Dear Friends,

As Spring arrives, we all need to bring our best selves to the forefront. We can start by activating commitment, purpose, and intention, and if we begin to put good things into our bodies, which in turn allows our minds to operate at their best. Then we can create change within our lives. Start creating something new and exciting for yourself. 

Set aside one hour every morning for personal development matters. Meditate, visualize your day, read inspirational texts to set the tone of your day, listen to motivational tapes or read great literature. Take this quiet period to vitalize and energize your spirit for the productive day ahead. Watch the sunrise once a week or be with nature. Starting the day off well is a powerful strategy for self-renewal and personal effectiveness.


Love and appreciation,

No one does anything alone, for every successful endeavor involves the contribution of a team.



Gratitude is about appreciating all the things in your life. In vibration with the positive, empowering thinking we’ve talked about, begin to notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong, and be grateful.

Shifting energy into being totally in gratitude and grace is rather like entering one of those brilliant classical music “flash mobs,” where one person starts to play an instrument, then another, and suddenly you recognize the music to be a piece by Vivaldi as the street square fills with more and more musicians, making you feel you are in the mid-1700s.

When we each stand in our choice without judging the choices of others, it is then that we are empowered creators and inspire others to trust their own choices. Life is a work-in-progress, and in each moment we have the choice to be renewed, refreshed, and ready to move forward in the presence of each other.



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The Good and The Bad
Coffee does in fact contain essential nutrients like B vitamins, manganese, potassium, and magnesium. Organic coffee is also extremely high in antioxidants s and helps to fight free radicals in the body that cause inflammation or disease. The main active compound in coffee is the stimulant caffeine, which boosts energy, brain function, metabolism, and exercise performance. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of liver cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative brain diseases and tend to live longer and report being happier. Sounds good so far, right?

Now let’s look at a few of the downsides to drinking coffee. The caffeine in coffee can cause serious anxiety, disrupt sleep, and create co-dependence. Additionally, decaf coffee is made using chemical solvents to remove the caffeine from the coffee beans. So decaf coffee does not contain many of the same health benefits regular coffee contains.

Turns out coffee has both good sides and not-so-good sides.
Certainly, even before there was a Starbucks on every major city corner, coffee was the morning ritual to get working people up and out the door. Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, behind only petroleum, and has become a mainstay of the modern diet. It was first used in the 16th century as an aid for people to concentrate better, then made its way to Europe around the 17th century to become the breakfast beverage of choice for many instead of beer or wine.

Coffee health benefits
Coffee beans, especially organic ones that are not sprayed with pesticides, do boast a lot of health benefits such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-diabetes, and antihypertensive properties.  It is thought that the polyphenols in coffee may be a major reason for its health benefits. Although researchers are not exactly sure how polyphenols work to benefit health, they have a few theories. For example, they hypothesized that polyphenols are easily absorbed into the small intestine which has a positive impact on gut microbiota. The gut health benefits are thought to come from the polyphenol in coffee known as coffee hydroxycinnamic acids. Other benefits of this polyphenol include improving fat metabolism.

Some bad news for coffee lovers
Yes, there are many researchable health studies saying coffee is incredible for our bodies, but there are many other research reports with a more negative outlook. A recently-published study showed that people with type 2 diabetes experienced adverse health effects after consuming coffee. Their coffee intake was correlated with insulin spikes and increased blood sugar after a meal. Additional research has shown that the caffeine in coffee might be the culprit responsible for the secretion of higher levels of insulin from the pancreas. For some, coffee can be pretty dangerous.

Bottom line
Regarding the overall question of how much is safe to drink, research shows that the “average” person can safely consume about 300-400 milligrams of caffeine, or 3-4 cups a day, assuming each cup contains 75 to 175 mg caffeine. Therefore, about 3-4 cups of coffee each day is the recommended maximum limit that has been shown to be safe and provide health benefits. The biggest problem with our modern coffee consumption is that most people are drinking 3 times that amount and lacing their beverages with all kinds of gunk including sugar and inflammatory sweeteners and creams. If you do choose to drink 3 cups a day, then make sure you are drinking 8-10 cups of water throughout the day and boost your intake of vitamin C as well. This will better ensure your immunity and hydration levels stay high.

Coffee is great for certain people, but not everyone. For those who can handle coffee and are in optimal health, coffee provides energy, antioxidants, and feel-good-mood-lifting benefits, but the type of coffee here also matters (organic and medium roast is best) and it must be consumed in moderation (3-4 cups a day max). Stay away from adding too much sugar or cream to your coffee and make sure to consume your coffee early in the day to prevent interruption of your sleep. If you do have questions about whether or not coffee is your friend or foe, please ask your health care professional.


Today, I release all stress and anxiety

Today, I choose to live honestly and ethically.

Today, I feel my body becoming healthier and stronger.







Begin to observe the value in every part of your life.  If you are struggling in any area of your life, simply take time to acknowledge the difficulty.  Then take time to find out what behaviors, attitudes, or skills that you can develop to improve your situation. Once you have done that you will begin to see how gratitude applies in a very specific and tangible way.  This again will feed a sense of respect for all parts of your life.  It is equally important to cultivate a sense of gratitude and respect during times of success and happiness.  Write a daily list of at least five things you feel gratitude towards. Then continue to develop an attitude of gratitude and channel that as true respect for everything.


“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell


A successful life depends on a foundation of self-trust, self-love, and self-belief


  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tbsp organic sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 3 tbsp oil or melted vegan butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup shredded carrots
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans - *
  • oil or vegan butter - for the pan

Coconut Cream Frosting
  • 1 can coconut cream - chilled
  • 1-2 tbsp vegan milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup organic powdered sugar


Carrot Cake Pancakes
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger.
  2. Stir in the milk, oil or butter, and vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the carrots and pecans.
  4. Heat up a little oil or butter in a pan on medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot, scoop about ⅓ cup of the batter into the pan for each pancake. I typically cook 1-2 pancakes at a time to ensure even cooking.
  6. When the bottom of the pancake becomes golden brown, flip it and cook until that side is also golden brown.
  7. I like to wipe out the pan and add new butter after each pancake, to get those perfect crispy edges and avoid any burnt-butter taste.
Coconut Cream Frosting
  1. Because you've chilled the can of coconut cream, you should be able to scoop the coconut cream right out of the can. Avoid the coconut water on the bottom.
  2. Using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat the coconut cream, milk, and vanilla together.
  3. Beat in the powdered sugar. Add more milk if you want a thinner frosting, or powdered sugar if you want it sweeter.
  4. Top the pancakes with coconut cream frosting, extra pecans, and/or maple syrup.

PREP Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings:  6 pancakes
Calories: 250kcal

*You can use walnuts in place of pecans, or leave out the nuts altogether. Nutrition facts don't include the optional coconut cream frosting.

Gary Quinn
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