While working with Rita on the technical aspects of my blog, I realized that what truly matters is the human connection between you (the blogger) and the members of community you are building. Therefore, I wanted to shine light on an empowering mother, wife, and entrepreneur who has helped me turn my vision into reality – Rita Barry.Read More
Hope you all had a wonderful summer. September has always seemed like the start of a new year! With these new beginnings – whether they be school, job, city, activity, or friendship we should start afresh with our attitudes! We should open our hearts to new ideas; we should make goals; and we should ASK for what we want. You never know what amazing things will happen when you take action!Read More
A few weeks ago, a senseless act of violence caused three RCMP officers to be gunned down in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadians across the country and around the world reached out to pay tribute to our “fallen heroes.”
Many turned to social media to show support. One message that really stood out to me was a music video with the same name, “Fallen Hero,” by Makayla Lynn. Makayla is a teenage musician who decided to express her thankfulness to the officers and their families through lyrics.
As you may know, songs that tell stories really speak to my heart. Music creates such a powerful connection between strangers – in this case, the song is uniting a nation. When I listen to Makayla’s song, I really think about the sacrifice these three RCMP officers and their families gave for protecting Canada.Read More
Dear Members of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team, YOU WERE EXCEPTIONAL!
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics came to a close yesterday, but what was captured on screen will stay in our hearts and minds forever.
Throughout the Games, Canadians all over the globe were uniting as proud supporters of our team. I, on behalf of all Canadians, would like to thank our amazing athletes and coaches for their involvement at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and for being amazing ambassadors of our country.Read More
Ever wondered where a professional poet finds inspiration to write? I'm excited that today, Heather Grace Stewart, is “Speaking From the Heart” and sharing her experiences with all of us.
Heather Grace Stewart is a Canadian Poet and the Author of /Three Spaces, Carry On Dancing, Leap, Where the Butterflies Go, The Groovy Granny, & The Friends I've Never Met. Visit her website heathergracestewart.me and her blog heathergracestewart.com. I had to ask Heather to be involved as she continually inspires and encourages me on my writing journey. Heather and I both grew up in the same city, and connected through blogging. I consider her a "Friend I've Never Met" as we both live on opposing sides of Canada. I can't wait to meet Heather in person!Read More
Now, you might be asking yourself "What is Pink Shirt Day?"
The last Wednesday of February (this year is Feb. 27th) in Canada, is Anti-Bullying Day (i.e., Pink Shirt Day). It is a day where we take a stand and address this important issue.
As I work in bullying prevention and love the colour Pink, I support this wonderful cause and am proudly wearing pink today. People always ask me, “Why bullying prevention?” My answer is always the same: “I have seen and personally experienced the negative effects of bullying and want to stop it from hurting others’ lives.” That is why I support this initiative.Read More
“What am I going to do with all my pennies?”
This thought crossed my mind while I was cleaning my room last weekend. I have a cup full of pennies that I have been randomly collecting as spare change. The pennies just sit in a cup in my room occupying space.Read More
As you know, I love sharing inspiring stories to #fuelpersistence in jobseekers and new graduates. So, when a good friend of mine, Ruvini Godakandae, sent me this post I had to share it, as it holiday themed . I love how even though Ruvini has an obstacle in her path (being unemployed), she perseveres, reaches out, and inspires others! She now contiues to do so through being an employment educator (December, 2015). Thanks, Ruvini, for helping others shine!Read More
As it is the start of the school year, I thought it would be appropriate to ask the former principal of Wycliffe College, Dr. Reginald Stackhouse, to share his life lessons with us. Reg is a prominent educator, a Canadian politician, and a friend of my family. I thought it would be fitting to ask him to be part of my “Profiles of Perseverance” series as he has persevered through trying times and has left a huge impact on so many lives. He is a mentor, and I am honoured to share his advice. Reg knows the importance of nurturing the next generation and exemplifies this in how he lives his life. Thank you, Reg, for taking part in the series!Read More
I'm so proud to be a Canadian, especially with the Olympics coming up in less than a month. I can't wait to cheer on all our athletes and watch them GIVE THEIR EVERYTHING!! I didn't chose a song of the week yesterday but it would be "O Canada." In honour of this special day, I thought I would show you my favourite parts of this wonderful country I call home. It is such a beautiful country from coast to coast! Here is a very small collection of pictures from my travels all over Canada. I still have so much more to see. Enjoy!!!Read More
Sharleen Hoar (Ph.D.) has been supporting elite and aspiring performers of all ages to achieve personal and performance excellence since 1996. She is a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and is the mental performance lead with the Canadian Sport Institute - Pacific working with Olympic and National team athletes, coaches, and sport science and medical professionals. Sharleen attended the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American Games, and supported clients through three Olympic games including the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (Canada) and Sochi (Russia), respectively, and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).Read More
Today, Yvonne Young is sharing with us about perseverance.I first connected with her after I found her blog. I had posted about standing tall and was looking for others who had done the same. I can relate to her and am excited she has decided to participate in this series. So glad I connected with her :) Thanks Yvonne! You should check out her blog after you read her interview.Read More
Bestselling Amazon author, speaker, and poet, Heather Grace Stewart was born in Ottawa, ON, and currently lives near Montreal, QC with her husband, daughter, and three feline friends.
Heather wrote her first poem at age five, inspired by falling down a lot while trying to figure skate. ‘At the Arena’ was published in her school newsletter. From that moment on, she was hooked on writing.Read More
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the David Foster Foundation Miracle Concert this past Saturday night at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C. I had thought I was in for a night of beautiful music. However, I didn’t expect to be blown away by an experience that has changed my life.
Let me explain. I found out a while ago that the David Foster Foundation was having a concert to support his charity. I have known about David Foster and the work that he has done (professionally and philanthropically) and wanted to support this cause. All proceeds from the Foundation go to support the families of children needing organ transplants and education surrounding organ donor registration in Canada and the US. Since I have a good friend who has had two life-saving organ transplants, this cause is really important to me.Read More
Dr. Susan Biali, MD, is an award-winning medical doctor, wellness expert, life and health coach, author, and flamenco dancer. Based on over twenty years spent studying principles of health, happiness, and success, Dr. Biali offers hope, inspiration, and tools for life to people worldwide. She speaks internationally, personally coaches a wide range of clients from stay-at-home moms to military leaders, blogs for Psychology Today and is frequently featured in media such as the Ricki Lake Show, The Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Living, and The Washington Post. She is the author of the bestselling book, Live a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You. You can find out more on her website: www.susanbiali.comRead More
Today, Wade Wilson, is sharing with us his thoughts about perseverance. Thanks Wade! His message is really valuable and insightful. I suggest you read it. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
Self-Reflection is a wonderful but scary process. It is difficult to objectively look at our faults and acknowledge them, however being able to learn from past set-backs is necessary to achieve excellence. We can self-reflect on both positive and negative experiences to find strength to persevere.Read More
Many people today are struggling with mental health issues; I believe it is so important to start talking about this topic.
There is a new campaign put out by the Partners for Mental Health called "Not Myself Today." The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness to mental health. I took the pledge because as it says on the Not Myself Today site, "Mental health can no longer be ignored. We are all affected. We are all touched by it. That's why I'm pledging my support to improve mental health in Canada."Read More
I was really saddened to hear this afternoon of the passing of Champion freestyle skier and fellow Canadian Sarah Burke.
Sarah died today, nine days after she crashed at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah on Jan. 10. She sustained life-threatening injuries which placed her in a coma.
She was a pioneer in her sport and such an inspiration to many people all over the world. Her energy and her passion for her sport were evident every time you saw her. I loved her bubbly attitude and her strong presence in sport. She was a role model of mine and I admired her accomplishments. She was instrumental in getting ski halfpipe into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.Read More
This quote struck a chord with me. When it comes to relationships, it is hard to evaluate your actions with your mind when your heart is so heavily invested in the other person.
The quote reminded me how, in the past, I have "fought for a person" instead of both of us "fighting for it." Relationships need both parties to make it work. I was guilty of this. I held on to this man because I enjoyed his presence in my life, yet our relationship wasn’t worth fighting for. There were many factors as to why it didn't work, but in the end he didn't want to “complicate” his already complicated life.Read More
I know we all have busy lives, but we can take two minutes out of our day and remember the Veterans.
This is very dear to my heart as one of my grandfathers was a Captain in World War Two and one of my grandmothers was a nurse in the same war. Also, members of my extended family have served either away or on the home front in past wars. I also have friends who are currently serving.
Please show respect for Veterans by wearing a poppy throughout the week and thanking them for sacrificing their lives for us. I ask you to think of the Veterans and their families and friends during the two minutes of silence.Read More