Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. friends

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

I am in the midst of shaking it up and changing it up but not too busy to step back and wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I know that this holiday is bigger than Christmas and Easter because is includes all religions, backgrounds, colour, creed and belief system.

It is a day to put aside differences and celebrate the common theme: GRATITUDE.

There is much to be grateful for and what I have learned is that despite things going awry in my own life for the most part my life is pretty damn good; there is always someone who is worse off than me and many far worse off than me.

I am grateful for the lives I have touched. I am working on a life skills platform to bring to our youth beginning at the early ages. I am grateful for the inspiration I get from within, universe, G-d – wherever it comes. I am not going to lie some days I question my purpose. When I can get out of my own way, my “story” and acknowledging that everything is impermanent I know that in the next second of my life I can make different choices.

I hope you take this time and evaluate the good things in your life and be grateful and thankful. Mostly I ask you to look at your incredible support system, which may include 1 or 2 people or many. I ask that you take time to look at yourself and where are you not loving and honouring yourself. Breaking habits, cycles and belief systems are not easy … but worth it.

A meaningful life is much more than material things. Of course I love them as well however they do not define me or even drive me. To me my wealth begins with the authentic friendships and relationships I have, my health, my children and family and then of course my financial abundance.

I want to wish all of you celebrating a Happy Thanksgiving and find what that truly means to you and then cherish it.

For those in other parts of the world let’s join in and be grateful and thankful for what is in our lives and know that we create our own destiny so if you and not happy with something then make the decision to bring change. You don’t have to know what that is even … just make the decision and ask G-d, universe, friends, mentors,coaches, professionals for help in this process.

All my love,

Sandra

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Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating!

Posted Friday, November 27th, 2015. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

It’s USA Thanksgiving: Canada has already celebrated their Thanksgiving weekend in October however, it is always nice to have a reminder of how important it is to be thankful especially in these precarious times.

I came to the conclusion about 6 months ago that nothing is for sure or lasts forever, even as much as we want it to be at times. That is neither good or bad, it just is. So what does that mean for us as humans. To me it means that we really need to cherish the people and things that are good in our lives, right now. Sometimes, it is hard to see what is good. I know, I have been there too.

When I can get out of my head and diminish any negative self talk harmful to me, I can see what is good more clearly. When I allow my ego, mind and/or head to lead me it can bring me to trouble.

I don’t know how many of you saw the video by that French man who lost his wife during the Paris attack. In the video he declares that he will not give the terrorists his anger for they already took his wife… and that he will not teach his son to hate, rather be grateful for every day in his life; that his greatest revenge will be to live a life that is full and complete EVEN THOUGH the woman he loved was taken from him.

It brought me to tears. So can we find good? Can we find forgiveness? Can we learn to be thankful for all that is in our life, both perceived good and bad? I guess I leave that up to the individual. I will not lie, I struggle with this as well. One person’s pain, loss and tragedy may be another’s empowerment and strength. Who are we to judge.

I will say that to shift my mood I find going to gratitude even for the small things can help make that shift possible. This weekend, find gratitude and thankfulness even in the smallest of things. Maybe it will be gesture (someone pays you a compliment), or a small token gift or just sitting down together your entire family in one room. Many around the world, especially the Syrian refugees, do not have this luxury.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful, grateful and thankful weekend.

ENJOY, LAUGH, SMILE, AND OF BE GRATEFUL.

All my love,

Sandra

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends!

Posted Thursday, November 27th, 2014. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

This is one of the biggest holidays if not the biggest holiday in the US. It doesn’t distinguish between colour, creed, religion or sex. It is equally celebrated by all.

It is about gratitude and what we are grateful for in our life. For many this will come easy and for others who are struggling or dealing with issues – personal or professional – this may seem more daunting.

I am so grateful for many things in my life. There are other things that I really have to sit back and find the gratitude, especially the personal issue I am dealing with right now.

It is important to find this place as we know that so many good things come out of gratitude. We see friendships developing and blossoming, doors opening and things flowing to us that we want to manifest.

For the most part we get to choose who we spend our time with on this holiday. These are people we love and cherish. Of course there are situations where you will be surrounded by people that you don’t like or are not your favourite people. In these cirucmstances you can set the boundaries. You can smile and say hi and that’s it, you can have small chitter chatter or you may be able to resolve an outstanding issue.

However this unfolds you are in charge of the outcome. This is a time of empowerment. It does not mean demeaning or bringing down someone else. It just means that you can choose how people speak to you, the tone of voice they use and even the range of topics. If there is an outstanding family issue you can let the person know that this is not the appropriate time and place to discuss this. You are happy (if you are) to speak of this at another time.

Most important enjoy this time. Laugh, share, and be in peace. All is good.

I want to wish everyone celebrating a Happy Thanksgiving for you and your families. For those not celebrating, you can still be grateful.

All my love,

Sandra

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Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the U.S.

Posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2012. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | 2 Comments

This is one of the biggest holidays of the year. It it is a time to bring family and friends together to give thanks for those people that are in your life and make a difference.

While watching the X-Factor this week, the artists performed a song to someone that inspired them in their life. Cece Fry sang a special song to her sister who passed away when Cece was young. What Cece did is reminded us that there are many people who have touched our lives and are no longer physically with us. She referred to her sister as her angel who is with her every time she sings.

I also believe in my angels; important people who have touched my life and are no longer physically in this world but I KNOW they are with me.

Thanksgiving is also a time to be grateful for what is in your life. I want to stretch that thinking and ask you to be grateful for all of the lessons and experiences you had this year. You may be asking, why do I want to look at those times that were hard for me and my family? Hopefully, you have worked through or are working through those tough times and able to see the “silver lining”. I believe that everything happens for a reason. So, when something tough or “bad” happens – rather than labelling it, ask yourself, “what can I learn from this situation?” These times may even allow you to step back and really appreciate someone or something that is currently in your life.

This last year for me has been a time to deal with my deep-seated fears. I recently re-read my 2012 intentions and that is exactly what I asked for. Why, you say? I did so because I wanted to let go of those fears that are blocking me from being all that I can be and doing my work – my calling. Needless to say it has been an interesting few months (more than a few!!!). Today, as I write this I can honestly say that all the tough moments and hard work has been worth every tear, feeling of frustration, and questioning. ALL of my relationships have benefited. I feel through the releasing and letting go process I have learned what is important in life. I have “two feet in” for all of my relationships — I can give and receive.

What are you grateful for? What did you learn this year about yourself? Who touches your life? Who has touched your life and influences it today?

As you sit down to your Thanksgiving lunch or dinner, surrounded by your loved ones and dearest friends, enjoy the moment. Be grateful for all that is in your life; be grateful for those that have touched your life and made a difference; be grateful for the learning experiences.

Have a wonderful weekend!

All my love,

Sandra

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I know that Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the U.S. – likely the biggest one that is celebrated by all, despite colour, religion, gender, or creed. You, in a sense, become one – One country, one people, one voice – celebrating and sharing your love & gratitude.

I know that things have been difficult in the U.S. and it is slowly hopefully returning to some sense of normality. I ask that you look at this time as one of opportunity and growth and know that when one door closes, another one opens. The journey and path of life is one that is not straight and at times may seem unbearable – yet really it may be a time of growth and understanding and learning; taking you to another level or on a different path. This path/route may bring you closer to the truth of who you are. Sometimes it will end a relationship, friendship, job, financial, etc. and it will do this because you do not have the strength or foresight to do so. Other times it allows you to put things in perspective to decide what you really want.

This week has been a difficult week. I have watched my aunt die and a close friend’s brother-in-law, Lee, a 42 year old that I also grew up with. My aunt worked for 24 years and retired and then, as we hear so often, she developed a brain tumour. She died just after a year later. All her dreams of travelling and with her partner, having that mother-and-daughter trip, and just living life came to a short end. While she did not get to see these dreams come to fruition she was a woman who stayed positive despite adversity, and surrounded herself by those who loved her, especially her friends. Lee, learned at an early age when he developed Crohns at age 14 (likely before hand just diagnosed at this time), that health is crucial and that he must learn to love life and live life to its fullest. He did just that. He really enjoyed life and he touched so many lives in the process. He was an incredible person that wanted to give back. He was also a dreamer and followed his passions and whether these passions were “successful” or not it did not matter. He always learned the lesson and moved on. He is a person to learn from. He left behind his soul mate of 21 years and two boys, brothers, sister-in-laws/brother-in-laws, parents and grandparents. He will be greatly missed but his legacy and memory will carry on.

I tell you this because for those that are living and are finding things challenging please stop and look around at those in your life – your loved ones who are there to love and support you no matter what. You are alive and so I ask please learn to live life to its fullest. Everything is a cycle – so perhaps you are on a down cycle and know it will change. You may also be on high cycle – please remember to enjoy and celebrate these times. It is so important. Some forget that this is just as important to know you are doing a great job!

I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving as you celebrate with family and friends. May your days be filled with love and peace. More importantly — Eat up for me!!!

For those in other countries who are not celebrating Thanksgiving, please know that gratitude and love is everyday and ongoing.

All my love,

Sandra

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GRATITUDE… I have been on twitter and facebook today and there are so many people sharing their gratitude for the people in their lives and the life that they are leading.

Gratitude is the first place to start when you want to shift something; to be grateful for where you are at — in this moment. While some many have more materially and others less, this is not what defines us. I do believe in abundance for all. For me the greatest thing to be grateful for is my free will and the right to choose the life that I want FOR ME: for myself, my family, my friends and more — all the relationships I have in my life. I know that as I learn to unconditionally love and honour me, this is mirrored in all my relationships: personal, professional, financial, health and wellness, abundance and more.

I recently had a discussion with a new friend, Vivek, and he is originally from India, from a family with very little. His path has been blessed and he was able to leave, have his education paid for from someone he has never met (done anonymously), was able to do his MBA and now he is ready to give back.

We debated about the fact that 2% (I say 1%) of the world’s population controls all the finances while the other 98/99% do not. He wants to focus shifting the paradigms of the 2%. I say it is both – The 1% need to realize that they no longer need to hoard their abundance, especially financial, and that there is enough for all. The 99% of the population need to realize that they are deserving in receiving this abundance. We all deserve food on our “table”, clean healthy water to drink and a “roof” over our head.

It still begins with gratitude…. there is so much to be grateful for — find that and cherish it. Then let us all work together, brother and sister and empower one another to be our greatest self. As we begin to find peace within, we will change the world, one person at a time.

Enjoy today!

All my love,

Sandra

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