I’ve been living the simple life and loving it!

“Spend my days in the sweet sunshine. Rock in my swing, and watch my garden grow. Oh, I wanna live the simple life, yeah.” –Simple Life (Carolyn Dawn Johnson) I’ve noticed a trend in my life lately…it has to do with how much I am really enjoying the simple things in life. What exactly does that mean? Well, I guess it’s probably a little different for everyone, and for me it looks a little something like this: -spending a day with my Mom…doing nothing in particular -home cooked meals with my family -going on errands with my uncle -sitting around a bonfire with friends -stargazing on a beautiful summer night -listening to live music -walks with my dog -coffee with a friend -dinner out with friends/family to catch up and have a few laughs -going to the beach -hanging out on my deck with family and friends -harvesting veggies from my garden -a Skype call with a friend who is 4800kms away These are what might be considered (by some people) to be ‘ordinary’ moments, and they are exactly the kind of moments I suspect I will remember with a special fondness late in life when I’m reflecting back on the things I did with my life. “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder~ Now, don’t get me wrong! I am not saying that I don’t have any more dreams and goals or things that I aspire to do; there are many new experiences that I plan to take part in. I...

Stop waiting, and start living!

“Are you waiting on a lightning strike? Are you waiting for the perfect night? Are you waiting ‘til the time is right? What are you waiting for?”  -What Are You Waiting For? (Nickelback) I’ve noticed over the years that I either tend to wait for things to happen in my life or I can’t seem to wait at all. When I was younger I couldn’t wait to go to high school. And I couldn’t wait to get my driver’s license. And I couldn’t wait to move to the ‘big city’. And I couldn’t wait to graduate university. And I couldn’t wait to take my first big vacation (to Australia). And I couldn’t wait to meet someone. And I couldn’t wait to buy my first house.  And I couldn’t wait to get that new position within the company. I just didn’t want to wait for things to happen. More recently, I feel like there has been or is a lot of waiting. I was waiting for people to sign up for my new program. I was waiting for more coaching and Reiki clients to come along. I was waiting to earn more money. I have been waiting to get super fit and healthy. I am waiting to meet my soulmate. I am waiting for my house to sell. I am waiting to buy a new vehicle. I am waiting to travel. I am waiting to write a book. I am waiting for things to (miraculously) change. “Life is not somewhere waiting for you, it is happening in you. It is not in the future as a goal to be arrived...

It’s time to share your gifts and be fully alive!

“You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach, and you know it might not ever come your way, dream it anyway. God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good, and when I pray, it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should. But I do it anyway.” -Anyway (Martina McBride)  I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again (or at least some version of it): “You have gifts which are uniquely yours that the world needs.” It’s a common expression used by life coaches and spiritual teachers. Well, guess what? It’s true! And the world needs you to start sharing these gifts now! Maybe you’re an artist, musician, writer, teacher, a parent, a life coach, or the world’s best customer service person.  Whatever your skills are, they are meant to help the world in some way. Nothing is too small – or too big. I think a lot about why we are here on Earth – about what our purpose is for being alive. I believe there is a bigger plan in place that we don’t necessarily see.  After all, if there is no bigger plan, what are we doing here?! Why would we even be here? There has to be some point in us having a life. I personally don’t think that it’s just to be born, go to school, work, get married, have kids, retire, and die. We could get into a discussion about raising the consciousness of the cosmos, but for now I just want to talk about our purpose at the level of the individual person as it relates to...

Life is a mysterious and magical dance

“And now I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end, the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance. I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.”                –The Dance (Garth Brooks) This song reminds me of one of the best moments of my life and one of the worst. The best moment was in September of 1996 when I got to see Garth Brooks live in concert. I was there with one of my roommates and 3 of my coworkers. We had seats that were essentially behind the stage, but he didn’t have a backdrop so we could still see fine. While my coworkers were off getting souvenirs, some tall, lanky cowboy came up and asked my roommate and me (seated in our seats) if we would like to be moved down to the second row. Um…YES!! He gave us new tickets, and away we went (after finding our friends and letting them know). The concert was phenomenal! If you have never seen Garth Brooks live, watch the YouTube video I included, and you’ll get an idea of what he’s all about. Whether you are a country music fan or not, it’s well worth watching! (You will probably want to grab some Kleenex beforehand.) The worst moment of my life happened just a little less than a year before that concert. It was in October of 1995 – my brother’s funeral. I had chosen ‘The Dance’ to be played because it really speaks to me about life and how...

Take off your mask, and live from the heart

“You said it’s easy, but who’s to say that we’d be able to keep it this way, but it’s easier comin’ straight from the heart.” – Straight From the Heart (Bryan Adams)  Last week I had the privilege of seeing Bryan Adams live in concert. Finally! I have been a fan of his for over 30 years. That seems really hard to believe – especially when I say it out loud. I mean, how is that even possible?! But I digress. Straight From the Heart is definitely my favourite Bryan Adams song of all time, and it was beyond amazing to hear him sing it live! The entire night his singing felt like it was coming straight from his heart. Such a blessing. Since the concert I’ve been thinking about why I love this song so much. I mean it’s got a soothing sound for sure, but what else? It got me thinking about what it actually means to talk straight from the heart and to live straight from the heart, which is something that I absolutely love! I have so much respect and admiration for people who live life that way. To me, they are the people who are the real deal.  I don’t like fake because it just doesn’t feel good – and because I believe our whole purpose in life is to be who we really are. I believe that living with integrity and authenticity is what brings us a sense of fulfillment and ultimately joy. “When we turn around and come face to face with our destiny, we discover that words (spoken) are not enough. I...

I hope you have the time of your life

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why. It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time. It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.”  –Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (Green Day) This song was released in 1997 – I was 23 years old at the time. I had graduated from university just the year before. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life, and I certainly had no plan. I worked in a retail sales job where often a whole day would go by without any customers coming in. I was bored and unmotivated. I think I even fell asleep at work a few times. It was beyond brutal. I knew there was something more to life than what I was doing, but I didn’t know what it was or how to find it. But I had an idea – one I could not believe I was even thinking. Against everything that might have seemed logical, I followed my heart and moved from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Hay River, Northwest Territories – approximately 6300 kms (3900 miles) away from everything and almost everyone I knew. I had been to Hay River 2 years prior to the move – to visit my Mom and my uncle who were living there at the time. I didn’t love it at first. It was isolated and didn’t have a lot in the way...

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