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Laughlin Desert Challenge

This weekend was another drop in the bucket … or should I say, in the bucket list.

This Jan 14th & 15th, 150 of the world’s top off-road drivers raced in the Laughlin Desert Challenge, one of the toughest courses in the SCORE and Best in the Desert line ups. And this weekend, the track lived up to it’s reputation. Carnage was everywhere. There were roles, endos, and even a blown up transmission causing compound fractures and burns in the co-driver’s leg and hip. A complete random happening. Normally, you’re pretty secure in the trucks. Safety devices abound … approved helmets, Hans devices, fire retardant suits, 5 point harness’, netting to keep you in the cage if you roll, etc, but things can still happen. Thank goodness for the helicopters flying overhead for those in need of medical attention.

Language School & Adventuring in Paris

One of my ongoing goals in life is to relearn French. It’s a language and culture I love!

Spending 7 months living and working in Monaco when I was 18 allowed me to become quite fluent in the language, but when I returned to Vancouver I had no one to practice with, so I lost most of what I learned.

So this fall, I took a french language class at Paris Langues and immersed myself in French. It was fantastic! I was there for 9 days total … on my own for the M-F school week and then was with girlfriends on the weekends. I loved every second of it!

If you have goals and dreams, I encourage you to write them down and ponder them often. This kind of intension will help them come to fruition. 🙂 A tool that I find really helpful is called LifeTick. Give it a whirl and watch your dreams come true.

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A Great Mobile App & Website to Keep You on Track

If you’re like me, you have a lot on the go and sometimes don’t get as much done as you know you could. With so many ideas, dreams and goals floating around in my head, notes jotted down in various jounrnals, iCal items entered, etc, I found myself all discombobulated. Personal deadlines were getting missed, daunting tasked just stayed daunting as I wasn’t breaking them down into bite sized and doable chunks.

Then I started using LifeTick. It’s awesome! This little mobile app (or web based product) is just what I needed to bring all my thoughts, dreams and tasks together into one place. It even helped me see where I was heavy in one section (ie, Adventure) and light on another (ie, Financial Planning – arg). Most of all, it helped me break each goal into smaller tasks and then reminded me daily what I needed to do to complete it. Perfect!

Validation for the Way You Do (or Don’t) Do Things!


I’m so glad Ken introduced me to the Kolbe Index. It’s an amazing tool.

For example, if you often wonder why your friend always starts a task and actually finishes it without starting something else, yet you have 100 things on the go at any given time and finish only half of them, you’ll wonder no longer.

If you can’t understand why your spouse plans out a trip right down to the last cab ride, yet you prefer to jump on a plane and figure it out en route, you’ll ponder no longer.

If you don’t admire your husband because he’d rather call a plumber than fix the pipe himself (I mean, according to your family structure, real men fix pipes!), you’ll belittle him no longer!

There is a great 20 min test called the Kolbe Index that will help you to understand yourself,  your mate, your child, your employees or your boss’s differences and when you understand someone, you can support them and celebrate their uniqueness.

My husband, who at one time had about 200 employees, used the Kolbe Index as a hiring tool. They hardly looked at resumes, but rather had candidates do their Kolbe.  It was so successful an indicator that their lack of staff turnover and employee moral was off the charts. If a person is in a job that suits their Kolbe, the will be happy and productive. If they are in a job that isn’t in line with their Kolbe, they will be on Prosac within 2 weeks!

On a relational level, it has been invaluable. This is possibly the best investment I have made in my marriage. My husband, as the Quintessential Entrepreneur at a 6383, does things very differently than my Innovating 3294. If I didn’t know he needed a lot more detail than I do before he jumps into things, I might think that he was just a chicken. But so contrary! He just collects the detail BEFORE jumping in, where as someone with my Kolbe collects the detail AFTER I’ve already jumped in. Not knowing all the detail beforehand is half the fun! If he did not understand that this ability is an asset, he might judge it. But he doesn’t. And if I didn’t get that his way is a huge asset, it might frustrate and bore me.

Thank goodness for the Kolbe Index. Knowing who we are and our Connative Modus Operandi, we can just giggle at our differences and love each other anyways.

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Spring Skiing, Whistler/Blackcomb, BC

I can truly say that the last week of skiing in Whistler was some of the best ever. Record snow falls, tons of sun, cool temps so the snow was fantastic, good friends and some new ski buddies … perfection.

I set out for Whistler on my own last weekend feeling a bit lonely and not sure what the 10 days would hold. None of my girlfriends seem to ski anymore and my husband lives in Phoenix, but a friend lent me his ski-in ski-out place at Whistler, so I just couldn’t pass up going. Skiing alone is better than not skiing at all!

A Great Way to Store Your Supplements!

I found this great product through a fellow supplement hound and just love it. If you’re one who understands the importance of supplementing and also travels a bit and knows the hassle of hauling around many bottles, try this handy case.

Marnie and Tom have also gone above and beyond. I ordered the Black case and was shipped the Red one (no shipping fees btw) and they immediately fixed the problem by sending me the black one and said to just give the other one to a friend.

You don’t get that kind of customer service very often!

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad ( Serves 4 )

I love Brussels Sprouts! This salad is great year round, but somehow, I feel more for Brussels Sprouts in the fall. The health benefits of this salad are many, so give it a whirl.

Arugula & Watermelon Salad

Arugula & Watermelon Salad ( Serves 4 )

This is one of the most refreshing salad I’ve tasted! Use this recipe on a hot summer day and your guests will love you!

Kale Salad

Kale Salad ( Serves 8 )

I could eat this salad everyday. And with Kale being one of the best super foods on the planet, my body would be happy if I did!