Mother’s Day

May 10, 2017 | 0 Comment

Mother’s Day will be celebrated this weekend in Canada and I am lucky enough that I get to celebrate it as a daughter and a mother.

For all the mothers out there, take time to celebrate yourself. Choose to be a little selfish because heaven knows you usually put yourself at the bottom of your own ‘To Do List’. Spoil yourself a little bit because everybody else always gets spoiled by you. Taking care of yourself allows you to be all that you are to everybody else.

To daughters everywhere, if you are lucky enough to share the day with your mother, make sure she understands how much you love and appreciate her, she will not always be around.

I found this amazing quote that I would like to share with all the mothers out there.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Change is in the Air

April 5, 2017 | 0 Comment

I found this beautiful quote that reminds me that every once in a while we all need to stop and evaluate to see if we are where we want to be in life.  Establishing goals is the key to monitoring your journey, because it is difficult to reach your destination if you don’t know where you are going. This does not mean that our goals are set in stone, sometimes our journey may be full of obstacles but it does not have to stop us from achieving what we want.  Evaluating our progress along the way allows us to ensure that we are still on the right path.  Although the author is unknown, I feel like he/she is speaking to me personally.  I hope that this spring you are able to clean up any clutter in your life and re-discover your goals.

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Be Bold For Change

March 8, 2017 | 0 Comment

I borrowed this month’s title from the theme of International Women’s Day 2017. I love the call to action, the theme is imploring each of us to do something to make the world a better place for girls and women across the world.

Why is this important and why should we care? I recently read an article in which The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap is not likely to close until 2186. That means that gender inequality will continue for the next 170 years unless something drastic changes. These facts stir up many emotions for me such as: surprise, anger, sadness and determination. It is unbelievable that in 2017 we are still at this place, a place where many women before me have tried so hard to correct this, and yet it still seems that we are so far away from achieving this goal. According to a 2016 report from Statistics Canada, on average women earn 73.5 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The number is even lower for Indigenous women and women of color. Some of you may know that I was born in Uganda, East Africa. Having recently visited Uganda this past summer, I was reminded that those most affected by the gender gap are women and girls living in the third world.

I think there are changes that can help this movement along the way. I am determined to do my part even though I may not necessarily know what that looks like yet. Here are a few of the things that have been suggested in working towards equality:

  • Speak out about gender inequality
  • Encourage women to negotiate for better wages if they feel they are not being equally compensated
  • Government should make it mandatory to report pay data
  • Make childcare more accessible or allow parents to work from home
  • Raise the minimum wage

Although these may seem like common sense solutions, it is understandable that they may be difficult to implement. Change is never an easy thing but there are times when it is necessary, I believe this is one of those times.

Lets all Be Bold For Change and do our part in reducing and ultimately eliminating the gender gap.

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INTROSPECTION

February 8, 2017 | 0 Comment

I always find this time of year difficult, it is hard to top the joy of the holiday season.  The cold dark days seem to last forever and winter seems to want to hang on forever.  I find this the perfect time of year to be introspective, to take time to figure whether I am still pursuing the goals I set for myself and what I need to do if I have fallen off course.

This year is a little different though, I find myself thinking about things that are bigger than me.  I usually steer clear of writing about anything political but I have to comment about recent affairs.  After the election results from the south of us, almost every day brings with it something a little more outrageous than the day before.  The recent news of a travel ban is but one example of all the negative and divisive headlines that have become all too common over the past few weeks.  This past weekend I could not escape the news of families that had been re-united but sadly also those that would not be because visas had been revoked.  I started to think about my own journey and how my mother brought four children from Africa seeking a better life.  I find it incredibly sad that the most powerful nation in the world, the one that so many look to for guidance, the land where dreams come true for so many has now become a nightmare for some.  The leader in this country with one stroke of a pen and absolutely no afterthought threw the lives of many into turmoil.  He has shattered the dreams of so many and there is no guarantee that all will be fixed.  I worry about the future and what is to come, how many more executive orders are going to make headlines?  My only hope is that there will be checks and balances that can stop some of the madness.  We have seen displays of this with the brave judges who have halted the travel ban and the Attorney General who lost her job because she would not support the ban.

During this month of love, let us extend it beyond our usual circle.  Let us try to do something nice for someone who is not in our immediate group.  You never know what impact your act of kindness can have on the recipient.  If we fill the world with love there is less space for hate

“Humaniaty is like the fingers on a hand.  Each one is different.  But we are all connected as ONE.“  Author Unknown

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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017 | 0 Comment

I love the following quote by Brad Paisley because it is exactly what the beginning of each New Year signifies to me.  Every New Year is like a blank slate, we are blessed with the opportunity to define what our year is going to look like.  We get to decide what is important and what we want to accomplish in the year.

My hope for you is that you write that book and fill it with all the things that you want.  Let every chapter be filled with your audacious goals; be bold and fearless and don`t let anything stand in your way.  It is only in facing our fears that we can ever fully live up to our potential.

Have fun writing your book.

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