About Ann Hoy

I am a freelance writer from Vancouver BC, writing about my family, positive thinking, humor, and bettering yourself

Get Better Gas Mileage With Coconut Oil

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You never have to leave the house with this can’t-live-without problem solver:

  • Shines stainless steel wheels tires and grill.
  • Revs up memory and brain function.
  • Removes sticker glue or sap when mixed with baking soda.
  • Cleans your interior – lubes your ears and promotes heart health by increasing your healthy cholesterol (HDL).
  • Energizes your body with the best medium chain triglyceride – lauric acid
  • High octane hair conditioner, skin softener, nail cream, sunblock.
  • Cleans your teeth and your dog’s teeth ( separate brushes are recommended)
  • Replaces your cooking oil with healthier option.
  • Acts as diaper cream for baby and others.
  • Soothes mosquito bites.

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It’s the Anti-Everything – Anti–bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti aging, and antioxidant.

Best of all it’s gluten free!painting-1826438_1280.jpg

Note : mileage will vary depending on the vehicle and the above claims are only estimates.

WARNING: Your dog will want to lick your tires!dog-903990_1280.jpg

When your supply runs out, run like greased lightning to get more!

Are Women Finding Mentors to Model Their Success On?

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Success gurus like Tony Robbins say you need to find a mentor who did what you want to do in life and model what they did.

It’s a way of short-cutting the process to success by not trying to re-invent the wheel yourself.mentor-2063045_1920.png

There are some outstanding female mentors like J.K. Rowling and Oprah Winfrey, but there are way more male mentors to model career success on.

Men can be mentors to women to a degree, but there are unique aspects to being a successful woman that relate to biology that men haven’t experienced so women are better at teaching us about those things.

Tony Robbins says you need to immerse yourself in the lives of your mentors on-line and find out what they did, because success leaves clues. By reading their books and listening to their interviews you can see and feel what makes them masters at what they do in all the little details, and you can model your behavior on that.

One ‘mentoress’ I have in the field of media and publishing is Ariana Huffington.

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Say what you want about the tactics of Ariana Huffington, she is one of my mentoresses.

She is one of the most influential people in the media – male or female. She launched The Huffington Post, one of the most popular websites on the internet, She transformed journalism into engaging, personality driven entertainment. She was guilty of playing favorites with people like the exiled Dalai Lama, but to be fair all the male news-moguls likely had a code to protect their friends in the past as well.

Leadership is tough for everyone, and she is one tough female cookie, who has been burned many times.

She is now 66 years old and makes me forget about the worship of youth in our culture, as she rocks her age and combines it with the eye of experience.

She gives me hope to carry on with blogging in middle age.

After she resigned from ‘The Huffington Post’, she headed up ‘Thrive Global’, a wellness media company focusing on helping people get enough sleep, and sells pillows with the quote: “sleep your way to the top”.

What I most admire about Ariana is her style. Mixing the vulnerability of a woman and a mother, with a warrior role in the competitive ring with the big boys takes balls.

Her curiosity helps her grow, and her determination to turn her failures into a part of her future success is why she continues to thrive.

Some of her quotes resonate with me and likely the other 50 percent of the female population that she speaks to:

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

“Trying to be Supermom is as futile as trying to be Perfect Mom. Not going to happen.”

“I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!”

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Why Raw Honey Is The Answer to Everything

Raw Honey Is Funny

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If Food be thy medicine, honey is the cure-all. There’s nothing it cannot do!

Drizzle it everywhere – up your nose if it’s stuffed, down your throat if it’s dry.

Toss all your hair products! Douse your dandruff and mix it with castille soap for shampoo. Put highlights in your hair with honey and a pinch of cinnamon and olive oil stuck on for 6 hours. Pair it with olive oil to make a conditioner, and stop frizz by adding a teaspoon to your rinse water.

Big Pharma will soon be on its bees knees! It cures hang-overs, dark under eye circles, bad breath, warts and acne.

Proctor and Gamble no more as honey is the sweet new bubble bath, moisturizer and massage oil. Unwanted hair vanishes when you mix honey with sugar and lemon juice on cloth strips. Stimulate hair growth by applying one part honey and 9 parts water to your scalp for 3 hours. A 1:1:1 combo of honey, sugar and olive oil makes a skin scrub.

It helps you sleep, and helps you wake up!

And best of all, it never goes bad!

If you’re still not convinced, see my next article Why Yoga Is the Answer to Everything!

Namaste!

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Two EE’s Farm Market In Surrey BC

Did you know that there are 2 EE’s in Surrey BC?

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I am so grateful that The Two EE’s Farm Market in Surrey is a ten minute drive from my house. Organic produce and fruit, grown on the farm without sprays or chemicals are sold at reasonable prices, along with food from mostly local growers. dutchcoffee&2es 012.JPG

I arrive near closing time and a young man on the roof is packing away the Dutch and Canadian flags for the evening.

The market’s name comes from the initials of the two original owners prior to World War II – Emil and Elizabeth Kowalski. A Dutchman bought the land from them in 1960. His son-in-law, Henk Shoen from The Netherlands, worked the land along with his family, and now his son Mike and his family continue to work the land and sell the produce, along with many long term employees.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

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The farm has maintained the original aura of a roadside fruit stand for 57 years. Upscale farm markets are cropping up in the surrounding area faster than townhouse developments, but their produce doesn’t compare to The Two EE’s.

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The market is a throwback. It is still closed on Sundays, as were all of BC’s major stores until the early 1980’s. British Columbians would cross the US border to shop on Sundays in those days. America is a ten minute drive in the opposite direction from my house.

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(You can see Mount Baker near Bellingham, Washington USA, peeking out above the greehouse).

Note – (not a rendering of Canada’s view if Trump builds his wall.)

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In the summer, cool water mists down from the outside vegetable and flower bin areas to cool the produce and the crowd of shoppers.dutchcoffee&2es 016.JPG

Crops like carrots and swiss chard are grown outside the market and in greenhouses as far as the eye can see.dutchcoffee&2es 051.JPGdutchcoffee&2es 052.JPG

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I buy fresh local strawberries at the market.
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Winona kindly rings them up at the till.

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I ask her if she is a member of the family, and she says “no, but a lot of people ask me that”.

That’s the family atmosphere at The Two EE’s.

The market is a labour of love.

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Love for:

health

family

the air

the land

animals

and future generations.

I have a garden at home in case I can’t make it to my beloved farm market.

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It’s a lot smaller than the 25 acre farm, but it’s a start.

The more people grow and buy organic, the more organic growers there will be.

How A Girl With No Green Thumb Started Growing Basil Plants

Learning to grow basil

I don’t know how to grow vegetables, but I love cooking with fresh basil, so I buy potted basil plants and pick off the leaves, and within a week the plants die.

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After killing basil plants on six occasions, I finally decided to ask the lady at the farm market how to keep basil plants growing.

She said the plant likes sun and warmth during the day, but doesn’t like the cold at night.

She advised me to re-pot the plant in a pot twice the size of the one it comes in, and bring it inside at night.

Well, not gonna happen! I don’t like bringing bugs inside!

When I got home, I couldn’t find a bigger pot to re-pot it in, but I did keep it warm at night by hanging it on a fence outside the door and covering it with a dishcloth that acted like a snuggly little blanket.

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The next day I re-potted the basil plant in a huge pot – a raised garden bed tucked beside the lettuce that doesn’t mind sleeping out all night in the Canadian spring weather.

But I gave the basil special treatment by covering it with a plastic bag at night.

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The lady at the market shared another secret with me. She said to only pick the top leaves off the plant, and don’t touch the bottom leaves and it will grow more leaves. Now, after I pick some leaves off the top, new little leaves grow quickly to replace them.

This way I always have a bit more basil for pasta and pizza when I need some. 🙂

previously posted on Steemit.com

 

The Sequence of Selling

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Selling Takes Personal Engagement

I am trying to learn how to sell, and a friend went to a conversion summit where Ryan Deiss spoke. (James Altucher had him on his podcast #225 about college).

She said Ryan said the most important thing about conversions for your business is the SEQUENCE. He says people are skipping steps and you can’t skip steps or it won’t work.

Here are his 8 steps to selling to a customer in sequence:

1) Awareness of your existence, an ad, connecting on Facebook.

2) Engagement – creating content that will engage people with you – blog, video, Facebook Live

3) Subscribe – gated content created so they have to give their information to subscribe to email list.

4) Convert – the prospect gives you time or money. You’ve got people interested and working with you.

5) Excite – When the person gets value from the transaction – you give your best. The person has bought something from you and now you are going to meet them in person or on direct messaging. Bring your “A” game to the meeting, treat it like a first date, dress sharp. You have to impress and give value to the person. Be at your utmost best

6) Ascend – they’re excited to the point where they’re ascending – they continue to buy from you, and buy more, and you send your high end products to them, for example if you work for a Multi-level marketing company, people see value.

7) Advocate – When a customer is happy with you, they give a testimonial, and they are happy to say good things about you.

8) Promote – When the person is willing to refer you, they will tell friends and colleagues that you are good. You’ve nailed it with a person that started out as a stranger!

Conversions – the sequence is important, like in any relationship, don’t skip stages and burn bridges.

photo  Unsplash/  Jens Johnsson

Boundaries Help You Define Your Relationships

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We are social creatures and our boundaries tell others what we think is okay for us and what is not okay.
They help us know who we are.

They also help us form authentic relationships with other people, as defining what makes us happy and what doesn’t, increases understanding.

We cannot set boundaries for other people, only for ourselves.

Without boundaries, chaos prevails.

Tom Whitehead from The Hakomi Institute says that if someone steps over the line, we may not be able to see the line but we can feel it or sense it.

Our boundaries aren’t static but change along with us. Boundaries protect us from things that feel bad for us. They push us to seek out people who support us.

Some people may disagree with your boundaries but only you can decide what your needs are.  Your boundaries help you get your needs met so you can live in harmony instead of chaos.

photo Waves, by Jakob Owens /unsplash

#boundaries #relationships #knowyourself #authentic #happiness

Resting Prevents Disease

Resting Prevents Disease

We feel as if we should always be busy doing something so we don’t get labelled as lazy. But resting is the exact thing you need to do in order to have a burst of energy and keep your motor running.

This past weekend I went to float in the mineral pools at the hot springs with some extended family members and it had a restorative effect on me.

Rest is a needed reset that prevents exhaustion and burnout and brings your energy back into balance,

Sometimes we feel mentally exhausted too. Our minds fight against what is and this causes us stress as we wish things were the way we would like them to be.

Rest, or Ease, prevents Dis-ease.

When we rest we feel as if we are at peace within ourselves which makes it easier to deal with whatever is happening outside of ourselves.

My Mentoresses

My Mentoresses - Ariana Huffington

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 21: Arianna Huffington signs her new book ‘Thrive’ at Indigo Manulife Centre on April 21, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

My Mentoresses

Say what you want about the tactics of Ariana Huffington, she is one of my mentoresses.

One of the most influential women in the media, she launched The Huffington Post, one of the most popular websites on the internet, She transformed journalism into engaging, personality driven entertainment. She was guilty of playing favorites with people like the exiled Dalai Lama, but to be fair all human news-moguls likely had a code that protected their friends in the pre-internet age as well.

Leadership is tough for everyone, and she is one tough female cookie, who has been burned many times.

She is now 66 years old and makes me forget about the worship of youth in our culture, as she rocks her age and combines it with the eye of experience.

She gives me hope to carry on with blogging and writing at age 55.

After resigning from The Huffington Post, she heads Thrive Global, a wellness media company focusing on helping people get enough sleep, and sells pillows with the quote: “sleep your way to the top”.

I admire Ariana’s style the most. Mixing the vulnerability of being a woman and a mother, with being a warrior in the competitive ring with the big boys takes balls.

Her curiosity helps her grow, and her determination to turn her failures into a part of her future success is why she continues to thrive.

Some of her quotes resonate with me and likely the other 50 percent of the female population that she speaks to:

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

“Trying to be Supermom is as futile as trying to be Perfect Mom. Not going to happen.”

“I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!”

Thanks for reading!

Ann Hoy

The Blissfully Uniting Power

The Unifying Bliss

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I was feeling out of shape, and my sister is in good shape, so I called her to ask if she wanted to take a fitness class or dance class with me.  With our busy lives it’s hard to connect , so scheduling an activity would help us stay in shape and stay in touch.

She suggested yoga so we went for a free trial class and it was great.  The knowledgeable teacher let us go at our own pace, misted us with refreshing essential oil spray at the end if we agreed, and hugged us on our way out.  Then my sister suggested we go to Starbucks afterwards for a chat.  Who could disagree with that?

I find that doing a physical activity together with friends and loved ones is the best way to engage with them.

It activates your bodies and minds, and with yoga, it extends to activating your spirits. Long after you do the activity together, you associate that person with pleasant feelings of health and relaxation and connection.

The unifying yoga session connected us to our own bodies, to each other, to the other students and to the teacher.

It was like a mini holiday in the morning that left us with a blissful feeling of celebrating being human and living in this amazing body and world.

I wrote this bio for the teacher and they put it up on their website:

 

Rachel’s yoga practice takes students on a journey to the strength and intelligence that is hidden deep within them.

 

During her guided yoga poses, students feel their minds clearing and their bodies relaxing

 

She helps students listen to their bodies and thank their bodies for all the wonderful things they do for them each day.

 

By her concluding “Namaste”, students have gone beyond body and mind, and feel a spiritual connection, and a lightness that frees them from the weight of the outside world.

 

Namaste,

 

Ann Hoy