New Year’s Resolution: Making Change Easier

from ENERGETIC INTENTIONS It’s the new year and many of us have set New Year Resolutions; “I’m going to lose weight,” “I’m going to stop smoking,” “I’m going to get out of debt,” etc, etc, etc. I have set those New Year’s Resolutions many, many times, and I would guess, like many of you, ended … Read More

What Makes Planning Work?

“There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.” – Edwin Louis Cole I recently conducted a planning session with a Board of Directors, representing many years of experience leading organizations across multiple industries. I began the session by asking “what makes planning work?” They were quick to respond and reach … Read More

The Power of Art: How I Step Off the Grid on a Daily Basis.

by Cheryl Vargas of Studio 928 How do I take a break? I schedule a 10 minute meeting with myself, by making time for art. The moment I pick up a pen, pencil, marker, watercolor pen, a soft pastel chalk or a paint brush, my mind forgets everything that exists externally in my world. I … Read More

Businesses Required to Check Proof of Vaccination

On Dec. 23, 2021, the Cook County Department of Public Health issued Mitigation Order 2021-11. This order becomes effective on January 3, 2022, and applies to all communities in suburban Cook County (with the exceptions of Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Stickney Township who each have their own certified public health department). Order 2021-11 … Read More

Maintaining Self-Care as Families Return to Work & School

As more people return to the classroom and the office this fall, anxiety levels may be running high after being indoors and mostly away from others for so long this past year. While everyone tries to get back in the groove of their routines, practicing self-care with natural products that are good to your body … Read More

Movement Increases Health + Productivity

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – JOHN F. KENNEDY. Fitness and exercise can often be intimidating words. For today, I am going to focus on the word “movement”. Movement is possible for everyone, anywhere. What … Read More

Saving Time, Eating Right

What does it take to eat right? It turns out, a whole lot of time! Two studies show just how much time we spend planning, shopping, prepping and serving healthy meals. Did you know, there’s a way to eliminate all the hassle – and save 8 hours a week – while still eating clean? Keep … Read More

How to Sleep When the World Is a Mess

Can’t sleep? Can’t blame you. Is it the COVID-19 pandemic? The economy? The election? Your children’s school situation? Climate change? Murder hornets? We all have something that keeps us up at night. Sleep can’t solve these kinds of problems, but it can help us cope with them. Sleeping well improves our mood, alertness, concentration and memory. It … Read More