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Save Money With Tips From The TV

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Keeping track of personal finances and establishing responsible money-management habits is never easy. Just the thought of creating a budget or learning about financial planning makes some people’s heads spin, making it difficult to move forward onto bigger and better experiences in the future.

There are plenty of books and websites out there with helpful tips and tricks, but with television still being the second-biggest time commitment in the lives of everyday Americans, it’s there we turn our attention to today. Here are just a few great programs that give viewers practical advice and information to improve their financial well-being: Continue reading

Submit Your Questions for a Chance to be on Help Desk with Rob Bell in LA!

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PARTICIPATE IN AN “OWN” TELEVISION SERIES

IN LOS ANGELES WITH ROB BELL!

READ APPLICATION PROCESS BELOW AND APPLY ASAP TO: robbellhelpdesk@gmail.com

WHAT:            The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is seeking participants for the “Help Desk” series featuring Rob Bell!

WHEN:             April 8, 2014

WHERE:           Los Angeles (specific location TBA)

WHO:   Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011, Rob Bell is the author of a number of books including Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars, and the New York Times Bestsellers Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God. The founding pastor of Mars Hill, an innovative church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, his Nooma short film series has been viewed by over thirty million people. Rob’s speaking tours have taken him around the world and in 2013 he launched CraftLab, a leadership event helping executives, writers, artists and activists develop and create compelling new content. He and his wife Kristen live with their three children in Southern California.

Description: Help Desk is a television show on OWN that features renowned teachers, authors, and experts making themselves available in public spaces to provide advice to anyone who needs it. Help Desk is a deeply substantive series that grounds some of the great wisdom provided by today’s top experts and helps people live better and more fulfilling lives. Although the event is public, we are looking to secure a select group of participants who will be given priority to sit down with Rob.

What we are looking for:

We need people who are seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance. Below are a few examples but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:

-Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped

-Questioning faith or belief in higher power

-Overcoming addiction

-Difficulties with weight loss

-Overcoming specific anxieties or fears

-Divorce or breakup

-Coping with job-loss

-Issues revolving around sexual identity

-Financial hardship

-Sex and relationship issues

-Loss of a family member or friend

Requirements:

1. We need applicants to be available during the day on April 8th in the Los Angeles area.  Specific time and location TBA.

2. Provide a simple description of yourself (age, profession, relationships status)

and contact information (email and phone number).

3.  Photo of yourself.

4.  Specific question(s) you would like to ask Rob.

5.  Single paragraph description of the specific life circumstance that led to your question(s).

6. Please tell us how you heard about this opportunity (specific website, social media, word of mouth, etc.).

7. If selected, applicants will need to sign an Appearance Release.

Send email with answers to the above questions to: robbellhelpdesk@gmail.com

Join Panache Desai for Help Desk in San Francisco on March 13

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“HELP DESK” with

PANACHE DESAI

 *** A NEW SHOW TO AIR ON THE OWN NETWORK ***

 WHEN: March 13, 2014

LOCATION: Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA (scheduled)

2:30 PM-4:30 PM –     Help Desk Open to Public

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM  –   Group Exercise Led by Panache Desai

What is Help Desk?

Help Desk is a television show on OWN that features renowned teachers, authors, and experts making themselves available in public spaces to provide advice to anyone who needs it. Help Desk is a deeply substantive series that grounds some of the great wisdom provided by today’s top experts and helps people live better and more fulfilling lives.

Who is Panache Desai?

Panache Desai is a contemporary thought leader whose message of love and self-acceptance has drawn thousands of people from around the world to his seminars and workshops. Not aligned with any religious or spiritual tradition, he empowers people to free themselves of pain, suffering, sadness, and self-limiting beliefs. In May 2014 he will publish his first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion, and Joy.

Instructions:

1. Remove any hats with logos

1.  Sit down, introduce yourself!

2.  Give some basic background (age and profession).

3.  Explain your issue/problem and ask your question!

4. After you’re question is answered get up and allow the next person to step forward

5. Share any final thoughts and reactions in our “testimonial area”

What we are looking for: Panache Desai is looking for people seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance.  Below are a few examples, but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:

-Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped

-Questioning faith or belief in higher power

-Overcoming addiction

-Difficulties with weight loss

-Overcoming specific anxieties or fears

-Divorce or breakup

-Coping with job-loss

-Issues revolving around sexual identity

-Financial hardship

-Sex and relationship issues

-Loss of a family member or friend

Stumped?  Here are some sample questions:

(Keep in mind you must briefly describe a life story or circumstance that relates to the question.)

I have a deep fear of “…..” .  How do I overcome this fear?

How do I deal with a family who doesn’t approve of me leaving the faith I was raised with?

How do I get over my breakup with my boyfriend/girlfriend?

How do find balance between my family life and my work life?

How do I cope with loss in my life (divorce, financial loss, job loss)?

Can I be truly happy – and what does it mean to be truly happy?

What steps can I take to discover my purpose and find meaning in life?

How do I forgive someone who hurt me?

I keep repeating the same mistakes – how do I get out of an unhealthy pattern?

How do I find passion for life?

How do I reduce my stress level at work?

Be on Help Desk with Panache Desai in San Francisco on March 13!

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Panache Desai

PARTICIPATE IN AN “OWN” TELEVISION SERIES

IN SAN FRANCISCO WITH PANACHE DESAI!

READ APPLICATION PROCESS BELOW AND APPLY ASAP TO:

panachedesaihelpdesk@gmail.com

 

WHAT: The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is seeking participants for the “Help Desk” series featuring Panache Desai!

WHEN: March 13, 2014

WHERE: San Francisco (specific location TBA)

WHO: Panache Desai is a contemporary thought leader whose message of love and self-acceptance has drawn thousands of people from around the world to his seminars and workshops. Not aligned with any religious or spiritual tradition, he empowers people to free themselves of pain, suffering, sadness, and self-limiting beliefs. In May 2014 he will publish his first book, DISCOVERING YOUR SOUL SIGNATURE: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion, and Joy.

Description: Help Desk is a television show on OWN that features renowned teachers, authors, and experts making themselves available in public spaces to provide advice to anyone who needs it. Help Desk is a deeply substantive series that grounds some of the great wisdom provided by today’s top experts and helps people live better and more fulfilling lives. Although the event is public, we are looking to secure a select group of participants who will be given priority to sit down with Panache.

What we are looking for: We need people who are seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance. Below are a few examples but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:

-Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped

-Questioning faith or belief in higher power

-Overcoming addiction

-Difficulties with weight loss

-Overcoming specific anxieties or fears

-Divorce or breakup

-Coping with job-loss

-Issues revolving around sexual identity

-Financial hardship

-Sex and relationship issues

-Loss of a family member or friend

Requirements:

1. We need applicants to be available during the day on March 13th in the San Francisco area.  Specific time and location TBA.

2. Provide a simple description of yourself (age, profession, relationships status) and contact information (email and phone number).

3.  Photo of yourself.

4.  Specific question(s) you would like to ask Panache.

5.  Single paragraph description of the specific life circumstance that led to your question(s).

6. Please tell us how you heard about this opportunity (specific website, social media, word of mouth, etc.).

7. If selected, applicants will need to sign an Appearance Release.

Send email with answers to the above questions to: panachedesaihelpdesk@gmail.com

Join the Shoot of “Help Desk” With Michael Beckwith on Feb. 15 in LA!

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“HELP DESK” with

MICHAEL BECKWITH

 *** A NEW SHOW TO AIR ON THE OWN NETWORK ***

WHEN: February 15, 2014

LOCATION: Pine Avenue Pier, Long Beach, CA

               8:30 am –10:30am :     Closed set

  10:30am – 12:30pm :     Help Desk open to public

      12:30pm – 1:00pm      Group Activity

                     

Description:Help Desk is a television show on OWN that features renowned teachers, authors, and experts making themselves available in public spaces to provide advice to anyone who needs it. Help Desk is a deeply substantive series that grounds some of the great wisdom provided by today’s top experts and helps people live better and more fulfilling lives.

Dr. Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher, conference speaker, and seminar leader. He is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community headquartered in Los Angeles. Three of his most recent books are recipients of the prestigious Nautilus Award.

Instructions:

1. Remove any hats with logos

1.  Sit down, introduce yourself!

2.  Give some basic background (Age and profession).

3.  Explain your issue/problem and ask your question!

4. After you’re question is answered get up and allow the next person to step forward

5. Share any final thoughts and reactions in our “testimonial area”

What we are looking for: Michael Beckwith is looking for people seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance.  Below are a few examples but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:

-Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped

-Questioning faith or belief in higher power

-Overcoming addiction

-Difficulties with weight loss

-Overcoming specific anxieties or fears

-Divorce or breakup

-Coping with job-loss

-Issues revolving around sexual identity

-Financial hardship

-Sex and relationship issues

-Loss of a family member or friend

Stumped?  Here are some sample questions:

(Keep in mind you must briefly describe a life story or circumstance that relates to the question).

I have a deep fear of “…..” .  How do I overcome this fear?

How do I deal with a family who doesn’t approve of me leaving the faith I was raised with?

How do I get over my breakup with my boyfriend/girlfriend?

How do find balance between my family life and my work life?

How do I cope with loss in my life (divorce, financial loss, job loss)?

Can I be truly happy – and what does it mean to be truly happy?

What steps can I take to discover my purpose and find meaning in life?

How do I forgive someone who hurt me?

I keep repeating the same mistakes – how do I get out of an unhealthy pattern?

How do I find passion for life?

How do I reduce my stress level at work?

Sit Down with Author Cheryl Strayed for Help Desk on March 22 in Portland!

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Cheryl Strayed

 

PARTICIPATE IN AN “OWN” TELEVISION SERIES

IN PORTLAND WITH CHERYL STRAYED!

READ APPLICATION PROCESS BELOW AND APPLY ASAP TO: cherylstrayedhelpdesk@gmail.com

WHAT:            The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is seeking participants for the “Help Desk” series featuring renowned author and speaker Cheryl Strayed!

WHEN:             Saturday, March 22, 2014 (specific time TBA)

WHERE:           Portland, Oregon (specific location TBA).

WHO:               Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller WILD, the New York Times bestseller TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, and the novel TORCH. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Jean-Marc Vallée is directing the film adaptation of WILD, starring Reese Witherspoon, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby (to be released fall 2014). Strayed’s writing has appeared in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, Tin House, The Rumpus–where she wrote the popular “Dear Sugar” advice column–and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages around the world.

Description:

Help Desk is a television show on OWN that features renowned teachers, authors, and experts making themselves available in public spaces to provide advice to anyone who needs it. Help Desk is a deeply substantive series that grounds some of the great wisdom provided by today’s top experts and helps people live better and more fulfilling lives. Although the event is public, we are looking to secure a select group of participants who will be given priority to gain a spot to sit down with Ms. Strayed.

What we are looking for:

We need people who are seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance. Below are a few examples but we are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss:

-Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped

-Questioning faith or belief in higher power

-Overcoming addiction

-Difficulties with weight loss

-Overcoming specific anxieties or fears

-Divorce or breakup

-Coping with job-loss

-Issues revolving around sexual identity

-Financial hardship

-Sex and relationship issues

-Loss of a family member or friend

Requirements:

1. We need applicants to be available during the day on Saturday, March 22nd in the Portland area.  Specific time and location TBA.

2. Provide a simple description of yourself (age, profession, relationships status) and contact information (email and phone number).

3.  Photo of yourself.

4.  Specific question(s) you would like to ask Cheryl Strayed.

5.  Single paragraph description of the specific life circumstance that led to your question(s).

6. Please tell us how you heard about this opportunity (specific website, social media, word of mouth, etc.).

7. If selected, applicants will need to sign an Appearance Release.

Send email with answers to the above questions to: cherylstrayedhelpdesk@gmail.com

Does Family Time Stand a Chance Against TV apps?

family tv appsBy Alexis Caffrey

Not long ago, programing schedules tethered us to our televisions.

You’d leave a dinner party early to catch Grey’s Anatomy. Wake up early to watch Wimbledon. Sneak out during the sermon to watch a Seattle Seahawks game.

The advent of TV apps – the mobile-living answer to the VHS video tape and DVR power – has spawned an untethered age in which you can bring TV shows with you to the bathroom or cheer on your favorite team while you power walk or cook dinner.

Awesome, right? Especially when you can stream shows for free through most TV providers: Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, and Comcast all have apps with streaming and On-Demand content now. These networks allow users to download entire movies or even seasons of TV shows in a flash.

But if mom’s got The Bachelor on her tablet while dad tunes in to wrestling in the den and each kid has a small shining screen streaming Nickelodeon, what does that mean for family time?

Here are three ways to navigate screen-heavy waters, and prevent anyone in your family from becoming a bleary-eyed stranger.

1.    Don’t make solo screen time evil

We all need our fix.

A little Mad Men might appeal to you, but your spouse would rather get lost in a little Scandal. The baseball playoffs are religious for one parent and two kids, but the other parent and youngest child don’t know a designated hitter from a designated driver.

Dedicate a timeframe in your busy days in which it’s OK to take a smartphone on the porch to binge a little on TV. When school’s in session, this time can serve as a reward for good grades or if homework is finished.

Takeaway: Not all screen time is bad, and it should be treated as a reward.

2.    Place limits – on yourself, and your kids

Just say no.

One way to cut down on the rat race is to cut a little of the racing. Only you know what’s manageable to your family, but when kids have more than one after-school commitment, it can impact not only how well they can perform in it, but also how they behave outside of it.

Softball practice squeezes time to practice piano which compromises homework time. The first casualty is usually leisure time. How can a teen keep up with Glee when the other commitments push her late into the evening – especially when no one else in the house can stand her show?

Takeaway: If a kid can pour his heart into chess club, then come home, have a snack, do his homework, and relax by watching a show before dinner, make sure they are leaving some time for family, too.

3.    Gather round the same TV

The evenings of story time by firelight in the frontier days are long gone. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy quality family time. Sharing TV is better than sitting in silence around a dinner table.

Here are a few ways your family could embrace the age and gather around the TV together.

1.    Find common ground

Everyone’s favorite programs seem so … out there. Unrelated. But when you can identify common ground, you have a place where everyone can at least give Merlin a chance. If an NFL star is on Dancing with the Stars, you have a built-in hook for family sports fans.

Parents might even want to give an episode or two of Good Luck Charlie a chance if they can find something relatable in the plot.

2.    Share the love

Does no one else understand your fascination with Doctor Who?

Try this: Find an episode that you think at least one other family member could identify with. Challenge everyone in the family to find something about their favorite show or sport that the whole family might find interesting, and share it with everyone else.

It’ll at least be a lesson in tolerance; at most, you could gain an ally for the shows you love.

3.    Show them the classics

Perhaps today’s kids won’t identify much with the children’s lives on Little House on the Prairie, but comedy and drama are ageless, and the differences between then and today might be enough to keep the kids engaged in a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.

Takeaway: Alternating nights of Happy Days and The Suite Life of Zach and Cody might lead to a night you turn off the TV and talk about your favorite shows instead of watching them.

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Alexis Caffrey is a freelance writer with a focus on technology. You can reach her via @alexiscaffrey or alexiscaffrey.com

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