Touchstone for Life Newsletter - June 2021
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Dear Friends,

As we look forward—not to a new normal, but to a new reality—may we each take a moment to look first and foremost at our own lives. We all need courage and faith to make it through this thing called life and we all need examples of others to light the way for us when we can't find our way. This month, focus on this one affirmation.

“I am my own unique self: special, creative, and wonderful”.

Love and appreciation,

Changing your life can be as simple as changing your mind. Committing to yourself is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your life. Trust that your commitment to your clear purpose puts you on the path of divine order. Only commit to that which moves you toward your purpose.


What stops you from living your authentic self? First you might be asking what your authentic self is. And how do we know when we are living from it? One might say that being authentic is being genuine and that takes vulnerability and the risk of being rejected. Getting in touch with your vulnerability is a good start to living from your authentic self.  Also feeling more confidant is also a way to live more authentically because you will feel more confident in your decision making as well as interactions with people, instead of operating behind a mask you use to hide behind (also known as the ego). The ego's job is to protect you from harm but it can also put up walls in which it prevents connection with other people. 



Ready Set Live is a personal development and lifestyle, health, and wellness podcast to making your life work. This show will inspire you on a journey of discovery about yourself. Gary Quinn focuses directly on recurring problems and issues that confront us all in today’s hectic and toxic world. He responds with simple, practical, yet deeply insightful, strategies that those seeking to improve their lives and relationships can use to empower themselves. He will be interviewing celebrities, expert guests in personal development, health, fitness, and lifestyle. An entertaining, inspirational, informative show that gives you tools to find health and happiness in all areas of your life.



Artist Management, Film Producer  Event Producer -
Arturo Cisneros

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Marco Castelli

Grace and Grit the Movie. Based on Ken Wilber's acclaimed book -
director - Sebastian Siegel
actor - Mariel Hemingway

Don’t miss these interview air dates:
June 04, June 11, & June 18, 2021 12:00PST, on or all podcast outlets.

View new & past PODCASTS (click here)

My recent guests:
My last guests have included: Michael Neill, Greg Louganis, Anita Moorjani, Nicole Bilderback, Dara Torres, Suzanne Somers, Jenny Daly, Melissa Yamaguchi, Pam Grout, Bronwyn Cosgrave, Carmit Bachar, Sebastian Siegel, Mariel Hemingway & Bobby Williams, James F. Twyman, Scott Savlov, Donna De Lory, Gregg Braden, Belinda Carlisle, Fiona Harrold, Mariel Hemingway, Toni Hudson, Louis Gossett Jr., Ilyce Glink, Richard Romagnoli, David Courtney, Charo, Mark Victor Hansen, Robert Vargas, Dr. Jocelyne Eberstein, Donna De Lory, Walter Nudo, Debra Johnston, Gena Lee Nolin, Jonelle Allen, Joe Townley, Logan Allen, Neil Jackson, Group Love - Christian Zucconi & Hannah Hooper, Eric & Eliza Roberts, Esai Morales, Marilu Henner, Linda Gray, John Lloyd Young, Dean Pitchford, Tracey Bregman,  Kevin Spirtas, Tyler Henry, Nick Hounslow, Kia Kiso, Emmanuel Itier, Marilu Henner, Linda Gray.



One of the reasons our skin looks older as we age is because our ability to produce collagen decreases as we grow older. As we pass forty, wrinkles begin to set in more noticeably, leaving the skin looking drained and tired with collagen levels that often start to dwindle in the center of the cheeks and underneath the eyes. This is known as a loss of facial volume in the beauty industry. 

It’s not only your skin that shows a decline in healthy appearance — hair loss speeds up, and bone density may start to decrease. Simultaneously, the enzyme that breaks down collagen increases. When the breakdown of collagen is not balanced by enough new collagen production in the body (called collagen synthesis), your skin starts to look aged. 

By the time you hit the age of sixty, your percentage of collagen synthesis plummets to 50%, and collagen breakdown via the collagenase enzyme becomes very active. So in order to stay youthful-looking, supplemental sources are considered crucial to fill the gap. 

What Foods Promote More Youthful-Looking Skin?

Below is a list of foods and supplements you can incorporate to help win the daily skin-aging battle and keep those collagen levels up:

Try a hydrolyzed collagen peptide supplement

Hydrolyzed collagen is called hydrolyzed because heat and acid are used in its preparation to break down large peptides into smaller ones that are more bioactive. The amount needed daily is only 10 grams, according to most studies, and the type you want is Type 1 collagen peptides, which makes up 80% of your skin. Mix it into some water or juice, and drink daily.

High-quality protein foods

High-quality protein foods include all foods that have a complete set of all essential amino acids in the right amounts needed to rebuild proteins in the body. These foods are generally found in animal sources like fish or poultry. Some plants,  such as quinoa and amaranth, have been found to contain all the essential amino acids, but they still are low in certain amino acids. Beans, non-GMO soy, lentils, chickpeas, and nuts are sources as well, but less complete as well.

To calculate the minimum amount of protein you need each day,  simply divide your body weight in pounds by 2. This resulting number tells you how much protein you need. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you need 140/2 = 70 grams of protein daily. Every 7 grams of protein is roughly equal to 1 ounce of animal protein or 1 egg.

Vitamin C foods

Vitamin C is essential for your body to produce its own collagen and elastin. It also lends support and strength to the collagen in your skin and provides important antioxidant protection for the collagen you have now. This is why topical vitamin C serum use is so popular with dermatologists to help rejuvenate the skin. You can get skin benefits from the inside out by consuming more vitamin C foods in the form of grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, kiwi, and kumquats. 

Manganese Foods
Manganese is a mineral most people need more of daily. It’s important because it also naturally increases your body’s collagen and elastin synthesis. The foods highest in manganese are pineapple, pecans, and whole grains. 

Turmeric Root Supplement “Curcumin”

Turmeric root contains a powerful inflammation-fighting ingredient inside, called curcumin. However, few people know that curcumin also helps inhibit something called collagenase — the enzyme that breaks down collagen.  It can also help prevent water loss from the skin. Curcumin is a great daily supplement for addressing whole body inflammation as well: for your joints, brain, and more. Inflammation of the skin, in particular, is a major cause of skin aging, so addressing it by taking high-quality curcumin every day will go a long way. 
Eating your way to better younger-looking skin really is possible if you follow these tips each day. All of these foods and supplements also nourish you in ways beyond feeding and hydrating your skin and increasing your collagen levels. Plus they are easy to incorporate into your diet — boosting your collagen naturally from the inside out!


Today, I love and accept myself just as I am.

Today, I look at all the positive things in my life, and I am grateful for each one of them.

Today, I am successful as I make up my mind to be.







What is your belief about yourself?
What you believe about yourself becomes real.  Write down what you believe about yourself.  Then ask, is this true?  How do I know that this is true? Do you want to change yourself?  If so write down what ten things about yourself that you want to change. Turn these things into the positive and write affirmations that correlate to these positive beliefs you want to make and say them often. Then incorporate the visualization. Visualize yourself becoming this new person.

When our conclusions are affirmative when our wonderings empower us, were are ready to move forward.


A high-protein vegan breakfast recipe that's loaded with budget-friendly, nutrient-dense ingredients. Easy to make, FAST, and so delicious!

3 mins
10 mins

1 serving

½ cup water
½ cup almond milk I like to use organic + unsweetened
½ cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 pinch kosher salt optional
¼ tsp vanilla extract, cinnamon, or both optional
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

⅓ cup frozen berries
½ banana
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
maple syrup to taste optional


Bring the water and almond milk to a boil. Once boiling, add the oats, reduce the heat to medium, and add in the salt and vanilla extract. 

Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

In the meantime, add the pumpkin seeds to a blender or coffee grinder and blend for 5-10 seconds to grind. Then stir into the oatmeal. 

NOTE: You can skip this step and just sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top if you like! 

While the oats are simmering, I like to add the frozen berries to a small saucepan along with a splash of water and sometimes a dash of maple syrup. Warm the berries on medium heat until they've plump and have released their colorful juices (about 5 mins)

Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl and pour the warmed berries and all of the berry juice in the pan on top of the oats. Top with banana slices, peanut butter, and maple syrup, and enjoy! 


Note: If the oats are getting too thick while cooking, add another splash of almond milk. 

You can use ground flax seeds or chia seeds in place of pumpkin seeds if you want to! This is a very flexible recipe! 

Other toppings that are totally delicious: pecan butter, date paste, granola, coconut flakes, or dark vegan chocolate chips.


Let us rise about the world of appearances and think of ourselves as willing participants in the great drama of constant change.




Gary Quinn
Gary Quinn
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