10 inspirational quotes

Quotes to Inspire Her

This is your year, the year when fear and doubt no longer stop you from living life to the fullest.  You are going to step out of your comfort zone and take a chance on yourself.  You know this is a  risk worth taking and you aren’t going to look back.  Absolutely anything is possible, and its time to make those hopes and dreams come true.

I hope these quotes inspire you to reach for your dreams and goals and help you along your journey to success.

 

I hope you enjoyed these quotes and they lift you up and encourage you!  Perhaps the tears that fell the other day were a way of letting it all go, a way of releasing what kept you from flying high above the things that held you back!

 

 

 

 

12 Blog Post Ideas For August

Do you sometimes wonder what to write about on your blog.  It can make it easier if you divide it up into months, and see what people are going to be searching for, and what is relevant in that upcoming month.  An example is people start searching for Christmas and Holiday ideas, in as early as October! Do a search on google or Pinterest to see what topics people are looking for.

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Here is my list of blog post ideas for August that you can use to help you jump start your next blog post!

    1. Do a back to school checklist or roundup
    2. Share a recent DIY project or craft
    3. Share your recent shopping hauls, even if its what you bought at Walmart!
    4. Host a giveaway.  It can be for your product or free printables.
    5. Share the 5 things in your life that you prefer not to go without.  This could be wine, coffee, books, chocolate….you get the idea.
    6. Go to your local farmers market and document your day
    7. What have you been watching on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney this summer?  Do you have a top 10 list you want to share.
    8. Share your summer skin care routine
    9. What are the best end of summer sales.  Think of back to school clothes, backpacks etc
    10. Bullet journal ideas.
    11. Best desserts for hot summer days
    12. Fun outdoor activities for the family

 

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Back To School Checklist/ How To Prepare For School 2021

The kids will be going back to school soon and summer will be coming to an end. You either feel happy to have time to yourself again, or sad that the little munchkins are going to school for the day! Ether way, here are some helpful tips to help you get organized and the kids ready for the first day of school.

Get back-to-school supplies: pens, pencils, paper, folders for new assignments and homework. Be sure to get a comfortable backpack that’s not too heavy or bulky so they have room for school supplies and snacks.

Look into your child’s schedule of classes (either through the school or online) to find out when their classes start and end for the day and who their new teachers might be. Also a map of the school can come in handy so they know where to find their new classes.

What kind of clothes are they allowed to wear? Do you need to start looking into purchasing school uniforms and/or back-to-school clothes? Having the clothing laid out and planned the night before can make for a much smoother morning!

Plan the snacks and lunches for back to school. Get the kids involved in picking their favourite foods, it not only gives them the proper nutrition, but makes them feel happier eating food they know and already love. Also picking out cool and fun lunch boxes can make the transition easier. Remember also to try and get them to eat breakfast before school, it helps them learn better!

What are the vaccination requirements, and back to school health and safety. There may be new requirements for your child to attend school in person. Make sure you are up to date on vaccination and mask requirements.

-You may also want to start looking into what kind of after-school activities your child will be interested in. Activities start early in the year and its nice to have an idea of what your child’s interests are.

I hope these tips help you and your kids have a smooth transition back to school! For many its the first in months after being homeschooled. This is an exciting time and enjoy it!

Take a Break and Embrace Life Again

Sometimes life gets us down. Things happen that just affect us in ways that we feel we can’t overcome. The waves feel like they continually wash over and over us, until we can’t breathe or see the sky above. Whether it’s a loss of a person or just a part of yourself, it can bring tremendous grief and sadness! It can grip us so hard and shake us to the core or our entire being. I have been there, we have all been there. Its what we choose to do next that makes the difference in the direction our lives will go.

The first piece of advice I can give you is to allow yourself to feel your pain. Let it be there acknowledge it, even name it and this will allow you to let it go. Then you need to visualize a box on a shelf in a closet way up high. Take the box down, open it, put your sadness or grief into it and close it, returning it to the shelf up high. It is not forgotten, but is only to be opened again if you decide to. This really helped me to overcome the grief I felt from the passing of my mum.

The second piece of advice is to not hold onto guilt. This is a common one for me as I have the tendency to beat myself up over my mistakes and allow those thoughts to take root in my life. It does not serve any purpose other than making you feel bad about yourself. Instead, choose forgiveness for not only other, but also for yourself and let it go.

The third piece of life advice is to let go of the drama and enjoy life. It can be so easy to get bogged down in what is going on around you that it becomes difficult to just live your own life. This one should not take a whole lot of explanation as we all know how draining chasing after gossip and arguments with people can be.

The fourth piece of advice for a better life is to create boundaries. We often feel like we need to be available for everyone at all times, but that does not serve anyone in the long run. ​ I really have to work on this. I for most of my life have been what is called a “people pleaser”, always wanting others to like me instead of standing on my own beliefs.

The fifth piece of advice for a better life is to take care of your mental, spiritual and physical health. You need to fill your own cup before you can reach out to others. Take time out to do the things that bring you joy. Maybe its reading a book, sitting in a park, going for a walk. Whatever that thing is you need to start giving it to yourself on a more regular basis.

 

I have learned that no matter how dark the sky is, we can still enjoy glimpsing at least a crack of light. We just need to keep looking for it and believe in ourselves enough so that when it comes again our hands are ready to grasp onto something with hope.

The only way to keep going is by finding the light in you and others. There are so many people who care about you when they don’t even know your name yet or what it’s like for them to be inside of your shoes. You need to love yourself first before anyone else can truly show their appreciation.

 

Really Now My Joints Hurt? I Am Not That Old!

I was going along in life pretty healthy for the most part. I went to the gym a couple of times a week, tried to eat some salads and drink water each day. I really haven’t had many health issues my whole life. But then recently I started to have some joint pain, I was so suprised. I have always been a walker, since I was a child and walking the hills in the British Columbia with my dad. I felt like my body had betrayed me, I wasn’t hard on it, it wasn’t like I was a professioinal athelete.  Really how hard could walking be on my body? But what I didn’t realize was the consistent motion every day was taking its tole on my hip. Then one day I was out walking my dogs and I was standing looking the other way, when my 40 pound Wheaten decided to run full force after a deer. I don’t really understand the mechanics of what happened, but I have been dealing with pain in my should that took months of physiotherapy and now I am left with a frozen shoulder and can’t life my arm above my head. I am not happy being this way, and want to find someway to help my body get healthier again. I want to share with you the steps that I have decided to take and invite you to come along the journey with me if you are also looking for change in your own health.

What Can You Do To Feel Healthier?

  1. I am taking the right multivitamins to bring health and nutrition back to my body!
  2. I have started a joint and pain relief system that will  help protect, rejuvenate and soothe my joints
  3. I have become active in Yoga, biking, and Tai Chi to give my body others ways to exercise without the constant and repetitive motion of walking
  4. I am committing to lose a few pounds by eating better and watching what I put in my body.  I can sometimes be a mindless eater especially watching tv!
  5. Spending time each day in meditation or sprititual awareness, so that I can grow my spritual and faith life.

As we get older our bodies need more nutrition and exercise to help us find the best health foods to maintain strength, stamina and weight. I am trying many new recipes that are delicious but also nutritious!  I will begin sharing more of them here in the future so you can try them too!

Having a healthy mind and spirit is just as important as having a healthy body.  Fall in love with taking care of yourself.

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5 Secrets to Be the Best Version of Yourself

It’s been a tough few months, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a success. Inspiration is always around the corner, and it’s time to take charge of your life again. Remember, there are no limitations to what you can do or who you can be! Let’s get started with these 5 secrets for being the best version of yourself.

Secret #5: Be honest with yourself. Nothing can be created without first being felt or experienced. If you have been feeling the need to make a change, it is important that you start there and then take steps towards positive action in order to create something new for yourself. Ask yourself why you are looking for change. Has something been holding you back? Have you been afraid to take that first step forward. Once you become honest with your feelings you can have the courage to leave the shore.

Secret #4 One thing that always stops people from taking action is the fear of what might happen if they do. The truth is, you will never know how things would have gone if you don’t try them out for yourself. So take your first step towards a more positive life today

Secret #3: Live in gratitude and joy everyday. Being grateful changes how you see the world. Instead of staying in a place of sorrow an and fear, gratitude will help you shift your mindset to a more positive place.

 

Secret #2: Create an Inspiration Board Rather than focusing on what is going wrong in life and creating negative thoughts for yourself, create an Inspiration board where you can put down all of the things that have brought joy into your life. You can paste photos to a physical board or create a vision board on your phone or computer.

Secret #1 Find your inspiration outdoors. Go for a walk in nature and breathe in the fresh air. Being outdoors will help you to reconnect with yourself as well as find your inspiration again.

Inspiration is all around us, we just have to acknowledge it and see it if we want to be successful on our journey of finding ourselves.”

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All of this has led me to the conclusion that there are 5 secrets to be your best self. These secrets apply for every aspect of life, and it is up to you whether or not you choose to implement them.

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How To Cover Your Hair Regrowth At Home

The salons are closed and you have regrowth in your hair, what to do?  If you don’t really want to dye your hair right now, because you  hoping that the salon will open their doors again soon, you can try some of these I have listed below.  I have tried all  the products listed and regularly use them.

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  1. L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up- This one is usually found in the drug store, and is a lower price point.Its a temporary grey concealer spray.  Its quick and easy, lightweight and dries in a flash.  There is no smudging or sticky residue when dry.-Its lasts until the next shampoo.  Ammonia free, peroxide free and no synthetic dyes.

  1. Kevin Murphy Retouch.Me-This brand is usually found at your professional hair salon and is slightly more expensive.  Its also a root touch-up spray and it tends to also be lightweight and non sticky.   I find this brand to be a little deeper in color and you need less of it.

  1. SureThik Hair Thickening Fibers-This product gives you thicker hair in 10 seconds. It tends to “fill in” your part line as the hair grows and you have regrowth that needs covering.  These are fibres that shake onto the hair line and you follow up with a light hairspray to keep in place.  They work well when you have a little hair regrowth.

  1. Batiste Instant Hair Refresh-When you go a few days between shampoos, you can use this brown coloured dry shampoo under the hair and also on the hair line.  I use this on day 3 or 4 between washes.  It works quite well and adds some color and dimention to my hair between salon visits.

Green Weight Loss Smoothie!

Are working from home now, the gym is closed, and need some weight loss motivation?  A good way to keep the weight off is eating healthy and making good choices in your own kitchen.  We created this green smoothie that you can  make every morning to help lose weight.   It’s full of vitamins, fruit and vegetables.  It will help you attain quicker weight loss , and give you a great start to your day.

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Below are the ingredients and  you can simply add them together and blend.  Get yourself a good blender, so you can use it every morning!

This green smoothie is only 2 points in Weight Watchers.

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1 banana

1/4 cup of 0% greek yogurt

handful of frozen kale according to taste)

4 cubes of frozen spinach

3/4 cup of frozen fruit

1 thumb of ginger

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup crushed ice

1 blender

1 set of measuring cups

Small bowls to hold fruit

Glass smoothie cup

optional*  collagen peptides 1 scoop. also add honey if you like it sweeter

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I Was Your Sunshine Dad, Do You Remember. Living With Alzheimer’s.

I was always daddy’s girl.  To this day I still can’t cook very well, because instead of helping my mum in the kitchen like other girls did, I would follow my dad around.  I would go into his workshop and ask what all the tools were for and the use of each one.  When he had to make a trip to cut wood, or haul things to the garbage dump. I always went.  To me these were grand adventures and I loved to see new things and explore.  Even if the locations weren’t the most picturesque.

My dad was my friend, he was always the calm one.  When I would fight with mum, which became more and more in my teenage years, I could go for a walk with dad and he would give me peace, with a calmer viewpoint on things.  My dad and I walked many miles growing up. Dad was also a singer. No one really knew this outside of our home, but he was always singing, whistling or humming a tune.  He loved country music and knew words to many songs.  I didn’t realize how happy that made me feel until I went back through my memories and the house was almost lit up with his singing.  It was a happy time, we had a normal happy home growing up.  Middle class Canadian.

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The years went past, and I grew up got married and moved away.  I didn’t see dad as much anymore because we lived several provinces away. However, when we came to visit I always joined him in his walks.

It was when he was in his late 60’s that I noticed slight changes.  His memory wasn’t as good, and he would repeat things he had said.  My mum reported him doing odd things, like making cereal with water instead of milk like he had done all his life.  Tiny little flickers of change had begun.    When my husband Andrew and I went to visit them with our children the patience that was there when they were young seemed to be ebbing away, and his temper becoming shorter.

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My mum began to cover up for my dad.  She was, I believe, embarrassed and scared.  When we would direct questions at my dad, and my mum would answer for him.  He began to follow her around like a lost puppy, unsure of himself and losing all his confidence.

As things progressed he started to treat me like a neighbour, or a care worker.  I realized after it was because he was already beginning to forget who I was in his life.  I once told him I was his daughter and he said no his daughter was much younger than I was, he was going back in time. I adjusted to this fact slowly and painfully.  I had tears along the way, but no regrets, as dad and I had always shared a bond and I knew he truly loved me.  Now I had to take care of him as best as I could. I would read books and research as much as I could, hoping I could find a way to slow it down.

At this point mum and dad were living in assisted living.  Here that means it’s an apartment style home, with your meals made for you in a general eating area.  It’s a good idea if there are any health issues, as others are around to keep an eye out, also its good company for them to meet with other seniors. Within the year, dads Alzheimer’sgrew rapidly worse.   I remember getting a call from my mum that dad had been at the front desk of the building asking when the boat was coming to take him to his family.  It now appeared in his mind he was living at the 20-year-old stage.

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Around this time, my mum was hospitalized for dehydration.  What I haven’t told you yet is she was battling ovarian cancer.  She was the kind of person who didn’t let others know her feelings, and her fears.  My mum was stoic and strong until the end.  When she was in the hospital I said I would take my dad home.  Well, he came in the door, and within minutes started asking me where mum was, I told him and he got very angry at me.  He thought I was lying and I was for the first time scared of my dad.  This gentle person who never hit me my whole life, looked like he was going to hurt me.  I kept the kitchen island between us, until he calmed down, and I took him straight back to the hospital.  He did not take comfort in the love of his daughter, he didn’t recognize me.

Then one evening, my mum asked my dad to drive to the corner to get a newspaper….my dad did not return.  It was an evening in the middle of March in Manitoba.  There is still snow on the ground and the temperatures can vary from quite cold to just plain cold.  We drove around looking for my dad and calling him.  I remember my brother and I driving country roads in the dark yelling his name out of the car window.  My husband was also driving looking for him in the opposite direction.  I don’t know what my mum was thinking at this time.  I think she was so tired and overwhelmed.  She never told me if she broke down and cried, but I imagine the truth was beginning to set in with her.   We contacted the police, and then at 1 am we had no choice but to return home and wait for news.   At 7 am it came!   Dad had been found in a farmer’s field about 40 minutes away.  The farmer had been quite nervous about him, as my dad was found walking around saying he had to get home for dinner with the family.   The farmer had armed himself with an axe, because my dad was displaying odd behaviour.   Dad somehow drove 25 km in the wrong direction onto a dirt road and eventually ending up in a farmer’s field in the grass.  He had no coat just the shirt he had on. He was so lucky to be found alive, and that he didn’t hit anyone with his car.  It was clear to me at this point that I had to take over the decision making for dad, as mum could not do it.  I handed the RCMP his keys and called the emergency social worker.

Dad was placed into temporary housing within the week. This was so hard, but you know what the funny thing was, he didn’t seem to even understand.  He adjusted very quickly and started helping to push the other patients around in their wheelchairs.  We would go and visit him, and he seemed to enjoy the visits, but I don’t think he really knew it was me.  He began to whistle again, so I knew he was somewhat happy inside.   I did feel guilty, but his safety and the safety of others became paramount.   Dad lived the last year of his life in a nice small nursing home, that was near my house so that I could visit him often.  These visits weren’t for my dad anymore, as he did not recognize me at all.  They were for me, to love him and spend time with him, as I knew he had for me all those years when I was young.

Dad eventually passed away later that year from the natural progression of Alzheimer’s.  The battle was over, and it was time to let him go.  I prefer to remember my dad as the vibrant, creative, happy, loving person he was before the Alzheimer’saffected his brain and personality.

He was my dad, and I was his sunshine.

Finding Peace In A Time Of Turmoil.

Make A Choice To Turn Off The Panic

I felt like my peace was being taken from me, that each day I felt more anxious and worried about my family and myself. I would look outside and wonder if it was the beginning of the end. I realized that fear not faith was entering my life.
I found myself falling back into old habits that gave me false comfort. I had worked hard to get past these and improve my health and wellness for a while, so it made me sad to see myself using them as a crutch again. (Nothing more sinister than too much chocolate and chips) But I knew it was for the wrong reasons.

I woke up this morning and the sun is still in the sky, the birds are chirping and its a new day. Just because we are staying home more doesn’t mean we can’t find the good in each day. What will bring you more joy and happiness in your day? Creativity!

Find Your Creative Inner Child

Remember when you were little and you sat in the grass making a daisy chain, creativity in your life brings joy and hope. Creativity can come in many forms. It can be listening to music that you like, going for a walk and really noticing nature around you. It might mean cleaning out those closets that you have been meaning to for so long and getting rid of old clothes, making room for the fresh and new. For a long time I thought I wasn’t creative, because I came from a family that has artistic ability, such as drawing and painting. I can’t do either very well, but I am a part of creation, therefore I am creative. So now I am walking each day listening to podcasts or youtube videos that inspire me. I have jumped on the old treadmill in the basement that used to be a clothes hanger, and listen to my favourite music. I may even try some yoga at home later today. There are a lot of videos online that you can use! What about that hobby that you keep looking at in the basement but don’t do anything about? I have a sewing machine and fabric downstairs that has been there for 10 years. Maybe since I have the time, I should actually try and sew something. I also like to create inspirational posts for my pinterest board. These things lift me out of any kind of low mood, and make me think upward. This is not a time for panic, but to have faith in something bigger than yourself.

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Stay Connected With Others

The 2 meter rule feels so odd at times. People you would normally walk up to and have a conversation with, you are simply waving from a distance and walking the other way. It can feel very lonely. Make sure you call your friends, facetime, talk to your neighbour even if its over the fence. In times like these human caring and friendship is needed the most. There is always man’s best friend!  Thankfully dogs can’t get sick with this, so feel free to hug them many times a day!

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Choosing Faith over Fear

I feel like I have flowed in and out of faith my whole life.  Sometimes going to church, sometimes feeling like I have fallen away.  Ultimately there is a river that flows deep within me that is the truth of what I believe.  I need faith and God in my life to bring peace and especially in times of fear and panic.  I haven’t gone to a church building in quite a long time, so watching videos of services or listening to podcasts is not new to me.   I really enjoy listening to

The Journeywomen podcast 

Leon Fontaine Podcast and youtube.

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