As we approach the New Year, I’m thinking about my personal resolutions for 2015. This year, I want to focus on making realistic resolutions, and to me, this starts with making conscious choices. I know, people hear the word conscious or consciousness and they instantly balk. It’s too Zen, hippie-dippie, and/or abstract for some. But conscious choices can lead to some of the most effective resolutions.
Ugh, I caught a cold. That’s what I get for traveling and having a great time! I often get sick after being on airplanes, due to the recirculated air. Plus, it’s cold season, and this one got me. My mom used to give me chicken soup as a kid, and I remember that nothing made me feel better than chicken soup when I was sick.
This time around, I wanted to investigate just what I should be eating while I am ill. Turns out, when our bodies are having an immune response such as fevers, chills, coughs, etc, they are using all of their energy to mount an attack against invading cooties. It’s incredibly labor intensive, and can leave our energy zapped. Another labor intensive bodily function is digestion, so when we’re fighting off a cold, we don’t want to take our bodies’ focus off of healing and onto digestion. Continue Reading
It’s Thanksgiving week. For Americans, it is said to be the time of year to reflect and give thanks for what we have. That’s the idea at least. But from the outside, I hear it looks a bit different. I have had the pleasure of working with colleagues all over the world, and more than one of them has asked me what the heck is up with this holiday. They say it kind of seems like we miss the point. Is it a time of thanks, or is it the time of year when Americans gorge ourselves in the name of gratitude, and then turn around and trample one another for bargains? It’s almost comical.
When I started putting together this site, it dawned on me that I could actually pull in a little bit of my professional experience. Who would have thought that tech experience would actually apply to healthy, conscious living? Maybe it’s a stretch, but here goes:
A few years back, I had the amazing opportunity of developing an innovation program at HP. The idea was that our org (approximately 1200 people at the time) was so busy with our day-to-day business that we were left with no time for innovation. Innovation, of course, is what started that company. So my girl, Shelley, and I traveled the world, engaging all kinds of smart folks to help us solve business problems. We got them out of their comfort zones and thinking out of the box. We brainstormed, and tried out different ideas. It was an incredible opportunity to meet tons of new people from different cultures, LEARN from each other and solve problems together!
That’s so similar to what I was hoping to accomplish with Wise Apples that I figured, we should talk about personal innovation – healthful, conscious-style!