SPOTLIGHT – Odette Baumgartner by Tom Kernaghan

Image

Beauty is skin deeply. For Odette Baumgartner, the owner of Odette’s Skincare & Medi Spa, the beauty we bring to the world goes deeper than we may think. It requires a holistic approach of ongoing care from the outside and sustained health on the inside. Odette’s spas — one in Kelowna, the other in Lake Country — specialize in Endermologie® and LumiLift® and provide a comprehension array of non-invasive treatments for the many skin conditions that can arise due to dietary, hormonal, and energy imbalances. 

Odette and her team of certified, talented, and compassionate professionals provide everything from laser to lymphatic drainage, from micro-needling to microscopy, from BOTOX® to blood analysis, and so much more. With 27 years of experience, they know that the stress and strain of our lives can show on the surface in the form of rashes, blemishes, spots, sags, and wrinkles. While Odette takes your skin seriously, her website is sprinkled with a series of playfully encouraging quotations, like “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art” and “As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.” Both are fitting examples, as the philosophy underpinning her work is “pushing back on assumptions about beauty and aging.”

Another clear perspective of Odette’s spas is that being oneself and living one’s best life is foundational to beauty and health, so I was curious to learn more about Odette’s life and the healing work she and her team do. 

Continue Reading

Are you a Carrot, Egg, or a Coffee Bean? by Tricia Veltri

Image

Life can be challenging, especially during these uncertain times. In the year since the pandemic began, I have noticed the number of referrals grow exponentially in my clinical counselling practice. It appears that isolation, uncertainty, fear, and frustration have brought up many people’s issues and past traumas to the surface.

How are you coping right now? 

People tend to cope with stressful situations in a variety of ways. Some people become angry and bitter, pointing fingers, and wanting to blame others. Other people try their best to ignore their issues and just hope it goes away. Then there are those who seem to rise to the occasion with focus and clarity and try to learn from the situation and grow.

Continue Reading

What is Yoga Nidra? by Alisa Farr

Image

Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice, full of wisdom that applies now to the modern world more than ever. Translated into ‘yogic sleep’, it is a restorative practice that allows the participant to disengage from the mind’s busyness of thought and come to a place of observation. With ongoing practice, one learns to be the observer of the thoughts as opposed to the believer of the thoughts. Over time, it cultivates a state of equanimity. Sometimes this practice is described as ‘active rest’ or ‘mindful rest’, as it teaches the participant to be aware while at rest. Yoga Nidra is not a religion.

Continue Reading

10 reasons to use homeopathy by Mona Niebergall

Image

Homeopathy is a natural medicine that is based on the philosophy of “like cures like”; the Law of Similars. It is the strongest energy medicine known to man. Homeopathy has been in practice for over 200 years and is gaining in popularity as people search for something that does not create side effects, and is effective in treating all types of different health issues.

In Homeopathy we treat the person and not the “dis-ease” and so with that perspective we believe any dis-ease and anyone be helped with Homeopathy. Homeopathy’s effectiveness lies in the body’s ability to cure itself. Many people use remedies for ailments without any knowledge of Homeopathy, but for chronic issues you should always seek the guidance of a professionally trained Homeopath.

Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT – Carla Dawes by Tom Kernaghan

Image

Paddleboarding may be the perfect metaphor for Carla Dawes’ work. An emotional freedom and success coach, certified EFT (tapping) practitioner, and a
licensed desire map facilitator who has studied psychology and meditation, Carla guides women through their choppy waters by creating “a compass for the soul.” Through retreats, workshops, and coaching sessions, she reignites the curiosity and courage they need to find clarity, break free of limiting patterns, and strengthen their relationships. At her retreats, she may even get you up on a paddleboard (she is a certified instructor), where you discover the figurative and literal importance of personal power and balance. 

Carla is also the founder of Rising into Resilience, a coaching and wellness resource for the spouses and caregivers of trauma survivors, through which she helps her clients navigate the challenges of dealing with loved ones whose PTSD has overtaken their own lives and those of their family members. Through this service, she helps families heal, rise, and move forward with clearer understanding, nervous system regulation, healthier boundaries, and loving acceptance.  

Having first met Carla at a BWB event, I already knew there is something quickly steadying about her presence and her ability to see one’s inner strength and potential when they are feeling vulnerable or less-than. So I was thrilled to connect with her again and find out more about her life and her work. 

Continue Reading

The MOST powerful source of electromagnetic energy is.. by Tara Pilling

Image

e97e5bf7-9992-4580-b375-f9685ddf88df.png

923dd402-9b1d-4c0f-8908-75c55e578c30.jpg

This might surprise you. Your heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in your body (even more than the brain – which is the your mind.

Let me show you why your heart’s magnetic field is your superpower, and then I have a simple heart-focused practice you can try.

Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have been researching something called the “heart-coherent state” — which is supported by an incredible amount of evidence.

Continue Reading

Great managers lead their team to success! by Barri Harris

Image

“I’m so frustrated with my team.  We are not hitting our deadlines, and I’m at the point where it’s quicker to do it myself than to try to explain it and go through multiple revisions.”

Does this sound familiar to you? I’ll bet you’d like to be saying this:

“My team is a powerhouse.  They took the ball and ran with it, with very little supervision needed.  They even found new ways to deliver above and beyond what was expected — we were recognized for the great value we delivered to our customers.”

The difference in those two teams isn’t the employees, it’s the manager.  More specifically, the manager’s leadership approach.  Many of us land into management roles because we are good at what we do, but that doesn’t mean we automatically understand what it takes to be a great manager.  We’ve developed 3 simple tips for managers to incorporate leadership skills and achieve breakthrough results! 

Continue Reading

Perfectly Imperfect. by Shawn Bonnough

Image

Meet Pete?

Pisco Sour mate?

“Uhhh, ok”  I reply!

Muhnames Pete

An always smiling Ozzie says to me as he hands me a drink.

I think to myself….”I wish everyone was this friendly, confident, welcoming and genuine. Wouldn’t we all be a lot happier?”

Like everyone does. I immediately fell in love with a guy named Pete.

Not because he was powerful, wealthy, or because he was in a position to benefit me professionally, but because he was genuine, sincere, authentic and keenly interested in me as a person!

Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT – Mona Niebergall by Tom Kernaghan

Image


If you don’t have your health, what do you have? Many of us have heard this question, but how often do we stop to consider what it really means? 

For Mona Niebergall, the owner of Stepping Stones Homeopathy, health equals abundance, a harmony of being and vitality that lets us live life to the fullest. For Mona, the power and possibility we often associate with physical well-being flows through all spheres of our lives: emotional, mental, and spiritual; she treats the person as a whole (and she treats animals as well). Her focus and ultimate purpose for her clients is that they attain freedom from all limitations in life — from allergies to anxieties — and her services reflect this broad perspective.

Mona has practiced homeopathy for over 10 years, having studied at Luminous Homeopathic College in Vancouver and the Devonshire School of England. Offering intuitive guidance and a vast array of vibrational modalities, she can help you shift your mind-body connection into an inner alignment that extends outward as well. Mona’s motto is, “Be kind to each other because we are all connected on some level.” Not surprisingly, she has a love for nature, gardening, travel, music, and biographies. She is fascinated by life and others’ lives. 

So, I was curious to learn more about hers!  

Continue Reading

Emotional Intelligence 7 Tips to Flip Your Perspective and Improve All Your Relationships – By Dale Choquette

Image

Emotions are messages from you to you. They’re chemicals signals that travel through your body in about six seconds preparing you to navigate through life.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and; recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. Are you listening to your emotions? When we use our emotional intelligence we see and choose more clearly. We respond instead of react.

There are 15 skills involved in emotional intelligence and we all have them to a greater or lesser degree. Men generally use their emotional intelligence to solve problems and make decisions. Women generally use their emotional intelligence to build relationships, nurture and empathize. Most this comes from the differences in how boys and girls are brought up.

Continue Reading