Inspiration 2015! was fun, energizing, inspiring and simply soul-fulfilling! As promised, Wilson and I hosted our guests with music, travel experiences, writing and dancing! We have so much to be grateful for and to celebrate with a group of enthusiastic people was rejuvenating for our souls. As always, the universe conspires the moment we set the intention and every single detail fell in place – from getting the venue, securing Nile Groove, my favourite band in Ottawa, to play live music; to have two amazing inspirational speakers – Lisa Anna Palmer and Hani Rached. We honoured our earth angel Nubia Cermano who also blessed us with singing and music and brought her friends along to share in the celebration. We shared our traveling experience to Kenya… now we have a group of excited people who want to go on an adventure!
Why do we put effort and energy in building Mags Magazine? We do it because we believe that each one of us have a mission in life to fulfill. Mags Magazine provides the inspiration for us to leap out of our comfort zones and live our future now by living our soul mission every single day.
Here is a look at what happened at Inspiration 2015 and the inspirational messages from our speakers and entertainers.
Wilson Jn. Baptiste, CEO of Gems of Saint Lucia and Gems of Africa and I shared of our travelling experience to Magical Kenya. The audience were completely engaged with the presentation and the photos from Kenya. Many have already expressed a desire to travel to Kenya.
This year, the 2nd edition of Mags Magazine, will expand to add a travel section. Look out for our spotlight on Kenya!
Inspiration tip #1: ‘Travel brings love and power back to your life.” Rumi. Plan a trip…go somewhere…
Inspiration tip #2: Don’t give up on the little, tiny inklings of inspiration that pull at your heart strings. If your imagination sparked a dream, there is a great chance that life will provide you with the opportunities to build on your dream.
Hani Rached, a rising entrepreneur shared his story of how he is building a successful enterprise right here in Ottawa. He came to Canada in 1990 from Lebanon and by 20o4 he purchased the garage where he worked as a mechanic and by 2012, he expanded his business by purchasing a new and bigger property to house the garage. he has increased his team to six staff, which also includes a young lady who is mechanic!
Inspiration tip #3: “I don’t see my customers as numbers. Every customer is important and I pay attention to their needs. It is important in our profession that we communicate effectively with our customers and that they leave our garage feeling happy and satisfied.” Hani Rached. (Below with his staff)
Lisa Anna Palmer inspired us to get outside of our comfort zone, face our fears and move towards our dreams. She shared her own experience of having a great fear of public speaking but now she is able to speak to increasingly larger audiences. She thinks back to the time that she could not even speak at her own wedding!
Inspiration tip#4: “You, too, can begin by taking it one step at a time. Go ahead, venture beyond your comfort zone. Leap towards your heart’s desires so that when you look back at your life you will be grateful that “I wish I could have” was replaced by “I am so glad that I did.”
Lisa Anna Palmer is a contributing author to the collaborative Amazon bestseller “365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul,” with her entry entitled “Leap Towards Your Dreams!” Lisa is a Certified Passion Test® Facilitator, career and leadership coach, and workplace consultant. She is also the author of the upcoming book entitled, “Light a Fire in Their Hearts: A New Leader’s Guide to Igniting Employee Engagement.”
Nubia Cermano was honoured as Mags Magazine Earth Angel for 2015.
Mags Magazine definition of Earth Angel: An Earth Angel is someone who uplifts another human being through a ‘miraculous intervention’ under circumstances which could not have been predicted. The miraculous intervention happens in response to someone else’s needs or difficculties which may not be known by the Earth Angel. They happen to be in the right place, at the right time and do the right things to lift the human spirt. When you look back at the experience, you will utter words like, ‘That was a miracle!’
When we launched Mags Magazine in 2014, our singer for that night was sick and could not perform. We were disappointed because we only had one performer. I called Nubia and without hesitation, she responded, ‘YES. I will, for sure. I will be there for you!’ She was our miraculous intervention that night. However she does much more that that in our community. Her work is her life and her life is her work, regardless of where she is. She is an earth angel for many others. “Nubia, you have touched the lives of hundreds of newcomers to Canada by opening your heart and soul to them. You have a great listening ear and the manner in which you embrace human beings, especially newcomers is remarkable. Your sense of humour, your ability to challenge them and to make each one feel strong as they re-build their lives in Canada is truly a gift to our building our community. I appreciate the manner in which you bring music and dance to the lives of newcomers and provide the space in which sadness can be danced away and music can infuse the soul. Today, as Mags Magazine select you as an Earth Angel, I want you to know that I / we value you and appreciate all that you have done in my life and in the lives of the hundreds of women and men in Ottawa.” Mags
Inspiration tip #5: “Let us dance the sadness away instead of crying about it.” Nubia Cermano. She can be found teaching dancing classes every Friday evening at the Catholic Centre for Immigrants.
Nile Groove: I first met this diverse band in 2012 at a club in Ottawa. I was fascinated with Roxanne’s voice and especially that they also performed a great blend of reggae and blues. Back in 2012, I wanted to do a story on them to give them more publicity and support their work as rising musicians. I was so elated when they committed to performing at Inspiration 2015. Nile Groove was founded in May 2012 by Salah Adem and Abraham Loboi. Following the creation of the band and its 6 piece band members, Nile Groove became a known original Reggae, R&B, and Funk local band playing in Ottawa’s nightlife live venues and festivals. After the release of their full-length debut album “Uncovered” in February 2015, Nile Groove became an internationally known indie band on the airwaves. Moving ahead, they are recording their new single and second studio album set to be released in 2016.
Roxanne – Born in Ottawa, Canada is Nile Groove’s singer-songwriter; Abraham Loboi – Born in Chukudum, South Sudan is Nile Groove’s bass player; Steve Patterson – Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, is Nile Groove’s tenor saxophone player; Michael Grewal – Born in Ajax, Canada, is Nile Groove’s keyboardist; Daniel Grewal – Born in Wichita Falls, Texas is Nile Groove’s guitar player. Salah Adem – Born in Asmara, Eritrea is Nile Groove’s drummer and percussionist.
Inspiration tip #6: “We love what we do. Music is our life. We love music.” Salah Adem. What do you love to do? How much are you willing to commit to it and do the work necessary to take you to excellence?
As we move forward in 2016, Wilson and I would like to wish you all an Amazing 2016. Leap out of your comfort zone, grab a hold of your dreams and make your life your legacy.
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