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David Essel debunks “the myth of the power of positive thinking.”

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  • August 22, 2017
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The Reality of Success

It’s never too late to tackle your subconscious


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David Essel, M.A. is the author of nine books, a Master Life Coach and Teacher, Business, Relationship and Addiction Recovery Coach, International Speaker and Radio/TV Host.

David Essel believes positive thinking will never change your life.

Before you say, “What? That’s a ludicrous statement,” understand the premise of Essel’s ninth book, “Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life…But This Book Will!

By utilizing more than 30 years of experience as a life coach and educator, addiction recovery coach, international speaker and radio/TV host, Essel has transformed his own life through diligence and hard work – the keys to facilitating change. Rather than relying solely on positive thinking, he translated those positive thoughts into an actionable plan to achieve his goals.

Positive thinking, alone, is not a vehicle for change, explains Essel, but coming to terms with the truth: the good, the bad and the ugly in your life, is an integral part of the process he avows.

Whether you need to be motivated to lose weight, resolve debt and achieve financial freedom, save your marriage, or give up bad habits like addiction and codependency, Essel will help you to understand the distinction between positive thinking and quantum thinking.

David Essel Author
David Essel, M.S. is the author of nine books. His most recent book, “Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life…But This Book Will!” debunks “the myth of the power of positive thinking.”

What’s the ideal age to begin your journey from positive thinking to quantum thinking?


Essel takes his readers to a place beyond wishful thinking and “fantastical affirmations.”


Much like practicing yoga, the perfect age to feed the “5000-pound gorilla,” within you, is “anywhere from eight years of age until 80 years of age,” says Essel. He cites yoga as a technique we can employ to build confidence and work through uncomfortable circumstances we face on a day-to-day basis.

The bottom line Essel spells out in black and white over and over in his book is we need to get uncomfortable in our approach to letting go of a lifestyle and habits that are not healthy for us.

“Yoga primarily is such a powerful weight loss technique because it allows us to deal with the present moment, it allows us to deal with being a little uncomfortable in a pose but not giving up. It’s the same thing with weight loss.” ~David Essel

Self-discipline is paramount to overcoming obstacles and roadblocks to success. Since the philosophy of yoga is to become one with ourselves, a regular practice will help you to become more centered, more focused, and filled with more inner peace.

“If you look around at people who have practiced yoga for years you’ll find that most of them walk with a distinct confident style. Their body alignment is excellent. They breathe from the diaphragm instead of the lungs,” he noted in a email interview. 

“Flexibility is a key part of yoga practice. Focusing on the core muscles, the abdomen, and the lower back,” he says helps people to age gracefully and reduce stress. It may even take lines off of our faces. It’s powerful.”

You can read about yoga and how to use this centuries’ old discipline to accomplish your goals and reduce stress in Chapter 5, “The Top Positive Thinkers in the World Concur: Action is the Pathway to Success.”

How can you get started today?


Use “Affirmations,” “Visualization,” and “Prayer” as adjunct action tools for success


Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Using Affirmations, Visualization and Prayer as Action Tools for Success and A Look at the ‘Dark Side” of Our Lives.” His words hit home.

“Let’s use affirmations, statements of intention, for the weight you want to lose, the money you want to make, the relationships you want to have.”

You might also find shades of your own life in contributions from New York Times best-selling authors Eldon Taylor, Scarlett Lewis, Arielle Ford, Natalie Pace, JJ Virgin, Dianne Collins, Dianne Gray, as well as other top experts in the fields of personal growth and business.

I think you’ll find Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life…But This Book Will! refreshing and compelling.


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5 Ways to Make Your Destination Wedding Outstanding

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  • August 22, 2017
5 Tips to plan your destination wedding

Destination Wedding:

How to Make it Special for Everyone


This post was created by GetWedSoon.


Today, people are looking for something new and exciting, be it in their career or weddings.

Speaking of weddings, there is a new trend in town that seems to be redefining the basics of the wedding ceremony for good. Thankfully, everyone is now fed up with over-the-top wedding functions and the stress that comes from micromanaging them at every turn.

More and more couples are opting for the relaxing and fun-filled destination wedding option to make sure that their wedding day turns out to be super special not just for them but for everyone involved.

Are you dreaming of a destination wedding?

Your family, your to-be in-laws, their guests and everyone else that just happens to pass by your destination wedding venue will surely catch a glimpse of the breathtaking view that it unfailingly projects.

Now, if you want your destination wedding to be as legendary as it has been portrayed in latest bridal magazine covers and social media posts then you need to take care of only a few crucial things. In fact, the hospitality and wedding industry is proactive enough nowadays to guess all your requirements right beforehand and offer you just the package you are looking for.

Still, there are some things that you need to take care of. And for that, you can take a quick look at the few essential points mentioned below and be all set for your big day (or the big week…as your schedule and budget might allow!).

5 Ways to Make Your Destination Wedding OUTSTANDING!


So when you think about your wedding, you don’t particularly imagine the biggest celebration of the century. But what you do imagine is a memorable time that is cherished equally by you and your loved ones.

Planning ahead while keeping the common interest in mind is of prime importance. Organizing a wedding ceremony at a third location does require you to do a bit of homework, no matter how many helping hands you get on the way.

The good news is, planning a destination wedding is far easier and lower on stress as compared to your traditional banquet hall ceremonies. Think of it more like an extended family vacation at the end of which you two crazy kids decide to elope but with your entire family in tow! 

  1. Destination is Everything


You might think that as long as it is exotic, it is perfect for a destination wedding but that is not quite so. See, you don’t want to be freezing in your wedding pictures. Nor do you want to appear as a melting snow cone in your wedding Instagram feed. You want to look flawless! Or at least your usual joyful self.

To make that happen, you need a destination that brings out your cheerful vibrant side. That can be arranged with a Caribbean destination wedding where the balmy weather always seems to be playing hide and seek with the sun.

The destination can be any other remote or popular island spot (as your preference might be) or even a place not too far removed from the shores such that you get to enjoy the breezy weather from the second you step into your wedding venue.

If you can afford to fly in all your guests to the wedding destination then it’s great. Else, you must pick a destination that is easily accessible and not too hard on the frequent air miles of your kith and kins. Your wedding should not be the event where your relatives and close friends have to pay through the nose just to reach the location on time.

  1. Keep Tabs on the Weather


So you picked a calm and serene location for your wedding. But, when you finally arrived with your entire bandwagon, it was raining cats and dogs. The hair-curling humidity became the common theme of the party and your wedding pictures are going to be a proof of this slip-up forever. You don’t want this to be the uncomfortable reality of your big day.

To make sure that your finalized wedding spot remains as appealing during your ceremony, it is always advisable to coordinate with the local authorities. Or, you can always google how the weather conditions usually are around the time you have scheduled your nuptials. These small but notable precautions will help you evade any major disaster thus making sure that your special day is a smooth sailing affair.

Most the popular wedding locations have proper facilities for wedding processions complete with a qualified wedding planner. So you can always pick their brain about the best timing for an all out gala or quiet ceremony. They will give you professional advice and save you from learning harsh lessons about the local weather firsthand.

  1. Plan Out the Budget


When it comes to planning events, somehow the budget always keeps on burgeoning no matter how hard you try to conform it according to your requirements. The best way to troubleshoot this age-old problem is by planning your wedding around the budget. This way you will know best what you absolutely cannot do without in your wedding and what can be easily avoided.

The wedding industry has become a billion dollar business not today but it has been so since time immemorial. And it is not just the story of one country or continent. Extravagant weddings are the trend that we humans have been blindly following since the beginning of civilization. So be smart and use the resourcefulness of the global wedding empire to your advantage.

Instead of following trends, opt for the traditions that have been passed down in your family for generations. This way you will be preserving the sanctity of the wedding ceremony without giving in to the superfluous temptations. Usually, even after all this careful budget monitoring, you will surely end up spending just a bit over your prefixed budget. But if by some miracle, you are left with something to spare then you can always extend your stay in the heaven!

  1. Pamper Thou Guests


Guests. Without them, there is no party but with the troublemaker types, you end up putting out fires all night. So, you need your guests to be in a state where they are just too busy to start some trouble but not busy enough to notice all that you have planned out just for them. You can either take care of this with the help of your family or you can hire an expert wedding planner that specializes in making the guests swoon over your party-planning skills!

5 Tips to Make Your Destination Wedding Fantastic
Focus on everyone’s needs and likes when planning a destination wedding that includes family and friends.

Your close relatives, friends and all other well-meaning acquaintances who have flown out from different corners of the globe do deserve to be pampered quite a bit during their stay. And in order to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts and them in general, you can plan a string of activities and gifts around their hobbies and preferences.

By planning out something special for everyone in attendance, you will only be adding more glory to your day. So instead of focusing on only what pleases you, plan it out to include the likes of everyone. Your celebration will become the talk of the town, or at least your social circle for as long as the next similarly amazing get-together comes along!

  1. …And Don’t Forget to have Tons of Fun!


Planning (Use this 6-month Wedding Planning Timeline), budgeting, tracking and a lot of other activities will fill up your weekends and sometimes even weekdays right before your bohemian destination wedding. But you must make sure that you have tons of fun every step of the way. Because that is the only reason you are flying half way across the globe along with everyone you love and care about.

It is important to be organized and prepared in life and it’s big as well as small events. But when we forget to enjoy the ride, the efforts become useless. So, make a fun-filled wedding your priority. Then add a dash of exotic destination flavor to it. Season it with DIY group activities and you will have the recipe of a perfect matrimonial celebration ready in no time!

 Concluding Thoughts


Our life has only a handful of milestone moments, and how we approach and celebrate these moments will ultimately shape us. These moments are temporary pauses that life gives us to reflect on how we’ve lived until now and how we would like to continue. A wedding is a double celebration for the two individuals who are about to enter into a holy matrimony and start an all new journey, together.

You want to make the right start to this timeless journey. And what better way to do so than by picking a destination that you both like and inviting all your friends and family to celebrate this union and shower you with their blessings. This will give you a chance to sneak into a world of your own for a while and admire how beautifully your life is actually shaping up.

And gazing up to see the starry night sky from time to time with someone really special!

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Say “Hello” to Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent

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  • August 20, 2017
Joan Mead-Matsui Travel Product Review

Say “Goodbye” to bugs


Protect your family from annoying pests

Joan Mead-Matsui Travel Product Review


Babytime Mighty Shield by Episencial is a natural, mostly organic and plant-based bug repellent that’s enriched with Brazilian Propolis and Flax and Aloe. The pleasant smell of the active ingredients Castor, Linseed, Cedar, Lemongrass, and Rosemary oils make this product a welcome addition to my summertime arsenal.

Nothing takes the fun out of the outdoors like a pinch or sting and itch of an insect bite and the inflammation that can linger for days. On several of this summer’s hottest, most humid days and nights, I applied the lotion to my arms and legs before heading out to fly fish or walk with my family. Mighty Shield kept the bugs away, even after several hours of activities.

Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent Review
Protect your delicate skin with Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent, a product I’ve recently sampled.

While some of the widely used over-the-counter repellents can irritate sensitive skin, Babytime is perfect for anyone who, like me, has delicate skin. Mighty Shield has a pleasant scent and is formulated to keep skin bug free. The plant-based ingredients did NOT leave an oily residue and they deliver all-natural anti-antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin from previous bug bites.

Buy Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent.

Be sure to visit to learn more about Mighty Shield and Episencial’s full line of baby-safe, animal-friendly, and GREEN products.


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The Streets of Paris

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  • August 11, 2017

“The Streets of Paris”


“A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History”


What did I enjoy most about Susan Cahill’s “The Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History?”

The Parisian history lesson begins from the moment you open her book.

Whether you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the City of Light or you have a thirst for French history, Cahill walks you through the romance and sometimes tumultuous streets of Paris from the Middle Ages to the present (800 years). Paris is often considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Lovers, Heloise and Abelard; Louis IX, Robespierre’s victim, Albert Camus, Edith Piaf and Henri IV are among the 22 famed Parisians she profiled in her 276-page guide.

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Each chapter begins with a spectacular photo of a Paris landmark. Photo by Marion Ranoux

Each chapter begins with a magnificent four-color illustration by Marion Ranoux, a native Parisienne, and photographer, followed by a tour that begins with a metro-stop. Cafes, gardens, squares, museums, bookstores, churches, and patisseries and other points of interest you’ll want to visit are featured in her lists of “Nearbys.”

The Streets of Paris is one of five travel books Cahill has published. You can find more information about “Hidden Gardens of Paris,” “The Smiles of Rome,” “Desiring Italy,” “For the Love of Ireland,” and “A Literary Guide to Ireland” (with Thomas Cahill) at  

Published by St. Martin’s Press; June 6, 2017


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Say “Cheesy”

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  • August 10, 2017
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What’s your favorite snack?

Try one, Try all


Cheese-based snacks have always been my go-to for a mid-afternoon treat. Why does cheese enhance the taste of many foods? It’s an added “comfort” in comfort food.

Recently, I had an opportunity to be a part of a major product launch and sample the PUFF-N-TWISTZ HOT, CHEESE, and THREE PEPPER snack line from Snyder of Berlin, an American company that produces a long list of chips and cheese snacks. The SALTED CARAMEL PUFF-N-BITES, sweet, crunchy and mouth-watering nibbles were an added surprise when I opened the box. Many thanks to Snyder of Berlin for including me in their summertime launch.

The new Bites and Twistz are part of Berlin’s extended family of Cheese Curls, Cheese Crunch, Cheese Puff-n-Corn and Cheese Popcorn and they are indeed outrageously cheesy products.

But, wait, they’re not only addictive, they’re ALL GLUTEN-FREE, so individuals who suffer from gluten intolerance can indulge.

So, what happens when you combine tangy and spicy cheese snacks with crunchy gluten-free bites? There’s a flavor explosion in your mouth and you’ll want to eat an entire bag in one sitting.

What led Snyder of Berlin to introduce new snacks? Dan Leonardi, vice president and general manager of the Pinnacle Snacks division (that includes Snyder of Berlin), said the cheesy creations are a culmination of “our cheese-loving imagination.”

“This is the cheesiest, most fun snack line yet, since it’s all about fun Snacking; but in addition, we’ve cranked up the flavor with our special blends of cheese. So much extra flavor, they’re cheesy fingers good!”

 If you like spicy, your taste buds will love the JOLT of Jalapeno, cayenne and chili spices combined with REAL cheese and a creamy sour cream flavor in the HOT PUFF-N-TWISTZ. Someone who prefers a more subtle “peppery” kick should try the Three Pepper variety.

Snyder of Berlin Puff-N-Bites are prepared with no artificial flavors and 0 grams of Trans Fats.You can buy Puff-N-Bites in 6 oz. packages with a (Suggested Retail Price) SRP of $2.50, and a 1.88 oz. size for a SRP of .99 cents.

You’ll find more information about Snyder of Berlin’s full product line at  





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