Make Up Can Be A Girls’ Best Friend

Make Up Can Be A Girls’ Best Friend

**above photo used isn’t my creation..just added for a chuckle**

I’m not overly proud of this, but I’ve been wearing make-up since I as 13 years old. At the time, it was my way of covering up how I was feeling inside about my acne problem and low self-esteem. I thought by wearing foundation it would some how magically make my inflamed pimples disappear.

Celebrate Your Life

Celebrate Your Life I recently stopped at my local store to pick up some goodies when I spotted Rhonda, who works there. As I walked towards her, she immediately walked the other way. When I got closer to her, I could tell by her energy and body language that she did not want to talk me. I said hi and wished her a nice day. She smiled and said, “thanks” and immediately went back to work. I didn’t take her resistance personally because she is in pain – her brother passed away just a few weeks ago and it was obvious that the wounds were still very fresh. I respect her need for avoidance and privacy.

I knew Rhonda’s brother, Dan Robertson, since I was nine years old – we were the same age. He and his family lived a few streets away from me. My vivid memories were our early teen years – he was tall, lean with dark beautiful wavy hair. He always had a big smile on his face when he delivered our newspaper. We were in different social circles but even as a young kid I remember him as always being happy, mannerly and pleasant.

Sometimes It Takes A Village To Raise A Child

VillageHer name is Kasandra, she’s 14 years old and she’s my great niece. She came to live with John and I in January 2008 – moving here from Victoria, BC. Without getting into the nitty gritty of family drama, Emma, her mother (my niece) moved the family to Victoria from Toronto three years ago. Kassy never really adapted to her new surroundings and like most kids when they get “lost”, they attract trouble. She was beginning to hang with kids who were heading down the path of least resistance – who run the show in their household, doing as they please and being rewarded for bad behaviour.

Soul Sisters….

Soul Sisters Tears wield up as I read Lynn’s latest blog entry “Lynn’s Pity Party” at She is so candid and vulnerable as she describes her emotions in such detail. As I read through her story, I felt her pain; hurt, frustration, anger and fears as if I was in her shoes.

Lynn is someone who I call my Soul Siter. Souls Sisters aren’t jealous of your accomplishments, as they are the first ones to acknowledge, congratulate and encourage you to keep up the good work and push you to set your goals even higher. They don’t care what size you are, what colour your skin is or how big or small your bank account is – they accept you for you. They aren’t interested in competing against you because they want only the best for you in every way and besides they’re too busy chasing after their own dreams. They genuinely care about your well being and want you to be successful in everything you do. Most of all, they aren’t judgmental because they recognize their own flaws and insecurities and therefore empathize with the people around them.

Change is good – See it as an opportunity to grow

Change is good

Change is inevitable – at home, at work, and in the world. People and organizations are constantly evolving and changing. No one can stop change, as it is the only constant in life. If you want to be happy or improve your life in one-way or another, don’t expect things to radically change unless you do something about it.

Living In The Moment

Living In The MomentA person asked Budda:
“Are you a God?
“Budda’s reply was “No””
Are you an Angel?” “No”
“Then what are you?”
“I am Awake” — Unknown

To live in the moment or in other words “living consciously” means to not think about or dwell on the past, nor be anxious or worry about the future. When we give our attention to the present, this very moment, we focus on the task at hand. We give our full attention to what we are doing and we let go of outcomes and things that are not in our control.

Show compassion instead of passing judgement

passing judgementWith her out-of-control salt and pepper dated hairstyle and caterpillar like eyebrows – Susan Boyle, the spunky little Scottish firecracker, defied the odds against her and made the world take notice. It wasn’t her intention to force society to ponder the question “why are we so quick to make judgment?”

This 47-year-old matronly woman, who has never been kissed, is no stranger to having people laugh and make fun of her. In school she struggled with a learning disability and was abused and teased by her classmates. Reportedly, the scars of their comments remain to this day. And instead of getting married and having children, she committed her life to caring for her parents until their death and she now lives alone with her cat, Pebbles. She longed to be a singer and somehow found the strength and courage to go after her dreams and audition on Britain’s Got Talent. Since then, there has been well over 80 million hits to several you-tube videos that show her singing “I dreamed a dream”. One video pans the audience and judges reaction as she walks out on stage. The snickering, eye rolling and obvious distaste towards her quickly turned to praise and admiration as soon as she opened her mouth and filled the air with her purity. Instantaneously, everyone and everything – changed.

Let it out!!! Its ok to have yourself a good cry

yourself From time to time, we all get the feeling of being overwhelmed – even when life is good. While I relish my independence, and pride myself on my strength and dignity, the stresses and strains of everyday ups and downs can take its toll and every once in a while I just need to let it all out and allow myself to have a good cry.

After experiencing a tough and frustrating week, I found myself feeling restless and overwhelmed. I knew I was upset, but I couldn’t seem to express it. I was sitting on my couch watching an Oprah flashback moment as she did a tribute to little Mattie Stepanek who is no longer with us. There it came, out of nowhere, the floodgates opened and I sobbed uncontrollable. I was ready for it and I just let it take its course. I felt so much better after my sob fest – the release was worth the red nose and puffy eyes that hung on for the rest of the day.

Give the gift of encouragement

In good times or in bad times, we can all use some encouragement.
Give the gift of encouragement Recently a friend of mine told me that she has decided to open her own business. I didn’t waste any time in jumping up and wrapping my arms around her, telling her how happy I am to hear that she is finally taking her passion to the next level and branching out on her own. She’s excited about this new adventure but is also feeling nervous and going through the motions of “what if it fails?” which is normal, but most importantly, she finds comfort in knowing that the people around her care and will always be there to support and encourage her no matter what happens.

Think before you speak

Think before you speak I’m sure at one time or another you’ve been put in your place because of something you said that wasn’t well received and the words “think before you speak” were left ringing in your ears.

We might walk away from an experience with our tail between our legs feeling a bit remorseful for hurting someone’s feelings but do you ever really take the time to understand what “think before you speak” truly means?

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