Power of Doing Nothing

In life there are times you have to act and times when it’s best to do nothing. “Psychological research shows that the harder we strive to be happy, the less likely we are to achieve that goal.”(1) Our world is so busy and filled with the demand to be busy and productive all the time. Sometimes this becomes a burden and counterproductive. We all need time to just sit and do nothing. To put away the phones, television and even our own racing thoughts. I like to think of it as turning off that laptop for a bit to reset the cache and reboot.

Our minds need that kind of break too.“Doing nothing just by itself can save you from all variety of disasters. Specifically, the ability to do nothing peacefully and calmly, without any distress, is practically a super power for all the control it gives you over your life. Doing nothing is a skill that gives you freedom. It returns your life to your highest brain, letting your executive functioning rule supreme over your appetites. It also makes life less painful in general.” (2)

Obviously, it’s not practical to sit around and do nothing all the time. But, there are times where doing nothing can be helpful to your overall happiness and ultimately be more productive when you are doing something. Many people who do nothing often find a strange state of anxiety, guilt and stress from doing nothing. Some of it is due to a lifetime of pressure to do something all the time. There is anxiety of the future, finances and losing that socially mandated sense of “keeping busy.” Yet, sometimes the best things happen when we slow down and do nothing.  As a little girl, I would spend my summers in the Catskills. Each morning I would go outside of  my grandparents bungalow and catch site of adorable wild bunnies. I would chase them, try and sneak up on them, and once I even set up a trap to catch one. I just wanted one as a pet, but no matter how hard I tried -I never caught one.  One day my grandfather handed me a carrot and said just sit in the grass and do nothing. How in the world can I catch a bunny (feeling like Elmer Fudd -“Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits” ) if I do nothing? At this point, I was willing to try anything -I sat so long doing nothing that I fell asleep in the grass with a carrot still in my hand. When I woke up there was a bunny curled up to my hand eating the carrot. “Happiness really is like a timid animal. And once you stop chasing it, you might just find that it appears naturally of its own accord.”(3)  I learned that day sometimes you just have to do nothing to be happy. To note: I learned much later that my grandfather had gone to a local pet store and placed the bunny in my sleeping arms -I got my bunny and learned a lot.




Does Halloween ever get old ?

Growing up we all loved Halloween. The candy, great costumes and the opportunity to be publicly silly or scary.  We become teens and the allure of Halloween soon diminishes. It is no longer cool to knock on doors and beg for treats, unless we are taking our younger siblings in tow. You’re told you’re too old for Halloween!  As adults, it suddenly becomes ok to celebrate Halloween again.

Now we are dressing up and being silly with kids of our own. We are vicariously enjoying the fun with our children and “testing” their candy. Our children grow up and now it’s our grand-kids who are getting ready for Halloween and the ritual costumes. We standby as spectators as we are told we are too old for Halloween.

I don’t miss the candy but I do find myself yearning for the dress up and the delight of being silly and scary myself. The older we become the more we desire and feel the need to release our inner child. I finally released that peer pressure and decided I am not too old for anything including Halloween.

This year, I’m dressing up and I don’t care if it’s cool or not! 

My house is decorated with skulls and pumpkins.  It’s fun for me. Halloween is for everyone and at any age !! Be safe and enjoy your treats.


They say you are too old to Trick or Treat when:

10. You keep knocking on your own front door.

9. You remove your false teeth to change your appearance.

8. You ask for soft high fiber candy only.

7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.

6. People say: ‘Great Boris Karloff Mask,’ And you’re not wearing a mask.

5. When the door opens you yell, ‘Trick or…’And you can’t remember the rest.

4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. You have to carefully choose a costume that doesn’t dislodge your hairpiece

2. You’re the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker

1. You keep having to go home to pee.

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Loving Life After 50

CarolAnn Tutera is the Leading Lady of Authentic Aging and recently made the front cover of Loving Life after 50!

SottoPelle® was created and has subsequently flourished because of her dedication to people and improving the quality of their lives. The next step and evolution for SottoPelle is to support the growth of empowerment in the fifty and over age demographic. CarolAnn understands and advocates that “you can be the best you want to be at any age”. Agism and the negative connotations associated with getting older are slowly dissipating under the careful watch of CarolAnn Tutera. Her newly launched podcast “Adventures in Aging “on iTunes candidly explores the complexities, challenges and obtainable joy that can be achieved with humor and balance.  Read more about CarolAnn’s efforts to lead by example and help everyone be the best they can be at ANY AGE!

Do you have a story to tell on how your life changed for the better after 50? Contact us via email at marketing@sphrt.com and share your positive experiences and wisdom today.


Source:  https://lovinlife.com/leading-lady-of-authentic-aging/


Eating Your Veggies?

We all have heard it since we are kids but as we age eating well and getting enough vitamins is just as important.

What is DIM?

DIM is the absorbable form of Diindolylmethane found in several vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. DIM is an extract of these vegetables that, as a supplement, is shown to be beneficial for hormone and immune system health.

Your body forms Diindolylmethane from plant substances contained in specific “cruciferous” vegetables. This type of vegetable is low-calorie, and abundant in folate, vitamins C, E, and K, and fiber. Cruciferous veggies cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli.

We all know that eating enough healthy food can be challenging. This supplement makes it easier to help support the powerful benefits.

Research indicates these vegetables may aid in protecting against cancer as they contain diindolylmethane and a related chemical called indole-3-carbinol. Diindolylmethane is used for helping to prevent breast, uterine, and colorectal cancer. It is also used to prevent an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH) and treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS).” (1)

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Generation of Love

CarolAnn Tutera is working to help an older demographic come full circle to a life filled with Health and Love.  She has been inspired by her patients and peers on the challenges they face aging. We are a generation of love who now spends a lot of time worrying about aging and not loving ourselves. Clearing a path that helps people navigate aging is difficult as candidly its such a personal experience. Everyone ages differently but the commonality is that we all age better when we focus on the following:

  • Staying Active
  • Pro Active Approach to Health
  • Positive Perspective and Active Thinking

Staying Active means doing something everyday to keep your body working. It does not mean marathon running if that’s not your thing – but do something you enjoy.

Be proactive to your health and become your own advocate. Don’t accept aging as an excuse to failing health or energy.

Keep your mind active and perspective positive. Your body has and is changing but that is all part of the great experience of life. Our energy and positive thoughts become contagious and we can be anything we want at any age.

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Fall in love with yourself. Look and marvel in the wisdom you have gained and wear any wrinkle as a badge if honor for getting this far in life.  CarolAnn is working passionately to help others see the amazing possibilities after 50 instead of being limited by outdated social or cultural norms or standards.

What recommendations do you have for this amazing generation of love?


Breast Cancer Awareness

This October, SottoPelle Therapy is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.





You can find more amazing resources here:  https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breast-cancer/ebook-resources




Carolann Tutera has been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition for demonstrating dedication, leadership and professional excellence. Her compassion and expertise set the standard in the industry. She has truly dedicated herself to her profession. Representing the state as one of the best in the country requires talent, experience and integrity. There is humility and personal touch she adds to her relationship with everyone she does business with, more than the value of her service it’s her way of treating everyone like an extended member of her own family that people remember the most. As a talented disciplined professional she has maintained a proven track record of quality service, driven by her desire to succeed. During the vetting process it was noted along with her exceptional reputation that she has also maintained a positive peer rating. Her years of service along with her level of expertise and several other factors also contributed to her inclusion. She prides herself on honesty and integrity. She is the kind of professional admired by colleagues and peers alike. Her kindness and willingness to always help others and find solutions to most questions is both exemplary and honorable. She has made her mark on her profession as an expert and will become part of history as one of the top professionals in her field. She is the kind of professional that is not only successful in her field but making her an influencer online. Her recent contributions are creating a media outlet called SottoPelle Lifestyle to help others age gracefully and authentically.  She also can be heard interviewing other influencers and notable figures in various fields on her podcast Adventures in Aging on iTunes.

About Trademark Women of Distinction
With expert female members representing every major industry, Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition is a trusted resource and tool dedicated to highlight the professional accomplishments and stories of today’s best and brightest women in business. Trademark Women of Distinction is dedicated to the preservation of each individual females story as each of them deserve their own special place in history. The talented women profiled in this historic registry share such virtues as determination, courage, leadership, patience, and discipline. It is not these characteristics which set them apart from the rest of us, but their extremely high degree of accomplishment as female professionals. Now more than ever these females serve as an example, each of these extraordinary women documented in this publication offer tangible evidence of the value of hard work, goal setting and passion. Trademark Women of Distinction membership provides these hard working accomplished women with a certified and validated third-party endorsement of their accomplishments, and serves as a way to spread the word about their success through a trusted network of women brought together by the same common morals, values and dedication. The historic preservation of each woman’s family legacy and personal achievements is also a driving force in the success of the publication. Such a well-researched and verified source ensures this tool to act as a bridge forging long lasting new business relationships.



What is ADK?

It is a powerful combination of three very robust and supportive vitamins A, D and K.  These three combined provide a powerhouse of preventative supplemental support for your overall health. All of these vitamins have been correlated to very positive benefits.

Studies have indicated that Vitamin A may help in preventing various health concerns such as vision and certain cancers. It is also suggested that regular intake of vitamin A may help your bone and immune strength. The positive correlation is indicate but not fully understood.

  • Vitamin D has been associated with sunshine. It is actually a bodily reaction to sun exposure. As more and more people avoid the sun due to concerns of skin or aging or just working more informed there has been an increase in Vitamin D deficiency. As with other vitamins you can get it with intake of certain foods but most people don’t regularly eat enough to counter these deficits.

Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. It is a versatile vitamin that research has suggested can help your cognitive, heart and bone health.

These studies indicate a correlation with Vitamin K deficiency or low intake with a loss in bone health as seen in osteoporosis. They also see benefits in memory and cognitive function as we age with an increase of Vitamin K in the body.

“In one study, healthy individuals over the age of 70 years with the highest blood levels of vitamin K1 had the highest verbal episodic memory performance.”(1)

Summary of SottoPelle Supplement ADK:


* Required for normal bone growth and maintenance.

* Utilizing Vitamin A helps the body remove old bone tissue  and stimulate new tissue growth.  It is critical to help repair fractures and retain bone density.

* Vitamin A and D combined, help support the regulation of bone remodeling.


* Supports calcium absorption in the stomach, maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone.

* It is needed for bone growth and rebuilding. Without D3 bones become brittle.

* D3 also supports heart health and vascular function.


* Vitamin K2 has an essential role in bone metabolism and promotion of healthy teeth.

* Helps guide calcium toward areas of the body where it is required such as your bones and away from areas where it could be negative.

* Also, Vitamin K2 deficiency appears to be a factor in the development of diabetes and liver cancer.



Living in the Now

Suspend fear and worry and enjoy the moment and space you occupy now.  Living in the Now can mean many things to us all, but to me it means the story of the good china. I grew up hearing and seeing this story unfold. My grandparents had their “everyday dishes” and the good china. They kept that special occasion china on display in the dining room buffet. It was a shrine to the achievement my grandparents had accomplished in saving and acquiring them. My grandmother had eyed them in Macy’s and spent a long time considering the cost of their extravagance. She brought them home like a new child but one that would never be loved just admired from a safe distance. Holidays and birthdays would come and I would ask if we were using the good china but my grandmother just was waiting for that special occasion. My grandparents worked very hard their whole life and saved everything for the day they would need or enjoy the fruit of this effort. Then my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and died never using her china.
Everyone has their good china in a sense. It may not be actual dishware but something idealized and held out for that special time or use. Maybe it’s that expensive handbag you finally got but are worried about using? Or the lovely jewelry left by a beloved parent you’re afraid to wear and use.  For others it could be that trip to Europe or Alaska they will take when they retire and put off because other things seem more important. The take away for me was that we need to use our good china. We need to enjoy every moment with joy and wonder. This does not mean we should be cavalier or irresponsible but live in the now. We are not entitled to anything beyond the joy we find ourselves.We turn on the news and it’s sad. Life often seems to be a hamster wheel of work and burdensome responsibility. It has become increasingly more important to Live in the Now but and learning how to do that can be challenging. Don’t dwell on the negative as nothing good will come of this activity. Try and find the positive even if it’s your ability to navigate and survive a bad event or situation.


  • Some thoughts on how to do this:
  • Love more – Say it, show it,live it.
  • Put aside technology and enjoy your surroundings every day.
  • Stress less and Smile often.
  • Look and acknowledge wonder.
  • Use the good china.
This seems like a simple list but what does it really mean? Make time every day for a chat with a dear friend or tell people you love you do love them. Say nice things to the cashier at the checkout. Show others their value with your time, kindness or patience. Take a long walk with your significant other and leave your cell at home. Talk to each other and notice your surroundings,you will see amazing things if you look. Smiling is healthy so try to find ways to be happier and share that happiness. This is a bit challenging as we often are too busy to actually feel happy. Look for happiness in your life -it’s there you just have to embrace it.
Don’t put off today all the fun wonderful things you plan for tomorrow as nothing in life is promised beyond the wonder of now.