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Hello world! From Kathy at Self Development and Growth

It’s funny how when you start a blog using WordPress for the first time, there is a default post called “Hello world!”

I know that most people probably overwrite that title – but it occurred to me that I really AM saying “Hello world!” After all, I’m putting myself “out there” for the whole world to see – and so I figured I’ll just keep that one!

If you read that “About Kathy” page, you already know that I’m WAY into Self Development and Growth – whether you call it “Self Improvement” or “Personal Development” or “Self Realization…” whatever it is you call your particular journey – I’m on it.

I guess that if you have found me here, you are on this journey as well.

From what I’ve been learning from people who do a lot of blogging, I’ll best serve this particular blog by putting posts in specific categories. For example, if I find some good information about a particular practice such as “visualization techniques,” I’ll try to have a “Visualization Techniques” related category. We’ll see how that goes! 🙂

My Experience (well, some of it…) that may Help You or Interest You…
Some of the things that I am into and have had a great deal of experience include:
=> Career Development (including helping people figure out what they want to do for work, help develop resumes, cover letters, interviews, etc),
=> Goal Setting, Planning and Attainment,
=> Motivation and Inspiration,
=> The Sedona Method and the related Release Technique – both similar but taught by different experts,
=> Law of Attraction information (that is, going beyond the pop culture fluff part of it),
=> and a lot more.

What I do…
My primary work takes place online where I develop my websites selling all sorts of various things (from cheap kids clothes to awesome family vacation memberships to portable garages and shelters to – of course – self development and growth related products).

Some of my General Interests…
Some general interests I have that you may find me writing about include walking/hiking, gardening, alternative health, alternative cooking (which to me translates “cooking from scratch without using junk ingredients”), travel, music, spirituality, and a lot more!

My greatest gifts include listening, writing, singing, and doing things from my heart. And that includes this blog. Everything I do and write comes from my heart.  So, I truly do hope that you enjoy your time here, and that you will offer your own thoughts as well!

I only have one request from readers who wish to comment – and I truly do hope you will comment – and that is this:
While I do not mind you putting your own website link to link to your name, please use a real name instead of just a keyword, and please – I ask this from the depths of my heart – please do not post “comment spam.” I want all my readers to gain value from one another. Spam does not give anyone value. Please make a comment that shows you 1) have read the post and 2) are genuinely interested in offering your thoughts and impressions. Oh… ok, so I have TWO requests… The 2nd request is that you be kind in your comments. Thank you!

Please enjoy your stay here, and visit often!

🙂 Kath

Swollen Ankle 2 Weeks AFTER the Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Do YOU Exercise While Working? You Will After You Read This!

Swollen Ankle 2 Weeks AFTER the Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)After having a pretty scary incident happen recently (or at least since the time I wrote this piece), I decided that I could use my scary incident to add some extremely important information to our “Healthy Living Tips” section of the website.

First off, let me say that this was just “scary” and not “life-threatening” – or at least it was caught before it could possibly turn into a life-threatening situation. And, when I experienced it, I realized in a nano-second how very much I want to live! 🙂

Ok. It’s honestly not THAT dramatic. What this is REALLY about is the dangers of sitting on one’s tuckus in front of a computer screen all day (or sitting on one’s bottom all day for ANY reason). (more…)

Screenshot of Anita Moorjani from Lilou Mace's ( YouTube interview about Anita's Near Death Experience

The Inspiration of Anita Moorjani and Her Near Death Experience

Anita Moorjani interview on YouTube - interviewed by Lilou Mace (

I don’t quite know where to start here when talking about Anita Moorjani and her near death experience…. It’s difficult when discussing something as seemingly intangible as an experience such as this – especially when it happened to someone else, and someone I have not had the pleasure or honor of meeting (yet!).

For the last couple of months I have been reading and listening to Anita Moorjani, a young woman who on February 2, 2006, was in the final stages of a cancer that had devastated her body. On the morning of February 2nd of that year, she was brought to the hospital, in a coma, and was expected to die within a day or so – at most.

Now, first of all, you might be wondering WHY on earth I would suddenly be totally fascinated – almost consumed, really – by a near death experience story of a woman I had never heard of. I’m not the type of person who talks much about death to begin with…

But let me say this: If you have NOT yet heard about this incredible woman and her story, you soon will. No doubt that this story is gonna go viral. It’s just far too powerful to NOT be spread around the world… (more…)

Red Wine, in moderation or very small amounts? Ok.. But ALL the time? NO says Isabel De Los Rios in The Diet Solution Program

Spilling My Guts About Isabel De Los Rios And The Diet Solution Program

Red Wine, in moderation or very small amounts? Ok.. But ALL the time? NO says Isabel De Los Rios in The Diet Solution ProgramIn my Healthy Living Tips section of the website today, I felt compelled to write a rather personal article based on something I just read in The Diet Solution Program by Isabel De Los Rios.

Today, my little “epiphany” if you want to call it that, has to do with alcohol. Booze. Spirits. Call it what you will – but after you read what I learned from Isabel, you may be more inclined to call it “poison.”

First of all, please note: I have NOT been paid by Isabel De Los Rios to read OR write anything about The Diet Solution Program.

Furthermore, you need to know that as a result of what I have personally learned from the book, I have now put links here in the site so that if you should decide to grab a copy through my link, I will get a commission for selling the book. If you do decide to buy it through my link, I would like to thank you, with deep appreciation. Hey, a couple of bucks here and a couple there… I am thankful!

But, with all that said, this one is pretty personal.
I don’t go around just finding out what OTHERS say about a book – although, I have to say that sometimes when someone recommends one to me, or if I see enough positive reviews on one, it might sway me to buy it myself and read it.

And I had seen enough of what other people HONESTLY say about Isabel and her work to convince me to go ahead and read the book and see what it has to say.

If you read my earlier account from this summer, about my initial experience with Isabel De Los Rios and The Diet Solution Program you’ll soon find out that some of what I knew intuitively was validated. You can read that account here.

So… Back to the Topic at Hand…
This topic is important enough, in my mind, to give it its own page here on the website rather than in the blog section. It’s all about the effects of alcohol on the mind and body – of critical importance for anyone who REALLY wants to move forward along the path of self development.

And so, if you DO happen to be interested in the healthy living tips I offer here, and even if you aren’t in the market for help in releasing extra or unwanted weight, you may find this to be enlightening. You may have already known this about alcohol, but if you didn’t, read on!

Please Click Here to Read my Article: Helpful But Scary Stuff ala Isabel De Los Rios and The Diet Solution Program

Vintage 1961 Bell Systems Rotary Dial Phone by Western Electric - From John's "Buying and Selling to Make Money" blog

Pondering Telephone Calls And Attitudes

Vintage 1961 Bell Systems Rotary Dial Phone by Western Electric - From John's "Buying and Selling to Make Money" blogI ponder a lot of things throughout the course of the day. And recently, I found myself pondering – of all things – the telephone.

Now, admittedly, I’m not much of a “phone person” in that I don’t spend hours or even 15 minutes on the phone with people. I don’t pick up the phone to “just say hi” to people. Not even my dad, sister or brother. It’s not that I don’t love them all and my friends dearly – I just don’t happen to be the type of person who talks much on the phone.

It’s really been that way for more years than I honestly can remember.

So, having gotten THAT out of the way, I do, nonetheless, find myself on the phone frequently for business and the standard variety of day-to-day requirements that pop up.

Sometimes I need to answer a call, and other times I need to make a call.

It was in the “I need to make a call” mode that brings me to the point of this post.

I happened to be in a particularly introspective mood when I made a few recent phone calls.

First, I needed to call our auto insurance company to change some coverage on one of our vehicles. The woman who answered was very pleasant – downright cheery! And here it was, only 9:00 in the morning! I could hear the smile in her voice – and frankly, she had ME smiling in return.

Contrast that with another phone call that I needed to make. I should also mention that I had been putting off making THIS particular call, because I’ve had to make it before, and it’s not a “phone destination” that I find at all pleasant.

But, I made the call anyway, because that’s my job. The person who answered sounded like she had been woken up after being asleep and having a really bad dream. Her voice was… and I’m not really sure how to describe it, precisely… but it was kind of dull. Listless.

When asked how she was doing, the response was, “Ok.” In a monotone, almost depressed tone. And she may well BE depressed. The conversation was almost alarming. No life. No zest. And, it was obvious to me that she was not smiling.

I couldn’t wait to conclude my business and get off the phone.

It was while I was in this introspective mood that I could feel my emotions shifting very visibly. The first person was someone I was required to give money to (that is, I needed to pay for some insurance) – and I was ready to whip out the checkbook gladly.

The second person was someone who had me rushing to open a window to breathe in some fresh air and discard some perceived toxins I felt had just invaded my entire being.

So what is the point of all this?

The point is, whether we are on a journey to improve the quality of our business, our health, or our lives in general, it is critical to be aware of what we are putting OUT into our surrounding environment and those people IN our environment.

Now, even though I am not a “phone person,” when my phone rings – and due to the nature of one of my business ventures it DOES ring – I automatically sit up a little straighter, put a smile on my face (After all, someone may be calling me to GIVE me money! So how great is that!), and answer the phone in a cheerful voice.

So, if you have not thought before about this seemingly simple activity that is part of our lives, I urge you to do so now.

After all, since the telephone is such a widespread method of communication, it just makes good sense to be as aware as possible of the type of energy we are putting out there.

Oh… one more thing – this goes for answering machine greetings as well! Rather than take up any more of your time in this already lengthy newsletter, I wrote an article about business voice mail greetings a few years ago called “When ‘Dude’ Isn’t Your Customer’s Name” – and if you are interested, I have reprinted it here at the blog:

 => CLICK HERE To Read “When ‘Dude’ Isn’t Your Customer’s Name”

In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Bree Boyce Miss South Carolina Lost More than 100 Pounds! Wow!

WOW! How Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce Lost 100+ Pounds the Old Fashioned Way…

Bree Boyce Miss South Carolina Lost More than 100 Pounds! Wow!Talk about motivation and healthy living tips!  Thanks to the new Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce, who lost more than 100 pounds the old fashioned way (i.e. by exercise and eating right – remember my post “Eat Less…Move More?” )

Whenever South Carolina makes the news, I tend to pay attention because I’ve spent three winters in the Myrtle Beach area of that beautiful and friendly state (Yes, indeed… Southern Hospitality is alive and well!).

And, of course my readers know that I’m into all things Self Development – whether it’s about Career,  Spirituality,  Motivation, Inspiration, or Healthy Living Tips that I love to learn from others and share.

So,  when I saw a piece on the internet today about the new Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce and her platform to promote healthy living, I knew I needed to read all about it. (NOTE: I had originally embedded the interview from MSN’s Today – but the embed code didn’t keep the story. After you read the highlights of this interview, scroll down and you’ll find another great interview I found on YouTube for you.)

What an inspiration! Not to mention courage to go out and tell the whole world (with pictures) about her journey from about 234 rather unhealthy pounds to about 124 pounds of fit and healthy happy human! “It’s not about a number on a scale or the size of your pants…It’s about being a size ‘Healthy’, and loving yourself, and having that self worth…”

In an interview on TV, the host asked Bree Boyce, “Part of (your) story is what turned the knob…what made you change into what you’ve become – a healthy, focused woman… What was the thought?”

Bree Boyce responds, “I had so many dreams and aspirations for myself…and I knew that being so unhealthy I could not accomplish any of those dreams. So by changing my lifestyle completely, I did a 180…and it has been completely amazing, and I’m just so excited…”

She explains that she works out 2-3 hours a day before a competition, and 30-60 minutes a day for a lifestyle. Her food choices have changed from fatty foods (she was a self confessed junk foodie), to nutritious foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats… She says she educated herself about what she was eating and how it was fueling her body. (For a nutritionist’s view on healthy eating, visit the new “Beyond Diet” book here where Isabel is adamant about a healthy lifestyle versus “dieting.”)

One thing that I find very inspiring about Bree Boyce is how she responds to the interviewer who discusses going out there in “pretty much a piece of Spandex” for the swim suit competition. Bree says she did not think of anyone else – only herself.

She thought only about how hard she had worked, and how many people she hoped to inspire as a result.


The interviewer asks Bree Boyce what she might say to others to offer some inspiration. Bree responds, “Whatever it is in life that you want to do,  it takes hard work. There’s no secret…” She emphasizes again that it hard work…determination…perseverence.

If this sounds like nothing new or out of the ordinary, you’re right. It’s just one more person who has met with success by following a proven and successful blueprint. No “magic bullet.” No new rabbits being pulled out of any new type of fancy hat. What has worked for countless others in the past and today will also work for countless others in the future.

So, if you want a bit of inspiration for that “healthy living tips” section of your self development plan, have a look at Bree Boyce, a most inspirational Miss South Carolina, and understand that whatever challenges you or I might have, there’s something we can do about them. Also, if you are of a mind to do so, I suggest reading about “Beyond Diet”by Isabel De Los Rios – a nutritionist who honestly makes more sense than any “diet guru” possibly could. Actually, you can read an article I wrote about my own interesting experience with The Diet Solution that I started reading. You can see the article here => “My Take on The Diet Solution (now known as “Beyond Diet”)” by Isabel De Los Rios.

How much effort we put into our dreams and goals depends largely on how badly we want something. If you take a look at Bree’s journey and results, you’ll quickly see that she wanted to experience her dreams VERY intensely.

How badly do you want your own dreams to come true? If this doesn’t inspire you to go for your dreams, I don’t know what will! 🙂 Thanks for reading! Hope it helped motivate you…

Adrianne Curry Uses The Flex Belt

As a Man Thinketh - He may SPEAKETH and BECOME

As a Man Thinketh AND How He SPEAKETH is Important

As a Man Thinketh - He may SPEAKETH and BECOMEAs a Man Thinketh AND Speaketh…

Boy, when I get inspired, I REALLY get inspired! People who know me are well aware of how fond I am of the spirituality behind the whole “As a man thinketh” idea. I absolutely love it!

Well, I came across a wonderful blog entry today (thanks to my friend David S. on Facebook in our “Positive Imperative” group). The article he brought to my attention was about “neuroplasticity” and our brain’s ability to create new pathways when others have been damaged. The article goes on to discuss the importance of making darned sure that our words are consistently positive.

It takes James Allen’s famous work “As a Man Thinketh” to a different level in light of more recent scientific discoveries than were likely known in  Mr. Allen’s time. Of course, most of us have heard “Our thoughts become our words…our words become our actions…” etc.

In an article I just posted here at the site, I have given you the link to the article that David pointed out, and also offered a thought on how to encourage consistent practice in what the author (Barrie Davenport) recommends.

The topic is an important one, and I hope my readers will take it to heart. Please continue on to the page “As a Man Thinketh…With a Twist – the Power of the Spoken Word.”  We all need to be vigilant not only about the thoughts we think, but what we say out loud.

A Real Positive Little Story

I was just visiting Facebook, and saw a really neat positive story from someone that I wanted to share.

Turns out, this guy had once had an issue with drinking, and had been on the streets. He stayed in a homeless hostel. To make a long story short, he sobered up and got his life back together.

Nowadays, he works as a support worker for the homeless. Wow! I thought that was so incredibly powerful. And an example of how we can take what may have been a difficult situation and turn it into something positive for others.

In his own words, he said, “We can all give a little. But it can add up to a lot.”

Something to think about! 🙂

On Giving and Receiving as Inspired by Charles F Haanel and The Master Key System

On Giving and Receiving as Inspired by Charles F Haanel and The Master Key System

On Giving and Receiving as Inspired by Charles F Haanel and The Master Key System

One must be able to Receive as well as to Give

I was inspired to talk a little about the concept of Giving and Receiving after reviewing Part 4 of The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel.

I really love to give gifts. For some reason, I love the whole action of thinking of what someone might enjoy, and then going through the process of procuring the gift.

And the gifts I give aren’t always of monetary or material value – sometimes they involve food. 🙂 For example, when I was growing up, every Christmas season I would don a little red & green plaid pinafore that I used as an apron, and start baking chocolate chip cookies.

I made DOZENS of these chocolate chip cookies. Then, I would carefully arrange them on paper plates, and walked over to various neighbors’ houses and give them all away (well… ok, I kept a FEW for our own family).

I had so much fun doing this. I never did it with any expectation of receiving anything back. The warm feeling I had inside my heart always seemed to be enough.

Even though I’m not a kid anymore, I still do this! Even down in South Carolina where I am wintering as I write this post, I did it. I am staying in a condominium complex where there aren’t a lot of residents, I have gotten to know the staff here. So I baked for all of them!

Anyway, I wrote a little bit on the topic of giving and receiving. Please click here to read my article => On Giving and Receiving as Inspired by Charles F Haanel and The Master Key System I hope you enjoy the article!