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Money Matters – The Age of Abundance and Uncertainty

  We are at the forefront of what could be the largest wealth transfer in history. Estimates indicate that the parents of Baby Boomers will pass on some 12 trillion dollars in assets to their children. Furthermore, it is estimated that Baby Boomers themselves will pass on 30 trillion dollars to succeeding generations. This type of wealth and property transfer is known as estate planning. By Michael Thomas   Last month, we gained a clearer understanding of abundance and its … [Read more...]

Career – Do You Really Represent You?

The key to success could simply be showing up just as you are. It’s all about branding when it comes to marketing ourselves for a new job, an online dating profile, or even in our current workplace. We want to present an intentionally consistent ‘brand message’ so that people (or consumers) know what they can expect from us.  This is also known as a   brand promise. By Daisy Swan When we buy a Coke, we expect it to taste like a Coke and not a Pepsi. If we taste the latter, we feel duped … [Read more...]

Vedic Astrology Summer 2013

  by Sam Geppi   The heat of the summer ushers in the intense energy of the warrior planet Mars during a  Mercury retrograde cycle. Stay active, stay cool, write, and meditate to receive the benefit of these energetic forces.   July 4 There’s a high potential for arguments during the next month and a half, beginning when Mars enters Gemini. Mars is a planet of action, and Gemini, a sign of ideas. There could impatient and/or cutting conversations until August 18, … [Read more...]

Horoscope July/August 2013

ARIES This summer there is a focus on your growth and expansion emotionally and relationally--particularly when it comes to family connections and dynamics. With planets piling up in your 4th house and the Grand Water Trine lighting up your other water houses--it is time to turn within and address the past and its impact on your present, as well as tune into your dreams, intuition, and spiritual side. At the same time there is testing about what you really want, especially when it comes to your … [Read more...]

Contributors Page

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This month we asked our contributors to share with us their favorite spaces in Los Angeles to celebrate the onset of the warmer weather.... Julie Morris Writer, Superfoods: Micronutritional Powerhouses One of the things I love about Los Angeles is the plethora of natural gems just begging us to come out and play. This, coupled with the fact that I love being active, means that finding good spaces to celebrate the sunniest days of the year is usually centered around the question, “What … [Read more...]

Food for the Soul – Huckleberry Cafe

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Zoe Nathan creates space for nourishment in more ways than one. I'm at the bustling Huckleberry Café & Bakery on Wilshire in Santa Monica. Within seconds of sitting down at a wooden tabletop cheered by a vase of freshly picked ranunculus, I'm greeted with a burst of energy. It's Zoe Nathan, and she's right on time for our interview. Dressed in an apron, white T-shirt, blue jeans, and a pair of black Converse sneakers, her outfit conveys a hardworking pastry chef and cool mom. Jovial in … [Read more...]

May 2013

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Spending a day with my mom is always enriching, and receiving massages is high on my list of favorite ways to rejuvenate. Honoring Mother’s Day with a glorious spa day at Spa Montage far exceeded our expectations. Dangling our legs in the water of the hotel’s luxurious rooftop pool after being treated to world class pampering, we’re telling stories and recalling memories that belong to just the two of us. We are surrounded by the view of the Hollywood Hills so reminiscent of my mom’s former … [Read more...]

May 2013 Astrology

ARIES This month has a huge focus on testing and mastery over the material aspects of life. How you deal with debt, money, power, and control is a huge focus. The pull toward making decisions based on material comforts, safety, and security is strong, but the Eclipses this month require that you let go of karmic patterns of the past so that you can grow, evolve, and transform! Pay attention to the 20th as significant shifts, sudden reversals, breakdowns, and breakthroughs regarding your life … [Read more...]

Going For Your Gusto

Lean in and out to step forward in your career. All of us, men and women, are increasingly encouraged to step up and take initiative in our work if we want to be “successful.”  Whether we feel brave enough to lean in at the work place or we choose to lean out and pursue our own path, putting a stake in the ground is essential. I recently read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, her understandably controversial discourse about women, ambition, and overcoming the self-doubt and prescribed social … [Read more...]

Money Matters: Aligning Money with Purpose

The Key: Understanding Cash Flow Aligning money with purpose is a means to achieve a level of clarity, balance, and harmony within one’s Self. Our purpose is what gets us out of bed, excites us, and drives us. It propels us to live a vibrant, healthy, peaceful, and abundant life. We can gain control over our finances through an understanding of cash flow which, as I’ll explain, is the key driver in support of our purpose. Over the past 15 years as a financial and estate planner, I have … [Read more...]

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