I knew that BellaSpark Magazine, and by that I mean the soul of BellaSpark Magazine, wanted to do/be something very special. I am always intrigued by the direction it goes and the people and opportunities that show up. It’s fascinating to see it unfold in a way that I could never have imagined. So when two very accomplished and well-known authors approached me about writing a column for BellaSpark, I was surprised and delighted. Of course, I said yes!
Allow me to introduce two very special individuals who will be sharing their insight and spark with you in BellaSpark Magazine over the next year. I am letting them describe for themselves a little bit about who they are and what inspires them to do what they do.
Meet Alan Roettinger – Inspired Chef “I’ve always loved food. I grew up in Mexico, where the food literally explodes with flavor. Every chance I got, I used to sneak into the kitchen, sit with the maids and the gardener, and scarf down some mole, chiles rellenos, chilaquiles, or whatever they were having. I learned from them how to heat a tortilla on an open flame, flipping it bare-handed as it acquired a slight charring. That was my beginning as a cook. As a private chef for over 25 years serving the rich and famous (including a president and a prime minister), I learned a lot about what we hunger for, and what satisfies. When you get right down to it, we’re all basically the same and we all really want the same things: to feel good, to be complete. The hunger for food is only one facet of our need, but it’s a powerful one. To fulfill that need in a way that surprises the imagination, thrills the senses, entertains the intellect and, yes, even nourishes the heart, is not a bad way to make a living.” Alan is passionate about empowering people to make smart choices in what they eat, and to enjoy eating well at home. His cookbooks, Omega-3 Cuisine, Speed Vegan, and Extraordinary Vegan showcase his ability to bring health and pleasure together in a wide range of dishes that are simultaneously sophisticated and accessible for the home cook.
Meet Ellen Wood – Ageless and Timeless “After retiring from a successful career as a marketing executive, it didn’t take me long to launch myself into something new. My second act began when I decided to grow younger and started researching and then practicing age-reversing techniques: some fresh from the latest scientific studies, some ancient and esoteric. The results were not only amazing in terms of physical strength, stamina and mental acuity – they were the seeds for my vocation as a writer and a speaker.
Our society seems to have adopted the idea that it’s natural to become old and infirm. Now there’s leading edge science in cell biology and epigenetics proving that adding years doesn’t automatically lead to loss of strength and health – and says we can all be Ageless and Timeless! My column will offer techniques for increasing joy and vigor, for living more passionately, for being healthy, looking great and sharing more love, accomplishment and adventure. We can reverse aging and each article will focus on one anti-aging action step we can begin practicing immediately to create a new habit.”
You’ll find Ellen’s column Ageless and Timeless on the back page of BellaSpark Magazine; a perfect finale to each issue.
I hope you enjoy these new additions to the magazine. Our goal has always been to plant seeds of inspiration and encouragement, that you, our readers, may find new meaning and direction in all areas of your life: spiritually, holistically and sustainably, however that may look for each of you. The world is an amazing place and once we let go of our old preconceived ideas about how things should be, we begin to see new options and opportunities we hadn’t seen before. It’s truly an exciting time.
I awake to sunshine, surprised that my body, somehow knowing that I had no agenda this morning, no time clock to punch, had decided to sleep past its normal 4:00 a.m. rise time. As I prepare for my morning run…
You have been here before, a part of the circle of life on this planet earth for eons and eons. You are the players, the game changers, the creators. You have seen and experienced much, yet you still return, for there is nowhere else in the Universe such as this. Some may call it a game, and that it true. Others call it Earth School – also true. It is but one of many opportunities for a soul to grow and evolve. There are rules to this game, instructions for this school, in this particular time-space continuum, that are different from those of others. Just as earth games such as Monopoly or Trivia Pursuit have their own set of rules such is true for the Game of Life on Earth. You came here for the excitement, the thrill, the adventure and the pure joy of physicality.
I have often said that my grandchildren are my greatest teachers. That was never so true as last fall when I realized my grandson Drew was showing me how the world works once again. “Nana,” Drew says in his phone…
Have you ever noticed how much stuff we have? Gadgets for this and tools for that, clothes we don’t even wear, the latest toys that sit unplayed with, and big houses filled with more stuff. We are jealous of other…
You will survive.... My message to anyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child. I have to admit, when someone told me that same thing after my daughter Kristi died, I didn't believe them. I did not want to live any longer on this Earth without my daughter. I wanted to leave. I didn't care about life, I wanted to be with my daughter. The thought of living another 30+ years was excruciatingly painful. Yet here I am, 12 years later and yes, I have survived. Was it a long hard road? Yes. But somewhere along the way, about a year ago, I decided I wanted to live. I remember the moment, the thought came to me loud and clear "I want to live!"
Each morning, as I stand in the shower, I repeat this mantra:
I choose that my thoughts, my words and my deeds reflect only my higher self and not my ego.
I remember who I am, a Divine Spark of God.
I walk in my essence of God.
These words set my intention for the day, creating an energy that helps me to balance the ups and downs and the challenges that life throws at me, keeping me on a steady course. And when I am mindful, and can maintain that energy, wow, what a difference it makes in my day and my life.
With this issue, we want to honor our daughter Kristi who died twelve years ago in an auto accident. She was the catalyst that started us on this soul journey and brought so much light into our lives. As we look back on the past twelve years, we marvel at where we were and at where we have come to be. The journey is not yet finished, but there is more joy in our hearts and we are confidently moving forward, knowing that Kristi is guiding us and smiling down on us always.
From the very beginning we have honored Kristi’s passing by hosting the Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament, the largest golf tournament in Northern Colorado, and Kristi’s Big Night Out event. (The absolute best party of the summer!) Since its inception in 2003, with the help and support of an amazing community, the Foundation has awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 90 area young women, $100,000 to build a house for Habitat for Humanity and over $100,000 in support to area organizations.
Recently I was stopped by a train in Longmont, CO. As I was sitting there waiting to proceed, I noticed a building on the right, an old factory-type place with a sign that said Cheese Importers. Having an hour to…
I was having one of those days. You know, the kind of day where you do something really stupid and then beat yourself up over it for several days after. Well here I was, well into day two of flogging myself – you know how it works, you start dredging up past wrongs, one after another, months and then years’ worth, and heap those on top of the current wrong you did. Pretty soon you’ve got a pile of boulders on your back and you’re walking around all hunched over and angry. Mad at yourself for being so stupid, seeing yourself as a total screw up, over and over and over.
So there I was lying awake at 4:00 a.m. wallowing in my self-pity about what a poor excuse for a person I was. What was interesting was that the stupid thing I did wasn’t even that big, it was just something I wished I could take back. I was half-awake/half asleep when I heard the voice.
I recently got a new computer, it has the new operating system Windows 8. A big change from my old system; completely different, totally unfamiliar and driving me crazy. It’s not intuitive to me and to say that I struggle…
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