Guess What?

It’s a brand new day. A brand new day! Don’t live in past regrets or mistakes. Today is a new day where YOU get to choose. You my friend, get to choose your attitude, your demeanor, your happiness. Today is a new day. Make it count and make it great!

It All Matters

Hey friends, wanted to pop in and say Hey and share this really awesome video my eldest daughter took and shared with me.

It got me thinking. Well I already knew but I reflected once again. Everything we teach our children, everything we say and do and how we respect ourselves, others and nature our children will learn from us.

It was really wonderful and warmed my heart that my daughter was able to stop and enjoy nature and record such a site and experience.

Hope you enjoy this short video and please take in the amazing sounds in the background.

Ciao for now :D

 

Life Savers in Three Flavors

Well hello there! I pray all is well with you and you are having a fabulous day :D

I’m so excited to share my latest interview with you. This interview was done with such a wonderful young lady who works with an organization called Pregnancy Care Centre. This organization provides help, support, encouragement and spiritual guidance for young moms.

For all you moms out there check out; IAmNotAlone.ca for more info about this organization.

Here’s the interview, it’s a short two minute video. I hope you can take a peek ;)

Friends, I cannot thank you enough for all your support over the past while. God bless <3

Through The Eyes of The Beholder

So I watched this pretty cool semi documentary that was posted to Facebook, about how women view themselves. To no surprise, all the women interviewed had pretty much the same answer. In a nut shell, they all disliked their bodies and saw themselves as “ugly”.

How sad.

I was there for many years. I was like those women for a very long part of my life and I’ll be honest, if I’m not connected to my Creator and taking care of myself, I can slip into the false beliefs once again.

How does this happen? Do you have any idea? Any idea at all? How is it that so many women around the world have a poor body image of themselves?? And what on earth is the why behind it?

I can only share from my own experience. I lived a life of comparing, trying to be those “perfect” women in magazines, trying to create some sort of perfect beauty to please everyone else. I went as far as to starve myself and when that wasn’t good enough, the internal self bashing with name calling and feeling worse for not being able to achieve the “standard”.

Society doesn’t help at all. Society puts there ridiculous standards on how a woman “should” look. We hang onto what society “feels” or think it “knows” what beauty is.

What is true beauty to you? Is it looks? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it the “perfect” body (even though there is no such thing)? Is it what you “own”? What does it mean to you?

I can confidently share with you my explanation of true beauty. It took me many years to get where I am today and it took a lot of re-programming my mind and thinking. Not only about myself but about the world outside of me.

I must make something very clear. This was not something I was able to do on my own. Being on my own and living for this world and experiencing situations that destroyed the thoughts of myself was what helped get me to the pit of ugliness. Ha! Funny you know! Having such a poor self image and saying mean and nasty things about myself is what is ugly! Isn’t that crazy? Here we women go around comparing ourselves to other women, putting ourselves in competition with them trying to be “better” more beautiful, more sexy and all the while becoming uglier with our attitude and hatred by the minute! Goodness me! And not to mention how this has a ripple effect and reeks havoc in our relationships! Wow, the enemy of this world doesn’t have to work very hard to get us feeling badly about ourselves does he?

Friends, ladies, gentlemen, lets get to the raw beauty we posses. We need to know WHO we are and WHOSE we are! Until I came into the beauty with God, I was no where near being beautiful or loving myself. Beauty for me is having a clean open heart. It is being able to love those who are unlovable, It is respect for one’s self and it is the care and gentleness one is able to extend to one’s self. Beauty is looking at yourself and saying, “you are amazing”, It’s being able to actually look at one’s self in the mirror and like what you see. I was unable to look at myself in the mirror for many years. I hated, I loathed the person starring back at me. Today by God’s grace I am able to linger and look at myself in the eyes with a heart of love and have gratitude for who I am. For what I see.

I want to encourage you today, start changing the old tapes in your mind. It’s hard but it’s doable, I am proof of that! Do it today, look at yourself and say something nice. Stop comparing and holding yourself to society’s standard and get back to reality and get back to God who has created such a beautiful being. YOU!

I can go on and on about this and I have, hehe, But I will leave you with this;

Charm can fool you and beauty will trick you, but a woman (or man (I’m throwing that bit in)) who respects the Lord shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

This scripture helped me change my views on myself.  Learn it, know it. You are so much more than what society “thinks” or thinks they “know”. Let us stand together and take ourselves back! We are worth it and we are soooo much more!

Amen! :D

100 Huntley Street Interview

Hello there my friends :D

Today was a big day for me and God. I was the featured guest on Canada’s #1 Christian Talk show 100 Huntley Street!!

I gotta tell you, what a beautiful bunch of people I met there today. They were so kind, gentle and so spiritual. It was a wonderful place to be.

I’ll be quick with my writing today as I have added the video interview I had with Moira Brown from 100 Huntley Street this morning.

What I would like to say is, no matter what we have gone through, God can and He will give you a new heart of love and forgiveness and take you places you could only dream of! :)

An amazing thing happened after the show, I met a beautiful young lady who just so happened to be a young mom, and shared a little bit about herself with me. She was able to do so after hearing a little bit of my own story. You see friends, the more we share our life and experiences the more God uses that to help others.  I am so grateful I have chosen to walk with God and use what the enemy intended to destroy me, for good in helping others. Praise You Lord!

To all of you, thank you again for all your support over the past year and a half I’ve been blogging and sharing my life ;)

Thanks for watching ;)

http://ca.100huntley.com/video?id=RBHy6BPiS90

I’m Having Another Slice

Yup, another slice for me thanks.

Have you ever been so wrong about something and after some time passes and the dust settles, you’re able to see clearly? Ugh, yeah, that was me two weeks ago.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a very big faith in God. I want nothing more than for my life to seethe with His love and goodness, for my life to be an ultimate living sacrifice for Him.

Well, when things go wrong ,and even when they’re right, God is my “go to Guy” always. At times when life seems just so unfair to me I kick up my prayers and meditation time and start praying like a machine. This time I was praying for that someone who seems to know how to get me in just the right spots of my character flaws. Yup, my hubby.

Long story short, over the past month of me praying to God to open his eyes, God opened mine. Yuck and yikes!

Yuppers friends, was back. Ugghhh.

So what I want to say here is, no matter what goes on in life, in our situations or in our relationships (as much as I prefer to blame the other person haha) we always have a hand in the situation. Even when we are unable to see it at the time. But when we can become humble enough and take the focus off of the other person and whatever hurt we may be feeling, God is gracious to “grow us up” and show us ourselves. I’m so grateful for this next step in my healing and this awesome, incredible step up in my spiritual growth with God. What a good feeling it is to humble yourself in front of God and do the next right thing.

And on that note, I’m having myself another slice of humble pie. Anyone want a slice? ;)

Going With The Flow

Happy happy day to you my friends :)

So today is a day we acknowledge Autism Awareness.

I am posting a link to some really helpful and useful information regarding Autism. A good friend of mine writes this blog and she shares her experience, strength and hope with raising a child with Autism. My friend also shares some delicious recipes for those who have serious allergies to food.

I have a few followers here on my blog who  have children with Autism and I’m very happy to share this link with you.

So friends, parents, loved ones, whatever the day may bring, let us go with the flow and enjoy what the day may bring. Let us not resist but embrace.

To all us parents out there; give yourself a BIG hug and pat on the back for doing the best we can and for taking on this day with a smile :D

http://spectrumwarriors.com/2014/04/01/autism-awareness-and-a-history-lesson/

 

Awwww, For Me :D

Oh goodness me! look look look what Corinne brought home for ME!!!!

I’ve been saying this past week that I need to get some happy flowers in the house and look, she was so kind, generous and thoughtful to surprise me today.

Thanks Missy, I love them! <3

How grateful I am for my kids. More than you’ll ever know. :)

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C`Mon have Some Fun!

Hey there! If you’re on Spring Break with little one’s, here’s a really cute and fun craft idea you can do with them.

My youngest daughter Rebekah (who is now 16 years old), reminded me about this just this morning. She saw an empty tissue box and said, “hey mom, remember when I use to put these on my feet?” I certainly do! My kids and I had a lot of fun coming up with fun silly things to do. I would save up these boxes and we decorated them, tied long pieces of thin rope to them and the kids would put their little feet inside them and walk around with them. It was so cute and very fun. I had totally forgotten about this until Bekah reminded me.

It also made me feel very happy inside that she had that memory.

So if you’re looking for something to do during this spring break, round up some tissues boxes (and if they’re full, take out the tissue, it’s ok) some markers or paint and have fun!

You know, it’s these wonderful moments that kids will remember. Let loose, and if you’re really daring, I dare you to find a spot on the wall and let the kids paint it!! Ooooo, now that is a blast! And how’s about having a total wear your clothes backwards day?

These were (and sometimes still) are things we have done.  Through the challenging times of life, we all need to let loose and have fun. A good fun that helps us and nurtures us and our family.

Yesterday my niece spent the day with me and after a lot of activities and fun, she said to me, “Auntie, you’re the most fun adult I know, you let us do so many things” My heart melted. And you know, it’s not anything that costs money or requires too much. It’s my time, my love and really being present with them and enjoying the time. Not worrying about what needs doing or if I need to be somewhere. It was really nice to hear that.  So C’mon, forget the housework and dishes, get out there, have fun and be a kid.Tthey will remember it forever! And it`s so worth it!! :D

Happy fun day to you!

Here`s a picture of Bekah`s foot. Yup, she put it in there again after she remembered hehehe. So cute :)

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Investments

I don’t know what brought this to my attention but it got me thinking.

Investments.

It makes me think about what takes my time, my thoughts and my energy. To be honest sometimes Facebook and my social media takes a lot of my time. I invest too much time into that. Yes it is important to where my carreer is going but it can easily distract and take more of me than I’d like.

Investments. Hmmmm.

When we come to the end of the day and we are baffled at where our time went, do we think back over the day and think of where we have invested that time? When the kids ask to play or when they want to talk, are we readily available or are we frazzled because time has gone or something else needs our attention?

Do we even invest time in ourselves? To love, to nurture ourselves? How about the time we spend in the spiritual realm? Left overs?  What about our relationships? Does a screen take up most of that time? Is that what we invest in? How about work? Yes, yes, yes, work is important as it is a means of providing for our families, but ask yourself honestly, do you invest more time there than you do at home? Hmmmm. It is an eye opener isn’t it??

I can tell you, where ever your time is invested in most is where your heart truly lays.

Kids grow up quickly. Relationships will crumble under the pressure of trying to “compete” for investment. We ourselves will sooner or later begin to fade away if we ourselves don’t become an important  investment. Whatever we want in life needs our investments.

Want better relationships? Invest. Want more spirituality? Invest. Want more you time? Invest. A Better life? Invest.

Be mindful of what you allow to gain your attention and investment. Is it honoring? Is it helpful? Is it relationship building? Does it help make you a better person? Does it benefit your family? These are good questions to help us, guide us.

May your day be full of happy Investing today. May it be fruitful for you and others. :)