predicted. I’ve discovered that by following my passion, being in gratitude and having faith in both myself and a Higher Source, miracles take place daily. My desire for you is that this New Year brings about all that your heart desires. Thank you for being a part of this great journey with me.
 
Make Every Moment Count!
Marianne

Open Heart

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One of the most difficult things to master is interpersonal relationships. We meet people from all walks of life that have experiences, challenges, wounds and wisdom that offers a different perspective from our own understanding. So often the stories that we create, our misperceptions and unclear communications can foster misunderstandings where none really exist. Recently I was reminded of this, and the lessons that I took away were priceless.

What I found was that when we are willing to open our hearts, it doesn’t just open us up to potential pain or heartache. For those that have the courage to look deeper, it gives us the opportunity for tremendous growth and freedom. This growth and freedom comes from being able to looking past our pains to the bigger picture for all involved. 

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle – Plato

When we authentically show up in the world as a living example of our values and morals (without expectations or intentions of others to show up the same), we are in a place of personal power that no one can shake. This allows us to see how others truly are and interact based not in judgement of their pains, but with compassion for them.

How often is it in our day that we gracefully and kindly express what it is that we want in life? Are we honest in how we show up in the world and how we treat others? Are we being true to ourselves and what it is that we stand for? Not sharing common values, doesn’t make the other person bad, it makes them human.

When we are willing not to take things personally and step back far enough to see the perspectives of others, the lesson we take away is that we are all learning, growing and evolving in our own unique way.

I’ve been working with my mentor Judy Goodman to gain a greater understanding on this discussion. To read Judy’s recent newsletter that expands on this topic visit: http://www.judygoodman.com/Newsletter.htm and you’ll understand why many people describe Judy’s insights as beyond conventional wisdom.

Make Every Moment Count!

Marianne

How Our Perception Changes Our World

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With so much going on in the world, how we choose to perceive things seems to be more important than ever.  While putting on rose-colored glasses isn’t something that I would suggest, choosing to change our perception of the challenges we face gives us the opportunity not only to shift how we show up in the world, but also allows us the opportunity to view the outer world and our inner world with more compassionate and grace.  This discussion often has me thinking about this quote from the Dalai Lama:

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

If we’re having a difficult time liking ourselves, how can we like those around us?  If we allow ourselves to fall into judgement or criticize those that are different, how can we love the uniqueness that we alone bring to the world?

The journey of developing and maintaining inner peace  traverses a road with no end, yet the journey itself offers new vistas, plateaus and valleys of who we really are. Thus granting us a deeper awareness and understanding that we truly are one, regardless of our outer world and differences.
Wishing you much peace, grace and love.

Make Every Moment Count!

Marianne

Honoring Those Who Give So Much

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As America’s Independence Day approaches, please take a moment to remember the sacrifices our service members make each day to ensure our safety, security and freedoms.

I encourage you to celebrate this holiday by honoring those who’ve spent their lives serving our country, including their families. Many times we forget to thank the families of those that serve. It is not easy for them to be without their loved one and in many ways they are the forgotten heroes in our country.

One of the many ways that we can give back is by donating to the USO Wishbook which sends select gifts to our troops that range from calls home, comfort packages when they are abroad and welcoming a hero home. Other options could be donating to Folds of Honor, hiring a veteran or volunteering to one of the many programs that support veterans as they transition to civilian life.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of our service men, women, their families, and to all of our veterans for all that you do, and have done for our country.

Make Every Moment Count!

Marianne

Aubio Life-Sciences™ with John Paul DeJoria

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John Paul DeJoria’s new company Aubío is based on the science discovered around the carnivorous plant species that has been in existence for thousands of years, and is the only planet species that needs to eat to survive.

Aubío Life Sciences™ www.aubio.com, is a unique life-science company is on an amazing mission. Right out of the book of a sci-fi movie  Aubio a new company created to deliver skin care products based on their proprietary plant technology, announced that their flagship products, Aubío for Cold Sore Treatment Gel is being made available nationwide at retailers such as Target and on Amazon this month.

John Paul DeJoria, best known as the co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company states, “ I have always been intrigued with the power of nature and the science on the carnivorous plant that is the backbone of Aubio Life Sciences, helps restore skin to health effectively.”

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Aubío Life Sciences proprietary formulas are all made in the U.S. and have the highest standard for quality (cGMP, FDA Registered manufacturing facilities), to ensure 100% safety in the discovery, development and manufacture of natural skin care products.
Tune in LIVE 5am & 5pm EDT! http://rdo.to/DREAM7

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities with Greg S. Reid

7f07f31c-7bb8-457a-9a0f-d5feada821f5Bestselling Author. Acclaimed Speaker. Filmmaker – Greg S. Reid is a natural entrepreneur known for his giving spirit and a knack for translating complicated situations into simple, digestible concepts. As an action-taking phenomenon, strategy turns into results fast and furious, and relationships are deep and rich in the space he orbits. www.BookGreg.com

51jXb15yViL-1._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Published in over 45 books, 28 best sellers, five motion pictures, and featured in countless magazines, Greg shares that the most valuable lessons we learn, are also the easiest ones to apply. Recently, Greg has been hand selected by The Napoleon Hill Foundation to help carry on the teaching found in the bible of personal achievement – Think and Grow Rich.

His latest Movie ‘Wish Man’ features the real life story of Frank Shankwitz (Founder Of the Make A Wish Foundation) where one boys desire inspired a man to change the world.
www.WishManMovie.com

Give It Away

654120dd-946a-4821-b59a-18f2fb6afde5I recently attended a workshop that Judy Goodman spoke at in Denver, Colorado, and she said something that resonated with me to the core.

“Whatever is lacking in your life, give it away and it will return to you seven-fold”

What a true statement that is!  As I look back at some of the difficult times in my own life, when I had felt exceptionally lonely, disconnected or was having a difficult time, reaching out and being of service is what got me through.

Staying connected with others is often a very conscious act, requiring that we make the effort and that time is involved. In a world where we are the most connect and at the same time the most disconnected, finding “time” to reach out and spend with others or being of service is often pushed to the back burner. This brings the cycle full circle, often returning us to our starting point of feeling alone and disconnected.

If you are missing something in your life, I urge you to give it away to others with an open heart. Your life will be more full than you could ever imagine.

Make Every Moment Count!

Marianne

A Conscious & Creative Approach to Launching & Marketing Your Blog featuring Marianne Pestana at the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers

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A Conscious & Creative Approach to Launching & Marketing Your Blog featuring Marianne Pestana at the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers Podcast on Thursday, June 2nd at 11am EDT!

Move from ‘How to Wow’ in developing a blog that follows your conscious path while inspiring your creativity, and your readers!
Many people struggle with developing content for blogging and particularly with self promoting. Yet there are many simple (and in many cases free) tools to keep you authentic and excited about blogging and marketing your unique gifts.

In this session, you’ll learn how to find creativity in your day, how to market yourself with a conscious approach as well as creative and inspiring ways to move into being a more expansive blogger generally. We’ll discuss:
*What to think about before launching your blog
*What platforms are the easiest to use in creating your blog
*Tools to turn on your creativity
*How staying heart-centred attracts your tribe online
*Shifting perspectives to shift your writing world
*Marketing 101 for the conscious blogger
*Taking your blog to the next level with heart-centred marketing
*Shining you light in the world one blog post at a time

Marianne Pestana is the highly acclaimed radio show host of Moments with Marianne on Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network & WMEX 1510AM Boston, heard in over 135 countries with over 800k listeners. Marianne’s entrepreneur experience, previously as a VP of Sales and currently a highly successful Literary Publicist, Marketing Insider and Social Media Strategist for over 13 years, has uniquely equipped her to train and mentor thousands of people worldwide from first time entrepreneurs to high level CEOs and corporations. Her conscious and intuitive perspective to life and business provides an innovative and out of the box approach that inspires all those she comes in contact with.

For more information visit www.MariannePestana.com and
http://dreamvisions7radio.com/moments-with-marianne-tm/
It’s time for you to stand in the light, add more fun to your creative process and shine!

To register for this event, visit the IACCW website and sign up for a free or full membership: http://www.iaccw.com/159/benefits-join

To view this upcoming event visit:
http://www.iaccw.com/5/member-events

Social Media for Artists at aBuzz Gallery in Denver, Colorado

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Today I had the honor of presenting to a group of artist at the request of  aBuzz Gallery owner, highly acclaimed fiber artist and Craftsy instructor Carol Ann Waugh.

Everything I’ve learned about connecting with people through social media, I learned from my friend Marianne Pestana. She stopped by my gallery today to teach my mentorship students the ins and outs of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Just love her! – Carol Ann Waugh

Make sure to check out Carol Ann’s gallery located in the RiNO District in Denver‬Colorado‬ this coming First Friday!, June 3rd.  The exhibits aBuzz Gallery has always amazes!  www.aBuzzGallery.com

A Short Path to Change with Jenny Mannion

JennyMannion-300dpiA Short Path to Change is really about a journey about tapping into yourself, knowing that you are more and that change doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it or take a long time to see results.  The book is broken down into four sections, including 30 practical exercises.  Each individual chapter offers an exercise that will help you connect to your soul, transform and create your life by tapping into that deeper part of you by practicing kindness, patience, self-love, and forgiveness.

Section 1)  Getting Rid of the Old Stuff – Chapters include: Forgiveness/Self-Forgiveness and Fears and Worry.

Section 2)  Learning about the Chakra System to Balance Your Energy Body –  My goal was to explain each chakra and the system as a whole as simply as possible so anyone that reads this can learn to use the chakras and their own inner diagnostic system. There is an Introductory Unit and a Chapter to help you understand each Chakra.

Section 3)  The Present Moment – Seven Exercises to connect to the present moment including  Chapters on Self-Love and Energy Healing.

Section 4)  New Ways of Thought – This Unit addresses the challenges that might come up and ways to keep moving forward on your path to change. It includes chapters and exercises on Self-Sabotage and Intention Setting.

Jenny Mannion graduated from Penn State University with a BA in psychology and was always interested in how the mind worked and in helping others. She began her own transformation through healing herself of several chronic diseases in three weeks. Since healing, Jenny has become an alternative healing practitioner, mind/body mentor and inspires people to connect with their inner power to create the life they desire. 

Jenny has witnessed clients in her own practice heal from depression, cancer, MS and many other chronic diseases and come out not only healthy but creating a life they never dreamed of. It is Jenny’s passion to help others tap into their own inner powers to transform their lives as she shares in the book she authored called, “A Short Path to Change: 30 Ways to Transform Your Life.” Jenny now conducts workshops and is a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. She is originally from New York City and now lives in upstate New York with her two children.

A Short Path to Change: 30 Ways to Transform Your Life

Moments: Magic, Miracles, and Martinis Book Trailer Over 70k Likes!

Moments: Magic, Miracles, and Martinis Book Trailer Goes Viral with over 70k likes in over 3 days!

Click here to see the video!

“Moments is must read for anyone looking to overcome obstacles” – Douglas Wick, Oscar Award Winning Producer

“Raw and real. Author Amy Van Atta Slater’s take on facing the reality of life with its myriad of challenges and blessings, will leave you validated, refreshed and grateful for the soulful dive.” – Dr. Shawne Duperon, 6 Time EMMY® winner, Project Forgive Founder

“A beautiful book, about choices and how they converge on lives. Healing emotions and changing our path after “the perfect storm” we all face during life. To find out that, after all, we are not just left with ruins.” – Valentina Martelli, CEO, IbiscusMedia, TV Host, Producer, Documentary Filmmaker

“A quick burst of inspiration, Moments provides encouragement during life’s most difficult times.” – Lisa Germani, CBS Eye on Detroit Field Reporter, Street Beat On Air Host at CW50 & Producer 

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Moments: Magic, Miracles, and Martinis by Amy Van Atta Slater hits #1 Bestseller

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Moments: Magic, Miracles, and Martinis by Amy Van Atta Slater hits #1 Bestseller the day it’s released!

If you are unhappy, struggling through one challenge after another, and feeling disconnected from everyone, you are not alone. Regardless of the reason,unhappiness can permeate every area of life if left unchecked. So is it possible to shift perspectives and live a life of happiness and peace? Engaging and practical, Amy’s new book Moments: Magic, Miracles and Martinis presents simple steps to take ownership of your happiness, health, love, and prosperity, towards a greater level of self awareness and success.

Join Amy on a life-changing journey as she navigates the challenges of divorce, parenting, chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and her father’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia towards wellness and a fulfilling life. Using this remarkable book as your road map, learn how to gain greater empowerment and change your life to have lasting happiness.

Click here to order your copy today!

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Transform Your Life and Break Free of Limitations for Lasting Happiness

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Join us Thursday at 5am & 5pm EDT – Transform Your Life and Break Free of Limitations for Lasting Happiness with bestselling author Amy Van Atta Slater on Moments with Marianne at Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network.

If you are unhappy, struggling through one challenge after another, and feeling disconnected from everyone, you are not alone.

Regardless of the reason,unhappiness can permeate every area of life if left unchecked. So is it possible to shift perspectives and live a life of happiness and peace? Engaging and practical, Amy’s new book Moments: Magic, Miracles and Martinis presents simple steps to take ownership of your happiness, health, love, and prosperity, towards a greater level of self awareness and success.

“Moments is a must read for anyone looking to overcome obstacles” – Douglas Wick, Oscar Award Winning Producer

Join Amy on a life-changing journey as she navigates the challenges of divorce, parenting, chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and her father’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia towards wellness and a fulfilling life. Using this remarkable book as your road map, learn how to gain greater empowerment and change your life to have lasting happiness.

You can listen to the show by click here at 5am & 5pm EDT! http://rdo.to/DREAM7