New Approaches to Pain Management: Lavender Mint & Pain Relief Balm

1 oz 500 mg CBD (1)

The Modern Revolution and A Well Run Life believes that proper eating is the foundation for health. However, everybody needs medicine on occasion to help bring the body into balance and health – and sometimes out of pain. Before looking to chemical, pharmaceutical products, we always look to natural  remedies first.

We know pain can be tough to manage. Our products contain a stimulating, natural blend of pure and organic oils that in combination provide powerful, natural pain relief, calming aromatherapy, and soothing of sore muscles and joints.

We combine Full Spectrum CBD with refreshing Mint and 12 other beneficial ingredients to promote wellness and relief in this invigorating Lavender Mint Balm. Infused with Lavender & Arnica essential oil to provide pain relief and protective properties.

We strongly suggest researching the ingredients contained in this product through reputable websites committed to sharing extensive research and truthful understandings of essential oils. This product will not show up on a drug test.


CBD binds to a network of receptors found throughout the body called CB2. These receptors are activated by naturally occurring cannabinoids or cannabis compounds such as THC and CBD. Although CBD has little binding affinity for either of the two cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), cannabidiol activates several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels.

Our CBD balms and oils are quickly absorbed into the skin, allowing CBD to activate these receptors, promoting overall wellness and relief directly where it’s applied.

Common uses include: 

  • Stabilizing
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Muscle Tension
  • Joint Pain

Ingredients: *Beeswax, *Hemp Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Sacha Inchi Oil, *MCT Coconut Oil, Black Currant Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Arnica Montana EO, Myrrh EO, Lavender EO, Peppermint EO, Sweet Marjoram EO, Juniper EO, *CBD


EO – Essential Oil

Wonderful product. I have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and have been using Kaneh Bosm for over a year.  I have virtually no pain and my arthritis hasn’t progressed at all in the last year! My doctor is thrilled. This is the real deal! 


Lavender Mint & Pain Relief Balm (1000 Mg CBD)

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Information on our ingredients:

Shea Butter:

Shea Butter does more than moisturize, it delivers anti-aging and anti-inflammatory components directly into the skin. It is naturally rich in vitamins E, A, and F and also provides UV Protection to where it is applied. Shea Butter provides the skin with essential nutrients and fatty acids necessary for collagen production. Overall, Shea Butter is primarily known for moisturizing, reducing inflammation, and smoothing skin.

Cocoa Butter:

Cocoa Butter is packed full of essential fatty acids such as  oleic acid, stearic acid and palmitic acid. These fatty acids also contain powerful antioxidant properties. Applying Cocoa Butter to your skin is beneficial to prevent the signs of aging, such as sunspots, wrinkles, and crows feet. The antioxidant and moisturizing properties of Cocoa Butter help repair damaged skin naturally,  reducing scarring and preventing further damage from UV rays. Cocoa Butter can reduce inflammation, dry patches, and other skin conditions without introducing your skin to harsh chemicals.

Coconut Oil: 

Coconut Oil has been around for thousands of years and has countless benefits. Coconut oil is an effective moisturizer for all types of skin and is commonly used to prevent dryness and flaking of skin. Due to its antioxidant properties, Coconut oil delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin that usually comes with  aging.  Coconut Oil can aid in the healing of damaged or infected skin  by forming a protective layer over the skin, preventing dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and other contaminants that could delay the healing process from entering the infected area. It is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.

Hemp Oil:

Hemp Oil has a composition similar to skin lipids due to its high content of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. It will naturally energize and hydrate skin while improving skin oxygenation and health. It is extremely useful for dry, dehydrated skin because it increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity. Many studies show that the linoleic acid contained in hemp oil can slow the signs of aging and also fight psoriasis. Another study shows that it may help in lessening the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress, reducing the risk of organ damage and dysfunction. Oxidative stress and inflammation contribute to many different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, and atherosclerosis.

Myrrh Essential Oil:

Not only is Myrrh great for aromatherapy, it has countless health benefits as well including smoothing of skin! Due to its antiseptic properties, Myrrh can help prevent the infection of wounds and has no adverse side effects, unlike other antibiotics that can contribute to the weakening of liver or digestive malfunction. Myrrh also has astringent properties that helps to stop hemorrhaging in wounds. This powerful essential oil has been shown to stimulate blood circulation and ensures proper supply of oxygen to the tissues.

Lavender Essential Oil: 

Lavender essential oil is extremely well known for its relaxing and therapeutic aroma, which helps relax your nerves and reduce anxiety. Because of its ability to relax nerves and anxiety, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, or even emotional distress. It is also used to help treat various skin disorders like psoriasis, acne, wrinkles and other inflammatory conditions. Lavender Oil has been used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender Oil induces sleep and is commonly used as an alternative treatment for insomnia. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, Lavender EO is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne because of its ability to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum. Lavender Essential Oil can also help with various types of aches and pains, including pain caused by sore and tense muscles, sprains, joints, and rheumatism. The vapor of Lavender oil has antibacterial qualities which can help battle respiratory infections or disorders. And the list goes on!

Arnica Montana Essential Oil:

Arnica Oil can soothe inflammation, eliminate pain, relieve headaches and help prevent chronic disease. Arnica Oil is commonly used by people who are needing relief from arthritic pain, back pain, chronic inflammation, bruising, headaches, oxidative stress, acne, and even those recovering from a serious illness or surgery. Due to the monounsaturated fats found in this oil, along with thymohydroquinone, It is mostly used for inflammatory conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema or even psoriasis. The high content of antioxidants in this oil help prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles and blemishes.

Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil:

Sweet Marjoram essential oil reduces the pain associated with inflammation, overexertion of muscles and headaches. Unlike other analgesic pain relievers on the market, marjoram oil does not have any adverse side effects. This oil is also helpful in curing nearly all types of spasms and convulsions throughout the body while preventing sepsis. Marjoram also acts as a vulnerary by promoting the quick healing of wounds, both internal and external. Marjoram can even help reduce your stress level. This oil induces a calming, relaxing effect on both mind and body while relieving stress and anxiety.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

When used externally, Peppermint essential oil can reduce joint and muscle pain caused by inflammation. People who have been injured use peppermint oil topically on affected areas to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Peppermint Oil can also help improve energy levels, focus, and concentration due to its analgesic properties which help those with ADHD. Peppermint oil contains menthol which provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin which also has the ability to relieve headaches. This oil can also help clear up acne naturally by keeping the skin free of bacteria.

Juniper Essential Oil:

Juniper Essential oil relieves swelling, promotes and improves blood circulation, and helps remove toxins from the body. Being an antispasmodic, this oil also helps relieve all types of cramps such as intestinal, respiratory or muscular. Juniper Oil acts as an astringent. It can make blood vessels contract, resulting in a lesser chance of hemorrhaging. It helps tighten loose muscles and provides a firm feeling to your muscle structure. Juniper Oil has been considered a tonic, because it tones up everything, including the muscles, tissues, skin, and other various systems throughout the body.


Frankincense essential oil is highly antiseptic. It can be applied on wounds to further protect them from tetanus and becoming septic, without any side effects. The astringent properties this oil has can result in tighter skin, contracted muscles and even blood vessels. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and helps prevent the loss of abdominal muscles and limbs associates with age. One of the most significant properties this oil has is acting as a coagulant, which helps to stop wounds and cuts from bleeding. When applied topically this oil can reduce scarring and stretch marks at a much faster rate. Frankincense oil also promotes regeneration of healthy cells, while keeping existing cells and tissues healthy. The list of benefits really goes on and on when it comes to Frankincense!


Sage Essential oil works wonders when it comes to skin care. The components in Sage oil provide protection against fungal infections and also provide a defense against microbial infections as well. This oil is equally useful at battling bacterial infections because it kills bacteria and inhibits their growth in the body. The most valued aspect of this oil is its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants act against free radicals in the body which are the main cause of aging. The antioxidants in this oil help to slow and prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin and muscles, age spots and more. This oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties.


Improve the appearance of blemishes, age spots, scars, and other beauty marks with this antioxidant rich oil. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil) can leave your skin looking young and smooth due to the powerful antioxidant properties this oil has. Many people struggle with irritating skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Melaleuca oil works by clearing sebum glands, which eliminates bacteria and results in smoother, healthier looking skin. Tea tree oil can speed up healing and effectively protect wounds that are prone to contracting bacterial infections. This oil also offers protection from microbes and viral infections due to its powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Just like Frankincense, this oil has countless health benefits.


Cinnamon Bark oil has many health benefits due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. This Oil is an anti-inflammatory substance, so it helps relieve arthritis, sore and tense muscles and stiffness of joints. Because of the anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties this oil has, it is effective for treating external and internal infections. Cinnamon Bark oil also acts as a coagulant, facilitating the healing process by helping stop excess bleeding.


The health benefits of fir needle essential oil include its ability to reduce pain, prevent infections, improve respiratory function, and reduce body odor. Thanks to this oils high concentration of antiseptic organic compounds, Balsam Fir oil can stimulate the immune system and prevent dangerous infections. The soothing properties of this oil make it an ideal choice to help reduce pain and relax sore and tense muscles. The stimulating nature of this oil can also help bring blood to the surface of the skin, increasing the rate of healing and recovery.


Cedarwood essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in treating a number of skin conditions such as seborrhea. This oil helps by reducing inflammation, moderating sebum production, and also prevents wounds from becoming septic. Because of this oils strong antiseptic properties, cedarwood essential oil relieves the white blood cells and immune system of the extra stress, which allows them to protect the internal functions. Relieving spasms is yet another important medicinal property of cedarwood oil. Nearly all types of spasms and related conditions can be relieved using this oil. Cedarwood has plenty of health benefits, but this just names a few.


Just like Cinnamon Bark Oil, Cinnamon Leaf oil has many health benefits due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. This Oil is an anti-inflammatory substance, so it helps relieve arthritis, sore and tense muscles and stiffness of joints. Because of the anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties this oil has, it is effective for treating external and internal infections. Cinnamon Leaf oil also acts as a coagulant, facilitating the healing process by helping stop excess bleeding.


Meadowfoam oil is one of the most stable carrier oils we have available today. It contains over 98% long-chain fatty acids and can keep other oils from oxidizing and going rancid even when exposed to heat, light and/or air. Meadowfoam oil works by helping skin create a natural barrier that locks in moisture and delivers nutrients and antioxidants directly into your epidermis, which makes this oil great for aging skin. Meadowfoam oil is slightly waxy and closely resembles sebum, which allows it to quickly penetrate deep into the skin.


Jojoba oil is a powerful natural skin conditioner. It closely resembles sebum, allowing it to quickly soak into your skin. Being a waxy substance, jojoba oil can seal in moisture and create an effective barrier to block out external elements. Bacteria is constantly looking for access points into the skin and jojoba oil helps to block these entry points by keeping your skin hydrated. jojoba oil also modulates the production of sebum, which helps control oily skin that could result in acne, dermatitis, or dandruff. Due to the strong moisturizing properties this oil contains, it can aid in the treatment of many different skin disorders.


Black Currant Oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid and omega 6 fatty acids which makes it effective in treating joint related pain, arthritis, inflammation, and soreness throughout the body. With high levels of omega 3 fatty acids this oil is also great for the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and age spots.​


Sacha Inchi Oil is rich in omega 3, 6, and 9, alpha tocopherol vitamin e, and even vitamin a. The anti-inflammatory properties of Sacha Inchi make it a good addition to help ease joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Some impressive health benefits of this oil include its high content of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as powerful antioxidants, which also help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and blemishes.

The Modern Revolution is a production of A Well Run Life.

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The Modern Revolutionary: Kimber Lanning

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The Modern Revolutionary: Kimber Lanning

Episode #7

Kimber Lanning is founder of Local First Arizona and Local First Arizona Foundation, two distinct statewide organizations working in tandem to strengthen Arizona’s economy. Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity and inclusion, economic resilience and responsible growth for Arizona.

Lanning has grown Local First Arizona into a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems and policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes.  With nearly 3,000 business members and four statewide offices, Lanning leads a team of 17 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy local food access, entrepreneurial development in underserved communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable and resilient local economies.



Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. We support, promote and advocate for a strong local business community and raise public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by strong local economies. Local businesses contribute to a sustainable economy for Arizona and build vibrant communities we’re all proud to call home.


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The Modern Revolutionary: Oren Molovinsky

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Episode 6

Opreating Partner OF Farmboy and Molovin Farm 

Farmboy is a casual, counter-service restaurant that fuses the mouth-watering taste of smoked meats (aka barbecue), with the quintessential sandwich, soup and salad menu.  Offerings include pulled pork, chopped beef, and smoked chicken salad; while also featuring house-made veggie burgers, veggie chili, and 2-3 soups daily.

Guests can expect a completely made-from-scratch kitchen, with quality rivaling most fine dining restaurants.  All dishes are prepared to order, and a variety of local meats are constantly emerging from the rotating wood-fired smoker, which is at the center of the restaurant.

Guests at Farmboy enjoy authentic Smoked Meats and Sandwiches, in a rustic and comfortable environment.  The restaurant is designed specifically to ensure an engaging dine-in experience or a quick and efficient carry-out experience.  The meats are primarily smoked or grilled, using real Arizona wood, ensuring a “low and slow” approach to barbecue.

The traditional culinary elements of Farmboy are accentuated by locally sourced ingredients, with meats that are raised and butchered nearby.  Long fermentation sourdough bread is baked on site, with Heritage grains grown in Arizona.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are grown by local farmers and are typically harvested right before they are delivered.  Farmboy strives to purchase whole foods and ingredients that are not processed, and if minimally so, they are handled by small family-owned operations that handle as much of the process as possible.

Price points for farm-to-table cuisine are typically very high, and available only in upscale restaurants.  Farmboy solves this omnivore’s dilemma by utilizing the “nose to tail” approach to meat purchasing; taking advantage of the “lesser cuts” by using traditional smoking methods, which turns top rounds into tender roast beef; chuck roasts and briskets into rich cuts of smoked beef; and the trimmings for wood-grilled burgers (sliders).  Local poultry is smoked whole, one of greatest delights of smoked meats.  Pork is smoked by the “half hog”, with almost all the delicious cuts blended into pulled pork; all prepared in front of the guest in a large wood-fired J&R smoker; displayed for all guests to see the entire cooking process unfold.

Arizona Craft Beers and Wines are offered and are carefully selected to pair well with our menu items.  Farmboy also offers a traditional Margarita cocktail, over ice, made with “Naked Juice” and 3 Amigos Organic Tequila, which is farmed and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico by an Arizona farming family.

Farmboy highlights the best of Arizona; with an emphasis on excellent quality, and a menu that appeals to all diners.  However, behind the menu lies a deep-rooted passion for building the local family farm economy; and bringing farmers and producers together with their community.

Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches

Oren has been working in restaurants since 1986; and in foodservice management since 1990.  With a rich career working his way up from a dishwasher and prep cook, through the ranks to Vice President of Operations for two large restaurant groups.  Prior to opening Farmboy, Oren has opened and operated well over 70 restaurants in his career; including Delicatessens, bagel cafes, hotel restaurants, fine dining restaurants, and most recently has been the largest operator of the rapidly growing Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.  Oren has led the opening of over 25 Freddy’s; and has operated Freddy’s in 10 states throughout the US.

Prior to moving to Arizona with his wife Diana, and their 5 kids in 2011; Oren was the managing partner of several fine dining restaurants in the Washington, DC area for over 9 years.  In this role, Oren led a group of restaurateurs and chefs to form a local buyer’s group, which purchased meats, cheeses, eggs, vegetables and fruits from local farmers and producers; mostly in Virginia.  Oren personally coordinated the farm tours, purchasing agreements, processing, and logistics of getting all of these meats from “farm to table”.  This group, known as Farm to Table DC, purchase an average of $1,000,000 per year of local, natural & organic products.  All of these funds went directly to the producers, there were no middlemen.  Oren became an expert in developing “nose to tail” menus; which is a culinary term for purchasing all the meat and edible items from the cattle, pigs, lamb, and chickens that the group could purchase.  This led to many farms and farming communities expanding their capacity to provide for the many chefs who were clamoring for local products.

In 2011, Oren and his family had the opportunity to move to Arizona, to be closer to family.  He and his wife Diana purchased 3.5 acres in Chandler, AZ on a Maricopa County island, which is now Mo’lovin Farms.  Installing an irrigation system that feeds off of the Roosevelt Water District Canal, Oren & Diana have planted over 350 fruit trees and plants.  Additionally, they have successfully planted and harvested heirloom vegetables and will continue to do so.  The Molovinsky’s are committed to farming organically, without the use of any chemicals.  Growing organically ensures superior soil, and the result is superior produce.

Oren serves on the Advisory Board for Playworks-Arizona, a non-profit focused on anti-bullying and inclusion in Arizona schools; specifically focused on Title-1 schools.  Oren has been involved with Playworks-Arizona since 2011.

Oren is also a partner, and the President of a critically acclaimed restaurant in Arlington, VA called Mala Tang.  Together with his operating partners, Oren has been able to bring authentic Sichuan cuisine from the revered food city of Chengdu, China, with an emphasis on Hot Pot dining.


Diana manages all aspects of the farm operations at Mo’lovin Farms (aka Farmgirl Produce); and also, has started selling the product through local farmers markets.  Diana will continue to be in charge of planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables that are core components of the Farmboy menu.  Many of the vegetables are able to be grown year-round in the warm Sonoran climate of Phoenix.  However, Farmboy’s menu will adjust seasonally based on what varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruits can be grown at that time of the year.

Diana has a worked in restaurants and hotels throughout her career; and is a graduate of the Hospitality and Restaurant Management school at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.  Diana has worked for large hospitality companies as a manager, including Marriott Hotels.  Most recently, Diana has operated farmers markets in both Virginia and Arizona.  Sourcing sustainably grown local produce, by cultivating relationships with farmers and then selling the produce in an open-air market environment.  Diana helps to manage the retail operations of Farmboy, which includes a fresh produce section.  Diana also coordinates the sourcing of local produce and other ingredients from local farmers and producers.


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The Modern Revolutionary: Katy Steinberg


It is obvious from the nationwide decline in church attendance and the great increase in “nones”  (people claiming “none” as their religious affiliation) that the traditional spiritual offerings are no longer meeting the needs of the people. That said, there is a general increase in a sense of awe and wonder. So how will we continue to facilitate our spiritual wellness if not in churches? And what even does spiritual wellness look like?  Like every other kind of fitness, our spiritual fitness is not purely of a spiritual nature, but overlaps with our mental, physical and lifestyle as well. This insight is the impetus for Katy Steinberg’s vision for Missing Peace, a movement addressing the physical, cerebral, spiritual, and serving components of spiritual fitness. 

Despite moving nearly 26 times, Katy Steinberg names Winter Park, FL as the place she is “from.” That said, she and her family comprised of husband Jeff, and their two children have been in Daytona Beach area for 10 years or “my whole life” as the kids would say. At 36 years old, Katy has completed a bachelors in Business with minors in Mass Communications and Economics from the University of Florida, and a Masters in Divinity from Columbia and University of Dubuque seminaries. 

Amongst Katy’s social contacts, it became clear 2.5 years ago, that there were inadequate venues for spiritual exploration and wellness for people who didn’t feel like they fit or didn’t feel welcome in churches. From this consensus, an idea was born for Missing Peace   A place where doubter and disciple could both gather for spiritual practices, physical activities, cerebral discussions, and serving opportunities.  To do this, they began meeting in August of 2015 as a nomadic community of sorts that would gather weekly and travel the area seeking these different experiences in order to connect with each other and the divine in meaningful ways. Over 400 people have come to check out this unique expression of life and faith in community, serving nearly 1000 hours and giving over $25,000. 

Looking for ways to participate in your spiritual wellness? Follow Missing Peace on FacebookYouTubeInstagramTwittereNewsletter, or simply make time for a few deep breaths and listen closely to your own spirit whispering to you exactly what it needs.  


Katy Steinberg



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The Modern Revolutionary: Matt Foreman

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Episode #3

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Matt Foreman


Matt Foreman has been involved in Olympic weightlifting since the late 1980s. After beginning his competitive career as a junior athlete in Arizona, he was recruited to join the Calpian Weightlifting Club in Washington in 1993. As a member of the Calpians, coached by the legendary John Thrush, Matt rose through the ranks to become one of the best weightlifters in the United States in the +105 kg weight class, winning medals at top national championship meets for over ten years. Still competitive as a masters athlete, he continues into his third decade as an Olympic weightlifter.

All the years of experience on the platform have given Coach Foreman an uncommon level of skill and understanding in the coaching realm. He has been a coach almost as long as a competitor, producing athletes who have competed at all national championship levels from youth to master, along with teaching countless clinics and seminars. A prolific writer, he has also published three books on the sport of weightlifting, along with hundreds of articles.

In addition to national competition, Coach Foreman has produced dozens of local, state, and regional championships throughout his coaching career.

Several of Coach Foreman’s athletes have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at these top national competitions. 

Olympic Weightlifting Teacher/Lecturer/Writer (since 1991)

  • Coaching Clinic Director at multiple schools, private gyms, and CrossFit gyms.
  • Director of Coaching Certification with Iron Athlete, LLC.
  • Featured Lecturer at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.Political/Administrative Experience in Olympic Weightlifting (since 1994)

Political/Administrative Experience in Olympic Weightlifting (since 1994)

  • Athletes Representative for the State of Washington (1994-2004)
  • USA Weightlifting Board of Governors Member (1994-2000)
  • Member-At-Large for Arizona Weightlifting Federation (2016-present

Weightlifting coach (23 years)

    • Currently employed as head weightlifting coach at Core CrossFit in Phoenix, AZ
    • Currently employed as coach, seminar lecturer, and coaching certification director with Iron Athlete, LLC.
    • 20+ years coaching experience with various programs in Arizona and Washington (high school, collegiate, private sector)
    • Produced multiple national/international competitors in both Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting

English teacher (21 years)- Mountain View High School (Mesa, AZ)

    • Football coach- 10 years
    • Track and Field coach- 20 years

Published author (10+ years)

    • Author of three books:
      • Bones of Iron: Collected Articles on the Life of the Strength Athlete
      • Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 and Beyond
      • Olympic Weightlifting Programming for Masters
    • Featured article contributor with Catalyst Athletics (7 years)
    • Several articles published in various other magazines and journals in the fields of Olympic weightlifting, strength training, and track and field

Educational certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Coach
  • Certified Iron Athlete Coach

Athletic experience:

  • Competitive weightlifter since 1988
  • Two-time National University Weightlifting Champion
  • Five-time American Open medalist
  • Four-time National Championship medalist
  • High School National Champion
  • Two-time American Masters Champion
  • 2004 Olympic Trials competitor
  • 2000 World University Championship Team USA member
  • 2000 National Team Championship
  • Multiple state record holder

Best official lifts:

90 kg class- 120 kg Snatch, 150 kg Clean and Jerk
99 kg class- 135 kg Snatch, 165 kg Clean and Jerk
105 kg class- 142.5 kg Snatch, 175 kg Clean and Jerk
+105 kg class- 155 kg Snatch, 185 kg Clean and Jerk

All results 100% drug-free.

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The Modern Revolutionary: Deborah Frieze

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Episode #2

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Deborah Frieze

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Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. In 2013, she founded the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and grantmaking to build a resilient and inclusive local economy.

Deborah’s focus on resilience began during her tenure as co-president of The Berkana Institute, where she worked to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations and systems that were failing to contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her award-winning book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Margaret Wheatley.

After writing Walk Out Walk On, Deborah decided to build an urban learning center modeled after the pioneering leaders she wrote about. In August 2013, she founded the Old Oak Dojo in Jamaica Plain, MA, an event center dedicated to racial justice and a place where neighbors gather to rediscover how to create healthy and resilient communities.


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On Kale and Daughters

I am staring at the Kale.

And the Kale is staring back.

When it was a seed ? small and full of potential ? it needed me to coax it from it’s confining shell out to a wide-open world of possibility.

Now, it’s life is largely its own. Sun and water feed it

and it grows nearly perceptibly in front of my eyes.

Always reaching towards the sun

I assist nowadays, but mostly does the work without me.

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For Example

If you are wondering if you are ready for the big adventure ahead.


Let me report form the edges of competence


It’s a dangerous ledge with risks of may even be fatal.


But, let me be an example


I have survived all the consequences of my mistakes


? serious as some have been.


Let the voice in your head keep you humbly honest


And believe me when I tell you:


None of us are hitting mark all the time.


Attend to the details of your desires and try your best to be a good example.


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The Modern Revolutionary: Roza Ferdowsmakan

The Modern Revolution

Episode #1

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Roza Ferdowsmakan.

Show Notes:

roza ferdowsmakan is a tech founder and slow food enthusiast who seeks to normalize farm-to-table for everyone, everywhere. she’s the founder of bites, a free mobile app that connects foodies (those seeking to taste their way through life and open to world cuisines) with local chefs, such as home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs, for in-home, farm-to-table dining experiences, with ingredients sourced from local growers. these local growers include urban farms, micro farms, co-ops, community gardens, backyard gardens, and family-owned small farms.
bites is a tool that facilitates an ecosystem where all of the participants benefit. what’s in it for foodies, chefs, and local farms? for foodies, bites is about culinary adventures at all budgetary levels, so that more socio-economic levels can participate in farm-to-table. for foodies, it’s also about celebrating diversity through the various cultures and cuisines that come into foodies’ homes, and it’s about community building. for the culinary talent on the app, it’s about economic empowerment (jobs) – these home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs generate an income with zero overhead, while setting their own pricing, availability and menus. for the local farms, it’s about visibility and support. bites is interested in sending chefs and foodies alike direct to local growers, increasing their profits and decreasing their waste, while diverting from landfills.
bites can be downloaded from the app store or google play onto your phone. visit to learn more, check out whose talked about bites in the press, and follow us on our social media links.
with gratitude,
roza ferdowsmakan

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The High Cost of Diabetes

Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States. Over 100 million people in this country are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Diabetes causes significant life changes for patients, who have to constantly monitor what they eat, and keep track of their blood sugar.

Mismanaging a patient’s health can have life threatening consequences. This creates a significant problem, and not just medically, but financially as well. The cost of diabetes in this country impacts health care expenses, pharmaceutical expenses, the patients ability to earn a living wage, and it financially impacts the employer as well.

According to, the cost of diagnosed diabetes for 2017 is $327 billion, $90 billion of which is attributed to reduced productivity to employers. We spend over $106 billion dollars just in medications and testing supplies for diabetic patients. These are just the expenses for those that are diagnosed as a diabetic, and do not include those that are unaware that they have diabetes, and it also fails to include the costs associated with being pre-diabetic. Now, here’s a scary statistic, according to the CDC, 1 in 4 Americans don’t even know that they have diabetes. Over 7 million people are living with this condition and have no idea.

The financial burden that diabetes puts on our healthcare system is high, but it’s also high for the patients as well. reports that those with diabetes spend more than double what their healthy peers do on medical expenses each year.  Those without insurance often go without treatment and are 168% more likely to visit the emergency room than their counterparts with insurance. For all patients, inadequate care can lead to hypertension, heart disease, blindness, amputation, and even death.


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