Launch for Life Workshop Series

If you only knew how many pages of notes I have taken on classes, workshops and seminars that I either want to take myself, or want to offer to others. As the President of PIU, I was able to teach many varieties of classes, but never classes like these.

What I hope to accomplish in these classes is to educate, empower and enlighten women of all ages. I have found that much of a busy women’s time is spent daydreaming about what they would like to do, or who they would like to become in the near or distant future.

I hope to help others appreciate the moment that they are in, and to enjoy the journey of creating their own life and finding their true purpose. We often look so forward to the end results in life, that we often miss the experiences themselves.

Many of us want to change..transform our lives, but we truly don’t know the first thing about how to make these changes. At Launch for Life, we hope to provide the necessary tools and resources to support and encourage the women who attend these classes to LAUNCH.

We will use many tools and resources to do this, including meditation, guided well as mentoring, fantastic speakers and lots of support! Oh, yes, and don’t forget all of the new friends you will make!

This is not a place to market to others..this is a place to learn, love and grow. Dress casual and come to enjoy!

The first class is January 10,17,24 and 31st. I am offering the classes for free for the month of January, so space is limited!

If I need to add another series in January, I will.

I will also be hosting a number of other classes and workshops on an ongoing basis. Be sure to join my email list to stay tuned!

Would you like to host this Launch for Life series in your area? Let me know!

Peace and love. Brenda


Thankful for True Abundance

Happy Thanksgiving!! I have an exercise for all of us today. I want you to take a piece of paper and write out 10 things you are truly Thankful for. I mean seriously thankful for each and every day.

our backyard

Close your eyes… imagine your heart swelling and expanding to full abundance. Now, as you visualize your heart and all of it’s love and abundance, what do you see? Who do you see? What or who in your life are you thankful for? What makes you smile?


Here is my list, ( in no particular order )

My husband

My soulmate for 32 years and counting..

My family

My friends

My dogs


My home

My health




God's pallet

The Beach

Mother Earth

My mom and her amazing husband

My Guides and Angels


Quiet time to myself

The lessons that I have learned

My mom is surviving her chemo treatments

As you look at your list, how many of them are material items? Not many, I bet…if any.

As I was lying in bed this morning, I felt the need to get up and jot down my thoughts this Thanksgiving. I have been reflecting through this time of spiritual enlightenment, that it is not what we can buy, or own, or control that completes us, but it is the life that we have been given, and the many Blessings that we are thankful for that gives us joy and TRUE abundance.

Everyday, God blesses me with abundance. I admit that in the past, living in a unconscious mind state, I didn’t really realize that the abundance that I felt came from the many gifts that God has blessed me with, like all of the amazing gifts that I just mentioned I am most thankful for. He has also blessed me with lessons, (both hard and easy) and I am thankful for all of them. Without lessons, good and bad, one cannot learn and grow.

Today and everyday, be thankful for these gifts that we have ben given!! Peace and love this Thanksgiving!!

Lil’ Baseball at The Pitching Center is awesome!

It seems like only yesterday, when my little boy, Jake began baseball. He was 4 years old, when we made our way to the Sportspark to register him for Pleasanton American Little League. I’m really not sure which of us were more excited to see Jake start….him or his parents!!

Jake loved baseball as soon as he could hold a baseball, and daddy had already ‘invested’ in a glove and ball by the time he was 2. There was nowhere for Ron to take Jake to learn the game early, although he would have if there was a quality place to go back then.

When t-ball began, we couldn’t wait for the games, so we could watch him hit the ball off of the tee, and run the bases! Good times! Great memories!

Fast forward 11 years…Jake is now 15, and a very talented baseball player! Not only does he love to play, but he loves to help kids learn to play. So, Jake was pretty excited when he got a call from The Pitching Center of Pleasanton, asking if he would like to help train for their new Lil’ Baseball program.  The Lil’ Baseball program is a pretty new concept that they are offering at both the TPC of Pleasanton and the Cabernet of Livermore.

I volunteered to take Jake to TPC on Saturday morning for his first day of working with the kids. The baseball facility is so comfortable and clean. As I was walking around the place, I found a baseball mounted, that Jake had been asked to share with the The Pitching Center. It was from a game he pitched (a non-hitter) when he was 11. It was a BIG deal for Jake back then to be on the Wall, and it still is. Jake also attends TPC for pitching lessons, and has benefited tremendously from their instruction over the years.

I had a blast watching the little 3-6 year old boys and girls run in, and quickly begin racing around the bases, laughing and playing. I had to grab my camera and start snapping some shots!


National Anthem- so cute!

I watched as Coach Eric hung up an American flag, and the kids stood in a line, hands over their hearts. The parents joined in, and the National Anthem begun to play. The kids were mysteriously quiet as they stood there, listening. Then as soon as the anthem was finished, they all yelled “Play Ball!”

Running the bases

The kids played all types of games, each one with a specific goal of teaching hitting, throwing, running bases…and most of all teamwork. You could really tell that they were all having a ball, and so was Jake and the other instructors.  I had to smile… I saw my 4 year old little boy in those kids. I witnessed the love that my son has for kids, and I appreciated the love that these coaches have for the game and for the kids.

Coach Eric and his assistants

The owners at TPC are professionals, and you can feel their passion for the game in all they do….from their red, white & blue logo, to the National Anthem before class, to the fact that they announce the little kids names when they walk up to the plate to bat!! It is so cute to see these kids learn this great All-American sport in such a fun way!

If you have a little ‘Jake’, better head down to Lil’ Baseball. You will make memories that will last forever!!

Purple Rain made of Sterling Silver..

Last evening was the Launch Party for my good friend, Cricket Henning’s jewelry line!

Cricket and I met years ago, on the baseball field..where else? She is a very talented person, and has always loved jewelry. So, she decided it was finally time to start a jewelry business…

She has named her new business Purple Rain, and her products are stunning! Last night, her friend Kimberly had a party for her, and the guests loved her creations. It is no wonder..they are fabulous!

Cricket works with sterling silver and crystals, and she can make custom pieces for say anything. She recently made me a gorgeous necklace for me that says ZENBREN as a gift..and I love it. Her prices are very inexpensive, and her pieces are very unique.


If you would like to order custom design pieces, or buy some of her great jewelry, let us know. Also, if you would like to host a party for Cricket, and receive free jewelry, let us know too!

Congrats, Cricket! I am so proud of you and I can’t wait to see the business soar!

You are a FIREWORK!

This song has alot of meaning and symbolism.. whether you like the video or not is of your choice. But the lyrics are so inspirational to all. I hope you like it!

Meanwhile, here are the lyrics to the song:

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting throught the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that tehre’s still a chance for you
Cause there’s a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gunna leave ’em fallin’ down-own-own

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you’re reason why all the doors are closed
So you can open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on slet your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gunna leave ’em fallin’ down-own-own

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through

Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on slet your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gunna leave ’em goin “Oh, oh, oh!”

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

Highly Sensitive Children process differently

What Is High Sensitivity?
Excerpted from The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them
By Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. (


Highly sensitive individuals are those born with a tendency to notice more in their environment and deeply reflect on everything before acting, as compared to those who notice less and act quickly and impulsively. As a result, sensitive people, both children and adults, tend to be empathic, smart, intuitive, creative, careful, and conscientious (they are aware of the effects of a misdeed, and so are less likely to commit one). They are also more easily overwhelmed by “high volume” or large quantities of input arriving at once. They try to avoid this, and thus seem to be shy or timid or “party poopers.” When they cannot avoid overstimulation, they seem “easily upset” and “too sensitive.”

Although HSCs notice more, they do not necessarily have better eyes, ears, sense of smell, or taste buds-although some do report having at least one sense that is very keen. Mainly, their brains process information more thoroughly. This processing is not just in the brain, however, since highly sensitive people, children or adults, have faster reflexes (a reaction usually from the spinal cord); are more affected by pain, medications, and stimulants; and have more reactive immune systems and more allergies. In a sense, their entire body is designed to detect and understand more precisely whatever comes in.

How HSCs Sort Oranges

When I was little my father liked to take our family to visit factories, where he would talk the managers into taking us on a tour. The steel mills and glass manufacturers overwhelmed me, of course, because I was highly sensitive. They were too loud, hot, and fiery, and I would cry, so that I dreaded these trips. My nonsensitive family members, on the other hand, were annoyed by my tour-stopping behaviors. But I liked one tour-the orange-packing plant. I liked the ingenious invention that moved the oranges down a shaking conveyer belt until they fell into one of three sized slots-small, medium, or large.

I now use that experience as a way to describe the brains of HSCs. Instead of having three slots for processing what comes down the conveyer belt to them, they have fifteen slots, for making very fine distinctions. And all goes well until too many oranges come down the belt at once. Then you have a huge jam up.

So of course HSCs probably will not like the loud mariachi band in the Mexican restaurant, noisy birthday parties, playing fast-paced team sports, or everyone watching while they give an answer in class. But if you need a guitar tuned, a clever idea for party favors, a witty play on words, or to win a game like chess that requires anticipating consequences or noticing subtle differences, your HSC is the one to have around.

Is It All or None?

Can your child be just a little sensitive? Some researchers say you either have the trait or you do not; others say it is a continuum. My own research says both-that is, some HSCs seem more sensitive than others, probably because there are so many ways that a child’s environment can increase or decrease how much sensitivity is expressed. But if it were a true continuum, like height or weight, most people would be in the middle. In fact, the distribution of highly sensitive people is more like a flat line, perhaps even with a few more people at either end.

Inside the Highly Sensitive Child

Let’s go farther inside the mind of your HSC. Yes, he notices more, but he may have a “specialty.” Some tune in to social cues, mainly noticing moods, expressions, or relationships. Some HSCs mainly notice the natural world, such as changes in the weather or the qualities of plants, or they seem to have an uncanny ability to communicate with animals. Some express subtle concepts, or the humorous and ironic. And some are mainly vigilant in new surroundings while others are mainly bothered by a change in the familiar. Still, in all cases, they are noticing more.

Your HSC is also thinking more than other kids about what she has noticed. Again, there is always variation. She may be pondering and asking you questions about social dilemmas-why you did what you did, why one kid teased another-or larger social issues. Another HSC might be trying to solve difficult math or logic puzzles, or worrying about “what would happen if,” or making up stories or imagining their cat’s thoughts. All kids do these things, but HSCs do them more.

The HSCs’ reflecting on “what’s come in,” particularly whatever they have seen or heard, may be quite conscious and obvious, as when they ask for more time to decide something. (You have probably noticed that trying to get an HSC to decide quickly is like trying to walk a male dog quickly past fire hydrants.) But often HSCs’ processing is entirely unconscious, as when they just intuitively sense what is going on with you. Indeed, intuition might be defined as knowing something without knowing how you know it, and sensitive people are generally highly intuitive.

The processing may be rapid, as when a child instantly knows “something’s up” or “you changed my sheets” when other children would not notice. Or it may be slow, as when HSCs think about something for hours, then announce some startling insight.

Finally, as a result of taking in more and processing it more completely, if the situation is creating an emotional response (and all situations do to some extent), your HSC is going to feel stronger emotions. Sometimes it’s intense love, awe, or joy. But because all children are dealing with new, stressful situations every day, HSCs will also have to feel fear, anger, and sadness, and feel these more intensely than other children.

Because of these strong feelings and deep thoughts, most HSCs are unusually empathic. So they suffer more when others suffer and become interested early in social justice. They are also brilliant interpreters of what is happening in anything or anyone that cannot speak-plants, animals, organs in bodies, babies, those not speaking the sensitive person’s language, and the very elderly when they suffer from dementia. They tend to have rich inner lives. And again, HSCs are conscientious for their age-they can imagine for themselves or understand when you say “what if everybody did that.” They also tend to seek the meaning of their lives very early.

Mind you, HSCs are not saints. In particular, with a few bad experiences, they are more likely than others to become shy, fearful, or depressed. But with a little gentle guidance, they are exceptionally creative, cooperative, and kind-except when overwhelmed. And whatever they are doing-or not doing-HSCs do stand out, even though they are not “problems” in the usual sense.

Long before I knew I was raising a highly sensitive child, I just knew my son was “different.” He was aware, incredibly creative, conscientious, cautious in new situations, easily hurt by his peers, not fond of “rough and tumble” play or sports, and emotionally intense. He was hard to raise in some ways, easy in others, and always stood out, even if only as the kid who was not joining in. So I developed the motto that I shared with you in the Introduction: If you want to have an exceptional child, you must be willing to have an exceptional child.

Happy 21st Birthday, Matt!

Happy Birthday to my amazing son, Matt. Today is your 21st birthday, so I wanted to take a few minutes to share one of my favorite memories of you as a child… there are so many, but this stands out!

Having daddy work at the firehouse, as a young kid, Matt had a major affinity with not only fire trucks and for visiting Ron’s firehouse in Fremont, but he was somewhat of a PYRO. Matt was mesmerized with fire, and given the opportunity to ‘play’ with it, like at a campfire or by the fireplace, he would sit for hours just TRYING to catch a stick on fire. We actually worried more about his safety, than the fact that he actually wanted to CATCH something on fire, when in fact the opposite was true…

When Matt was around 5, Ron was barbequing some steaks, which was a rare occasion since we were the epitome of a poor, young couple. The barbeque was smelling good, and the family was hanging out, waiting for the steaks to cook. All of a sudden, we see little Matt in the yard, towing the hose, over his shoulder like a firefighter.. he proceeded to walk closer to the barbeque, and began ‘dousing’ our steaks, and of course, extinguishing the fire! Needless to say, the steaks were ruined, but Matt was proud!

Don’t let Matt tell you any different..he still has a bit of a thing for the flame.. ;)

Happy Birthday to my amazing, smart, funny, talented, entrepreneurial boy…make that MAN. I love you, Matt!

Nutty kids!

Peace and love. Mom


A boy and his dog, Kelsey.

Matt and Papa

Jake’s Perfect Game Project – Can you help?

As most of you know, Ron and I have started a non-profit, called Light Energy Spirit Foundation. We have finalized our Mission Statement and our vision has been expanded to read as follows:

Everyday we strive to, be the Light in someone’s life, share positive Energy, and reflect the Spirit in all we do. It is that simple. We want to impact person at a time.

Jake has decided he wants in on the action. So, our first project will be managed by our son Jake, 15.

The Perfect Game Project

We all know how passionate Jake is about baseball. Well, last year, at the Babe Ruth World Series, he heard a story about the kids in the Dominican Republic, who love baseball, but have no gear. They play, using milk cartons for gloves and spools of twine for a baseball. Since that day, Jake has been talking about getting this started and now is the time.

He has begun collecting baseball equipment to send to impoverished areas, like Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as low-income areas here in the US. This is a simple project, in that there are very few here they are!

New or Used
Baseball Equipment
Baseball clothes
Rubber Bases
Batting Gloves
Cleats get the idea…

Also… there are two drop off locations – one at Murphy’s Paw in Downtown Pleasanton and also All Star Sports in Pleasanton.  We are also happy to pick up locally!

He is also are looking for folks who want to donate airline miles to get to the various locations to distribute (Haiti, Dominican, Mexico, US). His first goal is to distribute gear the week before Christmas.

Jake is working with another organization, Pitch In, who will be helping him to make sure that the gear gets to the kids who need it, in the areas that are accessible to us.

How can you help Jake?

Contact him at to

donate gear,
set up a donation location,
donate money (we have a non-profit status),
help in any other way
Meanwhile, he is planning his first fundraiser, which will be a big sale in a couple of weeks. So, stay tuned!

I am so proud of him, and I can’t wait to see where he takes this project!

Peace and love.

Take Better Care of Yourself!

How many times a week do you cancel or change your plans for the sake of someone else? When was the last time you bought something nice for yourself?

If you are like me, it is much more difficult to do for yourself than it is to do for just about anyone else.
I am guilty myself of doing the very same thing. Take last month, for instance. I had a ton of work to do on the new concept I am working on. I was on a roll and my creative juices were flowing! I had an afternoon appointment for Reiki. When I woke up, all I could think about was getting to my appointment, so I could feel better! As the appointment begun to get closer,  I began to wonder if I should just stay home and get my work done, even though I had personally scheduled the Reiki session to heal the migraine cluster that I was having.

Although I still had my migraine, I decided to offer my daughter Jenelle my appointment. She had been suffering from a migraine also, and she loves Reiki also! I suddenly decided in a moment’s notice that my work and Jenelle’s head were more important than my own pain. It seemed selfish of me to even THINK of going to Reiki when my own daughter was suffering…

As soon as  I offered her my appointment, she quickly responded with a polite, no thanks, mom. She then proceeded to remind me that I need to take more time for myself. She was so right! I almost gave up my appointment, and could have easily given it to Jenelle without a doubt. I am pretty certain that I would have been disappointed with myself later on that evening, had Jenelle actually went in place of me. Not upset at Jenelle, of course. But more upset with myself for not taking the time I need to recharge and relax.  Because I have learned that it is essential to fill ourselves back up with things that bring us joy, rejuvination and healing!

The Reiki session was the best session I have ever had, and was an extremely cathartic session, so thank you, Jenelle, for reminding me to practice what I preach!!
If you need Reiki soon, see Maria!
Maria Haswell
Reiki Instructor/Intuitive
Peace and love.. Brenda