Be Heathy by Choice, Not by Chance



"The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away."  Pablo Picasso


Hi, I’m Barbara.  

I always wanted to be part of something meaningful, to have the ability to make the world a better place.  

In college, pursuing studies in Special Education and Social Work, life as I knew it changed.  

The sudden and unexpected death of my Mom, combined with my experiences at Woodstock were catalysts for taking the ‘road less traveled.'

I went north and west and immersed myself in living a back-to-the-land lifestyle.

Settling in Maine, I had a series of jobs working as a greenhouse grower, waitress, bartender and second chef. As a busy single Mom, I also enjoyed dance, music, art, photography, landscape gardening and nature.  

Discovering Polarity Therapy and Energy Medicine propelled my own personal healing, and re-kindled my passion for making a difference by helping others.

With a lot of letters after my name, I opened a private practice as a Healing Arts Professional and founded a licensed proprietary school with programs for personal enrichment and career opportunities.  

Fast forward a few+ years and my introduction to Nikken, a Japanese Health Research Institute with a philosophy, mission and product line that excited me, was the next perfect fit.

From sole proprietor to partnering with a community of positive, passionate, purpose-driven people was, and continues to be awesome.  

Promoting health and wellness through prevention, self-care, lifestyle choices and amazing technologies that replicate the natural and essential energies of the universe ‘make my day.’  Sharing so others can 'be healthy by choice, and not by chance,' is a wonderful gift. 

During my fourth and most recent experience of almost dying, I was unable to live life as I knew it.  Landscaping and gardening were not on my playlist. Yet the perennials blossomed beautifully and rather than a shovel, my tool was a camera.  My love and awe of nature, beauty, color, shape and texture are another precious gift that gives me great pleasure to share.  I am thrilled to be 'back-in-the-saddle' living my life fully and fabulously.  And, one of these days, I will write about those phenonemal experiences that certainly 'tested my mettle.' 

I love people and believe our world can be even more incredible and amazing than it is.  I love having a variety of vehicles that allow me to ‘live my best life.'  I love inviting and empowering others to discover, live and share their best life.  


I am passionate about being healthy, living well, enriching the lives of others, and making a difference in the world. 


Click here to visit Nikken's Self-Care Solutions.


"Extend to each person no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same."

Og Mandino


"Divine Elegance" is a 7-minute photographic prose presentation I created for PechaKucha, a community-sharing event.  It would be more appropriately placed on my PhotoArt page, yet it resides here.



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