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Lorie Gardner, RN, BSN, NBC-HWC
Gayle Gruenberg, CPO-CD, CVPO
Anant Joshi, DPM
Linda Mitchell, CPC
FROM THE EDITOR
From the time we are able to utter our
first words, to when we speak our last, our
voice is a crucial instrument of expression.
We use our voice to communicate our needs,
wants, and desires. We use it to achieve our
goals. And yet, many of us struggle to be
I recently spoke with Denise Woods,
one of the nation’s most sought-after vocal
coaches. In our conversation, Denise shared
lessons and exercises that we all can use to
become confident, effective communicators.
According to Denise, our voice is an
instrument and we must learn to use it with
a sense of command and power.
Denise has been the voice behind the
voice for the last 20 years. She has trained
executives for public speaking at major
corporations, coached Hollywood actors and
broadcast news anchors, and has prepared
NBA and NFL athletes for on-camera
commentary. She is committed to giving
disenfranchised voices the courage and tools
to use their words, their thoughts and their
stories in ways they never thought possible
by dismantling fear, shame and insecurity.
Her first book is, The Power of Voice.
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— Joan Herrmann
ON THIS MONTH’S
THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS
BY TRACY WEBSTER
STOP TRYING TO OVERPOWER
WHAT DISTURBS YOU
BY GUY FINLEY
DENISE WOODS PROVIDES VALUABLE LESSONS
AND EXERCISES THAT WE CAN USE TO OVERCOME
COMMON VOICE AND SPEECH PROBLEMS, AND
BECOME CONFIDENT, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS.
LISTEN TO DENISE ON CYACYL:
MAKE THE CALL
BY JOAN HERRMANN
SIX STEPS TO HELP YOU
BOUNCE BACK FROM BURNOUT
BY LINDA MITCHELL
HOW ABOUT AN EXERCISE SNACK?
BY LORIE GARDNER
TOO MUCH INFORMATION
BY GAYLE GRUENBERG
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BY ANANT JOSHI, DPM
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One of my favorite movie scenes is the French lady
telling Simon Pegg, in Hector and The Search For
Happiness, that she wants “appenis”. With her thick
French accent, however, it sounds more like she wants
a male body part. It always makes me laugh and wish I
was French, because you know – yes, that’s how I would
forever pronounce the word “happiness”.
Written by Tracy Webster
Mark Twain said that humans
have one effective weapon – laughter. It can improve your
immune system, enhance your intake of oxygen, stimulate
your heart, lungs and muscles, increase endorphins,
relieve stress, and increase happiness. So why are we more
stressed than ever before with suicide rates on the rise and
a general decline in positivity and optimism for the future?
One of the main reasons is because we are literally hard
wired to look for the bad, and when we look for something,
we usually find it. It really isn’t our fault. We are all born
this way. Let me explain: First and foremost, our brains are
circuited to be on the lookout for danger and pain. With
any experience, our brain must first interpret what we see
or hear and, to do this, it filters the incoming information
through the amygdala to scan for anything that can cause
pain and, only when no danger is found, does it then filter
through a different part of the brain to scan for pleasure.
If you need to fight or flight, then you need to have this
This obviously is a lifesaving mechanism when we are
living in a cave in the middle of the wild and need to stay
vigilant to stay alive. In modern day, however, this has
become a ball and chain, tethering us to our pessimism and
glass half empty attitude. We all know that where focus
goes, energy flows, and what we give energy to, we create
more of. So, the chance that our amygdala will always
find some aspect that is dangerous/painful to us, has high
probability causing an ever-self-fulfilling prophecy of
It literally takes work, lots of work, to create a permanent
positive outlook on life. We are required to override our
animal brains to change our perspective and this is not easy
to do but it is possible, and when done with dedication, can
be achieved with relative simplicity.
I was desperate to figure out how to increase happiness
and reduce stress. I was determined to understand
happiness to help myself and then help those around
me. I had retracted from life as it was too painful to be
front and center and watch friends and family navigate
heartbreaking circumstances. I felt totally impotent and
couldn’t figure out how to help, so I removed myself from
society to reduce the sadness and pain I encountered and
indirectly to increase my happiness. This was not the result
I achieved. I spiraled downwards to the point I could not
see a way out.
Luckily, I was conscious enough to grasp at a straw, and
thankfully used it to propel myself forward to being the
happiest I have ever been in my life. It became important
to me to formulate exactly how this change took place.
I discovered one fundamental error in our collective
My whole life I’ve been told to find balance, as if this is
the Holy Grail to happiness. I took note of quotes such as,
“The secret to life is finding balance in everything you do,”
and “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you
I would see those who were stressed beyond reason and
note that they were not in balance – they were working too
much or obsessed with this or that, and believed if they just
found some form of balance they would be less stressed.
When I began to research balance and its link to
happiness, I discovered that balance itself is the pesky
problem. To be in balance we must have equal amounts
of opposing things – not so? The definition of balance is:
a condition in which different elements are equal or in the
correct proportions. So, for happiness to be in balance,
we need to have equal amounts of things that bring us
happiness and equal amounts of other things that bring
something different, in this case, sadness, stress, worry or
pain which all equates to unhappiness.
This made zero sense to me! This would mean that to
be happy, we should be unhappy 50 percent of our time.
There is even a quote that states: “Everything in life
is temporary. So, when things are going well, enjoy it,
because it won’t last forever. And if things are going bad,
don’t worry, it can’t last forever either.” This is just crazy
Why can’t we be happy 100 percent of the time? Who
says happiness doesn’t last? Is there some centurion
standing guard on our happiness and when you reach 50
percent happiness you’re cut off and must experience 50
percent unhappiness to be balanced and then ultimately
What poppycock we have fallen for?!
In this new age metaphysical time, we are all learning
that happiness is an inside job. It is not dependent on
what occurs outside of us. We are also learning that
to create the life we want we must find the gratitude in
everything, furthermore, to find the gratitude in a sad
or painful situation, we must first find meaning to have
And with meaning, we understand the benefit of any
experience or situation, and when we see the benefit and
have gratitude for it, we create happiness.
That’s the point! Happiness is the point! With this
understanding we now realize that in any experience we
can find the good and, therefore, the reason to be happy
despite what we are going through. When you make
this your perspective, you free yourself of the pain and
happiness remains. I encourage you to make happiness
your highest priority.
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Tracy was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa when
she was 6 years old. She has had a varied career path, and
loves reinventing herself. She has worked in car rental, vehicle
finance, import/export, holistic health and nutrition, bioenergetic
therapy, been a restaurant owner and an author. Most
exciting to her is her current vocation in Ontology - the branch
of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being. Tracy has a
strong calling to help others improve their lives and find lasting
happiness. She has been together with Steve for more than 30
years, and has two adult daughters. She is most proud of her
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July 2021 Issue
Stop Trying to Overpower
What Disturbs You
Written by Guy Finley
compelled to help yourself out of a dark inner thought
or feeling. Remember the silent force. Go silent! Choose
to watch, as quietly as possible, all the familiar thoughts
and feelings calling for your attention … and dare to give
them the silent treatment. This new order of silence and
inner light will do for you what you have not been able
to do for yourself. It will turn the dark inner skies into
pleasant blue ones. Go silent, and watch the dark clouds
of thoughts and feelings pass through you. Behind them
is the sun.
It isn’t this world that threatens
or disturbs us. We are dominated by our own thoughts and
feelings. We are taken over by our own reactions. This is
painful for us because our original nature, our true self,
longs to be free and unencumbered by self-limiting, selfdefeating,
compulsive thoughts and feelings.
The problem is, at our present level, we believe that
another person or event is causing our unhappy feelings.
We want power over them in the hope that it will give
us power over our punishing feelings. Can you see that
this approach to self-command is doomed from its illconceived
So where do we look for the power we need to be happy?
Look for this power not in a person, place, possession,
idea, or belief, but through the new understanding that
your higher, permanent nature needs no power outside of
itself in order to be in charge of an inner or outer attacker.
Its strength is what I call the silent force. It alone can do
for you what you have been unable to do for yourself.
These huge inner shadows with all their howling may
be present, but where is it written that they belong to
you? The silent force is the understanding that you need
not answer to any disturbance within you. Any form of
response to a negative state, other than to silently observe
it, is always a form of resistance to it. And what we resist
There is no self-power that can make light out of
darkness. Remember this lesson the next time you feel
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Guy Finley is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and
bestselling self-help author. He is the founder and director of Life
of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for spiritual self-study
located in Merlin, Oregon. He is the best-selling author of The
Secret of Letting Go and 45 other books and audio programs that
have sold over 2 million copies, in 30 languages. Guy holds regular
in-person classes at Life of Learning Foundation including two free
talks each week that are live-streamed.
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Written by Joan Herrmann
A few days ago, I was looking
through photos from my childhood and I started
reminiscing about family members who have passed or
with whom I’ve lost contact. One memory was front and
center because it jarred strong emotions within me.
My father’s cousin was a wonderful man who was a high
level production executive for the ABC television network.
He started as an elevator operator and worked his way up
to a vice president. When I was in high school, on a few
occasions, my sister and I would travel into New York City
and he would bring us on a tour of the soap opera sets
while shows were being filmed. I was an avid ABC soap
fan - from Ryan’s Hope to General Hospital - so this was a
fantastic experience for me. At the time I didn’t understand
the magnitude of his role with the network, but I do recall
that no matter where we went people stopped what they
were doing and made sure to say hello to him, and to greet
While in college, I studied communication and any time
I was in his company, he always took an interest in me and
my studies. He asked questions about what I learning and
if I enjoyed the work. At the end of every conversation he
said, “Call me when you’re ready.”
Growing up, I was groomed to believe that I would get
married after college and settle into the role of wife and
mother. No place in my frame of reference was the thought
that I could, or would, have a high level career, such as what
could have developed from what he was offering to me. To
be honest, the thought of travelling into New York City and
working at a place like ABC television terrified me. And so,
I ignored his instruction and played it safe. I did what was
expected of me. I married my college sweetheart and took
a job that would help pay the bills until I started a family.
After I graduated from college and didn’t reach out to
him, he never made the offer again. He was always loving
and supportive of me, but he didn’t suggest that I call. I
guess he figured I wasn’t interested and that was okay
The irony of the story is that many years later, after I
got divorced, I launched a career in media production.
Everything I have built has been on my own, and was
done the hard way. I often think about what my life would
be like today if I made that call. I love the work and I’m
good at it, so I know I would have gone far. He obviously
saw something in me that I didn’t know existed. But,
for many years, I allowed fear and the expectations of
others to keep me small. And now, I regret not having a
conversation with him.
So, my advice to everyone is to make the call. No matter
what opportunity is being presented to you, whether you
think you want it or not, learn the details, weigh your
options, and then make an informed decision. Don’t be
closed minded or allow your fears to keep you trapped.
Sometimes you don’t know what you think you know.
About The Author
Joan Herrmann is the creator of the Change Your Attitude…
Change Your life brand and host of the radio show and podcast,
Conversations with Joan. She is a motivational speaker and the
publisher of 24 Seven magazine.
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July 2021 Issue
Six Steps To Help You
Bounce Back From Burnout
Written by Linda Mitchell, CPC, LMT
It’s easy to burnout when
you’re a go-getter, rarely stopping to refuel for
fear of missing opportunities or falling behind
schedule. But what if a healthy pause isn’t just part
of the cure but a way to revive your creativity and
The sooner you recognize the signs of burnout
the easier it is to remedy. If you’re fighting fatigue,
feeling unmotivated, constantly in motion yet
feeling unproductive, it’s important to change things
up. Schedule some relaxation, give your left brain a
break and engage in some fun, creative or physical
activities. Do diverse tasks, switch locations and
break out of familiar routines. Take time to just be
still, breath, meditate, play or let your imagination
soar. If you’re thinking that’s just a waste of time,
you’ll be happy to learn otherwise. Most people
can conquer burnout using a combination of the
following six tips:
Give yourself some grace. Take a break!
You’re burned out because you’re a hard worker,
motivated and goal oriented. Would you chastise
your best friend for taking a breather? A pause is
precious and rejuvenating. Intentional downtime,
enjoying activities or hobbies you’ve deferred
is uplifting and boosts your creativity and joy.
Focus on being versus doing. When
constant action doesn’t bring desired results,
you can get discouraged, stuck or sullen.
Get re-motivated by focusing less on results
and more on the joy of the journey. For a
change, focus more on the new things you’re
discovering rather than on meeting goals.
You may feel restless at first but stay the
course. Take time to sit in stillness, explore
new ideas, walk in nature - stop pushing
for answers from outside yourself and tune
in to your own inner wisdom. Recognize
that meditating, breathing and listening to
the still, small voice inside is also a form
of productivity! Silence and stillness are
healing, restorative and productive.
Nix the negativity. Beating yourself up is
counterproductive. Treat yourself with the
same consideration you’d grant a loved one.
Positive uplifting thoughts lead to better
outcomes. Thoughts are like boomerangs.
What you put out, comes right back to
you. Negative, disempowering thoughts
are defeating and just create more doubt,
fear and scarcity. Positive thoughts create
excitement and encouragement and plant
seeds of possibility. What you focus on
expands – choose your thoughts wisely!
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is never cured
Temporarily pare down the to-do list. Limit
yourself to your top three priorities daily,
weaving in time for relaxation and reflection.
Forced prioritization has many benefits
and you’ll get more comfortable holding
firm, healthy boundaries by politely saying
no. Break goals into bite-sized increments.
Things feel more manageable and you’ll stay
motivated by celebrating each small success
along the way.
Each of these tips help reduce overwhelm
and boost confidence. The longer you resist
a pause, the longer you’ll feel depleted.
Exhaustion is never cured by working harder!
Serve up some self-compassion and discover
the benefits of a reset. You’ll bounce back
faster, feel refreshed and defeat burnout.
Engage your imagination. As Albert
Einstein said, “Imagination is more
important than knowledge. For knowledge
is limited, whereas imagination embraces
the entire world.” Create time to engage your
imagination. Play with new ideas. See where
they take you. You may even find a solution
to a problem without focusing on it because
the imagination is held hostage when you
spend too much time in the logical brain
pushing for answers, action-steps or results.
Change the mood. It’s a whole different
energy when you say, “How can I handle this”
versus “I can’t handle this.” Feel the difference
between I can’t and how can I? This simple
change switches you from victim to victor.
Instead of staying stuck, you’ve opened a
creative, empowered space in which you can
problem solve with greater ease. Speaking
of spaces, change your environment. Get
outside or work in a new space. Changing
perspective and scenery boosts creativity and
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coach, reinvention expert, speaker, LMT and
energy healer. For 20 years she has operated
from a deep desire to help people who feel
stuck, overwhelmed or ready for change to
move through life’s transitions and challenges
with more ease, grace and purpose.
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ISSUE NO.129 JULY 2021
Written by Lorie Gardner, RN
Our fitness and exercise
routines have been significantly altered during this
pandemic. The decline in COVID-19 cases has got me
thinking about what our post-pandemic exercise routines
will look like. Yes, I am remaining cautiously optimistic
that the pandemic is nearly over.
For many of us who had gym memberships, a Peloton
bike became our new gym. Many others got resistance
bands, weights, and kettlebells and used workout apps
So, what is an exercise snack? It is a short burst of
exercise that you do periodically during the day such as
climbing stairs, doing some squats or wall sits, jumping
jacks, yoga moves, stretching, dancing, and more.
Scientific studies have shown that this exercise snacking
done several times a day can have a big impact on your
Why not have an exercise snack when you start to get
hungry between meals. Add a big glass of water and you
may just avoid having that high-calorie treat your mind
was driving you towards.
As we gain more freedom in a post-pandemic time, it is
a good time to evaluate how you like to move and design
a movement regimen that works for you. Certainly,
getting vigorous exercise is important for your health
and wellbeing. Regular exercise has numerous health
benefits that are well known but sustaining an exercise
regimen can be hard.
Here are some coaching tips to keep in mind as you
learn how to enjoy moving your body and designing a
“movement” regimen for yourself.
If it’s not fun, avoid it. Chances are you might not
sustain a regimen if you don’t enjoy it.
When the pain starts, stop. Pain is an indicator there is
a problem. Listen to your body, it will warn you.
Avoid imitation. It is easy to model yourself after
someone else, it may be perfect for them but not for you.
Find your own way.
Deal cautiously with competition. Competition can
be a great motivator but can cause frustration and bad
feelings. Look for your own sense of accomplishment.
Reward every effort. Set realistic limits for yourself,
avoid being hard on yourself, and congratulate yourself
on any efforts.
Breathe. Make sure you are maximizing the use of
your breath by inhaling as your movements expand and
exhale as they contract.
Love yourself. Acknowledge what you like about your
body and how your body supports you every day. Come
up with a mantra to say as you get yourself inspired to
move such as, “I am moving with grace and beauty,” “I
love myself as I grow in strength and agility,” or “Look at
me, I’m beautiful.”
Being open to new ways of moving your body and
tweaking your exercise/movement regimen is good for
the body, mind, and soul.
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Written by Gayle M. Gruenberg, CPO-CD ® , CVPO
Newspapers, journals, and
snippets of information. Websites and
podcasts and spreadsheets that just grow. Blog
posts that tell me how much my life stings.
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the stack falls. When the desk caves.
When I read an ad. I simply remember the
pleasure it brings, and then I don’t feel so bad.
This tune is amusing, but the subject is
quite serious. Given the age of access in which
we live, it is a slippery slope to easily become
addicted to information, known as infomania.
Various sources define infomania as “excessive
enthusiasm for acquiring knowledge,” “the
debilitating state of information overload,”
and “impairment of concentration caused
by frequent response to
text messages, e-mails,
and other forms of digital
There can be deep
underlying reasons for the
desire to acquire and keep
information. People with
may have short-term
memory issues and may
not be physically able to
retain knowledge. Aging
individuals may fear
cognitive decline and doubt
their ability to access what
they know. Some may have
a scarcity mindset thinking
they might need it someday.
Others may have anxiety
disorders that manifest
in the obsession and/
or compulsion to gather
Infomania can be
considered a form of hoarding; the hoard can
be either physical or digital. Information is
easy to get, increasingly abundant, and there
is little to no cost to access it. The temptation
to acquire as much of it as possible can be
difficult to overcome.
We are also living in the age of interruption,
constantly bombarded by pings and dings that
let us know something worthwhile is going on
and we must pay attention right now or we
might miss out. We stop what we’re doing and
divert our attention to the latest and greatest
notification. It can take 25 minutes to shift our
focus back to what we were originally doing.
Then the next ding comes, interrupting us yet
again and wasting yet more time. The cost is
measured in terms of lost productivity, added
stress, greater frustration, feeling pressed for
time, and increased effort.
While being informed is admirable, too
much information can lead to the inability
to make decisions, i.e. analysis paralysis.
Impaired decision-making can yield other
forms of clutter due to the inability to choose
one thing over another and allowing both (or
more) to enter one’s life.
Some organizing solutions can ease the
discomfort of having too much information
and not being able to part with it. A strong
paper filing system identifying a few major
From The Story
can lead to
categories and more specific subcategories
can contain physical bits of information. A
similarly structured digital filing system is
equally as effective. Scan articles clipped from
larger sources and create a tagged digital
archive. Consider searching for information
online only when the need arises.
If your desire to acquire information is
debilitating to the point where it affects your
ability to function on a daily basis, please
seek help from a qualified mental health
About The Author
GAYLE M. GRUENBERG
Gayle M. Gruenberg, CPO-CD ® , CVPO is the
chief executive organizer of Let’s Get Organized,
LLC, an organizer coach, and the creator of the
Make Space for Blessings system.
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July 2021 Issue
Written by Anant Joshi, DPM
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
(ESWT) is a noninvasive treatment
that involves delivery of shock waves to
injured soft tissue to reduce pain and
promote healing. The waves stimulate
metabolism, enhance blood circulation,
and accelerate the healing process.
Damaged tissues gradually regenerate
and eventually heal.
Shock wave therapy was originally used
to treat kidney stones. Orthopedic uses
for shock wave therapy have now been
developed to treat soft tissue injuries
and some bone conditions. This is the
most advanced and highly effective,
non invasive treatment cleared by
the FDA. This procedure represents
a breakthrough treatment option for
a broad range of musculoskeletal
ESWT benefits patients because
their condition can be treated
extracorporeally (outside the body).
ESWT can also be used to treat heel
spurs, neuromas, fractures.
Shock wave therapy involves no
incisions and no down time. Patients
can receive treatment in the office and
return to work immediately and be
fully recovered in as little as two weeks.
The internal healing process can take
up to six weeks for some people.
Compared to surgical treatment,
ESWT offers some significant
advantages. Because the procedure is
done outside the body with no need for
an incision, the risks and expenses of
surgery are eliminated. The primary
complication associated with this nonsurgical
method is bruising, which is
much better than surgical complications
like infection and scar problems.
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