Thursday, December 9, 2010

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:
By Clinton Anderson
A visualization to get soft hands.

If you want to get your horse as light as you possibly can, you have to have soft hands. To help people develop that soft feel, I often tell them to act as if they have blisters all over their fingers. If your fingers were blistered, how hard would you pick up on the reins? You wouldn’t pull very hard because it would hurt if you did. Instead of your fingers being tight and aggressive, you’d have a feather-light touch, barely touching the reins. You’d use your fingertips and slowly pick up the reins with a lot of feel. Remember, a horse never gets any lighter than the first amount of pressure you apply.

Happy Holiday Trails,

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Sweet Potato Biscuits
5 C. all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 C. packed light brown sugar
2 T. baking powder
1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground allspice
1 cup shortening
2 C. cooked and cooled mashed sweet potatoes
1 C. whipping cream
1/2 C. coarsely chopped pecans

Stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger and allspice in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening with two knives or a dough cutter until crumbly. Add the sweet potatoes and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add the cream and pecans and stir just until moistened.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to a thickness of 1 1/2 inches. Cut out biscuits with a floured 2 inch biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits one inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 F until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot, or cool on a wire rack to room temperature.

Taken from email sent by:
Peggy Marty & Tyler Richardson
Prudential Utah Real Estate
Park City, Utah

Yummy winter treats!

Happy Weekend Trails,

PS Come and visit us at NFR 4 Booths located at all locations!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Funny Friday


A man and his wife were having some problems at home

and were giving each other the silent treatment.

Suddenly the man realized that the next day he would need his wife

to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece

of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM.' He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning the man woke up, only to discover it

was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight.

Furious, he was about to go to see why his wife hadn't wakened him when he

noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.'

Happy Weekend Trails,

And a BIG Happy Birthday to my wonderful Father-in-law, Wayland Shaw...We Love and Appreciate all you do for ALL of US!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:
By Clinton Anderson

Colt starting can be tremendously rewarding. I love working with colts because it’s like a clean slate. All you have to do is show them the right things to do and they’re happy to do it. The first six weeks of a horse’s life under saddle is when he learns the most. He learns how to pack a rider, turn left, go right, stop, back up, soften, move off your leg, etc. He learns an incredible amount of information in the first six weeks under saddle. You want that to be good information, not bad, so that he learns to be soft, supple and relaxed, not pushy and disrespectful.

Day 1, NFR.....will keep you posted!! Good Luck to all the Cowboys and Cowgirls.

Happy Rodeo Trails,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dream Big

"Nurture great thoughts, for you will
never go higher than your thoughts."
— Benjamin Disraeli: Was a British prime minister, parliamentarian, and author

How true!!! "Thoughts become things", "energy flows where attention goes," as a man thinketh," many ways to say it, all very powerful. Thoughts are responsible for reality. When I catch myself thinking about things I don't want, I quickly turn it around to things I do want. This has changed my life.

Nurturing thoughts for a fun ,successful, NFR, and holiday season. While this jet carries me to my destination, once only a thought in the minds of the Wright Bros. So many thinkers to be thankful for.

Dreaming Big,


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list
of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
— Robert Orben: Is a magician and comedy writer

This made me smile as I read it getting ready to head to work!!! Lots of rewarding work this week as day 2 of setting up in Las Vegas for NFR contiunes...I finish up in Carmel today and will be flying to Vegas tomorrow.

Looking to hit the Forbes list...not there yet, so it's off to work we go!!

Happy Forbes Trails,

Monday, November 29, 2010

On The Road Again


Despite white out conditions, closed roads, and a twelve hour trip to Las Vegas the Burns Team arrived with trailers full of outstanding cowboy gear! Our best yet!!! Hundreds of our newest original designs in boots, hats, clothing, saddles, and accessories will be unveiled Thursday as the doors open for the much anticipated 2010 National Finals Rodeo held in warm, Las Vegas Nevada!

This year you will be able to find us at 4 locations, that is right 4!!! Two booths at the prestigious Cowboy Christmas event, held at the Convention Center. One incredible booth full of Lucchese Boots at the Sands Convention Center, and of course you can find us just inside the door at the beautiful Mandalay Bay/Cowboy Market Place.

Burns will have the finest in quality and the selection, OH MY!!!

Excitement fills my being as another fun NFR quickly approaches. A big thank you to all those who have diligently served getting the products produced, packed, shipped and delivered, and to all the team members setting up and selling at the four booths as well as our great teams that keep the three stores performing this very busy month. You are VERY appreciated!!! Together we will make history in our 134, soon to be 135 year old company! The Forefathers would be very proud, I know generation 5 is!!!

On The Road Again, Destination, Las Vegas Baby!!!

Hope to see you there!!

Happy NFR Trails,

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Inspire Me

Thanksgiving Week Begins:

As Thanksgiving week begins my heart is filled with gratitude for all my many blessings. Years come and go and this year has been truly incredible! As I ponder the events I am humbled with appreciation for the amazing year this has been for our company and our family.

Just two years ago this month we left our home town of Salina and ventured into uncharted territory as we put together our first resort shop that would cater to tourist instead of real cowboys. A big risk that paid off. This year resort store two became a reality as doors were opened in June in the enchanted village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Moving yet further away from our roots, and now into the State of California. Utah has been the only home of the 134 year old family business until now. We went as far west as possible without falling into the Pacific Ocean.

Projects are inspiring. They get you up in the morning and keep you up late at night. You are forced to think, act and respond. I love them. When you begin all you have is desire and a lot of ideas, when you complete you have sculpted those ideas and desires into a physical manifestation that fills the soul with a sense of accomplishment.

We moved three times this year. Moving really makes you evaluate "stuff" and the reason we collect and keep so much of it. Move three times in a year you will get rid of "stuff".

The Burns Team has grown this year and I am very thankful for all the wonderful team members that provide service to the company and the clients that walk through the many doors of the Burns business'.

Today in Salina the Burns Christmas Party was held, the first one in 35 years we had to miss. Reports of fun, food and and winter weather brought memories of years of laughter and Donna's games and pranks that live on for decades.

Last week our family celebrated our Thanksgiving while Scott and I were in Utah. It was extra special as all our children, grandchildren and parents set down together, one large table of happy, healthy, wealthy, wise family members, gathered in the spirit of the season of Thanksgiving, as our busy lives were reunited in a Love and Appreciation for the day, year, and most importantly each other. It doesn't get much better than that!

Wishing all of you the same this week.

With much Appreciation,


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rave Reviews and Recipes

From the kitchen of Jessica Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld's Favorite Sandwich

Found on website:
Servings: 6
Cook Time: 30-60 min
This is based on a sandwich Jerry and I fell in love with in Italy. For a healthier version, substitute the Italian bread with whole-grain rolls or whole-wheat bread. It is delicious any way you serve it!

Nutritional info:

Calories: 416, Carbohydrate: 34g, Protein: 42g, Total Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Sodium: 615mg, Fiber: 3g

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup whole-wheat flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup low-fat, reduced-sodium chicken broth
½ cup balsamic vinegar
6 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ cup broccoli puree
6 large slices tomato
6 ciabatta rolls, or 6 large slices crusty Italian bread
½ cup grated part-skim mozzarella

Cooking Directions
1. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour on a sheet of waxed paper. Toss the chicken chunks in the flour and coat completely. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and garlic. Decrease the heat to medium and continue to cook until the chicken begins to brown and the garlic becomes fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Add the chicken broth, vinegar, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Add the puree and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, until the flavors are well blended.

4. Place the bread on a large baking sheet. Top each with a tomato slice. Divide the chicken between the 6 pieces of bread and top with mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted and edges of the bread are crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately.

For the Broccoli Puree

Cut broccoli into florets and steam for 6 to 7 minutes. Florets should be tender but still bright green. (If they're an olive green, they're overcooked.) Puree using a food processor or blender for about 2 minutes. May need a few teaspoons of water, for a smooth, creamy texture

Happy Autumn Trails,


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Brad Paisley Visits Burns Cowboy Shop in Carmel

October 30th 2010 is a day I shall soon not forget!!! Halloween Parades, Make-a-Wish Gala, (Western Themed) hosted by Clint Eastwood, YEAH!!!, and of course our visit from Brad Paisley!!!

Brad Paisley was in town to perform for the MAW gala held at the posh resort, Tehama, owned by Clint Eastwood. During the Halloween Parade I saw Brad and his wife quickly walk by our shop. Amanda, who works for us was disappointed he did not stop by, she said,"We are the only cowboy shop in Carmel, I thought for sure he would come in." I went over to my Ipod that was playing and changed it to Brad Paisley and told the gals we were going to draw him in with our thoughts and his music. The Law of Attraction!!! Less than an hour later, in walks Brad, a bit embarrassed that every song that kept playing was his. I smiled and told him we were practicing the Law of Attraction, and apparently, it worked. Not only were they impressed with the shop and selection, Brad picked out and purchased our custom designed, cool, stingray boots!! He said he will be wearing them on the 2010 44th Annual CMA Awards that will be aired on television next Wednesday November 10, 2010 at 8pm ESTt/7 Central on ABC. Brad and Carrie Underwood will be the MC's!! The Burns team will all be glued as we hope they show multiple shots of Brad Paisley's Rock Star boots he purchased from US!

Brad's lovely wife Kimberly, who I called Jennifer, oops, purchased a fun leather handbag. Kimberly is as famous as Brad, a beautiful actress who played in the Father of the Bride movies as well as a leading role in the television show, According to Jim.

If that was not enough fun, Michael and Shauna, (Representatives from Lucchese) flew in for the MAW gala, where we presented a live auction item for 2 pair of custom Lucchese boots, with a full tour of the factory. Brad Paisley was performing at the event and got on the mic during our auction item and plugged our shop to everyone at the event, proudly announcing the boots he was wearing that evening he had just got from us that day. The donation netted $7000 for the foundation and Burns Cowboy Shop received valuable exposure.

Brad's acoustic performance was spectacular. A small gathering of influential Bay Area individuals raised nearly $400,000 for MAW, I was genuinely impressed.

Dancing continued after the dinner and "Brad Concert" with an outstanding LA band named Whiskey Dawn. And of course Clint Eastwood got on the dance floor, at 79 years young he still has a few moves left. He put his famous flat top hat on and glided right past us with his famous smile.

Opening a shop on Ocean Ave, in Carmel California has it's Perks!!! October 30th was full of them!!

Happy Memorable Trails,


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

"What we think determines what happens
to us, so if we want to change our lives,
we need to stretch our minds."
— Dr. Wayne Dyer: Self-development author and speaker

Stretching our minds means getting out of our comfort zone and thinking. I had a client tell me the other day that responsibility means, being able to respond. I thought about it for a second and I thought, how true! When faced with decisions, problems, tragedy, being responsible is being able to respond. Being able to respond and make a decision makes us a responsible person, or lack of response makes us an irresponsible person.

My tip this Tuesday is be RESPONSIBLE!



Friday, October 22, 2010

Funny Friday

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. - Mark Twain

So True!!! What is up with that.

Imagine if you could eat anything you wanted and it made you healthier, skinnier, and more beautiful. Consume drinks with sugar and alcohol only to wake up with tight eyes, no swelling and a flat stomach. Exercise would make you fat, and all those people that were addicted to running, biking and going to the gym weighed 300 lbs. plus!!!
Oh and by the way the older you got the better you looked!!

Designing my next life, and of course, men will have the babies:-)

Happy Healthy Trails,


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:
By Clinton Anderson

Respect without fear.

You want your horse to respect you, but not fear you. If a horse is afraid of the person training him, he'll spend more time worrying about the situation and trying to escape it than trying to figure out how to do the lesson. People are the exact same way. It's nearly impossible to learn something if you're not relaxed and comfortable. You can't act like a Barbarian and immediately start whacking the horse because he isn't giving you the response you're looking for. You have to establish a starting point and then build from there. Once you've made your horse feel uncomfortable and you know he's trying to find the right answer, maintain the pressure and wait for him to figure out the correct response. Remember, you don't want your horse to be disrespectful, and you don't want him to be frightened of you. Your goal is to get respect without fear.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dream Big

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

This week Destiny's family will arrive here in Carmel for their first visit with us. Those big hugs will take my breath away!!! Introducing ranch kids to the ocean and sea life. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Dreaming of Sunshine for their arrival.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Napoleon Hill - inspirational words of wisdom

Inspire Me


There once was a man who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror,
And noticed he had only three hairs on his head.
'Well,' he said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'
So he did and he had a wonderful day.
The next day he woke up, looked in the mirror
And saw that he had only two hairs on his head.
'H-M-M,' he said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.'
So he did and he had a grand day.

The next day he woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
That he had only one hair on her head.
'Well,' he said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.'
So he did, and he had a fun, fun day.
The next day he woke up, looked in the mirror and
Noticed that there wasn't a single hair on his head.
'YAY!' he exclaimed. 'I don't have to fix my hair today!'

Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary,
For everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly,
And pray continually.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...

It's about learning to dance in the rain.

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

Lynn Follstad one of our great Burns Team Members sent me this. She is always kinder than necessary. Thanks Lynn for having a wonderful Attitude and sharing this with me so I can share it with many as well.

Happy to Pass on the Positive,


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rave Reviews and Recpies

I down loaded this song of Brenn Hills called: Simple Things. Here are the lyrics.

It is a fantastic song, I give it RAVE REVIEWS!!!

All the simple things in life
Like the colors of the fall
Like an eagle on the wind
High above the canyon wall
Like the sound of the river
Runnin' wild in the spring
We are here but for a while
To learn to love the simple things

Like a baby when he smiles
For the first time in his life
Cradled gently in the arms
Of my beautiful wife
Growin' stronger by the day
And the change that every morning brings
He is here but for a while
To learn to love the simple things

And it's so easy to lose track
And never take the time to see
All the simple things we have
Are gifts from God for you and me

Like the memories we share
Years and miles cannot erase
Like the sound of your sweet voice
Like the smile on your face
Like the promise of tomorrow
In a land where freedom rings
We are here but for a while
To learn to love the simple things
Learn to love the simple things

Enjoying the "Simple Things",


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dream Big

As I sit here happily exhausted I marvel at the wonderful day I just experienced. Wednesday Oct.6th.
Today at Burns Cowboy Shop we helped doctors from Boston pick out beautiful wearable works of art in boots and fine leather jackets.
We served a duchess from Scotland and a group of her wonderful friends.
A family from Australia purchased treasures in leather, first stating they wished they hadn't stubbled upon the place, only to replace that regret with, how happy they were to have found us and how much they loved all the wonderful items they get to return home with.
The founder of an incredibly successful company stops by our shop almost daily because he loves our shop and the high quality of merchandise we provide, especially our unique hand crafted leather belts, silver buckles and accessories.
People from China, Spain, Russia, Denmark, France, Italy, Australia, Scotland, all marveling at the wonders of a leather shop on Ocean Ave. in Carmel-by-the-Sea California, first founded in a small rural Utah town way back in 1876 by my Great-Great-Grandfather Miles Lamoni Burns.

He had a dream, little did he know what would become of it 5 generations later.

Living Life in Awe and Appreciation,


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time

to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

English: interesting language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor

pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or

french fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads,

which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we

explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing

rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a

pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,

grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth,

why isn't the plural of booth beeth?

One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?

One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If

you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them,

what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?

Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and

a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your

house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by

filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

People, not computers invented English, and it reflects the creativity

of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why,

when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out,

they are invisible.


Why doesn't "buick" rhyme with "quick"?

The magic of words...

Happy Tuesday Trails,


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Inspire Me

My friend Jacqueline sent me the following quote, which I have been pondering for days, wanted to share it with you.

Great minds discuss ideas:
Average minds discuss events:
Small minds discuss people:

Wow, how true are those three lines??!!!

I think about stages of my life when I thought with a small mind, when the only real thoughts that ran through my head were about people. What they thought about me, what I thought about them, what gossip or information I could share with others. Relationships with family and friends were spent discussing people. Who was getting divorced, who was pregnant, who got hurt, who lost weight, who gained weight, who cheated on who, who got a new car, who got a new house, who lost their job, who won American Idol....etc, etc, etc. Now discussing people includes, texting, facebooking, twitting, etc, etc, etc. There are thousands of ways to use the small minds discussing people. The treadmill of the small mind....using your 60,000 thoughts a day to think about people.

Then there are the times I use my Average Mind;
Who won the game? Did you hear about the hurricane that is to hit the east coast? Remember that great band that played at dinner the other night? Wasn't our trip to Europe incredible.

Great Mind Discussions:
What do you think about opening a shop in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea California? We should put together a committee to find funding for the projects. How can we organize that space to get more use out of it? How can I organize my time to better serve my needs as well as my business? We need more training as a team, how should we implement it? I have the best idea! I was thinking last night and I think we can..... I love to work with like minded people and accomplish extra ordinary things.

5 years ago, I said....I smile when I think about where I'll be in 5 years. I am smiling!!!! and excited what the next 5 years will bring.

Inspired about finding ways to use my mind to enjoy this GREAT LIFE!!!



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dream Big

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Leon J. Suenes

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Inspire Me

The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dream Big

I sit here as the pines dance with the winds of change. Fog rolls off the great pacific ocean and I feel so very small and so very fortunate.

Monday Rylan Dan Crane turned 9 years old. Rylan is our first grandchild and only grandson of 6. How fast a decade goes, incredible! Rylan is an amazing worker. When he was 5 years old we were tearing down a show in Colorado and it was over 100 degrees. We hired a young man around 20 years old and his girlfriend to help us. He was trying to keep up with Rylan as they hauled out product and loaded it in the very hot trailer. He said, "That kid is working circles around me, how old is he, we smiled and said, 5." Rylan has many qualities. He gets along with everyone. Even his little sister Jacy, who sometimes pushes his patience. Rylan loves tractors, his favorite hangout is Mason Machinery in Aurora. His first words seemed to have tractor jargon in them. At the young age of nine he has driven several. Working the barrel races our family produces, and helping out at the ranch he has had many opportunities. Rylan is a grounds man!! He wants it the best and will tell the guys what needs to be done. He loves the mountains and hunting with his Dad. He is an excellent baseball and basketball player always giving 100%. We love him and miss him tremendously. Happy Birthday Rylan, see you in a few weeks, we will go Whale Watching!!

As Scott has said for nine years now, "Grand parenting, it's the best job you will ever have."

Life is a journey of events, age brings some of the most wonderful ones. It takes age to become a grandparent. Glad I am of age.

Dreaming of those 5 precious smiles.

Nana Danna

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

Effective leadership is what determines whether a business achieves, struggles or falls by the wayside. There are reams of articles, books, programmes and audios available. For me, there are at least 8 qualities that successful leaders have.

1. Responsibility

The best leaders take responsibility for making things happen. We all know just how easy it is to blame external factors and we probably all have done this at some time. You know the scenario. If only accounts, purchasing, sales and marketing, customer services, etc would do this everything would be okay. We might even blame the economy, the weather or even the competition. If you want to excel as a leader take responsibility for making things happen.

2. Integrity

Your success depends on others following. People will only follow if they believe they can rely on you to demonstrate high standards, be open, honest and truthful with them. They also expect consistency. When you are consistent (no matter what your leadership style is) people know what to expect.

3. Decision takers

We all have fears and doubts when it comes to making decisions. Will it be the right one, what happens if it goes wrong, how will I look or be perceived by others? These are just a few of the questions and dilemmas faced or going through their head. What sets successful leaders apart is their willingness to face fears and take decisions rather than procrastinate. They know that they will get their fair share of decisions wrong and will learn from them.

4. Deal with facts

Realism is essential if you are to be a successful leader. Realism is about facing up to whatever is going on, rather than expending energy wishing it was different. When faced with decisions, the best leaders will focus on the facts to determine what is realistic. Imagine you are faced with a poorly performing organisation. You might wish it could be fixed next month or next week, but the reality might be that it will take months and maybe years.

5. Vision and inspiration

The most successful leaders have the ability not just to create a vision but to communicate it in an inspiring way. They see the big picture and inspire others to work together to make it happen.

6. Optimism

There are some who are naturally pessimistic, while others are naturally optimistic. Successful leaders are part of the second group. They know that they cannot control every eventuality but they can control how they respond. They focus on solutions, not problems.

7. Resilient

No matter what you set out to as a leader, there will be set backs, disappointments and failures along the way. The most successful leaders are extremely resilient and when things do not work out as they hoped, they bounce back.

8. Excellence

Excellence in what they do is one of the defining qualities of successful leaders. They have a mindset of continuous improvement. They look for better, smarter ways of doing things. They are continual learners.

While leaders have numerous qualities, making a start on these 8 can get you off to a flying start.

Duncan Brodie helps professionals to be great managers and leaders. Take the first step to brilliant leadership by signing up for his free monthly newsletter at

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Thanks for the wonderful tips for leadership this "Tuesday"

Happy Trails,


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dream Big

WOW!!!! Be Careful what you Wish for.

Many of you know of my busy lifestyle. This month it went to another level of busy. My last post was on Aug. 3rd. That was when my life was busy, after August 3rd my life became extremely busy.

Concourse de Elegance car show in Pebble Beach was what began the over drive. We broke records in busiest days ever in our 134 years of doing business. We serviced clients that months ago I could only dream of.

The day before car show started my phone decided I had used it too much and it quit on a Saturday, I was without a phone until Wednesday all on the busiest week in our 134 years of operation. Car show completes, in my 51 years of existence I have never been so completely exhausted.
I go to my computer to follow up on some very important emails and I see a receipt from amazon in my inbox. Braydan and I had talked about getting me an IPad to use as a display tool for my designs in boots and clothing as well as referencing our online product with the customers, so when I saw a receipt for an IPad with accessories I thought it was legitimate. Then it happened, I opened it up to see the delivery details and zap my computer was fried. Less than a month before Scott had fried his computer with a virus so here we set, no personal computer between us. He had taken his in twice with no success and I felt like someone had pulled the plug on all our contacts to our past and future.

Keeping Sane During Trials

No phone contacts, no email contacts, no contacts period. I could not even remember my Mothers cell phone number because I would just push Mom. Luckily her land line I could remember because it has been the same since I lived there. I thought about all the pictures I had lost, my writings, my book I was writing, all gone. My resume in case I needed another job:-)! My mind raced with disappointment and anger. Some SOB just zapped my past and all my hours of work! And I had not backed it up, bought insurance, collected the data, the only thing I had left that had been on my computer and phone was my IPod. 9765 titles that have taken me years to compile I held in my hand with fear of OMG what if I lose this.

Strong anger towards the perpetrator came, then equally as dissapointing anger came towards myself for not having a back up. It wasn't like this hasn't happened to me before. First time shame on them, second time shame on me. Shame, the lowest of all emotions was not going to solve any of my trials.

I took the computer to Salina last week as Scott and I traveled to help put on the Xtreme Barrel Race year-end finals. I turned it over to Braydan and hoped. As I sit here typing this I am hopeful it will publish. Braydans IT,assistant, Spencer is trying to recover material off my hard drive but it does not look good.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
I could not change it I had one option, I had to accept it.

So all of you that read this, if I haven't called or emailed you it is because I can't remember your email and phone number. That goes for 99% of you. So if you want me to have your contact information email or phone me.

As I sit here typing this I am thinking I now have to learn how to back up all my past information systems to make my future easier. Weird...... without stored information we become stifled in forward progression.

And this too shall pass.



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

"You can have it all. Just not all at once."
— Oprah Winfrey: Television host, publisher, and book critic

How true!! Looking back at my life I find it to have sections, or stages. I now say, I grew big enough.

I grew big enough to have a shop on Ocean Avenue in Carmel California that I once strolled, feeling like I was in a Tuscan Village.

I grew big enough to move away from my home town of Salina Utah after living there the majority of my life, opening a new shop in a ski town we had skied in thirty years prior and thought, wow what a neat place, wouldn't it be fun to live here?

I grew big enough to venture to Equestrian Centers all across the country with trailers full of product setting up and selling horseman product to all different types of equestrians, hauling 50 foot trailers through unkown cities full of bumper to bumper traffic.

I grew big enough to find funding for a project that would help our business as well as the entire community, the facility would be named the Blackhawk Arena.

I grew big enough to expand a business that was primarily a saddle shop into a full service horseman, fashion, clothing and boot shop.

I grew big enough to marry my high school sweetheart, Scott, move away from the security of my little hometown, and start a family at the young age of nineteen.

I grew big enough to be an active teenager, participating in sports, cheerleader, band, school plays, and student government.

I grew big enough to enter the game of life not knowing what lie ahead but anxious to experience it all.

No, you can't have it all at once, but all of it is worth having!!!

All of my many journeys have been filled with people that believed in me, helped me, discouraged me, embraced me, rejected me, loved me, hated me, and made me who I am today, their influences and support make the journey a journey.

I am so blessed, I truly feel like I have it all!!!

Growing big enough for?????


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Zen Horse

"The energy you project is directly responsible for the outcomes that you desire and how they show up in your life."

We do not get energy we give it out, if you ride horses you know that for a fact. When a horse is "on the muscle" you can feel the energy he is projecting outward. He his hard to hold back, he feels like he could explode from the inside out.

When ever I feel like I need energy, I change my thoughts to something I really, really want, my heart rate begins to increase, my blood flow increases, I start visualizing me having it and instantly I receive energy.

There is no more zapping of energy than to dread, or think about things you do not want.

Get excited, Life should be LIVED, and Life should be as you want it to be, it is up to you, You, are in charge of your life, if not make plans now to take back control.

Happy ENERGETIC Trails,


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dream Big

How does he stay on!!! I have been up on the neck before after a jump, everytime I jump:-)!

One of our Southern California Team Members, Sue Segal, sent this to me.

Enjoy The Ride!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."
— George Halas: Was a ballplayer, coach, and founder of the Chicago Bears

We wake up and begin our day with a thought. I decieded awhile back that I would wake up and think the best thoughts. Creating the day of my choice, the way I want it to unfold. I meet scores of successful people per day, they inspire me to raise my level of thought and my level of how I play the game.

Happy "Best Thought" Trails,


Monday, July 26, 2010

On The Road Again

Xtreme July Barrel Race Results

Race three of four for the 2010 barrel race season. Hundreds of runners raced for the nearly $57,000 in cash and the $30,000 in awards. Top ten money winners were:

1. Vickie Solmonsen $2903
2. Dave Graff $2323
3. Tiegan Adams $2048
4. Toni Williams $1782
5. Barbara Merril $1659
6. Whitney Chritensen $1540
7. Ariana Sanchez $1459
8. Jennifer Butcher $1327
9. Jordan Hansen $1267
10.Stacy Taylor $1234

Sixteen Contestants made over $1000.

The next big event is the finals Aug. 19-22nd. online entries are available at a full list of results are also available.

Enter early stalls and RV's are going fast, you do not want to miss out, one lucky winner will win a brand new $70,000 Lakota Living Quarter Horse Trailer.
Plus the largest payouts of the year. Tell your friends, see you there.

Happy Winning Trails,


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Inspire Me

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Rave Reviews and Recipes

My review today comes from the latest book I recently added to my audio book library.

Delivering Happiness
A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
By Tony Hsieh

This is a must read/listen for CEO'S, managers, or anyone involved in business. Hell, I recommend that everyone read/listen to it.

Tony's story of growth both personally and corporately is nothing less than inspiring. Tony has taken a start up company Zappos from a struggling company to a Billion dollar plus per year company in just two short years!

My families business has been around 134 years and if you totalled all the years together we could not come close to those figures:-)!

Tony's "Core Values" and "Company Culture" uniquely strengthens Zappos into one of the leading .com companies in the industry.

I love his passion, enthusiasm, and unwavering quest for the best company in the world by delivering "HAPPINESS"!

I sell some of the same items as Zappos, and have watched their company skyrocket in the past several years. Several meetings I have attended people have mentioned Tony's name and asked me if I have met him., I have not, but look forward to meeting him especially after reading/listening to his book.

I copied Zappos Family Core Values below, you can check out a video on Tony's website, www.

Zappos Family Core Values

As we grow as a company, it has become more and more important to explicitly define the core values from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our business strategies. These are the ten core values that we live by:

1.Deliver WOW Through Service
2.Embrace and Drive Change
3.Create Fun and A Little Weirdness
4.Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
5.Pursue Growth and Learning
6.Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
7.Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
8.Do More With Less
9.Be Passionate and Determined
10.Be Humble

Burns Saddlery and Burns Cowboy Shop will be making their Core Values, Thanks to Tony.

Happy Trails,


Thursday, July 22, 2010


I sit here in my bed after being up for 20 hours contemplating growing older. In a few hours the calendar will say I am 51 years old. How do you wrap your head around a larger number??? I do it by knowing I have grown through 51 winters, summers, springtime's, and falls.

I have three children, who now have gifted me with 5.5 grandchildren. A mother and in-laws that are incredibly generous and graceful in their growing older.

I have my health, a family business that started way back in 1876 and has grown older with hundreds of team members that have served its needs for over 134 years.

I have grown enough to know I really do not know the answers but that I have a lot of questions.

By growing older I know I do not like to repeat the third grade and look to advance myself and my studies every year.

By growing older I know to appreciate truth and beauty and know that it resides in everything.

By growing older I have learned that I really know very little about anything but I am anxious to discover more.

By growing older I know that life is about relationships , learning of others ways and appreciating them even if you think and feel differently about politics, religion, and God.

By growing older I have learned that everyday holds the ultimate gift, the gift of life, a life of creating and sharing one glorious experience after another.

Happy Growing Older Trails,


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
Oliver Wendell Holmes:
American writer and Professor at Harvard, 1809-1894

How TRUE!!!!

Happy NEW Trails,


Monday, July 19, 2010

On The Road Again

Started a "On the Road Again" segment last week, never finished it, decided to cut and paste it to this week:-) that is what my busy life has become. Ground Hog Day, over and over again...

Birthday Week, this week....Scott celebrates his birthday today, mine is on Thursday. Being 50ish the celebration is more about how early can we get dinner in so we will not suffer from eating too much too late:-)

Last week we wrapped up the barrel race and flew back to Carmel. Jackets came back on as the temperature hovers between 55 and 65. Rarely have I needed to wear a jacket on my birthday, maybe riding horses in the mountains, or barbecuing over to Maple Grove. This year I will be selling our wares on the South Side of Ocean Ave, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, wearing a jacket:-).

I love jackets and boots and now I can wear them year round!!! I now can justify owning scores of both.

I do miss hot summer nights, observing the moon as it develops on it's quest to fullness. Carmel is immersed with marine layer as the inland temperatures swell to near triple digits the hot prevents the marine layer to move on. Hence the saying , "the coldest I have ever been was the summer I spent in San Francisco".

However, I decided a long time ago my happiness would not be determined by the weather.

Doing what I love and loving what I do, in a jacket:-)


Friday, July 16, 2010

Funny Friday

As we progress into the year 2010, I want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

I no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, or have the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of Trans fats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS to whoever sent me the one about rat poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's Novena has granted my every wish.

I can't have a drink in a bar because I'll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.

I can't eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can't use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

THANKS TO YOU I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

BECAUSE OF YOUR CONCERN, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer buy gas without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer doesn't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up.
I no longer drink Pepsi or Fanta since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put 'Under God' on their cans.

I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.

AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face. Disfiguring me for life.

I no longer go to the movies because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed Ex since they are actually Al Qaeda agents in disguise.

And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer buy cookies from Neiman-Marcus since I now have their recipe.

THANKS TO YOU I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE I can't even pick up a coin dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.

I no longer drive my car because buying gas from some companies supports Al Qaeda, and buying gas from all the others supports South American dictators.

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician . . .

Oh, by the way.....

A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

P. S.: I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by e-mail that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet

Happy Sterile Trails,


Rave Reviews - Burns Cowboy Shop Park City

Rave Reviews for Rave Reviews of Burns Cowboy Shop

"Who ever said cowboys are hicks has never been to Burn's Cowboy Shop." - Meggstatus

Endless unique personalities exist, and we love to welcome each into our shop and our Burns family. One such personality walked into our store and posted her great photos on her blog entitled "Another Day to Dress Up, My Clothing Diary" We love her quote, "Who ever said cowboys are hicks has never been to Burn's Cowboy Shop." check out the rest of her post by clicking the link below:

Love it! Thanks for the blog post Meggstatus, and all the comments from your followers.

The Burns Bunch

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Another Ribbon Cut!

Another Ribbon Cut!

WOW, what a fast, furious, fun, ride this past week has been. Finished up the barrel race event in Salina, flew back to Carmel on Monday, Ribbon Cut on Tuesday, Salinas Rodeo located 25 minutes from Carmel is in full swing.

Lynn, Sue, Peggy and Gary traveled from Southern California and Utah to help us the past very busy 10 days. CONTRIBUTE, is the word that comes to my mind as I think back at all they did to help us get the store ready for the ribbon cutting and held down the shop as we raced off to Utah to help with the barrel race. THANK YOU from my entirety!!

It was great to see everyone at the barrel race, especially those 5 grandchildren:-) Thanks to Wendy Winn, a part time team member and dear friend she picked us up at the airport and delivered us safely . Burns Saddlery looked outstanding. A big thank you to the Burns team for all the attention they give to the clients and overall look of the property.

Another chapter is complete as we turn the page to the exciting adventures that await us in the enchanting village; Carmel-by-the-Sea.

With much APPRECIATION to all who helped and attended the great event.


Monday, July 12, 2010

You Are Invited to Burns Cowboy Shop Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

You are invited to the ribbon cutting for our newest Burns Cowboy Shop location, tommorow, Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Light refreshment will be served including Galante Wines. Take a moment to experience "The Cowboy Way" Burns Cowboy Shop style!

Recive 10% Off your purchase in Carmel ribbon cutting day. . . Find out more and join our Event Invitaion on facebook by clicking on the link below:!/event.php?eid=138465486181783&ref=mf

See photos of the new store by visiting our facebook photo albums:

Hope to see you there!

The Burns Bunch

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Inspire Me


A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout… We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of the Wal-Mart.
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing as carefree as a child, came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, 'Mom let's run through the rain,'
she said.
'What?' Mom asked.

'Let's run through the rain!' She repeated.

'No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit,' Mom replied.

This young child waited a minute and repeated: 'Mom, let's run through the rain.'

'We'll get soaked if we do,' Mom said.

'No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning,' the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.

'This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?'

'Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ' If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain… We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

'Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,' Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did.
I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories...So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Take the time to live!!!

Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you'll need each other --
and don't forget to run in the rain!

My good friend Paul sent this to me. He is an inspiration, despite his own battle with cancer he lives life!!! I appreciate him, for a couple of decades now he has sent me a card on my birthday, WOW, what a friend, what a champion.

Taking Time To Run Through The Rain (TODAY:-))



Friday, July 9, 2010

Funny Friday

Some 40-year-old girlfriends discuss where they should meet for dinner.
Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant, because the
waiters are cute and buff.

10 years later, at 50 years of age, the women once again discuss where they
should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View
Restaurant, because the food is very good and the wine selection is

10 years later, at 60 years of age, the girls once again discuss where they
should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View
Restaurant, because they can eat there in peace and quiet, and the
restaurant has a beautiful view of the ocean.

10 years later, at 70 years of age, the women once again discuss where they
should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View
Restaurant, because the restaurant is wheelchair accessible, and it even
has an elevator.

10 years later, at 80 years of age, the girls once again discuss where they
should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View
Restaurant, because they have never been there before.

Happy Weekend Trails,


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dream Big

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
— John D. Rockefeller: Was an American industrialist and philanthropist

Great advice!!! I love the phrase the better it gets, the better it gets, if we want better, we need to keep looking for better.

Because the worse it gets the worse it gets. I avoid going down the road of gloom and doom.

We choose our thoughts, we choose our reactions to our relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

Is it making our life better, or worse?

As Mr. Rockefeller states, don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great!!

Expecting Great Things this Wednesday,


PS Team Members, Lynn Folstad, Sue Siegel, Peggy and Gary Harrison arrived to help us this week, a big thank you to them for their long travels to fill in as we leave tomorrow to help produce the Xtreme Barrel Race at the Blackhawk Arena in Salina.
We look forward to visiting in person all our family and friends back in Utah!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

John Hopkins Update - Good article


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3 When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Monday, July 5, 2010

On the Road Again

Forth of July has come and gone, summer will soon slip through our fingers, and I have yet to feel a 70 degree day:-) That will all change this week as the road leads me back to Salina for the Xtreme Barrel Race held at the outstanding Blackhawk Arena.

I look forward to big hugs and kisses from the Grandchildren. Barrel Racers from 10 states converge in Salina for the big show.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

This is pretty neat.....(30 second video) ... Have you ever seen one of our military walking past you and wanted to convey to them your thanks, but weren't sure how or it felt awkward?

Recently, a gentleman from Seattle created a gesture which could be used and has started a movement to get the word out.

Please everybody take just a moment to watch.... The Gratitude Campaign; .......and then forward it to your friends! THEN START USING THE SIGN.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Rave Reviews and Recipes

"May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly
where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us."

Have A Wonderful Holiday,


Friday, July 2, 2010

Funny Friday

Never Argue with a Woman

One morning, the husband returns the boat to their lakeside
cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out.

She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up,
and begins to read her book..

The peace and solitude are magnificent.

Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat.

He pulls up alongside the woman and says, 'Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?'

'Reading a book,' she replies, (thinking, 'Isn't that obvious?')

'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he informs her.

'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading.'

'Yes, but I see you have all the equipment.
For all I know you could start at any moment.
I'll have to take you in and write you up.'

'If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault,' says the woman.

'But I haven't even touched you,' says the Game Warden.

'That's true, but you have all the equipment.
For all I know you could start at any moment.'

'Have a nice day ma'am,' and he left.

Never argue with a woman who reads.

It's likely she can also think.

Happy Weekend Trails,


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dream Big

The Human Body!

It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 3kg (6.6 lb).

The average man's private area is three times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's...

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still..

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

Women reading this will be finished now.

Men are still busy checking their thumbs..

This one made me laugh out loud…

Happy Trails,



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

People that make you feel good are precious gifts. I have friends and family members I love to be around and others I avoid. Simply for the reason, I want to FEEL good!

I love people that add value by listening, encouraging, and strengthening my mind with empowering words, not lack luster gossip or complaining.

I love people, Positive, Helpful, Encouraging, People!!!

I love people that make me feel good! It's an addictive high!

Happy Feel Good Trails,


Monday, June 28, 2010

On The Road Again

Forth of July Week!

Amazing, it is the 4th of July... It certainly does not feel like the typical hot 4th of July weather I am used too. In Carmel July's average temperature is somewhere in the 50's!

How uniquely refreshing the Central Coast of California is. The foliage here is simply magical. Endless species of trees, flowers, and shrubs living in a unique Eco system that never overheats and obtains moisture daily from the great boiler maker (Pacific Ocean).

This week will be a busy week for the Burns Bunch, Salina has it's big traditional July 4th celebration with it's historic rodeo, parade, games at the park and of course fireworks.

Last year was our first 4th of July in Park City, we set outside on our patio and watched the fireworks spray the Park City Mountain Resort. The parade in Park City certainly was different, themed with miners and skiers, not cowboys and miners like Salina's.

Now a new adventure, celebrating the 4th of July in Carmel-by-the-Sea! New parade theme, new landscape to showcase the fireworks, and new folks to celebrate it with.

All celebrating AMERICA!!! Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!!!

No matter what the landscape, no matter what the theme, the celebration is the same, Let Freedom Ring, from Rodeo Arenas, to Ski Slopes, to Pacific Shorelines, my God this is an incredible country, full of fearless people, United with the strength of FREEDOM!!!

On the 4th of July Road Again,

In Carmel-by-the-Sea!!!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Inspire Me

Love is simply Wonderful!

Have an Inspiring Beautiful Day,


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and
tried to light it?
Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV or Radio?
Didn't think so.!!!
Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say
His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid
also admitted his 'allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the
religion of Allah,' defiantly stating, 'I think I will not apologize for my
actions,' and told the court 'I am at war with your country.'

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

Judge Young: 'Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court
imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the
custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4and 7, the
Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on
each count to run consecutively. (That's 80 years.)

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be
served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon
you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that's an aggregate fine
of $2 million. The Court accepts the government's recommendation with
respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to
Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes
upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it.
But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and
just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.

Now, let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your
terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been
through the fire before. There is too much war talk here and I say that to
everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, we deal with
individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals. As
human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier
in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a
soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government
do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are
not----- you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We
do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We
hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court You are a big fellow. But you
are not that big. You're no warrior. I've known warriors. You are a
terrorist. A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted
murders. In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you
first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the
press and the TV crews were, and he said: 'You're no big deal.'

You are no big deal.

What your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys
have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to
grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led
you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to
search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to
do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing? And, I have an
answer for you. It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record,
it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate
our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we
choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we
individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom.
It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize
individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so
that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly,
individually, and discretely. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers
are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in
their representation of you before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we
treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake
though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to
preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The
world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. The day after
tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America , the American
people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not
war, individual justice is in fact being done. The very President of the
United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay
out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens
will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape
and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America .
That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands
for freedom. And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down.

So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets? We need
more judges like Judge Young. Pass this around. Everyone should and needs
to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.

Rave Reviews for Judge Young,

Happy Weekend Trails,


Friday, June 25, 2010

Funny Friday


A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

'Good morning,' said the young man. 'If I could take a couple minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners...'

'Go away!' said the old lady. ''I'm broke and haven't got any money!'' and she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open... ''Don't be too hasty!'' he said. ''Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.''

And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

''Now, if this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder.''

The old lady stepped back and said, ''Well let me get you a fork, 'cause they cut off my electricity this morning."

Happy Weekend Trails,


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dream Big

"Each man [is] the architect of his own fortune."
— Appius Caecus: Early Roman political figure and road builder

Architects have deep vision, they see every detail of the project they will create, seeing the finished project is the only way they can begin the project. Building it in their mind before they can put it on paper.

All fortune's begin with a thought, seeing it from the end, constructing it with a desire of completion. Knowing what the end result is, seeing it, feeling the feeling of obtaining the project will bring it at lightning speed.

Knowing what you want with a clarity of completion.

I know it works, I am sitting in the building that was just a few months ago a vision.

California Dreaming/Reality,


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday


"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire,
and begin at once, whether you're ready
or not, to put it into action."
— Napoleon Hill: Was an American author and motivational expert

"Ready, Aim... Aim... Aim... (Where's the "Fire"?) Too often we never achieve our ultimate plans because we wait for the timing or our preparedness to be right. Or we have a deep-rooted fear that we can't let go of. By trying to do it perfectly, we end up never doing it. For all of your goals, we suggest taking the "Ready, Fire, Aim" approach instead. Make the plans, start attacking your goal, and then you can tweak it to perfection."

Happy Tuesday Trails,


Monday, June 21, 2010

On The Road Again

Longest Day of the Year!!!

Summer solstice....first day of summer arrives as memories of my youthful days dance in my head. Hot summer nights, staying out all night cruising the small town of Salina Utah. Sneaking into the swimming pool, raiding gardens for fresh peas and trips to the mountains for heat relief.

Summer in Carmel certainly has a different feel. Jacket weather most everyday, as the cool marine layer holds away the sweltering inland temperatures. Travel 20 minutes and the temperature will change 40 degrees!

Exotic tropical flowers and trees tickle my heart with a new appreciation for a different Eco system than the deserts of Utah.

Stephanie Stewart one of our Park City managers flies back to Utah this morning after spending a the U.S. Open week with us. What a remarkable young women she is, and a great asset to our team. We will miss her and look forward to her next visit.

Traveling Burns Team will be extra busy this week with the Reno Rodeo, BFI roping and all the other activities held at the Reno Livestock Event Center. Good Luck to them and Thanks for all you do in representing our products and company.

We start our second week at our new location in Carmel California with great anticipation for all the new clients and friends we will meet.

I loved summers in Salina, I loved the summer I spent in Park City, and I am loving the first day of summer in Carmel...

On The Road Again, traveling breathtaking Hwy 1 to and from Ocean Ave. home of the latest Burns venture.

Happy Trails,


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Inspire Me

A Little Girl Needs Daddy

A little girl needs Daddy
For many, many things:
Like holding her high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!
Like being the deep music
That tells her all is right
When she awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in her heart
And shows her how she might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving her the love
That is her sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
She'll always find him there.
Author Unknown

This little girl soar's high with love for her daddy this heartfelt Fathers Day.

I love you Dad, Fly Free!!!



Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Rave Reviews!!!

Rave Reviews for the U.S. Open held at the magical Pebble Beach Resort just blocks from Burns Cowboy Shop Carmel.

Rave Reviews to the hundreds of Volunteers that make the event an incredible success!

First week Anniversary of Burns Cowboy Shop Carmel is today!!!

What a fun incredible town!! The buzz around town is, "you need to go see that cool new cowboy shop on Ocean Ave".

Rave Reviews for all the Burns Team members working this fathers day weekend, helping folks find the perfect, unique gifts for Dad.

Reno Rodeo kicks off this week, Lynn, Kody, Jake, Matt and Braydan will represent Burns Saddlery with some of our outstanding new Lucchese Cowboy and Cowgirl boots. Custom Burns Saddles and many other unique custom made leather products.

Randi Jorgensen our Salina managers daughter Ashley got married last week, congratulations to the beautiful bride, (email me pictures)!

Rave Reviews to Dixon Winn, son of Wendy Winn, one of our team members, he is Utah State High School Rodeo Bull Riding Champion! Congratulations also to Ashley Scott who was crowned the State Queen, and Steer Wrestling Champion, Kade Jacobs, brother to Kody, another Burns Team Player.

Longest day of the year June 21st is coming quickly, I LOVE IT!!! getting home after 9pm, I guess it does not really matter:-)

Rave Reviews to all the Fathers this Fathers Day Weekend!! I love and miss my father everyday. His smile, sense of humor, and cowboy swagger. He taught me to love the outdoors, horses, and how to live life to the fullest, and of course how to be life of the party:-) His fearless, rugged good looks will always be embedded in my memory.

A giant HAPPY FATHERS DAY to Scott's Dad, Wayland. He is a remarkable, helpful, happy, talented, loving man. I love and appreciate all he does for everyone in our family, and a humble thank you to my husband Scott, he truly is the best father and grandfather on the planet, I know 8 people who would agree:-)

Happy Fathers Day Weekend,


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our Blog Gets a Facelift!

Thought it was time for change, so we gave the blog a facelift. Let us know what you think.

Rollin' with the changes,

The Burns Bunch

Celebrating Our Father's

As We Celebrate 6 Generations of Burns Saddlery Father’s, we would like to pause for a moment . . . to admire their hard work and dedication . . and to thank all of the Fathers out there that continue to keep the ol’ west alive.

We will be featuring inspiring stories and photos of our founding fathers during the coming week and we invite you to share your favorite stories, memories, experiences, lessons learned and photos of your fathers on our Facebook Page.

Click the link below to go there now or view our facebook right here on the left side bar of the blog.

Hopin' you have a Happy Father's Day,

The Burns Bunch

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dream Big

Hello Again!!!

Did you wonder if I had fell off into the ocean????

This has been the longest I have went without posting, reason, working night and day to get the new Carmel store opened. It's official, on June 12th 2010 at 10:00am Burns Cowboy Shop Carmel opened it's doors for business.

Incredible, just 9 days prior the old tenants were removing the last of their belongings. The Burns Team does it again!!!!

Wayland, Matt, Jake, Braydan and Scott pulled off a miracle!!! The build out is spectacular, new flooring, completely repainted, new dressing room, walls removed and walls added, custom leather wrapped counters, custom glass showcases, all done in just over a week!!!

US Open begins tomorrow, with practice rounds taken all this week, Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula is swarming with golfers, media, and fans.

As I sit here happily exhausted I think, dreams really do come true....all it takes is knowing what you want, be intentional, feel the feeling of receiving your desires and take action when the people, circumstances, and events begin to come towards you with lighting speed. When I read "the Universe Loves Speed" it stuck with me...I either want it or I don't. If I want it I go after it and it races towards me.

I meet successful people every day, the top 2%. They rarely dicker over price, they either like it or they don't. They are intentional, the go after it and rarely do they experience buyers remorse. I love to learn from successful people, their ability to get what they want astounds me. They seem to have a focus and a clear vision of the direction of their dreams. And they don't sweat the small stuff.

Much appreciation fills my heart as I sit here in bed, barley able to keep my eyes open, excited for tomorrow, thankful for all the outstanding people I met today, and a deep happiness for life and all the fun opportunities that are created by thoughts, feelings and emotions.

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you
can do. Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself."
— William Faulkner: Was an American author

Happy Big Dream Trails,


P.S. See pictures of our new location on our facebook page by clicking here. Or read more about Burns Cowboy Shop by clicking here.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Funny Friday

Choosing a wife
A man wanted to get married. He was having trouble choosing among three likely candidates. He gives each woman a present of $5,000 and watches to see what they do with the money.

The first does a total makeover. She goes to a fancy beauty salon, gets her hair done, new makeup; buys several new outfits and dresses up very nicely for the man. She tells him that she has done this to be more attractive for him because she loves him so much.

The man was impressed.

The second goes shopping to buy the man gifts. She gets him a new set of golf clubs, some new gizmos for his computer, and some expensive clothes. As she presents these gifts, she tells him that she has spent all the money on him because she loves him so much.

Again, the man is impressed.

The third invests the money in the stock market She earns several times the $5,000. She gives him back his $5,000 and reinvests the remainder in a joint account. She tells him that she wants to save for their future because she loves him so much.

Obviously, the man was impressed.

The man thought for a long time about what each woman had done with the money he'd given her.

Then he married the one with the biggest boobs.

Men are like that, you know.

And on another note!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

Happy Weekend Trails,