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024 | Pull the Help Chain | Friends and Llamas Aid a Caregiver in Healing

  “Pulling the help chain” is a phrase I describe in Episode 24 of Heartsong Fit. In the Toyota Way, this phrase is related to Andon. The help chain, help cord, or yellow stop button, is a mechanism that line workers can use to stop production and call for help. It’s also used to notify […]

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023 | Bomber pilot’s wife shares stories of World War 2

Several of the episodes of Heartsong Fit include short stories by my mom, Lucille Maris. She shares her experiences from the 1940s when she was a young bride to my dad, Jim Maris. He flew multi-engine bombers out of Wendling, England in the 392nd bomb group during WW II. Dad trained in the B-17 and was […]

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022 | Living unplugged. A return to Fox Lake Resort.

Our trip to Fox Lake Resort in northern Minnesota for fishing and relaxation was pretty short in 2016, but it was well worth the drive. Living unplugged for a few days is a great way to destress and rejuvenate. Living unplugged. Have you heard people say that before? It comes in different forms. For our trip […]

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Be a lifelong learner. Listen to podcasts while you work out.

Do you listen to podcasts? If not, I highly suggest you give it a try. It’s a great way to continue as a lifelong learner in whatever topic interests you most. Most podcasts, including my two shows, Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris and Online Course Connections (soon to launch), are done as audio programs, which makes […]

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Thinking Outside the Box Spurred by Nature and a Llama Hike

Editor’s Note:  This is a story about changing your routine to clear your mind, to better connect with those whom you see every day, and to spur your ability for thinking outside the box. Living on a llama farm is a lot of fun for me, but it brings extra joy to see how the time with […]

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After Setting Goals, It’s OK to Rethink Your List

As you work to create the future of your dreams, do you have times when your list of goals just gnaws at you instead of propelling you forward in your endeavors? I’ve had that happen to me. I’ve simply had too many items on the list of goals for the amount of time available in […]

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Learn What Foods to Eat as You Also Work on Fitness

Editor’s Note:  As I walk for exercise or drive my vehicle, I almost always listen to podcasts. Here are a couple of episodes from programs on my playlist that I’m hoping you find helpful as you work on your goals for eating healthier and/or losing weight. Continue your quest to run a fit business and […]

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Avocado Egg Salad Recipe With Chia Seed

Hi Friends! As I was preparing food to take along to the Indiana State Fair llama shows, I came up with this avocado egg salad recipe that is made with avocado instead of mayonnaise or mustard. It was a bit of an experiment, but I really liked it. Even my llama training students, who are […]

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