Category Archives: Inspiration

Are You Crazy Enough?

Genius, a fine line between Brilliant and Crazy. Highest of IQs are closest to Crazy, did you know that? It Is true. The highest of IQs and those brilliant minds such as Steve Jobs, Ghandi, Socrates, Einstein,  etc. They needed to be crazy enough to change the world, and they did.

A friend once told me

If you tell someone your goals, and they do not laugh at them, than that means your not reaching high enough.

David Daoud

Reach high, seek something bigger!

 

 

Mark Your Footprints

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”

Mother Teresa

I have been having these amazing conversations with a good friend of mine, and things like this quote have been the base of our discussions. I HAVE LOVED IT, but the rest of my life seems to be passing me by.

Truth is, I have been in this little bubble and I can’t get myself to get out of it. On the other hand, I have been in and out of this different piece of mind where I LOVE thinking philosophically, psychological and sociologically. These moments are my highest Euphoria, and I want to stay there.

Life is what you make it. Life is what you chose to do with it. You can waste it by talking about USELESS topics, or you can discuss topics that MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

What person do you want to be? Of course many of you will say the Influential person… But let me ask you this: What are you doing about it? Will you wake up tomorrow and do the exact same *BS*? Yes Bullshit. It is repetitive Bullshit that make no difference in your life or anyone else.  I have to admit, I am sick and tired of this Bullshit. Talking about NOTHINGNESS, things that make no impact, things that will not make me a better person. I am sick, and I am tired. This life, we have only One Chance at it. I don’t want to wake up tomorrow and be told by a doctor that this is it, This is your life, and I have done NOTHING. I want to change the world, one minute at a time, and I CAN, and I WILL.

So here is my rant, now lets talk reality. Who do you surround yourself with? Who are your friends, your colleagues, your family? Who do you share inspirational conversations with? Do you discuss Change? Do you discuss Happiness? Do you talk about how to become a Better Person? Better yet, does anyone talk to you about what makes you a Worst Person? Do you have that someone that wakes you up when you are so stuck in your own BS? If you can’t think of someone, than you are hanging out with the wrong people. Everyone needs a reality check, everyone needs a Wake up Call. I have that, but sadly I get sucked into uselessness sometimes, I am human, it’s normal. But the real test is if you GET YOURSELF OUT.

So, important Reality is: Who your Friends Are is who You Are. If your friends don’t Change you, They are not a good friend). If you find yourself talking about NOTHINGNESS, find someone who makes you talk CHANGE, talk POSITIVISM, talk INTELLIGENCE.

I have been lost, I can admit it, but I am tired of being lost. I need change, I need Thought, I need conversation, I need happiness…. I am seeking. Are you?

Make the change today. Find the right friends and keep them. Spend more time with them, because if they make you think, you are getting closer to happiness, because being happy is being fulfilled. Fulfillment is MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL.

Focus on what is important, not what you will never take with you when you are gone. Reaching success is one thing, but if you make nothing of that success then WHAT HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED? Have you REALLY changed this world? Or have you changed YOUR reality?

Boasting, Arrogance, Greet, Egocentricity, these are NOT SUCCESS, these are PURE REPUGNANCE. Embrace the blessings you have been given, GIVE, HELP, SAVE, CONSIDER others. Life is about MAKING A DIFFERENCE, and I am not talking about YOUR LIFE, I am talking about that homeless woman asking you for money, but giving her gloves instead because you notice she is shaking. THINK, TAKE NOTICE, BE SOMEONE!!!!!!!!!!! FEEL more what you SEE, TAKE THE TIME TO CARE.

Consider this scenario: You are walking down the street with your warm coat, warm gloves, warm tuque and you get stopped by a homeless person simply begging you for money, begging you for SOMETHING. But you are late for work, rushing around, as you usually are, everyone is always rushing. Never do we take a moment to simply appreciate the air we are breathing, because some do not have clear air. Never do we take the time to be grateful for the water we drink, because some do not have clean water. Never do we appreciate the time we have because some cannot rest as they must feed their children and can’t keep up. Back to the scenario, you are walking down the street, you either throw a loonie at them, or simply ignore them because you are on your phone, on your Facebook, or simply texting someone that is NOT THERE. This poor woman, child, man… they have been denied love, ignored, denied a smile that may brighten their day, a difference can be that simple. What would happen if you walked down the street, saw a homeless person and decided to Stop, take a minute to ask them how their day is going, if they would like something to eat instead of money, if you can grab them a coffee, or event buy them gloves, a tuque, a scarf., anything to make their life easier, as they don’t have it easy… but you do… or have it easier. How does this sound in your busy life now?

This is an extremely passionate topic for me, SO I tell you…

WAKE UP!

SEEK!

REACT!

LOVE!

GROW!

FIND YOURSELF!

I have hit rock bottom, because I CARE. No one knows what you go through, so find your own Happiness, in what you need. I need Personal Growth;

What Do You Need? Who Do You Want to BE?

SO BE!

Fall in Love with Your Life, Instead of a Person

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Its fun and games when you fall in love with someone… But you must first fall in love with YOUR LIFE.

Why?

Because by giving your life a chance, you give you a chance!

A chance to find your passions and doing things you love. A chance to find your goals in life, what you want. A chance to value your relationships in your life, and not only romantic one, but people that you should give a chance to. You will allow yourself to feel alive and travel and be you, what life is truly about. A chance to really live your dreams and not just imagine them when you are in LaLa land. You also allow yourself to grow and learn to really listen to those around you, and not be blinded by what is really happening around you. It also allows you to see the little things as huge things, because when you have time for your happiness, you realise the small things are the big things. You enjoy the beauty of what the outdoors allows you to see and value your health because it matters the most.

My personal favorite, when you have time for you, you are always seeking to improve and become the best version of yourself, which will mean the world to you and to those appreciating your changes around you.

You also cherish every moment because every experience you live is unique. You are very proud of your accomplishments and achievement, you grow as a person and you become a special individual that you appreciate.

YOU LOVE YOURSELF!

So wake up and FIND ALL THESE. If you are single, find yourself now before it’s too late, and if you are in a relationship, remember YOU and if you are unsure who you are, take a step back, and find the time to find Yourself.

Enjoy your life and always seek Happiness!

Change Begins with YOU!

My absolute favorite videos are motivational ones. What motivates you?

Do you fear of failing? Do you Fear disappointment? Or Fear of losing?

Fear is life’s Roadblock!

STOP fearing and START changing. Star Becoming a Better Reflection of YOURSELF!

So, one word of advise, take a moment in silence and ASSESS your Life, your Successes, your goals, your willingness to Grow. Be AMBITIOUS and GROW! Grow Spiritually, Grow Emotionally, Grow Powerfully! Grow Grow Grow!

It doesn’t matter what happens to you, the question is WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

WATCH THIS POWERFUL VIDEO AND PLEASE MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO GROW.

 

Friendships & Marriages: Find Your Roots

A really good friend of mine sent me this video and told me I was the Root in her Tree, so I watched this video and understood the beauty of friendships and love. Her love was real; some love are temporary and others are real. I really can’t describe this video any better than ‘Madea’. So please watch this and reassess your relationships.

 

Don’t Compare, Admire to Inspiration!

compare2As humans, we all have that instinct to compare ourselves to others and feel crappy about ourselves. Truth is, each of us is Unique and we should embrace that notion that we are not all the same, and we each hold a Special Compound that is US.

When you look at someone else, envy, compare, wish you were them.,.. stop and think, You are Unique, and with your good and bad qualities, you are an entity, you are your own person.

Admiration is beautiful, jealousy is not. Seeking a Role model is beautiful but bitterness is ugly.

I hope you woke up today, saw the sun, and thought to yourself:

I have been blessed with another day of life and I will appreciate it and grow better and stronger.

What I want from you to be aware of today is that we are all different and though sometimes someone else’s life seems better and healthier than ours, it really may not be. We are humans and we always want others to see what is socially correct and positive. Sometimes that may make you an optimist, other times it is because you want to hide your discontent with life and your lack of purpose and will to change it.

Don’t judge life by what you see, you really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. So, focus on your inner peace and your outer joy. Be happy with what you have, and strive to trump what you do not have.

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Words of Wisdom

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They say trust your elders, I saw their right. Experience is everything in life. Learn from other’s mistakes, you don’t always need to make them yourself, and you know what, when it comes to these words of wisdom, you really don’t want to make them yourself because that will be a life full of regrets. You don’t want to wake up at 60 saying What did I do to My life? Gosh, do I regret my life. You don’t want that, it is scary.

So I read this article today Advice from some old people, and it was a wake up call.

Please take a look at the 20 tips given by older people to teach you a little something about life. Do’s and Don’ts.

I don’t want to wake up at the end of my life regretting the little things that don’t even end up mattering. Wake up, live a better healthier loving life. Don’t dwell on things that mean nothing. Dwell on what really matters. Take care of yourself and those that mean the most to you.

Read this article and hear every piece of advise loud and clear: Advise from Some Old People

Something New?

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5 Ways To Tell If You Need A Career Change, what a great article today.
A friend of mine inspired me to write this, she has been struck with a life decision that can change her whole entire life, but you know what, there is nothing wrong with being scared, it makes you human. Happiness, it is a big factor in your wellness and in your health, and you must always put that first.We have all been through troubled times where we doubt, we question, we need better answers….Do you need a career change? Are you happy with what you are doing? Are you depleted and over it?

I’m 36 and work in a mid-level corporate role.  I know I don’t like my work (and haven’t liked it for more than 5 years or so), and things are not going great at the company, but it pays very well, has good benefits and there are some things that are OK about it (mostly that it pays a regular paycheck that feels “secure”).  I was promoted recently too, but still I agonize daily whether I should change careers or just leave it alone and stick with it.  How can you tell if you should change careers or not? 

Should I stay or should I quit?
Here are five ways to tell if you NEED something new.
1. You are chronically worn out, exhausted and depleted: if you get home and your body is broken down and cannot think of doing anything else, you have depleted yourself to the point of exhaustion.
Your body tells you what your lips cannot.
2. Your skills, responsibilities, and tasks are not you at all: Do you care about what you are doing? Is it YOU? Do you have what you do, find it useless or worthless? Do you see yourself wanting to make a bigger difference? You may really be in the wrong field.
3. You’ve come to the point where your salary no longer makes up for the boredom and emptiness you feel: The money can make you *happy* for so long, but are you over it? Is material no longer satisfying you? Sometimes, making less money can make you much happier than making more, and you need to make that decision. Is the money keeping you stuck in your position?
Hang on here – I have this money, but I hate how I spend my life making it.
4. Despite all the “right” choices you made in your career, the outcome feels very wrong:  You have worked so hard to be where you are, but you HATE where you landed. Yes, that is so possible and you know, you need to be brave enough to acknowledge that. you need to know when what you believed was for you, is NOT YOU AT ALL, and that is totally fine. Life is not always what we seem it to be, and this is what life is all about, change, new, experience, learning.
5. You have the irrepressible feeling that your talents and abilities could/should be used in a totally different (more creative and impactful) way: If you are thinking, there is more to life than what you are doing, then there very much may be. Listen to your gut, don’t lie to yourself.
There’s another way to live and work, even though you can’t see it yet.
So, you have been given a quick glimpse of reality. Life, career, happiness, they all need to intertwine, you cannot be happy if you hate what you do 8 or more hours of your day. If you feel this article has given you an eye opener then maybe you needed one. Wake up, Make a Change. Life is too short to live it on a candle waiting to be burned out. You need fire, you need happiness, you need a good life, you only get it once.
I hope you have found yourself a little more today. Have a great Sunday!

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I am crazy about FITNESS and you know what, I think it is about time I share my love with you.

My body, Mind and Soul are through my fitness.

Is working out for you a chore? Because it shouldn’t be, and If you know half of what makes me happy about working out, you will want it too. The new year is coming and resolutions are sky high. Why not get into something that will leave you happy and excited? Not all workouts are like your typical gym, where you go, do your reps and leave, some are ALOT OF FUN. So stick around and find out more.

I want you to find that love within, and I believe that this article does it best, to show you exactly what the best SWEATS are.

So, here it is: 7 Badass Fitness Classes In Ottawa That Will Get You Toned AF

1. Orangetheory Fitness // 1001 Dazé Street

I personally have never tried it, I have tried Canadian Strength which was an amazing all body workout. I do plan on trying OrangeTheory and I am certain I will fall in love with it, as it seems to be exactly what I strive on, High Intensity and a lot of fun.

2. Greco Fitness // Multiple Locations

This is my Baby. Greco Sparks Seriously such AMAZING FUN. Greco gets you working on yourself in ways you can’t imagine. Dedication, Friends, Fun, TONENESS. You got it all! It is Intense, and It is for everyone. Greco is my home now, and I can do 1-2-3 classes a day, you go at your pace. Check out the  OAC Greco too, amazing HIIT classes, worth your time and your legs! Working out is no longer to get skinnier or to workout that ice cream, it really becomes your identity, your social guru, you should try it. There are MANY locations, you just need to pick.

3. DOUVRIS Martial Arts // Multiple Locations

This is a new one for me, though I have been to 100% Martial Arts which is amazing, with highly trained instructors and a love for the dojo. Bill Gatchell, the founder and Head Master of this amazing place and his team will leave you sweating and in shape, let alone teach you to defend yourself. I think Martial Arts is an amazing talent and an amazing workout that benefits more than your body, but your mind and your self-confidence.

4. iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre // 1416 Wellington Street West

I have never tried this studio, but I believe strongly that it is what it claims to be, toning you inside out, and these barre classes with combination of strength training, yoga, pilates and a ballet barre will definitely do the job to kick your butt.

5. Ottawa Pole Fitness // 1066 Somerset Street West

FUN right? I have been meaning to try this fitness class for a while and man do I believe this gets you fit, I mean you must have that strength to be able to do what these dancers do. Let’s face it, we all want to feel hot while getting that hot BOD. So let’s try this out.

6. Pure Yoga Ottawa // Multiple Locations

PURE is my heaven, I love this Yoga spot, and yes I have tried a few Studios but PURE has by far been the Purest and Best, especially for a Fitness freak like me. I love the burn, I love the heat, I love the power. PURE YOGA has it all for you, and you should really try it. I have been to YogaTown Studio and it is also amazing and worth a try.

7. Wheelhouse Cycle Inc. // 1279 Wellington Street West

O.M.G. What FUN, what BURN, what FITNESS. I was recently introduced to Wheelhouse and DAMN did I love it. So much fun, with Music, Sweat, Dancing, and Friends. GO TRY THIS RIGHT AWAY, you are missing out. It really is unreal, you won’t imagine what a full body workout that is. It might be your next best thing.

So ………… All this to show, WORKING OUT CAN BE SO FUN, it is not a chore, it is not to drag yourself to the gym, you just need to try something new, remember, you just might LOVE IT.

Your Healthy Solutions!

fitness-tipsHere are a few tips that I live by; and I want you to Live by them too.

1. Cut the Sugar: Sugar spikes your insulin. Avoid Processed food too, it is filled with sugar. Instead, have a high protein and vegetables vegetable diet.  The protein helps build muscle and veggies are carbohydrates low on the glycemic index (GI), they are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised, cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore lower insulin levels. Other good carbs are brown rice, sweet potatoes and quinoa as they are slow digesting carbs with low GI.

2. Allow yourself Cheat Meals: Having a cheat meal once a week is allowed if you take care of your body and treat it well. Your healthy lifestyle can afford it, but note that this rule only works if you’re working out.

3. Schedule a Fat Burning Workout Routine: Doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a great way to shed extra weight as this exercise gets your heart rate to go through the roof for about a short period then allows it to rest and repeats, which  increases your heart rate in intervals. This is a great fat burning workout.

4. Keep a routine: Starving yourself, we have already discussed, is a pure no no. It only causes your body to get confused and store the fat as it does not know when it will be fed again. Therefore keeping a routine and eating small meals every 3 hours or so will allow your body to read you better and know to burn as it will be fed again soon. This routine over time  allows you to eat tons of food but consistently stay low in body fat, as your metabolism will spike and you will continue to burn throughout the day.

5. Surround yourself with people like YOU: Truth is, it is really hard to be healthy if you are surrounded by unhealthy people, so be choosy with your friends. I swear by this tip and have like-minded friends, which I absolutely love. These friends keep me on my feet and allow me to continue being happy. One in particular, always teaching me new health  tips and different workouts, which feels absolutely amazing. Hanging out together is never an impediment as being healthy and staying fit is a lifestyle, and we both live by that. Friends that train together, stay together, right?! So build your life around people with similar goals.

For more information, see article by Nicolas Cole in Medical Daily.