Dream Archives

Second Anniversary — noranagatani.com

This week I celebrate my second anniversary with noranagatani.com. It’s been an awesome experience and mind-boggling when I think about people who have connected with me via comments, phone calls, and e-mails. I’m also grateful for the wonderful contributing authors.

Using the tagline, “Helping Seniors Live Happily Ever After,” has enabled me to cover a variety of topics, but what I’ve cared most about is the health of my generation. If you still haven’t caught on to exercising, it’s important that you do.

Granddaughter

I’ve mentioned being retired — it’s been almost five years now — and what fun to experience so many new things. Topping the list is becoming a grandma. What a delight! I’ve also been a “Cellular Response” practitioner for almost a year and how gratifying to see people feeling good.

Now I’m taking it a step further and I’ve developed a program to have seniors and baby boomers take charge of their own health. So I’m working with seniors and baby boomers who are struggling to find enough time to care for their aging bodies and would like to feel as though they are in their twenties again, except with better judgment. Know any senior who would do anything and pay anything to feel more energetic? Give me a call to find out more and get in on my no-cost pilot program. I’m looking for volunteers from anywhere in the United States. Call any time — 703.825.8384. I’d love to help!

Bucket List — Yellowstone National Park

Last year I wrote a post called “What’s on your Bucket List?” Last week I went on a trip with my husband to check off an item on his bucket list — Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park. . Unfortunately, entry to Yellowstone required a four-wheel drive vehicle and our rental car did not fit the requirement. Hence, we put “Plan B” into action. Not being able to get into Yellowstone gave us a unique opportunity to see other parts of Wyoming and Colorado that we had not included on our itinerary.

One of the most interesting things about the trip was that while citizens of Wyoming and Colorado live in the same country as I do, the weather and terrain can dictate how they live. We drove about 500 miles from Denver to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and saw houses/farms that were miles apart from each other. I can’t imagine a life with my neighbors being miles away.

In our long drive we constantly saw signs that read, “Road Closed When Flashing” on major highways. Can you imagine trying to get to work and having to turn around because a major artery is closed? Or, you’re happily cruising along and you see a sign that says, “Turn off cruise control. Reduce speed. Strong wind gusts possible 45+ mph.” We even experienced a wind storm while driving in Wyoming and that night as the winds picked up, it felt as though the hotel roof could be ripped off at any time. Being in a corner room on the top floor was even more frightening. The next morning we heard on the news that a semi-trailer had over-turned on Interstate 25 due to the strong winds.

Then a couple of days later while in Denver, a strong spring storm came through causing extensive hail damage and canceled flights. We were at the Rocky Mountain National Park just north of Denver and saw dark skies, but no rain. We considered ourselves very fortunate. We know how hail can damage cars and we had no desire to return our rental car covered with hail damage.

So although we failed to get to Yellowstone National Park on our “Bucket List,” we had many memorable experiences (including temperatures that ranged from the 30’s to the 90’s) that more than made up for our disappointment. As a retired senior, I’m fortunate to be able to not only travel but to allow flexibility in my life as well.

Grandmother Starts a Business

Sonia and her date-nut bars

Sonia and her date-nut bars

Since the start of this blog late last year, I have been “hammering” the need to start a part-time home-based business. Recently, I met a woman who practically lives in my back yard and is putting her passion to work. We met when she attended the networking luncheon I host monthly for professional women in business.

Sonia Sidhwaney has a passion for dates (the fruit) and creates date-nut bars. By day, she’s a programmer with many initials after her name including an MS degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University. But at night and on weekends, she’s busy making her date-nut bars. She’s pictured on the left with her bars before they are cut. She was on a quest for healthy snacks for her family and now she has the recipe perfected.  As a businesswoman, she’s now working on the marketing aspect of her business.

Her energy bars are vegan, soy free, dairy free, gluten free, and no sugar has been added. Additionally, no chemicals and preservatives have been added, but they have a long shelf life. Her company is called Nuts About Dates and more information is available at her website, www.date-nut.com. Most importantly, the date-nut bars are delicious and her granddaughter would concur!

Personally, I prefer the network marketing business model because the income is residual. For an explanation of the difference between residual and linear income, please view my video explanation. But in these tough economic times, it’s getting started on something of importance to you that is foremost.

A Dream and a Home-Based Business

Welcome back! With Thanksgiving over, have you gotten off your ‘hind and started walking? Doesn’t it feel good to just move? Perhaps you’ve noticed things around you that you’ve never noticed before. It doesn’t cost a penny. Have you thanked someone recently? Again, it doesn’t cost a cent.

Your head would have to be buried in the sand to not know that our economy is in a sad state of affairs. Hundreds of thousands of people have been laid off or in some cases offered an early retirement package. Personally, I did not know anyone who lost a job … until last week. And a couple of weeks ago, I lost two friends to cancer … women in pre-retirement and retirement. Women who had a zest for life and had their lives cut short.

Do you have dreams? Or do you just daydream? According to Dream Coach Marcia Wieder, dreams are the aspirations, goals, and hopes that you most want for yourself, your family, friends, and business associates. Achieving your dream, she says, is a three step process:
1. Clarify what you want. What are you passionate about?
2. Write it down.
3. Share your dream with others.

My dream is to establish an educational foundation in memory of my parents: The Mark and Dorothy Murakami Educational Foundation. Its purpose is to give scholarships every year to undergraduate students. One will be in the field of elementary education. Mom wanted to be a third grade teacher, but her family could not afford to send her to college. Dad wanted to be an attorney, but World War II broke out when he was a first year law student and he never went back to law school. Instead, he became an entrepreneur in the field of insurance. Coincidentally, my son recently partnered with another attorney and they opened their own law firm, Hixson Nagatani LLP, and his wife is a third grade teacher.

Unlike many foundations that are funded through donations and fund raisers, this one will be funded via a network marketing business (a.k.a. MLM). It’s taken a lot of research to find a right combination of great products and a great compensation plan. In the process of researching, I came across a group called Mentoring for Free. In my last company, I thought I had chosen a company with great products and I liked the fact that I could understand their compensation plan … until Mentoring for Free asked me the $10K question. That was an eye-opener. Here is the question: How many distributors and customers on autoship do you need to make $10K/month? I was appalled at the huge number. They told me it wasn’t my fault that I wasn’t making any money and they explained the different kinds of compensation plans. What an education that was. So, I decided to join them as a Mentor and Coach and now I help others in any network marketing or direct sales company around the world.

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What is your dream? I invite you to share it with others.