Promoting Positive Self-Esteem, Self-Image and a Healthy Lifestyle

For the past few months I’ve been travelling locally to various high schools to present my story to end stigma on mental illness. More and more I’m seeing the profound affect I am having on these students lives. At the end of my presentation, they are silent, speechless and it’s written all over their youthful faces that I’ve given them a dose of reality. The evaluation forms confirm this, because the common feedback is eye opening. When I did my last presentation for the school year, a teacher mentioned that a student talked to her about wanting to apologize for being mean to her friend who is depressed. She specifically told her teacher that after I stood up and recounted my story she didn’t realize that depression is a mental illness. Then two girls...

Don’t Believe Everything You Think!

How many times have we heard that FEARS are False Evidence Appearing Real? For some, fears can be debilitating and though they logically understand, they are unable to get past their fears. I can definitely attest to that! Many times I talked myself out of taking risks because I had already conjured up all of the possibilities that it just was not going to work out. But how did I really know this? I didn’t! Sure my EGO—Edging God Out, thought she was trying to protect me and on some level I was comfortable in my discomfort because it was familiar. “Thoughts have no power over us until we believe them.”~Byron Katie When you’re about to move forward in your life, it’s guaranteed that your EGO is going to stand in your way and fill your mind with...

Celebrating International Women’s Day in Style

Early Saturday morning I hopped on the Greyhound bus for a 5-hour journey to Toronto, Ontario. Filled with excitement and anticipation for The Enchanted Evening—an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. When I learned of this event months ago I knew that I wanted to be part of this celebration. So I marked it in my calendar, wrote it down on a piece of paper and forgot all about it. Until weeks ago, when I received the details, I wondered exactly how I was going to attend. Admittedly I got caught up in the how because I didn’t plan these expenses. But when I let go and reaffirmed my belief that I was to attend this event, the Universe conspired to make it happen! As the event approached, I got more hours at work then I received the gift of a ticket...

Daydream Your Way To A Better Life

Another year is upon us—filled with endless possibilities. I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited about 2014. Personally I do not make resolutions and instead I set intentions as well as have one word guide me. Last year my intention was to be more loving and kind and my one word was LOVE. As always the Universe complied and gave me exactly what I asked for via relationships, random encounters with strangers and my empowerment training. Admittedly, this was not easy and at times challenging. But by New Years Eve when I did my year in review, I was extremely grateful for the experiences that taught me love and compassion for others and myself. I also gained wisdom from the various experiences—if I wanted to be more loving and kind, I had to accept...

Talk About Mental Illness

Venturing out in the darkness of the early morning through ice covered roads and blowing snow, I walk quickly to the bus stop. Welcome to Monday morning I think and after an hour journey, I disembark the bus and trek through the snow towards the high school I am going to present my story to. Strangely I feel calm. This is my first presentation and it’s also my first public speaking engagement since high school and I’m definitely way out of my comfort zone. But the quietness of the neighborhood lined with trees and mansion-like homes might have something to do with this calmness and within 5 minutes, my gloved hand opens the brass-handled door of the Old English style building. I’m so early that the Reception area is closed so I unzip my coat, unwrap my scarf...

Create the Reality That You Desire

I’ve been neglectful of my blog for months and it’s not because I do not have anything to write about, I do! However, I’ve placed my energies and focus elsewhere. As I mentioned in my post on walking the path less traveled, my life has become a daring adventure. But this is not to imply that it’s been all fun and games—fear and self-doubt have accompanied me along this newfound journey, instead of the faith I “claimed” to have. Then one day my body shut down, I caught the flu and admittedly my immediate reaction was to get better ASAP! However, when I settled down and looked inward, I realized that it was time for me to get crystal clear on the next chapter of my life. Though the original dream I had was to relocate to Tuscany, Italy and become a...

Are You Using Your Superhero Powers to Spread Love or Fear?

The words we speak and even write are just as powerful as our thoughts. One of Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements is: Be Impeccable with your Word Though this my sound like a very simple agreement, it is not easy to implement. Many of us, including me, tend to focus on what’s “wrong” in our lives. This only keeps us in a victim mentality in which our thoughts and our spoken or written words are often filled with negative connotations. In recent years I became aware that the more I complained internally and externally plus gossiped about every single thing that was not the way I wanted. Not only did I attract more reasons to find fault with others and/or circumstances. I was unable to move forward effortlessly in my life and instead I remained stuck in a...