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- Feed Tennessee August 1, 2016
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May 23, 2016 – 11:37 pm
Iris Festival Creates Revenue and Exposure For Small Businesses from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. Artisans from all over the United States gathered together for the Iris Festival in downtown Greeneville, Tennessee on May 22, 2016 to display their handmade designs in anticipation of promoting their small businesses. There were more than 160 vendors that showed up for the two-day festival. Artists participate in drawing crowds to their tables and are active in giving their information out to those who are interested in buying and learning about their crafts. Business cards are handed out at each table even after the festival is over so that buyers can keep up with new and improved products through social media, such as Etsy. Cyndi Gorskey is from Florida. She etches designs and has painted wine glasses that she has turned into candleholders. Gorskey is familiar with attending festivals and being involved in them herself. The Iris Festival is the first festival she has been to in Tennessee, “It’s a beautiful little town, well organized.” She says she hopes to return to the Iris Festival next year. Businesses like David Cornett and his wife who started “Just Herbs” have been participating in the Iris Festival for many years. When his wife told him that she couldn’t have any more salt, so he came up with a blend to season their vegetables and everything else. It’s been 30 years since they started their business. They have created over 300 different types of spices and combinations of herbs to cook with. They have sold their spices all over the world. The Iris Festival shines a light on small businesses and exposes them to a lot of people. The festival gives artisans a chance on making profits off of their dreams, dedication, and hard work.
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May 8, 2016 – 3:31 pm
euthanized every year. The Washington County, Tennessee Humane Society hosted a fundraiser and adoption at Yee-Haw Brewing Company in hopes of raising awareness to the public about the financial needs of the organization. There were dogs and puppies located on the site that were up for adoption to a forever home. Yee-Haw Brewing Co. granted a dollar to the Humane Society for every pint of beer sold within the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. According to Young-Williams Animal Center in 2015 Tennessee alone had 5,524 adoptions and 4,330 pets that were euthanized. Organizations such as the humane society in Washington County are avid about teaching the importance of adopting pets and the need for spaying and neutering animals. Volunteers and workers are taught how to seek out the homes best fit for animals that are adopted. The Washington County Humane Society will continue to promote adoptions and set up on location at the Yee-Haw Brewery on the first Thursday of every month. Yee-Haw plans to continue contributing to the benefit through the purchase of pints of beer. People are encouraged to bring their own adopted pets to the fundraiser.
May 2, 2016 – 12:53 am
A Therapist's Desire to Serve from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. Burn out rates in occupations lead to eventual mental rundown or inevitable career changes. The passion to serve others through a specific choice of occupation may come as a personal risk for some individuals. People who are in careers that are heavily dependent on mental health have to focus on self-care techniques. It is important for every person who is fervent about serving others to remain aware that they are just as susceptible to become overworked, and that there are avenues to combat the mental stress. Ken Brewer has a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in drug and alcohol counseling. After two years of working as a therapist, he began to realize that he lacked the tools he needed in order to combat the personal stress of conducting therapy. At the same time as running therapy with drug addicts and court ordered individuals, Brewer demonstrated an interest in teaching college students. He could tell a clear difference between people who want to learn and people who have no desire to be served. Through his experience he realized that service is what makes a person good at what they do. Mr. Brewer mentions that by living a spiritually healthy lifestyle, service is exponentially granted. In his psychology classes he teaches students about the importance of self-care while having a career as a therapist. Brewer’s passion for serving others through teaching shows that service to others can only be properly done when people are mentally capable of giving themselves away and how it can benefit others. To those who are burning out of their current career because of their servant like personalities, try to incorporate self-care habits into a daily routine. It can be dangerous to stay in an unhealthy career. Burning out not only debilitates a person’s mental health, but it also can ruin careers, relationships, and physical health. It is critically important to remain aware and indulge in healthy career choices.
April 18, 2016 – 2:39 am
The men and women who serve in the military discover a life after spending time at war. It can be a difficult transition for many. What service members do with their life once they come back to the states is a testament to their survival and recovery after witnessing the atrocities of war. Tom Tschantz is a man who served in the war in Vietnam. He carries with him the knowledge of war and what it means to work hard in order to get a job done. He operated on board the U.S.S Oriskany, which was an aircraft carrier that served as a runway for airplanes. He joined the navy after realizing that school was not for him. With little education, he was assigned to work in the boiler room located on the ship. He was on board when a fire broke out that killed 44 men. Once Tom left Vietnam and returned home to Ohio he created a successful life for himself by working hard. Any job he was given, he excelled in accomplishing. After years of iron working, and rigorous labor constructing and painting water towers, he is now a registered flight instructor. He taught himself how to fly by climbing into an airplane and figuring all of it out on his own. He has built multiple lightweight airplanes that are referred to as ultralights. All of Tom’s accomplishments are a motivation and a demonstration for veterans that are struggling to find steady ground after returning home. His experiences in Vietnam did not hinder his ability to navigate through obstacles in life when creating a positive, productive lifestyle. Veterans all around the world can be motivated by the fact that keeping busy, and by being inspired by other veterans can increase the likelihood of a fulfilled life after war.
April 13, 2016 – 9:02 pm
Tom Tschantz was born in 1947. He was raised in northern Ohio. He was the child of hardworking parents that taught him the importance of using his hands. He did poorly in school and has the saying, “I brought home a D one time and my dad bought me a new bicycle.” Tom eventually dropped out of school in the tenth grade, and joined the Navy. He spent two years active and two years inactive. He was stationed on the USS Oriskany (CVA 34) aircraft carrier, in Vietnam, where it was his job to work in the boiler room. During his last year on October 27, 1966 the worst fire in 20 years broke out on the Oriskany. 44 men died that morning. He said, “We would fire off aircraft 24 hours a day; we were always launching and receiving aircraft, but I worked down in the boiler room because I didn’t have any education, didn’t know anything about aircraft, so that’s where they put me”. After returning home from Vietnam, Tom found himself a job as an ironworker. He worked structuring steel for 22 years, of which he enjoyed. Eventually he found an interest in oil field work, which then led the way for him to work on constructing and painting water towers. He built his own rigging equipment, “With my background in construction and iron working I knew the rigging end of it”. When it comes to flying airplanes, Tom has an abundance of knowledge. He has built three Kitfox aircrafts. Tom has an appreciation for ultralights, and has been featured in multiple magazines and newspapers. “I taught myself how to fly an ultralight and I loved it. From there, I went and got my private ticket in general aviation, got my instrument ticket, and then bought a big airplane, a Cessna 206 six seats with 200 horsepower”. He took the first single seat ultralight he built to Oshkosh and won Reserve Grand Champion. He qualified to teach for flying ultralights from Quicksilver in California for four years.
March 28, 2016 – 1:14 am
Mental wellbeing is a popular topic in today’s fast paced society. People are spending time and money looking into ways to improve their mental health status in order to keep up with the hustle. Luckily, there is something that can be done right now about creating a positive mindset about improving mental health. Incorporating meditation practices into a busy lifestyle will help to bring balance to a chaotic life. Photo by Ashley Coffey/ Peter RodriguezThere are many forms of meditation. Kathleen Prasad is an expert in the practice of Reiki, specifically animal Reiki. She started her own non-profit business in California, with several other locations, called Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). Information about her business can be found in the photo below. Kathleen was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago and began the practice of Reiki, a form of healing meditation, and is now cancer free. She attributes her health and wellbeing to her daily practice of Reiki for over eighteen years. When talking about the practice of Reiki, Kathleen says, ““Reiki is a spiritual practice, it has healing benefits. That is not whole purpose of Reiki. The purpose is a spiritual practice to bring you to open up that inner compassion that you have; your true self.” Part of what makes life stressful is the questions that people have, but feel as though they have no answers. Kathleen presents a calming solution, “[Reiki] it is so simple, but it is hard for us because we like stuff to be complicated. Reiki reminds us that we already have the answers, but you’re going to have to quite down so you can hear them.” The healing component of Reiki is a benefit to the practice, but like Kathleen said, it is not the only purpose. Reiki can be practiced throughout a busy day and will improve the life of those who make it a habit to take care of their mental health. Photo by Ashley Coffey/ Kathleen Prasad Business Information Meditation helps to form a person into a mentally strong and emotionally balanced individual. With consistency in the practice, a person will find that they are better capable of handling the stresses of daily life. Simply taking time to notice physical surroundings and finding appreciation for the simplistic components of life is a form of meditation in itself. So, enjoy the video below and take a few seconds to relax and find your breath again. IMG_0328 Video by Ashley Coffey/ Lake View
March 21, 2016 – 7:01 pm
“In Reiki there isn’t a dialogue… Reiki is about unification of hearts, there is no dialog, no words, there is just an opening of the heart and the animal joins you in that space.” - Kathleen Prasad
The connection between animals and humans is an innate relationship that has existed since the beginning of creation. Humans have an opportunity to connect with animals on a compassionate level. Human beings have learned that animals can benefit from their own therapeutic energy. Reiki is a practice that opens up a space for compassion that leads to the benefits of healing energy that promotes natural restoration. Animal Reiki is the practice of essentially doing meditation with an animal and facilitating a compassionate space. Kathleen Prasad is an expert on the topic of animal Reiki. She has dedicated that last seventeen years of her life to the practice of Reiki, she had the opportunity to study with Frans Stiene, who is an expert in origins of Reiki, and is a living proof of the benefits of practicing Reiki. Prasad has written many articles and several books on the practice of animal Reiki. She has been featured on radio talk shows and Healing Quest that aired on PBS. Prasad says, “Reiki teaches the most ultimate healing power we have is through compassion. True compassion is when we don’t judge; we don’t try to fix something that is wrong, we don’t define the animal by its problems or issues; we look deeper and see the animal as a bright light.”The practice of animal Reiki has shown to have multiple healing capabilities through the openness and awareness that it promotes. Animals are able to release pent up energy and open up an avenue where healing can occur. These interactions of physical touch or distance healing can promote Reiki with animals that are suffering in finding balance or a healing space. “Even when you may sense things about the animal, about the energy, the goal in Reiki is that you let it go. So, you hold everything with an open hand,” says Prasad. She says that it is best to allow the animal to open up its own heart and feel the safety surrounding the connection between human and animal, “the best space for you to be in a Reiki treatment is quiet, and so when thoughts come up, you let them go.”
Photo by: Ashley CoffeyWhen animals recognize a human who practices a lifestyle that reflects Reiki, they are drawn to the human and want to connect on the level that the human is acting upon. The cat in the photos above has been known to hide from anyone other than her one constant human. Once her human started meditating with her she has become much more outgoing and friendly towards visitors, and now even sleeps with her owner. This compassionate connection between animal and human creates a healing environment for both participants. “Healing is about becoming whole its not about curing a physical or emotional problem its about a wholeness on a spiritual level,” says Kathleen. She says, “We can access that (healing) through meditation and animals are very sensitive so when we are in that space of meditation, openness, compassion, they feel it, so they come and they sit with us.” When asked about how humans are capable of promoting healing Prasad says, “It is more like we facilitate the animals to find their own strength through our compassion.” She goes on to say, “Reiki itself is a spiritual practice it has healing benefits but that’s not the purpose. The purpose is to open up that inner compassion you have, your true self. When we invite animals into this space, they help us go deeper because of who they are and they are healing all around.” Animal Reiki benefits both the human and animal involved by creating a space for love, light, and compassion. Through practice and an open heart, animal Reiki brings together two species that walk this earth together and share a common ground of understanding, compassion, and a safe place to find healing.
March 14, 2016 – 6:31 pm
Choosing a career can be difficult. The struggle to find a career that provides a combination of a sense of personal accomplishment and financial dependability lessens when a person has knowledge about their own desires. A way to determine a fitting profession is by looking back to a person’s childhood and determining what was particularly fascinating to them as a child. The imagination of a child holds a key to what would make them happiest as an adult; regardless of the financial stability that one would hope comes along with a personal passion. The one thing about following a childhood dream is that there is a great potential of turning a job that starts out with low income into a booming business because of the personal drive that is put behind making the dream come to life. Created by: Ashley Coffey via piktochart.com When children are asked what they want to be when they grow up their answer more than likely stems from the knowledge of careers that are presently exposed to them. A child who is gunning to be a firefighter or a doctor may have the desire to pursue this career because of a mention or a career of a family member or family friend. There are some exceptions to this rule which is proven to be true by Beverly Barnett, who is the head flight instructor and founder at Advanced Flight in Johnson City, Tennessee, says, “When I was young, I fell in love with flying, and so I pursued aviation and I loved that forever. I’ve been involved in aviation since I was a young teenager”. Barnett’s parents were more inclined to encourage her to “go to church and to go to work, but they never put any emphasis on creating a type of career”. As a young girl, Barnett found herself in a position where she was able to learn how to fly airplanes by researching what she loved and falling into the hands of people who steered her in the right direction. By following her childhood dream, Barnett has had “the opportunity to meet many, many nice people and to also help many people”. Now she has created a life long career out of her childhood passion that has generated an abundance of friendships, created jobs for her community, and provided financial stability throughout her life. Many people feel that destiny is the cause of success in business and in life. This may be the case on some level, but without an understanding of the desires that one has during their youth, a person may never discover a career that is fulfilling to an exponential degree. Linking the creativity of a child’s mind with the abilities of an adult mindset and tools, a career can be both fulfilling and rewarding. This does not mean that hardships will not come about, if anything, there will be tough times that lay ahead when following an aspiration, but the outcome will be far more worth the effort once a dream career is achieved.
March 6, 2016 – 9:49 pm
“If you’re still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Mediation makes you more productive... Meditation gives you practice having power over your urges so you can make intentional choices about which to follow and which to let pass.” -Peter Bergman, Harvard Business Review Corporate America is jumping on the bandwagon. Employees are costing businesses major bucks due to work related stress. It is estimated that there is a loss of about 3.2 workdays along with a whopping $10.11 billon as the annual cost of having stressed out employees. It does not pay to have employees who are not mentally capable of doing tasks at hand. Corporations are noticing the impact stress has on workers financially and health wise. Both of these areas are important to observe and maintain personnel wellbeing in order for company production to designate at its highest peak. Healthy workers make healthful rewards for corporations, so it is in the best interest of employers to ensure that employees are learning techniques to enhance their mental health. It is quite simple to utilize meditative techniques within the walls of an office building. Incorporating these 3 methods of meditation (mentioned below) into a daily office routine will greatly increase productive work from employees. Triangle Breathing “Take a deep breath” is a common demand that is meant to calm an individual during a moment of felt or visual stress. While this is a great suggestion, taking it a step further and augmenting breathing performance will elevate the breathing performance. The practice of triangle breathing is simple. It is a technique that can be practiced while in a meeting or while being seated at an office desk. Following a natural inhale and exhale, the following inhale will be counted then proceeded by a hold of the same count, then finalized with an exhale of the same count. An inhale of 5 seconds will be held for 5 seconds and exhaled for 5 seconds. This creates an imagined triangle for a visual effect. This concentrated breathing technique can be repeated for 3 to 5 minutes. Time Tap Connecting physical actions with mental phrases and steady deep breathing is another meditative technique. While both hands are positioned on thighs, start from the pinky fingers, and tap each finger along with the syllable of a five-word phrase like, “I always have enough time”. Progressive Muscle Relaxation The body has a way of holding in stress when the mind is overwhelmed. Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that brings physical awareness to tension located within the muscles. This technique brings focus to muscle groups by tensing muscles and slowly releasing the muscle and while noticing the tension leaving the body. It can be in a sequence from head to toe tensing and relaxing or toe to head. Once this technique is practiced multiple times the benefits increase like all other forms of meditation practices. All three of these forms of meditation can be practiced while at work. After practicing these techniques, over a period of time, work productivity will increase and stress levels of employees will decrease. Happy employees are more productive and willing to expand their creative minds in the better interest for the business’s for which they work. Utilizing meditation in the workplace has the best interest for both the employees and the employers.