“We’re glad you’re here.” That was the simple opening line of our first ABG post one year ago today. And here’s 10 lessons you’ve taught us over the last year together.
All in Wellness
A Balanced Glass was invited as guests on an upcoming podcast hosted by Sonoma-based Garden Society, which produces chef-inspired confections with low-dose cannabis as an ingredient. What we discovered was beyond what we imagined.
Arguably the most stressful time of the year, this week we check in with a bunch of Australian winemakers to hear what is in their tool-box to help cope with the manic months that are “vintage.”
Let’s face it. For a lot of us, travel is one of those things that really move the needle of our work lives. We travel to make an impact. We travel to expand our professional reach but travel is also one of those things that throws us off balance. Big time.
Yes, we can do big things. But we can do small things too. And that’s where I’d like to start this year: not with monumental changes or tectonic shifts of disruption or pendulum swings toward massive goals, but with nudges and increments and edging ever so much closer.
As Cathy aptly wrote last week when she suggested we consider a “word of the year,” my inner hare set off in a leap of ideas, thoughts, musings and considerations. Pen in hand, I furiously scrawled all indecipherable manner of words – commitment, transparency, ethics, progress, non-judgment. But I landed on a word that jolted me out of my seat at the recent Wine2Wine conference in Verona.
Beck and I are, basically, polar opposites. Seriously. Most of the time, I’m the tortoise to her hare. The Virgo to her Aquarius. The bullet points to her mind map. The how-to to her why-not. It’s a wonder that anything ever gets done around here.
Stressful situations can all trigger blood pressure to rise, muscles to tighten, and likely cause you to hold your breath as your sympathetic nervous system kicks in, and your body prepares for “fight or flight”. So stop holding your breath and rty thee techniques.
R.H. Drexel, wine writer extraordinaire and a panelist that day, has just released the Woman's Issue of Loam Baby: A Wine Culture Journal, which is chock-full of profiles and straight-talk and narratives and straight-talk and features and did I mention straight-talk?
Moderation? Ha! When you are being paid to grow, produce, promote, sell and market a product that soaks the Holiday season, navigating a life with a little more balance and less booze can be nigh impossible.
Of all the gifts of mindfulness, drishti is at the top of my personal list of favorite benefits.
Spare time and physical exercise can be an implausible pairing when traveling for work. Disruptors such as a unfamiliar hotel surroundings, sleep interruption, time zone changes and jetlag add weight to pressing deadlines, while family commitments don’t stay behind when you leave home.
Last week’s post on the latest findings of the SevenFifty Daily gender study in wine certainly stirred the pot, and this week we wanted to pause and spotlight the community’s responses.
A Balanced Glass? These past few weeks have been a lot more about a balanced heart. Here’s what threw things a little off-kilter for me in the heart department: The SevenFifty Daily post about the Career and Salary Survey Report.
“Yoga is like a love letter of apology to your body.”
A yoga teacher in Vancouver said that once, years ago, during class and I’ve never forgotten it. In itself, it’s one of the best reasons I know to do yoga. This week I’d like to offer a little more detail on that theme, and talk about five fundamental yoga stretches and why to do them.
There are so many books out there telling us how all French women are slim and beautiful, with chic style, look ten years younger than their age, have perfect children and great sex lives, etc., etc.
A few weeks ago I posted what I thought was a random, open question on Facebook. It was a Saturday morning and I simply asked, “So, what are you doing today for self-care?”
There’s just nothing like it, particularly for those of us experiencing the intensity and rigor of harvest. In the wine growing and winemaking worlds of the northern hemisphere, this is your busy season and the season that demands inventive “wellness hacks,” as Beck et al so helpfully outlined last week.
It’s that time when the Northern Hemisphere’s vineyard workers, cellar hands, winemakers, and grape growers gear up to capture another year of bounty. <<click on image to read more>>
Last week, Beck and I had the tremendous pleasure to join Hannah Wallace (who we’ve featured previously in the Tribe) and Katherine Cole in at the OPB public broadcasting studios in Portland, Oregon. <<click image to read more>>