2015 Brain Color
Motivation Tips! 
Most people begin the new year with resolutions. However, for some individuals it is challenging to maintain their resolutions because they are not motivated.

Below is a list of Brain Color Tips to help you successfully change your behavior, effectively make decisions, resolve conflicts, reduce the stress in your life, and motivate yourself to maintain your 2015 New Year Resolutions!

Yellow Brain Motivators
Do what is right/comfortable for your personality
Complete your to-do list

Keep your deadlines
Give yourself rewards and recognition

Blue Brain Motivators
Share your feelings and ideas with others
Do not let people take you for granted
Give yourself a pat on the back
Enjoy creative opportunities

Green Brain Motivators
Create problem-solving opportunities
Develop your own systems or procedures
Find cutting-edge resources
Recognize the importance of your solutions

Orange Brain Motivators
Enjoy the thrill of a new challenge
Give yourself financial rewards
Find ways to achieve quick results
Have fun competing with yourself and others


Are You Self-Centered?
You might be wondering why I asked you if you are self-centered. You might have thought: I am not egotistical, I am not a narcissist, It's not all about me. 

The thought came to me during my Yoga class at Silver Lotus Yoga. Chenoa, my instructor, and I were discussing the Yoga interpretation of self-centered, which is living a balanced life. Below are examples of how each Brain Color remains self-centered and lives a balanced life.

 Yellow Brainers balance their lives by being "Rependable": Responsible, Respectful, Accountable, and Dependable.

Blue Brainers balance their lives with loving and harmonious family relationships and friendships.

Green Brainers balance their lives with the  satisfaction of gaining and imparting knowledge. 

Orange Brainers balance their lives with fun activities, hobbies, sports, and entertainment.



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An Easy Approach for Understanding Your Personality Type and Your Patient's Perspective

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February 2015!


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My Mother's 
Mushroom Barley Soup
It has been a very cold winter in Chicago and in other cities as well. Whenever my mother would prepare her mushroom barely soup, she would win people's hearts and warm their winter-chilled bones.

Her specialty was the anticipated centerpiece of her "soup parties." It also was my husband's favorite birthday gift that she would pack with dry ice and FedEx it to our home when we lived in New Jersey and California.
Below is my mother's recipe. I trust you will enjoy "Sylvia's Soup" as much as our family does! 

Sylvia's Mushroom Barley Soup
2 Lbs. of brisket or stir fry meat.
Wash meat and place in soup pot. Bring meat to a slow boil. Remove meat and wash pot to remove scum.

Return meat to pot and add the following:  
2 Marrow bones or 4 beef shank bones
4 Cups of mushrooms - a variety of types creates more flavor

1 Large onion
2 Cups of carrots, cut into bite-size pieces
2 Cups of celery stalks, including leaves, cut into bite-size pieces
1 Parsnip
1 Celery root or bottom of celery bunch (remove before serving)
1 Large handful of fresh parsley (remove before serving)
Sweet potato
1 Clove garlic (with toothpick to remove later) or ¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ Cups barley (rinsed) 
Fill pot with water to cover the vegetables and meat. Cook slowly over low heat for several hours. The soup will thicken the longer it cooks, and you may need to add extra water. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Refrigerate overnight for the best taste and warm before serving.

"Mmm... mmm... good!"


"I Am Wet Paint!
Do Not Touch...

Give Me Time to Dry!"
Whether you are a Yellow Brainer, Blue Brainer, Green Brainer, or Orange Brainer you will want to know more about the "Wet Paint" expression that will help you and others understand your behavior and communication style when you are not feeling self-centered and out of balance.

Read more in the
February 2015
BrainBuzz Newsletter