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Carla Marie Buford - LifeCarla Marie Buford#BeBOLD Millenniums – Creating Our Lives – We have been called the ‘lazy’ generation, told nothing good can come from living our lives online, and were overly diagnosed with A.D.D. while being preached “good things come to those who wait.”  Opportunities are abundant for those lazy kids who know how to make some color pop on a website or at least create some Twitter followers for local business!  Instead of spending countless electric bills on a golf course to build a relationship, we can Facebook a friend, Inmail a mentor, or join a ‘Creative Minds Think Alike’ event from our MeetUp profile.  Millennium life expert Carla Marie Buford advises her peers following their passions doesn’t need 5 years of experience, because 20+ years of fresh insights on the way the world is forming trumps that!  Join her as she shows you how your unique story is embedded in that formation- believe it has fighting power; believe it’s a creation worth telling!  NO MORE DAYDREAMING.  We know the whole ‘beginning life after retirement’ thing isn’t meant for us!  Our defining moment for the future is #Now.  It’s time to #BeBOLD.  It’s time to #CreateOurLives!

Celeste Giaimo - LifeCeleste GiaimoHave Life, Will Adventure – Each of us has that spark of adventure within us scratching to get out, but so often we ignore it, making up excuses to justify our hum-drum lives. Enough is enough! Whether looking to stay local or explore the world, Have Life, Will Adventure is here to offer creative tips and ideas for getting off the couch and into the world. Celeste Giaimo is a twenty-something California girl always looking for her next adventure.  Celeste constantly strives to share her passion for travel to inform and entertain others about the different cultures, foods, and destinations worldwide.

Cristina Smith - LifeCristina SmithYour Inner Compass – We spend so much of our time, energy and caring to make our daily lives happen that we often ignore the voice inside of us calling out, “What about me?” It starts off quietly, and often we power through, doing what we consider more important, until the voice gets louder and demands attention, frequently as a health related issue. That voice is our inner compass, and it needs to be heard if we want to be happier, healthier and more successful in creating the lives we want for ourselves and our loved ones.

Cristina Smith’s perspective-shifting and soul-stirring writings will guide you to your own inner compass. She is the founding President of the San Diego Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and she has served on numerous local, regional and state boards including the League of Women Voters and Mid-City Community Clinic.

Eileen Bild - LifeEileen BildLive Your Life to the Fullest – We live in a fast paced world full of opportunity, hope, and promise.  Are you living to the fullest, or do you wonder what that means exactly?  As we all know, life can pass you by in the blink of an eye, and before you know it, you are looking back on your journey.  It’s never too late to see your world as meaningful, engaging, and plentiful!  The keys are discovering your passion, being on purpose, and understanding the principles of gratitude, appreciation, and the essence of love.  Certified Life Coach, Producer, and Videographer/Photographer Eileen Bild will guide you in thinking in new ways, gaining greater awareness, and broadening your perspectives.  She will inspire you to go after your dreams, to see the beauty in each experience, and to explore where you are, who you are, where you have been, and where you are going.  With each stepping stone in LIFE you will be given thought provoking subject matter, useful tools for practical applications to your life experiences, and encouragement to live your life to the fullest… in the most exciting ways possible.

Liz Sal - LifeElizabeth SalvaticoI Hope You Dream – In our life’s journey to find the meaning of success and true happiness, we often find ourselves derailed by many things that turn out to be a mirage. Professional singer, songwriter, model and recording artist Elizabeth Salvatico (Liz Sal) relates what she has learned on her journey from being a once dirt poor immigrant from Mexico to being a proud American “living the dream” and sometimes ascending from “the nightmare.”  She began singing at age 3 with her musical family and immigrated to the U.S. at age 13.  Liz Sal has performed in front of audiences of over 10,000 people and has made worldwide television appearances.  She also has a strong sense of giving back performing for VA hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters traveling throughout the U.S.  Elizabeth’s extraordinary journey is sure to inspire and touch your soul.  She hopes to reinforce you following your own dream.

Janet Schlegel - Life r1Janet SchlegelDear Janet… Answering Relationship Questions – Every person wants to be happy, yet so many think it is beyond their reach. In reality, most times, a problem in your life is really a problem around a relationship in your life. Marriage and Family Therapist Janet Schlegel life’s work is about helping people improve their relationships. What everyone strives for is peace and contentment. We want the negative voice inside to be quiet. We want the pain of the past healed, so when we recall a past hurtful event, the emotional impact does not affect our current and future relationships negatively. We all want meaningful personal and professional relationships. We all want a life purpose that includes helping others and making a contribution to the world around us. Janet welcomes your relationship questions. “Let me help you see your problem from a new perspective and get back to having an optimistic attitude, which serves us all well during life’s many trials and hardships.” – Janet

Jenn Clark - LifeJenn ClarkIn the Dating Trenches – If “love is a battlefield,” then finding it can seem like an all out war.  Here is a humorous yet informative look at the perils and pitfalls of dating in the modern world complete with personal stories and the lessons we can learn from them.  Book author, magazine columnist, and popular relationship advice expert Jenn Clark uses her signature combination of wit and straight talk to help you stockpile the necessary arsenal to emerge victorious in love.

Jim Jacobs - LifeJim R. Jacobs, LCSW – Driving Lessons for Life – Are you driving your life or is your life driving you?  In this world of road rage, traffic jams, car accidents, and rush hours, we all could use some driving lessons for life.  Let Jim be your driving instructor for a better life.  Jim will take you on a fun and refreshing ride to a better life.  Join Jim as he uses his 20 years of experience as an author, counselor, coach, and professional speaker to weave a helpful life lesson into your daily commute.  Jim takes the common experiences we all have behind the wheel of our cars and crafts a memorable life lesson.  Because the lesson is connected to something you do every day, you will be reminded of the lesson often.  This creative approach helps you to better learn the lesson and integrate it into your life.  In this way, you will never forget what you learned and resolved to do.  Experience personal growth and change in a fun, innovative, and creative way.  Let’s get going!

Laura Mayer - LifeLaura MayerShow Up for Your Life – Ask yourself, “Are you living your truth? Are you stepping-up-to-the-plate and living the life you so desire.  Do you show up for your own life?”  Believe it or not, many people don’t. They go through life unhappy and disappointed, and often they may not understand it. Many live life passively, or filled with fear, or feeling stuck by constant indecision, confusion, or even rage. Why does this happen? We are all good people, right? Many of us live life through the lens of old beliefs, recapitulating patterns over and over again even when they no longer serve us.  We may even be unclear of what is ours and what is someone else’s.  This can destroy our true spirit and desire to ‘show up,’ even in our own life.  How do we change, transform, and show up?  Author, inspirational speaker, therapist, and transformational healer Laura Mayer knows firsthand what it means to ‘Show Up for Your Life’ with courage and tenacity, and she will inspire you to do the same.

Mary Fran Bontempo - Life r1Mary Fran BontempoNot Ready for Granny Panties – Granny Panties are as much a state of mind as a giant pair of unmentionables. Wearing mental Granny Panties ages us, makes us cranky and robs us of our right to FUN.  No woman is immune, but Granny Panties aren’t inevitable as long as we live life with a healthy sense of humor and determination to make the most of every day. Read along as Mary Fran Bontempo shows us how it’s done ladies!  An award winning author, humorist, speaker and teacher, Mary Fran has been writing for and about women for over 25 years.  Her second book, Not Ready For Granny Panties–The 11 Commandments for Avoiding Granny Panties, was published in fall, 2012. Her work has received notable mention by the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop and Humor Press, among others.

Maureen Keyte - LifeMaureen KeyteThe Heart of the Matter – Whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s or more, life is full of transitions, isn’t it? Most all life transitions, whether positive or negative, bring along challenges and emotions that can pull at your heartstrings. Fortunately, transitions are often followed by greater self-awareness, wisdom and a deeper understanding of life. More than likely, we will all go through, or are in the middle of, or have already gone through some universal transition themes such as career changes, relocation, empty nest, health issues, marriage, divorce, newly single, or reinvention after 40…and beyond. There is a healthy way to go through these transitions and come out the other side a better version of you!

Writer and Personal Coach Maureen Keyte gets to The Heart of the Matter sharing insights on emotions, self-esteem, self-sabotage, forgiveness, overcoming fear, reestablishing joy, and learning to create a happy life through any situation. As the old saying goes, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you handle it that matters.” Maureen offers inspiration to get back up when knocked down by life… and to stand tall in creating a joyful, healthy, balanced, and fulfilling next life phase.

Rebecca Bush - LifeRebecca T. Bush – Mrs. Reinvention – Has life ever taken you on a journey completely outside of your best laid plans to places you couldn’t possibly have imagined? Mrs. Reinvention is a snapshot of Rebecca’s soulful journey of all the places she’s been outside her comfort zone. She tells stories we can all relate to… the influences of our mothers, marriage troubles, marriage triumphs, our spiritual inner struggle, vignettes on the days we are grateful and the days we are annoyed with technology. Ultimately, it’s all about coping with the fact we aren’t always in control of every outcome. It’s about proudly owning our trials and tribulations and becoming a better person for having lived through them… perhaps even laughing along the way.

Vernice Jackson - Life r1Vernice Jackson – Women In History – Are you fascinated by history, especially the stories of the famous and maybe not as famous women who came before you?  Join Women In History President Vernice Jackson and the WIH members in this video column as they provide dramatic re-creation of lives of notable women in U.S. history through a monologue performance in authentic period clothing. The WIH women felt a debt to their female ancestors and a responsibility to future generations to tell women’s stories. The knowledge they share is intended to foster an appreciation that all things are possible.  Character research is extensive.  It includes published material and, when possible, visits to the locales where the individual lived and worked, plus interviews with family, friends and biographers.  The members of WIH are all career minded, ranging from homemakers to corporate managers.  Enjoy the gift they offer us all in their unique performances that bring Women In History to life.

Dr Wendy Kaveney - LifeDr. Wendy KaveneyWomen’s Wisdom – All women have a level of wisdom to tap into that is not restricted to age, culture, or status. It is internal and everlasting. What if we had a way of viewing events and relationships from a different perspective? Walk the journey with Dr. Wendy Kaveney as she offers some opportunities for “Ah Ha” moments that come when we tap into our inner knowing.  There is a very real possibility of improving our everyday relationships and ultimately enjoying a more harmonious life when you tap into Women’s Wisdom.