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We're recently retired and taking up the RV lifestye. We''ll use this blog to tell our story about our retirement, travels, adventures and our new business.

Banff Beavertail 2018

A don’t miss event for us every year has become Banff Beavertail. It is Banff, my favorite place in the world. We had beautiful warm, sunny weather for our weekend stay. The Rimrock Hotel, half way up a mountain, just beside the Hot Springs pool and Gondola treated us like royalty.

Rimrock Hotel, Banff, Alberta

Mark Hair and Yvonne Cunningham always get world class speakers. Shelly Mackey from Kansas was hilarious and convinced us we can do anything. Dr. Jan Roberto told us about the rock solid science behind our product. Ron Watkins spoke of exciting developments from head office. Tim Banks told us of how Tower Garden and the fertilizer blends were developed from his experience at Disney Epcot for a proposed NASA Mars Mission.

I was so interested in hearing from Katie Ravey and Luke Wren,  I didn’t get their pictures. I did get point after point of rock solid quotes. My voice and hands were worn out by the end of the weekend.

Shelly Mackey, If I can do it. Dr. Jan Roberto, The Science Ron Watkins, Head office Tim Blanks, Tower Garden Developer













I took 15 pages of handwritten notes in a weekend. Normally, I can keep up with notes. Not so, this time. It was note after note of incredible information, everyone a pearl that we want to incorporate into our lives and business.

Focus, Don’t wait for a CRISIS Food is Fuel Mineral Blend developed for a Mars Mission

A big part of the attraction of events is the chance to spend time with inspirational team mates. They’ve become our friends and mentors.

Drew Pasay, Team Synergy, Trina & Donna, Danielle Korol and Hazel














We met 3 week old Hazel Pasay who attended nearly every event. We can’t wait to check in with her every year. It’ll be so exciting.

Hazel Pasay 3 Weeks Old, Della and Hazel, Drew and Hazel Pasay, Della and Mark Boothby Hazel with Danielle Korol












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What is your Why?

What is your Why? The key to getting things done.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your personal or business life. Your why will get you up in the morning, get you to the tough meetings, finish off those uncomfortable tasks and keep you going when you feel like you must rest.

Turn up the volume

If you have not found your why you’ll want to ask yourself:

  1. What is it you want this business to do for you?
  2. Why do you want this?
  3. What are you willing to do to get this?

Remember, you are in business. Success will not fall into your lap. You will have to work for it. That sounds harsh, but it’s a harsh lesson we’ve learned over time. On the positive side, you’ll have to work hard for a few years but residual income is not like getting paid an income.

The last 3 questions to ask yourself are:

  1. Is this decision financial?
  2. Is this for fulfillment?
  3. Is this for fun?

Why Getting to the Heart

Not everyone has the same amount of time to spend. Whether its stolen time in 15-minute batches or 4 hours a day like Della and I a virtual franchise is a wonderful choice.

The next step is to link your Why to your Goals.

It takes some digging to get to your true why. It takes some digging and I expect it will be emotional when you find you’re true why.

Start by asking yourself What is important to you about having a successful business? Then based on that answer continue down 7 levels.

Why What is important to you

Your why will evolve over time. Ours has from simply wanting to improve our own health to telling other people about this amazing business, helping them to improve their health and their finances.

Let me know if you want these forms, I’ll gladly send you copies.

The first few minutes of the “Find your Why” video are TD Jakes Run video. Consequently, the “Find your Why” video below starts at 6:30.

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How to choose a Nutritional Product

We’ve spent our lives trying different nutritional supplements. We relied on recommendations from friends and what we hear in the media and advertising. We’ve tried a lot of products.

I can’t think of one we found prior to 3 years ago that we still use and recommend. We did find 1 three years ago that changed everything.

What’s the difference? Well,  I retired early because my health was failing. I had serious inflammation, gout was non-stop and I feared I was on a path to a second heart issue. Of course, I relied on my Doctor. He sent me to a Heart Clinic and to a year-long weight loss and lifestyle choice course. And I was prescribed medication.

The year-long lifestyle course made me want to become an advocate for my own health and to become more knowledgeable. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t sceptical about nutritional products, my experience had made me doubtful.

I have learned there are some key points to look for in any nutritional product:


Are the ingredients real food are ingredients? If your body doesn’t understand how to use the product,  your body is going to eliminate it. Your money is wasted and your health won’t benefit. To be valuable, the product must reach your bloodstream.

What does the label say? It’s better to consume nutrition than man-made supplements.

Scientific Research

Does the product itself (not ingredients in the product) have third-party, independent, double-blind placebo-controlled, published research proving it does something good for the body? If it does, it’s probably worth taking.

It’s important the research is done by third parties. Research done on an ingredient of a product or in companies internal lab will not provide valuable information for you to make a choice.

Warning Labels

Who can take the product? If pregnant or nursing moms, children or those with immune system issues cant take it are you sure you want to?


Have you seen the news from New York about nutritional products not having whats on the label? There are third-party companies that certify whats on the label is in the product.

Company Rating

I’m sure you want to trust your health to a reputable company.

Over the years, the only company and product that have met my criteria is Juice Plus+ Yes, I’ve become a distributor. Why would I not tell my friends, family, and people I meet the benefits of a product that has done so much to improve my life?

I’ve listed a few of my favorite articles and videos about the benefits:

Science behind Juice Plus+

Cholesterol and Inflammation

Cancer Study at MD Anderson

BBB Rating for Juice Plus+

BBB Screenshot

Your DNA is not your Destiny

I regularly hear a couple things that I really don’t agree with:

  • aches and pains are a natural side effect of getting old
  • My parents, grandparents had cancer so I will too

I`m saddened when I hear people including Doctors say this.

Della and I have attended a lot of health seminars in the past few years. We’ve heard a lot of Doctors speak. Their theme is pretty consistent. What we eat and our environment are the prime contributors to chronic illness.

In the last 40 years we’ve focussed on easy to prepare meals. Most often this means packaged, pre-prepared meals. People don’t have garden anymore and rely on fruit and vegetables from supermarkets. Those fruit and vegetables are picked before they are ripened and likely transported hundreds if not thousands of kilometers. Their nutritional value is very low.  Thankfully the use of market gardens and in home aeroponic systems are on the rise.

What’s the result, more and more people suffer from inflammation. Inflammation is the prime source of chronic illness. Diabetes, heart problems, depression and other issues like ADHD and anxiety are rising.

DNA is not your destiny Time Cover
Time Cover Jan 18, 2010

This famous Time article ran in 2010.

Your genetics does not necessarily determine your future. Life style is 80% responsible, genetics 20%. 4

The recommended servings of fruit and vegetables are 5-10 a day. While I try to achieve that, I seldom do. So I use Juice Plus+ as a bridge between what I should eat and what I do eat. This is supported by science including the following:

`The daily consumption of fruits and vegetables is a common dietary recommendation to support good health. We hypothesized that a commercially available encapsulated fruit and vegetable juice powder concentrate (FVJC) could support functional indices of health due to increased intake of various phytonutrients. 1

`Fruit and vegetable consumption has been heralded for its ability to decrease the overall risk of developing cancer and other diseases. Mounting evidence supports the beneficial nature of antioxidants, carotenoids, and other phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables. One proposed mechanism of antioxidant protection is the shielding of cellular DNA from oxidative damage and therefore mutations. This may be especially helpful in older populations. We tested the concept that a daily regimen of supplementation with fruit and vegetable extracts (JuicePlus™) would reduce the amount of DNA damage in the peripheral lymphocytes of the elderly. In a blind study, a group of twenty elderly volunteers (mean age=68) were given supplements twice daily for 80 days with blood samples drawn before and after intervention. 2

`Chronic inflammation contributes to many prevalent diseases worldwide, and it is widely accepted that inflammatory molecules contribute to DNA damage. 3

Other related studies.

There are three exciting medical developments to keep an eye on: Epigenetics. Functional Medicine and MicroBiome.

To be upfront Della and I don’t have medical credentials beyond advanced first aid


  1. Journal of Nutrition, Immunity and Antioxidant Capacity in Humans Is Enhanced by Consumption of a Dried, Encapsulated Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate,
    1. Meri P. Nantz,
    2. Cheryl A. Rowe,
    3. Carmelo Nieves Jr., and
    4. Susan S. Percival*
  2. Science Direct, Supplementation with fruit and vegetable extracts may decrease DNA damage in the peripheral lymphocytes of an elderly population
    • Micah J. Smith B.S.
    • Paula F. Inserra Ph.D.
    • Ronald R. Watson Ph.D.
    • John A. Wise Ph.D.
    • Kim L. O’Neill Ph.D.
  3. Pub Med,  Suppression of DNA damage in human peripheral blood lymphocytes by a juice concentrate: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
    • CUI X
    • Jin Y
    • Singh UP,
    • Chumanevich AA,
    • Harmon B,
    • Cavicchia P,
    • Hofseth AB,
    • Kotakadi V,
    • Poudyal D,
    • Stroud B,
    • Volate SR,
    • Hurley TG,
    • Hebert JR,
    • Hofseth LJ.
  4. Take Healthy Back Dr. Richard Dubois, March 23, 2017


The value of Vision Boards

Sound hokey, I thought so too until I learned from my experience and coaches.

Example 1
Example Vision Board

A Vision Board is just putting your goals and dreams on paper and looking at it every day. Your dreams and on paper are key.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always set professional goals. Less often personal goals. These goals were sometime imposed by bosses, never hand written and never did I allow myself to listen to my body and dream.

Our business introduced Della and I to Vision Boards. 2018 will be the second year we’ve held a session in our home.

Lessons Learned:

  1. It’s important to set aside time to dream. Your dreams are what you should put on your vision board. Don’t let your intellect tell you what’s possible,  let your dreams tell you what will make you happy.
  2. Conversely, it’s always good to record what scares you too. The thing about that is not to record your fears but the opposite. For me, I have been worried about paying month end bills. My fear had been that I wouldn’t be able to provide the lifestyle my wife and I enjoy throughout our retirement. My goal for this year will be financial abundance. It’s always necessary to state your goal in the positive manner. Why, well no matter your beliefs, I’ve experienced that what you think, affects your actions and becomes your outcome. Stated another way, whatever you put out to the Universe you get back. Yet a third way, if it’s God’s plan.
  3. Focus on the goal not the obstacles. No matter the size of the goal, focus on it. Don’t focus on the lack that you think may stand in your way. If you focus on the goal, you’ll find a way to overcome each obstacle. That leads to the next point.
  4. Focussed energy creates powerful results. Your goals must be in front of you every day. You have to see them, remind yourself of what’s important to you to avoid the thousands of distractions you will encounter.
  5. You have to be aware of conflicting beliefs. If you have a goal of financial abundance and spending more time with your family those goals may conflict. You”ll need to negotiate with your family or customers to achieve both.
  6. Visualization is great for reinforcing that your goals are attainable. I understand that if you visualize an event that your mind is effected just as if you were at that event.
  7. I’ve learned from our coach Eddie LeMoine that our thoughts create our actions, our actions create our outcomes.
  8. Another lesson from Eddie:
    • Imagine the outcome in the present tense. For example if you have a weight loss goal, imagine yourself at your target weight and what you’ll have to become to be at that weight. Think about how good you’ll feel, how you’ll look, what clothes you’ll need to buy, what exercise you’ll be doing, how you’ll eat.
    • Another weight loss tip. Don’t set a specific weight goal, set a goal of the number of kilograms your going to lose. If you set a goal of losing 5 kgs you’ll likely gain then lose those 5 kgs ending up where you started. If you set a goal of reaching 50 kgs weight, your mind will cooperate and your goal is attainable.
  9. Your goals must be hand written and on paper. It seems your mind connects when you write them out first then create a Vision Board. I used a computer program last year, not this year. My vision board will be on paper although I will likely take a photo and put that as my computer desktop.
Example 2
Out front and visible

10. Another coach tells us that we must limit our goals to 3. She believes that keeps you on point and avoids distraction. I’m behind her on focus but the number concerns me. I’m suggesting you set attainable, meaningful, reasonable goals. I think more than 10 is too much, 3 may be to little.

11. Finally, you have to become receptive. You do deserve to achieve your goals. You do deserve compliments on how you look. You deserve what you desire. Put the work in and be receptive to the results.

Example 3

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This summer I really learned a valuable lesson. While working at the Williams Lake Stampede Campground, we experienced the Williams Lake Stampede. The Stampede is run by a volunteer board and hundreds of volunteers contribute their time. It’s a significant rodeo and brings a lot of visitors to town. The members on the Board contribute their time all year round to meetings and work bees. Then they work long hours during the Stampede. During the event, literally hundreds of people donate their time. I was inspired and want to find similar endeavors.

Volunteer 2

That commitment from so many people that had so much effect made me think.  When I returned to Cochrane for the winter I joined a local organization that promotes our towns history and educates residents (CHAPS), Helping Hands, Light up Cochrane, and Cochrane Santa Claus parade. I get something different from each but the consistent thing is helping where I can and meeting a lot of friendly community minded people.

volunteer 3

Yes I get a feeling of satisfaction helping out, I  meet a lot of new friends, I learn more about my community, I learn new skills and I grow as a person. It’s important not to over commit but I recommend volunteering to any organization that makes your community better. Feel free to get in touch if you want to learn more about my experiences.

The Town of Cochrane has an interesting page if volunteering is an interest. The page lists a lot of opportunities as well as more reasons for getting involved. Get out of your chair and get involved.

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