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Monday, December 11, 2017

6 Gifts of Health

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Kitty Wells, author and CEO of Spice Pharm who worked in Silicon Valley for 20+ years graciously shared her anti-aging secrets with me on our interview.. She quit her high-tech, high stress job because it impacted her health. Kitty focused on using spices and herbs as part of her self-care practice. She started making her own healthy drinks and share the benefits of her natural "designer drugs" with people she knows. Kitty started her own company five years ago and believes in aging naturally into the "wisdom years".

Top 3 Spices for Health:
1. Ginger
2. Turmeric
3. Ceylon cinnamon

Top 3 adaptogenic herbs:
1. Rhodiola
2. Ashwagandha
3. Eleuthero 

She said that the economic downturn in 2008 led to an upturn in demand for natural remedies. We both believe that our health care is broken, expensive and ineffective in its delivery of quality care. More people need to take back control of their health since drugs are overprescribed and has many bad side-effects. I think there will be a big shift to prevention since Obamacare will be overturned. There is a list of books I want to read and her book "The Anti-Aging Secrets of Spices" is one of the top 3. 

Total 6 gifts of health for you. I love spicepharm.com (5% off for first time customers). Try the Golden Goddess Chocolate Elixir. It's divinely healthy and delicious!

Ingrid Cheng
Author, blogger, health coach


Saturday, December 9, 2017

5 Gifts of Love

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Based on"The Five Languages of Love" by Gary Chapman:

1. Acts of service
2. Gifts/ presents
3. Physical touch
4. Quality time
5. Words of affirmation

This holiday season, give other gifts like your time. It's more meaningful and create a deeper bond with your loved ones. I look forward to spending quality time with my sisters and family.

I was at a Free Grants Workshop by La Quetta Shamblee (www.thegrantbuilder.com)

She walked us through the 5-Step Process that uses 10 Building Blocks to Write More Grants in Less Time! It was a successful event with a big turnout and I made a good connection with someone who wants to create an intentional community.

The 5 Steps are:
1. Program design - What do you need the grant for?
2. Grant research - How to find the money?
3. Write grant proposals and budget
4. Package and submit
5. File and track grant (Know when to follow-up)

The 10 Building Blocks are:
1. Mission statement.
2. History. Describe program/ organization that's seeking the grant. When and why it's established.
3. Describe programs and services you offer.
4. Needs assessment. Why is it needed? Third-party validated information/ statistics)
5. Goals & objectives. What do you plan to achieve? How? (Measureable, specific results)
6. Target population (demographics)
7. Evaluation: Describe how progress, success & effectiveness will be measured
8. Timeline/ workplan: Schedule for implementing the parts of the program.
9. Future sustainability: How will you fund program after grant ends?
10. Program/ project budget: What's the estimated budget for 12 months? Aim for at least $350,000

Other tips:
Is your program/ organization eligible? What's the deadline? Do you file online or on paper?
What information do you need to include in it?
Add 10% as administrative overhead to total operating costs.
Add 25% to total wages

Ingrid Cheng
Author, blogger, health coach
www.thrivelife.com/ingrid




Sunday, December 3, 2017

5 Holiday Gifts

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I joined the Night Walk with the Mayor at 5 pm and enjoyed the Art & BOLD Holiday Lights tour. Lili Bosse is committed to making Beverly Hills a healthy city. I love her mission because it's like mine. I joined @Fitapproach as a #SweatPink Ambassador last year and just started a FB group:
www.facebook.com/groups/SweatPinkLosAngeles on October 19th. It already has 80 members and many fun, fitness events. My goal is to help women be healthy inside-out.

12/10 Holiday Event to Give Back to Our Firefighters. I'm making bags of treats to drop off at Station 19. Join me. Space is limited. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/247033722497978


I wrote a short story "The Purple Elephant" for Sangita, who made "Gods in Shackles" because she is truly "the voice for the Asian Elephants" and I love her mission. Join her cause! www.vfaes.org

The Purple Elephant

Kerala didn't fit in. She was born to be different. Her purple color made her stand out, so her mom taught her to roll in mud to cover up her unique coloring.

"You must remember to do this and hide your true color. The world is a dangerous place. People will catch you and take you away if they find out that you're special." Madhu said to Kerala because she wanted to protect her precious daughter. "Promise me that you'll always be careful."

"I promise."

Kerala had trouble making friends as she'd often miss a spot or two and show her true color. Other young elephants made fun of her and called her "Spot" so she felt that there was something wrong with her. 

"Why don't they like me?" She asked her mom.

"It's the herd mentality. They don't like someone who is different from them."

"I know that as a herd, we have to live in harmony and work together. I wish that they aren't so mean to me.

"Don't worry about them. Your real friends will love and accept you for who you really are."

"How will I find them?"

"Just keep being you. Smile and say hello to other children."

"I love you mom. You're my best friend!"

"Oh Kerala, I love you too."


Five Holiday Gifts

1. The gift of love
2. The gift of kindness
3. The gift of giving
4. The gift of gratitude
5. The gift of joy and peace

How do we celebrate the holiday? By being more mindful and practicing these gifts, we will reap the benefits that spread to others. www.thrivelife.com/ingrid

P.S. Help me check off my bucket list. I've wanted to live in Mexico for a while and am seriously thinking about retiring there. I applied for a job there and need your vote!


Ingrid Cheng
Author of "The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga"






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Friday, December 1, 2017

5 Steps to Own It!

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Here's my review of "Own It":

#1 mistake that women make is waiting until the right time or procrastinating.
By 2030, we will hold 2/3 of U.S. wealth and we donate almost twice our % of wealth to charities as men do. 

1. Be masters of reinvention
2. Take a class in something you know nothing about
3. Learn a new app or technology. Spend time with creative/ innovative people
4. Learn to manage your finances
5. Take a career break if you need to

I quit my dead-end job in June and started my own business. Now, I help women who struggle with food cravings/ sugar addiction and am a Thrive Life consultant.
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The Gender Investing Gap: Women retire with 2/3 the money that men have and live 5+ years longer. We see investing as a way to meet our life goals, not as a way to beat the market. Money is the #1 source of stress for most of us so we avoid dealing with it.

Money = Power but women keep 68% of our $ in cash as a default because we want to be secure but it is a false security that can cost us $10s to $100s of thousands in our lifetime. 


I love "Shift for Good"!

1. How Fed Up Are You Really? Are you finally sick of the way things are now?

2. What are you willing to give up. Change is hard and you must be willing to make sacrifices (take action).

3. What's your plan? (Know your Why?)

4. What's your daily accountability?

5. How will you develop patience and celebrate your wins?

Six parts that make a whole:

1. Love and relationships: Every one wants to love and be loved. (First of all, love yourself)

2. Healthy mind and body: Treat your body with love and respect. Create a clam mind that focuses on the present moment

3. Satisfying work and wealth: Work that matters to you and the people you serve

4. Impact through giving: Lending your time and talent to those in need

5. Calm environment: You have full control over your own mind, your response, your space

6. Curiosity in action: The antidote to boredom (stagnation). Wake up curious every day. Be inspired. Learn and grow.

I hope these tips help you be a Brave, Authentic, Daring, Amazing, Self-Confident Superwoman!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5 Tips for Healthy Holidays

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1. Buy local. fresh or freeze-dried
2. Move for 30 minutes or more
3. Drink plenty of water
4. Get enough sleep 7-8 hours
5. Keep a gratitude journal and write down 3-5 things you're grateful for each day

Join Sweat Pink L.A. Free!
You're invited to Friendsgiving Potluck this Sunday. RSVP
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I met Francesca Hutchinson at the Ultimate Womens Expo about a month ago and loved the freeze dried snacks that she was giving out as samples. I asked her about My Thrive Chef and learned how easy it is to make healthy, tasty meals with Thrive Life so I joined as a direct distributor right away. I brought some Snackies with me and shared them with my roommates at the Social Entrepreneur Empowerment Experience (SEEE). They loved the sweet crunch corn snacks! I met the Fellow Flowers and joined their morning workouts. I felt an immediate sense of welcome and belonging with this group of amazing women. They were on their annual retreat at Paradise Point, where I was attending the SEEE so it was a big sign that the Universe is supporting my mission to empower women to be healthy inside-out. I almost talked myself out of going to the event because I just got over being sick and didn't book a room. I went on Facebook to look for someone who wants to share a room and found Ilona Berkoben who just happened to have a room to share. So I had no excuse to not go. I drove to San Diego by myself at 6 am and got there in 2.5 hours. Just in time to check in and network with other like-minded entrepreneurs before the event started at 9 am. I'm so glad that I went because I had an incredible, inspiring and transformative experience. I got to meet Ocean Robbins in person, to thank him and shake his hand. Over 300 people from 33 countries attended SEEE and we raised over $44,000 for 2 charities!

Ocean Robbins
I love Foodrevolution.org and have been telling people to join the free webinar. I am a Good Food fan and have been involved with the food movement since I became a member of Slow Food in 2008. I was at Food Day LA on October 24th, an event by L.A. Food Policy Council and was part of the 340 attendees. Together we celebrated Good Food Champions. I shared that I want to do a documentary to highlight the good food champions here and connected with Rob Lowe who has a Giving Back Podcast. I'm honored and humbled to be included in the last half of his podcast (he called me Emily Cheng) but that's okay with me. I can't wait to see what the Law of Attraction will bring into my life next!



Ingrid Cheng
Author, blogger, foodie

Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide

Benefits Charity

I got this $5 gift for my sister because it has five sample/ travel size items that are crafted with purpose, fair trade and certified natural by Natrue. Proceeds of this bestseller collection benefit charity. Weleda supports the Biodynamic Association. Learn from the top biodynamic educators through interactive webinars at www.biodynamics.com/webinars. I support this organization's mission to awaken and enliven co-creative relationships between us and the earth, transforming agriculture to renew the earth, the integrity of our food and the wholeness of our community. If you have a product that benefits charity, contact me for a short interview and a chance to be featured in my gift guide.    


Personalized Vision Board

I am offering to create 2 limited edition personalized vision board for special readers who donate $20 or more to my #Friendsgiving campaign that benefits www.nokidhungry.org Or you can PayPal.me

If you live in the 90049 zip code, I am offering free tasting demos at www.thrivelife.com/ingrid Get free products when you gather friends and family to try Thrive!

11/19 Combo B-Day Party & PotluckRSVP

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Excerpt from The Three Choices

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Jorge Cruise's new book shares the three things he did to keep himself sane during the dark period of his life. "There are three choices to make to have a fulfilled life. Today is all we have...every change is hard. We just have to find the lesson." (Source: www.malibutimesmag.com) The Three Choices can empower you to:

1. Be imperfectly you and create affirmations that serve you
2. Breathe - breathing is the easiest way to be mindful
3. Move to improve (health and wellness) - find out what motivates you, learn how to make movement into a habit. Click this link to read more.

How time flies. When I attended the Publish Your Book Bootcamp on August 11th and wrote my name under My "Do not panic" statement. I committed to making this book happen for me. "Every great and noble idea requires time before its success. I will stay calm until such time. I am worthy and it will happen". Meanwhile, I've been busy building my fan base and email list. I am learning how to market my book before it's done because that will help me reach more people and share my message. I was a "bad" yoga student because I wasn't flexible or balanced. I was "clumsy and uncoordinated", I often confused my left with my right. Normally, I'd have quit but yoga kept drawing me back to the mat. I got certified to teach yoga in 2007 and started a yoga Meetup. That evolved into a healthy networking group and led to a collaborative event. My mom came to our retreat even though she thought that I should get a job and be practical. She said my friends were weird but I didn't care. I loved what I was doing even though I didn't make enough money to pay my bills. I relied on my savings and investments to run my events. I couldn't believe that doing what I loved and making good money was possible. I started to write Creating a Better World Through Yoga and was in the process of getting it published. Then, I had to choose between money and my passion. At that time, money won and I went back to a J-O-B. Long story short, I gave up on my dream but it lingered on, haunting me. I'm so grateful for the Book workshop because it re-ignited my passion for writing.


Slow Food Nation

I love Slow Food and was at the amazing foodie event in San Francisco in 2008. That was the first time I saw a community garden. I liked that the veggies were labeled in both English and Chinese. I enjoyed good food and met like-minded people. The food movement has been slowly and quietly changing the world through food that is good, clean and fair to all. Recently, I was at Food Day on October 24th where I met Good Food Champions and was inspired by their stories. "Growing food is a human right". Eating well can be affordable when we have community gardens and learn how to grow good food. I went to a 3-Day Social Entrepreneurs Empowerment Experience where I met Stacey Murphy and learned about https://growyourownvegetables.org


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Ingrid Cheng

P.S. 11/13 is World Kindness Day. It's time to be kind to yourself and others.