Smokin hot!

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It's happening again!  The second legal cannabis paired dinner to be held here in San Diego, CA! You will not want to miss the smoking hot chef collaboration of Flor Franco and Javier Plascencia. This is your opportunity to kick back and get to know the chefs and watch the magic they make out of fire! 

Again, this is a cannabis PAIRED, not infused, dinner, which means you have the option of consuming the cannabis or not!  You always have a choice at the Lego Optimo cannabis paired dinners.  Please buy your tickets today 'cause you'll be all burned up if you wait!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lego-optimos-cannabis-paired-dining-experience-tickets-43060896300

Once in a Blue Moon

You probably have used the idiom "once in a blue moon" to describe something that happens only rarely. You might have even hummed along with the song "Blue Moon" by Billie Holiday or taken a sip of the Belgian-style beer called "Blue Moon." We've all heard about this mysterious blue moon all the time, but do you know what it really means?  Luckily, the meaning of a blue moon does not disappoint; it's just as enchanting as it sounds.

There are several definitions of a blue moon, but the most commonly known is two full moons in one calendar month.  On average, this cosmically coincidental event happens roughly every 2.7 years, so it's not exactly what you'd call "common," but it's certainly not so rare that we won't experience several of them during our lifetime. And we got to see one this morning!

This morning's Blue Moon was also a blood moon and a super moon. Talk about a trinity of "spacial glory", a trifecta of lunar love! To have all three lunar phenomenons happening at once is something to behold and it'll be the first super blue blood moon in 150 years. Now THAT'S what I call "once in a blue moon!"

So, you're wandering what all this "lunacy" has to do with you and your life, right? Why should I care? Well, that's a loaded question but, the energies of the moon impact your life whether you believe it or not. So,  if you've been focusing on something for many "moons" now, then NOW is the time you can see those hopes and dreams come true in the form of awakenings or physical manifestations. Things will come full circle for you if you let go of what no longer serves any purpose in your present life to make room for new and exciting opportunities.

Today, be very conscious about moving forward!  Stop looking longingly at your past, it is done! Move forward and make sure you're letting your heart lead you in all you do!  Celebrate the new and remember the center of your power is heart.  Follow it!! Happy Full Moon!

What you missed!

Here's what you missed at the very first legal cannabis paired, not infused dinner held last Thursday by Lego Optimo.  You'll have another chance to experience life in a whole new way on February 22nd.  Tickets go on sale tomorrow!

Sunday serenity...

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Today was supposed to be a day of serenity, according to my numerology friends. They explained that "this 21st day of the year brings a Pisces Moon with some pleasant connections with other water signs. It should make for a relaxing Sunday! Additionally, they wrote that "21 is the number of The World in the Tarot. It represents the emotional and material satisfaction you can receive when you bring together your spiritual and physical selves."  That was the way today was "supposed" to be.  It was anything but serene for me.

I frequently write about and speak about illusion and the power of illusion over our minds.  What I mean by illusion is a situation or a belief that is completely not substantiated by reality but is seen and felt by us as "reality". It is our minds that create the stories around people, places and things in our life.  None of them in reality have any meaning except what we give them.  Those stories and that reality is temporary because we made it up.  The stories and the power we gave to those stories vanish when we are awakened back into reality.   I work at staying present which usually keeps me out of illusion.  But somehow this Sunday, I allowed myself to venture into illusion and then spent the rest of the day wrestling back to an awakened state. 

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I am awake now and have returned back to the beauty, peace and serenity of my present life. I write this in hopes that if you are wrestling with illusion that this blog helps you to awakened to the beauty in your life, even if illusion has been blocking out the light.  All is truly well in your world.  If not, make it so!

Break out of your comfort zone, today!

This year is all about breaking out of your comfort zone and experiencing your life in a whole new way.   It is all about dropping all the limitations that you have put on your life so that you can feel safe and secure!  It is time to drop all your beliefs on "who you are" and try something new.  It is time to let go, leap and know that the net will appear! 

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Here's your chance to try something new, as you travel on your path to becoming more of who you are! Please by your tickets today! https://legooptimacannbisdinners.bpt.me

Be a part of San Diego's first sophisticated dining experience for the cannabis connoisseur !

Happy New Year my friends! As most of you know, recreational cannabis is now legal! What you may not know is that I have started a new company with a seasoned Cannabis Sommelier called Lego Optimo.

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Lego Optimo is a fine dining and entertainment event company that offers access to educational information and spirited cannabis culinary experiences. It is our mission to educate San Diegans about cannabis and how to responsibly incorporate it into their lives, including their culinary experiences. 

All that being said, I would love to invite you and your nearest and dearest friends to attend our very first dinner on January 25th at 6pm to 9 pm at an undisclosed location.

Here are the details:

This fine dining experience will include a private tour of one of San Diego’s most premier recreational cannabis retail shops, followed by a four course locally sourced dinner created by Flor Franco of Franco’s on Fifth and Benito Molina, celebrity chef and one of the three judges for MasterChef Latino on Telemundo.  The four courses will be paired with four strains of cannabis, chosen by a cannabis sommelier in collaboration with the chefs.  This is NOT an infused dinner and cannabis consumption is optional. The unique evening will also include cannabis education from local cannabis growers and vendors, music from local artists and will be an event that will be unforgettable. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit the event website at https://legooptimacannbisdinners.bpt.me or contact the organizers at 619-846-9886.

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This dinner is the first of a series of six dinners.  Each dinner will provide attendees with a completely unique dining experience. Flor Franco and six different well-known chefs, including Javier Plascencia, will create the cuisine for each dinner. The cannabis strains paired with each dinner will reflect a broad range of growing styles, locales, flavors and effects.  And, all dinners will include a private dispensary tour, local music and education on a wide range of cannabis 

If this dining experience doesn't interest you, I would be most grateful if you can pass it along to other folks who might be interested.  There are only 25 tickets available so please act today! 

Reflecting and looking forward

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As this year comes to a close, I reflect on how much I've learned, let go of and how much I still need to learn.  I spent this holiday with a childhood friend, who has been suffering from depression and despair since her husband died four years ago.  For many reasons, I thought that her visit to San Diego would perhaps give her a new, fresh perspective on her seemingly hopeless life.  I however was quite wrong!  Despite all my best attempts she could never surrender enough to see the love and light that was right in front of her.

Now that she is on her way back home, I am left feeling truly sad, wiped out and really tired.  I also feel enlightened by the experience.  For you see, over twenty years ago, I too suffered from what seemed to be intractable depression.  Watching her struggle and fume about how life has "screwed" her over, made me realize how incredibly blessed I am to have healed myself.  The only difference between my friend and I is that I was willing to do anything to heal myself. I was willing to let go of the people, places and things that served no purpose in my life.  I was willing to learn new things every day and be open to new experiences.  I was willing to change.

My friend's visit during these holidays ends a year of awakenings.  A year of awakening to many of the illusions that I chose to give my power to and that I now choose to release to the universe.  I now choose to let go of all the illusions that made me feel powerless and less than.  I let go of all the beliefs that made me feel less than enough.

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New year's day is a Super Full Moon, which is the perfect time to let go of all your old limitations.  It is time to shine a light on all the illusions that no longer serve you any purpose.  It is time to forgive everyone, including self. It is time to dream a new dream for an incredibly blessed and abundant new year.  It is time for you to become more of who you are!  Be open to the limitless possibilities that await you in the New Year. Let go and let the new come in! Let go and let life love you!!

The science of mind wandering

Last week, I watched a documentary on NHK World TV that focused on stress and how it is literally and figuratively "killing us". I couldn't stop thinking about it!  The documentary highlighted several studies being performed around the world researching why some people are able to handle stressful situations and others have great difficulties overcoming challenges, even becoming depressed and despondent. It scientifically documented the effects of  "Mind Wandering" and how it is blocking happiness in our lives.  It made me think how much time I am spending away from the present moment, the only moment that is real and what's it's doing to my happiness quotient. I'm hoping that it will do the same to you!

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First, let's start with the anatomy of the fight and flight response.  From the days of the "caveman", mankind was gifted by the "fight or flight" response.  It gave prehistoric man the ability to escape from predators through the stimulation of the adrenal glands which secretes adrenaline and cortisol.  Those hormones, secreted in response to a threat like a big animal, caused the caveman's pulse to quicken, brain to focus and blood sugar to rise, giving him the strength and agility to flee the threat to his life.

Although we have evolved enormously since the days of caveman, our bodies still secrete adrenaline and cortisol in response to a "perceived" threat.  However, the threats to our well being today don't usually require us to run, flee or to gain physical strength.  In fact, most of our stress is created by a term called "wandering mind", a termed coined by a group of scientists that were studying the causes and the effects of stress.

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The study showed that unlike other animals, human beings spend a lot of time thinking about what is not going on around them, contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or will never happen at all. In fact the study show that “mind wandering” appears to be the human brain’s default mode of operation. 

Put more simply, we all spend more time in this present moment thinking about past events or worrying about future ones than experiencing what is going on right in front or around us. 

Furthermore, the study also found that even when we are thinking about positive or neutral past or future events, our brain senses these wandering thoughts as "stress" and subsequently releases the stress  hormones, even though there is no "real" danger.  The result of this constant release of stress hormones is a myriad of physical diseases, heart disease, diabetes and some believe even cancer.   Mainly, mind wandering leads to unhappiness and an dis-ease state.

The study concluded that "a human mind is a wandering mind and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.  You and I however now have been enlightened by the studies' findings.  We can now choose to find happiness in this present moment.

I now encourage you to enjoy, relish and focus on the present moment.  It is where your true power resides and now according to many scientific studies, is where your true happiness lies.  Don't miss the beauty, love, peace and the happiness happening right in front of you, right now.  Namaste...love your life 'cause it is flying by!

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It's your lucky day!

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Today, according to astrologers is the luckiest day of the year! It is the day that Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance, meets up with the Sun and shines favor upon all actions and intentions. It is a time for expansion and manifestation.     

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Although I say I feel "lucky" every day, I'm not certain I really believe in the concept of "luck".   The dictionary defines luck as 'believing that whatever happens, either good or bad, to a person in the course of events is due to chance, fate or fortune'.   I am not completely convinced that things just happen by fate.  In fact, I believe that we create our own luck by our beliefs, thoughts, words and sometimes by our actions.   As I began to research "luck", I found my beliefs are quite closely aligned with those contained in Buddhism.  Buddhism teaches that "everything that happens has a specific cause or causes and there must be some relationships between the cause and the effect".  I believe that each thing that happens is intended to teach us some sort of lessons, if we are open to learning.    Louise Hay said it best: " We all have chosen to come here to learn particular lessons that will advance us on our spiritual and evolutionary pathways."  So, everything we do or say is actually bringing us good luck in the form of personal and spiritual growth.                      

Today, join me in creating your own luck by focusing on what you truly want to experience in your life and then,  send that message out into the Universe.  Send a clear to message that you desire and deserve more in your life. The Universe will respond to your messages, you will feel really luck and you will find luck wherever you go!

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This is the future...of cannabis!

The wait is over.  My new full time gig is bringing the next generation of cannabis products to Medicinal and recreational cannabis establishments.  This gig is all about the money.  No struggling, no suffering, just selling.

Here's a preview of the first product that is almost ready to be launched.  Hit me up if you want a sample!

This is the future...of cannabis. Soon to be available at a San Diego Cannabis Dispensary near you!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year and yes, it is a new year indeed.  I just finished a month filled with challenges, uncertainty and profound life lessons. A month of healing very old wounds and allowing myself to let go of so much of the past. 

Fueling that process of letting go and re-visioning my life was the six days that I spent whitewater rafting down the Colorado River.  It was a life changing experience!  An experience that taught me how very small my life and my perceived problems truly are in the scheme of the vastness of our planet and the universe. It showed me where I was physically and emotionally "weak". It showed me how I give up my power to others and it showed me how very strong I really am.  It showed me how I needed to move on and let go of all the people, places and things that no longer serve any purpose in my life.  It helped me to surrender and let go of who I was to become who I was supposed to be. 

So, on this Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year, I say goodbye to it all of it-Your Product Hub, to the food industry and to all of it's cast of characters who never understood me nor could they ever destroy me.  I see them now and realize they were only illusions to teach me my own self worth and to value myself! I say goodbye, close to door to Your Product Hub and step into my future. 

Thank you for reading my blog(s).  I am hoping that you have come to realize that you are worthy of all that is good in this life, just like I have.  I wish you all a happy healthy new year. 

Stay tuned for my next adventure as I become the "queen of cannabis" !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Causing a commotion!

August has arrived! The month of my birth and usually my favorite month of the year.  This August, however has not proven to be its usual light and fun filled month.  I remain in a state of free flow, furiously applying for new career opportunities...and being turned down over and over again.

This August instead of celebrating my birth, I am actually being re-born!  The process of job interviewing has made me examine who I really am and what I really want.  It's been an exercise in finding out what I don't want and what doesn't work for me anymore.

Granted, it is good to know what you don't want.  But, I am focused now on what I and my heart really wants. What I want is to use my "medical" knowledge and skills with my most recent marketing, business development, event planning and non profit fundraising experiences.  I want to create a position for myself that will allow me to grow and most of all, make the world that I live in a better place. That is a tall order indeed!

All that being said, I have been led to several positions in the budding cannabis industry here in San Diego.  To clarify, cannabis is legal here in San Diego both as medicine and as a recreational substance.  Although it is legal right now, there are many regulations still pending on its sale and it is still against the Federal law.   What is for certain is that the cannabis industry is in its infancy stage and has enormous growth potential. San Diego Magazine focused on the growth of the industry in its latest issue.

Click here to learn the facts about cannabis

So as I venture into this new frontier, I thought I'd start out with the basics of why I and many others believe in the healing power of CBD oil and cannabis. Before you take a look at the infographic, I highly suggest that you drop all your old beliefs and fears about cannabis. It's proven to heal without addictive and destructive side-effects.

I will keep you up to date on my job hunt and whether my purpose involves cannabis or not. For now, I trust that I am being led to my highest purpose.  I listen to my intuition which is that small still voice inside of myself,  which keeps telling me not to fit in or to settle for less than I deserve!  Are you listening to what your intuition is telling you?  If not, you're missing out on the many secrets the universe has to share with you! Namaste:)

 

 

 

A New Chapter

It's been almost three years since I started Your Product Hub.com and it's been quite a journey,  filled with lots of lessons.  Throughout the past three years,  I've met with countless small vendors, restaurant owners and a variety of entrepreneurs. I learned about their businesses, their lives and their struggles.  What I mainly learned from listening to their stories was that we all limit ourselves in some way through fear and limiting beliefs. It is through our willingness to change those beliefs that we grow, change and become our own personal version of "successful".

However, that's the rub.  We must be willing to change in order to move forward.  Each time I met with a new client and heard their stories, I could clearly see why their businesses weren't thriving. It was clear to me that in most cases, it was their unwillingness to change their belief which stopped them from getting their business off the ground or why their businesses were not thriving.  Each one of them was holding onto the belief that they were not worthy of success.  Not only were their businesses not thriving but they themselves were also stuck in rut of self defeating beliefs.  Their relationships were usually unsatisfying.  They usually gave more than they received and allowed their partner's needs to be more important than their own.  Many of them were also fighting with addictions which clouded their judgements and decision making powers.  They battled with their own demons and yet still put the needs of everyone else before their own.  In each case, they fought me and held closely to the way they had always done things, even if it was leading to failure. In the end, some of them even "blamed" me for their lack of progress or success.

I listened to each one of my clients with the best of intentions. I believed that I could help them overcome themselves and their destructive behaviors.  But, unfortunately, what I came to learn is that I couldn't help them.  I couldn't care more than they cared about themselves or their businesses. What I also came to learn is that my business would never be sustainable since all my clients suffered and through their suffering I suffered too.  Somehow, in working with all these failing fledgling businesses, I came to believe that because they were failing, I didn't deserve to be paid for my services.  Finally, I came to learn that I too was limiting myself and holding myself back from fulfilling my purpose.

Today, I begin a new chapter in my life. I have begun to find my next perfect job.  In this new chapter,   I value myself. I walk away from those who are suffering and unwilling or too afraid to change.  I walk away from the darkness and begin again.  I walk away without fear because I know that Life supports me in every way.  I walk into the light, knowing that those that do not fear the light will follow me. Those that have chosen to live in darkness, despite all my efforts, will be left behind.

I am grateful for all the lessons that all my clients have taught me in the past three years.  I am also grateful for moving forward and to begin again. I step into the future with hope and anticipation for more learning and more growth.  I encourage you to let go of the past and all the things that are holding you back.  As Louise Hay says, "no matter how wonderful yesterday was, today can be even better"! You and I always have a choice to make tomorrow better!

Declare your independence!

It's July 4th and all around me people are celebrating America's Independence Day!  I plan to celebrate later!  Now, in this moment, it dawned on me how we are all searching to be free of something!  Today, I am declaring my independence by freeing myself of the past.  As much as I work on letting go of people, places and things, there are just certain things that I struggle with releasing. 

And, by not releasing those people, places and things that serve no purpose in my life,  I hold myself back from experiencing the glorious "now" in every moment.  I block out my purpose.  I block any guidance, which I am being given in every moment,  just so that I can hold onto people, places and things, which have hurt me or weigh me down or keep me rooted in the past. All of them have taught me great lessons.  Lessons in self compassion and lessons in self love.  In the end, their negativity, jealous, envy and hatefulness ultimately served to turn me inward; inward where I can hear my truth and where I can connect back with love.   They reflected who and what I was in the past and have no power over me in this moment.

 

So, again today, I intend to free myself of my past.  I encourage you to do the same.  You will experience the true meaning of freedom.  Happy July 4th!

Endings and beginnings.

Today my friends at Suzie's Farm called it a day! After many years of valiantly fighting the forces that make farming so damn hard, they decided that it was time to surrender and move on!  I thank Robin and Lucila, who gave me a job when I needed one, even though they couldn't afford to hire me.  They and their farmily welcomed me into their fold and ignited my love for farming and the notion of growing things. 

Thank you Suzie's Farm for feeding my heart, soul and stomach and for launching me on a journey of healing that continues until today.  I am because you were.  Now it's time for both of us to move onto new beginnings.  So much love to y'all!