Monday, April 16, 2018

Expect Unexpected Storms!

Just about every year in early Spring we have an 'unexpected' winter storm. We say things like, "I can't believe it's Spring and we have snow again...I just put away all of my winter clothes...it was really nice a few days ago...I thought winter was over".

It happens every year.

The previous Ice Storm on December 22nd, 2013 taught 10 life changing lessons:

1. Although we assumed that the older trees could withstand the storm, they had the most difficulty. Because their limbs were not as flexible as the younger trees, they broke under the weight of the ice and snow.

Longevity does not always equal strength.

2. Electricity and gas was cut off, people became immobilized; unable to work, go to school or attend to everyday business.

If you don't Take Time, life will Make time.

3. Some loss could not be repaired. Trees were cut down, buildings demolished and, tragically, some people even lost their lives.

You never truly appreciate what you have until it's gone.

4. It took time to replant and rebuild. Some neighbourhoods looked barren without their trees. It would take seasons before things would be the same again.

Accepting change is sometimes hard.

5.  Roads and neighbourhoods  were blocked in for days because we didn't have the resources or manpower to manage the disaster. 

Preparation is the key to success.

6. Family, friends and neighbours got together to share their homes, food and resources. Strangers helped one another to move cars on roadways.

Family, friends and even strangers will be with you in times of trouble.

7. While the storm was raging, the trees sparkled like ornaments on a Christmas tree as the sunlight poured on them.

There is still beauty in the midst of the storm.

8. The cities were able to plant new hardier trees which can withstand storms. Crisis management protocols were established, methods of communication were enhanced, families began to prepare for potential disasters by purchasing flashlights, storing non-perishable food items and planning ahead.

Crisis can stimulate knowledge and progress.

9. Multiple millions were spent to replant trees, fix buildings and remove debris. Plant nurseries as well as small and large contractors  of various sectors were employed to rectify the results of the storm. Commercial industries made millions of dollars.

There is opportunity in a crisis.

10. After the storm, spring bulbs under the earth sprung up, gardens flourished and summer came. Beaches and parks filled with people walking, barbecuing and having picnics under the sun and stars.

There is life after the storm.

Life is full of ups and downs, it's never a straight line. The tough times create  preparedness, necessary change, knowledge, opportunity, kindness,  thankfullness and appreciation.

There is purpose in every storm.

Live on Purpose!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

BYE, FELICIA!

The iconic 1995 movie called Friday staring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker and John Witherspoon coined the phrase, "BYE, FELICIA". Just hearing this, you can imagine someone holding up their hand, saying it and walking away. A friend  introduced me to this phrase and I get it!

Although I don't agree with the profanity in this movie co- written by Ice Cube, I  know where he was coming from.

Aren't you tired of the Crazy?

Crazy people doing Crazy things, and, if that's not bad enough, the part that gets me is that they expect you to go along with the Crazy too, or what? They'll get upset?

Oh, please.

In my book, Awakening to Reinvention, I write about the abnormal becoming the normal; if you do something wrong long enough it seems okay.

How do you define Crazy? Living on the edge when they can't fly, doing what they shouldn't do, and saying what they shouldn't say.

BYE, FELICIA!

Along with the 'Me Too' movement is now,  'NOT ME!'

Mind numbing conversations, Not Me!

Predictable,  unpredictable behaviour, Not Me!

Irrational thinking, Not Me!

I'M OUT!

I'm speaking on behalf of everyone who has a Felicia in their life; Felicia you have 60 days notice to vacate.

I take that back, you've got to go now,  and by the way, leave my stuff!

You see, you have less time ahead of you than behind so pass on the Crazy. You don't have time to waste.

This is not about tearing anyone down, it's about building yourself up.

So.

BYE, FELICIA😊

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

You Are The Author of Your Life!

What story are you telling about your life right now? Is it a good or bad one? Does your story involve a sense of helplessness, powerless or foreboding?

When you sit down with family or a friend, what is the main essence of your conversation after all of the small talk?

I like to think of our lives as a story in a movie, are you the main actor or the supporting cast? Is there a main actor who is staring in your movie; child, boss, friend, spouse, etc. Do they have all of the major scenes?

Its time to change your story if you don't like it.

You are the author of your life, the main actor, the one who gets paid top dollar, the fancy green room and the specially catered food.

I challenge you to take some time to re-write YOUR story.

You don't have time, you're too busy.

No worries, your life will go on WITHOUT YOU.

Don't forget those main actors in your life still have some dramatic scenes to play out. As the supporting cast in your life,  you will be given a few lines to respond, hopefully you won't get written out.

Hmmmm.

Instead.

Take all of the circumstances that you don't like in your life story and write them from a positive perspective; what you've learned, what you are going to do to fix it, what you will say,  what your future will be like, how good you feel and look.

Don't settle.

Begin to believe it, own your new story now, embrace it!

Live on Purpose!







Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Room With A View

A good friend of mine had a lovely picture window in her Condo. It was large and looked out to a beautiful wooded area and ravine. Often I sat by that window, looking out at the serenity of nature.

When she told me that she planned to move, I immediately thought of that window. She would loose that beautiful view and the beaming sunlight that shone through that window in the morning.

Would she ever find that again?

We took a drive to her new condo. As the door opened I saw not one window but wall to wall windows over looking a beautiful park and woods with a river running through it!  Not a building in sight.

Every window through out her new condo embraced nature, abundantly.

Not just one.

Immediately, I got a life lesson. There is a saying that, "The problem with change is that people often overestimate what they have and underestimate what they may gain by changing".

True.

I was so enthralled by the window in her other condo that I never imagined that another view could be tremendously better, by far.

Change.

What are you looking at in your life right now that you're  afraid of changing? If you stay where you are you'll never know what greatness was on store for you just by jumping and trusting your parachute!

Live on Purpose!

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Royal Wedding..You Go Meagan!

~Happy Monday~
Nex·us
ˈneksəs
"A connection or series of connections linking two or more things."
The continued evolution of  Monarchy ideals established for hundreds of years has come to this inevitable nexus.
This engagement of Prince Harry and Meagan marks a new era.
It represents interacial union, re-marriage after divorce, as well as an older woman marrying a younger man and just plain joy about a possible 'happily ever after'!
As I have had opportunity to discuss the upcoming nuptuals with various women, the excitement is palpable.
As women, during this time an era, we have boundless opportunities, If we see them. Self-awareness of our giftings, strengths, courage and worth can allow us to live full, exiting lives.
I'm sure, at the point of Megan's divorce, she never dreamt that she would meet and become engaged to Prince Harry. Her commitment to her life's passion and moving forward placed her on a journey toward her unexpected future.
As we share in the joy in others life's, let's be committed to also making joy moments in our own too. Embrace your Life!
You go Meagan!
Live on Purpose!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Get Ready For Spring!

~HAPPY MONDAY~

Getting Ready for Spring; Body, Mind and Spirit is here!

Get organized.

Purchase a calendar  or print a March 2018 Calendar; write your Body, Mind and Spirit Goal on March 21st (1st day of Spring), set your goals and targets.

1. Purchase the required food that you will need for 3-5 days.

Be kind to yourself.

A Daniel Diet (no meat, fish, starches, sugar, or wheat, etc.)after you've been eating like Fred Flinstone 🍖may be too much at once.

Begin gradually by omitting certain foods off your menu daily, not returning them,  add in good, healthy foods that you like🥑

Prepare your menu.

Purchase recommended vitamins for your body, hair, nails and skin; set them where you will remember to take them daily.

2. Schedule a Physical with your doctor or naturopath if you have not had one in over a year.

Commit  the days and times that you will be exercising. make it fun...

Don't forget to have your healthy snack prepared so that you don't binge eat when you're done.

3. BELIEVE! Meditate each morning on good things, see yourself achieving your goal for that day!

Plan what will be your reward at the end of the day (joy).

Journal what you are thankful for everyday!

4. Feed your Mind and Spirit! Edit out routines and television programs that are not positive, add inspirational ones.

5. Finally, get to bed on time for the next 21 days; women need 8-10 hours a night.

Set up a relaxing night time routine; candle/dim light, soft music or read a book, aromatherapy- lavender or vanilla or listen to a motivational talk...

YOU CAN DO IT!

Live on Purpose!