In Memory

November 11, 2017 | 0 Comment

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October 2017

October 4, 2017 | 0 Comment

 

 

Finding Joy and Gratitude in our Crazy World

I try hard not to watch the news as there never seems to be anything positive that comes out of it.  Today, I woke up to the incredibly devastating news that came out of Las Vegas.  This on the tail of the hurricanes that have ravaged the east coast of the United States and the Caribbean Islands added one more negative thing to the news cycle.  The reality is that it we cannot avoid the news entirely, we eventually hear about the things that happen around us.  Sometimes it can appear that the world is a dark place.  We have to fight this all too common way of thinking and find a way to combat the negativity, we should try to find the positives that are present every day.

How do we do find the good in the world?  Here are a few ways:

  1. Look for the good in your life – there is always something positive that we can find in our life. We often take things for granted and forget to be thankful for the simple things that we never have to ask for such as running water, electricity, a bed to sleep on and so many other things.  Understanding that there are so many in the world that do not have the bare essentials should be a reminder to us that we are blessed beyond measure.
  1. Put things in perspective – even when things seem really dire, they may not be as bad as we think they are.  So often we think that we are facing the worst obstacles in the world until we hear about someone else’s suffering.  We are absolutely allowed some time to be upset about the circumstances but then we need to determine how to tackle the problem rather than dwell on it.
  1. Focus on what is within your control – lamenting about things we cannot control is an exercise in futility and can lead us to feel helpless. We all have a sphere of influence and it is in that sphere that we can make a difference.
  1. Keep Positive Company – we all have a that one friend who always seems to see the worst in any situation. Alternatively, there are other people in our life who can always see the light in the worst situations.  We should always look to spend more time with our positive friends especially during difficult times.  There is nothing more refreshing than someone pointing you to the light when all else is dark around you.

During this month of Thanksgiving, let us all try to focus on what is right in our lives, vow to have the proper perspective, control what we can and surround ourselves with the friends that keep it positive.  Even when everything seems desperate there is usually a different and more positive perspective.

Happy Thanksgiving

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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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