Inspiration & motivation

The Top 33 Ways to Nourish Your Soul

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Between work, family time and household duties, we may feel a pressure to “get it all done.” And in our rush to get it all done, we may forget about one important thing: time for ourselves! Self-care is a lot more that just eating well and exercising, it’s a more holistic approach of nourishing the soul.

You might wonder, okay, but how do I nourish the soul? The first essential ingredient is self-love, and that translates into a slew of things you can do to take care of your body, mind, heart and soul. In an effort to do a better job at nourishing myself, I came up with the top 33 tips, below.

Enjoy!!

 

  1. Practice gratitude (try saying or writing things you’re grateful for each day)
  2. Stop comparing yourself to others
  3. Learn how to forgive (including yourself)
  4. Listen to your intuition, and cultivate your relationship to it
  5. Respect yourself, and demand respect from others
  6. Be open to receiving and giving love every day, in various forms
  7. Eat a balanced diet with whole, fresh foods and drink a lot of water (about 8ounce glasses per day)
  8. Learn how to say NO and still feel like a good person
  9. Don’t dwell on anything, let it all go
  10. Breathe (sounds obvious, but practicing conscious deep breathing makes a difference)
  11. Slow down (and literally smell the roses)
  12. TRUST yourself, and trust life
  13. Meditate (if this sounds impossible, just start with 5 minutes)
  14. Connect with friends and talk it out
  15. Be gentle with yourself (and say adios to that negative voice inside you)
  16. Write! Keep a journal and find ways to express yourself
  17. Read! Get some tea going and snuggle up with some good books
  18. Go for frequent walks in nature
  19. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and feel what you need to feel
  20. Snuggle with or hug someone
  21. Keep moving– take a yoga class, or chi-gong, or dance, aerobics, you get the idea!
  22. Volunteer in a worthwhile organisation
  23. Set clear boundaries with others
  24. Stop apologizing or feeling guilty
  25. Book yourself a massage
  26. Visit a doctor regularly
  27. Put your ego aside and ask for help when you need it
  28. Get enough sleep (everybody’s different, but you should feel well rested)
  29. Share what you have with others
  30. Save up money and buy yourself something you’ve always wanted
  31. Set some time aside for yourself every single day, create your own ritual
  32. Practice moderation, don’t abuse any intoxicants
  33. Find a hobby you feel passionate about

 

 

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What’s on your Bucket List?

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As the saying goes, growth begins at the end of your comfort zone. I love my life, but one ingredient that’s missing lately is adventure. I’ve always been an extrovert and loved having fun, but I’ve never been a daredevil or particularly gutsy.

So I decided that I want to consciously infuse my life with adventure. The question is, where do I find it? Between parenting, household duties and work, I have no idea where to find it!

But then I had an amazing experience this summer that opened my eyes up and reminded me that adventure is everywhere! And bonus: it’s easier to come by than I originally thought. Adventure can pop at any time, in any situation. Plus you don’t need to jump out of a plane or sandboard on a live volcano to be adventurous (good thing!).

This summer, I went to Greece with my daughter Emerald. It was her birthday, and her grand-parents bought her some windsurfing lessons. I initially thought this was an insane idea for a 6 year, but she was eager.

As we made our way to the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and the class began, I was nervous and scared. But my daughter was not. She just calmly listened to the instructor and then fearlessly got up on the board, and sailed away all on her own. Just like that. Read the rest of this entry »

Ring in 2017 with Positive Intentions!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

http-_mashable-com_wp-content_gallery_triumph_fairly-odd-parentsAs we celebrate moving into a new year, we can’t help but feel the tides of change. Some people obsess over making resolutions. Others despise resolutions, feeling they’re useless.

Here’s my view on it:

Don’t set yourself up to fail with a ridiculously long list of unrealistic resolutions!

I myself prefer the word “intention.” I suggest making a small list of intentions you want to set for your life. Energies you want to bring forth. Make them realistic. Make them specific. Instead of saying you want to be happy, say you intend on releasing one of your negative patterns. Instead of saying you want to lose weight, say you intend on eating a healthy diet or work out 3 times a week.

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Skateboards & Hope

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It’s all about the children. Many of us dedicate our careers to educating, entertaining and helping children. There’s nocalpturething more rewarding than that!

Enter the multi-talented Montrealer Betty Esperanza:

She’s the CEO of her own business.

She’s a motivational speaker.

She’s a full-on, creative powerhouse.

And, she found an exciting way to fuse her desire to help children with something modern and cool. In 2009, she founded Skateboards For Hope. It’s an organization that empowers youth living in poverty using SKATEBOARDS as a tool. How cool is that? Betty and her organization have donated over 1000 skateboards to date, to various places such as Cuba, Uganda and Mohawk territories among many others. Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of CHOICE

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We can’t always control what happens to us. But we can control how we choose to deal with it.

The truth is:

We are co-creators of our life.

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What does that mean?

In every moment, we have a choice on how to perceive things.

In every moment, we have a choice on how to act and react.

In every moment, we can choose joy or suffering.

 

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Children Rock!

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I love working with children. I love hearing their wacky ideas and I love peeking inside their incredibly imaginative minds. I love hearing about what they like and what they don’t like, and I especially love discovering what draws them in.

Good thing I’m a children’s writer!

But -writing can be an isolating experience. This is one of the many reasons I enjoy give writing workshops in elementary schools. I get to interact with the students while teaching them about the wonderful craft of writing. I absolutely love it! Read the rest of this entry »

The F word

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No, it’s not what you think!Give-Forgiveness

I’m talking about FORGIVENESS. I read something very powerful years ago and it has remained forever etched in my mind:

When you don’t forgive, you give your power away.

The thing is, forgiveness is about you, not them. If someone has done you wrong (and believe me, it will happen), you have the right to be angry for a period of time. I get it, I’ve been there. But eventually, you have to let it go or it becomes toxic. It’s no longer about what this person did to you in the past. In fact, it has nothing to do with them anymore. Read the rest of this entry »