Merry Everything and Happy Always!

Happy Holidays 2012Happy Hollydays from Blazon Laurels

“May beautiful moments and happy memories surround you with the joy of this holiday season.”

Enjoy our earth-friendly, green and sustainable e-card.

In love, peace, trust and hope,

Hollan McBride

Chief Engagement Officer

Blazon Laurels, Inc.

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“AWAKENING THE LEADER” Global, Systemic and Sustainability

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“AWAKENING THE LEADER” Global, Systemic & Sustainability Workshop
January 21st, 2013
San Diego, CA

Designed for professionals looking to optimize their impact personally and professionally!Thought-provoking, challenging, and deeply moving, this workshop contains a dynamic multimedia presentation drawing on some of the most respected social and scientific experts of our time, interwoven with age-old wisdom and inspiration.With informative videos and guided personal reflection exercises, this “Awakening the Leader” experience reaches deeply into both the heart and mind.

How the Workshop Works

Many of the video segments are educational and informative, providing insight into how our modern worldview and economic and political systems are preventing us from creating the world in which we want to live.

iStock_000007130604MediumThroughout your Symposium experience you will:

-Try on a new way of looking at the world.
-Begin to appreciate the extraordinary possibilities emerging at this time in history.
-Investigate the critical role you can play in turning things around.

COST: $40 (includes light lunch)

Please go to the Pachamama Alliance site to register:
http://www.pachamama.org/workshops/search/single/?event_id=610

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ORGANIC isn’t healthier?

Recently, some news has been circulating about the validity of organic food not being more healthy than “other” food.

The Elephant in the room EXPOSED.

Let’s consider this statement from a few different vantage points. Quickly!

1. US regulations state that products can be sold until proven unsafe. No accountability for safety.

2. Public is at risk as guinea pigs while corporations make astronomical profits. Some health issues associated with chemicals may not surface for years. A calculated risk on part of money hungry corporations and CEOs.

3. Chemicals used in production of food and products do harm workers & environment. Clearly placing people and planet at risk.

4. You are what you eat. Whether healthy or unhealthy. Your choice (sorta).

5. We don’t even know what we are eating because genetically modified organisms (GMOs) aren’t labeled. Vote Yes on 37 in California in November. We have a right to know.

6. We eat meat from animals and don’t have a clue what those animals were eating. Again, we are what we eat. 

7. We contaminate the soil, water and air by using inorganic systems to grow food. What about future generations?

8. The nutritional value of produce has significantly diminished from the 1950s. You must eat more of same fruit and veggies for nourishment. Could the cause be chemical/pesticide ridden processes?

9. The US government subsidizes farms. Not organic farms. Could these “research” results be biased?

10. Who or what do YOU believe? I’m going with my gut feeling that corporations and government don’t care about my health (& my families health) as much as I do. If there could be a risk eating non-organic, I’m not willing to take it.

As always, welcome your opinions on this topic.

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Can lower income families afford to eat healthy?

When discussing social and environmental justice issues, I hear many comments and questions. One keeps repeating itself…

“How can lower income families afford to eat healthy?”

I understand the argument and have participated in this dialogue. The inner-cities do not have the same access to grocery stores. Their choice is primarily corner stores that do not offer fresh fruit and vegetables. Rather, the least expensive things to buy include Cheetos among other non-nutritional food items. Or, there is always a McDonalds nearby.

I am not going to debate the need for more healthy choices in every neighborhood and all socio-economic populations. What I am going to do is change the focus of the conversation. Why is the question directed at what ‘others’ can or cannot do?  I believe the question should be…

“What can I do?”

“If you think the price of organic is expensive, have you seen the price of cancer lately?” 

-Joel Salatin, Founder of Polyface Farms

Granted, I am considered a part of the American middle-class. I have access to healthy foods and, with proper budgeting and prioritization, I can afford to pay for a wide variety of organic food. I live within a three-mile radius of four grocers, including one that offers a wide selection of organic, USDA-certified and non-GMO foods. I have a car that I can drive, any day of the week, to a farmer’s market. I can afford to pay, in advance, for a CSA package that offers organic, seasonal and local produce packages every two weeks (aka Community Supported Agriculture).

I appreciate the choices I have that others may not have.  I have made lifestyle choices accordingly:

  • I have chosen to SUPPORT the farms, grocers, farmers markets and manufacturers that provide healthy organic foods.
  • I have chosen to AVOID eating foods with pesticides, hormones, GMOs, additives, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives.
  • I have chosen to REDUCE my consumption of meat and dairy.  Although, when I do, I choose sustainable fish, organic grass-fed beef and organic poultry. All USDA-certified organic.

The question remains, what can YOU do?

How does Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs relate to you?

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states the primal need is PHYSIOLOGICAL which includes food, water, and sleep. The next stage of development includes SAFETY.

If the lower socio-economic population is ultimately concerned with survival. Then the safety of their food isn’t their primary concern. However, people that are addressing higher level needs may be concerned with the safety of the ingredients and production methods. Rather than just feeding the immediate hunger or thirst, they may be concerned about improving their own nutrition and reducing cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol or weight issues.

As individuals move higher up the developmental stages to LOVE AND BELONGING, ESTEEM or SELF-ACTUALIZATION, awareness may increase to include, respectively: family and friendship; respect for others, and;  morality and problem-solving.  These are the stages where individuals are concerned about the welfare of others, not just themselves.  The health of others, not just themselves. This is where social agents of change can influence an entire population to do what is fair and just as global citizens. This is where we make an impact.

Where do you see yourself in YOUR development?

Wider adoption of healthy eating habits could lead to more opportunities for everyone

I struggled through Micro- and Macro-economics but the one takeaway was the Theory of Supply and Demand.  I would like to invite all the people who have access and can afford to pay for healthier organic foods to do so. This is a lifestyle change for some. A budgeting issue for others. Mostly, it is an awareness issue. It could save your life and the lives of the people you treasure most.

If you are unable to purchase organic foods, I would ask that you increase the fruits and vegetables in your diet and reduce the meat consumption. This is more affordable and much healthier.

Lead by example. Lead with your purchasing power. Make educated choices by reading labels. Help to reduce the consumption of foods that are unhealthy. Help to increase the demand for foods grown and produced ethically and sustainably.

What if our only choice was organic USDA-certified foods? The Theory of Supply and Demand also rules the prices charged. High demand + High supply = Affordable for everyone!

We, as responsible consumers, can and WILL dictate the market.

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Hollan McBride, M.A.

Blazon Laurels

http://www.blazonlaurels.com

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Don’t miss the Pacha Party!

This is amazing! Life-changing, educational and rewarding! FREE! Watch at your convenience at home or join a Pacha Party!

“Awakening the Dreamer”

Streaming video event sponsored by The Pachamama Alliance, Gaiam TV, Shift Network and Sustainable World Coalition’s Spring of Sustainability.

Don’t you want to be cutting edge? Innovative? Forward-thinking? In the know? Find out more: http://ow.ly/1M2YqR

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A little cognitive dissonance goes a long way

Hunka Hunka would like a new tele. I really only want ONE in the house (and we have two)! He watches his international channels upstairs. I have an old, old, old 15 year old tele upstairs that I’m happy keeping ’til it explodes. However, guys love technology.

“Man build fire, carry heavy stuff and buy latest gadgets” — hahaha! Sooo, I want hubby to be happy AND it could be his anniversary gift.

However, I still want to consume less. So our carbon footprint remains small and we don’t hurt the environment with overproduction, supply chain management, social and environmental justice issues, and landfill toxic problems.
We buy MOST things used. Although, with technology, I like to buy the most advanced, nicest and luxe that we can afford so we can keep it longer.

Need advice on best smart tv’s with wifi. Also companies with best reputation for environment. Of course, I’ll be doing my research … and will write a follow-up blog about it later!

Thanks for any advice or insight you may provide.

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This is real and important. Occupy Wall Street relates to all of us.

 

For the love of our families, friends, colleagues and AMERICA!

This is real and important.  Occupy Wall Street relates to all of us. Click to read article published on Examiner.com.

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