stress, Stress Management

Lighten Up & Relax More

“No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed.”

Erma Bombeck

Stress

An unmade bed won’t kill you, but stress can! Stress is one of the biggest challenges in life and also poses the greatest detriment to our health.

One of the ways to help with stress is to lighten up and let go. Sometimes we just need to relax and not worry about having everything perfect and in perfect order.

Now I am not saying there is a right or wrong. I know some people feel that they have to make their bed each morning and have everything in perfect order and that is perfect. I am talking generically here.

For example, one of the phrases I have used over the years with my coaching clients is this one which helps them to realize what is most important in life and what means the most to them. It goes something like this: “If you were on your deathbed and flashing back on your life, would it be important to you or would it matter that you washed your kitchen floor 2000 times?” What exactly would you be wishing you had more time to do if there was more time left? Probably not washing the floors I bet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I like to use this phrase or thought process myself when I am trying to made a decision. Perhaps someone invites me out for lunch and I know that I would enJOY that but I feel that I have things that ‘I have to do’…. sometimes I think wait, what really is more important here?

Anyhow friends, that is my thought for the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time..

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Happiness, Mindset

หœโ€*ยฐโ€ข.หœโ€*ยฐโ€ข Choose Your Way to Happiness โ€ขยฐ*โ€หœ.โ€ขยฐ*โ€หœ

“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted” Ruth E. Renkl

A woman with her back to us, with one foot in the ocean and one foot raised and with arms in the air. Words on the picture say “CHOOSE CHOOSE CHOOSE”

Choose/Choose/Choose

Choose โ™ฅ HAPPINESS โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ PEACE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ JOY โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ LOVE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ LAUGHTER โ™ฅ very chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ TO BE CHILDLIKE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose to โ™ฅ FORGIVE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ SELF-LOVE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Happy Choosing!

๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€

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canada, Family

Happy ๐Ÿ…ฒ๐Ÿ…ฐ๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…ฐ๐Ÿ…ณ๐Ÿ…ฐ Day EH?

A big deck with two red Muskoka chairs and a Canadian flag in the shape of a flag with wording on picture that says “Happy Canada Day!”

โ™ฅ I Love Canada! โ™ฅ

I love Canada and feel fortunate to be a Canadian citizen. We live in such a beautiful country and I am grateful for this blessing.

My Mom and Dad came to Canada on their honeymoon in 1947. They were born in Wisconsin and journeyed by car, for their โ™ฅ Honeymoon โ™ฅ and then train to the small town of Kashabowie in Northwestern Ontario. How they found out about Kashabowie is a mystery to me. I will have to ask my older siblings and get the scoop ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, needless to say, they fell in love with the country and ended up immigrating to Canada after a few years of commuting back and forth. In the winter they worked at American Motors building airplanes and in the summer they began building their small tourist resort in Canada called “Idyllwild Resort”. Idyllwild meaning peaceful.

My Dad was good at being creative with coming up with names like this and writing good marketing copy like “nestled amongst the red pines”. I forever remember this line in his brochure as tears stream down my face.

My parents loved Canada and when my Mom died in June of 1993, we held her prayers on the eve of July 1. I am not sure why. It seems odd to be now that we would expect people to come out on that day but it had something to do people needing travel time to come from the USA and the availability of the funeral home.

Anyhow, I always remember leaving the funeral home and hearing fire works. To this day Canada Day has an extra depth for me for these reasons and especially for how much my parents loved Canada.

And so did my relatives. We have amazing memories and the BEST of the BEST of times happened when the American relatives came to visit. To this day pictures are shared, memories are held and stories are shared with delight and fondness.

I want to wish you all a very Happy Canada Day and I am sending love to my parents above and to all of YOU!

Have a great one Eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happiness, Mindset

โ™ฅ Happiness is a Courageous Choice Worth Choosing โ™ฅ

Picture of the back of a woman at sunset with the sun highlighting her auburn hair.

Be Courageous

Happiness is worth the effort to achieve it. For me, I don’t even consider it an option. I do whatever it takes to ensure that I am happy.

Do whatever it takes and have the courage because it is so worth it.

I wish you all the happiness you desire now and always and in all ways. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So Proud of My Girl – Grade 8 Grad 2020

Sivanna…….

I am so proud of you my Sivanna Rose. I know this year has been extra challenging and it makes your graduation even more special.

You have gone from my baby ๐Ÿ‘ฃ girl to a beautiful young woman about to embark on your next educational journey, High School.

I admire your courage, your strength and your dedication to learning and growing. You show me the miracle of life just by being you and what I most admire about you is your kind and loving heart.

Mom and Dad are so proud of you and we love you so very much. The future is bright my girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐“๐ŸŒบ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐“Ž๐Ÿ’—๐“Š ๐“ˆโ ๐“‚๐“Š๐’ธ๐’ฝ

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Cherish Life, Gardening & Flowers, Life & Death

In The Garden of Life

“I am spending delightful afternoons in my garden, watching everything living around me. As I grow older, I feel everything departing, and I love everything with more passion.”

Emile Zola (1840 – 1902), in the year of his death.

A beautiful garden of roses in various colors

๐Ÿ’— ๐•ฟ๐–๐–Š ๐•พ๐–œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–“๐–Š๐–˜๐–˜ ๐–”๐–‹ ๐•ท๐–Ž๐–‹๐–Š

๐ŸŽ€ ๐’ฎ๐“Œ๐‘’๐‘’๐“‰, ๐’ฎ๐“Œ๐‘’๐‘’๐“‰, ๐’ฎ๐“Œ๐‘’๐‘’๐“‰ ๐ŸŽ€

Life is sweet and yet it is also a bittersweet journey.

This morning while doing my morning reading, I found the quote above and thought I would blog about it. It is uncanny that as I went to prepare this blog post, I realized today was the day my mother died in 1993.

I can still remember on that day, the lilacs in full bloom in the tree in her parking lot at the apartment building she lived in.

I love this quote and it reminds me to enJOY the gift of life and the gift of each day.

I am delighted to see so many people starting to enJOY flowers, plants and gardening. It seems as though people are awakening to the exact energy of this quote and it is beautiful indeed.

I will keep this quote handy to remind me of the sweetness of life and also as a reminder to appreciate the gift of another day.

โ™ฅjโ™ฅoโ™ฅy แธถแนแนผแธ• โ™ฅjโ™ฅoโ™ฅy แธถแนแนผแธ• โ™ฅjโ™ฅoโ™ฅy แธถแนแนผแธ• โ™ฅjโ™ฅoโ™ฅy แธถแนแนผแธ• โ™ฅjโ™ฅoโ™ฅy แธถแนแนผแธ•

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Happiness, Kids

The Importance of ๐ŸŽ€ ๐ป๐’ถ๐“…๐“…๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ ๐ŸŽ€

Picture of a girl holding pink tulips behind her back and the quote: “Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” John Harrigan

Why Happiness?

The question is why not happiness? ๐Ÿ™‚

Happiness is our birthright and is really an underlying desire of most people.

For example when we desire things for other people like our children, we are really wanting them to just be happy……like wanting them to graduate from a good school, or to land a great job, underneath it all, what we really, really want is for them to be happy.

We want this for ourselves too. When we can show our children that we are happy, we teach them that happiness is natural. Many people today feel that happiness is some far away and unreachable place, and that is unfortunate.

โ€œThere is no way to happiness.ย Happinessย is theย way.โ€

Thich Nhat Hanh

I highly recommend putting happiness on your daily check list. What are some things that you can do to increase your happiness so that you are happier and you infuse the natural art of happiness into those around your too?

Some ideas:

. laugh at yourself

. laugh at life

. watch funny movies

. have a conversation with an upbeat friend who likes to joke and laugh

. make happiness a goal

. seek happiness (what you seek seeks you)

. show kindness toward others.. this always infuses happiness within us

. spend time with young children

. do art

. go skinny dipping

. walk in nature

. gaze at the stars

The list is endless. Do whatever helps to make you happy and happier. Do the things that bring you JOY!

I wish you nothing but happiness…. til next time.

Maggie

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Family

My Little Rainbow in Life. Happy Father’s Day Don

It is Father’s Day and it seems fitting that I saw this picture today in my Facebook memories.

This is our Sivanna Rose and she is my rainbow in every cloud, my greatest gift ever.

Thank you to her Dad for being a part of this beautiful creation and giving me the gift of Motherhood.

And Happy Father’s Day to the best father ever. There is no one I would rather have to Love, to Teach, and to Guide my daughter, other than YOU.

๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž

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Life Coaching, thoughts are things

Don’t cry…. โ™ฅ Smile โ™ฅ

Picture Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

As a teacher of JOY, I am often sharing ways with others on how to shift their frequency to a more JOYful place.

Memories

One of the ways, is by using memories. Memories, just like thoughts, can be tools. Tools can empower us or dis-empower us. An example that I often use is that a hammer can build a home or destroy a home.

It is the same thing with our thoughts and memories. We can use them as catalysts for JOY or we can reflect on the pain or loss and then we continue to suffer. And I am not talking about grieving here. Grieving is important and is personal and different for everyone.

I am talking about life and how it continues to change and evolve.

Sโ™ฅmโ™ฅiโ™ฅlโ™ฅe

We can smile for the experiences we have had or for the memories and we can CHOOSE which ones we focus on and give our attention too. Why not consciously decide and choose that you will recall the ones that make you the happiest?

I know it is not always easy, but the more we can become an active participant in deciding what thoughts or memories we allow to run through our mind, the more control we have of our frequency.

And I don’t know about you, but I much prefer happy thoughts, memories and more JOY! And this is not to say that I have not had many, many painful experiences, I just choose which ones I give me energy and attention to. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you too choose the ones that make you smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

A person holding a big emoji smile covering their face. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Family, June

Happy Heavenly Anniversary Mom & Dad

My parents on their wedding day June 14, 1947

Yesterday, June 14th, was my late parents anniversary. โ™ฅ Happy Anniversary โ™ฅ

My parents have been gone since 1993, and 1995, however, every June, I think of them and also about how much I have come to love the month of June. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ’œJune is such a beautiful month for many reasons. ๐Ÿ’œ

In my part of the world, it is when our summer starts and our days are long. We have daylight right up to around 11pm. And there are not too many bugs at this time of year.

And let me not forget to mention, the lilacs and butterflies are out and both of these things makes me extremely happy.

My mom died in the month of June and I remember the lilacs being abundant at that time. This makes me appreciate them even more so. Their scent now is truly ‘heaven scent/sent’ ๐Ÿ™‚

A beautiful butterfly in a lilac tree in June

That is all for today my friends. I hope you too find the beauty in life that is here for us to enJOY. Every day, every month and every year of our precious life offers us gifts. We just need to take the time to see them and to enJOY them.

หœโ€ยฐโ€ข.หœโ€ยฐโ€ข Blessings to allโ€ฆ. โ€ขยฐโ€หœ.โ€ขยฐโ€หœ

And sending แแŽงแ‰แ‹ up above and all around to you two:

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