Oct 12, 2014

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Gratitude and Thanksgiving Abroad Memories

Gratitude and Thanksgiving Abroad Memories

In case you didn’t know, it’s Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend. To me, a proud Canadian, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the turkey, the stuffing with the crispy bits on the edges, or the cranberry sauce, or the apple pie with ice… or the pumpkin pie. To me, Thanksgiving is so much more. Thanksgiving is by far my favourite holiday, and has been for the past 10 years.  I’ve always loved this ‘holiday’, for a few reasons; turkey dinner with all the fixin’s? Yes, please! I love any excuse to get together and cook up a feast (heck, I do love eating), I loved getting together with my extended family back home for a big meal. But the reason that grew on me more and more, was the fact that Hallmark never capitalised on this holiday. This was the one time that there was no pressure or expectation of gifts or material things – the entire focus is and always has been on spending time with loved ones, to share a meal. To me, that’s awesome and what holidays should be about. My friends and family at home are enjoying the cool, crisp air, the traces of summer that linger, and my favourite, the autumn leaves which make the trees look like they’re on fire against a clear blue sky. Living in New Zealand, we’re on the brink of summer. Daylight savings sprung our clocks ahead last weekend, making the evenings a bit lighters again and the breeze seems to be shifting to warm up ever so slightly. I wholeheartedly love summer, and although a tiny part of me gets a wee bit jealous missing out on Canadian Autumn, I am fully content enjoying spring. I’ve been home with my family for 2 of the past 10 Thanksgivings. I am especially grateful for those opportunities to be home with my Ma & Pa, and I know they miss me when I’m not there but some of my favourite memories have been made having ‘untraditional’ turkey dinners. For example, at University, it was unrealistic for me go home for a three day weekend (I certainly did not have the budget or the time to get to the airport, let alone fly from Toronto to Halifax), so I classed myself as an orphan. Some loving Ontario-family would...

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Sep 13, 2014

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Life Outside Your Comfort Zone Mentorship Program

Life Outside Your Comfort Zone Mentorship Program

~Calling all Doers, Dreamers & LEADERS!~ Last week I had a casual Facebook conversation with one of my mates, Carol, who I’d met in 2006 working at a summer camp and had stayed in contact ever since, despite our paths not physically crossing again (yet). This particular chat really struck a cord with me. She asked me how I just go after things so fearlessly, setting goals and going for them. This was something I’d been thinking a lot about lately. I’d been thinking about this is a skill that can easily be taken for granted, and how having someone along for the journey makes all the difference in the world, because going at anything alone can be crazy, especially if you have battle that little voice in the back of your own mind! I’ve developed my discomfort muscle after years of practice – after all I started when I was 16 by leaving home for 6 weeks to live and work immersed in French-speaking Quebec, with very limited French language skills. My profound advice: I keep the saying in my head “feel the fear and do it anyway”and I feel the damn fear. And when I poop, I think of it as a self-limiting belief, leaving me” Our conversation went on a little longer, but much of it stayed with me and on my mind long after it was over. I know full well that the life you live is the lesson you teach, which is why I aim to demonstrate on my blog and within my Facebook Community, my journey of feeling the fear and doing things that scare me anyway, living Life Outside My Comfort Zone. This conversation ignited an idea that had been lingering in the back of my mind for a while… a Life Outside Your Comfort Zone Mentorship Program! This week I returned home to New Zealand after attending my very first Lifestyle & Leadership Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah and to say I’m fired up about creating massive change and helping as many people as possible would nothing short of an understatement. I had the incredible honour to learn first-hand from the world’s greatest leaders including Anthony Robbins, Denis Waitley, Dr. Libby Weaver, Brendon Burchard, Leanne Grechulk, plus so many more. We focused on high-level performance,...

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Sep 13, 2014

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How a Partnership with Luscious Life Design Changed My Life...

How a Partnership with Luscious Life Design Changed My Life

I wasn’t a nutritionista, a yogi or health professional; I was just someone who always wanted to be a teacher and that’s what I became. For over a year I watched from the sidelines and wanted what Luscious Life Design had going on, and for too long I let myself believe I wasn’t enough. What I wanted to be You see, I had a teacher in grade two who inspired me to love reading and even more so...

Jun 2, 2014

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High Vibe Project Round 2

High Vibe Project Round 2

Last month, my blogging mission fell apart at the seams. I started the month off without having internet access, I had all of the excuses and down the drain it went. Fall down 7 times, get up 8. Isn’t that the saying? I did accomplish one of my 52 challenges for 52 weeks missions in May though  – I went the entire month without a drink of alcohol. Accomplishing that really left me on a high buzz, with...

May 9, 2014

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High Vibe Project day 3&4

High Vibe Project day 3&4

Monday The weatherman predicted a day of rain on Monday and wouldn’t you know it, he was right. It poured through the night and I could hear it continuing as I woke up. After putting of the exercise tasks to the late afternoon on day 1 and right before bed on day 2, I decided this was something I’d rather START my day with. Today’s exercise: 30 crunches. Out of bed and crunching. There’s a certainly a mental...

May 5, 2014

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Day 2 of the High Vibe Project

Day 2 of the High Vibe Project

Still in the city, staying at Thom’s Nana & Pop’s place, Thom and I got up at 7.30 to take Thom to the second half of his First Aid Course for 8am. Spending this weekend in Whangarei might’ve just been the perfect way to kick off the High Vibe Project Self Love Task:  Go swimming. Use the hot tub and sauna. It’s such a good way to unwind. The thing about living the blissful rural Far North, is...