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CONTRIBUTORS

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Lorie Gardner, RN, BSN, NBC-HWC

Gayle Gruenberg, CPO-CD, CVPO

Joan Herrmann

Anant Joshi, DPM

Linda Mitchell, CPC

Tracy Webster


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

heard.

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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ISSUE NO.129


INSIDE THIS

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ON THIS MONTH’S

COVER

THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

BY TRACY WEBSTER

PAGE 12

STOP TRYING TO OVERPOWER

WHAT DISTURBS YOU

BY GUY FINLEY

PAGE 18

DENISE WOODS PROVIDES VALUABLE LESSONS

AND EXERCISES THAT WE CAN USE TO OVERCOME

COMMON VOICE AND SPEECH PROBLEMS, AND

BECOME CONFIDENT, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS.

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MAKE THE CALL

BY JOAN HERRMANN

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SIX STEPS TO HELP YOU

BOUNCE BACK FROM BURNOUT

BY LINDA MITCHELL

PAGE 26

HOW ABOUT AN EXERCISE SNACK?

BY LORIE GARDNER

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TOO MUCH INFORMATION

BY GAYLE GRUENBERG

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EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY

BY ANANT JOSHI, DPM

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NO.129

JULY

2021

THE

SECRET

TO

HAPPINESS

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


M

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

information first.

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

negativity.

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

thinking.

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

create.”

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

to me.

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

happy overall?

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

gratitude follow.

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.

About The Author

TRACY WEBSTER

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

Harley Davidson riding skills and loves being a biker chick.

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July 2021 Issue

Stop Trying to Overpower

What Disturbs You

Written by Guy Finley

I

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

beginning?

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

persists.

There is no self-power that can make light out of

darkness. Remember this lesson the next time you feel

About The Author

GUY FINLEY

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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MAKE

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Written by Joan Herrmann


A

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

us.

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

with him.

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

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

I

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

contentment?

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!

From The Story

“Exhaustion

is never cured

by working

harder!”

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

productivity.

About The Author

LINDA MITCHELL

Linda Mitchell is a certified transformational

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

HOW ABOUT

AN EXERCISE

SNACK?

Written by Lorie Gardner, RN


O

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

at home.

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

health.

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.

About The Author

LORIE GARDNER

Lorie Gardner RN, BSN, NBC-HWC, founded Healthlink

Advocates, Inc., to assist people with all aspects of their

healthcare. As private nurse patient advocates and nationally

board-certified health & wellness coaches, they partner with

clients seeking assistance navigating the complex healthcare

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Too Much

Information

Written by Gayle M. Gruenberg, CPO-CD ® , CVPO

N

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

communication.”

There can be deep

underlying reasons for the

desire to acquire and keep

information. People with

brain-based conditions

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

information.

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

“While being

informed is

admirable,

too much

information

can lead to

the inability

to make

decisions.”

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

professional.

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.

To Learn More Visit:

www.LGOrganized.com




July 2021 Issue

Extracorporeal

Shock Wave

Therapy

Written by Anant Joshi, DPM

E

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

conditions.

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.

About The Author

ANANT JOSHI

Anant Joshi, DPM, DABPM, AACFAS,

practices at Advanced Foot Care of

New Jersey in Woodland Park. Dr. Joshi

provides extensive podiatry services

including orthotics, foot injuries, and

sports injuries. Additionally, he offers

diagnosis and treatment for ingrown

toenails, toenail fungus, bunions, ankle

pain, calluses and more.

To Learn More Visit:

www.footpainnj.com


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