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7 Steps for Creating the Life YOU Want

April 16, 2014 by  31 Comments
Stairway in blue heavensWe all aspire to do, be and have great things. Yet most of us simply aren’t creating the results we want. We complain that we don’t have enough money, romance, success or joy in our lives.We point fingers and blame outside problems that “happen” to us and make life more difficult. But what we need to understand and keep at the forefront of our minds is that greatness exists in all of us. It is simply up to us to pull it out of ourselves. Regardless of personal circumstances, economic climates, and access to resources, it helps to maintain faith in the fact we each are more powerful than we think.

We all have the ability to create the life we want. We just need to learn how to do it. Is there an exact “formula”? No, but there are certain common features that successful people exhibit and that anyone can practice. They are what can jumpstart your success and attract what you want in life. You’d be hard pressed to find any high achiever who doesn’t live by the following 7 tips:

1. Take No Less than 100% Responsibility for Your Life

One of the greatest myths that is pervasive in our culture today is that you are entitled to a great life and that somehow, somewhere, someone is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing family time and blissful personal relationships simply because we exist. But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live. That person is you.

Everything about you is a result of your doing or not doing. Income. Debt. Relationships. Health. Fitness level. Attitudes and behaviors. That person who reflects back at you in the mirror is the chief conductor in your life. Say hello!

I think everyone knows this in their hearts, but the mind can play games, tricking plenty of people into thinking external factors are the source of failure, disappointment, and unhappiness. But the truth of the matter is that external factors don’t determine how you live. You are in complete control of the quality of your life.

Successful people take full responsibility for the thoughts they think, the images they visualize, and the actions they take. They don’t waste their time and energy blaming and complaining. They evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. They face the uncomfortable and take risks in order to create the life they want to live.

2. Be Clear Why You’re Here

I believe each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do, and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.

If you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, then just tune in to the signals around you. Looking toward others for help and guidance is helpful, but don’t forget to stay tuned in to yourself—your behavior, attitude, likes and dislikes, and life experiences. Identify what’s working and what isn’t. If you need to, write it all down. You might be surprised by what you discover.

3. Decide What You Want

It sounds so simple, but here’s the problem: I see plenty of people who are overly-busy yet who feel unsatisfied and unfulfilled. They are physically tired, spiritually drained, and far from where they’d like to be—as if they’ve been running on a treadmill going nowhere fast. Why? Because they haven’t clearly mapped out what they want and then taken the steps to get there. Rather than identifying specific goals, milestones, and dreams (and I’m talking BIG dreams and goals here), they go through the motions day in and day out tackling unimportant tasks. They end up…you guessed it…going in circles and wasting lots of energy. In the meanwhile, they grow increasingly uninspired and out of touch with their authentic selves. This, of course, sets anyone up to living a life out of balance.

One of the main reasons why most people don’t get what they want is they haven’t decided what they want. They haven’t defined their desires in clear and compelling detail. What does success look like to you? Not everybody’s definition of success is the same, nor should it be.

Don’t let your inner devil’s advocate (or that incessant but unimportant To Do list) inhibit you from dreaming big. As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You’ll start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, but they also compel others to want to play big, too.

4. Believe It Is Possible

Scientists used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world. But today, they’re learning that instead we respond to what the brain, based on previous experience, expects to happen next. In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument; it can deliver literally everything you want. But you have to believe that what you want is possible.

As you commit to believing in yourself, also make a commitment to toning down the complaint department. Look at what you are complaining about. I’m fat. I’m tired. I can’t get out of debt. I won’t ever get a better job. I can’t stand the relationship I have with my father. I’ll never find a soulmate in life. Really examine your complaints. More than likely you can do something about them. They are not about other people, other things, or other events. They are about YOU.

5. Believe in Yourself

If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. Whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence or self-assurance, it is a deep-seated belief that you have what it takes; the abilities, inner resources, talents and skills to create your desired results.

Have unwavering faith in yourself, for good and bad. Make the decision to believe that you create all your experiences. You will experience successes thanks to you, and you will experience pain, struggle, and strife thanks to you. Sounds a little strange, but accepting this level of responsibility is uniquely empowering. It means you can do, change, and be anything. Stumbling blocks become just that—little hills to hop over.

6. Become an Inverse Paranoid

This one is straightforward: Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity. Successful people do just that.

7. Unleash the Power of Goal Setting

Experts on the science of success know the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, it will work day and night to achieve. To engage you subconscious mind, a goal has to be measurable. When there aren’t any criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want, a wish, a preference, or a good idea.

Sometimes we need to make just one initial goal to get started, and that’s okay. At least it comes with a few actions to achieve. A first step simply can be making an immediate change in a single area in your life. Are you unhappy about something that is happening right now? Make requests that will make it more desirable to you, or take the steps to change it yourself. Making a change might be uncomfortable and overwhelming for you. It might mean you have to put in more time, money, and effort. It might mean that someone gets upset about it, or makes you feel bad about your decision. It might be difficult to change or leave a situation, but staying put is your choice so why continue to complain? You can either do something about it or not. It is your choice and you have responsibility for your choices.

Bear in mind that you have to be willing to change your behavior if you want a different outcome. You have to be willing to take the risks necessary to get what you want. If you’ve already taken an initial step in the right direction, now’s the time to plan more steps to keep moving you forward faster.

Isn’t it a great relief to know that you can make your life what you want it to be? Isn’t it wonderful that your successes do not depend on someone else?

So if you need just one thing to do different today than you did yesterday, make it this: Commit to taking 100% responsibility for every aspect of your life. Decide to make changes, one step at a time. Once you start the process you’ll discover it is much easier to get what you want by taking control of your thoughts, your visualizations, and your actions!


 

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What can I eat?

Growing up, I am sure that most kids have said this at one time or another. When I was growing up, I ate what my Mom made for me, or whatever I could come up with. I didn’t think much about how it was grown, processed or handled.

Now that I am an adult, I think a lot about what is safe for my family to eat, and what will actually nourish them, not just fill them up.

The human body is amazingly resilient, and will struggle along with whatever fuel you give it. What could you accomplish if you fed your body well?

I came across an interesting article that you might find interesting too! It is somewhere to start from if you are concerned about the food you eat.

http://www.ecokaren.com/2010/02/7-foods-even-food-safety-experts-won-t-eat/

I hope you gather some useful information from it!

Charlene

Bullying

Bullying has received a fair bit of attention in the recent past. I think bullying is tragic, but not just the child being bullied needs help. We need to be a kinder, gentler people, and take into consideration that the bully-er and he bully-ee both need assistance in sorting this out. Evidence seems to point in the direction that kids who bully have low self-esteem and need to put others down, either verbally or by physically intimidating or harming their victims, to help feel superior or in control of their world. They have probably experienced bullying themselves, or watched a parent or authority figure bully others. It will take a concentrated effort to stop this behaviour and replace it with healthy habits.

As we are more and more involved through social media, I would like to draw your attention to a few situations that are bullying. Let me know what you think. I see posts all the time that want support for a cause. In the wording, however, it will say something like, “I know who is willing to post this”, or “75% of you are too scared to do this”, “I already know which of my friends will support this”, “Anyone willing to post this for an hour?” and it goes on and on. And pictures of kids being ‘disciplined’ by parents who are publicly embarrassing them to get them to comply with something? I think that is bullying too. They won’t be sharing anything important with them for long.

I got through my youth relatively unscathed by bullying. There were a few incidents, when I was in elementary school, but I survived. When I was in grade eight, however, two of my friends and I used to tease a boy in our class. He had just moved to Fort Macleod from Flin Flon, which we so creatively changed to Flip Flop. We made him the object of all our jokes. We tortured him, verbally. Nice, I know, but it is true. When finally he had endured all he was going to take, he had an outburst in class, and our teacher asked him what was going on. He said that we were being mean to him, but as he was ratting us out, and rightfully so, I batted my eyes at him and silently plead for clemency, he then recanted what he had said about me, and stammered, “Well, Charlene, maybe not so much…” And I was let off the hook easier than my two partners in crime. I will have you all know, that for penance for my shameful behaviour in this instance, I have not ONCE cried, cajoled or tried to talk my way out of a speeding ticket. Truthfully. I figured it was the least I could do.

I hope we didn’t permanently scar the guy, but who knows? You never know how your words are going to affect someone. I try to speak positively and be a good influence now.

I know which of my friends are going to band with me and say ‘No’ to bullying, now and forever. Sorry, couldn’t resist.   :)

Charlene

 

Microwaves

Lots of things in life I do by ‘feel’. I may have some scientific evidence, I may not, but my conclusions that I come to are always given the ‘feel’ test. I know it sounds rather whackadoo, but that’s what I go by!

My Mom got a microwave a thousand years ago. It was the newest in kitchen appliances, then, and she welcomed it into her kitchen with open arms. It was a huge monstrosity, and took up 1/3 of our center shelf behind the bi-fold doors. It turned out to be a handy thing in her world. My Aunt Twila, who lived up the hill from us, didn’t have a microwave. Uncle Walter, her husband, hated leftovers. My Mom and Aunt Twila devised a covert operation where Aunt Twila would bring a plate of leftovers down, nuke it, and take it back to feed to Uncle Walter. Quite the nefarious duo, those sisters!!

As a kid, I wasn’t nervous about using the microwave at all. It totally had its use, and we used it quite a bit. Then I saw an experiment where a fellow used a light tube and ran it around the ‘sealed door’ of the microwave, and it would light up! Something was oozing out of there! That got me thinking about things.

There are studies about what microwaves do and do not do. I am not going to refer to any of them at all. This is all by ‘feel’ and experience.

Years ago, I got the impression that using the microwave to sterilize dish cloths would be a good idea. I tried it, and I liked how it worked. You just rinse your dish cloth, squeeze it out a bit, and put it into the microwave for at least a minute. Do make sure it is wet, as one of my daughters has started a pair of socks on fire using the microwave to warm them. :)  My family typically accepts my weird ideas with a ‘there she goes again’ type of attitude, or they smile at me weakly, wishing I would keep my thoughts to myself, but this idea is proven. One day, The Center for Disease Control said that using your microwave to sterilize dish cloths was an effective way to reduce the spread of germs and greeblies in your kitchen!! For real! (I am sure they use the word greeblies all the time)  Oh the joy!! haha

In ‘Uncle Buck’, a show starring John Candy, Uncle Buck uses the microwave to wash clothes. The washing machine goes on the blink and so he uses the microwave. So It has to be true! In real life it actually does kill germs.

As the microwave is so good at killing germs, I think that we should re-think the laundry room. It hasn’t had any major breakthroughs for years. We have gone to high efficiency washers, but really, that’s just beating our clothes on a fancier rock.

I think the perfect laundry room would have a lot of upgrades. The first thing that dirty clothes would have happen to them would be a vacuum process. Suck out the dirt before we make mud soup of it in the washing machine. Then, a spray system would dampen the clothes, and they would be microwaved. Dirt gone, germs gone. Another rinse, and they would be good to go, right?  There, now you have it. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be like my idea to have built-in vacuums in vehicles. I talked about that almost a decade ago, and when it actually came true, 3 of my kids sent me the announcement. Sad, sad, day. You can’t wait forever!

I think that microwaves are far better suited for cleaning things, and not for cooking things. Any of you royal smart people that want to tell me why microwaves shouldn’t be used for food, go ahead. This is your chance. I am with you 100% and I really don’t know why. :)

Charlene

 

 

California Christmas

When I was 12, (I think, I might have been a different age, but this is all hearsay, so it doesn’t really matter anyway.) my Mom and Dad took our family to California for Christmas. My Mom had received surgery for breast cancer that year, and my Dad was very grateful that she was still on the earth, so we went for a celebration tour. That’s just my take on the situation. If you got the chance to speak with my parents, they might tell you a completely different story.

So for the break from school in December, we all loaded into our Minnie Winnie Winnebago and southward we did go!

Our California trip was a real adventure for me, and for my two brothers, Richard and Terry too. I remember this trip as being the actual time I really made friends with my brother Terry. Up to this point, I loved him, for sure, but I wouldn’t have considered him much of a friend. :) We did the regular tourist attraction things, like Disneyland and Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm, and Sea World.

As I am the oldest in our family, I was given a bit more free rein than I knew quite what to do with at Sea World. I got lost. I was surrounded by hundreds of people, and not a familiar face in the crowd. I felt completely panicked and that I would never be reunited with my family. It felt like I was alone for hours. I’m sure I wasn’t, because when my Mom came out of a building and spotted me, she was as calm as a summer’s day. (Unless you grew up in Fort Macleod, calm days there are rare) I had written all sorts of scary scenarios in my brain about what was going to happen to me. This was the first time I can remember that I started to grasp that worrying doesn’t help much. I had a maternal grandmother who was a champion worrier, so this was an ‘Aha’ moment for me.

My Dad, driving the Minnie Winnie on the way down, would pull over periodically to let other cars pass us. I thought this was really considerate of him. I think about what he did, when I am travelling behind a tourist to this day. Some people are definitely more considerate than others! At one of the rest stops, there was a tree that was dropping some kind of tear drop shaped, hard shelled seed pod or something onto the pavement. I collected up a bunch of them, determined that I was going to make a necklace or two out of them when I got back to Canada. I didn’t ever find out what they were. My curiosity gene hadn’t kicked in yet, I suppose. I have tried to use google lately to figure out what they were, and haven’t been successful yet!

One of the clearer memories I have is going to see the Shari Lewis and Lambchop performances. I enjoyed it a lot. She was really good at her craft.

We stopped in a Ghost Town that was really fascinating. It wasn’t all commercialized yet, and had lots of buildings to check out.

When we were home in Canada, every Christmas Eve, my Mom would arrange a family get together of all her brothers and sisters and their families. We would have a talent show and sing Christmas carols and enjoy being together. (This is another thing that might be recorded differently, depending on who you talk to.) My Mom was the musical matriarch of the family. If there was to be a get together, she typically arranged for there to be some sort of musical production. She was pretty good at getting people to cooperate with her, too. Kind of bossy. :) But she kept us getting together for years and years. Eventually, there were just too many people to fit into anyone’s home, so the get together was switched to a Boxing Day celebration, at the Church. I know you are thinking this is a bunny trail, but I have a reason for telling you about it that is pertinent for this story. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to California, all except Christmas Eve. I remember I had gone into the public washroom at the campground to get ready for the night. I was feeling really blue and homesick for my cousins and my aunts and uncles and all the craziness of being with that huge group of family members. I turned and looked at the door, just as my Mom came in. She could tell I wasn’t feeling too chipper, and wrapped me in her arms and we just cried and cried together. Girls are so weird sometimes. But it was exactly what I needed.

Sometimes we don’t know what we appreciate about something until it’s gone.

Charlene

 

 

 

Let Me Help…

There are lots of things I don’t know for sure about life, but today I am going to share some more things that I do know.

As sewing has gone the way of the dinosaur for many humans, things that used to be commonplace for everyone are now not that familiar. One of these things are tailor tacks. When you buy a new dress coat or suit or jacket, you may find large thread Xs in a few places on your new item. These are just for helping your jacket hang nicely and hold together until you purchase it. When you take it out of the store, you are supposed to take out those threads. They are not decorative, they are supposed to be removed. The same goes with labels with the designer’s name on the cuff of your suit. It’s supposed to come off too. Really, trust me on this one. When you buy a new suit, often the pockets are sewn shut as well. If you would like to be able to use the pockets on your jacket,  just open those up! They are sewn shut so that nothing gapes while it is on display. Trust me. I won’t lead you wrong on this one.

How do I know these amazing tidbits of information, you ask? I actually took a school sewing class from Mrs. Maxine Bodgener. She was a stickler for details, as I suppose any good sewing teacher should be. Mrs. Bodgener had her class favourites, and I was not one of them. I was on the edge of being found ‘worthy’ by Mrs. Bodgener. Sometimes she approved of me and my projects, other times my aptitude for talking and socializing made her lose patience for me and I was off her ‘list’ again. She seemed to have a pre-determined idea of who was going to have a clue about sewing and be able to achieve competency, and didn’t like it when her students upset the way she thought it was all going to turn out. In our first project we were assigned to make an apron. She was trying to get us to figure out how to make a pointed end on the apron tails by sewing one seam. I was stumped, and I remember I folded it so that the tail was half the width it was supposed to be. The one that figured it out first was Denise Healy. That surprised Mrs. Bodgener a lot.

Mrs. Bodgener was a talented seamstress, and I just found out something about her that put a smile on my face. I grew up in Fort Macleod, Alberta. Fort Macleod is home to The Fort – Museum of the North West Mounted Police. In 1972, the Fort started doing a mini ‘musical ride’. For this to occur, obviously a lot of work was required. Mrs. Bodgener and Ruth Chalmers made all the replica uniforms that were used in the ride. An 1878 NWMP uniform that was on display at the Fort, was used as the pattern. That is a huge amount of sewing.The riders that completed that first re-enactment were Don Price, Neil Balkham, John Jacobsen, Dexter Knoblick, Larry Lauder, Darryl McKenna, Demehl Olsen and Monty Wesley. It made me smile because I know some of these men. Who were mere lads in 1972.  True story, you can read about it in the Macleod Gazette. Or just google Maxine Bodgener, and the same info will appear. Just like magic. I wonder if the uniforms that are used in the ride today are the same replicas that Mrs. Bodgener made way back in ’72?

So just like an episode of Seinfeld, once again, my post has ended far from where it started. But if you have any wonders about those little thread Xs on your suit, cut them off, trust me, I was trained by a professional. :)

Just for ANOTHER tangent, I was doing a few crossword puzzles today, and some of the clues were terribly out of date, so I better stop referring to Seinfeld all the time. And maybe things that happened in 1972 as well.

Charlene

New Year – New You!!

Welcome to 2014! I have been on ‘holiday’s from blogging. But my adoring public is clamouring for more… :)

New years are typically time for reflection and goal setting. I think that the ‘New Year’ gets an unfair reputation. Kind of like Mondays. Every new goal or diet or exercise routine always starts on a Monday. Why not Tuesday?  What’s wrong with Friday? What difference does it make? But whenever we start something new, we always hang it on a Monday. Poor Monday…

It’s a lot of pressure! On the first day of the week, on the new year. I don’t know how they have managed to survive this long under all the stress and strain. I think it is time for the rest of the year to buck up and shoulder a little responsibility along with the ‘New Year’ and let people know that they are fully invited to make goals that start in February and beyond.

So if you are holding fast to your New Year’s Resolutions, I commend you! If not remember that there are 12 months in a year, and 7 days in a week, all willing to let you start the creation of the ‘new you’ on any one of them.

May your dreams be achieved, your lives be blessed, and always remember and never forget, there is always Tuesday.

Love yer guts.

Charlene

What We Can Do About GMOs

Last night I attended a forum on ‘Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health’, by Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer, and Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada scientist and DVM.

The first topic addressed was, ‘What are GMOs?’ A Genetically Modified Organism is anything that has been changed in a lab to have characteristics that are not physically possible in nature. GMOs are created in two ways. They use bacteria to ‘talk’ to the plant they wish to engineer. The plant and the bacteria talk back and forth, and as the bacteria comes into the plant, it activates a T1 plasmid, this plasmid is replicated again and again into the plant cells and nucleus, inserting the bacterial sequences into the plant cells. Then the plant makes a new bacterial sugar that does not exist in nature. Scientists can take out the plasmid and replace it with the genes they want to use in the plant. Marker genes are placed next to the replacement genes to make a gene construct. So now these are in the plant cells. Antibiotics are used to kill the natural cells so the antibiotic resistant cells are all that is left. The second way is to use a gene gun, an antibiotic resistant gene is physically shot into the nucleus of the plant. The genes will migrate into the cells by this process. So then you just kill the original cells by antibiotic and keep the modified cells. When you forcibly introduce a new gene sequence into a gene construct, there is always collateral damage. The genome is not at all what we thought it would be. 5% have the expected behaviours, and 95% are very sophisticated and unknown. Many new proteins are formed, truncated, mutated, and many are non-functional, but obviously still within the plant cells. The Biotech Industry only report the proteins they are looking for, and ignore unknown and new proteins. Expert toxicolgists predicted that engineered foods would contain rogue proteins that would be toxic, cause allergies, nutritional deficiencies and other diseases. This has all come to pass.

GMOs were thought to be the solution for world hunger, for diet deficiencies in places in the world, and for pesticide and herbicide over use (they really thought that GMOs were going to reduce their use) All these turned out to be false. The main reason that GMO crops are used in the world, is that the control of weeds is easier if you use a crop that is resistant to what it is being sprayed with. This is the description of ‘Roundup Ready’ crops. They resist the chemical, so weeds can be taken care of without worrying about killing the plant you wish to harvest. Research has shown that Roundup Ready crops actually have a 5-10% lower yield when compared to non-modified crops, so they trade the ease of weed control for less yield. The use of Roundup has increased by 600 million pounds since 1996. The problem with this is, that any negative genetic pressure will make things evolve and change, so now we have 40 Roundup resistant weeds in 100 million acres in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. So now they want to use 2-4D. There are already 2-4D resistant corn, soy and cotton. So much for reducing chemical use.

There are issues with GMO crops also that are extremely difficult to deal with as we live in a world where the wind blows, people move around, things are shipped and transported. Consider gene flow, GMO pollen flies around and contaminates your crop. If you save your seed, Monsanto will sue you because part of your crop is now genetically modified. The parts of the world that have banned GMOs will now refuse to buy your crop. There have been markets lost to North American producers because of GMO crops.

The world is a small place when we think of the effects this technology is having. Antibiotic resistant genes were found in every river in Szechwan province in China. We don’t test for those things in North America because we don’t want to know.

Substantial equivalence was also talked about. That is where you go to the patent office with your new corn variety, and you demonstrate that it is new and unique. Then when you are awarded your patent, you go to the regulatory agency and say that it is just corn, just ordinary corn, and you are allowed to sell it without any testing.

Hopefully people are starting to understand what we are in for. Dr. Chopra referred to what is happening as the gene devolution. He says we arer going backwards, not forwards. He explained that it was the destruction of nature and the destruction of everything. When bacteria gene transfer occurs, it whittles the species. These things don’t occur in nature, regardless of what companies are trying to tell you. They will say that these things have been going on for centuries, but we are being lied to. If you want to know more of his story and what happened to him personally because of this, you can read his book, ‘Corrupt to the Core’.

I could go on and on about this, but really, we just need to ‘vote’ with our grocery money, and keep away from processed foods and eat real, whole food that has not been engineered in any way.

I hope this has helped some of you. There are tons of resources available online, one you will find helpful is earthopensource.org

Charlene

Passion

Now, lest my family get all queasy and uncomfortable about the topic of today’s post, I will assure them that this is a family blog, and they can keep reading!

Passion is an interesting thing. When you are passionate about something, you can focus on it and the time just flies. You are nourished instead of drained when you are doing that which you are passionate about. It’s like when they tell you to ‘do something you love for a job and you’ll never have to work another day in your life’. It feeds you.

I like associating with people who are passionate. They tend to talk about ideas and things that are possible. They are excited to be alive, and look forward to being part of many good things before they leave this world. I think they have the intention of making the world a better place, and that makes me happy.

I have a friend that I think exemplifies passion. She is a great Mom and a conscientious human being. She is teaching her little family to be loving and accepting and giving. She is careful about the things she feeds them, the way she disciplines them, and the way they shop. She oozes love and service. I have never had anyone who knows her ever say an unkind word about her. She is interested in how people got to where they are in life. She has traveled enough to help her realize that Canada is an amazing place to raise a family. She has a good sense about her and is a ton of fun. This year for Christmas, she and her family are working on raising money for a cause she really believes in, and I want to share her info with you so you can decide if you would like to contribute.

This is from her Facebook post:

Hello friends!
Every year, except for last year, we’ve raised money to help make life a little easier in Africa. 3 communities who had to walk more then 30 mins to find water now have access to a community well. This offers clean water, something all of us have in our homes. This makes my heart smile! Last year, we donated privately because I felt I was “bothering” everybody and some replies were really offending. I didn’t want to put myself out there again. However, through a friend, I’ve learned that many parents in these poor countries have had to relinquish their children to orphanages because they truly have nothing left. In most cases, some children have already died of starvation or malaria because they have no shelter, no food and no clean water. The parents are also dying for the same reasons, so they bring their remaining children to an orphanage that realistically doesn’t have much more to offer. This is so tragic!!! AND PREVENTABLE, so the least I can do is put myself out there! My goal is to raise $4000 to support families, to keep them together, to educate them and to protect them. Check out the link for more info and please share, the money will be directed to Kouloun, Mali as it is donated so time is not wasted and you will receive a tax receipt. SOS Children’s Villages has created a direct link, it couldn’t be easier. :-) I hope this finds you well. Mike, Kya, Kenzie, Gemma and I wish you a very happy holiday surrounded with love and laughter! XOX

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As a man thinketh…

These are the “I AM” statements that I used with my class of young women (12-18) at Church. I promise if you say these every day, with feeling and emotion and conviction, that you will be better. I promise.

 

I am smart           I am generous        I am kind

 

I am brave          I am sincere               I am reverent

 

I am amazing         I am funny                 I am wealthy

 

I am wise               I am creative           I am sensitive

 

I am beautiful       I am athletic               I am enough

 

I am graceful           I am interesting

 

I am honest        I am fun                   I am virtuous

 

I am clean     I am diligent          I am reliable

 

I am lovely        I am good                       I am true

 

I am considerate    I am agile          I am dependable

 

I am musical     I am supportive            I am busy

 

I am curious                 I am artistic           I am awesome

 

I am confident        I am prayerful       I am obedient

 

I am righteous             I am earnest   I am strong

 

I am healthy       I am literate            I am hopeful

 

I am important      I am loving        I am Gentle

 

I am thankful     I am grateful         I am sweet

 

I am tender                    I am constructive                             I am bright

 

I am Powerful                   I AM BOLD

 

I am fortunate       I am punctual     I am positive

 

I am compassionate         I am dedicated              I am quality

 

I am helpful         I am patient        I am eager

 

I am expressive        I am inquisitive                      I am determined

 

I am Active        I am concerned              I am aware