Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Badass Soul-Seeking Warrior Podcast Series, Episode 3: Leslie Farhangi

I first learned of Peony Vodka in the August 2016 issue of O Magazine.  Peonies are my favorite flower so I was intrigued.  As I researched more about the vodka I learned that it was the brainchild of Leslie Farhangi, a Stanford educated attorney who no longer enjoyed being a lawyer so she packed up and moved with her family to a 200-acre farm in the Hudson Valley.   Peony Vodka is a subtly flavored spirit born in eastern Hudson Valley, New York. Drawing inspiration from Dutchess County’s varied landscape, sparkling meadows and rushing brooks, stone walls and inviting trails, Peony Vodka was created to celebrate country living. Three Meadows Spirits’ operations take place in a historic 18th-century house nestled on a 200-acre farm of hay fields, pastures, woods and luscious rows of peony flowers that burst into fragrant bloom each June.

I know that you will enjoy Leslie’s story of passion and perseverance as she speaks about her journey of becoming a player in the very crowded world of vodka.

Leslie Farhangi take-aways:

  • :50 start
  • 2:30  My backstory
  • 3:55  How I handled transitions in my life
  • 6:14  The life event that has had a big impact on my life
  • 7:45  The gift in my life experiences
  • 9:36  Why I decided to get into the vodka business
  • 12:00  Why I use the peonies grown on my farm in the vodka
  • 14:15  What I have learned about myself as I created Peony Vodka
  • 16:30  Why land conservation is so important to
By |2017-11-28T13:53:03+00:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Badass Soul-Seeking Warrior Podcast Series|0 Comments

The Badass Soul-Seeking Warrior Podcast Series, Episode 2: Tara Butcher

Tara Butcher’s life changed forever on her drive home from a night out with her friends.  Her story is a testament to her unflinching dedication and determination to live a life that she loves.  A ten-day medically induced coma, hours of surgery, and the amputation of her left leg are only a few of the challenges that Tara had to overcome.  This is Tara’s account of how she chose to view a life-threatening accident as a gift.  This beautiful young woman generously shares sage advice about choosing happiness and the wisdom of living authentically.

Tara Butcher take-aways:

  • 1:00 Start
  • 4:37  My life changing event
  • 5:18  A car going 72 MPH hit me
  • 5:56  My 10-day medically induced coma
  • 6:45  My injuries
  • 7:30  Waking up from the coma
  • 8:45  My amazing medical team
  • 10:10  The day I told my social worker to get out of my room
  • 11:54 needs edited
  • 12:22  8-weeks in the hospital surrounded by love
  • 13:14 – 13:18  needs edited
  • 13:47  What I learned about myself
  • 14:43  The gift in this experience
  • 16:25 Learning to walk again and other milestones
  • 18:57  I ran in the NYC marathon
  • 20:50  I got hooked on becoming an athlete
  • 21:28  I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • 24:00  At the top of the mountain above the clouds
  • 26:43  I was done proving myself and instead chose happiness
  • 30:22  My biggest fear and how I manage it.
  • 32:00  The best advice I have ever gotten
  • 33:50  Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • 37:45  My trip back
By |2017-11-28T16:40:47+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Badass Soul-Seeking Warrior Podcast Series|0 Comments

Sunrise, Sunset

My Favorite Time Of Year

Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons, one of which is the stunning sunrises and sunsets that dance across the horizon.  I am blessed to have a sacred perch to witness the days coming and going as my home sits high on the crest of a canyon; I have vast views to the east and the west from most parts of my house.  I never tire of the blues, and purples, and oranges, and reds, and pinks that paint the skyline each day.  Like snowflakes, no two sunrises or sunsets are alike.  They each manifest in their unique way giving unwavering authenticity to their short existence.  As I noticed the breathtaking beauty of this morning’s sky, I hustled to grab my camera to capture yet one more temporary painting worthy of the walls of any gallery or museum.  And then, I thought to myself, what makes these colors so vibrant?  What creates this collection of unreplicable hues that bring such delight to my days?  So I did a little research and here is what I found out from Science Daily.


You science geeks are going to love this.  The colors of the sunrise and sunset result from a phenomenon called scattering.  Molecules and small particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter.  Scattering affects the color of light coming from the sky, but the details are determined by the wavelength of the light and the size of the

By |2017-12-06T09:37:08+00:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

My Seven Words

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran once said that people would never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words.  What would your seven words be?

Before I share my seven words with you, I want to tell you a bit about Khalil Gibran.  He was born in Lebanon in 1883 and died in New York City at the age of 48 from cirrhosis of the liver due to severe alcoholism.  Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.  His best-known work is The Prophet, a book composed of twenty-six essays.  Since first being published in 1923, The Prophet has never been out of print.  If you haven’t read the book, do.  If you have read it, reread it.

A Foundation to Build On

As I was pondering this question, I remembered Tony Robbins Six Human Needs.  Tony identified six basic human needs with the belief that everyone is, or can be motivated by fulfilling these needs.

Here they are:

Need 1:  Certainty/Comfort

Need 2:  Uncertainty/Variety

Need 3:  Significance

Need 4:  Love & Connection

Need 5:  Growth

Need 6:  Contribution

Every day we are reflexively determined to meet these needs.  When these requirements are met at a high level, our degree satisfaction and fulfillment in our lives is abundant.  If these needs are met at a low level, we will experience life as being unsatisfactory and disappointing.  I think that we can agree that Tony’s philosophy of what lies at the root of human aspiration and the extent to which these needs are met make a difference

By |2017-11-08T09:58:12+00:00November 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Halloween Is Over, Are You Still Wearing A Mask?

Are You Wearing A Mask?

Yesterday was Halloween also known as All Hallows’ Eve.  It is a celebration observed in many countries on October 31.  There is much history with roots in age-old European traditions of lighting fires and wearing costumes to ward off ghosts and remembering the dead.  In the second half of the nineteenth century, Halloween became a popular day of celebration in the United States.  Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

Today as I was driving to work, it occurred me that Halloween is the one holiday when people can dress-up as anything or anyone that they want to and hide behind or play the part of that identity or mask all day long.  Now, I have to admit, I have seen some VERY creative costumes over the years, and I take my hat off to those people with such vivid imaginations.  But, back to the masks and dressing up; I wonder how many of us go beyond Halloween metaphorically being someone that we are not?  How many of us pretend to be someone other than our authentic self?  And, why would we?  Are we afraid to show up as the real us?  If so, what is it that we fear?  Is it not being accepted by others?  Is it that we don’t feel worthy?  Do we think if people knew who we indeed are, they would reject us in some way?  Do we lack

By |2017-11-06T09:15:25+00:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments