People That Inspire…

Posted Friday, April 28th, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

“Great things never come from comfort zones.”

I saw this incredible speaker a few weeks back and I wish I could clone him and what he stands for. He is the CEO of VarageSale, Andrew Sider. He really inspired me for the journey he has taken and more importantly the role of CEO he currently fulfills.

He is a true entrepreneur.

I attended a speaking engagement hosted by Brainstation (check them out) who invited Andrew Sider to speak on the topic of ‘being an entrepreneur’. He spoke for about 1 hour and in that time I scribbled many notes. He took us on a journey of his life, from his younger years when he ran a small business, to leaving a secure job abroad and begin a start-up in California, his successes and failures and how he ultimately ended up as CEO of VarageSale.

He talked about how he went to university with a group of friends and they all vowed that within four years they would hold each other accountable to quit their jobs and begin their own businesses rather than taking the safe road in the working world. Andrew said that he thought that he would just take on a consultancy & investment banking role for a few years and make good money to pay off his debt and then go on his own. This, however, is not what happened. Andrew worked for a few more years and then finally he did leave his secure job to begin a start-up with a family member. In fact, Andrew shared that all but one of the friends took the entrepreneurial route. I was really impressed.

Andrew shared his rollercoaster ride- the failures and successes and how as an entrepreneur you must be careful not to fall in love with your idea/product, rather have checks and balances in place – mentors and guides – who will challenge you to make sure you are making sound business decisions and not throwing good money after bad. He calls this “Is my baby ugly?” I know that every mother thinks their baby is cute when in fact some babies are just not cute. It’s hard to hear but it is the truth. You want to check in and see if your vision is working, if it needs tweaking, abandoning or pivoting.

Getting feedback is critical. Andrew shared the idea of pivoting. I have heard this term before. Awareness, guidance, mentoring, feedback … all of these things help discover if you need to tweak your idea/vision/business to make it more relevant to the needs of your customers and/or market.

One of the most impactful stories he shared was how in one of his ventures he went from very few users to millions. In the same token, when Facebook changed their policy on one of their platform that Andrew’s business was using, they went from 30 million users to 1 million overnight. He shared his experience and the response of the Venture Capitalist world.

He did express that he is not sure that business school offered any more than theoretical knowledge vs hands-on experience, especially for the entrepreneurship stream. I feel education has its place however being an entrepreneur is something that is hard to create. I believe you can foster skills and learn and grow but the innate entrepreneurial “flavour” comes from within. One of the biggest distinctions between a business person and entrepreneur in my opinion is those who work in businesses often tend to focus on problems while the entrepreneur focuses on solutions. I choose the latter.

I want to fast-forward to today where Andrew Sider is CEO of VarageSale. He took a few key people from his former business, BUNK (I believe) and merged with the founder and his team from VarageSale. Like at “marriage” or “partnership” you hope that the two merge well. In this case he said it did and that their core values for corporate culture were similar. When I think of creating corporations for the “new economy” two companies come to mind: Hootsuite and VarageSale. In both cases the companies incorporate a thinking which really does not exist or not for many companies in Corporate Canada. One of the missing components to innovation in Corporate Canada is allowing risk and failure. What I mean by this is companies want a sure thing and are less likely to encourage their people or teams to “take a hypothesis, run with it for a month and come back and see where the challenges, successes, failures or need to tweak come from”. Andrew explained that they do encourage this behaviour. People/teams have one month to check out an idea/hypothesis and then come back and share how this will succeed or not.

When you think about some of the greatest inventions that have come to market, some of these come about by “mistake”.

The other company and CEO that really inspires me is Ryan Holmes from Hootsuite. Ryan is truly an innovator and disruptor. I read his articles and are constantly encouraged that there are CEOs out there that truly understand where we need to take our companies. I love that he stretches his people and their skills sets, understands cross-functioning skill sets and encouraging “coffee dates” and more. This allows for lateral and diagonal movement to different teams & different exposures.

My intention is to work with like-minded people as I create my own online global mobile youth entrepreneur platform; building companies for the new economy based on multiple projects not just in Canada or USA but around the world. The new economy takes into consideration the “we/sharing economy” whereby ideas and projects bring peoples’ skills sets together, mentoring and transference of knowledge, skills and leadership development and most important bridging between the new entrepreneur and Angel and investing world; the investors of today need to understand this new economy and how the entrepreneur of today is not just creating their brand, they are their brand and their passion – the two are intertwined.

It is exciting times. It is not something you can control however the change will come. We can be part of it or stand by the sidelines. I choose to be part of it. I hope you do too.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend. I want to thank the Andrew Sider and Ryan Holmes of the world who are disrupting the status quo.

Enjoy this wonderful time.

All my love,

Sandra

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Assertiveness…

Posted Friday, April 21st, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

Today the Doreen Virtue instagram card reads “Assertiveness”

Being peaceful and loving person doesn’t mean allowing others to take advantage of your niceness. Yet this happens a lot when you fell confused about the definition of being “loving”. There’s confusion that leads gentle people to be “too nice” to those whose intentions are ego-based.

Assertiveness is being lovingly honest. It is speaking sincerely from your heart in a way that honours the other person’s feelings. It releases pent-up anger in constructive ways. If you sense that someone is trying to take advantage of your niceness, the kindest thing you can do is to say NO. After all, saying YES just reinforces that person to continue their ways with you and other nice people. For your own health and theirs, say No to unreasonable requests. Stop trying to rescue people who don’t need or want rescuing, so that your resources can be directed to those who are truly in need.

Here’s a helpful prayer:

Dear G-d, Thank you for guiding my relationships to be healthy, mutually beneficial, and authentic.

To learn more go to Doreen Virtue’s book: “Assertiveness for Earth Angels”.

April Energy: Tips to Thrive in April 2017…

Posted Friday, March 31st, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

I don’t know about the rest of you but the last two weeks has been a real shakedown/shake out of stuff in my life. Somethings have gone away suddenly, some things are being questioned as to how or if I want to proceed, in some instances I have decided who I want to work with and surround myself with and those I don’t, and finally some opportunities are opening up to me for me to consider. I am taking it one day at a time and accepting what is coming my way. Perhaps this article will help prepare you for April. We are about to go into mercury retrograde April 9th however you might feel this energy beforehand- things slowing down, communication issues. computer or appliance issues to name a few. It is a good time to review, revisit, and reevaluate. It is not usually a good time to sign contracts. April seems to be a good time to plant the seeds on what you want to move forward on. That’s what I am focussing on — working to get clarity.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and enjoy this article.

All my love,

Sandra

Tips to Thrive in April 2017

Selacia
a message from Selacia
Friday, 31 March, 2017

Right now and leading up to the April 10 Full Moon is a perfect time to set in motion new ideas, plans, and projects. The key to success is focus, presence, and acting on what you know with divine timing.

There is an energy of newness in the air. Projects and perhaps some of your relationships can benefit. Invite a knowing of new approaches to key relationships and creative pursuits. Updating your view of what’s possible can create big shifts – even miracles.

Our world remains chaotic and uncertain, the constant dance of events unfolding even shocking at times. As I’ve written about recently and in my “2017 Predictions,” what we are moving through now is bringing to the surface unprecedented happenings and challenges.

Do not be discouraged. There is plenty of good and abundant opportunities to move through the chaos to discover your best self – and thrive!

The following are some tips for finding your center so you can thrive. Invite your inner wisdom to speak to you as you continue reading.

FIRST, be mindful of challenging energy cycles like the grand cross occurring around the time of the Full Moon. If you are sensitive you may start feeling this days ahead. The key to moving through this is to stay in your heart, avoid reaction, and choose the high road. Not always easy, but do your best. If something triggers you so deeply that you feel stuck, explore akashic records patterns in your DNA.

SECOND, utilize the Mercury Retrograde of April 9 to May 3 to reconfigure things in your life. Inner work is favored and can lead to significant breakthroughs. Dream work is recommended, too, for the dream state can feel deeper and the mysteries you are able to unravel can be profound. Consider a dream journal, noting insights that come to you throughout this cycle.

THIRD, consider reflecting daily about your passions and how you as a soul can express these in more tangible, productive ways. Think big picture and include both everyday tasks and your dream aspirations. The more that your passion is involved in daily living and interactions, the greater the likelihood that you will succeed with big goals. It’s about your energy signature, after all, so keeping that high-frequency is your key to thriving.

FOURTH, aim your sights on April 26 with its New Moon that can provide a marker moment for shifting something significant in your life. Inner work and steps you take beforehand can prepare you for a mega transformation. This may involve an issue you have struggled with this past year, a goal that has been just beyond reach, or even something outside your radar.

FIFTH, give yourself the gift of time and space daily to simply be still and go within. You are a quantum being, operating on many levels beyond your awareness. Your consciousness needs moments of stillness to be able to assimilate your experiences and to be fed by the divine.

Copyright 2017 by Selacia – a globally known writer, DNA intuitive healer, spiritual teacher, and the creator of The Divine Changemakers * All Rights Reserved * http://selacia.com * Feel free to share these articles with your friends and post to your blog or website as long as you include this entire copyright notice, with link back to website, and the full article text.

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A revealing week… my self-worth challenged

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

Wow it has been quite the week.

In the northern hemisphere spring is around the corner. While I look out my window and see the last bits of snow, the sun is shining reminding me that the good weather is around the corner.

I love Spring time as it’s a time for all things to grow and sprout up – the grass, the flowers and even ourselves. The last few months we have experienced some very heavy energetic months. Around the solar eclipse (end of February) and recent full moon (March 12th) I have seen many of my friends, their husbands/partners and children become sick with the flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, and viruses lasting weeks. One of my friends was admitted to the hospital with an obstruction in her bowel; another friend’s husband admitted himself to the hospital to find out he needed a stint as one of his arteries were narrowed.

While these things are concerning I am happy and grateful to say that things are ok with all of them.

Now that Spring is approaching I encourage each one of us, myself included, to clear out the old fears, worries, concerns, garbage – physically, mentally and spiritually. Physically we can choose to eat healthier and remove some of the sugar and salt items (or reduce) from our diet. I am drinking more water and making sure I take all of my vitamins. I may even decide to do a detox. I want to clear out my office of old papers and things that no longer serve me. I think today is a great day to start!

For the mental and spiritual, I am using mindfulness to help me with this. It is a practice that takes time and practice. I also use meditation to help with this clearing.

I wrote my intentions for this year and I begin each morning reading them. I do this to put me in the mindset of where I want to be. I see myself already in a place of peace and joy, abundance in my life and work and so on. I also take 10 minutes to meditate and quiet my mind and see what arises. I allow what comes up to do so and then just observe what feelings come with it. This allows me to start my day with a clear mind and to ground myself.

What can you do this weekend to start to clear out, clean out, and detox from the old garbage you are holding? Look around you, who you are surrounding yourself with? What foods you are eating? What are the thoughts you are carrying and see what is serving you and what is not, then let it go.

To being, take that first step and then another one and then another one.

Looking forward to marching together towards the life that we want.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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My son is a typical 17 year-old male. He is moody, challenges me and then there is the softer side. I never know what I am going to get. I do know that when we are in the car and his earphones are on it is NOT a good time to talk to him about anything. Whenever I do start on something, to raise something, he just looks at me and says, “I am not listening can’t you see my headphones are on.”

Yes, if we looked back at that time in our life, I am sure that we challenged our parents as well. What I do find different today is the youth make a decision and are very adamant either YES or NO. What I mean by that is that in my teen years I may not have liked something, even challenged it, but when push came to shove I did the “right” thing and/or followed societal norms. Today, I can see more and more with my children and with my friend’s children, that this is not the case. I have found once they make up their mind they cannot be swayed.

This past week, my ex and I had a situation with our son. He decided to drop Chemistry before start of second semester and choose another course. When second semester started he attended his first class and found he did not like the alternative course he selected. He came to us and said that he sat with the guidance person at his school and they came up with a solution: he can drop that course but there are no more choices for courses in the school so they recommended a grade 12U (university) Philosophy course online. He signed up but unfortunately it was done through the continuing education part and not the school and there is a lack of clear direction and guidance. I recognize that this course is online and you have to be self-disciplined, however, without guidance and clear direction most people would not fare well and that included my son.

Our son came to us and said that he wants to drop the course and he’ll get the six required grade 12U courses next year that he can use to apply to post-secondary schools. It turned out he is too late to drop the course so he would have to take an F if he didn’t do the work. In his mind he had already given up and nothing myself, my ex or the guidance teacher would say could convince him otherwise. I believe that his decision to walk away/give up was not because he didn’t like the course rather he was scared and there was a lack of direction; he did not know how to start and the step-by-step to be successful. In his mind he had already failed so why bother.

I had a chance at the teacher-parent interview to meet his History teacher who inspires my son and whom he greatly respects. I told this teacher what was going on and he agreed to help him with the online course by looking at all of his assignments with him. I agreed to help read the material and guide him. When I told my son yet he was still adamant that he was taking an F.

That Monday my son, his guidance teacher from school, my ex and I met to discuss the situation and possible solutions. As I said, my son was adamant about not trying or doing this course. During the meeting the History teacher by chance showed up outside the door and we invited him into the meeting. Within 10 minutes of this man joining the meeting he was able to get my son to change his mind or at least give the course a shot. What changed my son’s mind is when the history teacher presented an exercise to my son to help him make his decision. The teacher asked him, “What is the worse case scenario of doing this course?” My son replied, “I fail”. The teacher replied then you are no further behind as you are already prepared to fail. He then asked him to lay out what are the positives and negatives of taking this online course. If the positives outweigh the negatives then it makes sense to take the course. The positives did outweigh the negatives as he will have his first 12U course in grade 11, his schedule next year can be more flexible, he doesn’t have to put all his eggs in one basked (only getting 6 required 12U courses).

What really convinced my son is the plan of action we put into place. We created a whole “guidance team” to work with my son. Once he ‘felt’ that everything was going to be ok he was more excited about this course. He now has one of the guidance teacher taking over the administration of this course and will help layout what Isaac needs to do and set out a schedule for assignments and tests (a syllabus); his history teacher will help him and proof-read his assignments; another teacher will let him do the course work in her class during her 2nd period and me his mom and his dad have agreed to help with the advanced material that he will be reading and expected to compare/contrast and think at a higher level – to make sure he understands the material for his assignments.

After this whole experience I walked away and thought to myself – why are the kids so quick to jump ship in their work? Why is there so much anxiety, depression and lack of direction for our kids? I realized that there is a lack of guidance and training for our kids once they leave university/college and are thrown into jobs where they are expected to step in and know everything. There is vert little time or effort put into training the youth today. There are many reasons why this happens.

I also realized that like my son, I too need guidance and a team to help bring about some of my great ideas and figure out step-by-step how to achieve this. That is exactly what I am doing starting today. I have a meeting set up to discuss a project: A youth leadership development platform to help me break it down into bite-sized pieces. My best friend said, you don’t need to eat the whole elephant to start – start one piece at a time.

I ask you what is stopping you from achieving what you want? Take this story and learn, as I did, that by surrounding yourself with the “right” people that make you feel safe and inspired to succeed, will make the difference between success and failure. You might even fail with your concept and plan however those people can help tweak it if need be.

I wanted to share this story and hope you gained something from it as I did.

I also want to wish you a wonderful weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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There is a saying, “To each their own”. I guess I was so taken aback by a recent article that I wanted to share it. I know that we are all entitled to our own opinions and while I will share mine, I respect that you may or may not agree with what I am about to write.

I do, however, pose a question and that is what kind of world do we want to exist in as human beings? I am not sure if what is happening is art imitating life or the other way around. Let me get to the article which really took me aback. It is entitled, Chinese kids given DNA talent testing, and appeared in the National Post this past week.

The article, written by Neil Connor, shares how thousands of young children and babies in China are undergoing genetic testing in an attempt to detect what talents they will develop later in life. Connor states that this trend is being pushed along by what’s referred to as “Tiger Mothers”. The result is the emergence of and growing number of “health institutes” that claim to predict the life prospects of children as young as ONE. These companies charge the equivalent of hundreds of dollars to preform the tests, which involve taking saliva swabs that are sent for lab testing. Just two short weeks later you get your results which tell the parent(s) whether their child is gifted in such areas as dancing, mathematics or painting. Parents are also given a profile of their child’s general level of intelligence, emotional understanding and concentration, and are told whether they will be introverted or extroverted.

In the article the Connor states experts are skeptical of the scientific evidence to support such techniques, and ethical concerns have been raised. He ends the article quoting Mike McNamee, a professor of applied ethics at Swansea University, who says talent spotting was a “gross oversimplification and overblown belief in the power of genetic technology. If parens want to know if their kids is going to grow up to be a great sprinter, go and watch them.”

This article really upset me. I believe we are children of God and that our life is not about the destination rather the journey and in that journey we, as humans, have ups and downs, successes and failures, learning, growing, and experimenting. I have seen children be so engrossed in a sport or activity and then wake up one day and decide I don’t want to do this anymore. By allowing a test to determine our outcome is no better than saying we are robots ourselves. We assume that we are preprogrammed for a destiny. While I do believe that we can be drawn to a passion, as I said, passions can change. There are so many points in our life in which we have choices and depending on our choice can take us down different paths. To me this is a frightening direction we are going in as humans.

What happened to wonderment and just being in the moment; letting kids be kids. We are at our most creative time when we are kids. This is when our imagination is heightened. As children get older it is often found that their creativity is less, even to the point of being stifled. I love the work by Sir Ken Robinson who says that schools kill creativity.

I say …. Let children be children. They should be able to explore many things in their life. I feel that pushing kids in a certain direction might certainly backfire, maybe not today but we will see the impact and outcome and at that point it may be too late.

It is a long weekend, Family Day, where I live and I plan on enjoying this beautiful weather.

I hope that this blog and the article I wrote about gives you some food for thought.

I want to wish you all a wonderful weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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I was watching the Kelly show and she had on as her guest Julian Edelman, the New England Patriot wide receiver that had the outstanding catch that helped turn around a deficit and be part of what led the Patriot’s to their fifth win. I have to admit I was going for Atlanta and when half time came it seemed that Atlanta was heading towards their first Super Bowl win.

During the show Kelly asked Edelman what the coach said to the players during half-time break. Like most, myself included, we assumed that the coach would get those guys into a room and just blast them. He said that the coach turned to the guys and said, “You are a team and we work together. We need to take one play at a time when we go back out there if we want to win.” And sure enough that is exactly what they did. They drove the numbers up to the point that they tied the game. As soon as they tied the game I knew New England Patriots were going to win.

This is not the first time I have heard a coach talk take to his players like this. I remember a few years ago sitting in a career development conference and they brought in a former coach of the Montreal Canadians who led the team to a come back win for the Stanley cup when they were down 4 games to 1. Like the Patriot’s coach he told the players we play one game at a time. And sure enough they won to the point they won the Stanley Cup.

Why do I bring this up? I am constantly reminded how reaching your goals and “winning” (whatever that means to you) is not just about going after the big picture, rather, breaking it down into actionable soundbites. I have to remind myself of this because I am hard on myself. Therefore, in order to reach my larger vision, which is large, I need to break it down into sections/steps and just put all my effort into that one section/step. I talk about baby steps all the time. I want to couple that with patience. These are two things I am working at getting better at. For me, I sometimes get caught up in the larger picture/vision and want people to know … what I am doing is not just this part but there is more to it. That is more about my ego than achieving my goal/vision.

I also need to remind myself that I’m not doing this alone. I am part of a tribe/community. Knowing this is comforting.

When I say this I may not formally be part of anything, rather I see myself as part of a youth movement in which we all want to see the same thing: a better world for our millennial youth and the ones to follow. What I have discovered in the youth brainstorm sessions we have held is that the youth also want this. The older millennials are really concerend about what kind of world their younger counter parts will inherit.

My message today is: be in the moment and focus everything you have in that moment. Our success will come as a compound effect of the smaller successes. If you set a New Years goal which you have already broken try it this way. Rather than looking to quit smoking altogether, try one less cigarette a day. If you want to lose 20 pounds, focus on one day at a time and for that day drink a little bit more water, get a little bit more sleep, tell yourself one positive thing or one thing you are grateful for, exercise a little bit more than you did the day before, eat one more healthy thing in your diet. At the end of the day, congratulate yourself on a great day. If you have a bad day – ate a lot of junk, didn’t exercise – who cares that one day is gone and tomorrow you have another day to enjoy. It always helps to find your support group or community: for example people who are health conscious or want to become healthier.

I want to leave you for this weekend saying we get to define what it means to be a winner and what reaching our goals looks like – don’t ever let anyone take that away from you. Dream big and just break it down into bite sizes.

I want to wish you a great weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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How the movie Hidden Figures inspired me

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

Yesterday my best friend and I went to go see the movie, Hidden Figures. I had no idea what the movie was about only that my parents raved about it and told me to go and see it.

I could not get enough of the movie… I loved it! For those that have not seen it, the trailer describes it as “The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.”

These women pushed the boundaries not only as women but more importantly as African-American women who faced great racial divide in their state and country. I was so inspired. All I kept thinking was if these women could live their dreams and push through adversity in the 1960s then certainly in 2017 I could. As I write this I do recognize that as much as things have changed, in many respects when you look at what is happening in the USA today you might actually wonder – women’s rights? Racial divide?

I don’t want to digress. What I really want to talk about is following our dreams. It begins with having a dream and believing it can happen. The other part of the movie that really struck me was the fact that to find solutions to our problems we sometimes need to look at it from a different angle, not straight on. So often when we are looking for the solution we just cannot see it however the answer is there, just not straight on in our face. We might even think that the solution does not exist. In the case of the movie when Mary was looking for the math equation to determine the “go no go” pinpoint location the astronaut needed to reenter the atmosphere, Mary and her fellow mathematicians could not figure it out. Finally, Mary realized she needed to look at the problem/solution from a different angle. She realized the answer was always there, from the past, it just needed to be revived and made relevant. And sure enough she created the equation that was needed to determine the “go no go” pinpoint using an ancient math language.

To see Mary’s face when she realized that she did it, she did the impossible, she created a formula that did not exist was so moving.

I walked away from this movie and thought about my own work. I realized that I have been looking at the solution to my youth work from the wrong angle. All of a sudden all of this information and inspiration began flowing to me. All I needed was to shift my thoughts just a little.

Is there something in your life, an issue or problem that you are struggling with to find a solution? If so, perhaps you need to look at it from a different angle/different perspective. I cannot tell you exactly what you will need to do or how to look at something but I can say take a second and step back. Break down the problem and look at all of the parts to it. Perhaps you have been focussing on the wrong part. By doing so you may find the answer(s) that you are seeking.

What I want to leave you with this weekend is that there is always a solution even if we think it does not exist. A small shift in perspective or belief, a shift in thought, might just be what you need to get the answer to the problem you are facing.

Try it…

On that note I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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Swearing in of the 45th President of the USA

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

Today the world is polarized: you are either for Trump or against him. There does not seem to be a middle ground.

I don’t follow the crowd and say there are some things that I support Trump on and there are somethings and in particular beliefs that I am wary of. Many articles I have read say it is a time of uncertainty as we don’t know what will really happen with this new administration. We must wait and see.

I did watch the inauguration of the 45th president as Donald J. Trump was sworn in. I listened to him speak and to be frank he has some lofty vision and goals. I do truly believe that he does want to make America Great again. The question everyone asks is how will he do it? And at what cost to the other countries? He has said America first and everyone else second.

To me the numbers show a dichotomy; 45th = 4+5 = 9 and 9 represents the end of a cycle. 2017 = 2+0+1+7 = 10 = 1+0 = 1 which represents the beginning of a new cycle. Perhaps the USA is at the end of a cycle – going against the Establishment and not jus the USA rather the whole work is embarking on a new cycle.

We are all curious to see how this unfolds. As a Canadian I am concerned about the Nafta agreement being revised and how that will impact the Canadian economy. I don’t think it is wise to sit back and wait and see. We, like all countries, need to evaluate who we are as a country, what are our strengths, and what assets do we bring to the table. I wish I could say that I have belief in my own administration, unfortunately I don’t. I think Trudeau made a tactical error when he chose not to go to the Inauguration ceremony today.

2017 is a time for courage and strength, to challenge what is not working and really focus on or create more of what is working or just plain create something new. I feel that the time is right for all of us, not the Donald J. Trump, to step up and be the change. You do not have to be worth billions of dollars to do so. I also hope that countries around the world do not slip into an isolationist thinking and behaviour as we are all from one world and what happens in one part of the world can impact elsewhere. We have seen and experienced this.

In my own work I look to 2017 for year of empowerment, growth, courage and impact. I am looking to partner with the youth to really move forward in creating the youth movement and voice – to use what is working and more importantly create what is not. I cannot tell you exactly how it will look or even how it will unfold. I do feel the time is right for this movement.

I want to end this and say rather than looking at the new Trump administration from a win or loose stance, that you look at it as an opportunity to make changes. Some may be good, some may not, however that is true for any of the previous administrations that came before. Even within my country there is feeling that Trudeau and his group have not accomplished much of anything.

I am not sitting around and waiting to see what will happen. I plan on making it happen. I will call for support from our administration at all levels to stand behind their words, “we support the youth”.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend. Relax, enjoy, pura vida!

All my love,

Sandra

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