I Love you MOM!

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It has been 20 years today since my mother passed away. This little note card was made by my daughter who is 7. I came home from my cottage last night to find both the note and some flowers she had picked for me. I feel blessed to be a Mother and also blessed to have had an amazing Mother for as long as I did.

My Mother was a very strong, smart and caring woman. Even now 20 years later, I am still inspired by her and find myself more and more like her in many ways. She was very respectful of the environment, mother earth and was very good at improvising in any situation. She came to Northwestern Ontario from a Wisconsin Dairy farm many years ago with my father and they fell in love with Canada and never left. In fact they are both buried here. I found it fitting that 20 years ago we had Mom’s prayers for her funeral service on Canada Day!

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They operated a small tourist resort in a small remote village and on the other side of the lake, making their means of transportation  boats in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. Those that have heard ‘my story’ know that this is why I rowed a boat to school.  It was a one room school that was once two 🙂 and now is no longer operating. Oh and back to transportation apparently before my time there was “Queenie” 🙂

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I could write volumes about the interesting and often extremely challenging life of my Mom and Dad, but since I am the youngest of six children, I am not the best to tell that story and this post for me, is a tribute to my Mom and how she impacted me. I am so grateful for her wise teachings, her love, her humor, her wit, and her zest for knowledge and life.  Because of you Mom, I decided to ‘live fearlessly’ and to grab life. I am doing amazing and I live in joy as much as I can. I am loving  the rest of our family and the other beautiful children you made, my siblings. I have amazing nieces and nephews and even a great niece now. We have become a very close and loving family and I know this would be your greatest desire. I wish this for every family out there and I have made it my life’s mission to help people to remember that love is all there is and to live fearlessly and Mom, this is because of you mostly. I love you Mom!!!  * from your daughter Margaret Mary 🙂 thank you for giving me your name as my second name too! xoxo

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Hearts on My Sleeve

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Finding Your Life Purpose

As a Certified Life Purpose & Career Coach, I am often called upon to help individuals discover their life purpose. Here is a picture of me wearing some hearts. This was at a talk I gave about finding your Life’s Purpose. On the hearts you will see the words inspire, motivate, and uplift. The point of the hearts is that often your life purpose is not so much about ‘what you do’, but more about who you are ‘being’ in everything you do. I personally discovered that my own life purpose was not a particular set thing, but more so me expressing myself through various outlets. For example, I enjoy inspiring others through my words by speaking, writing, coaching, and using social media. I have even come to call myself a “Communication Artist”. Realizing this was very enlightening for me and allowed me to feel comfortable in my many capacities, verses feeling frustrated at being all over the map.

A good way to help determine your so called life purpose is to tap into what brings you joy. Is it children? Is it expressing yourself through art, words, or fabric? Is it humor? What would you be doing in your ideal day if you could just do that? What would you or have you ever volunteered to do? What are you good at that you don’t get paid for? What are your talents, gifts, and abilities?

Often we miss tapping into our natural purpose because we are too intent on searching. Once again, I am reminded that all answers are within. I hope everyone finds a purpose that inspires them to live in joy and on purpose!

The Scent of Life

Lilacs are my favorite flowers.  I love them all, but the light purple ones are my most favorite. I remember so many of life’s moments around lilacs such as growing up with them, bringing them into my own home as an adult, and even my mother’s death. It was that sweet time of year in June when the lilacs were in full bloom. There is such a beautiful energy to this time of year. Lilacs are in season for such a short time so it makes me appreciate them even more. I feel this way about life also. There are so many sweet moments to savor, like the sweet scent of the lilac flower.

I remember a memory so vivid around the scent of life. My brother was holding his newborn son and smelling him. He said “there is nothing better than the smell of a newborn baby”. I have never, ever forgotten this.  I now both treasure and savor these moments. The scents of life linger on far after they are gone. I am wishing for everyone to savor those moments. “

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

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Acts of Kindness

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I came home from working (yeah that’s what I’ll call it – working 🙂 ) at my cottage, opened the front door to the house and found these. They were the welcome home gift from my 7 year old daughter, Sivanna. They were the prettiest flowers ever!

I reflected on her sense of kindness and thought about the many ways she shows them. She will often caress my cheek, offer multiple hugs, smiles, and cheerful banter. These moments in life are truly the treasured ones.

The ripple effect of small acts of kindness can have a wide impact and continue to ripple along person to person, heart to heart. It is my wish today that Sivanna’s small act of kindness which inspired me to share this, ripples out to you, and that you too spread the kindness to another. One small act of kindness truly can create miracles.

Windows of the Soul

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The passing on of wisdom.

Sivanna and Great Auntie Esther. What a beautiful site to see. To me, this picture is a good representation of the cycle of life and family wisdom. As families we grow together, we share, we teach, and most of all we love. This picture was taken in a hotel on the eve of my niece’s wedding. Auntie Esther made the trip from Wisconsin to Thunder Bay. She is no longer with us, but her memory lives on. When we see two souls connecting through the windows of the soul, the eyes, it is a marvelous display of divine love and connection. You were a beautiful lady Auntie Esther!