A Bit-O-Abundance at the Outdoor Retailer Show 2013

I recently attended the Outdoor Retailer Show (OR) in Salt Lake City in support of Susan McLaughlin and Align Integration and Movement. Susan had been asked by Gaiam to teach a few exercise classes that would demonstrate a number of inventive means by which to use their products. Thusly we showed up at the Yoga Zone, which had been laid-out in a classroom format for this purpose.

What tumbled into my mind when I came into that space were these words: Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury – rather it’s about providing all with a life of possibility. – Diamandis and Kotler from their book Abundance

Possibility” was what I witnessed during Susan’s classes for Gaiam and what I discovered while talking to other vendors who produced yoga classes, fashion shows and demonstrations in the Yoga Zone.  You see, Yoga is a new arrival at OR and a cluster of related retailers had been invited to “show off”, not just tell about their offerings. The creators of the OR 2013 literally opened up valuable space to allow these “new kids on the block” a chance at snagging big chunks of business at the show.

The OR organizers had gone so far as to invite the good folks of Yoga Journal to act as the host of the classroom. Hayley Brockmier and team from the journal were there to make sure everyone had a chance to present their products and feel invited.

Consequently I witnessed vendors handing over free clothing to passer-bys so they could join a class. I even tossed in a few dollars to help pay for a pair of yoga pants from Cozy Orange so a young attendee could participate in Susan’s class.

To me, the entire Yoga section was filled with abundant thinking. First the OR deserves a hat tip for inviting future vendors to join in the possibility of making of new accounts and spreading awareness around the part they play in the Yoga world. Second a high-five to Hayley and the Yoga Journal who helped inspire all the vendors in supporting and assisting each other in making a good showing at their first OR event.

So what about you? Where can you open up a possibility for someone in your network? Go make it happen and leave your comments below. I’m interested in learning about it.


Authors Note:
If you’d like to hear more about this event from the lips of Hayley Brockmier of Yoga Journal she offered me a chance to interview her here:


If you are curious about how Susan integrated several Gaiam props into her dynamic exercise class take a peek here:



Completion of 2012 and Beginning 2013

The end of the year typically finds us setting resolutions and gearing up for new and wonderful events to come. And I have a question for you as we stand one-month deep into this new year of 2013:

How are those resolutions working for you?

If you are like millions of other folks, the emotional drive and enthusiasm around your resolutions is wearing thin. If this shoe fits, here’s a way to take that one off and have a stronger more sustainable means to walking stronger through 2013.

Instead of having a set of resolutions, complete your 2012 with this activity. Then, once a month review the list of questions and make notes about how you might answer the same questions at the end of 2013.

Completing and Remembering 2012

What was your biggest triumph in 2012?

What was the smartest decision you made in 2012?

What one word best sums up and describes your 2012 experience?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2012?

What was the most loving service you performed in 2012?

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2012?

What are you most happy about completing in 2012?

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2012?

What was the biggest risk you took in 2012?

What was the biggest surprise in 2012?

What important relationship improved the most in 2012?

What compliment would you liked to have received in 2012?

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2012?

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2012?

Creating 2013

What would you like to be your greatest triumph in 2013?

What advice would you like to give yourself in 2013?

What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2013?

What would you be most happy about completing in 2013?

What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2013?

What would you like to change about yourself in 2013?

What are you looking forward to learning in 2013?

What do you think will be your greatest risk in 2013?

What you most committed to changing about your work and improving in 2013?

What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2013?

What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2013?

Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2013?

What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2013?
Borrowed from Robin Blanc Mascari

Instead of setting resolutions, take a humorous approach to archiving the major events that occur to you during this year. Then when the year wraps up, take your archives and build your own movie review of these events. You can see an example of MSN’s year in review.

If something like this appeals to you, just head out to www.jibjab.com and find the “year in review” templates awaiting your creative genius.

Finally, another way to enhance your experiences during 2013 is to trade out the practice of having resolutions to the practice of having a theme.

Allow the spirit and nature of this theme to guide your behaviors each week, each month and through-out the year. This year my theme word is JOY. I decided to capture this theme in an intention collage that I view each week.
Some of my clients love wearing their theme in a piece of jewelry as you find here: http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/
And if this practice of allowing a theme to lead your actions instead of resolutions, you might like visiting
Edwards and One Little Word:  http://aliedwards.com/one-little-word