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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Sage Restaurant Offers World Class Dining, Aria Hotel Las Vegas appeals to all the senses, Spanista is happy to report.
The Foodie Scene in Las Vegas is extraordinary. So many luscious choices created by the finest chefs and cuisine concept creators in the world want to include this high performance destination on their roster. All these fine experiences cover that full range of world favors, all within a few square miles. This is geography that fits into the size of midtown Manhattan alone! Along with 5 other AbodShelters Team members participating in the International Builder Show (IBS), I was invited by Dan Swift, President and CEO of BSB Design to celebrate our premier of the latest AbodShelters at IBS.  The work effort was intense as we prepared for the appearance.
The architectural design firm invested a great deal of resources into this humanitarian design solution for needy populations around the wordSage-Restaurant-Offers-World-Class-Dining,-Aria-Hotel-Las-Vegas-5.jpegPINIMAGE  especially when the global recession was at its peak. They believe devoting their talents to helping address the needs of the homeless everywhere and anywhere is the right thing to do. Now the design has emerged even stronger with the help of our manufacturing partners, Jacques and Lee-Ann Hammer of Johannesburg, South Africa. They engineered new ways to make the Abod go up quickly and affordably in Africa.
This couple came all the way to Las Vegas to attend the show and experience the best housing development industry conference in the world attended by over 40,000 people. So treating them to a great dinner at one of the finest restaurants the Glam City has to offer was great fun to experience together.
Sage was an excellent choice. The Aria Hotel where Sage is nestled with its Sage-Restaurant-Offers-World-Class-Dining,-Aria-Hotel-Las-Vegas-2.jpegPINIMAGEtall entrance and open glass studded lobby is grander than life. Fresh flowers stories tall, airiness and night lights set the atmosphere. Once you enter Sage you melt into the mood of fine dining that is relaxed yet refined.  Encouraging socializing are the high tables seating immersing into the bar scene. That was our choice.
The menu offers two options for your dining experience.
  1. A four course menu where portions downsize so you can take in the entire meal with joy.
  2. Chef’s Tasting Menu which offers wine pairings.
My choices were three courses: Salt Roasted Beets; Grilled Spanish Octopus; Maine Day Boat Scallop plus a spoon of yumminess to get the taste buds going. Of course class cuisine is not complete without a wonderful bottle of wine. A great compliment was a smooth Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.Sage-Restaurant-Offers-World-Class-Dining,-Aria-Hotel-Las-Vegas-3.jpegPINIMAGE
Sage Restaurant Offers World Class Dining, Aria Hotel Las Vegas delivers an incredible combination of flavors in each dish. Extraordinary! Explosive! It is what foodies dreams are made of! Spanista suggests checking it out the next time you plan to visit Las Vegas.  It was the perfect reward for the devoted preparation time by the team!  Thanks Dan! The AbodShelters Team had a great time.
To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,



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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Good News Monday: IBS 2016 Las Vegas Premiers AbodShelters Design reveals the emergence of an encouraging trend toward acceptance of humanitarian design by an industry that is rebounding from the economic downturn in the US back in 2008. It has been an arduous process for many home building companies and suppliers but now there is an update tone looking forward. This is great news for our mission too.

Our AbodShelters Foundation presented our low cost housing solution, The Abod, at the International Builders Show for the first time. It was part of the “Tiny Home, Tiny Town” Exhibit where we were the  alternative concept to the typical approach to trendy Tiny Homes that is capturing theGood News Monday: IBS 2016-Las-Vegas-Premiers-AbodShelters-Design-3.jpegPINIMAGE imaginations of many seeking simpler, more affordable ways to live. As Executive Director of the Foundation it is my mandate to advocate for homeless populations to be recognized as worthy of our attention and support. It is something I am passionate about. Those of you who follow Spanista know my belief that expressing love by giving back to help people in real need is a key pillar to living a rich and joyful life.

The Good News: Happy to share thousands of the shows attendees toured our AbodShelter and inquired about our mission. That included Ty Pennington, designer, co host of American Diner and humanitarian who is the AbodShelters FoundationGood-News-Monday:-IBS-2016-Las-Vegas-Premiers-AbodShelters-Design-6.jpegPINIMAGE Goodwill Ambassador. We thank Ty for donating his time to this cause. Ty came by to do media interviews and meet with our team and see visitors. Many times there was standing room only to view the Abod.  The words of encouragement and interest in offering us various forms of support were exciting.

The common theme that rises to the top from talking with people living in various cities across the country is the homeless populations are increasing so quickly and there is not enough attention and support to deal with it productively. The question is “Why are we not taking care of our own?”

What an important and heart wrenching question this is!!! I ask it everyday to keep me focused on the tremendous need – here in the US and around the world where one third of the global Good News Monday: IBS 2016-Las-Vegas-Premiers-AbodShelters-Design-5.jpegPINIMAGEpopulation lives on less that $1 a day so safe, lasting shelter is only a dream.  But is the US mindset ready to tackle the homeless issues our own society is experiencing? This last week the Mayor of Seattle issued a Sate of Emergency on this issue where homelessness increased by 19% compared to last year. See this article in the Seattle Times. We have an important up coming election – I have not heard any candidate address this issue. Do we leave it up to NGO’s and local governments to deal with it? Or are we ready to tackle this on another level collaboratively?

Good News Monday: IBS 2016 Las Vegas Premiers AbodShelters Design asks the hard questions. How to bring more joy to your life? Devoting time to serving your communityGood News Monday: IBS 2016-Las-Vegas-Premiers-AbodShelters-Design-4.jpegPINIMAGE in order to bring joy to others who need it more!  Consider your role as we look into this election year. Lastly, AbodShelters was designed to democratize housing for the world’s neediest populations – to be faster (build in one day), affordable and sustainable. We need the support of people like your to help us make a difference – just like this Las Vegas law enforcement team! Living well by example.

Go to to learn more and or donate to the cause.

And I am interested in your opinion. What do you think is needed to address US Homelessness productively?

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,



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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Good News Monday: NRF Big Show Rocks New York Before Jonas Arrives is the story of a great city that never ceases to entertain even in the coldest month of the year.  January 2016 brings me back to the  for my annual trip to the National Retail Federation’s Big Show which focuses on The Future ofGood-News-Monday:-NRF-Big-Show-Rocks-New-York-2.jpegPINIMAGE Retailing. So grateful this conference was scheduled the weekend before the record-setting snow storm Jonas arrived. At the Big Show I was invited to make a presentation on Sunday, Jan. 17th. My message is themed ‘12 Ideas To Drive Sales Across The Business’ from around the world.

I invited 2 accomplished ladies in the retail industry to join me  – Launa Inman, former CEO, Inman Associates, former CEO of Target, Australia and Billabong International & Andrea Bernholtz, CEO Titan Industries and founder of Rock ‘n Republic fashion brand she sold to VF Corporation.

Good-News-Monday:-NRF-Big-Show-Rocks-New-York-3.jpegPINIMAGEWe had a wonderful time-sharing our ideas to over 1000 attendees inspired by the great worldwide attendance. The ideas got a great reception. The city’s energy always delivers an added boost of adrenaline. I met many new people and made some new friends.

Good News Monday: NFR Big Show Rocks New York Before Jonas Arrives  allows for visits to my a couple of my favorite spots as the weather on the  weekend was spectacular when we were there  with temps in the 40’s. Love the Blue Fin for wine and fabulous sushi right in Times Square where we are staying tucked right aroundGood-News-Monday:-NRF-Big-Show-Rocks-New-York-5.jpegPINIMAGE the corner of the W Hotel. It is so convenient and yummy – attracting many sophisticated foodies from around the world. More of my favorite spots over the next couple of weeks.

Visiting the city always provides a shot of inspiration Spanista welcomes before jumping on a plane to Las Vegas for the International Builders Show for my humanitarian work with AbodShelters Foundation.

To Your Self Care Journey to Joy,


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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Good News Monday: Revive Your Bedroom Revives Your Spirit sets this New Year off to a fresh start that is creative and ever so personal. As Spanista just moved from the west coast to the east coast of Florida right before the holidays, setting the right atmosphere in my home is top of mind. With the moving truck at the front door, the main priority was to get the furniture in place. Then get the Christmas tree up and as much of the holiday decor in place that my energy could muster given the holiday was just days away. I have a tradition of putting up my decor the first week of November (Not this year!) and taking it down the first week January. Today I completed the later task. But as I was taking down the bedroom holiday decor it struck me of the important role my bedroom plays in creating joyful living. My bedroom has been my refuge. I no longer have a fireplace to set the mood. But now I had a new canvas by which to create a personal oasis I could fall in love with all over again. Especially in this new Treasure Coast environment.

I looked around the new space seeing it with new eyes. I began to wonder how I couldGood-News-Monday:-Revive-Your-Bedroom-Revives-Your-Spirit-3.jpegPINIMAGE enhance this special living and sleeping space to be the haven of relaxation I wanted it to be. When I paused get into my Spanista Mode -breathing in  while asking reflective questions the inspiration started to flow! I have enjoying living in the Florida lifestyle as I was also working somewhere else like New York City but I had never truly indulged in the chic coastal style. But now that I am living seaside and have come to walk the beaches regularly coming to enjoy simple pleasures like shell picking early in the morning and the ever-changing colors of the surf, I am coming to realize the unique, powerful personality of the Atlantic Ocean! I feel its incredible energy in ways I did not living on the gulf. I am now smitten with the colors of the sea found in Coastal Living Magazine – the shades of aqua, sea glass  green and blue. The sudden rich reds of coral that emerge on the sand – rare indeed making these finds ever so precious.Good-News-Monday:-Revive-Your-Bedroom-Revives-Your-Spirit-1.jpegPINIMAGE

Looking out the windows of the bedroom I see the Caribbean waters of our own back yard pool. Could the colors be brought into this room – extending  the aqua waters and pool tile colors through the window into the room – unifying the relaxing feeling of the pool?

Here is the Revive Your Bedroom Agenda:

  1. Exploring this theme around bedding and to my delight am discovering many options. I am seeking soothing, romantic design that come alive in rich textured cotton that breathes in these warm tropical temperatures. I took a trip to local stores to see what I could find. What do you think of these pics/
  2. Planning for relaxing seating that allows for comfortable reading space or lounging quietly while over looking the pool ripples and the swaying of the palm trees.
  3. The wall art that stirs the soul and feeds the heart to be very personal choices. This of course includes places for my favorite books!

Good News Monday: Revive Your Bedroom Revives Your Spirit has set me out on a mission that bring me joys right form the first stage of planning and will for months to come.

Where should I shop for beautiful design – or should I do a custom design solution?

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,


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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Good News First Monday 2016: Great Life Is Faithful Living is a promise to build  your dream on in 2016. Spanista wants you to theme and set the tone for this exciting new year with this powerful intention:  I AM MEANT TO LIVE A GREAT LIFE!

January is the time Spanista’s sets aside for reflection of ones life, evaluate the year gone by and establish clarity on your emotional and physical wellbeing journey. As I begin the new year, I step out in faith. After coming upon this great 2016 calendar cover I found in Barnes and Noble Bookstore over the holidays, the idea resonates even more deeply with me – It is time to make the most of who YOU are…stop the madness of emulating others because what is the point of it.

The right and Spirit driven reality is “Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken!” Design by Becca Cahan.

Firstly, I believe Spirit has given me all I need to have a great life. “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Secondly, it is up to me to recognize this, be open to it and gratefully accept!

Thirdly, I breathe deeply with eyes closed to feel the energy, life, and love of Spirit move through me easily and effortlessly. I open my eyes to divine ideas and discern what is mine to do. I discover my heart mind and body are filled with enthusiasm.

With this practice Spanista finds it becomes easier to let go of any points because a higher level of energy replaces it. Doing this everyday in January is helping me get establish Faithful Living. Yes,  I AM MEANT TO LIVE A GREAT LIFE!

I am blessed with unlimited possibilities to experience life through Spirit. Opportunities to connect with the Divine arrive in new and unexpected ways. With this new emotional strength, I am now conscious of others expressing kindness, joy, and peace.

Good News First Monday 2016: Great Life Is Faithful Living is about bringing to heart and mind to the rightness to fulfill your rightful REAL purpose here on earth. To experience this one needs to connect to this thought process.  Spanista feel one with all that is. I feel certain that my circumstances will work out favorably, perhaps in unimaginable ways. As I deepen my connection with Spirit, my faith grows ever stronger. Yes,  I AM MEANT TO LIVE A GREAT LIFE!

This January let’s do our part to ensure this year allows us all that we can enjoy with grace, open hearts and gratitude for the goodness coming our way. Let me know the affect this has on your life anytime.

Happy New Year to our Spanista Society!
To Your Self Care journey To Joy,



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