Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Switch is Flipped!

It's official! My NEW website is LIVE! 

Special thanks to David Litwin and the folks at Pure Fusion Media for their great work on the website and the overall branding. 

Over the next several days I will be transitioning some of my most popular posts from "The Balance Beam" to my "Sparks of Insight" blog on the new site. After that, all original content will go up on the new site only.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported me here all these years. I hope you'll come on over to the new place and check it out! If you're getting this post by email, then you shouldn't have to do anything other than accept the MailChimp opt-in if/when you get it. 

Following me on Facebook and Twitter is also a great way to make sure you don't miss anything. 

Thanks again!!!










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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm Moving!

Blogger has been very mostly good to me for the past 4 1/2 years. I am grateful. Really. Now that my brand is growing, I need more.

It's not you, Blogger. It's me.

October 1st is my target date to switch the www.charleneignites.com domain over to my new ModX site. (ModX is a content management system that I've chosen over Blogger, Wordpress, or other options as the new home for an entirely new website which will also include a blog.)

So, if you have this page bookmarked under either the beamingbalance or blogspot domain, you'll want to change that. If you are viewing this through the Google reader dashboard, then you'll want to enter your email address in the "Subscribe" space on the sidebar and also follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Okay, you don't have to do all three. But it sure would make me happy.

Thanks in advance and watch this space! Until it becomes a new space. Then watch that one.

Best,




PS: Just posted a new video on YouTube about the "Power of Persistence":
http://youtu.be/u96PK1wjwkw







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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What Other People Think of You is None of Your Business

Thanks for visiting! This post has been moved to my NEW website and "Sparks of Insight" blog.

I'd love it if you would go there and check it out.

Thanks!!
Charlene


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Friday, August 30, 2013

Video Blog: Attracting Financial Abundance

 “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” ~ Will Smith

"Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy." ~ Groucho Marx

“They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it.” ~ Joseph Addison


“When people ask me if I have any spare change, I tell them I have it at home in my spare wallet.” ~ Nick Arnette


"Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the 'gotta have it' scale." ~ Zig Ziglar


Yeah, there are a LOT of good quotes (and even more opinions) about money.   Personally, I'm with Zig on this one. I'm also feelin' Groucho as I would be happy to pay someone to wash my floors and clean my toilets.

Check out my latest video with a couple of quick tips for attracting financial abundance into your life.


Carpe diem! Or as Robin Williams says, "Carpe per diem. (Seize the check!)"







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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Taking on the Whole Life Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, I asked my Facebook followers which wellness program I should do next. I've done and blogged about P90X, Insanity, the Quantum Wellness Cleanse, and the Metagenics Metabolic Detox.

A fair majority of people suggested Focus T25 but once I saw it was another Shaun T. nightmare fitness video, I was out. That man is officially dead to me. My sister posted a link to a mindfulness retreat which looked interesting. Someone else mentioned the Crazy Sexy Diet. Nobody suggested a twelve-step program of any kind so I guess that's good news.  Still, I've been really looking for more than a diet, or exercise video, or weekend away.

Separately, a former colleague posted an announcement that she was doing something called "Whole Life Challenge." I never heard of it but geez, it sure sounded like what I had in mind.

I went to the WLC website and clicked on How it Works. And FAQ. And Rules. It was mildly overwhelming at first but I signed up anyway.

Obviously you can read just like I did, but let me give you the CliffsNotes version as well:

* The WLC begins on September 7th and goes eight weeks; 55 days of official rule following.

* Cost is $49. Sign up online. Invite friends.

* It's a game with points and shared scoreboard; high level of accountability via online check-ins. If you are a competitive person, it's a competition. If you're not, then shame self-motivation works too.

* Get and track points daily in five areas:
    1. Nutrition -- start with 5 points; lose a point when you break one of the nutrition rules they give you. They address vegan and vegetarian diets, which I appreciate.
    2. Exercise -- 2 points for 10 minutes of any fitness activity per day. Yup. That's it. Of course, you can (and should) do more, but you don't get more points.
    3. Mobilization -- 2 points for 10 minutes of stretching per day.
    4. Supplementation -- 1 point for taking any kind of healthy supplement each day. Shameless plug for my GanoLife supplements. Note: I'm taking the GanoLife Green Coffee 365 capsules. Ah. Maze. Ing.
    5. Lifestyle - 1 point for doing whatever WLC specifically prescribes at a given time; includes things like water, sleep, mindfulness, etc.

* You can choose Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level. As far as I can tell, the level mainly affects the Nutrition piece. Higher level = more restrictions on what you can and can't eat. I'm doing Intermediate which gives more options for grains, doesn't restrict sugar as an ingredient in savory items, and allows for a minimal amount of alcohol (vs. none. Have we met?)

* When you sign up, they tell you to join a team. I didn't see one that jumped out at me so I created my own. Wanting to get my team at the beginning of the list with the A's, I named it "All Positive People Welcome." If you sign up, join my team so we can play together!

* Set goals and track progress along the way.

On day one, they have you measure your waist and "the peak of your buttocks." So um, good luck with that. Personally, I think the line in the handy graphic needs to be just a *little* bit lower. Heck, I don't even know if I have a butt peak. If I did, maybe I wouldn't need to do eight weeks of torture. Did I say torture? I meant FUN!

Naturally, I will track my progress here but I'd love to get some more folks involved as well. The more, the merrier!

Good luck!







Non-compensation disclosure: I am not financially compensated in any way by Whole Life Challenge or any of the wellness programs I have done and/or written about on this blog, other than GanoLife for which I am a registered Independent Affiliate.


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