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Negativity…For What?

I’m not saying don’t EVER be negative…ok I AM saying that, but I think for most every living breathing human being that will be nigh on impossible…whatever. I’m not talking about perfection I’m talking about intent and action. Now. What you do in this present moment. That’s the only thing that is important and being positive (not negative) in this moment and in each “this moment” that you have is key.
Key to what? you might ask. Everything. I would answer. Yeah, oh…Doc…Everything. you say with incredulity. Yes, Everything! I say, But I’ll start small, ok?
Let’s not worry about EVERYTHING or PERFECTION, let us simply concern ourselves with what’s on our mind now and our best efforts to think as positively about that/those things as we can. Ok? I’ll do it, if you will (again, I’m doing it anyway, but you know…). So within our best effort to think positively on our challenges (whether they be tasks or relationships) we can give ourselves the energy to address these and move them in the right direction.

Criticism and complaining is the worst kind of negative thinking in regard to getting what you want and enjoying your experiences and interactions with others. I have one special person in my life who still gets the brunt of my criticism and complaints–which mostly, but not always stays in my head. And for the most part our relationship does NOT improve. It stays right in the negative zone. Pretty much every experience with this person sucks and when they don’t suck they’re neutral at best. That is so WEAK. I’m working on it! I’m working on it! Do you have such a person? Ugh!

Criticism and complaining just bring you more to criticize and complain about. Bleh! I don’t want that! I DO NOT WANT THAT! I feel it in my chest when I think about just getting more from my criticism and complaints now. NO THANKS! That feeling of “no more, thank you!” is what backs me right off that negative thought path. I would rather think of something gross than think of something negative–like a cigarette floating in a greasy bowl of cold soup. YUCK! But it’s better than complaining about something I DO NOT want more of. Turns me right away from that worse line of thought. Plus I’m not going to think about filthy cigarette water for long, but I could go on for hours criticizing the one I don’t love. HA! No, stop, now!

And criticism, complaining and negative thought paths don’t serve any real purpose. Does complaining usually fix anything? Occasionally you can get a bill adjusted or something fixed, but in terms of your intimate relationships does it ever really create the change you want? Never for me. Criticism of art or dance MAY instruct (and may not), but criticism of your children (without the offering of a better alternative, particularly) will just make them feel bad (and you too, admit it) and not get you the behavior from them that you want. Allowing your mind to wander and wallow down a negative thought path again will not get you what you want. Have you ever stuck to the diet from calling yourself fat and lacking will power? Has that ever really worked for you? Never has for me. I got frustrated with my fat, but I wasn’t hating on it when I lost it. Just ready for it to go.

So that’s it. Negativity, for what? The only thing it seems to accomplish is giving you more of what you  don’t want and keeps you from the things you want. So, stop, now!

Love ya,


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November 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your life is all you get

I used to think that other people’s lives were better than mine. I assumed they were anyway. When other people would spend time with their families I was envious as I sat with my own. When other people had experiences or wonderful opportunities I figured they were smarter or harder working or more together or more deserving than me, I assumed this as I experienced my own interesting, wonderful life that others repeatedly told me was the most interesting and amazing they knew of.

I was pondering this the other day and figured out it doesn’t matter how good someone else’s life looks because you’ll (I’ll) never experience any other life than my own. Not appreciating the multitude of blessings in my own life really is insulting to the people and things I attract that bless me every day.

I’m stopping the insult. I am stopping the attempt to pull in the experiences of others (did I mention this is impossible? It is!) and just sit with my own and savor them. If I want my life to be different, I am well aware, that I will need to change my beliefs, thoughts and actions. That’s where the change in circumstances comes from.

I love you…that’s always my starting and ending place!

Doctor Alissa

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Check out this video…just happened on it and it is RIGHT ON POINT.

November 27, 2011 Posted by | Female, Uncategorized, Woman | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Even in this slow down period of growing my business while I think and strategize I am still doing. I sold 30 imps the other day and used some of the money from those sales to buy copies of Think and Grow Rich for these 4 boys (young men) I know who appear to me (and I could be wrong)…drifting along. They’re intelligent and nice young men and I think they can be great, but they’re (likely) unfocused. I want them to be focused and manifest their dreams.

This is a larger part of my vision and intention for Da Vinci FML, LLC (my company over IMP and my other efforts) to share mindfulness and intentionality of the mind (e.g. Think and Grow Whatever the hell you want!) with communities that are relatively powerless. The power is there and always has been. It’s a matter or harnessing it. Sharing this fact and cultivating it is crucial to me.


p.s. Keep your earbuds SAFE with the IMP earbud belt. NEW 10 pack for $15/shipping FREE!

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, earbuds, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pondering…and moving.

So I have taken a break from blogging, and selling IMPs while I reconfigured my ideas and set some more goals. I realized a few things…I’m not a salesperson. And that’s not a bad thing. When I learned of sales representatives who can sell for me I was convinced that is the way to go. I want to bring this product to lots of people, and I can’t do that myself. Professional rep companies can.

I also learned about the need to develop a line of products for manufacturers to take me seriously. It is a lot of work and money to bring a new product into stores and and Andy told me “even if they think your product is the greatest thing since sliced bread, they won’t carry it because it would be too much work”.

So a line, is in the works, with universal workout mp3 holder armbands and the IMP straps.  It is cohesive with my other brand, the Size 10 Chronicles and the technology end of things. Both to make fitness better and more stylish and music/entertainment more organized and safer. That’s how I plan on working up the brand.

I am turning 40 in a month. I will try to get to the CES to the iLounge to sell IMPs. Lots to do, like 3 weeks to do it in. Line sheet today.


p.s. as I said on FB…”Next”.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, earbuds, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Manifesting Parking Spaces

So you know I LOVE Napoleon HIll. I am working on my Thinking and Growing Rich. My goal is to manifest $480 million dollars in the next 4 years. The book says to name your price, so I named one I think would make me happy. Whatever it is. Name it. Named it. Claim it. Claiming it. Manifesting what I think.

Part of getting the money–the main part really for me is gaining my freedom. Freedom to do what I want to do from moment to moment. Feeling freedom now–what will it feel like–working at the things I LOVE to do–inventing, business, working out, personal coaching, helping people with weight loss, and this…manifesting their dreams.

I have experienced this already. Sure it sounds nuts, but it’s not really. I manifested a size 10 from a size 20 and have maintained it after seeing it in my head I made it happen. The book says this and I knew it before I read the book as I experienced it from time to time previously. You have to feel what it’s like. I felt what my smaller body was like.

I know it works. I’m now working on a size 6–ripped and lean for good.

Anyway…so far I’ve been manifesting good parking spaces. Not $480 million dollars. But it’s a start.


November 26, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, earbuds, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


Agent Andy. I got about $1million dollars worth of advice yesterday from Andrew Abrams yesterday. Truly a priceless 45 minute conversation. He is a designer, licensing agent, genius all around to bringing products such as mine to market. Do this Alissa!

What I took from the conversation.

My price point is too high. Will make that adjustment on the website tomorrow.

Gift show representation…HUH? Knew nothing about it, now I know something and have a contact.

Retail packaging…I knew a bit about this, but got more detailed information about showing for gift shows (spindle, J hook).

Hope. There is a market for this product. Getting out to it won’t be as hard (or as easy) as I thought.

Yay for Andy!

Much love,


November 19, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, earbuds, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Some people are jerks…

I wrote a note on my town website about the product. It was risky because (and I had forgotten but was quickly reminded) how touchy people are on that message board. I got my hand slapped right away for advertising there. OUCH, that stings!

The person who slapped my hand is probably right, but the way he did it. YUCK. I was so upset, annoyed, hurt I got shaken for half a day. Now I have had lots and lots and lots of positive comments from people who have tried the product, bought the product and all and one guy, who has never seen it, and may tend toward the snarky makes a comment and WHAM I hit the mat and it takes hours for me to get back up again. This ish is fragile, but getting tougher.

And then some people are NOT jerks….I did have some very good news. I’m connecting with a man (thanks Barbara!) who can help me move the business to business end of things forward. I hope to work with him to get into gift shows and make contact with corporations and other vendors/orgs who could use the product as a promotional vehicle. Every time a customer or alumni looks at their iPod they’d see the logo of that company. Pretty cool. Looking forward to that!

Much love,


p.s. my dear friends via facebook backed me up on the jerk thing.

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, earbuds, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

That’s funny

I’m actually quite a funny person, witty, sarcastic, teasing…but you can’t tell lately. Heavy. I’m glad I have some friends with whom I can laugh. My cousin is number one on that list. I SO glad she is coming to New Jersey. We LAUGH all the time and she thinks I’m the most hilarious thing out there. (It helps to have a good audience!). I think we’ll do a podcast when she gets here. We say the most ridculous things when we’re together. You’ll laugh.

I could use some more joy. Joy makes it all flow. I carved out a bit of time to a little of my bible…Think and Grow Rich. I know my mind is in charge of all of this. Working on controlling that.

I used to laugh with my dad and I still can sometimes, but only one the good days, which is about 1 out of 3 for him. My poor darling dad.

Today sent a note to to ask them to review my product. Fingers crossed. I will talk to my neighbor tomorrow who writes about technolgy about who can review the IMP. He kindly offered to do this a month ago, but I’ve been a bit nuts (to say the least, eh?). It’s a good time as holiday shopping is just beginning. FOR REALZ I never thought I would be in a position to be getting ready for holiday shopping…from this end of thing. GET YOUR STOCKING STUFFERS RIGHT HERE! LOL.

Much love,



November 16, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, earbuds, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I don’t know what to say…

I like this business stuff. I have a challenge ahead of me because my product is so new (it came out of my brain, you know) I have to EXPLAIN what it is to people THEN convince them to buy it. The solution is really sort of obvious and once people see it they like it. BRILLIANT! MAKES SENSE. AWESOME. YOU’RE a GENIUS. …thanks! 🙂

717348425306_0_SM Tangled cords…AHHHHHH!

BlackWhiteWhite Orderly cords!


It is rather genius…in it’s simplicity and functionality. If I do say so myself. 🙂

So I talk about it and it works…to educate people about it. And encourage them to solve their tangled cord problems. I’ll talk. And keep talking.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I sold 3!

Tonight I ended up at the Princeton Macintosh Users Group (PMUG). For some reason I thought “users groups” this morning. I was actually thinking, “Holy sh*t, I started this company and now I have to sell these things! How?” People need to know about the IMPs. So I spent the day sending notes to my contacts on Yahoo and posting the first video commercial to my friends on Facebook. It’s a start right.

I am getting lots of good praise from my friends and family who finally see the IMPs and people are spreading the word to their friends, but I haven’t had any sales yet…until tonight (ok, it’s been 12 hours or so….ok, ok). Anyway the universe (don’t believe in it? sorry.) sent me to the PMUG meeting at the last minute tonight.

When I clicked on the link on the Apple website for MUGs in the area I saw listings for NYC and NJ. The next PMUG meeting listed was in December, but I just clicked on it anyway. I was surprised to see that the next meeting was this evening and the topic was Gadgets and Gizmos for the Holiday Season. What? My IMP is the perfect stocking stuffer (thanks for that idea Jen!)! Thank you universe…once again.

I picked up my kid and called my husband to tell him to come home early. I got my dad settled and my kid settled (with McDonalds…sorry kid, but had to give you something to make up for the fact I wouldn’t be home tonight…he got Astroboy and was happy with that). I programmed Princeton University into the GPS and was off.

I gave myself all kinds of pep talks on the drive down. “I’m gonna sell ALL these IMPs to those PMUGs!” “I am a great salesperson!” I’m not a salesperson…yet, but I’m building up the muscles…tonight was the first night.

I arrived at the meeting early and sat down. There was an unexpected crowd of older folks there…how cool, I didn’t see that coming, but liked it. They were companionable and friendly. I chatted with a few folks.

Then I noticed the presenter sitting down front and said to myself “No time like the present.” So I went down and introduced myself and the IMP to him. He was kind enough to include my IMP in his presentation. He went through like 100 products…some amazing and some weird and even some DIY suff for the holidays. He had a powerpoint with a lot of the products and then actually a few in person. He ended with mine and said “The inventor is actually here”. I explained what the product did “what you do with your earbuds…when they’re not in your ears”, was added to the URL list that will be shared with the entire group, and got some applause.

When I first spoke to him he mentioned his girlfriend Marie who reviews “products like yours”. I looked for Marie after the meeting and gave her a handful of IMPs. People complemented the packaging (designed it myself….thanks!) and the idea. They loved that I had it patented and I sold 3! Not quite my whole bag, but a start…and it felt SOOOOOOOO good. Way better than working…hello?!?!?! People give you money, for your product. You make money. I figured with that $27 bucks I made, paid for a good handful of product, a small dent in my investment…but something back. What a RUSH! I was high the whole drive home!



p.s. I drove through EDISON NJ and I thought about one of my inspirations…Thomas Edison. Cool.

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Branding, Buddha, Business Woman, Entrepreneur, Female, Inventing, Invention, Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Uncategorized, Woman, Work Life Balance | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment