Amazing wisdom & inspiration on every page

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Bookworm5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn’t put the book down. Amazing wisdom and inspiration on every page!

The Art of Connection is a book that has taken the entrepreneurial community by storm. In a year full of uncertainly, this revolutionary book is sure to make you laugh, smile, cry and ponder what is important in business and in your personal relationships.

The quote and thought from Jan 3rd, is a wonderful example of the raw and insightful nature of entrepreneurship. Have you ever thought about what the definition of success is and what it means in your own life? Has the pandemic changed how you measure success? Read on for 365 days of inspiration, hope and words of wisdom from successful business owners, key influencers and entrepreneurs around the globe.

LPBC Services LLC Founder, Laurel Pendle

Our very own Laurel Pendle, Founder of LPBC Services LLC is a best-selling contributing author in this book. The book will be housed at the Library of Congress.

Exciting things are happening in the world of entrepreneurship

The book launch is almost here!

Author-Contributor Of “The Art of Connection” – Interview with Laurel Pendle, Founder of LPBC Services LLC

Be prepared for words of wisdom and insight from entrepreneurs with the book “The Art of Connection” giving 365 days of networking quotes. Learn more on Laurel Pendle’s contribution in a 10-minute interview and how to purchase the book launching February 17.

Have you ever thought about how success is defined and what does it specifically mean to you? Pendle will share her thoughts and original quote from this best- selling book that will be housed at the Library of Congress.

Click below to view the interview

Exciting things are happening in the world of entrepreneurship 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR15msZ8adY&feature=youtu.be
 

Cheers to the New Year!

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As I reflect, 2020 was filled with grief and uncertainty in so many ways for our country politically and also for people that were effected by Covid due to illness, death and tremendous financial strain.

There were moments of happiness, laughter, hope and being with the people I love. I feel grateful for those peaceful moments and know that I am blessed.

This New Year’s Eve I am grateful for my health, wonderful friends, family, clients and the entrepreneurial community.

I look forward to brighter days ahead and rely on the strength of God to bring peace, good health and prosperity for all of you in 2021. And so the adventure begins… Love to you all! Happy New Year!

Local RAVEEN ARORA RECEIVES AWARD NOMINATION FOR THE 2021 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

For Immediate Release

RAVEEN ARORA RECEIVES AWARD NOMINATION FOR THE 2021 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Large Local Community and Global Support for Widespread Humanitarian Efforts

Tempe, AZ, -Tempe’ Treasure’ Raveen Arora has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Award.

This prestigious award nomination comes from numerous local community organizations as well as several international organizations. Nobel Peace Prize winners will be announced in October 2021.

Former President and Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter to Raveen…” Your life as a public servant, leader in humanitarian concerns model Citizen and Philanthropist makes you a splendid candidate…”

Richard Neuheisel, President of AZ Sister Cities Association and former CEO of Sister Cities International stated, “It is with great pleasure and a high honor to support the many nominations already submitted on behalf of Raveen Arora who has done so much to foster international peace and international friendship- not only in his native India but also in his beloved America and around the world.”

Donald Townsend, District Governor of Kiwanis International said, “As Governor of the Southwest District of Kiwanis, I am extremely honored to endorse a fellow Kiwanian and friend, Mr. Raveen Arora for the award. Raveen is the epitome of a Servant Leader who gives of himself to make the world a better place.”2021   Nobel Peace Prize”

Raveen Arora was born and raised in Calcutta, India and believes his life experiences and humanitarian efforts were based on his work with Nobel Laureate, Saint Mother Theresa as a young boy. Some of his strongest fundamental values are humility, dignity and respect for humanity. His famous quote is, “I am human. Nothing human is alien to me!”

Arora serves on the board of several national professional organizations and prominent local associations. He is an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, published author, professional   accountant and has devoted his free time to serving others. Arora is the recipient of multiple local, national and global awards and he “continues to wake up hungry and humble each day” Arora said.

Arora is the Founder of Think Human. This dynamic organization revolves around global conversations designed to target respect, dignity, compassion, empathy through grass roots action and education. Arora is also the current Chairman of the Board for the local United Food Bank. United Food Bank provides food assistance to residents of the East Valley and eastern Arizona. He has been involved with the organization since he  has a passion for homelessness and the prevalent issue of hunger throughout the world.” Hunger is the silent tsunami that has no calendar, color or agenda” remarks Arora.

The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to an alarming number of individuals and families that continue to go hungry. According to the United Food Bank they have seen an increase in need during the pandemic. They dispense close to 25 million meals annually, through 200 partner agencies.

Satish Lakhotia Founder- President of Alliance Clubs International said, “Raveen was honored with the 18th Mother Teresa International Service Award in 2018. Alliance International is honoring him in this December with the Global Citizen Peace Award for his work last 18 years on drug and crime ravaged Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ. His empathy, kindness, compassion and respect have made the area crime free, drug free and incident free. His summer hydration project started in 2003 has now mushroomed into a full-blown county wide program that saves lives during the brutally hot summer months.” Alliance International is a global service organization that serves 25,000 members in 40 countries.

Neal A. Lester, PhD Founding Director, ASU Project Humanities Foundation/ Professor of English said, “as I continue to know Mr. Arora as a community beacon, I witness time and time again his generous spirit, his commitment to integrity and equity, and his deep commitment to servant leadership. Whether serving on community boards, delivering keynotes about compassionate leadership, or facilitating a discussion on success and collaboration, Mr. Arora is out and about doing the work of humanity as it connects with justice. He is disrupting the status quo.”

“The need for international unity, organizational leadership within communities will prove vital in acquiring financial resources to help end the war on hunger. More than ever in history, the need to build stronger alliances is crucial and Raveen Arora is that human “bridge”. We look for him to win this prestigious award, noted Laurel Pendle, President of LPBC Services LLC. 

LPBC Services LLC-

LPBC Services LLC is an independently owned business management consulting service agency based in Gilbert, AZ. We offer creative solutions and targeted strategies to help grow and promote your brand. We provide value and extraordinary service by creating awareness and exposure for your business, based on specific goals and measurable results.

Over 28 years of problem-solving experience, passion to create change and lasting impact around the globe, sets us apart and guides our unique purpose. We strive to offer professional recommendations, guidance and actionable solutions to unique challenges to help organizations improve their performance and efficiency. We want to help shape and share your story!

For further information and an opportunity to interview Raveen Arora, please contact LPBC Services LLC at https://LaurelPendle.com or Laurel Pendle directly at 480-382-6382 or via email at Laurel@LaurelPendle.com 

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Fraud Alert. Ok, maybe it’s a little like “impostor syndrome”

Fraud Alert. Ok, maybe it’s a little like “impostor syndrome”

Have you ever felt like you are an impostor or living a double life?

I often think my life resembles a superhero movie where I am portraying multiple characters with different personalities, costumes, makeup, masks and all.

Let me help to paint the picture for you… in one scene of the action movie I look like I am the cool, got-it-together Super Mom that even has been spotted wearing a red cape and boots. A “Supermom” that can make pancakes on Saturday morning, have dance parties in the living room, while also carving out time to help my son with his projects/ homework with immense enthusiasm for hours. That same “Supermom” can tackle the longest IEP Meeting in history with little effort, (a special shout out to my fellow special needs parents out there, God bless you!) then can transport the family to soccer practice and the grocery store in a single bound.

Scene two depicts me as a savvy business entrepreneur by day that can whip up a creative marketing plan like nobody’s business, while multi-tasking for hours on conference calls and attending events with the top industry leaders. Then in the final scene there is one action-packed moment when I fly away into the sky to put out another “fire” in the local press and social media community…all before lunchtime!

OK back on planet Earth it gets real! I feel like a total fraud on some days. An imposter mom, business professional and human. There are plenty of Saturday’s when the pancakes were burned to a crisp, the homework was never completed, the grocery shopping was never thought of, and there were certainly no “Supermom” crime-fighting action moments in sight. An imposter of sorts compared to what is posted on social media as the perpetual happy family and the “masks” that I often wear as a successful PR professional running a business consulting company.

As a blogger and self-proclaimed sales and marketing leader, I have failed to create ongoing content, felt less creative and inspired on some days, and I haven’t even mustered the energy to say yes to being a speaker at an event or on a live podcast in weeks.

Well guess what? We ALL have those days, weeks and even months. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started there have been less “Supermom” days than I would like and less of a desire to dominate the entrepreneurial community than I care to admit. But you know what? I put one foot in front of the other and continue to move forward one step at a time.

When we give each other support, grace and love, I know there will be brighter days ahead. Hey, maybe there will even be more “Supermom” moments in the near future. You may even get a glimpse of my red cape peeking out under my professional attire while on a Zoom Meeting.

I would love to hear about your “Supermom “or “Superdad” moments, as well as the real-life struggles that make us all human. It’s about understanding why you do what you do and continuing to moving forward.

Drop me a line sometime. We can all learn and grow from one another. We are all unique and different. That is what makes us special.

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Kindness Matters!

Kindness Really Does Matter.

I am blessed to work with some of the brightest and best clients around. I am supported by amazing industry partners and colleagues. I have wonderful friends and family that give of their time and money to spread joy. I am personally passionate about helping others.

Here at LPBC Services LLC we are here for you during this difficult time. Please let us know how we can help!

Got Stress? 6 ways to lift your mood & spirit today!

Raise your hand if you ever feel stress or have suffered with a high level of anxiety in the last 3 months? If you said no, I am not sure you are being truthful with yourself or maybe you live solo on a tropical island.

In a recent poll, I have found more than 98.5% of people have felt a high degree of stress/anxiety and even depression as it relates to family, home-schooling, health, finances and our current political climate. I am honestly surprised it wasn’t 100%!

If I am being transparent, I have been overly stressed/ anxious/depressed/moody and certainty not the best version of myself lately. It’s been incredibly hard to focus on my freelance business, staying creative with kid’s summer activities 24/7, keeping an upbeat mood with my family during this isolation period and creating a sense of peace and joy in my spirit during these troubling times.

The world is a challenging place right now, with the widespread health pandemic of COVID 19 and the economic and political conditions our country and world is facing. At every turn, our lives seem shaken to the core with no relief in sight! Then I remember that God is greater than ALL of this and I need to keep on sailing on in the mist of the storm.

I started thinking about how I can change my mindset even if I can’t control the current state of the world. I have incorporated a few simple tips to lift my own snarky and anxious mood. I remembered a few oldies but goodies and have tried a few new ones to help lift my mood and spirit. Hopefully some of these will help you too!

6 ways to lift your mood & spirit today!

  1. Keep a Blessings Journal (I stretch myself to think of at least 10 positive things that I am grateful for on a down day)
  2. Light a candle and pray for others (there is always someone that is worse off and in need of prayer)
  3. Use essential oils to enhance mood (my 3 favorites are Lavender, Peppermint and Lemongrass)
  4. Limit negative media content (news, social media books, or movies)
  5. Try to turn off all electronics 2 hours before bedtime!
  6. Yoga/ Mediation/Exercise (pool time in the summer is fun for the entire family)

What have you added to your daily or weekly schedule that has made a difference in your mood or spiritual life? I can’t wait to hear. Please share!

Staying active with the kiddos while “Social Distancing”

Kids as well as adults are struggling during this time to find creative ways to stay active while social distancing. Families need to stay active for a variety of reasons from clearing their minds to moving their bodies to stay heart-healthy.

I have an active 8 year old ADHD child that never sits still. This pandemic has been tough on our family because of the stay at home order and the social distancing aspect (believe me I understand and agree with the mandate, but it’s been challenging on everyone to say the least). My son is used to hanging out with other kids at the park, playing soccer every Saturday and socializing with peers at school. I asked him if an obstacle course would be a fun thing to do both inside and outside. His answer was “of course mom, let’s do it!”

Using different items around your house makes for an inexpensive and creative family fun event. Be silly, laugh and spend some quality time together creating positive memories together. It’s good for the soul!

Obstacle courses can be designed for indoor and outdoor play. Use different themes to create a course with your child’s specific interests and abilities in mind. Help him/her be involved in the planning and set up/clean-up process. You can create a simple or elaborate obstacle course depending on the age(s) and mobility strengths/weaknesses. You can create modified wheelchair options as well. Use cones or a laundry basket to create a goal if you have them. You might try using blue non adhesive tape/ sidewalk chalk to create the “course” lines or stations.

You can determine if the obstacle course will be “timed” to track the winner scores or you can have them play for fun. You can offer small prizes, a certificate of participation or an incentive to the winner(s) if desired.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on building an indoor or outdoor obstacle course for kids:

  • Crawl under a string stretched between two chair legs or use pool noodles
  • Jump into and out of a Hula-Hoop five times
  • Balloon Volleyball
  • Walk or sit on a balance board
  • Use Nerf guns or water guns to shoot into a bucket or a basket. It is fun to line up Duplo Legos or mini figures and try to knock them down. A child can lay on their stomach on the floor or a mat to make the “aim” more challenging.
  • Create a fun bubble blowing station
  • Slime or sensory bucket station
  • Throw beanbags into a laundry basket or you can use multiple size and shape buckets and at different heights
  • Run while balancing a beanbag on your head
  • Line walking or crab crawls
  • Jump over pool noodles both high and low. Use as a hurdle
  • Hop scotch
  • Dance in place for 1-2 minutes (adding music would be ideal)
  • Hula hoop for 20-60 seconds or more
  • Line walking. Use zig- zag lines to make it more difficult. Walking backwards (use sidewalk chalk or blue tape to create the path)
  • Run in place
  • Hop on one foot then the other
  • Frisbee throw (outside)
  • Kids Yoga poses for 1-2 minutes
  • Crawl under or over a row of chairs
  • Play tic tack toe on a board or make one with nonstick tape or sidewalk chalk outside
  • Exercise ball push-ups, bouncing sequences or balancing activities
  • Do a ring toss
  • Kick rolled up socks into a laundry basket to make a goal
  • Ride a tricycle/ bike or board scooter along a predetermined route outside. Zig-zag or backwards can be fun too on a board scooter.
  • Somersault from one point to another
  • A kid tunnel can be used in multiple ways which can be a ton of fun for little ones
  • Skip in place while reciting a jump rope rhyme
  • There are lots of water play course options to consider if the weather is conducive outside

The point is to have fun. I would love to hear your ideas and amazing stories. Feel free to share!

Scavenger Hunt Ideas- Allow kids to practice problem-solving and teamwork in a fun way together

Family Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas

There are online “virtual” scavenger hunts that families can participle in during this social distancing time frame, but I happened to think the physical (indoor or outdoor) scavenger hunts are the most fun for families to organize and explore together. It is important reminder to maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from other people during this Covid- 19 pandemic.

You can plan the scavenger hunt for one outing or over multiple days. This activity time might be a fun way for families/ their “quarantine crew” to bond together and to get some nervous energy out during this stressful time.

You can design the activity based on age, skill level and mobility. You can take pictures of their special finds, put in a notebook or decorative jar. It might be fun to create a short video of what each family member discovered and liked best about the scavenger hunt. You can share with others on social media to encourage participation from your neighbors and friends. This might be a fun and safe way to stay connected during this difficult time.

You can offer small prizes, possibly an option to stay up 30 minutes late, a hug, or an incentive to the winner(s) that discover the most items on their list. Have some fun and laughter during this togetherness activity.

Outdoors-

Design a scavenger hunt checklist of objects that can typically be found outside ( this can even include your backyard). You can look for hidden treasures like different colored rocks, shells, a bird house, a white mailbox, a cat in the window, a rabbit in the bushes, flowers of various colors and sizes, insects, trees, leaves, a puddle of water, or something with your child’s favorite color. You might see another child playing in the yard or waving from a window. It is always fun to discover something new even if it’s not already on your list. The point is to get outside and have fun!

It might be fun to gather a magnifying glass, notebook, crayons, a collection bag and your list or hand made bingo card and head outside- A park, sidewalk, tour of the neighborhood in your car or even a walking trail if nearby! Help your kids discover their “treasure” and explore nature while they check off each item on the list. There is ample time to have teachable moments when discovering and learning together.

Indoors-

I would encourage each member of the scavenger hunt team to take a look around their home to come up with a list to find something i.e.; objects, sounds, sights or pets. Give the list to the child and help them go on a scavenger hunt indoors. If it is needed, try offering photos of the items to help guide them. For older kids, you can offer clues, like its color, smell or shape like the game of “eye-spy”.

Heart Health Matters

It’s International Women’s Day Today 2020. Did you know there is even gender inequality when it comes to coronary heart disease?

Can you guess what the leading cause of death among women is? Scary but true.

Research done by the British Heart Foundation reveals a surprising statistic: coronary heart disease kills twice as many women as breast cancer in the UK.

According to Harvard Medical School, within a year of a first heart attack, survival rates are lower in women than in men. Within five years, 47% of the women may die, develop heart failure, or suffer from a stroke – compared with only 36% of the men who have suffered a first heart attack.

Understand the Signs and Take action. Your Life or Someone You Know Could Be at Stake!

  • chest pain or discomfort that happens suddenly and persists, like pressure, tightness or squeezing
  • pain can then spread to the left or right arm or to the neck, jaw, back or stomach 
  • sickness, sweating, light-headedness or shortness of breath
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea
  • sudden anxiety similar to that of a panic attack
  • excessive coughing or wheezing
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Even when the signs are subtle, the consequences can be deadly, especially if the victim doesn’t get help right away.

‘I thought I had the flu’

Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging.

“They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first,” Goldberg said. “There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.

A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque).

Watch an animation of a heart attack

A decline in the natural hormone estrogen may be a factor in heart disease increase among post-menopausal women. Estrogen is believed to have a positive effect on the inner layer of artery wall, helping to keep blood vessels flexible. That means they can relax and expand to accommodate blood flow.

Another great resource is https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/consumer-healthcare/what-is-cardiovascular-disease/menopause-and-heart-disease

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Preventing heart disease..

It’s important to educate yourself and to take measures now.

1- Don’t Smoke!

2- Keep a health weight

3- Reduce stress!

4-Eat right- Choose healthy food and beverages

5- Exercise (move your body)

I thought it was important to share this topic because knowledge is power, especially on International Women’s Day. We need to look out for one another.