Another Dream Come True

I have fantasized about walking through a vineyard more times than I can count. My fantasy became true today! One item checked off from my bucket list!

I must confess that I have felt jealous when my friends talk about their vineyard experiences. I have researched countless vineyards across Ontario and Quebec and drooled over the photos and the experiences from the visitors. Each summer (for the last 6 summers), I have had it on my list of things to do but somehow never got to it. What is it that draws me to a vineyard? I believe that it all started from reading romance novels when I was in my teens. The couples who walked through the vineyards were always in love and the vineyard seems to be a perfect place to walk and celebrate their love. Some couples even got married at vineyards. I also love wine and grapes. So if you put it all together my attraction to vineyards can be summed in three words: romance, grapes and wine!

This is another re-affirmation for me that we simply need to keep on reminding ourselves of the things which we want to experience in this lifetime. The earth is our school as much as it is our playground. Whatever we can imagine has the potential of becoming our reality. Keep your visions, dreams and ideas alive by constantly revisiting them. They may not happen right away but don’t lose hope – as long as it is in the vortex, it is only a matter of becoming aligned for the manifestaion to happen.

Here are some photos to enjoy. Being in nature is the best thing for the spirit.

What is on your bucket list? Do you need to create a list of the things you wish to experience in this lifetime? Start today and go after each one!

Love,

Mags

What is the WINNING factor?

Over the last couple of weeks, I have experienced a bunch of people, including myself – WINNING something or the other, or even WINNING someone! Two of my friends are getting married!

Christmas brings on that magical feeling that boosts our feelings of giving and receiving gifts, love and treasures all around us. There are many more opportunities to participate in social activities and most people seem to be in good spirits.

At our Christmas staff party, I won a beautiful collection of teas. Several other colleagues also won prizes from performances or by participating in a raffle draw.

Gemma, Aranjit and I

At a recent fundraiser, two of us won prizes from our tables, after my partner had jokingly sang, “abakadabrah… abakadabrah” on our tickets!  We have decided to take him to all future fundraisers!

Chinese Community Centre win

Those wins made me think about many other times I have won prizes such as a $10,000 prize draw for furniture, a job, a box of Christmas gifts, a lunch basket, a wine glass which can hold an entire bottle of wine, etc… what made all those wins come together?

Have you won something?

During my first year at college, I participated in a Math Competition and won! During the game, my Math Professor whispered to me, “Your confidence is shaking your opponents.”  At the end of the game they too told me that I was so confident in myself, that they gave up before they even tried to win!  We all laughed but I also knew that they were much brighter at Math than I was!

Was my confidence the winning factor?

So what is the magic formula for winning?

I conclude that it is simply SHOWING UP!

You don’t stand a chance if you don’t show up for opportunities and be willing to take risks.

Showing up for our lives means being  present and also being emotionally, intellectually and socially connected to ourselves and others.

We show up for our lives when we:

  • speak positive messages to ourselves
  • participate fully in opportunities which are available to us
  • communicate our needs, desires, wants to others
  • allow ourselves to be vulnerable
  • have an open heart
  • be attentive to the needs of others
  • create opportunities where gaps exists
  • are confident that we are winners in every aspect of our lives
  • meditate, dress up, take care of our bodies, exercise and invite good energy into our lives!

There are also our every day wins like waking up healthy, having access to good health care, being part of a loving family, having a job, coping with loss and tragedy in our lives, having our senses intact, having good friends and access to finance, letting go of what no longer serves us.

Grab your small wins and consider yourself a winner at life!

Remember too that you cannot win the lottery without a ticket!

Love,

Mags

 

10 ways to improve your life by being kind

Kindness is the most beautiful gift which you can give to another and it makes you a magnet for wonderful opportunities and lasting friendships.  Overall, your life can significantly improve by simply being kind! Kind thoughts, words and deeds have an invisible force in the universe which has no logical explanation!  Those who experience and live kindness, are happier and more fulfilled human beings because they understand their connection to this universal energy. 

Why is kindness so important now?

If you think about your experiences over the last week, I am sure that you will recall some incident of unkindness in your family, at work, online, in the community or in the bigger world where you don’t live!  The  universe is suffering from a deficit of kindness right now. The solution is that each one of us must take responsibility to deposit acts of kindness in the world for a better tomorrow. 

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” -Albert Schweitzer

Kindness attracts kindness. It costs zero dollars but can earn huge profits! 

Here are ten small things which you can do to show kindness: 

  1. Be kind to yourself first. Show appreciation for yourself by taking care of your beautiful body. Our bodies love it when we show it love. Movement, fresh air, clothes to fit our personalities, a nice hair cut, an extra touch to remind yourself how beautiful you are.  Look in the mirror every day and thank your body for showing up with you every day.  Affirmation:  “I am kind to myself.”
  2. Be kind with your thoughts. Watch your thoughts and you will notice patterns. Our thoughts can be our biggest enemy.   Are you thinking good thoughts of yourself and others?  Do you get frustrated easily?  Do you think other people are annoying? Are you having an ongoing mental chatter that leaves you feeling anxious and aggravated? Affirmation: “I think kind thoughts of myself and others.”
  3. Be kind in your judgements of others. Let judgements go as much as possible.  We are all work in progress and we are on our unique journey. Sometimes we may not understand why people do what they do… but hey… you don’t need to be unkind towards them.   Affirmation:  “I release any harsh feelings which I have towards others.”
  4. Be kind to those who don’t celebrate or enjoy the holiday season. Not everyone feels happy during the holiday season.  For some people, it is a very difficult time – they may be grieving from loss, they may not have the financial means to have an enjoyable holiday season, they may be missing loved ones… it is important to get to know the people in your circle and understand their particular context so that you can respond to their needs.  Affirmation:  “I understand and appreciate you.”
  5. Be kind when connecting to others. Make time to connect and reconnect with those who are close to you. This can happen in the form of a telephone call, a letter, a social media message, a visit… but let them know that you are thinking of them.  Bring up pleasant memories.  Give them a compliment. Say something nice to them. Affirmation:  “My family and friends are important.  I feel happy connecting to them and I establish good vibrations.”
  6. Be kind to those in your family.  Is anyone feeling stressed?  Unhappy?  Do they need a small act of kindness to bring joy in their lives?  It can be as simple as asking, “What can I help you with today?” or as reassuring as, “Why don’t we go to the movies this evening?”  Everyone needs a little kindness.   Affirmation: “I am kind to each member of my family.”
  7. Be kind to strangers.  cup of coffee?  A smile?  A conversation?  A new social media connection? “Affirmation:  I am kind to strangers.”
  8. Be kind to your friends who are entrepreneurs. Many small businesses need the support of family and friends to keep their doors open. You can buy their products, share their products on social media, let your network know about what they are doing. Affirmation: “I support local businesses.”
  9. Be kind by giving away something everyday. You may have stuff that no longer serve a purpose in your life but it can mean the world to someone else. It can be a book, flowers, money… you will be surprised at how amazing  you will feel… and how much more will come back into your life. Affirmation: “I feel wonderful sharing my time and wealth with others.”
  10. Be kind by genuinely listening to others. Genuinely ask others how they are doing and listen to what they have to say without completing their sentences or making them feel that they need to hurry up their stories.   Chose a time to talk, when you don’t feel rushed – this will help you to feel more at ease.   Affirmation: “I genuinely listen to others.” 
Inspirational quote on kindness by Aesop with a hand protectively holding a sleeping orphaned chick.

How are you showing kindness? 

Would love to hear your thoughts. 

Love,

Mags

Take this 7 day escapade to Saint Lucia! Great prices and you will love it!

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Saint Lucia, my homeland, is a gem!  A truly beautiful island with majestic hills and valleys, beautiful beaches and amazing hospitality.

We have joined with some of our partners on the island to provide you with the best price available for accommodation and activities – to be away from your routine for 7 days stress free.  Our Gems Comfort package includes transfer from the airport to your hotel and back to the hotel for departure.

You get to choose your accommodation from three of our amazing places:

Gems Villa Isis, Gems Rex Resort and Piton Vacation Villas!

Hermitage Terrace

About Gemscation

Immerse yourself in local culture and heritage. Come along and have fun, relax and be inspired!

Join us for a Gemscation!

 

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Get more information here:   http://www.gemsofsaintlucia.com/#!gemscation-/c1jlf

Love,

Magdalene

Imagine 3 complimentary nights at “Villa Isis” in Saint Lucia for US$10. A deal you cannot miss!

Today, my blog has reached 15,000 views over 89 countries.  To each of my readers, I want to say “Thank You” for your love, support and encouragement. To those of you who have taken time off to write and comment on articles, know that each of  your comments were read and appreciated.  Blogging has been therapeutic for me although in my newest adventure with http://www.gemsofsaintlucia.com. I have not been able to write much – but do look out for some exciting stuff soon!

Gems has an offer going on now, which I want to share with all my viewers because this may very well be your opportunity to visit our beautiful island of Saint Lucia and stay for 3 complimentary nights in lovely Villa Isis, which is located in of my very favourite spot in Saint Lucia – Marigot Bay! This is an opportunity for you, in whatever part of the world you are, to support our promotional drive for this amazing site.

Every once in a while, we have an urge to get away from our usual surroundings to an environment which will allow us to do the same things but with an added touch of comfort, simplicity or charm.  If it is your desire to get away, Villa Isis, located in one of Saint Lucia’s most touristic spots, may be your answer to experiencing a home away from home.

Villa Isis outside

The Directors at Gems of Saint Lucia are excited to welcome Villa Isis as its first “Gems Comfort” since its launch in Ottawa, Canada, on April 24, 2014. Villa Isis fits the definition of a “Gem” as a result of it being owned by a St. Lucian national. In addition, Villa Isis brings diversification to the “Gems” products which have focused on Cultural and Heritage Sites, ground transportation provided by Southern Taxi Association and hospitality at the Rex St. Lucian. The  membership deal is for one year.

Gems of Saint Lucia is offering our friends and friends of Gems a great opportunity to experience Vila Isis for three complimentary nights.

simple..fun…exciting…for US$10.00 only, you stand a chance of winning 3 complimentary room nights at Villa Isis…you will be contributing to the success of an entrepreneur who has the passion for hospitality.  Click in this link to purchase your chance to WIN: http://www.gemsofsaintlucia.com/#!destinations/cjg9

Succinctly nestled within the hilltop of Marigot Bay on ½ an acre of prime land, the paranomic scenes are awe-inspiring and breath-taking, with lush greenery and tropical fruit trees all around. With spacious surroundings and rooms, a Jacuzzi in the master suite, cable TV and internet access, Villa Isis is an ideal vacation spot for a single person or a family or the professional who wants to get away for a few days.

Villa isis overlooking trees

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For the traveler who is mindful of a healthy lifestyle, ‘Villa Isis’ continues to accommodate your every wish by providing a complete gym, equipped with the latest technology in cardio.  Did someone say swimming?  Yes!  Get your hair wet, wade or plunge into the diamond shaped 16 X 10 foot pool.

TuneIn and StepUp to taking a chance on winning your three night complimentary visit.

Visit us at Gemsofsaintlucia.com.

Love,

Magdalene