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It’s 2015 so Ditch the Old…Responsibly!

With the New Year upon us so are thoughts of starting fresh. Starting over. Not making the same mistakes. medium_395505861

Organizing supplies go on sale so we can reorganize cluttered spaces with the intention of getting our lives in order.

We’ve likely received holiday gifts that need to find homes amongst the other stuff in our overstuffed homes.

So just like the old year, it’s out with old and in with the new to make room for the possibilitiesthose wonderous, marvelous possibilities! 

To do so responsibly, I share a link to one of my favourite organizations, The David Suzuki Foundation. Here they share where to recycle or repurpose your discarded items to lighten your load in your home and your load on our planet.

My sincerest wishes to each of you that this New Year will bring you all you’ve imagined and envisioned and that you have the courage to make it happen.

Share below your favourite places to donate or recycle your well-loved items or
Share one of the possibilities you’re intending to bring to fruition in 2015. 

Love and Hugs.

photo credit: Claire
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Quotes That Make You Go Hmmm…

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life,
it’s what you whisper to yourself
that has the most power!

― Robert T. Kiyosaki

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Hi Friends,
I wanted to be sure you all heard the news. Carol Tice is opening up the Freelance Writer’s Den TOMORROW, Thursday December 18th, to people on her wait-list ONLY! The Den will be open for a short time then will lock again until March 2015. If you’ve been whispering to yourself about becoming a freelance writer, then you owe it to yourself to hop on over there and check it out. I have a link on the right and have more info on my Sharing The Love page but bottom-line, you have to be on the waiting list to get the invitation to join.
Thought you may want to know asap.
Love and hugs. ♥

2 Quick Ways to Help Pave the Path from Poverty

For the last ten years or so, my extended family gathers for Christmas dinner but medium_12684133474instead of giving each other gifts, – we really don’t need anything – we all put whatever amount of money we feel we can afford to donate into a hat – money that would have gone toward store-bought gifts. Then each person puts in one suggestion of a charity that they would like to support. One suggestion gets drawn and the pot of money gets allocated to that charity with the suggester receiving the tax receipt.

My kids, age 6 & 9 when we began, even did extra chores throughout December so they could have money to contribute too. They were happy to pass up gifts from aunts, uncles and grandparents in order to give to a worthy cause (after all, they still got gifts from Santa).

The tradition of giving is not new at this time of year. Whether you think of giving as  a feel-good practice, a feeling of obligation, or maybe simply as a tax break before the year-end, the choices of places to donate are endless and varied.

That, my friends, is why I am so excited to share these two companies I’ve come across that I feel break the mould of traditional donation locations. (I get absolutely zero kick-back, I pinky swear!)

If you’re an entrepreneur, or know one, you know how hard it is to get a business off the ground.

Now add to that third-world conditions, very little money or food, and just struggling to survive from day-to-day.

What if there was a way that these people could help themselves get out of that situation using the skills they have and the knowledge of what they need based on their daily lives and traditions.

Well, the companies I’m about to reveal assist in entrepreneurial endeavours in medium_10833890384third-world countries, empowering citizens to create businesses that change the lives of thousands of their fellow countrymen and women.

Given a leg-up, these people are able to stand on their own and grow profitable businesses.  Money invested, once re-paid – and it is repaid – gets reinvested toward other entrepreneurs. A real pay-it-forward practice.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the websites for yourself and read about the hundreds of people, families and communities that are being helped to help themselves.

Being an entrepreneur myself, I know how much time and effort it takes to get a business off the ground and keep it rolling. I can’t imagine even attempting it, let alone thinking about it if faced with the challenges of poverty.

Wouldn’t a donation in the name of an entrepreneur you know – who really doesn’t need another reindeer sweater – make an excellent holiday gift(I can hear them thanking me now!)  You’d be saying, “Your entrepreneurial spirit has inspired me to give someone less fortunate the chance to succeed, just as you have.”

I can tell you from first-hand experience that it feels great to know my money is helping kick-start a chain reaction of good.

Please take a look and decide for yourself. 

Kiva
http://www.kiva.org/

The Acumen Fund
http://acumen.org/

Let’s start a chain of sharing. What’s your favourite place to donate to? Please share below. 

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Positive Ponderings: Words That Serve


What three words would you use
to describe yourself?

Now ask three people what three words 
they would use to describe you.

*  *  *

Then think about:

How many of those twelve words are similar?

Do you agree with all the words?

Are you surprised by any?

Do these words change
your perception of yourself?

Seriously.  Try this!

Share your words and your discoveries below. 

Why Is The Sky Blue?

medium_483158331 The age-old question which scholars and school children have answered with equal thought and insight is one in which I have my own theory – simple yet obvious – and one in which I am sure to be nominated and ultimately win some worldly award for Questions Yet To Be Answered To The Satisfaction Of All Mankind.

So, why is the sky blue?

Simple. So we can see rainbows.

Brilliant, right? Think about it.

If the sky were red, the rainbow would be missing a stripe.

Same goes for yellow, pink and orange.

Also, had the sky been white, how would we know if it were cloudy?

Brown or Green? Mountains and trees would vanish, camouflaged.  Millions of people would be walking around smacking into things.

So why does blue seem the perfect choice?

Blue sets off all the other colours so that we can see and appreciate their beauty.

Now stay with me. I have saved the best for last; the indisputable, award-clinching part.

If, as I say, the sky is blue so that we can see rainbows, why does that matter?

What good are rainbows?

Rainbows symbolize hope.

An end to the storm.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

That tomorrow is a new day.

And as long as we all have hope, we’ll keep our chins up, our eyes on the horizon and keep searching for that elusive pot of gold.

And what better reason is there than that?

Would you agree? Comment or nominate me for the world award below.

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Is A Chance Meeting Really Just Chance?

Years ago, a chance meeting left me yearning for more.medium_7864852790

The first encounter was brief but I have never forgotten it.

Something left an impression on me.  What was it?

The voice on the phone perhaps?

The feeling that I had found that perfect match?
You know…when your values are validated.

When someone else thinks the same as you.

And I don’t just mean you both like vanilla ice cream with butterscotch sauce.

I mean your core values;
the ones that when challenged make you angry,
unable to believe that someone would have a differing opinion.

I had such an encounter — 5 years ago
and have longed ever since to see if my intuition was correct.

Lately my intuition has been strong.  In fact, I have been surprised how it is serving me.  So you can imagine both my excitement and trepidation when I decided that today I would have my answer.

I’ve imagined it all – the smells, the lighting, the views, the location, the sounds, the ambience, the people milling about.

Could I be expecting too much?

Thankfully, my intuition served me again.  In fact, it offered me a full course of overflowing ‘You Were Right!‘  Love when that happens!

Five years ago, I was working on a project to bring bird nesting boxes to schools across the country, working in conjunction with Bird Studies Canada and I wanted to send appropriate gifts to businesses who were donating their services to aid in the project.

Surfing the net, I stumbled upon a place in Toronto that sold ‘certified bird friendly’ coffee.

One call to the owner and I knew I’d found my match.

He owned a coffee shop by the lake that not only sold organic sustainably farmed bird friendly coffee, but all their snack and meal offerings were organic too.

Touted as a neighbourhood hang-out, on the shores of the lake, playground near by, jazz on the weekends – I was hooked.

Buy gifts of coffee for the donors? No-brainer.  Done.  Check.

…but there had to be more.  This could not be a one time encounter. 

I had to see this place in person.

Since I don’t live in the neighbourhood, I once sought it out when I thought I was nearby, but to no avail.

Today however, I would be nearby – very nearby – so I plotted and planned to go.

The small building, one side completely covered with a mural of an underwater scene with the undercarriage and feet of a duck gracing the surface, the facade painted cream with garishly red-trimmed windows and mouldings, made it hard to miss.

I entered with anticipation, ready to meet a soul mate.

Large windows filled the shop with light, it’s squeaky door announcing one and all.  Two bay windows offered cozy nooks to read or people watch.

An old wooden church pew allowed for plenty of seating with iron and marble tables small enough for intimate chats or a laptop.

The back room with diner-style booths and more cozy chairs in small groupings took advantage of the windows overlooking the playground and lake which although partially frozen now and cold outside, I was tempted to get a ‘to-go’ and stroll the boardwalk.

Instead, I selected a spot on the pew and watched the regulars come and go, some being addressed by name and chatting with the efficient staff.

‘A regular’ sits beside me on the pew – his favourite spot, he shares, telling me why mine is not quite right.

Jazz plays on the stereo.  Aromas of freshly ground coffee and healthy soup fill the air.

The wooden planked floor and burlap coffee bags used to cover inventory on the shelves add to the old charm of the place.

Gorgeous photographs of birds hang gallery style on the wall behind me.

Organic coffee in bags for home brewing and 5 kinds of organic chocolate tantalize me.  I’m already considering what to buy to relive the experience at home, (or on the way home as in the case of the chocolate).

It is places like this that bring together my value of ecology and ethical farming practices.

The connection of like-minded people, where small things we do on a daily basis to support local initiatives, which in turn support a larger cause and bring awareness to environmental issues, make me feel that there is hope for what I hold dear.

It is a place in the world, albeit a tiny place, where I feel the fight has been won and all is right in the world.

A place where my soul is rejuvenated.

And that, my friend, was not chance, but destiny.

Is there a place in your world where you feel your values are supported?
A place you love to go because somehow it resonates with your soul?  Share it below.

Bird-Friendly coffee shop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Birds and Beans
Another of my faves for very similar reasons: CoffeeEco, Kingston, Ontario

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One Simple Way To End It All

garden June 6-06 035 (1)Tired of wishing things were different?

Sick of hoping things will change?

Discouraged by events not happening as you had imagined?

Me too.

Well I know one simple way to end it all.

I’ve been doing a lot of mindset work lately with a kind and wonderful woman named Therese Skelly.  She is a business coach, heck person, like no other I’ve met.

If you, like me, believe in the Law of Attraction, well we are likely babes in the cradle compared to Therese.  Therese embodies and imbues the Law as if she wrote it herself.  What’s more, she can extract from you deep-set beliefs like you wouldn’t believe and turn them on their head.

We’re complicated creatures, us humans, and it is surprising what makes us tick.

One of Therese’s lessons is to teach you to own your value; something many of us let others bestow upon us (often which are false messages rooted in jealousy, ignorance or fear) and then wear like a suit of armour shielding us from other more realistic heartfelt honest messages.

It was with this lesson that this next message came my way.

While perusing the blogs I follow, a recent post struck my eye; Tracie Louise’s post entitled “Giving Up Hope.”

Concerned, what I read imparted a startling message; her solution to end her turmoil.

Her philosophy, so simple and humble, struck my heart and mended the tapestry of lessons past.

Her message: she is tired of hoping for things to change, for ‘hope’ gives you an ‘out’.  I hope this will happen, but if it doesn’t, that’s ok because I can always fall back on blah blah blah. 

Instead, she is making the conscious choice to give up ‘hope’ and replace it with ‘Intention’.

Wow.  Think about it: Replace ‘Hope’ with ‘Intention’.

Aaaaaaaaaa! Do hear the angel chorus?

That one simple shift: Replace ‘Hope’ with ‘Intention’.

Simply change the way you look at the situation.

“I hope one day to be able to travel to Europe” changes to “I’m going to travel to Europe” and suddenly the planning begins.

How can I afford it? Start socking away bits of cash, get a part-time job, sell un-used items on eBay.

Where will I go? Start the mental planning, pour over maps, google travel deals.

When will I go?  Pick a date and write it on your calendar.

By simply making the mental shift, you have opened the door for new possibilities (my new favourite word).

The Law of Attraction is strong, my friend, so be sure your intention is clear.

I’ll bet you’ll be surprised how things start falling into place.

Giving up Hope for Intention. Are you with me?

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