Archive for June, 2015

The Strength of Reflection: Brian Guadagno

June 30th, 2015

Brian Guadagno is a Rhode Island native, who has been an ocean lifeguard for 20 years in Narragansett Beach. He is the CEO and founder of , an up-and-coming all-natural sunscreen brand. He embraces a natural and healthy lifestyle through yoga and staying fit and is rarely seen without his rad sidekick Doc, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Through his experience as a lifeguard, being under the hot summer sun, sunscreen was a necessity. Before creating , he tried every sunscreen available, but was very dissatisfied with the use of chemical sunscreens. After making the switch to natural sunscreens, Brian discovered a need for a 外汇开户 brand and a product that could effectively crossover and resonate with both natural and active consumers alike. Alas, was created in 2009 and officially launched in 2012, allowing him an outlet to find new and creative ways to communicate, educate, inspire and ultimately connect with his consumers.




Gain some valuable insight about inner strength from our exclusive interview with Raw Elements founder, Brian Guadagno:


1. Define Strength: inner and outer.

Inner strength to me is really defined by knowing our own capacities and limitations. If we have clear knowledge of our outer edge, then we can begin exercises to build on our strength. Outer strength, or physical strength, to me is an extension of our inner strength manifested in our physical body.


2. Do you believe there is a correlation between inner and outer strength?

Absolutely, the stronger the mind and soul are, the stronger our body will be.


3. What fuels/drives your inner strength?

Taking inspiration from others, identifying personal areas needing growth and support of friends and family sure do.


4. What specific instance/event/road block in your life has caused you to call upon your inner strength?

I believe we are challenged daily and have to call upon our inner strength. I’d say, for me, building on the strength of patience is an area I find challenging. This can be felt in simple day-to-day activities or in greater situations.


5. How has your inner strength shaped the person you are today?

Well, it’s an ever-evolving process. Having the support of family and friends throughout my life, in all areas, has been the foundation of inner strength throughout my early years.


6. What advice can you give others who are struggling to find their inner strength?

I’d say in the last handful of years yoga has really been the outlet that has fostered the correlation for me between inner and outer strength. I strongly advise others to engage in this practice of personal growth.


7. Who/what helps you to keep a positive outlook/attitude?

Deepak Chopra and my great yoga instructors.


21 drops Nighttime Playlist

June 29th, 2015

Music is a great way to relax and unwind from the craziness of the day before bedtime. We’ve made it easy for you to kick back and get sleepy with our Before Bed Playlist!Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 live streaming movie




Check out our sleep music playlist:

1. “Big Jet Plane”- Angus & Julia Stone

2. “For you”- Angus & Julia Stone

3. “If I Ain’t Got You”- Alicia Keys

4. “Zebra”- Beach House

5. “All”- Blackbird Blackbird

6. “Holocene”- Bon Iver

7. “Skinny Love”- Bon Iver

8. “Don’t Panic”- Coldplay

9. “Yellow”- Coldplay

10. “Cannonball”- Damien Rice

11. “We Float”- Dustin O’Halloran

12. “You’ve Got the Love”- Florence and the Machine

13. “Let Go”- Frou Frou

14. “Threnobuy”- Goldmund

15. “Just For Now”- Imogen Heap

16. “Such Great Heights”- Iron & Wine

17. “The Wilhelm Scream”- James Blake

18. “Blue Jeans”- Lana Del Ray

19. “Shadows Fall”- Random Forest

20. “Fair”- Remy Zero

21. “Sandrevan Lullaby, Lifestyle”- Rodriguez

22. “Real Love”- Tom Odell

23. “Come Away with Me”-  Tracy Chattaway



Check out this playlist on Spotify: 21 drops Before Bed Playlist

A Salute to Our Service Men & Women: Evan Zipper

June 23rd, 2015

Evan Zipper is a South Florida native who joined the Marines in 2003. He fought in Fallujah, Iraq, from 2005 to 2006 with the 1st Marine Division out of Camp Pendleton, CA. During his time in Iraq, he helped conduct over 100 successful mounted and dismounted security and assault missions throughout the Al Anbar Province. His main mission was to make sure that his fellow Marines made it home safely to their families.

Upon his return from Iraq, he decided to honorably exit the Marine Corps and immediately followed in his mother’s footsteps by pursuing a career in real estate. For the past 7 years, his focus, drive and discipline has brought him much success.





Gain some valuable insight about inner strength from our exclusive interview with Evan Zipper:


1. Define Strength: inner and outer

Outer strength can be manifested by having a daily practice, understanding and discipline, but cannot be achieved without the ability to balance and channel inner strength. In turn, you can’t have one without the other.


2. What fuels/drives your inner strength?

Recognizing and continuously reminding myself that I’m so unbelievably fortunate to have youth, health, close supportive friends and an incredible family.

While my friends and peers around me were filling out college applications and dreaming of becoming doctors and lawyers, I made the personal decision to enlist and defend my country. This ultimately led to me becoming a Marine for the United States, where I served in Iraq for one tour.

The military experience has drastically changed my outlook/mindset of knowing how truly grateful I am to live in a stable, secure and safe environment.


3. What specific instance/event/road block in your life has caused you to call upon your inner strength?

I would have to say re-adjusting to modern progressive society over the last 10 years after experiencing combat. I have to call upon my inner strength on a daily basis to keep myself balanced and aware of what fuels and drives my hunger for success. I try to remain conscious of the fact that I am the one in charge of harnessing my inner strength, no matter how minor or severe the roadblocks are that I encounter throughout my life.


4. How has your inner strength shaped the person you are today?

It has been the most essential part of allowing me the ability to project a positive perspective in other people’s lives.


5. What advice can you give others who are struggling to find their inner strength?

I instruct others dealing with any negative energy in their life to close their eyes, take 3 deep breaths and recognize change is only created from within through action.


6. Who/what helps you to keep a positive outlook/attitude?

They are maintained and controlled by the daily acknowledgment that I’m the only one in absolute control of my thoughts, feelings, manifestations and projections I send out to the world.


13 Fun & Healthy Father’s Day Activities

June 19th, 2015

Father’s Day is almost here, which happens to fall on the first day of summer. If you’re still struggling to find something fun and active to do with the Dad, we’ve got you covered.

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Here is a list of 13 ways to get outside with Dad this Father’s Day:

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1. Golfing

This activity is a dad favorite! Treat him to a game of golf and his favorite course to earn some serious brownie points.

2. Hiking

Fresh air, beautiful scenery and a perfect hiking trail is a great way for the family to spend time in the great outdoors.

3. Biking

Whether biking downtown, at your favorite park or on a scenic trail, this an excellent way for him to spend his special day.

4. Beach Day/Lake Day/Pool Day

You can’t go wrong with a healthy dose of vitamin d and a day of swimming and relaxing, a definite dad pleaser.

5. Family Softball Game

Bring out Dad’s competitive spirit with a friendly family game of softball in the backyard or at the park!

6. Fishing

Spend a relaxing day talking, laughing and, of course, fishing together!

7. Camping

It’s finally summer, what better way to kick off the season than a family camping trip?

8. Kayaking

Work those shoulders, arms and core on a kayaking adventure with Dad!

9. Cooking a healthier version of Dad’s favorite meal

Show him that healthy can be delicious by reinventing a healthier version of his favorite Sunday meal!

10. Tennis

A friendly match is a great way to get the whole family in the competitive spirit!

12. Family Walk

Whether it be around town or just around the neighborhood, walking is great exercise and a great way to bond with the whole family!

13. Family Time

Whatever you choose to do on Father’s Day, make sure you spend it with family or loved ones.

The Drive for Inner Strength: Tynna Rosero

June 16th, 2015

Tynna Rosero is a pro wakeskater and all-around amazing person. She was born and raised in the Philippines, where she first discovered her love for wakeskating after a cable park was built in her hometown. This sparked the beginning of an incredible journey filled with hard work, risk and self-discovery.


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For those of you who have never heard of wakeskating, here is a little background on the sport:

Wakeskating is a hybrid of wakeboarding and skateboarding. It’s like skateboarding on water, where the rider wears regular skate shoes and isn’t bound to the board in any way. This gives the sport its own unique style, feel and challenges.






Gain some valuable insight about inner strength from our exclusive interview with Tynna Rosero:


1. Define Strength: inner and outer.

Inner strength refers to mental or emotional strength, while outer strength refers to physical strength. A person with inner strength is someone who can handle mental or emotional challenges such as stress, anxieties, fear, etc., and a person with outer strength is someone who can handle physical challenges.


2. Do you believe there is a correlation between inner and outer strength?

Yes, definitely. I think inner strength plays a very significant role in the development of a person’s outer strength.


3. What fuels/drives your inner strength?

Usually when situations ask for it. When I’m left with no choice but to be strong. Also when someone underestimates my capabilities. I usually take that as an opportunity to prove to myself that I can.


4. What specific instance/event/road block in your life has caused you to call upon your inner strength?

When I moved to the US. It’s a dream come true, and it’s probably the craziest decision I’ve ever made in my life. I didn’t have any savings or enough money to fund my trip. It took a lot of courage and a bunch of help from my family and friends. I was a little bit scared because I booked a two-way ticket for 2 months, though I knew I wanted to stay longer than that. The return flight was “just in case” it didn’t work out.

Towards the middle part of my trip, it got a little challenging. I found myself surrounded by a lot of discouragement. It was tough, but I knew I would do everything to make it happen. I just knew that I could somehow. Those discouragements, in turn, helped me push harder. I wanted to prove that I could make it and, for me, going back to the Philippines was like giving up everything.


5. How has your inner strength shaped the person you are today?

I’d like to think I’m a better person now than I was in the past, but at the same time I also think there’s always room for improvement. I don’t think I ever get satisfied. I always strive to be a better person than I was yesterday and having that strength helps a lot.


6. What advice can you give others who are struggling to find their inner strength?

You don’t find your inner strength, you develop it. It’s like muscles that need to be exercised regularly to gain the strength. It takes time, effort and willingness to do what it takes. I’d say just take every tough situation as a challenge you want to win. The more you win, the stronger you become.


7. Who/what helps you to keep a positive outlook/attitude?

I just view things differently. I believe that “life is how we take it”. It’s our decision to get mad, angry or disappointed over a situation. Eventually, you just learn how to live. You learn to accept sudden changes or when things don’t go your way. You especially learn to embrace things you cannot change. It helps when you try and set a good example for others cause you strive to be a better person, not just for yourself, but also for people you care about. Surrounding yourself with positive people helps a lot too.

The Strength to Persevere: Matt Williams

June 9th, 2015

Matt Williams is an accomplished and respected fitness performance trainer and strength coach in South Florida. He is also the founder of , an amazing line of healthy and affordable bite-size protein bars.

The road to Williams’ success was not an easy one. He was challenged with overcoming the loss of his father and dealing with the consequences of poor decision making. Nevertheless, he was able to channel his inner strength, with 外汇交易平台 the help of an amazing support system, and become a catalyst of change for others. We’re inspired by Williams’ drive to empower others to be their best selves every day. We sat down with him to learn about what fuels him.




Gain some valuable insight about inner strength from our exclusive interview with Williams:

1. Define Strength: inner and outer.

Try to be the best version of yourself every day, spiritually, emotionally and physically.


2.  Do you believe there is a correlation between inner and outer strength?

Definitely, your inner strength helps to create a solid foundation to build up your outer strength. 


3.  What fuels/drives your inner strength?

My family, they have been there for me through all the highs and lows. I love to watch people succeed and overcome something they thought was impossible. 


4. What specific instance/event/roadblock in your life has caused you to call upon your inner strength?

There have been many… From the loss of my father to losing everything I thought was important in my life because of poor decisions. 


5. How has your inner strength shaped the person that you are today?

My strength has given me a second chance… I have a beautiful wife, started my own company (), get to work with amazing clients and people, and I am able to help others find their strength, both inner and outer. 


6. What advice can you give others who are struggling to find their inner strength?

Create a solid foundation for yourself (it’s unique and different for every person), and replicate the same by creating a routine to maintain a healthy balance. Also try to avoid fear-based thinking, put aside your ego and recognize and learn from mistakes… we are all human, we all make mistakes.


7. Who/what helps you keep a positive outlook/attitude?

Most importantly, my amazing wife and my family. Keeping a journal, regrouping, meditation, reflection and sharing my strength with others have helped me to keep a positive outlook/attitude in every facet of my life.  

6 Strengthening TRX Yoga Poses

June 8th, 2015

As yogis and fitness fanatics, we are always looking for different ways to enhance our yoga practice. TRX Yoga is a great way to build strength, increase flexibility and mobility to help improve your regular practice. Think of it as the ultimate support, like a block or strap, that allows you to deepen and improve your practice by helping you get into more advanced poses.


Here are a few simple poses demonstrated by certified TRX Yoga Instructor Alexis King, to increase strength on the TRX.


1. Backbends:


Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana)


 Wheel Pose w/ one leg extended (Urdhva Dhanurasana)


Upward Plank (Purvottanasana)

The TRX will assist you in creating a solid foundation for your backbend from the ground up. It acts as a suspension trainer to build strength and increase flexibility.


2. Arm Balances:


Crow Pose (Bakasana)

Guide your body to better form with the TRX for this pose, it’s great for strengthening the core without the fear of falling forward.


3. Inversions: 


Pike Pose/ Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

The TRX helps you form a solid base and safely helps you develop your core strength and control for this pose. Use Pike Pose to help position and strengthen your body to successfully align into Handstand with the support of the TRX.


4. Standing Poses:


Warrior Three (Virabhadrasana III)

Improves and strengthens core muscles, hamstrings, spine, thighs, calves, and shoulders.


Alexis King is a certified Yoga and TRX Yoga Instructor. People can’t get enough of her amazingly innovative TRX Yoga Fusion class at Slash Fitness in Delray Beach, Florida.

Click here for the official TRX Yoga Fusion schedule.



The Strength to Live: Irv Sporn

June 2nd, 2015

Two years ago Irv Sporn was diagnosed with Stage 2 Pancreatic Cancer (the one-year survival rate of this cancer is less than 20%). He was getting close to 80 and had a weakened heart after suffering multiple heart attacks and enduring quintuple bypass. Many doctors did not want to operate on him and said it was too risky.

With many odds stacked against him, Irv decided that he wasn’t going to give up and, instead, he was going to gear up for the fight of his life. He did one round of chemotherapy to try to shrink the tumor while his family earnestly searched for a doctor who would take the risk. They were fortunate to find Dr. Fong at Sloan Kettering in NYC who was willing to meet BlueHost优惠码 with him. Irv and his family flew up to New York to meet with the doctor and chief cardiologist in October of 2013. Before meeting with him, the chief cardiologist was hesitant to clear him for surgery due to the condition of his heart. He said seeing him on paper, he shouldn’t survive, but after meeting Irv and seeing his WILL to live, he thought he deserved a chance.

On November 2, 2013, Dr. Fong successfully performed the Whipple Procedure and removed all the tumor. Irv recovered and bounced back in record time and has been cancer-free for almost 2 years. He is now referred to by his friends, family and doctors as Superman.




We were honored to interview Mr. Sporn to gain some insight on his definition of strength.

1. Define Strength: inner and outer.

 Strength is the will to be able to cope with and overcome anything.

2. Do you believe there is a correlation between inner and outer strength?

 Absolutely. They both build on each other. Inner strength fuels the outer strength.

3. What fuels/drives your inner strength?

 My family. I live for my family. They give me pleasure, which gives me the strength and motivation to do anything.

4. What specific instance/event/road block in your life has caused you to call upon your inner strength?

My illness really made me examine my priorities. I realized I would do whatever it took to persevere, no matter what the challenge, to be there for my family. I have been so fortunate to be able to watch my children and grandchildren grow into wonderful, beautiful people, and I want to be able to meet my great grandchildren one day (hopefully soon).

5. How has your inner strength shaped the person you are today?

It has helped me endure any issue and know that things will be OK. You have to have faith and a positive outlook and believe that things will work out. I know that being a good person and being there for your family will always pay off.

6. What advice can you give others who are struggling to find their inner strength?

Have a great backup crew. You need support. If you don’t get the support you need from your family, find people, whether friends, colleagues or a religious/spiritual person that you can connect with to help you find that strength.

7. Who/what helps you to keep a positive outlook/attitude?

My family. I also think you have to be happy with yourself and grateful for all that you have.