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Our own personal health is one of the easiest things to shift into a better, more awesome feeling place when we begin to think about our body in a new way. Here's the audio chapter on Health & Vitality and how I choose to stay healthy, fit, and energized.

I'm loving all of the comments, questions, and words of encouragement. I'd love to hear from you if something in this audio resonates. :)

Questions Answered:
—Is it possible to live forever?
—Is there a way of living that is conducive to long-lasting health? And if so, what is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle?
—Are you saying that health has more to do with our energy than with anything else?
—Are you saying that we control our own health and vitality?
—How would you explain waking up and feeling groggy? How would you explain that? That doesn’t feel like you’ve chosen it. 
—Is there ever anything that we shouldn’t eat or put into our bodies?
—Why do new diseases like AIDS or cancer show up and how do they spread so quickly?
—Disease and injury often feel like they’re happening to you not with you. Do you have any words to address this?
—Are you telling us not to go and get health checkups?
—If we find ourselves with a disease, or with an injury, what is the best way to deal with it, to overcome it, or remove it from our bodies? How do we first deal with it?
—Could it also mean that sometimes people choose a disease or a cancer or an injury so great that they choose to leave this planet in that way? Could that be a choice?
—Why does homeopathic medicine seem to work for some, but not for others? And is homeopathic medicine better than prescription?
—When we are sick, is it possible to heal ourselves without any drugs, or do we need to take a supplement, herbal remedy, or prescription pill?
—What does the future of healthcare look like?
—What are your thoughts on eastern medicine?
—Does eastern medicine draw more on the person doing their own healing?
—Does every part of an injury or a disease have a message?
—What would you say, if anything, to traditional doctors practicing western medicine?
—Can you talk a little about mental illness and why it appears to be growing in popularity?
—Could it be that mental illness is a sickness because we’re not becoming who we wanted to become? Because we’re removed from ourselves?
—Could it also be that there is a sense of craziness, when you start this path, when you start listening to the voices in your head? Could it be that it does feel a little crazy?
—What does vitality look like?
—A lot of us experience aches and pains and injury, what is the purpose of this?
—Do we need to heal ourselves first, then, before we can experience vitality? Do we need a healing process?
—Is there an ultimate healing experience?
—Is there a way of living that is completely energizing and healthy?
—There are people who have been given the term “gym rat,” and they go at exercise like it’s going to lift them up, but it becomes this thing they have to do. What would you say about the person that goes out and exercises like that?
—But you are saying that movement, that raising your heart rate is good for your soul, good for your spirit, good for your vitality?
—Can you give us, say, five ultimate steps we can take towards ultimate health?
—Is there anything which is a major deterrent to health and vitality?
—Why do we get tired or need sleep?
—Why do we age?
—Is dying necessary and why do we die?

#Health #Vitality #Live  #Forever #AudioBook #book   #free  #spiritual #spirituality #intuition   #lawofattraction  
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Here's the second recording for my audio book, Intuitive Life Design. This is the chapter on Contrast.

Thank you so much for all of the encouraging words and positive feedback on the book. It has been such a joy to use this book as a reason to have deeper, more significant conversations with those of you who have reached out. More, please. You can read the entire book for free at http://awesomeintuition.com

More audio chapters to come. If you haven't listened to the first recording, you might want to start there. Thanks for letting me share my perspective.
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First recording and Introduction — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TkpBnIluDc

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Now it's legit. http://awesomeintuition.com
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It's so awesome having creative friends that pull you into their brilliant world of expression. Jefe Greenheart and Kelly Greenheart are two of those people in my life. Everything they do has inspired me so much over the years and it is such an honor and a pleasure to be a part of their new Class of Creativity Podcast.

If you're curious what I've been up to since I moved out to the Airstream, Jefe asks some great questions that will get you up to speed with the way I'm thinking about creativity, creating space, metaphysics, taking action, and so much more.

Very cool to be a part of this. :)

#‎getinspired‬ #‪#‎classofcreativity‬ ‪#‎metaphysics‬
Join Jefe Greenheart at he interviews former Google guy, Jon Ray, as they discuss the secrets to stream of consciousness writing in his airstream studio.
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ChefHangout is an idea I watched from concept to creation while launching Hangouts at Google. I've been on many of these educational cooking hangouts and learned some interesting ways to prepare food as a bachelor that DIDN'T require sliding a Hot Pocket into a cardboard sleeve and then nuking it.

For the right company, this is a very interesting concept that could provide great PR opportunity and a whole new level of brand loyalty and awareness.

Who's got the money, courage, and foresight to make this a part of their marketing/PR strategy and escalate this unique platform to a whole new level? I'm very interested to see the company that steps up to this.

Godspeed, +Joe Saad. No doubt you're on to bigger and better. It's been a pleasure working with you over the years. :)
 
ChefHangout.com
Chapter Two

Who will be the next owner?

Hello everyone,

We launched ChefHangout.com here on Google+ with great fanfare as a place to take live cooking classes from the comfort of your own kitchen using Hangouts. We accomplished awesome things (covered below) and proved that a magical and delectable experience with repeat customers could be delivered via webcam effectively.

Today, I’m very excited to announce the sale of ChefHangout.com and with great anticipation, I look forward to seeing who the right buyer will be. Chapter two will begin soon as we embark on finding the right company or individual to take it to the next level.

Reason for sale.
My work at ChefHangout was that of creator and builder, visionary and dreamer. It now requires a company or an individual who will bring full time leadership and the resources necessary to realize the fantastic potential that ChefHangout possesses.

Another reason I’m selling is that my primary business, Merger Partners, has become very successful and is growing. We’ve created something new in the investment banking industry, and as a result, very substantial growth is underway and I’m hiring. It requires my full dedication and focus. Therefore,  I cannot devote the time necessary to take ChefHangout to the next level.  

Two Types of Buyers for ChefHangout.com

Strategic buyer - A company
The right strategic buyer could acquire ChefHangout.com and very rapidly scale it to hundreds of chefs teaching thousands of classes. There are dozens of strategic buyers that we’ve identified and will be approaching. There are compelling reasons why ChefHangout is an interesting fit for each one of these companies. Some include +Blue Apron (how about it +Matt Salzberg?) You said that more educational content could be a part of Blue Apron’s future plans. Why not offer some of your meals with a cooking class?), +Sur La Table, +Munchery, +Plated, +Whole Foods Market, +Epicurious, Central Market, +Yummly  …… and even +Helpouts by Google, but I imagine Google will be more interested once an entrepreneur grows the company to over 1,000 chefs. Do you have ideas for companies that would be strategic fits? Please me know.

Entrepreneur
The right entrepreneur can grow the company into a phenomenal destination and would do the things necessary to create a very successful business. As Chef +Adam Massimo Mazzocchetti said, ChefHangout.com should be the first place anyone on the planet thinks of when they want to take a cooking class. I will work with the right entrepreneur to grow the company into a cash flowing success that can either be sold to a strategic buyer or grown through venture funding when certain metrics are achieved. VCs are pouring money into food startups and this one could be very appealing once a larger cash flow stream is maintained and strategic partnerships are formed with bigger brands.

Are you an angel investor who’s intrigued? I know one individual here on +Google+ who is an extremely capable guy and with the right backer, could grow this business dramatically. Let’s connect you two.

The Process
I’ve hired an advisor to lead the effort in selling ChefHangout.com. That firm will field inquiries from here along with our own contacts we are making to prospective buyers.

The process is very simple. After my advisor has conversations with interested buyers, we will schedule conference calls with my advisor and myself, and exchange any confidential and detailed information.

We will assess indications of interest and term sheets from various buyers and choose one during the month of November with a December closing targeted.

Contact Info
Please contact me at JoeSaad@ChefHangout.com and we will respond to inquiries. Feel free to ask questions by commenting here if you like.  There is certain private, proprietary and confidential information that I will not be able to answer publicly, but I’ll certainly address privately with credible buyers.

Stories of Success & Awesome Things

Date Night Investor
A husband and wife bought a date night cooking class with our amazing +Chef Dennis Littley. The couple are friends of mine and twenty minutes after the class, I received a call from John. He was practically giddy! He went on and on about how much fun they had and then dropped the news. He and his wife had saved $50,000 and they wanted to invest in ChefHangout.com. While I didn’t take their investment, it told me a lot. The experience was so much fun and so awesome, that they wanted to immediately invest.

William Burdette from NoSatiation.com
+William Burdette is a podcaster at No Satiation, “a podcast for food nerds”.
After taking a cooking class at ChefHangout.com, he of course did a podcast about it and said, “I left my kitchen kind of euphoric. When people talked about the promise of the internet, 10, 15, 20 years ago, this is what they were talking about.”  

ZAGAT and ChefHangout.com at SXSW
We did a cooking show (photos below) with +ZAGAT so take a peak at the YouTube video of it here: http://youtu.be/hZT_XC79qZE

Here’s How it Works
http://youtu.be/0yBB3vW5ZcY

One Chef. Three Cities. One Family.
This family likes hanging out together. But, separated geographically, it's challenging to meet sometimes. So, they decided to have a private cooking class at ChefHangout.com. They laughed and had fun while making an amazing meal together, and when our chef left after class, they dined together, family to family, face to face. Watch some of it here: http://youtu.be/CJwkEiId868

Great media coverage, including this from +The Next Web
“ChefHangout is a Genius Use of Google+ and Could Actually Make Money”
goo.gl/D7Kga Thanks to +Drew Olanoff for recognizing us!

Happy Repeat Customers
+Jeff Karpinski our number one customer, bought ... well let’s just say, over a dozen classes. When I asked Jeff one day why he bought so many classes given he was already a pretty darn good cook, he said this. “Because I’m willing to try cooking things I never would have tried by myself. With a chef standing with me in my kitchen, I’m willing to try things like tiramisu.”

Master Classes
Ten Classes. One Subject. Be an Expert.
There is nothing else like this in the market, and it serves a need for those who crave deeper culinary knowledge and want more than just one class, but aren’t interested in going to get a formal education in culinary arts. Once completed, the customer gets a ChefHangout chef jacket and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve accomplished a level of expertise in one particular area of cooking.

Our brand age here has over 1.6 million followers
Check it out here: +ChefHangout.com 

Massive thank you to our chefs!
Our chefs inspired me throughout the process of building something great. They signed on before they even saw a website. Our first developer just couldn’t build the sort of site we needed and the chefs hung in there. Our second developer was nothing short of genius as they were able to build things that people to this day, can’t seem to replicate and approach me to buy.

Our chefs motivated me and more importantly, many of them became my friends. Chef +Jake Croston, the popular, handsome and funny chef whose skills should be on TV, +Chef Dennis Littley's wisdom and knowledge proved again and again to be of great value, Chef +Haylee Otto, +Mary Helen Leonard, +Stormy Sweitzer, +Jessica Chiasson Wood, +Jackie M, +Adam Massimo Mazzocchetti, +Jenny Kelley, +Janice Mansfield and many more were all instrumental in building something brand new and unique.

And, a huge thanks to all of you!
There have been tons of awesome relationships built along this path! I’ll never forget the launch day announcement Hangout with +Sarah Hill on the news, a pioneer and trailblazer here for human media, many Hangouts with +Bruce Garber, the co-creator of +Virtual Photo Walks™,  strategy discussions with +Peter G McDermott, +Chris Hill, +Michael Sitarzewski & +Chris Yates and hanging out at +SXSW in Austin with +Amanda Blain, +Daria Musk and so many others. Hangouts with +Laurie DesAutels, +Mike Downes, +Kim Beasley, +Elaine Lindsay, and even superstar +Mark Cuban! I’ll never forget those early creative discussions with +Paul Allen founder of Ancestry.com. I’m grateful for friends from Google like +Loren Groves who was valuable and supportive as we developed ChefHangout. +Vic Gundotra you’re inspiring and thank you for your kind words not long ago in Dallas, +Anne Espiritu your knowledge of PR and marketing is second to none. +Denis Labelle  your insight and wealth of information on Google+ has been massively valuable and the same to +Ronnie Bincer  – hanging out with you in Austin was a blast! +Pelpina Trip what an amazing video you did for our site! +Dan McDermott's  outstanding expertise here has been of great value! You and many more like you have been huge parts of building this, and I’m deeply grateful for each of you.

Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart!

First in social media?
Has any business ever been both launched on a social network and sold there too?

Have you ever seen someone announce the upcoming sale of their business via Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks? +Robert Scoble have you? +Danielle Gould maybe you know? I never have, and nobody I’ve spoken to has but after careful consideration, we thought, why not. :)

Media, please cover this if you deem it newsworthy, +The Next Web, +TechCrunch, +Mashable, +Inc., +Jason Salas, +Amber Mac, +Cali Lewis, +Mike Elgan, +Leo Laporte, and others! :)

Share please
There are oodles of entrepreneurs and companies who might have an interest in buying this business, so please share away. Let’s make history as the first company both launched and sold on Google+!
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This audio piece about imagination is something I put together a couple of years ago. At the time I was desperately wanting to believe in this idea, I had a great intellectual understanding of it, but I was not yet fully living it. I hadn’t integrated it at my core.

If I were to tell the me of 2-years ago that today, I am living it and have found that greatness I was so desperately longing for—not outside in external achievements, projects, or people—I have discovered the greatness that lives within me unconditionally. The greatness that was there 2-years ago, just at a frequency that I had not acclimated to seeing yet.

Had I told my former self these things, he would have scoffed. He wanted tangible manifestations, accolades, positive peer review, to be loved by everyone. At least that’s what my former self thought he wanted. But it went deeper and at the core of those desires was someone that just wanted to feel solid, feel powerful, feel his genius, feel his connection to everything. Of course the paradox is that the internal bliss leads to the external manifestation. And I’m beginning to enjoy the unfolding of that.

By putting in the mental effort to turn away from naysayers and negative thoughts and keep his eye on the prize, my former self was able to train his thoughts to a place of peaceful power, gentle clarity, and striking brilliance. He set the foundation by practicing thoughts—like physical fitness for the body, he treated his mind like a muscle that needed conditioning—he practiced the thoughts he wanted to be thinking by default long enough that he came to believe them and KNOW them to be true. The thoughts he was practicing became the thoughts he was thinking. Through this process, he opened his intuition to an entirely new level of receiving and understanding.

And now I am that luminous being inspired by the thoughts I practiced two years ago, five years ago, twenty years ago. I am the culmination of them all with the momentum of those thoughts most frequently practiced in the past few years, months, weeks, days, hours programming how I access the thoughts and memories of the prior 30.

It happens slowly and so it’s easy to miss how powerful this is, and yet we are today the thoughts we practiced yesterday.

Who will you be tomorrow? 

Imagine what’s possible. #tbt
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"You are all artists. Life is your canvas. Paint something magnificent."

This next chapter of my book is all about Creativity. Now online for listening.
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I'm recording the audio book for Intuitive Life Design, now. I'll be releasing each chapter as I finish them. Here's the Introduction and First Chapter. More to come...Read the entire book for free at http://awesomeintuition.com
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I wrote a book. You can read the 611 page manuscript for free. No email required, no gimmicks. Just click the link below and start reading.

http://awesomeintuition.com

It has been one of the great joys of my life to watch my world change for the better as I've implemented the ideas in this book into my moment to moment existence.

I'm happy to say that whatever happens next—this was the exact book I wanted to write at this moment in time.

I guess the traditional thing to do would probably be finding an agent, an editor, and a publisher—but I wrote this thing so it could be read. And just pushing it out into the world feels like the most exciting thing to do, right now.

My eternal gratitude to every single person I've ever come into contact with, who each in your own way have empowered this book to flow through me with such ease and grace.

This is the "friends and family" version, so feel free to email with comments, questions, words of encouragement, or any typos that need to be fixed. Thank you for letting me share my perspective with you.

See you on the other side.

http://awesomeintuition.com

#intuition #free #pdf #ebook #book #metaphysical #lawofattraction  #spiritual #contrast #abundance   #creativity   #entertainment  #money #business #health #vitality #relationships   #parenting  #past #present #future   #purpose  #life #channeling #god
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Diving into some law marketing. Anyone have any experience designing marketing for law firms?
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We made a movie!

Last year my brother, +Jeff Ray, wrote a little screenplay he was calling, Where the Red Fox Lies, and blew into a conch shell to assemble the most crack squad of film superheroes the world has ever seen.

Or, at the very least, we were all REALLY excited about making something special.

Cut to: Austin, TX — Early Fall Sunshine Licks Faces ~18 months later:

And now that VERY film which my brother directed with all of his heart power, for which our team poured sweat, blood, and tears, and which I was fortunate enough to produce (which on a short film, means "play film mom and hand out juice packs, while making sure everyone wakes up on time, plus some other technical stuff") is NOW AVAILABLE for viewing on YouTube!

We've toured the country with this film and made some incredible connections at many of the film festivals who invited us out, and from time to time, even gave us some fancy looking awards.

Please take the time to see what we've all been thinking about every single day in one form or another for the last 18 months. It's been a joy and privilege to be a part of such a crack team of creative enthusiasts.

Onward!

P.S. It goes without saying that we are SO GRATEFUL for all of the people that supported this film from the get-go by contributing their energy and helping finance it through Kickstarter. Without you—this film doesn't get made. THANK YOU!

Feel free to bookmark or share this YouTube link to watch later, when you have 36 minutes to watch it in its entirety. It's worth it. #notbiased

#filmmakers  #film #shortfilm #austin   #texas   #kickstarter   #success  #producer #director #filmmaking  #filmfestival #screenplay #screenwriting  #acting #actors
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It was really cool to see the bats flutter off to sleep this morning, while the birds sprung forth into flight. First time I've seen bats out this far east, so close to sunrise.

Usually, when some new creature shows up in my life in some kind of magical or seemingly random way, it means it is symbolism for something in my life.

When I googled "bats metaphysical meaning" I found out why those bats had made themselves known to me this morning (sometimes swooping so close to my head while I was doing yoga, that I thought they would get caught in my hair!).

Just like our dreams, life is full of symbolism when we look for it. This was spot on for me and just what I needed to hear.

Thanks for the inspiration, bats!
Don't let this creature freak you out. Take time to learn about bat animal symbolism, you'll find the bat is a great totem to fly by your side!
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    Providing solutions to make the property management industry more fun, creative, efficient, and awesome.
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    Director of Imagination, 1984 - 2014
    Imagine what is possible. Become it.
  • They Laughed at Jules Verne
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