What Will You Be Doing This Long Weekend?

One of my soul projects at the start of Covid-19 was to develop my digital skills and have the confidence to do some live shows and bring together like minded people over zoom to share views on various topics! This has kept me busier than I could have imagined but it is reinforcing for me that “when we are aligned with our soul mission, everything falls in place!”

We are at the end of another week and I want to wish everyone a Happy Victoria Day weekend! Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria’s birthday.

I will be missing the Tulip Festival very much this year but I am happy to have some tulips in my front garden! Here are some photos of my tulips.

Pink tulips – photographed by Jelan Maxwell
Red tulips – photographed by Jelan Maxwell

Summer is my favourite season. No question about that! Yesterday I was bursting with happiness as I shopped for soil and compost and gleefully landed the bags on my lawn! The summer months feel like a huge open canvas which I can decorate and paint as my mind, soul and heart merge in a harmonious symphony with nature. I cannot wait to get my hands in the dirt, rearrange my plants, discover what is popping above ground from the many bulbs which I planted last summer. I have already identified the garlic plants! I am super excited that I will be harvesting garlic this summer! I have lots of seeds to plant – lettuce, onions, peppers, tomatoes…. and all this planting will start this weekend!

Mags Garlic Plants

One of my soul projects at the start of Covid-19 was to develop my digital skills and have the confidence to do some live shows. I also wanted to facilitate some soul-discussions over zoom and were able to do a couple of great ones including ‘The Global Connect’ which brought a group of amazing artists together! We also did another one with Wilson Jn. Baptiste, exploring the Power of Language During Covid-19. There are more to come! This has kept me busier than I could have imagined but it is reinforcing for me that “when we are aligned with our soul mission, everything falls in place!”

Here are a few videos from my FB page which you may enjoy! Do drop a line, let me know how you are doing and remember that you can support my work by liking, sharing and commenting.

Videos from Mags Morning Inspiration:

Being an Inspiration for Others

Risk being seen and being known for all your splendor, beauty and awesomeness

Inspiring Great Leadership

How do we help to ground others with our intentions, words and energy?

My Mom’s Legacy

See the God Force Everywhere

Keep Your Life Simple

The Rain Won’t Stop Because You Can’t Handle More

How Have Words Shaped Your Past and Your Future?

Gratitude has the Power to Transform Our Lives

Love

Magdalene

Join us for The Global Connect – An evening of Poetry, Music and Comedy

Mags Magazine and Global Enterprises Management Solutions LLC, is proud to present the GLOBAL CONNECT – AN EVENING OF POETRY, MUSIC AND COMEDY on April 29th, 2020 from 6 – 7:30p.m. Meet our WORLD CLASS PERFORMERS, get an opportunity to learn more about their journey and network with some amazing people across the globe!

Mags Magazine and Global Enterprises Management Solutions LLC, is proud to present the GLOBAL CONNECT – AN EVENING OF POETRY, MUSIC AND COMEDY on April 29th, 2020 from 6 – 7:30p.m. Meet our WORLD CLASS PERFORMERS, get an opportunity to learn more about their journey and network with some amazing people across the globe!

To access the event, please register on Eventbrite. The event will be aired on Zoom. We will send you the zoom link ahead of time. Please create a free account on zoom.

MEET OUR WORLD CLASS PERFORMERS!

GINETTE BENJAMINFROM ST. LUCIA

A Writer, Singer, Dancer, Wife and Mother, her life has been a rich library of experience; from which she refines creativity. Having background in the fields of Theatre and Broadcasting helped her develop an appealing and formidable communication style. An avid reader from a tender age, she is primarily influenced by the works of Caribbean writers such as V.S. Naipaul and Derek Walcott. She writes poetic observations of the experiences that have shaped her in an open and captivating manner, demonstrating innate awareness of the psychological and emotional undercurrents underpinning life and society in this Post-Colonial World. Her performances are dynamic, a glimpse into the mind underlying her passionate literary expression. Her words penetrate your consciousness and hold you to their spell, she does this well. She is more than a Poet. She is Ginette.

You can find Ginette; On YouTube: Ginette Benjamin On Twitter: @GinetteBenjamin

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinettePoemsInfoetc/

RUEL RICHARDSON

Born on the island of Saint Kitts and coming from quite an impressive musical background, Ruel’s passion for the guitar was awakened at quite an early age when while on holiday in Anguilla he begged his Father, a self-taught musician himself to teach him guitar. His father obliged by teaching him a few ‘rolling chords’ and the rest as they say, is history.

At the Anguilla Jazz Festival of 2008, Ruel was featured by Dean Frasier (Once Bob Marley’s saxophonist) and his band in an impromptu fashion. This performance was covered by ‘Jazz Times’ magazine and the following commentary was made in the featured article:

On a beach stage the following day, saxophonist and onetime Bob Marley sideman Dean Fraser led his band through jazz- and R&B-inflected instrumental reggae and one more ambitious experiment: A rendition of Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo à la Turk” that incorporated reggae rhythms into that composition’s stylistic jump-cuts. The set was a sprightly and fun, and yielded a promising discovery:

Playing with Fraser was an Anguilla-based guitarist named Ruel Richardson, a native Caribbean, self- taught and in his early 20s, with an intuitive feel for riddims, an impressive grasp of traditional jazz-guitar phrasing, and great tone. In a chat following his set, he cited influences ranging from Earl Klugh and Lee Ritenour to Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass, but his sensibility best resembled that of Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin. He’s traveled to the States but hasn’t played there, and has a recording on the way. With jazz’s increasing reputation as a skill set that can only be acquired via slick music schools and pricey private lessons, Richardson’s chops were refreshing.”

Read more about Ruel:

http://jazztimes.com/articles/24316-tranquility- jazz-festival

ARY LOU VAN SCHAIK FROM CANADA

Known as the local “Poetry Troubadour” in Wakefield, Quebec, Mary Lou van Schaik stumbled onto the path of poetry then years ago, through a workshop with spiritual teacher Kim Rosen.  In the years since then, she has experienced, time and again, how poems convey the essence of every nuance of the human condition.  In 2017, Mary Lou graduated from Kim Rosen’s Poetry Depths Mystery School as Poetry Ally and Guide, and now works one-on-one with individuals, using poems as the doorway to personal growth and transformation.  As well, she hosts a monthly Poetry Troubadours Circle at the Wakefield Library, serves as Poetry Troubadour to the Wakefield Market, and annually, performs in concert with other poetry bards and musicians.  Mary Lou is a member of the Ottawa Poetry Bards, which each year hosts Sacred Poetry Walks of contemplative poems, music and labyrinth walks.

DR. TRAVIS WEEKESFROM ST. LUCIA

Dr. Travis Weekes is an award winning Saint Lucian actor, poet, playwright, director and cultural critic. He studied Literature at the University of the West Indies, Mona; Theatre at the Jamaica School of Drama and Cultural Studies at the Cave Campus of UWI.

As a critic, and dramatist, Dr. Weekes focuses on the Creole traditions and discourse in the theatre of Nobel Prize winning playwright Derek Walcott. He also uses this research to develop innovative dramaturgical approaches to his own theatre practice both as a playwright and director.

Indeed, he has written several plays and scripted the production “Jazz Country” which was staged as part of Saint Lucia’s presentation to Carifesta 2013 in Suriname. His play “The Field of Power” was staged to mark the celebrations of Nobel Laureate Week in Saint Lucia in 2015. Another of his plays, “ The Fight for Belle Vue” is currently being translated into French and Creole for staged readings in Martinique.

Dr. Weekes has worked as the Cultural Education Officer of the Folk Research Centre in Saint Lucia, Lecturer in French Lexicon Kweyol at Cave Hill, UWI and Lecturer in Caribbean Studies and Theatre Arts at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Saint Lucia. He has also lectured extensively on Saint Lucian and Caribbean culture both in and out of the region.

He is currently employed as a Lecturer in Theatre at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts of the University of the West Indies, Saint Augustine.

ALYMR JULES – FROM CANADA

A local Ottawa artist on the rise. Almyr Jules is a singer-songwriter that is rising to the top. Playing shows all across the Ottawa area, he entertains his fan with his talented guithttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-of-poety-comedy-and-music-tickets-102488020428ar and singing skills. He is a performer you won’t want to miss and will never forget, accompanied by his amazing band, they will rock the house and show you what music in Ottawa it really like.

GINA SALINAS – FROM PERU

Gina has a  B.A. in translation and Interpretation.B.S.W. She is a writer, poet, feminist and an activist to end poverty in the 21st Century. One of the women founder of the Women’s collective centre The Immigrant and Visible Minorities  Women against abuse  (IWS) , now the Immigrant women’s centre in Ottawa, Canada. Gina uses her poems to communicate with the soul of people inspired by Pablo Neruda ” Poems are bread for the soul” . In 1991 Match International did a global conference ” Leading the way out” in Stanford University (IWS) was chosen to represent Canada .Gina was invited to read her poems and explained her support groups where she used poems and stories to reach women and girls traumatized by incest, rape, war traumas and domestic abuse. In 2009 she created the Tertulia a support group for Spanish Isolated Seniors where with the help of music, songs, theater, poems, and stories seniors will integrate in Ottawa and leave their legacy to their grandchildren 

ALYCE AKINEZA – FROM RWANDA

Born in Rwanda, Alyce has been raised around the world.  Along the journey, she picked up different accent which she decided to use to break the ice while socializing and make people smile around her. As a young child, she used humour to settle down and make friends. As far as she can recall, she has always loved making people laughing.

At 14 years, Alyce started writing poems and shorts stories. Through the years, she relied on writing to express herself. In 2010, as spoken words and stand up comedy was emerging in Rwanda, where she was working for an international organization, she reconnected with her first love: preforming.

In 2010, she joined the Comedy Knights in Kigali Rwanda, becoming the first Rwandan female comedian. Comedy knights was created by a group of Rwandan youth with intentions to bring up humour to those people who really need it, with the objective to support them reduce stress due to heavy loads of work and other issues that people face throughout the week, boredom and cheer up people.

Alyce was a regular of the Isho Art Centre Comedy Knights performing every last Friday of the month from 2010 to 2012. She also performed with the group in several other major events in the country as well as festivals. Alyce love confusing her audience by switching from English to French to  Kinyarwanda or many other languages. Comedy become since a great vessel, she chose to use to advocate and talk about several issues encountered in life by women, immigrants and children.

ALLIYSANN FOEHRING

Allysann Foehring , 18 years old, has been playing and performing in the Gatineau Hills/Ottawa region for over 8 years. She is a singer-songwriter in the folk genre as well as a fiddler! A number of amazing mentors have contributed to her achievements including Trish Barclay, Kyle Burghout, James Stephens and Chris McLean. She is continuously working on writing more music and connecting with other artists and is always ready for a hoot and a holler!

We look forward to seeing you there! REMEMBER TO REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE!

Cheers,

Magdalene

Wishing you a Happy Family Day – thinking specially of Immigrant Families

As a immigrant, it is inevitable that we lose connection with some of our family members. This is perhaps one of the saddest parts of immigration. The next saddest part is that children miss out on the dynamics of extended family, if they migrate only with their parents. Parents also face low moments when they wish they were nearer to their siblings and in particular parents whom they left behind. It is therefore important that we build ways to preserve our family roots.

Several years ago when Family Day was introduced as a holiday in Ontario, I remember thinking, ‘hummmm… everyday should be family day.’ At that time, my immediate family (3 kids and myself) was small and we spent quite a lot of time together with the everyday routines of cooking, doing chores, homework, shopping etc. One of the routines which I have always maintained at home is having meals together. When the kids were younger, this was easier to do on a regular basis. Now, it is more challenging. Holidays like Family Day adds a special day on the calendar which helps us to pause and creates another opportunity of getting together.

As a immigrant, it is inevitable that we lose connection with some of our family members. This is perhaps one of the saddest parts of immigration. The next saddest part is that children miss out on the dynamics of extended family, if they migrate only with their parents. Parents also face low moments when they wish they were nearer to their siblings, extended family and in particular parents if left behind. It is therefore important that we build ways to preserve our family roots.

During our Sunday dinner last night, I explained some of our family roots to my children and after dinner, two of them continued the conversation for another two hours because they were intrigued by some of what I shared and wanted to know more. I have taken care to be particular about what I share, based on their age. After relating a particular story about how our family lost some of it’s inheritance over some of the deals which my dad made while he was drunk, my oldest son said, “Now this example, right here, is why I don’t want to drink to do stupid things like this.”

As I shared more with them, I became very nostalgic about some of my childhood memories. For example when my cousins came over to visit from the neighbouring towns and the fun we had playing together while our parents also enjoyed having their own adult conversations. I remember moonlight nights when we played hide-and-seek outside, running amongst the trees, behind the houses and scaring each other. I remember how two or three of our families would gather together over the summer holidays and take us all to the beach where the men in the family went out to collect sea urchins while the women cooked on fire pits and the children played on the sand. There were the days over the summer holidays when several family members went over to one home to build a new room or lay a roof over a house. Food was constantly exchanged, conversations were long and ongoing, quarrels were occasionally heard, the men drank rum and even though their wives got upset with them, they carried on with the business of the home.

Back then, when I think of the word ‘family’ it seemed encompass so many other people in addition to my immediate family of two parents and six children. These people who were all intermingled in our lives in an intimate way – there were uncles and aunts, cousins, grandparents, in-laws, in-laws of in-laws. godmothers and godfathers and neighbours who were not only those who lived next to you, but from the entire community. There were those who lived in the countryside where we lived and those who ivied in the city and those who lived in faraway lands like England who visited occasionally. When they did visit, there was a lot of fuss about preparing for them. They seemed to be more sophisticated than us.:) But most importantly, we all seemed to fell belonged to a tribe – we knew who we were. The sense of belonging to a big family was perhaps one of the most grounding forces of my young life.

As an immigrant mother, I know that my children have had great opportunities here in Canada and I will always be grateful to Canada and the amazing people I have met here. I know that I have wonderful friends who have embraced them us our family and this has helped in the integration process. Travelling back and forth can be costly but I encourage my children to go back to their homeland as much as possible to connect with their family. My daughter has been routinely making the trip home every summer and I can see how an understanding of her roots is shaping her young adult life. I can also see how those who don’t go back often enough, life myself now, is also losing connection.

Living in both worlds has advantages and disadvantages but here are a few things which you can do to keep your family memories alive in the minds of your family:

1) Work with family members to create a family tree with photographs of family members. Keep photos of those who may not be here in Canada or may have crossed over. Over time, their curious minds want to know more about their history and photographs are great to start a conversation.

Genealogical tree of your family. Family tree with icons of people.

2) Create moments over days like Family Day when you can share stories about members of your family. Stories do not always have to be about perfect people – because most of our family members are not :). Share realities of life from your part of the world and the experiences which helped to shape you. Let them know the names of those who were influential in your life – in making both good and bad decisions. There are also funny family stories and sad stories which can be shared based on the age of the kids.

3) Expose them to very special foods and traditions from your family roots. When my kids were younger, I remember that they were not too eager about our foods but over time they because very appreciative about foods which my mom and dad prepared. Now, they are keeping the traditions going.

4) If you cannot travel back to your home country often, create moments when they can talk to family members over skype and other social media platforms. When they are small, they may not take much interest but as they get older, hey may be able to establish better connections. My friend Aparna shared her experience with her mom who lives in India, calling her grandkids every night to read them bedtime stories. This is surely a beautiful way to keep the connection to family.

5) Create new family through work and friends. Expose your children to the children of friends and create opportunities for them to meet and play with each other. Family does not have to be only through blood. Creating a family environment support social integration and removes the feeling of isolation.

Keeping family together is of utmost priority. I have learnt that gathering togehter for meals is perhaps the best way for long conversations that can create the bridge between countries and unite families.

You can support my work by liking, sharing, commenting or purchasing Soulful Encounters, a hard copy of my 2nd Magazine which provides inspirational stories.

Love,

Magdalene

Great acts are made of small deeds.

I chose the cup of tea over the chocolate chip cookies. It was a hard choice to make at 9.p.m when I felt tired and hungry but the vision for my body quickly superseded my immediate hunger.

I chose the cup of tea over the chocolate chip cookies. It was a hard choice to make at 9.p.m when I felt tired and hungry but the vision for my body quickly superseded my immediate hunger. I reminded myself of how beautiful I felt in my new dress which finally fitted after two weeks of workouts and managing my diet. Resisting the cookies may seem to be an insignificant matter to some people but it is a huge deal to me. I am an emotional, sweet tooth eater and several things like feeling tired, bored or anxious can easily set my trigger to indulge in sweets. Being able to manage my emotional eating habits require discipline and focus and it is easy to fail. However, overtime, I can see the results of my small deeds and this motivates me to keep up with the discipline not eating chocolate chip cookies in the late evenings. I feel proud that my vision is bigger and stronger than the chocolate chip cookie!

It is easy to become discouraged when our gains do not seem big enough to celebrate or we sabotage ourselves by not believing that we are deserving of something which we really want in our lives. It is important to remind ourselves that great acts are made of small deeds or small habits that eventually becomes a part of our thinking and acting. If you look carefully, you will find several opportunities to practice small deeds which can lead to your large gains.

Allow yourself to note the small acts which you perform daily. Feel gratitude for your small victories while you keep the large ones in your vision. Here are three small deeds or habits which you can celebrate each day:

Feel gratitude. There are so many things to be grateful for, even when life sucks sometimes. Think of the air that you breath, being alive, being given another chance, feeling love from someone, the technology which keeps you connected, having someone to support you in reaching your goals and the fact that you are reading this blog. The most important factor in gratitude is that you can FEEL it flowing through your body.

Set a small goal each day. It can be as simple as making your bed in the morning or as complex as saying hello to a stranger or as intimate as asking your partner for what you need from him/ her. Each time we accomplish something small, it inspires us to do more and even to be more! You can build an entire community around you by simply connecting with one stranger each day.

Write the biggest goal of your life in a place where it is visible to you. Spend a couple of minutes each day just looking at it and asking yourself “What can I do today to reach this goal?” By asking a small question daily, you are opening yourself to receiving answers. I like to imagine that we are all connected and that thoughts cross each other in waves. Asking questions to the universe, creates the opportunity for thoughts to cross in your favour… because somewhere out there, someone is holding the answers which you are looking for. Without asking the questions, how will you recognize the answers?

My wish for you in 2020 is that you will achieve your big goals while consciously practicing the discipline of engaging in small acts, moment by moment. Remember your greatness, your beauty and your uniqueness in this amazing universe.

Love,

Magdalene

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall is here for sure making way for winter where soon those trees will be standing naked yet unshaken at the roots. Just as I enjoyed every single day of summer and savoured the greenery, I embrace fall and all of it’s offerings.

It is early morning and I am sitting on my couch in the living room wrapped under a cozy blanket while the rest of my household sleeps. I feel grounded and safe. I feel blessed that we enjoyed a delicious meal last night and gave gratitude for the many blessings in our lives – for family, friends, good health, our jobs, income, progress with our various project and most of all and being able to overcome and deal with the challenges which come our way.

I enjoy listening to the conversations around the table – any dinner time is a time to catch up on the thoughts and experiences of our lives and how we make sense of the world around us. One of our highlights during the evening was celebrating the 2nd birthday Maggie, Ohri’s dog. It was hilarious watching her reaction to the kids trying to get a birthday hat on her head! Maggie has become a part of our family and it is a pleasure to watch how her presence bonds all of us in our family.

My gratitude for life keeps on overflowing.

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

As I write this blog, the early morning light is awakening as the darkness vanishes. It is magical watching this slow and beautiful transition from night to day. Through the glass door, I can see the thousands of fallen leaves in the backyard and the beautiful fall foliage in the forest beyond edge of my backyard. Fall is here for sure making way for winter where soon those trees will be standing naked yet unshaken at the roots. Just as I enjoyed every single day of summer and savoured the greenery, I embrace fall and all of it’s offerings. For me, it is a beautiful season of reflection, building and creating from within. I love the fall colours, the crisp fresh air, apple pies for Sunday dinners and the feeling of Christmas being just around the corner. I know that as soon as Christmas is over, we will start preparing for Spring and I can’t wait to see my first tulips burst from the winter blues. Each season brings it’s priceless gifts and I am grateful to be alive on this earth, enjoying all what the earth offers to me. More importantly, I have found immense joy in remaining present in the moment, while my mind can also stretch into the future and look forward to the next season.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Here is one more quote to reflect on:

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” Michael Josephson

Love,

Mags

Happy Easter! Sometimes, it is only our faith which keeps us anchored in sanity.

Sometimes, our faith is all that keeps us anchored in sanity, regardless of our religion. I seek only to be more Christ-like, more Budha-like, more God-like. At the end of it all, our behaviour towards each other is the truest reflection of the emotions which are held deep within us. I pray, for you and I, that this emotion will always be love, in the most sacred and purest form.

May you have a blessed Easter Celebration.

Happy Easter!

Easter is a very reflective time for me.  I reflect on the life of Christ and the  many other great sages and spiritual masters who have enlightened us but they also endured much suffering.  They held on to their faith in their darkest moments.

What I have learnt is that suffering is a part of our life journey.  We cannot live a lifetime without suffering. Bob Marley, our famous Reggae  artist said, “Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” 

Our ability to put our suffering into perspective  is the key to getting us through those dark moments.  The following words which Christ uttered during his most difficult suffering on the cross, keeps me grounded  when I go through my personal challenges.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Gospel of Luke 23:34

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43

“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”
Gospel of John 19:26-27

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Gospel of Luke 23:46

Sometimes, our faith is all that keeps us anchored in sanity, regardless of our religion. I seek only to be more Christ-like, more Budha-like, more God-like.  At the end of it all, our behaviour towards each other is the truest reflection of the emotions which are held deep within us.  I pray, for you and I, that this emotion will always be love, in the  most sacred and purest form.

May you have a blessed Easter Celebration.

Love,

Mags

 

New Release: Soulful Encounters, 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine

“I am delighted to register my Congratulations to Magdalene Cooman on the 2nd Edition of Mags E-Magazine titled ‘Soulful Encounters.’

This edition of Mags Magazine presents bold, deep, engaging content which covers the inner personal dimensions of life with which most if not every person can identify. The motivational content is written in a manner that is candid and reader friendly, engaging the reader in a soul searching journey.
The sketches of life stories echo the human experiences that serve to give significance to life. Additionally, they redirect the course of life, create resolve for purposeful living and very importantly, they provide introspective reflection for many struggling with similar encounters and feelings in finding their way. The producer’s own life story of twists and turns, challenges, soul searching and where she is today because of her quiet strength, deep spiritual exploration and self-determination, is a living testimony of what diligence and a purpose driven life can achieve.
Soulful Encounters is a delightful and thought-provoking reading from which everyone can benefit. I recommend Mags Magazine as a good investment not for the shelf but as a motivator for achieving self- fulfilment.”

Celene A. Gyles (Dr)

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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Eliot

Dear friends,

All of us have dreams but unless we take action, dreams remain to be just dreams.

The 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine is here after many months of hard work and it is indeed a beautiful dream come true.  What makes it more special, is that many of you who are reading this newsletter today, have been great supporters of my work in helping me to live my soul mission.  I am very grateful for this support.  Some of you have come as total strangers in my life but through kindness, love and soul connections, everyday moments have become soulful encounters to celebrate.

Soulful Encounters  is a very special edition which features inspiring people with a special feature on Gems of Kenya.  It even highlights an encounter with George Eliot, an 18th century writer and life lessons from four year old Sid St. Catherine!

This year, we will be printing 200 copies of Soulful Encounters – be one of the first to pre-order our special copy which I will autograph with a special message for you!

Click on the photo below to pre-order and remember you can also give one as a special gift to a special friend. Help me to spread the word and inspire more people to reach their own goals.

Mags

I want to express my gratitude  to my partner Wilson Jn Baptiste who is also the editor in chief for the many hours which he has dedicated towards this magazine. His faith in me and my ability to rise each time I want to give up, is priceless and I am grateful to him for being that light and strength for me. Our graphic designer Mila Gertsenchtein – your touch …is golden. Thank you for your endless hours of work. Our photographer, Nyamulola Chiboli Kambanji – thank you for your endless hours of photography and doing such a fabulous job with the cover photo. Kores Musuni thank you for the photos from Kenya – it has added much delight to the magazine. To my readers and reviewers – I cannot thank you all enough. Celene Gyles, Laura Traplin, Wendy R Pilgrim-Michael, Priscilla Lucien, Mengistab Tsegaye,  Rima Aristocrat, Doina Tibu, Ghebre Issac, Hani Rached, Myrner Schmitt, Trevor and Dale Stevenson, Emily Cattelan-Legace,Christina Sang,Jane Adam, Laurie Jaeger – your contribution towards this issue has been priceless.

Thanks to our sponsors: Willis College, Auto Paradise Repair, World Skills Employment Centre, Phresh, Piton Vacation Villa, Sea Spray Cruises and Nature Expeditions.
Lastly, I  want to thank my children: Jelan, Ohri, Dawn and Kim – thank you all for your support.

Take small actions today and steer your dreams!  YOU can do it.  YOU too can live your soul mission.

Love,

Magdalene

 

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Celebration Party – Inspiration 2015

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!

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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. 

WilsonWilson 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.

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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)Hani and team

Mags adn Lisa - bookLisa 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!’

Nubia earth angel - flowersWhen 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.

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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?

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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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Live your future NOW.

Love,

Magdalene

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Moving from being an author on a vision board to being a REAL author!

For every single vision board which I have created, I have always included being an author. I started by being an author of my blog but now I am also authoring an e-magazine! Testimonial that vision boards do work??? YES!

I learned about vision boards when I was sixteen and have developed several vision boards since then. For some magical reason, everything which I have ever placed on a vision board has become real for me over the years.

Sorting through some old computer files, I came across this last vision board which was electronically created in June 2010. At that time, I was trying to set a new set a new vision for my life and also integrate the teaching of vision boards to an amazing group of people who were also on their soul search.

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Until today, I had not looked at that vision board. However, I was pleasantly surprised to note that 90% of the things on that vision board are now my living reality.

  1. In June 2010 when I designed it, I drove a really old car which gave me more trouble than you can possibly imagine. On my vision board, I stuck a picture of a brand new car and wished with all my heart that I would drive a brand new car which would not break down with me. Believe it or not, I got my first brand new car in October 2010 and then I traded it in for a 2nd brand new car in October 2014. Unbelievable how magic happens in the universe!
  2. Humility: Being humble and being rooted in prayer continues to be an important part of my life and I cannot express enough how much prayer keeps me grounded in ensuring that I use my talent for the greater good of this planet.
  3. Being an author: This was the most interesting one. For every single vision board which I have created, I have always included being an author. I started by being an author of my blog but now I am also authoring an e-magazine!

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  1. I want to live an extraordinary life: I do believe that I am an ordinary person who lives an extra ordinary life with an abundance of opportunities to meet new people, explore new places, use my creativity to excel etc. I absolutely love the excitement in my life!
  2. Creative Genius: Creativity keep bursting from me all the time to solve problems and to develop new ideas. Genius – is a bit of an exaggeration perhaps but nonetheless it is all fun thinking of myself as a creative genius.:)
  3. Being a speaker: Between June 2010 to now, I have spoken at numerous events. I love to talk! I once said to my boss, “I want a job where I can just talk to people.” I do that 80% of my job. How great is that!
  4. FUN: My life is fun. Every day gives new possibilities for fun and laughter. I see comedy in most situations because I chose not to take life too seriously.
  5. Connecting with people all around the world: I do this almost every day. Through my blog and my work, my knowledge of the world have expanded.
  6. Other pictures show money, love, partnership and family. All of these are beautiful and amazing and I feel 100% blessed.
  7. I am happy.  There is a joy and happiness that I feel in my soul now.  I feel that I am arriving at this place in my life where my soul feels that it is able to greet me peacefully.

As I am about to launch my first e-magazine, “Live Your Future Now,” which is truly a product of this blog, I can’t help but reflect on the quote:

 “Great thoughts come from the heart.Luc de Clapiers

 I know for a fact, that what the mind can conceptualize can happen in reality.  I also know that if you can dream it, you have what it takes to also make it happen.  And best of all, I know that dreams manifest when you are completely in alignment with your own thoughts.

Look out the release of the e-magazine but there will also be a launch here in Ottawa on December 11th, 2014. Here is more information about the launch:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/launch-mags-magazine-live-your-future-now-tickets-14257840585?utm_campaign=order_confirm&ref=eemailordconf&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventname

We have an amazing line up of speakers and it will be a wonderful and inspiring evening! If you have been a reader and supporter of this blog, I want to also thank you so very much for your support and encouragement.  As a global community, we can truly support each other in realizing our dreams.

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Love,

Magdalene