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Red Barn Cooperative evolves

If you have been following this blog for a while you are probably aware that The Red Barn Cooperative is a Red Barn Coaching initiative, a seed of an idea about a cooperative of people coming together with the common goal of providing nourishment, in all it’s guises, to the world’s communities.

The dialogue and ideas we share on this blog culminate The Red Barn vision; it began as an invitation to, coaches, wellness professionals, educators, eco warriors, visionaries, industrial designers, growers of produce, and anyone with a will to nourish minds, hearts, bodies and souls to contribute their knowledge so we can all learn to live well, simply and vibrantly.

The broader dream and vision is to physically bring together a cooperative of trades under one roof. A place where you would feel rejuvenated by walking through a stand of fresh flowers, where you could sip a cup of coffee, purchase organic produce, visit an eco store, have a coaching session, get a massage and take part in some physical fitness, Martial Arts, Pilates or other modalities.

This blog was the first manifestation of that dream and I always imagined the cooperative coming together in the order that it flowed in my mind, I even spoke with a florist to see if we could co-locate our businesses. So with my own personal reluctance to attend a gym, I didn’t ever expect that it would be the ‘body’ part of this vision that would arrive first, but then I didn’t imagine that two close friends would have similar dreams and want to purchase the Pilates and Gyrotonic business above my office.

After approximately 6 weeks of owning that business, today the three of us find ourselves 12 days out from the launch of ‘RBC ONE‘, a simple cooperative approach to the healthy care of your mind, body, spirit and heart.

The concept is a simple one. Our awesome clients arrive at the space and choose their activity, (Life coaching, Business Coaching, Pilates, Gyrotonic or Stress Management) & meet their instructor/teacher or coach to experience beneficial & rewarding results.

If they are just looking to increase their core strength with a Pilates teacher, that’s great, and if they wish to combine that with some additional stress management tools – that works too. Maybe they are wondering about nutrition, and if that is the case they can drop into one of our monthly ‘whole health’ educational events on the topic. We will also have monthly ‘Community Table’ events where folks can just drop in and take part in our ‘wish bowl’ activity, where we will talk about what is needed or desired in our lives – quite possibly over a glass of wine!

RBC One has a diverse team, 9 people strong, working across many healthy disciplines that include Pilates, Gyrotonic, Co-Active coaching and educational platforms. With each encouraging professional able to design a quality, personalized experience for each client entirely based on their wants, needs and goals.

We launch on 09.09.09 at 6.30pm, an auspicious date and time! And if you are local we would love to see you at our small soiree just RSVP to rsvp@rbcone.com.

So while we may not have a florist at our entrance, we do have the beginnings of a charming herb garden and I thank you all for being part of that original seed of an idea. For reading this blog, and being here today as we embark on the next chapter of the cooperative; creating a healthy resource, and integrated approach to the care of our lives. I appreciate you very much.

Looking forward to my own Pilates session, with one of our wonderful teachers in the morning!
C

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The chainsaw and the cherries

We have just returned from vacation and among all the images that one collects when you are in a different environment and noticing different things, the vacation memory that keeps returning to me is not the amazing clear blue expanse of Big Bear Lake or the buzz of happy families vacationing in Lake Arrowhead or the amazing wildlife that visited us in our lazy afternoon hammock, no. The primary image I have is an overflowing bag of ripe to eat cherries perched next to a rather leaky oily chainsaw on the 50’s pink ceramic tiled kitchen surface of our small Big Bear cabin.

This image stays with me because it seems to capture pretty much what we are about as a couple when we are away from the stresses of the day to day world. I am not sure how to articulate exactly what I mean by that but it is something around tolerance, the joy of manual labor, the love for great very simple food and the haphazardness and collision of many of those concepts. (Although I will admit the tolerance did wear thin by day 3 just around the time I chose to do a little ‘work’ on my laptop, the image took on an entirely different form in my mind and the chainsaw was moved to leak in a location that I felt more appropriate – note to self to learn from awareness.)

I think this is why I enjoy visual imagery so much. It provides a snapshot of the essence of something that we might find really hard to articulate. Essence is all about energy, the feeling and the moment. It is full of information and yet putting words to it can be really difficult.

To illustrate this point Marc just walked past me as I type and sees the heading of this blog. He looks up with glee and expresses his delight with a broad smile and twinkle in his eye. He recognizes this essence, it needs no further words.

What visual image would best describe your essence with your significant other, sister, child or other important person in your life? We would love to hear…

Wishing you wonderful vacation imagery this summer.
C

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Looking at ‘type’

It is said that when we do values work with clients it is best not to show them lists of values… yes there is such a thing, and on it you will find such words as ‘beauty’, ‘tradition’, ‘accuracy’, ‘zest’, ‘collaboration’. This is stated because people will shop for values. We sometimes choose the values that we would like to stand for opposed to those that truly represent who we are.

I have to admit I did a similar thing recently with the Typing Application on the iphone which is based on the Myers Briggs Type indicator. If you are unfamiliar with this assessment it is based on the work of Carl Jung and it asks you questions that will define you between –

Extraverting or Introverting (E or I)
Sensing or Intuiting (S or N)
Thinking or Feeling (T or F)
Judging or Perceiving (J or P)

As I clasp my iphone I survey each of the 16 combinations of types which sit in four quadrants across my screen and I look at each of the icons. The icons are the element that really has me shopping. I begin to wonder what it would be like to be a Sunshiney ESFP known as the ‘Motivator Presenter’ in the Improviser quadrant or a sure footed ISTP known as the ‘Analyzer Operator’ because the icon of those toes look so cute and so purposeful. I also note that my favorite icons are all in the Improviser quadrant…I obviously want to be over there.

I however took a Myers Briggs several years ago and I was ‘typed’ as ENTJ, and I have since taken abridged versions of the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) which also indicate I am a ENTJ though I do seem to be able to flirt with ESTJ…too….

Answering the simple questionnaire on the iphone app actually gave me a couple of result choices in the ‘Theorist’ quadrant but on the recent software update, with the more comprehensive assessment I was firmly an ENTJ again, a ‘Strategist Mobilizer’ with the icon of a crown. I have nothing against the crown, infact it looks kind of fairytale like which is interesting to me but it is just not as vibrant as the suns, as joyful as the feet or as balanced as the ying/yang symbols.

So today I imagine my crown at a jaunty angle, and that feels much better. I can embrace my ENTJness as long as I can wear my icon with a wink.

C
For more information on Myers Briggs assessments and how it could be useful to you visit www.myersbriggs.org

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Showing up

I was published this month in an industry magazine. While it was written for the coaching market there are some pointers in here for all solo practitioners and small businesses and I hope you find something useful for you.
Have a fabulous week!
C
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It’s all about to change (again..)

So technology is about to make another leap and will be knocking on your front door.

Today at the E3 gamers conference, Microsoft not only presented gaming where the player IS the console but also announced its alliances with both Facebook and Twitter so they are now integrated with Xbox Live, (if that means nothing to you, that is OK, but there could be a Teen in your house who will be VERY excited about these integrated social networking opportunities). And if that wasn’t enough they also revealed an artificial intelligence character called Milo. It was a fairly mind expanding press conference.

Steven Spielberg took the stage during the show to endorse and show his own excitement for consoleless gaming, He stated that 60% of American homes do not yet have gaming platforms and it was felt that if you removed the console, one of the main obstacles and challenges for those not brought up on gaming, then these types of platform based entertainment systems would continue to grow . The demonstration movies that were shown included lots images of ‘mom and daughter’ in action, playing driving games and soccer, using their arms and bodies, not a console, to control the action.

If these guys are right and more households embrace entertainment platforms such as Xbox what might this mean? Will this result in families spending more entertainment time together as the demo film implied or impact family dynamics in a different way? Well it appears that time will tell.

Project Natale (as this technology without the need for a console, is named) was big news, and some of the more skeptical journalists were quick to question if what was being shown was really possible. The most incredulous aspect was the Artificial Intelligence module. Lionhead Studios (now owned by Microsoft) has taken Microsoft’s concept and software and created a Tween or possibly very early Teen character called ‘Milo’.

The concept being that when you approach the screen/camera set up, if ‘Milo’ has been given a little prior information about you, he will then be able to recognize you, through both audio and visual recognition. When Milo (the camera/microphone combo) detects you, he will stop whatever he is doing in ‘the scenario’ and come to the foreground to greet you.

As if that was not enough, they have given this artificial intelligence character the ability to recognize emotions too. In the scenario that was shown Milo was by a lake and he invited the real person, Clare, to also come forward and look into the lake. As she moves forward, the view on the screen becomes the lake, just as if you were looking down into it. There was even a reflection of Claire with computer generated fish swimming through it!! Milo asks Claire to actually put her hands into the lake so she reaches out toward the screen, and as she does she begins to create ripples in the image and displaces the computer generated fish!!!

Milo then asks for help with his homework, Claire obliges and helps him with a drawing. She draws something in the real world on a sheet of paper and holds it up to the camera as if passing it to Milo. As this happens a sheet of paper appears in the character’s hand on screen, just as if he had taken it from her. Given Milo is also programmed to recognize color and shape, he was able to comment on the drawing and was very ‘pleased’ with his Orange Fish.

Milo may be a computer generated Tween but he has basic abilities to be your artificially intelligent companion. You may no longer need to get that puppy to practice on before your first child and your child may no longer need imaginary friends… and if this person is programmed to ‘listen’, detect emotions in a person and respond appropriately, what next? An AI therapist in your home???? You couldn’t possibly have an AI coach ; )

Yes, our world is about to change and it could be entering your living room much sooner that you would have ever believed, however, what you choose to do with it is still in your control.

Have a fabulous techonology filled or free week.
Candice

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Believing anyway…

A couple of weekends ago we arrived at the cabin in Big Bear in the dark. Excitedly, and with her legs somewhat crossed, after the longish drive, the dog ran straight through the cabin and scratched on the rear door to be let out into the yard. It was very dark given we had not yet turned on all the lights but I let her out and because we always worry more about coyotes than bears I follow her so we could both be dinner for the forest wild life.

As I wait on the small deck in the pitch black the most incredible scent strikes me. It had the kind of intensity as if someone had stuck a glade air freshener under my nose but it was actually more pleasant than that. I was however completely perplexed as to where this strong scent might be coming from as our yard in Big Bear is pretty barren, so I grab the small torch that we keep on the back of the door and shine the light in a swift arm sweep across the garden. To huge surprise what were barren stalks and sticks only two weeks prior were now large broad bushes in full bloom! The garden was completely and abundantly full of lilac.

A few things struck me in my awe. Firstly, I wondered if I would have been so attentive to the perfume if my eyes had first set eyes on the lilac. I could imagine walking into the cabin in daylight, looking out the window at the blooms, being pleasantly surprised and moving on. It was the very fact that I couldn’t see, which made this experience so delightful.

The second thought was that I had recently been having one of ‘those’ conversations about having faith in an entity even when you don’t have visual evidence of it. The conversation actually featured around the ocean that had mysteriously vanished with some early Laguna Beach ‘June gloom’. Just because we couldn’t see the Ocean was there any reason to believe that it wasn’t there? Obviously our rational selves could say of course it is there, and yet in the conversation we were observing how quick we are to simply choose to believe that some things in life don’t exist just because we can’t see them in that moment.

The blooms in Big Bear didn’t exist when I was last at the cabin, I wasn’t expecting them and therefore when I smelled them I still didn’t believe in what I was sensing until I shone the light and saw them. We have coined the phrase ‘you won’t believe it until you see it’..but why is that true? Even though the scent snuck up on me why was I not content just to know that the garden was full of blooms given my sense of smell, quickly followed by my intuition, were telling me so. What was so compelling and satisfying about seeing it with my own eyes? Did it make it any more real?

So this week I am being open. Open to the idea that maybe I need to be less reliant on the notion that I need to ‘see it to believe it’ and just be more respectful and trusting of each of my other senses that tells me something exists.

I promise to let you know if I sniff out any further delights!!
Candice

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Waste not want not

Hello, I am Candice and I am an addict.

It seems I have been in denial but now I see it. The realization began when undertaking a first quarter review of my 2009 goals, keen to monitor how I am doing so far. The last three months actually reflect a mixed bag of success and ‘oops could do better’ moments, and I spent a little time looking to see where I may have become distracted from my goals and what occurred incrementally in the quarter. I also pause to reset the goals that I remain committed to for the rest of the year.

Next I take stock of how I said I would ‘be’ in 2009, again a pretty mixed bag of success but happily more on track than not, and I am struck yet again about my intention to ‘unclutter and not be wasteful’ and begin to mentally search where I may not have exercised this fully. I stand in the cottage fluttering my fingers as if I can’t quite place something and then find myself being pulled into the kitchen and staring into the chilly soft glow of my refrigerator. My instincts were correct I find it very cluttered.

While the fridge seems pretty full, it seems that it has little to do with items that we can actually eat. The refrigerator from bottom up has a deli drawer, two side by side crispers followed by three shelves. As a Brit I have no concept of what one uses a deli drawer for, but I discovered some years ago that it was perfect for housing candles, which when chilled last longer, so needless to say that draw now has a job which it does it very well.

The right hand crisper is occupied by one lonely but large parsnip and the crisper on the left has 4 bottles of wine rather precariously crammed into it. The shelf above that has a tupperware box half filled with yesterday’s breakfast kedgeree and a few sticky circles from former leaky pots that once sat there. The glass level above that, is full of beer on one side and on the other sits three flat packets of parma ham, Hickory Bacon and Proscuitto respectively, an egg, two stick of butter, two yoghurts, and one flour tortilla and given I don’t eat meat I begin to wonder what’s for dinner?

But on the top shelf…well, there my (or should I say our) addiction becomes apparent. It is a condiment addicts dream. Now I would argue that this is an addiction of a nation, we Brits just seem to have a predilection for ‘something on the side’, it does however seem that our household has taken that to a whole new level. Under dressings we have – a Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette, an Organics Goddess Tahini affair, Girards champagne dressing and a Trader Joe’s Balsamic Vinaigrette. There are Olives, some from the Santa Barbara Olive company and both ‘Martini’ and Blue Cheese olives, Pickles… mmmm.. pickles, in the form of Cornichons, Piccalilli, Sweet Midget Pickles, Branston original pickle and Haywards Pickle Onions. There is a jar of ominous looking relish and our array of chutneys – Major Grey’s, Mango Ginger, Cilantro and another ‘Asian Passage’ Sweet Ginger variety. The door of the fridge houses the usual suspects of Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Heinz Salad Cream, HP and tartare sauce, and I notice that we have five types of mustard ranging from French’s classic yellow and an Organic Dijon through to three types of Grey Poupon, even as an addict I am beginning to question what we may have been thinking. Then I spy some ‘random’ condiments, a Honey smoked BBQ sauce, a tube of wasabi, a small jar of Ponzu, some delicious mint sauce, a Dalmatia fig spread and burnt fig jam for our cheeses and the small tubs of organic apple sauce just waiting to be dolloped on the next batch of roasted potatoes. We have in fact 34 jars and squeezy bottles of condiment items in our refrigerator, not counting the sachets of soy sauce that we seem to throw into one of the door receptacles just because ‘you never know when you might need them’, well if you ever do we have 69 packets of them.

Now you may well be thinking, is this such a big deal? Well maybe not, 34 jars, I can handle that, I am in control. In fact I even had a bit of a purge and a few jars of somewhat out of date condiments did find themselves being emptied, cleaned and added to the recycling, but just as the refrigerator door made that light little suction noise as it seals itself closed I look across the room to all our seasonings (which technically, I believe other than salt and pepper, are not to be confused with condiments) and with them, there on the kitchen island, also sits the lazy susan guiltily filled with vinegars, oils, hot sauces and dare I say, more mustard. Ok, this household may have a bit of a problem and it’s less to do with all the condiments that we do have and more to do with fact that having been through the condiment audit I am now acutely aware that we are out of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

On a serious note, well as serious as one can be when one is writing a random post about addiction to condiments, Oprah recently ran a series of episodes about living a more simple life, not getting caught up in the idea that we need the next best thing or ‘more’ of what we already have, and to be mindful of what it is we are wasting each week. The segment that most caught my eye was the piece on throwing our perishables away. The challenge is that whenever you throw out a perishable item that wasn’t touched, or where there is a lot of it left but it’s no longer edible, jot down how much it cost you. Then after a week or so add up the cost of all the food you have thrown away and imagine they are dollars, how much money are you putting in the trash each week? It is a powerful image and I get it, apparently even Oprah saves her morning toast if it isn’t all eaten! What shopping and eating behaviors would it be beneficial to change in your household?

So in this short post I think I have made it to about Step 5 of ‘The Program’ –
Step 1. I admitted we are powerless over condiments — that our refrigerator had become unmanageable.
Step 2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves (Oprah) could restore us to sanity.
Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Mother Nature who provides us with fine tasting goodies with no need for additional enhancement.
Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory – Marc PLEASE bring back some Lea Perrins.
Step 5. Admitted to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

THANK YOU ALL…

I commit to there being far less condiment purchases in our future and many less hard earned dollars in the trash….
Candice

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