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Left or Right?

Filed under: Articles, Journal, Self Help - admin on October 25th, 2009

Are you a left or right brained person? If you don’t already know, you are about to find out! : )

If you see the lady turning clockwise you are using your right brain. If you see it the other way, you are using left brain.

Some people do see both ways, but most people see it only one way.

See if you can make her go one way and then the other by shifting the brain’s current.

BOTH DIRECTIONS CAN BE SEEN

Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking: 

         
Left Brain               Right Brain
 
 
 
Logical                         Random
 
Sequential                    Intuitive
 
Rational                       Holistic
 
Analytical                     Synthesizing
 
Objective                     Subjective
 
Looks at parts              Looks at wholes

Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.

Interesting stuff huh?

Leave a reply so I and others can read your thoughts!!

Niko

The Ultimate Meal

Filed under: Health, Self Help, Store - admin on October 3rd, 2009

I’ve been using The Ultimate Meal every day for 5 years. It is a super high quality meal replacement powder. Note: I do not work for the company. I have written this blog entry simply becasue I want others to know about this great product.

It’s 100% Vegan, Mostly Organic, and High Raw. I recommend reading through the entire website about it (Check out the FAQ, too).

Great for weight loss – The Ultimate Meal is great for helping people lose weight, it will help you stay "full" up to 6-hours after drinking it. Many people enjoy it for breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner. Some have it for all of their meals on some days.

Great pre / post workout shake – Great for before or after a heavy duty workout. It’s filled with carbs from the fruit, protein, and nutrients – lots of fuel for your muscles!

Convenient and travel worthy
– It’s fast and easy to make. I love that I can take this with me when I’m traveling. It’s important to make sure I’m still packing my body with nutrients when I’m not at home.

So, how does it taste? I’m totally down with it! It’s good.

I took some photos for you to see how I make mine on most days – 2/3 of a banana, 4 strawberries, a handful of blueberries, handful of assorted nuts, soy milk or almond milk, one scoop of The Ultimate Meal – then I blend it…


You can purchase it from Amazon at the best price you will find on the internet!

 

INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS IN 1 SCOOP (40 G)
(MINIMUM SUGGESTED DAILY USAGE – 80 GRAMS)

1 & 2 THE ULTIMATE QUINOA® & THE ULTIMATE MILLET®:
Pronounced "keenwa," these are THE ultimate superseed/grains on Earth. Ultimate Life developed them over two and five years (respectively) exclusively for THE ULTIMATE MEAL®. They are the first and only PROPERLY sprouted seed/grains to offer ALL of the following, using NO heat from beginning to end:
CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Grown and processed without pesticides or chemicals.
PROPERLY SPROUTED: Greatly improves the amino-acid profile and substantially increases enzymatic activity, thus the assimilation of nutrients.
COLD-PASTEURIZED (not irradiated): Prevents high bacteria counts.
FRESH FREEZE-DRIED: The ONLY DEFINITIVE method to retain enzymes.
COLD-MILLED: To retain enzymes and increase assimilation of nutrients.
THE ULTIMATE QUINOA® & MILLET® are superb sources of complete protein, lysine, complex carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, etc.

3 BROWN RICE PROTEIN 70% CONCENTRATE (Belgium):
One of the most potent sources of easily digestible complete protein. Very low in fat and allergenicity. Good source of tryptophan, methionine, magnesium, potassium, pantothenic acid, vitamins E and B complex.

4 YELLOW PEA PROTEIN 84% ISOLATE (GMO-FREE) (Canada):
This legume (superior alternative to soy protein) is the perfect partner to the rice protein for an improved amino acid profile. Contains all eight essential amino acids and is especially high in lysine.

5 CERTIFIED ORGANIC RAW FLAX SEED MEAL (Canada):
The ultimate, because the long cool days in
North Canada increase the level of essential Omega fatty acids and lignans (the most potent source on Earth – period!). It is cold-milled directly into light-proof vacuum-packed pouches to preserve freshness and prevent rancidity. Also a great source of gentle, natural fiber and protein.

6 CERTIFIED ORGANIC EARTHRISETM & SPIRULINA PACIFICATM: 2,000 mg
The original ultimate superfood. Very efficiently assimilated. The most potent source of complete protein, lysine, beta-carotene and chlorophyll on Earth. Rich in B complex (including human-active B-12), potassium, DNA, GLA (gamma linolenic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), phosphorus, copper, chromium and trace elements. (Earthrise from
USA; Pacifica from Hawaii)

7 DE-OILED LECITHIN (GMO-FREE) (USA): 1,500 mg
Guaranteed to contain 97% phospholipids. Our vegetarian lecithin is derived from soy, yet due to the absence of its fiber and protein, it rarely causes allergies. Rich in choline, inositol, phosphorus and linoleic acid.

8 THE ULTIMATE BROCCOLI® (USA): 500 MG
The ultimate cruciferous vegetable created exactly as THE ULTIMATE QUINOA®. High in enzymes, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, sulphurophane, and sulfur indoles (including MSM), calcium and potasium.

9 VITAMIN ESTER C® (BUFFERED W/CAL. & MAG.) (USA): 500 mg
Human studies have shown that this anti-oxidant is far more potent, acts much faster and remains in the bloodstream far longer without acidity or stomach upset than any other form of vitamin C.

10 CALCIUM MALATE & CITRATE (22%) (USA): 250 mg
Calcium is the most predominant mineral in the human body. It helps prevent osteoporosis, heart disease and menopause problems. Calcium malate is produced exclusively for THE ULTIMATE LIFE®.

11 WILDCRAFTED FRESH FREEZE-DRIED HORSETAIL (USA): 400 mg
This herb, unrelated to horses (except in appearance), is 10 times more potent than the fresh plant. Harvested in the spring and produced exclusively for THE ULTIMATE LIFE® by Eclectic InstituteTM, it is the most potent consumable source of silica, which is a primary constituent in bones, hair, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, hair, nails, and collagen.

12 NATURAL VITAMIN E SUCCINATE (NON-GMO) (Germany): 300 i.u.
At 1210 i.u./gm , this is one of the best anti-oxidants in its most potent form. Derived from soy, yet due to the absence of its fiber and protein, it rarely causes allergies. It has at least 36% higher biological activity than synthetic vitamin E.

13 CITRUS BIOFLAVONOID COMPLEX (50%) (USA): 200 mg
Derived from citrus fruits, these are highly water soluble natural anti-oxidants which increase the absorption of vitamin C and help keep collagen in healthy condition. Good source of rutin, hesperidin, etc.

14 MAGNESIUM CITRATE (15.5%) (USA): 115 mg
The other major mineral essential for strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also helps regulate the body’s energy levels, as well as maintain normal heart function and nerve transmission. The ideal catalyst for calcium.

15 WILDCRAFTED FRESH FREEZE-DRIED NETTLES (USA): 100 mg
This herb, also harvested in the spring by Eclectic InstituteTM, is 10 times more potent than the fresh plant and is one of the best sources of natural iron, silicon, chlorophyll and acetylcholine. Excellent catalyst for Horsetail.

16 OPTI-PURETM GINKGO BILOBA EXTRACT (Japan): 20 mg
This is the purest and most potent ginkgo extract with a minimum of 24% flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones (active ingredients). It is one of the finest anti-oxidants available.

17 OPTI-PURETM CO-ENZYME Q10 (Japan): 20 mg
Derived from raw cane or beet sugar, this pure and potent organic compound anti-oxidant is known to benefit the heart and the body’s cellular energy production WITHOUT being a stimulant.

18 OPTI-PURETM GRAPE SEED EXTRACT (Japan): 20 mg
This is one of our ultimate anti-oxidants, extracted with water and ethyl alcohol instead of solvents. Studies have shown that it is FAR more potent than vitamins C, E and beta-carotene.

19 OPTI-PURETM ALPHA LIPOIC ACID (95%) (Japan): 20 mg
This unique anti-oxidant has an essential role in cellular energy production and helps the body recycle and renew Co-Q10 and vitamins C and E.

20 OPTI-PURETM CAFFEINE-FREE GREEN TEA EXTRACT (Japan): 20 mg
This anti-oxidant is the most potent (1200:1) source of catechins at 95%, 50% of which are comprised of EGCg (Epi-Gallo-Catechin gallate) the most beneficial member in the catechin family.

21 OPTI-PURETM MILK THISTLE EXTRACT (80%) (China): 20 mg
A relative of the artichoke, this anti-oxidant herb extract, standardized at minimum 80% potency, helps significantly in detoxifying the liver.

22P STEVIOSIDE (China): 20 mg
This dietary supplement is extracted from the Stevia leaf (without aftertaste) which is completely safe for ALL sugar-related problems.

23 L-OPTIZINC® (USA): 5 mg
Also known as zinc monomethionine. Proven in human studies to be the most potent and bioavailable NATURAL anti-oxidant zinc on earth.

24 CHROMEMATE® (USA): 100 mcg
Also known as chromium polynicotinate (not picolinate), this anti-oxidant trace mineral is the most potent source of biologically active chromium. It helps with insulin production and protein synthesis.

25 NATURAL SELENIUM (USA): 100 mcg
Also known as L-selenomethionine. This yeast-free, natural trace mineral is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants available.

NO GIMMICKS . . . JUST THE ULTIMATE INGREDIENTS

BASIC BREAKDOWN  

THE ULTIMATE MEAL®
… w/APPLE-BANANA
Serv. Size (1 scp) 40 g
……….. 16-20 oz
Calories ………. 170
……………. 350
Protein ………. 16 g
…………. 17.5 g
Carbohydrates …. 20 g
…………… 60 g
Fiber …………7.5 g
……………. 9 g
Fat …………… 4 g
……………. 5 g
Sodium ………. 95 mg
………….. 97 mg
Potassium …… 175 mg
…………. 780 mg
Calcium …….. 300 mg
…………. 320 mg
Magnesium …… 175 mg
…………..225 mg
Beta-carotene 5,000 IU
……….. 5,200 IU
Vitamin B12 …. 15 mcg
…………. 15 mcg
Folic Acid …. 125 mcg
………… 125 mcg
Iron …………. 4 mg
…………. 4.5 mg
Choline ………300 mg
…………. 300 mg
Omega 3 …….. 770 mg
…………. 770 mg
Omega 6 …….. 350 mg
…………. 350 mg

MORE INFORMATION ON CAN LABEL

CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS GROWN & PROCESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA ORGANIC FOODS ACT OF 1

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

One word

Filed under: Journal, Self Help - admin on September 26th, 2009

I’m curious, if you summarize everything you believe into one word, what is it?

For me, it’s love.

Please share your thoughts here in my blog. I look forward to seeing what everyone has to say!

Niko

The Crazy Ones

Filed under: Inspiration / Encouragement, Journal, Life, Self Help, Videos, Writings - admin on September 23rd, 2009

Have you seen the Apple computer commercial, "The Crazy Ones"? Very moving. My favorite commercial of all time.

Are you one of the crazy ones?? Join us here…
www.thecrazyones.me

"Here’s to The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." ~ words of the commercial

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They imagine. They believe. They see. They invent. They create. They explore. They inspire. Yes, they are crazy – how else could they stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?

They are so visionary that they are blind to impossibilities. They see so many solutions that they do not believe in limitations. They have “Yes” faces and “Can do” attitudes. History has shown us that the crazy ones believe so strongly in something not yet tangible that they are even willing to sacrifice their own life to see it come to pass.

What is that I ask? It’s rooted in the human spirit and it’s so deep that it’s beyond words. It’s like love. You cannot define it or contain it or quench it.

I identify with "the crazy ones", they are the ones that move me, the ones that leave an impression on me, they are my heroes. I aspire to be as them, crazy enough to believe that I can change the world.

Are you one of the crazy ones?? Join us here…
www.thecrazyones.me

Niko

P.S. Feel free to copy, forward or quote anything I have written.

People in the video, in order of appearance – Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), R. Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso.

Which of my songs do I enjoy most?

Filed under: Journal, Music - admin on September 20th, 2009

Someone wrote me today and asked, “Which of your songs do you enjoy most? Are there any that are more special because they have cost you more (emotionally) to compose them? Some that are more sentimental?

My reply:

Although I obviously feel connected to every song I’ve ever written, I am most drawn to my darker/melancholy material. Here’s a list of the songs that are deepest to me…

Shame
The Exodus
Angel Rising
The One
Put Away The Gun
The Special One

These songs can be downloaded for free here www.nikoonline.com/free-songs
For The Special One go here
www.nikoonline.com/the-special-one

Leave your thoughts about which of my songs you enjoy most. I always enjoy reading what others think and feel.

Niko

Good Reminders!

Filed under: Inspiration / Encouragement, Life, Self Help - admin on September 18th, 2009

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of Cleveland, Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:   

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

  8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

  9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

  11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

  12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

  13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

  15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

  16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

  17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

  18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

  19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

  20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

  21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

  22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

  23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

  24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

  25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

  26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

  27. Always choose life.

  28. Forgive everyone of everything.

  29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

  30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

  31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

  32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

  33. Believe in miracles.

  34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

  35. Don’t audit life.. Show up and make the most of it now.

  36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

  37. Your children get only one childhood.

  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

  39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

  40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

  41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

  42. The best is yet to come…

  43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

  44. Yield.

  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Patrick

Filed under: Inspiration / Encouragement, Journal, Life, News, Self Help - admin on September 18th, 2009
Patrick Wayne Swayze
(August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009)
 
 
Patrick Swayze
 

I always felt a connection with Patrick Swayze, perhaps part of it was that he was from Houston (very close to where I grew up). He died thsi week and I feel very sad. I won’t even begin to try to express all the thoughts and feelings I’m having. But I will say… May we enjoy each day for as special as it really is. May we live with no regrets. May we love, feel and give with all of our hearts. And may we be true to who we are and why we are here. Patrick, we will miss you, thank you for all that you gave to us, we will never forget you. Rest in peace.

I invite you to share your thoughts in honor of Patrick.

Niko

3 Principles To Live By

Filed under: Inspiration / Encouragement, Life, Self Help - admin on September 7th, 2009
   I would like to ask you for your advice.
 
   From your experience in life, share 3 principles you feel we should all live by.
 
   Post them here in my blog so that others can see them and learn from them too!
 
   Niko

 

Joy TV Commercial

Filed under: Humor, Journal, Videos - admin on September 7th, 2009

Check out the TV commercial I did for “The Joy of Sedation Dentistry”! I get tackled by a football player! It was a fun day! : )

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Did the football player really tackle you?

A. Yes. : ) 7 times actually because we did 7 takes.

Q. Did it hurt?

A. Yeap! : ) Had some bruises.

Q. Who is he?

A. Anthony Herron. He played NFL (Pro football in the USA) for the Detroit Lions.

Q. Is Joy your song?

A. Yes. 

Here are some fun photos from the set! 

Touch

Filed under: Articles, Inspiration / Encouragement, Journal, Self Help, Writings - admin on September 5th, 2009

I have been thinking about touch and how it is the most valuable of all the human senses which can be given or received. Why? Because it cannot be duplicated. Sights and sounds can be sent across the internet. Sights, sounds, smells and tastes can be sent through the mail. But touch can only be experienced face to face. An affectionate kiss, the warmth of a hand, the comfort of a loving hug – these cannot be duplicated. It is one of the most sacred things we will ever experience in our life and it is as precious of a commodity as time. Touch is a gift that we too often withhold and too often shun. I will look for it with more awareness and I will give it more freely.

Other thoughts on this subject…

We live in a world where touch has become more and more rare. We’re afraid of people, germs, dirt, etc. It’s a world we’ve created for ourselves. 

I was thinking, my grandfather and I have had hours and hours of talks (more in the last 10 years than before) but the amount of time we have touched is very limited…maybe 10 minutes worth of touching in the last 10 years if I total up all the hugs that occur when we meet up and all the moments when we get close for a photo. That’s absurd! It should not be like this! Even if it’s 30 minutes or if it’s one hour, one hour of touching across 10 years of time?? What lie did we buy into on that one?!?

What if when we are together with our families we held hands more? What if we kissed each other on the cheek more often and not just out of habit but actually with feeling and meaning? What if we held each other in a hug for 1 minute solid instead of the usual quick 3 seconds? I think the reason we don’t is because of pride – fear (what they will think of us) and judgment (what we think of them).


Me and my sister Angela

Today a friend told me “A few weeks ago I was at a friend’s house and we were working out. We were both sweaty and her daughter woke up and came in a saw me and ran up and gave me a huge hug. She did not even pay any attention to the sweat, she did what she felt in that moment. When and why do we lose that!?” We have become so afraid of what people think, it controls our actions. And we have all these cultural codes. All of this makes life more and more sterile and as a result we feel less and less alive, we slowly die inside, our once warm beating hearts become like dry cold stones. 


Me and my brother Costa

The good news is that we have the power to change things in our life and if we are breathing then we have the gift of touch. I plan to use that gift more often than ever before.

Please share your thoughts here in my blog, I always enjoy reading them! Also, feel free to copy, forward or quote anything I have written.

Niko

What do you hate NOT doing?

Filed under: Articles, Inspiration / Encouragement, Journal, Life, Self Help, Writings - admin on August 31st, 2009

We’ve all asked ourselves, “What do I really love?” or “What makes me happy?” But I was recently asked “What do you hate NOT doing?” I like that! It’s a great way to find out what you LOVE doing!  

What makes you feel dissatisfied, unhappy, irritated, annoyed or off-track if you are not doing it?

What do I hate NOT doing? These were some of my personal answers… 

I hate not working out / exercising.

To say I don’t have time to exercise is just stupid because the honest truth is that I don’t NOT have time to exercise. I say that because exercising is TOO important. If I lose my health then what good are so many other things? What good is a great job, a profitable company, a beautiful family – what good are these things to me if I am unhealthy and sick and if I die young simply because I did not take good care of myself. Exercise has so many benefits – energy, longevity, physical appearance, etc.

I hate not working on music.

When I get too busy with working and with “things” and do not work on music, it saddens my soul, it grieves my being. Conclusion? Don’t work on music and slowly become a miserable human being. Or, work on music and be a happy human being. Simple as that. Why is it so black and white for me? Because music is not just something I do, it’s who I am. That’s why. It is not a thing, it’s alive. For me, ignoring music is the equivalent of a man ignoring his wife that he loves with his blood. Why would a man ever do that? It can only be because he has believed a lie, he has somehow become terribly jaded. So, I have to protect myself from all the distractions/lies that take me away from my music that I love with my blood.

I hate not travelling.

When I don’t travel I feel like I’m missing out on one of the most important things in my life. Why? I feel the world in my being and have a need to be in the world. I’m not talking about taking a vacation. I’m talking about being in a place and really BEING THERE. Feeling the people, taking in the landscape, eating the food, listening to the music and  language, watching the way people drive and interact and think and speak and act. Soaking up the culture as a whole. I’m the kind of person who will visit one place and stay there for weeks and absorb everything I can. It’s a deep and intense experience for me. It always changes me. It’s broadens my perspective. It reveals mysteries to me. It inspires me – to write, to compose, to travel more, to open up my mind… to live, to love.

I hate not living closer to the people I love – family and friends.

The solution? I suppose it was mentioned in the previous paragraph, I need to travel more! : ) I need to go and see them all more often, meet up more often, create more memories with them, show them how much I love them, let them love me back.

I hate not living closer to water / being closer to water more often.

I live in mountainous area. And it’s beautiful but there is nothing to me like being near the ocean. It does something for me that I should not even try to explain. The solution? Well, I could move, sure, but I don’t feel that that is what I am suppose to do at this particular time in my life, so that means I need to…. you guessed it TRAVEL! : ) Boy, it seems that NOT travelling can  have a serious negative domino effect on my life. I better keep a very close on this or else I will one day find myself filled with regret. Nope, I’m not gonna let that happen, I bet you that!

I hate not writing. 

For this answer, I’m going to quote the man who asked me this question to start with, Derek Sivers, “There are so many things I’ve learned that I think would help other people. Things I wish someone had told me sooner. Things that have made my life better, brighter, or wiser. I want to tell everyone these things before I die, in a well-explained way so they’re not misunderstood, and easy to pass on to others. And more new ones are added every week. So I have to keep writing to get them all out. Any day I’m not writing, I’m falling further behind in this goal, which I makes me feel worse.”

The good news…

I’m working on changing all these things in my life. What good would it do me to think about them in such detail and write about them and then not have a plan in motion to change them? I have a plan and am carrying it out RIGHT NOW, not tomorrow, TODAY. Today is what I have, THIS moment.

Asking the double-negative seems to be a better indicator of what I really love doing, than asking it in the positive.

Now, I’m curious, tell me some of the things you hate not doing. Share your thoughts here in my blog, I always enjoy reading them!
 

Niko

P.S. Feel free to copy, forward or quote anything I have written. : )

Vice

Filed under: Humor, Journal - admin on August 31st, 2009

ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!! : )~

 

We all have a vice right? Well, mine is ice cream! : )~ I loooooove ice cream!

One of my favorite flavors is “Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate” from a place called Baskin Robbins.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Leave your comments here in my blog! I Look forward to reading them! : )

Niko
P.S. I also love Cherry, Strawberry, several flavors by Ben and Jerry! The list is long!

  

I’ve learned that

Filed under: Journal, Self Help - admin on August 27th, 2009

   Maya Angelou said this and I agree with her…

      

   I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,

   life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

 

   I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he / 

   she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and

   tangled Christmas tree lights.

 

   I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,

   you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

 

   I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.

 

   I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

 

   I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on

   both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.

 

   I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,

   I usually make the right decision.

 

   I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

 

   I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.

   People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

 

   I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

 

   I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will

   forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them

   feel.

 

Birthday

Filed under: Articles, Journal - admin on August 20th, 2009

It’s my birthday! August 21st!

I’m not one of those people who waits to see who will remember my birthday, nope, I’m the guy who shouts from the highest rooftop "It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday don’t forget me!"

If you wanna send me wishes, please write them here in my blog, I’ll be stopping by to read them! : )  

Niko

Focus on change

Filed under: Journal, Self Help - admin on July 26th, 2009

In light of the idea of having a plan (written of in the last blog entry I posted), I was thinking today…

I am going to write down everything that I don’t like about my life.

I am then going to make a list of all the things that are within my power to change.

I am then going to put them into one of five columns:
Today  |  3 months  |  6 months  |  12 months  |  Beyond

The goal is to take all the many things floating around in my soul and put them into a clear and concise document so that I can look at it all in one glance. Then I will put my plan into motion. I will begin making all the changes. And I will not stop until they are all done which of course means it will be a life long journey. But most of the things will probably fall into the Today to 12 months columns which means that by this time next year I will be quite a different man sitting in this chair. And the key is to keep it up, anytime I find something enter my life that I do not like, if it’s something I have the power to change then I will take immediate action to change it.

I would like to invite you to do the same. Sit down and make your list. Life is too short and too precious to live it with a bunch of unnecessary things weighing us down and holding us back. It’s up to us, we are our own best friend or our own worst enemy. So let’s not focus another second on negative feelings about the things in our life we don’t like, let’s focus on CHANGE starting RIGHT NOW.

This is about taking control. It’s about not letting circumstance dictate to us who and what we are going to be and do. It’s about defying that which defies us. It’s about being wise. It’s about being a person of action.

I will close this thought with something we have probably all read at some point, it’s simple but so true…
 
The 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.

Here is a template I have put together for filling in details about things you want to change in your life. You will need Microsoft Word or Word Pad (which comes with every computer that has Windows) to open this file.

RIGHT CLICK and choose Save Target As CHANGE.dot

Why I have no goals

Filed under: Articles, Self Help - admin on June 22nd, 2009

I got a email from a guy named Roy H. Williams about “goals” vs. “plans”, I feel his words are very insightful and I wanted to share them with you! ~ Niko
 
Why I Have No Goals

 
“Goal,” in my experience, is a favorite word of people who talk and dream and dream and talk. And then they get together to “network” with other talkers. There’s always a lot of noise in these meetings but it’s unlikely that anything of consequence is going to happen. People who chatter about goals are rarely willing to die on that mountain.
 
I have no goals. But I do have plans.
 
A plan puts you in motion toward a destination. The destination you choose is irrelevant. It is (1.) motion, (2.) determination and (3.) commitment that separate destination-reaching explorers from goal-setting chipmunks.

Count the cost, explorer. “Am I willing to die on this mountain?”

A goal without a plan is wishful thinking.
A plan without action is self-delusion.
 
Here are three questions I’d like to ask:
 
1. What are you trying to make happen?
2. How will you measure success?
3. What’s the first thing you need to do to get started?

 

Indie Artist Niko Defines New Music Biz Model

Filed under: news-page - admin on April 16th, 2009

The following is an international press release that was issued today by Aristo Media in  Nashville, Tennessee…………
 

Indie Artist NIKO Defines New Music Biz Model

Forgoes Traditional Label Route, Gives Music Away for Free Online


(Nashville, TN – April 16, 2009)
  Indie recording artist Niko Papasideris has chosen to forego the traditional music business model, rejecting a major label deal and opting instead to give away his music online for free.

Known simply as “Niko,” the Greek artist and Nashville resident has posted 20 of the most popular tracks from his four releases at www.NikoOnline.com for free download.

“My vision has always been to make a positive difference in the world through music,” says Niko.  “I decided to remove the biggest obstacle that was keeping the world from hearing my songs – money.”

The international singer has developed an impressive following, particularly overseas in Europe and Asia.  His Myspace page averages nearly 5,000 plays a day www.myspace.com/nikoonline, largely as a result of viral marketing and word of mouth exposure.  The response to his online initiatives has been so encouraging that he recently rejected a major label record deal from Warner Bros. in Greece.

“We were honored to receive an offer from such a prestigious label, but ultimately we felt that the old music business model doesn’t lend itself to a new-millennium artist like Niko,” says Niko’s manager, John Walker.  “So much of his vision revolves around breaking down barriers between artists and fans, and working to develop a new paradigm.”

The prolific artist is currently recording his fifth album, an as-yet-untitled collection of “Newgrass” remixes of new and previously released Niko material.  The project features an array of veteran Nashville musicians: Andy Leftwich and Cody Kilby (Ricky Skaggs), Rob Ickes (Blue Highway, Alison Krauss) and Byron House (Sam Bush), among others.  A number of the new tracks are slated for an early summer release, followed by a European tour.

Niko is currently focusing his marketing efforts overseas in countries like France, Greece, the United Kingdom and China, although he has landed a number of songs in local and national television ads.  His indie hit “The Sun the Moon the Stars” was featured in the national “Star 129” diamond ad campaign, and local Nashville residents will recognize him from the infectious Rivergate Dental “Joy, Joy, Joy” television ad, which has now expanded to a co-op of sedation dentists.

For more information and to download 20 free Niko songs, visit www.NikoOnline.com

Indie Artist Niko Defines New Music Biz Model

Filed under: News - admin on April 16th, 2009

The following is an international press release that was issued today by Aristo Media in Nashville, Tennessee…
 

Indie Artist NIKO Defines New Music Biz Model

Forgoes Traditional Label Route, Gives Music Away for Free Online


(Nashville, TN – April 16, 2009)
Indie recording artist Niko Papasideris has chosen to forego the traditional music business model, rejecting a major label deal and opting instead to give away his music online for free.

Known simply as “Niko,” the Greek artist and Nashville resident has posted 20 of the most popular tracks from his four releases at www.NikoOnline.com for free download.

“My vision has always been to make a positive difference in the world through music,” says Niko.  “I decided to remove the biggest obstacle that was keeping the world from hearing my songs – money.”

The international singer has developed an impressive following, particularly overseas in Europe and Asia.  His Myspace page averages nearly 5,000 plays a day www.myspace.com/nikoonline, largely as a result of viral marketing and word of mouth exposure.  The response to his online initiatives has been so encouraging that he recently rejected a major label record deal from Warner Bros. in Greece.

“We were honored to receive an offer from such a prestigious label, but ultimately we felt that the old music business model doesn’t lend itself to a new-millennium artist like Niko,” says Niko’s manager, John Walker.  “So much of his vision revolves around breaking down barriers between artists and fans, and working to develop a new paradigm.”

The prolific artist is currently recording his fifth album, an as-yet-untitled collection of “Newgrass” remixes of new and previously released Niko material.  The project features an array of veteran Nashville musicians: Andy Leftwich and Cody Kilby (Ricky Skaggs), Rob Ickes (Blue Highway, Alison Krauss) and Byron House (Sam Bush), among others.  A number of the new tracks are slated for an early summer release, followed by a European tour.

Niko is currently focusing his marketing efforts overseas in countries like France, Greece, the United Kingdom and China, although he has landed a number of songs in local and national television ads.  His indie hit “The Sun the Moon the Stars” was featured in the national “Star 129” diamond ad campaign, and local Nashville residents will recognize him from the infectious Rivergate Dental “Joy, Joy, Joy” television ad, which has now expanded to a co-op of sedation dentists.

For more information and to download 20 free Niko songs, visit www.NikoOnline.com

 

Tribute To The Victorian Bushfire Victims

Filed under: news-page - admin on February 28th, 2009

My heart goes out to Australia and the devastation she has endured as a result of the fires. In honor of all those who have died and lost loved ones, I would like to share a free download of a special song titled Love. 

download

Share this page with others: http://nikoonline.com/2009/02/28/australia
If you wish, embed the youtube video on your page and forward the mp3 to your friends. One woman from Australia wrote to tell me she plans to share these things at her church, spread the word in whatever ways you feel inspired to do so. Together we can touch many hearts! My hope is that it will bring comfort, hope and peace.

With much sincerity,

Niko

Tribute To The Victorian Bushfire Victims

Filed under: News - admin on February 28th, 2009

My heart goes out to Australia and the devastation she has endured as a result of the fires. In honor of all those who have died and lost loved ones, I would like to share a free download of a special song titled Love. 

download

Click the "Share This" button below to share this page with others or email this link http://nikoonline.com/2009/02/28/australia
If you wish, embed the youtube video on your page and forward the mp3 to your friends. One woman from Australia wrote to tell me she plans to share these things at her church, spread the word in whatever ways you feel inspired to do so. Together we can touch many hearts! My hope is that it will bring comfort, hope and peace.

With much sincerity,

Niko

What is life about?

Filed under: Journal - admin on January 21st, 2009

For quite some time now I’ve been asking myself the question: What is life about? I know it’s a big question and can bring about some big answers, my big answer in one word is LOVE, my simple answer in a few words is happiness. It seems that in everything we do, in some way shape or form we are seeking after happiness.

Let me give you some examples of why I have chosen happiness: We want to be loved because it makes us happy. We give love because we know that it makes others happy. We want the right job/career because it makes us happy. We enjoy eating certain foods because they make us happy. We exercise and take care of ourselves because it makes us feel and look better which makes us happy. We listen to certain music because it makes us happy. We enjoy our pets because they make us happy! We give because it makes us happy to know that our gift has made someone else happy! We want to be with our friends and they want to be with us because it makes us all happy! The list goes on and on. It seems that all that we do is somehow in pursuit of happiness.

I would like to know what you think. Just click the “comment” button and share your thoughts. I look forward to this because I just know there’s gonna be some real interesting responses from all of you around the world!   ~ Niko

Phase One of “Newgrass” Project Completed!

Filed under: Interviews, news-page - admin on December 22nd, 2008

The Sun The Moon The Stars
Newgrass Studio Session Documentary 

Those who know me, know that my musical expressions are very diverse, ranging from pop and alternative to new age and chill out. What you may not know is that I grew up on country music! Hank, Willie, Dolly, George, The Judds, Reba, Travis, Garth, all of ‘em! In Texas, country music is EVERYWHERE! As a child, I often went to this place called the “Blue Barn” where bluegrass pickers would gather and play live! Those sounds have always been close to my heart.

Early in 2008, my team and I began discussing a newgrass project. For those who may not know, “newgrass” is basically bluegrass with a fresh twist. After much planning, we rounded up some of the best players in Nashville and on August 12th, we went into the studio to record the first set of songs for the new album (not yet titled).

Two of the guys are part of the band of the infamous bluegrass artist, Ricky Skaggs. Andy Leftwich, who plays fiddle for Ricky, and Cody Kilby who plays guitar. Also joining us in the studio was Rob Ickes on dobro, Byron House on bass and my step brother Gabriel Cantrell on percussion. A studio filled with fine players was sure to lead to an amazing day of music and boy oh boy did it ever!

We tracked the first 3 songs of the album and part of a 4th. I’m excited to tell you that my management company has allowed me the freedom to share our progress with all of you so I’ve posted three tracks in the streaming player at my homepage http://nikoonline.com/media-player and also at my myspace page www.myspace.com/nikoonline

The tracks are “The Sun The Moon The Stars” and two version of “The Special One” (slow and fast). If you are one of the many people around the world who fell in love with the pop version of The Sun The Moon The Stars then you are in for a pleasant surprise! If you’ve never heard The Sun The Moon The Stars then you are still in for a pleasant surprise! : )

We documented the day in the studio so all of you could see these songs coming to life! Above is a glimpse at what the day was like while we worked on The Sun The Moon The Stars. Enjoy!

Phase One of “Newgrass” Project Completed!

Filed under: News, Videos - admin on December 22nd, 2008

The Sun The Moon The Stars
Newgrass Studio Session Documentary 

Those who know me, know that my musical expressions are very diverse, ranging from pop and alternative to new age and chill out. What you may not know is that I grew up on country music! Hank, Willie, Dolly, George, The Judds, Reba, Travis, Garth, all of ‘em! In Texas, country music is EVERYWHERE! As a child, I often went to this place called the “Blue Barn” where bluegrass pickers would gather and play live! Those sounds have always been close to my heart.

Early in 2008, my team and I began discussing a newgrass project. For those who may not know, “newgrass” is basically bluegrass with a fresh twist. After much planning, we rounded up some of the best players in Nashville and on August 12th, we went into the studio to record the first set of songs for the new album (not yet titled).

Two of the guys are part of the band of the infamous bluegrass artist, Ricky Skaggs. Andy Leftwich, who plays fiddle for Ricky, and Cody Kilby who plays guitar. Also joining us in the studio was Rob Ickes on dobro, Byron House on bass and my step brother Gabriel Cantrell on percussion. A studio filled with fine players was sure to lead to an amazing day of music and boy oh boy did it ever!

We tracked the first 3 songs of the album and part of a 4th. I’m excited to tell you that my management company has allowed me the freedom to share our progress with all of you so I’ve posted three tracks in the streaming player at my homepage http://nikoonline.com/media-player and also at my myspace page www.myspace.com/nikoonline

The tracks are “The Sun The Moon The Stars” and two version of “The Special One” (slow and fast). If you are one of the many people around the world who fell in love with the pop version of The Sun The Moon The Stars then you are in for a pleasant surprise! If you’ve never heard The Sun The Moon The Stars then you are still in for a pleasant surprise! : )

We documented the day in the studio so all of you could see these songs coming to life! Above is a glimpse at what the day was like while we worked on The Sun The Moon The Stars. Enjoy!

Niko – Live in Athens, Greece – July 12th, 2008

Filed under: news-page - admin on October 4th, 2008

NIKO – Live in Athens, Greece – July 12th, 2008

On July 12th, we performed at The Theatro of Vrahon (The Theater Of Rocks) in Athens, Greece. It was an amazing and unforgettable night! There were nearly 2,000 people in attendance. It was my first concert performance in the land of my roots! We were honored to be there and humbled to be so genuinely celebrated. Thanks to the help of radio DJ Nikos Garavelas and his nationally syndicated nightly show, most everyone there knew the songs! The evening was filmed and I’m excited to be able to share it with you! Enjoy! ~ Niko

Viewing / Downloading Options

Left click on the file name to download, it will automatically ask you where you want to save it

LIVE IN ATHENS, July 12th, 2008 (High 285MBs) BEST VIEWING EXPERIENCE!
Live in Athens, July 12th, 2008 (Med 145MBs)
Live In Athens, July 12th, 2008 (Low 55MBs)

You can download a high resolution file of the performance above and have it on your computer to view anytime you wish or you can watch the performance via these 5 youtube clips…

"Love"

"I Found A Friend"

"The Special One"

"Together Forever Whenever"

"Freedom"

 

PODCAST

Below is the high resolution "Podcast" version (272 MBs) – you have three options…

1. SUBSCRIBE TO MY PODCAST on iTunes! and receive it that way. To learn about podcasts, click here!

2. Download it (right click on "Download" then choose "Save Target As" or Save Link as")

NIKO – Live in Athens, Greece – July 12th, 2008

Filed under: News, Podcast, Videos - admin on October 4th, 2008

NIKO – Live in Athens, Greece – July 12th, 2008

On July 12th, we performed at The Theatro of Vrahon (The Theater Of Rocks) in Athens, Greece. It was an amazing and unforgettable night! There were nearly 2,000 people in attendance. It was my first concert performance in the land of my roots! We were honored to be there and humbled to be so genuinely celebrated. Thanks to the help of radio DJ Nikos Garavelas and his nationally syndicated nightly show, most everyone there knew the songs! The evening was filmed and I’m excited to be able to share it with you! Enjoy! ~ Niko

Viewing / Downloading Options

Left click on the file name to download, it will automatically ask you where you want to save it

LIVE IN ATHENS, July 12th, 2008 (High 285MBs) BEST VIEWING EXPERIENCE!
Live in Athens, July 12th, 2008 (Med 145MBs)
Live In Athens, July 12th, 2008 (Low 55MBs)

You can download a high resolution file of the performance above and have it on your computer to view anytime you wish or you can watch the performance via these 5 youtube clips…

"Love"

"I Found A Friend"

"The Special One"

"Together Forever Whenever"

"Freedom"

 

PODCAST

Below is the high resolution "Podcast" version (272 MBs) – you have three options…

1. SUBSCRIBE TO MY PODCAST on iTunes! and receive it that way. To learn about podcasts, click here!

2. Download it (right click on "Download" then choose "Save Target As" or Save Link as")