Monthly Archives: September 2014
When I am asked for book recommendations, I almost always recommend The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It is the story of Dinah, who is the daugther of Jacob in the Book of Genesis. But you do not have to be a religious person to enjoy this book. I recommend it because of the story, the beautiful writing, the tales of motherhood and the sisterhood amongst the female characters in the book. All women should read this book.
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I am going to be trying out a whole bunch of recipes from lots of great sites, but one of my favourites is the Cheeky Chives ladies. Their site is simple and easy to find recipes on. They make food that everyone will like, including picky kids. www.cheekychives.com
I love all the quotes and inspirational videos on social media. And I love how one link can lead to another link until you find that one that really clicks. This TED talk video did that for me and spurred me on to creating 365dayMom. Shawn Achor is a guru on happiness. His talk is funny and makes you think. I have since read lots of articles and books by him. But take the time to enjoy this one for the moment.
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I am amazing at thinking about what fitness routine I’m going to do every day and even more amazing at not getting it done! I am magically going to get toned and fit. It is just going to happen. Not so much! So of my 365DayMom challenges, this one is going to be the toughest. All I want to try to do, and encourage others to do, is to do something to get moving each day. To take a break. To get distracted. To make it part of my daily routine like brushing my teeth. I would never not brush my teeth twice a day! And so it begins!! 15 minute minimum is what I’m planning each day. Me time. You time. On the Move – walk for 15 minutes. Nothing hard about that. It’s just making the time. Heck I could march on the spot while I watch tv but know it would be nicer if I went outside.
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After 16 years of running my own event management company, I found myself feeling uninspired, over-worked, stressed and under-appreciated. Not a good thing when you are trying to run a client-based business. Change was needed. So I started looking for things and then 365dayMom found me.
It started in January when I decided I would start journaling every day. Just a little paragraph on my day…my thoughts, what I did, who I saw. I also decided to write a gratitude statement every day. And to make my journal fun, I promised to take a selfie every day with my yellow lab Tazo. And so it began.
I then took an amazing workshop with Diane Lloyd and Tracey Gibson from Inspired Results (www.inspiredresultsgroup.com) called “Inspired Life Beyond 40”. And inspiring it was. I came away with my key words that inspired me – happy, loved, calm, healthy and inspired.
From there I started reading a lot about being happy. It really struck me as important and what I somehow wanted to bring in to my world on a different level.
I signed on with Diane to be my business coach and she has been so wonderful to work with. Knowing I wanted change sooner than later, she got me on an accelerated path for change. I have had so many a-ha moments working with Diane.
I signed up with Social Sage PR (www.socialsagepr.com) and started learning more about the social media world. So much to learn, so little time!
And I went to see Carmen Spagnola (www.carmenspagnola.com) who did an intuitive reading with me. Mind blowing and the last piece in my puzzle to open me up to change.
So along comes May and I am stuck in traffic. I’m thinking about “what do I want to be when I grow up”. I have successfully written in my journal every day and loving it. I’m thinking about how the one thing I really feel confident about is being a good mom. And how that is such a full time job all by itself. And yet we are all balancing so much more. And boom…literally like a boom… 365dayMom comes to my mind. I write it on a piece of scrap paper in the car (cause you know our older minds, we forget good ideas immediately!). I know this is what I am meant to be doing.
So what is 365dayMom? I want it to be “A landing place for busy moms who want to find balance, humour, inspiration and true happiness. Dance. Love. Sing. Live..” Every day I will post something that hopefully helps you find what you are looking for (okay, a U2 song just broke out!). Join me on this 365 day adventure!Share this post!