January 2014 BrainBuzz Newsletter
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Be Thankful As You Begin 2014!
Each January,  I select a new affirmation for the new business year. For 2014, I received my affirmation as a gift from one of my favorite Yoga instructors at the Silver Lotus Yoga Studio.

Erinn Hughs always begins our Yoga practice by reading a Blue Brain Inspirational Poem. Last December, Erinn read the anonymous poem Be Thankful. I asked Erinn to share the poem with me, and I am delighted to share it with you.

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I have a copy of Be Thankful on the mirror in our bathroom, where I can view it each morning when I begin my day and in the evening at the end of my day. I am sure many of you can relate to my feelings of metaphorically rollerblading at high speed through the day. This lovely poem is a speed bump that reminds me to slow down and remember to Be Thankful!

hope you will find Be Thankful as affirming and inspirational as I do. Erinn and I would be delighted if you shared the poem with your family members, co-workers,  and friends!

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes;
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
Decision Making and Motivation
When the New Year begins many people begin making decisions to achieve personal and professional goals and/or keep their New Year resolutions.

Of course, individuals make decisions differently according to their Brain Color personality, how they are motivated, and if they confidently say, "I think I can, I think I can,"  just like the little engine in one of my favorite children's books, The Little Engine That Could.

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Yellow Brainer Motivators
Completing a to-do list
Symbolic recognition
Blue Brainer Motivators
Others listening to and valuing their ideas
Opportunities to share their feelings
Creative opportunities
Green Brainer Motivators
Problem-solving opportunities
Creating a system or procedure
Implementation of their solution(s)
Orange Brainer Motivators
Thrill of a new challenge
Rapid results      
US & Canadian Students Learn about the Brain Colors & Princess Shayna
I am thrilled that Princess Shayna continues to share her Praiseworthy Gifts and the Brain Colors with students in the US and Canada.
Via Field Trip Zoom video conferencing, I was able to enjoy another delightful visit with Leigh Cassell and 2nd graders at Stephen Central Public School and Jenn Regier's 2nd graders at Seaforth Public School in Ontario, Canada.

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The students' teachers read the Princess Shayna Picture Book and also utilized activities that are included in the Teacher's Activity Guide for "Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift" to help the students discover their Praiseworthy Gifts and their Brain Colors.

During this visit we included a discussion about Brain Color Bully Behaviors. Our visit ended with Orange Brain energetic and Blue Brain artistic and colorful "Inside My Socks Is One Terrific Kid" Parades, where the children modeled their socks, which were decorated with drawings of their Brain Colors and their Praiseworthy Gifts. My Green Brain virtual visit with the students, teachers, and parents was spectacular!

This past week, I eagerly to began my weekly Thursday morning visits at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois with Laura Newcomer's 5th grade Skills Block (enrichment) class.  The students have begun an exciting new novel/book study unit with
Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift. Before the students began this study unit they took the Student's Brain Color Quiz in the Teacher's Activity Guide for "Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift" that Laura so generously contributed many activities to.

It also was most rewarding to watch the six students who were part of the school district's enrichment Problem Solving Investigation class two years ago expertly explained the different Brain Color behaviors, attributes, and abilities to their classmates. My Yellow Brain was so proud of them!

As the students read Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift, they will visit the four Brain Color villages, determine where they would best fit in, discover and learn about their own and their classmates' different personality types, participate in educational activities, and enjoy group discussions with each other and with me.

When Laura asked the students how they should be grouped at their cooperative learning tables, they all said, "With the same Brain Colors." The students' Brain Colors demonstrate that they were almost equally divided:

5 Yellow Brain Students who learn best when they feel prepared and are given clear directions

Brain Students who learn best with visual aids and sharing ideas with classmates

6 Green Brain Students who learn best by working independently with books and computers

8 Orange Brain Students who learn best with a variety of hands-on activities and competition

Laura and I were excited that the students set themselves up for opportunities to recognize how the villagers in the Kingdom of Kindness separated themselves from one another. They did not realize that they had given us copious and perfect teachable moments to help them learn how to appreciate and accept differences and understand that each student is a beautiful "Brainbow" blending of his or her Brain Colors and Praiseworthy Gifts.

I will be writing updates from the teachers and their students in future BrainBuzz Newsletters and on my blog!

If you would like more information about my Author Visit Programs in person or via the Internet, please send me an email at sheila@sheilaglazov.com or call me at 847.526.9039.


This month, I cut up a What Color Is Your Brain? book, printed out a collection of Brain Color documents, and created a storyboard on my expanded dining room table. This was the Blue Brain Visual, Orange Brain Hands-on, Green Brain Systematic process I needed for my Yellow Brain to begin organizing copious documents for my new book...
What Color Is Your Brain? When Caring for Patients: An Easy Approach for Understanding Your Personality Type and Your Patient’s Perspective.

The reading audience for this book will be health care professionals and their team members and support staff who work with patients in a hospital, clinic, office, and/or home care environment. This new book will include new chapters about bully behavior in the workplace, how to give excellent patient care and customer service, and the reader's relationships with patients, co-workers, management and agencies, partners, children, family members, and friends.

While I am writing my new book and working on a deadline, I will still be available to discuss a customized program for your businesses, school, or organization. Please  contact me at sheila@sheilaglazov.com or 847.526.9039.

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