Drink your H.A.

Drink your H.A.

In September I talked about Hyaluronic Acid, or collagen. Over the past few weeks I’ve done more research on this to see if drinking HA in makes any difference in the results. I suspected that it makes a difference, but I don’t post on here based on suspicions. I do research to confirm what I think.

Monica French, a top leader in my company, said this on  a document posted on a secret Facebook page:

“Liquid supplements are more bioavailable for immediate action, maximum benefit and fast results. A liquid is already dissolved, ready to be absorbed for physiological use and is enhanced by absorption in the mouth vs. pills, capsules and powders, which are unlikely to be absorbed at all until they reach the intestine.”

The brand I recommend has been recommended and recognized on  NBC, Fox, Good Morning America, Prevention, Ms. Fitness, Natural Solutions, New Beauty and New You.

Science backs this up in many areas. So, it makes sense to go with a liquid if you want rapid results. It is the same reason we use liquids in other supplements or medications. Such a ibuprofin or a cold remedy.  To learn more, contact me.

Here are 2 pictures from the studies done on this:



Pain Ends

Pain Ends

© Katy A. Brown

Published: October 26, 2016 from Family Friend Poems

Breathe in the fresh air,
Put your mind at ease.
Let down your hair,
Let it flow in the breeze.

Let your eyes wander
To all the beauty to be seen.
If those toxic thoughts you still do ponder,
Then let out a scream.

Scream until the pain is gone,
Until you’re no longer feel afraid.
Open your eyes to a new dawn,
Let the darkness fade.

No longer compare yourself
Or your flaws to others’ perfections.
Take the negativity off the shelf,
Focus on your direction.

Pick the sadness up off the floor,
Sweep it into the wind.
Close the door on self-hatred,
Never let it back in.

For the lies it would often tell you,
You will no longer agree.
Happiness and love are what you should hold onto,
They are whom you should give the key.

Pay no attention to the toxic thoughts,
Listen to those who adore everything you are.
Overthinking was what you once were taught,
But now those thoughts you put in a jar.

Focus on your goals,
Never lose your fight.
It’s time to open new scrolls,
Everything will be all right.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/pain-ends

Right now I am in the middle of some reshuffling and changing things around. So I did this today. Be blessed! Malissa


Let the sunshine in!

Let the sunshine in!

Getting through the storm

Today’s post is completely by inspiration of the Holy Spirit because I’m battling a major storm to be still.

How do you get through a storm? Jesus did it by telling it to be still. He spoke to the storm. When is the last time you mustered up the courage to tell the storm to be calm? It seems silly. In recent weeks the United States has been attacked by storms. Herman and Irma are just 2 of them. Storms can do major damage.

But how do you beat them? Here are some things you can do:

  1. Speak life! No matter what is happening around you. There was a song I learned as a small child called “Let the sunshine in.” It’s a simple song: but has powerful message. Listen to it as you read the rest of this.
  2. Take time to dream. Imagine the life you want.
  3. Figure out what needs to happen to make your dreams a reality. Create a strategy to make it happen. Break it down into manageable steps.
  4. Get to work.
  5. Write out a daily plan to do what needs to be done. Mine includes these things:
    1. Exercise
    2. Eat healthy, 3 times a day with 2 snacks (this keeps my metabolism high and helps with being healthy.
    3. Including this blog, plus a book I’m getting started.
    4. Daily affirmations
    5. Writing out what I’m grateful for
    6. Writing out what I saw success at that day.
    7. Work on school projects.
    8. Getting on Facebook and follow the 10/4/1 strategy. To know about this: message me.
  6. Decide that you will do what it takes until you see what you want becomes manifested.
  7. Develop the mindset that nothing will stop you from getting what you are working towards.







  • Sensei,
  • Master/Mr./Ms./Mrs.
  • Bowing as you enter or leave the room
  • Bowing to the instructor
  • Before and after doing a kata (special thanks to my friend Renshi John Morgan Hamilton for this part)

These are all used to show respect in martial arts. I have noticed that respect is lacking in many families as well as in schools. Webster’s 1828 dictionary says that respect “regards the qualities of the mind, or the actions which characterize those qualities.”

Another website Babin’s Martial Arts said this about respect regarding martial arts: “Respect means “taking someone else’s feelings, needs, thoughts and ideas into consideration”.   It means treating people, places, and things like they are special.  It also means admiring others and honoring their wishes and knowledge.  And finally, when dealing with others, you take their position into account.”

Think about someone you know who is respectful. Doors just seem to open for them. They are just blessed more. And life is just easier for them. The youth who is respectful gets better grades in school and has more friends. Leaders command respect. And it is because they are respectful.

Billy Graham

But now think about someone who is not respectful: how is life for them? Easy or hard? What kind of friends do they have? How are they perceived in the community they live in?

Respect is something that is earned.  But sadly, in many societies today this is something rarely seen. But it should be changed. And it can be. Respect is required in Japan by society. So, it can be taught. One of the biggest lessons my Grandpa Boyles and Grandpa Elkins taught me growing up is that we should always be respectful. It is a lesson that is sadly lacking today. But in dojo’s around the country: it is being taught. So, we do have hope.



Power of Gratitude!

Power of Gratitude!

An amazing leader and friend named Tony Rubleski  posted this on Facebook this morning.

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In recent years I have made a conscious decision to become grateful for anything I can find to be grateful about. To start with, it wasn’t easy. But the more I work on this, the easier it gets. I have said many times on here that it’s important to do daily affirmations. Having an attitude of gratitude goes right along with this. Earlier today I posted 10 things I’m grateful for as a public note on Facebook. Here is that list:

My prayer is that this will inspire you to do this as well.
  1. I am loved by God, my family and friends.
  2. I have a new day and that means a new beginning.
  3. I am seeing better success than a year ago I thought would be possible.
  4. My life is improving day by day.
  5. I am surrounded by great people who inspire me to be the best I can be.
  6. I am prosperous by faith and I’m seeing prosperity show up in my life every day in unexpected ways.
  7. I am a hard worker and as a result my dreams and goals are becoming a reality.
  8. I know by walking in gratitude, my life will be blessed.
  9. The rain yesterday was such a blessing because it was enjoyable to smell.
  10. Because of Jesus and because I do what He directs me to do, I am blessed in all I do.

I hope this encourages you to begin to do this. Be blessed.

If you want to e-mail Tony, his e-mail address is: tony@mindcapturegroup.com.


I can’t have gluten! Help!

I can’t have gluten! Help!

I’ve been getting questioned a lot recently about how do you substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten free flour. Some people are making this change due to allergies, but I have noticed that some people are doing this because they want to see how this affects them.

Option 1:

Use an all-purpose gluten free flour and if you are making bread add 1tsp xanthan gum or ½ tsp. arrowroot powder. Bob’s Redmill is a popular brand. But there are other brands available.


Option 2:

In place of flour in a recipe, try this combination.

  • 3 parts white or brown rice flour
  • 2 parts potato starch
  • 1 part tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum for every 1-1/2 cups flour mixture



What is YOUR mindset???

What is YOUR mindset???

Mindset: an attitude, disposition, or mood. And, an intention or inclination. 

With this in mind: how do you keep your mindset positive? What are some actions you can take to have a positive attitude, disposition, or mood? How do you keep your intentions and inclinations going the right direction?

Here are some things I have done to keep positive:

  1. Start my day off right. I do daily affirmations. Then I eat breakfast. Then I exercise, these days by training in the Chuck Norris System.
  2. During the day, if a negative thought comes up (and it happens), I replace it with something positive.
  3. If I get hit with bad news, I find something positive in it. It’s the idea that there is a silver lining in every cloud. It’s not always easy to find, but it is there. For example, Las Vegas was hit by a shooter overnight last night. That is a bad thing. But I’m thankful that more people weren’t killed. This doesn’t mean I’m not sorry for the losses. I am very sorry about it. And I did cry over it.
  4. If I get frustrated, I practice martial arts or do something that gets me moving. As I exercise, I am able to literally work-out my frustrations. And then I go back and finish whatever I was working on. Whether it is school or my business or something else.

How do I keep my intentions positive?

  1. I stay focused on my goals. And review them frequently to make sure they are where they need to be at.
  2. I stay connected to my leaders and give them the freedom to speak whatever needs to be said, either good or bad, to me.
  3. I make sure that I am worthy in my own actions to be a leader. I can’t expect anyone to follow me if I am not actively doing what I would expect others to do. I am a leader, not a boss. And I keep this in the forefront of my mind.

What are some things you do?