September 2010

Andrea de Michaelis, Publisher
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Hello and welcome to the September 2010 edition of Horizons Magazine. Last month was relaxing, yet busy and productive. After I closed on my mortgage refinance, I got a few days off to enjoy the 4th of July weekend and recuperate from the month long fiasco of daily copying of financial documents before I had to begin working on the August issue of Horizons Magazine. I didn't know until the very day of closing whether I would close at all or not, so when I did, it was a big pressure off me. I took a few days off to decompress and ended up sleeping a lot. I also didn't feel like cooking much and so I made my favorite garlic parsley hummus and some babaganoush and ate it all weekend with pita triangles. I've been snacking on fresh watermelon all month, too. When I'm feeling stressed, it relaxes me to cook and I love creating healthy and low fat versions of my favorite foods. I used to think of hummus and pita as a snack, but now I realize it's a meal in itself. I enjoy food so much more since I changed to a healthier diet. Simpler foods satisfy me and I eat a lot less of them.

Here's my recipe for

1 large eggplant
1 small onion
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste
I also add a shake each of smoky paprika and cumin

Turn oven on 400 degrees, cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and place in a metal pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil.

Chop the onion in quarters and drizzle with olive oil, then place in one corner of the metal pan. This will brown first, so you'll take it out of the pan sooner. Same with the garlic. Leave the garlic cloves whole and peeled, drizzle with oil and leave with the chopped onion in a corner of the pan.

Roast for about 15 minutes, then check to see if the onions and garlic are beginning to get golden brown. If it's time to take the onions and garlic out, do so now. If not, check every 10 minutes until it is. The eggplant may take 40 minutes. When the roasting is done, remove from the oven and let cool.

Take a food processor and into it put the tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well. Once the vegetables are cooled, scoop out the eggplant, add the onions and garlic and blend. Taste and add lemon juice and salt to taste. Serve with pita triangles, or use as a dip for raw carrot, celery sticks, crudites.
I have more recipes like this at my website www.goddessgrub.com, Healthy and Luscious Low Fat Meals for the Goddess on the Go

Why Do I Give Away Free What Others Charge For?

I've been asked why I give so much stuff away for free. Things like free e-books and processes that other people will tell you are free, but are not since you have to give them your email address so they can spam you with their never ending marketing material. So they can get you to sign up for even more and more stuff until they've baffled you into giving out a credit card number. I've had friends who got charged for months, years before they noticed it. That's what this type of marketer counts on. So I don't do that. To me, FREE means no strings. FREE means you won't be repeatedly solicited now that they know who you are and where to find you. FREE means you just give them a link to the gift like I do all the time.

When I do blog posts containing free giveaways, I always get comments from marketers who want to promote their product, like the guy who this week wanted to market his 12 cd set which contains exactly what my e-book at the link gave away for free. The weblink he included was full of high pressure marketing language for his newsletters, video seminars, online conference calls and other products. His is clearly the shotgun approach.

I believe you don't need to buy anything in order to learn to make money and to change your consciousness about dollars. So much is available for free online. These are my most popular e-books - completely free downloads, no strings attached. If they are followed step by step, your world will change and your life will expand in ways you never thought possible.

A FREE Action Summary of Think and Grow Rich is at www.secret2dollars.com, displaying in red all the actions to be performed for success. I created this website so that you have a step by step, detailed To Do list to follow. Even though it is as plain as day, you still have to do the work of disciplining yourself to use your thought time effectively. But it's not like the guy who sells you a package saying it's the marketing secret to making millions of dollars, and all it says is "Find something the world wants and make it and sell it to them." Of course that's good info, but unless it tells you step by step what to think, where to hold your thoughts, what to pre-pace and how to attract it, it's a waste of your time and money.

The Invisible Counselors Workbook at www.invisiblecounselors.com contains the entire chapter 14 of Napolean Hill's Think and Grow Rich and his process for accessing inner guidance. This website was created so I could share my experience with the Invisible Counselor's process from Hill's book. With the free workbook I created, you will discover who your Invisible Counselors are, and you will record your sessions with them. I've shared transcripts of my own initial meetings and included exercises to help you hold your own. It's fun to get together in a group and do the workbook. The exercises are designed to help you to carve those neural pathways, through the mental muscle memory in your mind and let you become practiced at it. As you have new thoughts and beliefs, you realize more and more what is possible for you, and you will attract clearer guidance and more interesting invisible counselors at your table.

I've had a lot of success and fun using this workbook and would like to invite you to share your experiences. You can email me at andrea@horizonsmagazine.com

As predicted, the weather guys have changed their forecasts about how active a storm season we'll have. My poor aunt is giving herself anxiety by staying glued to the news and weather. I'm prepared in case we get a hit. I've got supplies, I've got a plan. My spidey sense tells me September 8-17 might be a time to stay alert. But unless a buddy tells me we're 24 hours from a hit, I don't really need to know about it. Hearing updates every half hour on storms that come and go in the Atlantic is not the best use of my thought time. Granted, being prepared lets me be at ease with all of it.

After the last stormy night we had, I went down to the beach at sunrise and watched the waves lap the shore. A lot of seaweed and debris had washed up during the night and formed an embankment on the beach. I thought, the waves are like the people and events in our lives, washing over us and leaving behind their own unique residue. Many people think they have to accept what washes up on their beach as something to be held onto forever but we always have a choice. We can weed through what Life gives is and keep only what's wanted and useful, or we can spend our lives grumbling to others about what trash washes up on our shore. Which do you choose?

Enjoy our offering this month. Hari Om.