Adult Coloring Books – The New Zen Craze

good vibes adult coloring book

I was a bit dubious when it was first suggested to me that I get some adult coloring books. (Thanks Julia Treat!)  I kind of passed it off at first and then started to see articles and ads for them EVERYWHERE! I was amazed at how I had no knowledge of them and then saw ads and articles for them wherever I looked.  I took it as a (second) sign from the Universe and ordered some.

I have found it to be one of the most relaxing, absorbing and meditative practices I’ve ever engaged in.  

The first ones that I learned about were those with Mandalas.

According to Wikipedia, a Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

I hopped on Amazon (my favorite place to shop) and got two books. (Scroll each link and click to see more on Amazon.)

I scrounged all my kids’ colored pencils and sharpened them all and started with them.  I like the softer, creamy colored pencils.  My first couple of creations were completed with various brands of them.
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I soon got guidance from several people to try gel pens… then my coloring world really opened up!  This is the first set I got – and they are great! So easy on your hands for long coloring sessions. (I should mention here, this is very addicting!) 

Here’s my first Mandala with the gel pens:
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With the pens, I also got more books. (I was on a roll!)
(Scroll each link and click to see more on Amazon.)



And here are some of my other creations so far.
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So as I write this, I’m on a plane headed back home after a lot of great travel to Miami and Phoenix.  I’m looking forward to having some time to reacclimate and zen out with some cuddle time with my rescue puppy, Sashi (interestingly – a Sanskrit name I chose which means Moon) and some coloring time. Bliss… 

Funding For Your Business

Funding For Your Business

One of the biggest secrets successful entrepreneurs know is using funding to get their businesses started.  98% of people who start any business use some sort of funding.  You use O.P.M. – Other People’s Money to generate your own.

Even if you pay high financing, you must examine the upside.  If it gets you in the game and allows you to earn far more than you are now and can free you from the life you’re currently living, then it doesn’t matter.  That financing becomes a write-off for your business taxes and you will bless it when you’re in a position not to need it ever again.

Many people think they can’t start a business because they don’t have the money.  That’s the EXACT reason they should be starting a business!

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Connections Academy Box of Learning for Virtual School

Connections Academy Box of Learning for Virtual School

Each year (until high school when everything is online), Tanner got a box of learning delivered to our front door from Connections Academy, a virtual school available in most states.  All the books, art supplies and resources needed to work concurrently with his online lessons.

It was such a fun exploration of possibilities for the coming year.  

Combined with the teachers, live lessons, field trips and support from the school, we’ve had such a great experience with virtual school.

Here’s a video from 7th grade – August 2012

Here’s a video from 8th grade – August 2013

Years ago, we decided we wanted to be the primary influence in our kids’ upbringing.

That takes two steps …

1) Bring your kids home from public school (or start them in virtual school if young enough).  We recommend

2) Bring yourself home from the dreadful job

Then … start LIVING!!

Imagine the true freedom of your kids doing their school work from around the world while you travel as a family, and you’re generating $100 – $1,000+ a day from your laptop.

Tanner is now in 10th grade doing Florida Virtual School (FLVS) in partnership with Connections Academy.  As I write this, we’re sitting on our back patio.  Kevin and I working on some projects for our home business… Tanner working on a science lesson and our rescue puppy, Sashi asleep in her bed next to us.  

We got up when our eyes opened… ate a great breakfast and connected with each other before moving on to getting some work done in a relaxed manner.  Listening to the sound of cicadas and some distant birds as we peacefully live our dreams of being a true family from home and out of the box.  We are so blessed!

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This New Bill Could *Ban* GMO Labeling (Unbelievable!)

This New Bill Could *Ban* GMO Labeling (Unbelievable!)The ‘Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015’ (H.R. 1599) is, perhaps, the most misleading name yet for a bill.

If passed, this bill will be a major victory for the food and chemical industries (yes, I did say “chemical!”) such as Land O’Lakes, Cargill, Hormel, and General Mills.

Instead of allowing consumers to know what they’re eating and to make their own decisions, these companies would rather strip away this ability to choose through sneaky labeling tactics.

Virtual School Freedom

Virtual School Freedom

The coolest thing about our “work from home” career is having our 14-year-old Tanner waking up each day with both Mom and Dad at home.

I heard a friend say years ago that his “why” was to be the Dad who “was the primary influence in his kid’s upbringing.”

When you stop to think about today’s family dynamics …

Many families have 2 parents who both work (or even a single parent who works) …

The kids go to school early in the morning, too.

So by 8AM … a family of 4 can potentially be off in 4 directions.

Only connected by their iPhones.

That in itself is a whole other issue.

Kids growing up with smart phones instead of smart parents.

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Anyway, getting back to our amazing lifestyle …

We all sleep ’til our eyes open …

Tanner “virtually” completes his school each day (via live and recorded webinars with his teachers and other students).

Melissa and I are able to work our business around the hours that best suit us …

And, as a result, we’ve been able to stay ahead of emerging market trends online because we actually have the time to research them daily …

It’s really really an amazing lifestyle I couldn’t endorse more favorably.

Especially if you’re still reading this and, perhaps, realizing that although you may have a good paying job, a nice home, nice cars and great kids …

There’s no FREEDOM to your lifestyle.

If that’s the case …

We may be able to help you.  Check out our other blogs and our facebook pages or opt in below to see a video that explains how we’re able to stay home to be the primary influence in our kid’s life and how that may be possible for your family, too. 🙂

Weird Entrepreneurs Podcast – Melissa Knecht Edition

Weird Entrepreneurs Podcast - Melissa Knecht Edition

Many thanks to my friends Justin and D Verrengia for their awesome Podcast show – Weird Entrepreneurs.  This was Justin’s most recent post featuring yours truly.  🙂

Melissa Barnes Knecht is a mom of 3 and has been an entrepreneur since the age of 15. She met her husband Kevin Knecht through the industry, he was actually a prospect of hers. LOL! 😛

Hear the full behind the scenes story of how Melissa bounced back from bankruptcy in 2011 to going on to earn over $650,000 in her primary business.

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You complete me – is that your job?

you complete me - is that your job

I read this excerpt in an article from Martha Beck in Oprah magazine:

Who will complete me?

This is closely related the the question Why aren’t you completing me?, which, in its various iterations, has destroyed more relationships than restless legs syndrome and herpes combined.  Memorable movie dialogue notwithstanding, wholeness is possible for every individual, and only whole individuals create truly healthy relationships.  If you’re searching for the One to complete you or raging at the One who isn’t doing so, you’re looking at the wrong One.  Try the nearest reflective surface instead.

I’ve talked about this subject for years.  In fact, I corrected someone who introduced me as my husband’s “better half” when taking the stage saying, “I’m not half of anyone.”  Kind of an interesting way to take the stage and of course I didn’t plan it – but it’s a major pet peeve (and it did get a good laugh).

But truly, I learned this by examining my first failed marriage and doing a massive amount of personal development to work on my most important relationship – the one with myself.  Until you feel good about that, no other relationship will work, much less fill up the hole that is left by not having self-acceptance and love.

A love relationship is a beautiful thing and can enhance your life immeasurably.  When you find someone to truly partner with, someone who challenges and champions you, it’s amazing.  But it can’t last if you’re expecting that person to fill you up or complete you.  It’s not their job – nor is it yours to do so for anyone else.

I wrote a blog about Neale Donald Walsch and created a graphic showing one of my favorite quotes from him that illustrates this:

Neale Donald Walsch Purpose of a Relationship

Of course, the most famous instance of this impossible notion was in the movie, Jerry Maguire when Tom Hanks proclaims “You complete me.” to Renee Zellweger.

Movies often set up false expectations when it comes to relationships.  Even if it is only to plant these ideas in the subconscious. Either way, it can actually do a disservice to those that are not emotionally grounded.

In a blog from Relevant Magazine, the author Gary Thomas writes:

This notion that we need another person to complete us is, in fact, one of the more misguided and perhaps even devastating myths alive today. The origins of this “soulmate” line of thinking aren’t found in Scripture, but rather in the writings of Plato, who surmised that there was once a “super race” of androgynous humans that made an attempt to overthrow the gods. This super race consisted of “round” people, comprising both male and female in one person, and in that state they were getting too powerful. So Zeus said, “I shall now cut each of them in two … and they will be both weaker and more useful to us through the increase in their numbers.”

This forceful separation supposedly left both halves desperate to be reunited. When the two halves did finally find each other, all they could do was cling to each other, which led to their deaths “because they were unwilling to do anything apart from one another.”

Zeus thus saved the day—deprived and desperate humans were no longer so powerful and no longer such a threat to the gods.

Notice that in Plato’s view, romantic love makes us weaker, not stronger. In fact, Plato’s version of the “soulmate” is a tale in which it is not advisable to spend most of our lives desperately seeking our missing piece. Many people do, in fact, live this way—on a constant hunt to find their other human “half,” and then desperately attempting to keep that half.

So I guess we can’t blame only Jerry Maguire for this idea. Nonetheless, whenever anyone states the need for someone else to fill them up or complete them, it’s a clear message that there is much work to be done.  Not on a relationship, but on the person themselves first. Then and only then will they be ready and able to achieve a happy and balanced relationship with someone else.

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The Top 10 things about time and space that most people seem to forget

Top 10 things about time and space that most people seem to forget

I’ve had a subscription to “Notes from the Universe” for several years now.  Not all of them resonate with me, but this one from 2012 did.  The Notes from the Universe are written by Mike Dooley who also in The Secret.  You can subscribe to them at

The Top 10 things about time and space that most people seem to forget…

10. You chose to be here and you knew what you were doing.
9. There are no “tests” and you’re not being judged.
8. Everyone’s doing their best, with what they know.
7. You already have whatever you’re looking for.
6. You are of the Divine, pure God, and so is everyone else.
5. Religion needs spirituality; spirituality does not need religion.
4. You’re naturally inclined to succeed – at everything you do.
3. You happen to life, life does not happen to you.
2. Order, healing, and love belie every moment of chaos, pain, and fear.
1. Following your heart is the best way to help others.

The truth shall set you free,
The Universe

Here’s a few other great ones:

The Top 10 Ways People Give Away Thier Power