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Nothing brings me joy!

Nothing brings me joy!

What brings you joy?  I’ve been asked this question a million times.  I have asked this question a million times.  And it’s taken me years, but I finally have the answer: Nothing. That’s right. Nothing brings me joy. If you listened to latest episode of Come Alive!...

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Growing Our Spiritual Soil

In our latest episode of Come Alive! The Living Spirit-fully! Guide to Thriving, Catherine and I discuss Permaculture Principle #2: Catch and Store Energy. I'm fascinated by how applying these principles to our lives makes for a more joyful experience. In our...

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Blue Monday is Bullsh!t

Blue Monday is Bullsh!t

No, not the New Order song … that’s actually gold! I’m talking about this concept that this day, the third Monday in January, aka Blue Monday, is the most depressing day of the year. A couple of years ago I posted an article from the CBC that stated how Blue Monday is...

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What Is The Winter Solstice?

What Is The Winter Solstice?

When one of the Earth's poles is at its maximum tilt away from the sun, we experience what's known as the winter solstice. Sometimes referred to as midwinter, this moment marks the shortest period of daylight and the longest period of night. The solstice itself occurs...

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From Workout to Work-in

From Workout to Work-in

I’ve been working in the wellness industry for over a decade and a half. I began my career in my basement as a Fitness Trainer. Back then I worked with people to improve their physical well-being. We worked on movement, nutrition, and lifestyle. With my client’s goals...

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I Didn’t Always Love Myself

You may have heard me say meditation has changed me, but that's not entirely true. Meditation has made me more ME, and the more I be ME, the deeper I fall in love with myself. I didn't always love myself, and when I share this with others, they're baffled. Seriously!...

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A Letter To My Inner Child

I'm celebrating my 38th birthday by writing a letter to my younger self. This is the little boy I'm writing to and these are my promises: Dear Paul, Happy Birthday, baby boy. Today the world celebrates you! I write this letter to you on our 38th birthday. Life has...

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This Is Love :: Madeline and Sean – April 13, 2019

What a blessing it was to officiate this wedding! Madeline and Sean came to me through Maddy’s mother Bev, who I’ve known for years. I was in Italy at the time and when Bev messaged me I just knew I wanted to meet this couple. This particular wedding holds a special...

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The Power Is (Within) You

The Power Is (Within) You

Quitting smoking isn’t hard. Honestly, you just don’t light up a cigarette. You just stop buying them. You don’t borrow them. Nothing. You just stop. What was challenging for me was not giving in to the voice that told me to light up another cigarette.

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Tools To Navigate Change

Tools To Navigate Change

Have you ever noticed when you look over a large period of your life - say 5 years - you can see some major changes, even though those changes may not have been obvious at the time? If you zoom in close enough, you could probably identify the thought that changed your...

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When The Light Is Out

When The Light Is Out

Maybe it’s my sunny disposition or the decision to make joy my baseline, but I was once accused of spiritual bypass. I had no idea what that meant, so obviously I hit up the google to find out. If you’re also unfamiliar with the term, spiritual bypassing is the...

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A Spiritual Approach to Self-Care

A Spiritual Approach to Self-Care

In our every waking moment we have a choice – to plug into Love or to plug into fear. What we choose defines our experience of the moment, which ultimately defines the trajectory of our lives. When we fail to consciously choose Love, we by default plug into the...

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Love Is The Only Motivation

While doing my morning scroll through Instagram, I came across this image with the caption #mondaymotivation … I scratched my head and immediately googled the definition of motivation. Motivation: |ˌmōdəˈvāSH(ə)n| the general desire or willingness of someone to do...

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Think less, feel more!

Think less, feel more!

I know she said something important, but it didn’t fully register into my brain. With my face squashed into the headrest of the massage table I’m sure I sounded drunk when I said “wut’d ‘ou seh?” “Think less, feel more,” she replied. I lifted my head and turned to...

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There’s No Blame

I'm so confused. I understand there has been a lot of loss in the year 2016 with so many leaving this planet - and this post is not denying that, or the grief many are feeling surrounding this loss - but my question is: why blame the calendar year for the cycle of...

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We’re All Celebrating The Same Thing

We’re All Celebrating The Same Thing

Happy celebration of Light to you, my love! I'm sitting at home listening to the all Christmas music radio station while munching on Christmas chocolate and scratching the last of my lottery tickets. And while all this is happening, I'm thinking of YOU. It's true! I...

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Does It Even Mean Anything?

If I make a donation to Standing Rock and I don't share it on Facebook, does it still count? If I try to eat a more plant based diet in efforts to not contribute to the cruelty of animals without throwing it in other people's face, does it mean anything? If I don't...

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[Guest Post] My First Chakra Dance Party

[Guest Post] My First Chakra Dance Party

You all now how much I love to dance, and especially how much I love hosting my Chakra Dance Party. Here's a piece of writing sent to me by Janessa Gazmen after she attended a recent Chakra Dance Party. Sign up for my newsletter to find out when the next one is! Also...

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Call In More Love

Call In More Love

People of this world, open your hearts and let Love pour out of it! What we need more of at this time is Love. Put aside your disbelief for a moment and call in more high frequencies of Love - your fear will only feed the fear. Starve it by staying in a state of Love...

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Differentiating Life from Ego

Differentiating Life from Ego

You can imagine my dismay when I realized everything I worked so hard on in three months all vanished when I listened to that little voice. "It's just this one time," it said. "It's not gonna matter or even mean anything." One time is all you need ... Three months ago...

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Tapping Out and Checking In

Tapping Out and Checking In

I can’t believe it – I’m sitting down to write a blog post on my upcoming social media detox, and just as I’m about to begin, I choose to scroll through my Facebook feed one last time. “Lemme check what’s going on before I get started on the next thing,” I often say...

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Life Lessons From My Vegetable Garden

Life Lessons From My Vegetable Garden

It was late spring of last year that a conversation with my father on organic foods turned into a summer project. "You want organic vegetables? Grow your own," he said. What a novel idea! Why haven't I thought of that before? I never considered myself to be a farmer,...

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Health & Wellness Heroes

Health & Wellness Heroes

Earlier this year I was nominated as a Health and Wellness - someone who WALK THEIR TALK and teaches others how to take their own heroes journey so they too can be happy, healthy & wealthy NOW! It truly is an honour to be recognized for the work I've done not only...

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Note To Self: Shine Like Disco Ball

Note To Self: Shine Like Disco Ball

I recently participated in an artistic project called "Note To Self." 100 people from all walks of life were chosen to participate in this photographic experience. We chose a childhood photo, wrote a letter to ourselves from that time, and then were photographed in a...

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Shitali Pranayama (Cooling Breath)

Shitali Pranayama (Cooling Breath)

This breathing technique is used to calm the nervous system, improve focus, reduce anger, agitation, and anxiety, and pacify excess heat. There are three positions of the tongue - choose the one that works for you: 1. Rolling the tongue (taco tongue) - this is...

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Saying “I love you!”

Saying “I love you!”

I love you! I really do – and I’m not afraid to tell you that either. I can’t recall when or how it started, but I decided to say “I love you!” - or some variation that conveys the same message - to everyone. It’s part of my contribution to making this world a better...

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June Monthly Angel Forecast

June Monthly Angel Forecast

These monthly angel forecasts are created with the intention of sharing the divine messages from the angels with you for the purposes of your soul’s evolution. May these messages support you on your journey and enlighten your heart and mind.  June 2015: Step Into YOU!...

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The Oil Of Night – Juniper Berry

Known for its many therapeutic benefits, Juniper Berry is a wonderful natural internal and external cleansing agent. With it's fresh, woody and spicy aroma, this oil supports healthy kidney and urine function, and is beneficial for the skin. Juniper Berry also has a...

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Breathe Joyfulness Into Your Day

Breath of Joy is probably one of my most favourite things to do first thing in the morning, or when I'm dancing around my bedroom in my underwear. It has an uplifting and energizing effect that will help you release any heaviness and bring in vibrant, new energy. It...

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May Monthly Angel Forecast

May 2015: Cultivating Abundance This month, we carry on with our theme of nurturing growth, and prepare ourselves for abundance. The angels remind us that we are all deserving of everything our hearts desire, all we have to do is ask and be willing to receive. As you...

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Open Arms To Abundance

April showers bring May flowers, and these flowers are a sign that abundance is part of the natural flow of life. We are all worthy to give and receive abundance, all we need to do is open up and allow it to flow. In her popular TED Talk "Your Body Language Shapes Who...

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The Oil Of Abundance – Wild Orange

The sweet, fresh, and energizing aroma of Wild Orange is undeniably one of the most uplifting and invigorating essential oils. With it's powerful antioxidants, Wild Orange may enhance immunity to help maintain overall health. Beyond the physical elements of Wild...

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April Monthly Angel Forecast

This monthly angel forecast is from April's Divine Wellness Newsletter. To receive these forecasts directly in your inbox, subscribe here! These monthly angel forecasts are created with the intention of sharing the divine messages from the angels with you for the...

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We ALL Have The Right To Be Here!

I love Dianne Bondy for many reason, and her recent blog post just affirmed why and how much I love her! About a month ago, I shared a blog post on my Facebook wall that someone had written about the images we generally see representing yoga (the term "yoga porn" may...

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Best Day Ever! V.11

Best Day Ever! V.11

Happy 10 year anniversary as a healthy non-smoker to me! I know, you're probably bored about hearing me go on and on about this, but this is a big deal to me, you guys ... this is my 11th "Best Day Ever!" I need to celebrate this! Ok, so I can't believe I'm about to...

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Wring out, clean out

Wring out, clean out

April is a big time of transition in nature. We go from the cold, dryness of winter to the heavy, wetness of spring – the heavy rain fall, the soggy ground, and the general sluggishness we may feel during this time. A perfect time to detox, we often hear of people...

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Let The Mother F*cker Burn!

I've always been fascinated with the moon - how a rock floating in the sky could change it's shape, size, and colour. How something so tiny in the night sky, with no light of it's own, could reflect the rays of the sun and illuminate even the darkest of nights....

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Yoga Is For Every Body

There's nothing that makes me cringe more than "Yoga Porn" - you know what I'm talking about. The image of a young 20-something with long pretty hair in a loose, yet perfectly tied braid, leggings that pass the heel of the foot to look like legwarmers, and a very...

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Why Men Need To Do More Yoga!

My latest blog post for FitnessRepublic.com - How Yoga Will Improve Any Man's Sex Life. Written after years of research and clinical studies, I put everything I learned into this blog post. Click here to read How Yoga Will Improve Any Man's Sex Life. Share your...

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Blog post on yogapalooza.ca

It's been an honour to present at Yogapalooza in Toronto two years in a row! Here is a blog post I wrote for their site. I love to ask the quesion "why?" a lot ... and here's why: The Question That Makes The Yogi.

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#scarfaday Version 2.0

It’s been just over one year since my original #scarfaday campaign, born out of a way to wear the 25+ scarves I picked up in India. What an adventure! I had no idea people from all over would be joining in on the fun, sharing pics in their scarf that day. Even my dear...

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I Made A Wish For You (yes, you!)

I Made A Wish For You (yes, you!)

I arrived in Calgary Wednesday morning and decided to take a day trip out to Banff. If you haven't been here before, you must. My intention was to go to the hot springs (it's always been a dream of mine!) but they're closed for maintenance this week - guess I'll have...

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The New Yogi Cocktail – Coconut Kombucha Limeonade

To know me is to know I bring the life to the party ... and by bring the life to the party, I mean spike the punch. It's part of my charm and I have no intention of changing. My aunts are still talks about the year I brought a martini shaker to the Christmas party ......

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Abundance For All – October’s Message

Last week, my dear aunt Patty transitioned from this planet and we celebrated her life with service in a Catholic church. I grew up Catholic and remembered the words to most of the prayers, despite not being a devoted Catholic for the last 15 years. Just before the...

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Green Tea Honey Kombucha

I've been brewing my own Kombucha since July of this year and have fell in love with how this drink makes me feel! If you're unfamiliar with Kombucha, take a moment and get familiar with this super-beverage. Making kombucha is easy and requires four things: brewed...

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The Hand Position To Activate Self-Confidence

The Hand Position To Activate Self-Confidence

In yoga and healing practices, it’s very common to use something called “mudra.” Mudras are hand positions, signs or symbols that unlock energy within your body and uses it to help you with healing and manifesting. Mudras are very easy to do and can be incorporated...

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The Magic Of New Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Echkart September always feels like the new year for me, more so than January. For many, it’s the return to the familiar, whether it’s work, school, or keeping a...

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The Oil Of Self-Assurance – Cassia Essential Oil

The Oil Of Self-Assurance – Cassia Essential Oil

  “Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” — Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose Ah, the clean and fresh feeling of September. We’re a few days...

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Thank You For The Heartbreak

Thank You For The Heartbreak

As you may recall last month, I completed what was known as #30DaysGrateful on my blog - each day I listed three things I was grateful for. Initially, I thought it was lame - I mean I already knew the awesome stuff in my life, why did I have to document it? But during...

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Strengthening My Roots At Yogapalooza

I've been doing Yoga in Toronto for over 10 years, taking part in different yoga events, practicing at different studios and attending workshops all over the city. I've learned so much over the years that I've incorporated into my personal practice and shared with the...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 31

Here's a bonus day! I thought it would be fun to collect all the things I've been grateful for over the last 30 days ... 3 things a day for 30 days, that's 90 things to be grateful for! And what's cool is that as the days went on, I realized there was more than 3...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 30

Can you believe it's been 30 days since I started this? WOW! Honestly, life is pretty grand when you have so much to be grateful for. Best part: I never felt like I had to make up stuff to be grateful for ... there's just so much, it's hard not to come up with...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 29

Hi! 1. Receiving TWO out of no where "Thank yous!" just for being a friend (so sweet!) 2. Playing Yoga with the culinary geniuses at Petits Chefs Academy (see pic!) 3. New mattress! (Thanks mom!!)

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 28

I've had such a fun day, I almost forgot to post! 1. Booking my second skydiving experience (for next Tuesday!) 2. Picking two cucumbers and eating my first beet from my very own garden 3. Creating space for a friend to sort out what they needed to sort out

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 27

30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 27

To some I may sound like a broken record, but I really mean it ... today was an awesome day. Who knew there could be so much to be thankful for in just 24 hours? Seriously, this list could be pages long! Here are 3 things that made it to publication: 1. The return of...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 26

There are so many blessings in every day! Here are just three of the ones I experienced today: 1. Connecting with the angels to write this week's angel forecast 2. Creating space for energy to flow 3. Clearing up misunderstandings with a simple phone call (and love is...

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Weekly Angel Forecast – July 28 to August 3, 2014

Weekly Angel Forecast – July 28 to August 3, 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve connected like this – just over a month since our last angel forecast and so much has happened. I was in need of a little alone time with my angels, but we’re all so glad to be back and sharing these messages with you once again! How have...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 25

This is probably the hardest list I've ever had to make. Not because I can't think of anything, but because there are so many things that I'm grateful to my dad for that I can't narrow it down. It took a while for me to appreciate my dad... I bought this card for him...

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“I can’t carry these sins on my back …”

“I can’t carry these sins on my back …”

When I began studying yoga philosophy back in 2011, Madonna's Ray Of Light album was on repeat. The album, in it's entirety, told a story that represented where I was at that time in my life. Songs like Frozen, The Power Of Goodbye, and To Have And Not To Hold were...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 23

Didn't get a chance to post from yesterday, but here's my list: 1. Friday morning YogaFit with my lovelies (and the potential of new pants!) 2. TGIF Day Boil with #3humans3dogs 3. Key lime leather daddies with Andrew Nickerson

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 22

A wondrously glorious day! 1. Outdoor Yoga with the children of Petits Chefs Academy in Maple, ON 2. Laughing hysterically in a dream and waking up still laughing so hard 3. Conversations with Wonder Woman

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The Artist’s Way

Here's a little known fact - not that it's a secret, but it rarely comes up in conversation - I used to work for an art company back in college called MESSY HANDS. At the time it was a travelling art company where we'd do art activities with kids on a converted school...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 21

Three weeks down - 9 days to go. This has been quite the exercise - I have to say, it's quite easy to find things to be grateful for. How is your gratitude list coming along? 1. Being brave enough to express my wants and needs in the relationship with my new Wednesday...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 19

Day 19 already? Time flies when you're giving thanks for all you have! 1. Morning in the garden pruning tomato plants, picking beans and peas, and catching up with all my plants! 2. Deep conversations while pumping iron with Jonathan Dolphin 3. Hideaway, Always, and...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 18

I truly am blessed and so grateful for it ... here's just a few of the things from today: 1. Completing my 500 RYT requirements! 2. The amazing gift from my friends for completing my 500 RYT (see pic) 3. Recognizing all the love and support I have in my life from so...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 14

Wow - two weeks already? Sweet! Here are three of the things I'm grateful for today: 1. Being "the new yoga teacher" again (welcome back to Wednesdays at Northridge) 2. Eating my first Reuben Sandwich on Skila Ramirez Day with my YogaFit family! 3. The super sleuth...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 12

12 ... 12 ... 12 ... add it together and it's 3. Here are 3 of the many things I'm grateful for today: 1. Crossing a bunch of things off my to-do list ... and then some! 2. Making new friends while running errands today 3. Welcoming a dear friend back to yoga class...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 11

30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 11

The 11th day ... 11 is a high energy angel number, and I couldn't have asked for a more angelic day. My 3 things: 1. Spending the morning in bed, reading and reading and reading 2. Eating lunch with my family and having them all try my first batch of Kombucha while...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 10

What a multi-dimensional day today was - I'm blessed for these and more: 1. Winding paths that lead two souls to one another again and again 2. Being a Farmer Father and Kombucha Mama 3. Bike ride around the city and all the fun stops along the way

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 8

First full day home today - missing my Bajan family for sure, but happy to be reunited with my garden and my Kombucha baby! Here's my gratitude list for today: 1. Spending time in my beautiful garden and being WOW'd by all the bounty it has produced in the past week...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 7

Wow - a week already? Time feels amazing when you're practicing gratitude! Here's my list today: 1. Love in all it’s shapes and sizes 2. How full my entire Barbados experience has left my heart 3. Home sweet home

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 6

It's late because of number 3 ... 1. Jumping into the ocean of abundance (off a dock in Barbados) (see video) 2. First ever MAD!COMBAT class with the creator of the program, Kory Walters 3. Moonlight ocean wishes  

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 5

30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 5

The days are so full of joy and wonder ... it's a blessing to be able to notice these things! Here's my gratitude list for this glorious day: 1. Leading the first ever YogaFit Level 3 in Barbados (and first ever in my life). 2. Being reminded I was Born To Fly 3. A...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 4

Short and sweet today ... and no photos. Here's my gratitude list: 1. 3 hour meditative yoga practices 2. Deep conversations by the sea 3. 10pm bedtime! How's your list shaping up?

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 3

I know it sounds like I keep harping on this, but I can't help it! I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do ... I've made many sacrifices and they were all worth it (for everyone involved). Nothing beats watching transformation happen right before your own eyes....

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 2

30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 2

I'm calling this day "The Beach" ... what am I grateful for? 1. Morning walk on the beach 2. Taking my YogaFit Level 2 trainees to the beach to discuss the Yamas and Niyamas 3. Eating peanut butter from a spoon while sitting on my balcony ... watching the beach What's...

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30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 1

30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 1

I thought I could escape this, but I guess there's no hiding from positivity! We'll it's not the positivity I was trying to escape, it was more the "post 3 things you're grateful for on Facebook" thing, but I'll join in the fun ... in my own way, of course. So here's...

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“Eat the fish, b!tch!”

“Eat the fish, b!tch!”

It's probably the most inopportune time to LOL: opening share circle of a Yoga Teacher Training. I was leading YogaLean 2 on Friday and we began the day with journaling about how we're currently living "YogaLean" (following 8 guidelines of living mindfully). As the...

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Weekly Angel Forecast – June 16 to 22, 2014

The summer solstice is here on Saturday! An eventful week leading up to this momentous occasion … let’s take a look at what this week has to offer. This reading began with a jumping card (love these!) which brings us the theme for the week, and what a magical week...

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Weekly Angel Forecast – June 9-15, 2014

Weekly Angel Forecast – June 9-15, 2014

How are you doing, my loves? Mercury went retrograde on Saturday, but I know I've been feeling it for about a week now - how's it treating you? There's a lot of "new" energy floating around this week - new adventures, new emotions, renewal of current relationships ......

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Weekly Angel Forecast – June 2-8, 2014

Weekly Angel Forecast – June 2-8, 2014

Good Monday, my darlings! I hope you had a chance to enjoy the sun this past weekend. I just got back from Saskatoon on Sunday morning and went straight to my backyard to work on my garden ... isn't she beautiful? Today I'll be planting an assortment of vegetables and...

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Weekly Angel Forecast – May 19-25, 2014

Happy Victoria Day, hunnies! The kick off to the summer season in Canada - can you believe it? I spent my weekend connecting with the earth by preparing a small patch of earth in my backyard to make way for my new Vegetable and Lavender Garden. I can now add "farmer"...

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Weekly Angel Forecast – May 12 to May 18

Hello sweeties! What a glorious few days we've been having, yes? If you live in near Toronto in Canada, we've been having such great weather these last few days - I'm loving it! I hope your life is full of sunshine, in every sense of the word. The angels were telling...

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Weekly Angel Forecast – May 5 – 11, 2014

Happy first full week of May! Our theme for the month is Grace - how are you holding your standard of grace? The angels are so proud of all your hard work and recognize the transition you're in right now. Stay strong - they're saying "the best is yet to come!" A...

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