Part 11 – What Living Half-Way Looks Like…

Sometimes, we get comfortable living a life which is unfulfilling. It is important to be aware of our emotions because we are the only ones who can take responsibility for fixing ourselves. We don’t necessarily have to leave our relationships… we can turn inward and take responsibility for our actions.

Here is our 7th podcast – Part 11 of What Living Half-Way Looks Like. This is the case of Ken, a 50 year old man who seemed to have lost his way. What advice would you give to Ken?

Sometimes, we get comfortable living a life which is unfulfilling. It is important to be aware of our emotions because we are the only ones who can take responsibility for fixing ourselves. We don’t necessarily have to leave our relationships… we can turn inward and take responsibility for our actions.

Being indifferent about our lives brings no joy.

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Love,

Mags

I Choose Love

As hard as it may seem… choosing love over hate, frees your soul.

The thought that God loves me unconditionally gives me permission to the same for others. A wonderful friend of mine called a few days ago to ask me how I am able to always find good in people, without judging them and meeting them wherever they are in their lives. My personal philosophy is that we are all people in-progress…. moving towards the light. Our paths are different. A person’s bad behaviours doesn’t not define the whole person. The worst person you can find has good in them. I am so far from being perfect… but God’s love does not judge me based on my perfections. God’s love also embraces my imperfections. This love is so pure and is not dependent on anything I do or don’t do. That love sustains me and is constant in my life.
When I think of judging another harshly, I look inwards myself. Because what I see in myself, I see in others.
Our lives and journeys go beyond what we see in the physical world. In the spiritual world, only love exists. Hate carries too heavy a price for me to bear. I choose to send love back to everyone because I know for sure that in the grand scheme of life, all what I give to the universe comes back to me a hundred fold. I live love – it is that simple.

Free yourself from holding grudges against others.
It is not worth the precious time we have to enjoy this beautiful planet. Take ownership for your life. Make it a beautiful one.

Love,

Mags

Would You Give a Stranger Your Car?

I am grateful to meet earth angels like Ben and his family. It is admirable that a total stranger would hand over his car keys and trust that everything would be fine.

On the evening of May 29th, my daughter Dawn and I went to Canadian Tire to buy a bike for her. After a long and painful wait, we finally got the bike. However, when we got to our car, the bike would not fit in the car.

The gentleman in this picture was sitting in his car, watching us struggle with the bike. He came over and offered to help us but the bike was simply too long to fit into our car. Dawn suggested that she could ride home but it was too far and she was not familiar with that part of the city. We both felt frustrated. The man’s wife and sister-in-law came to help but to no avail!

Mentally, I started running a list of names of friends who had large vehicles but unfortunately not a single person I could think of had a large enough vehicle to accomodate the bike.

“How far do you live?” the gentleman asked.

“About 15 minutes away,” I responded.

“Here is the key to my car. My car can take the bike. Why don’t you use my car to take the bike home and come back here to meet me. My wife and sister-in-law will be shopping and I am sure that they will be in the shop for a long time!”

I was not sure what to make of the offer. Dawn and I looked at each other in confusion. Was this man for real? Was he really giving us the keys to his car when we had no idea who he was? What about Covid-19? So many thoughts run through my mind as I stared at the bike, my daughter, the man and his car. Realistically, what were our options? The bike would certainly have to get home… in someone else’s vehicle! After some persuasion, I nervously accepted the offer, took the keys and we transferred the bike to his car.

Dawn and I drove to our house nervously. I can’t remember when last I drove someone else’s car. You have no idea how much cortisol flowed through my body to the point where my mouth was completely dry! I prayed fervidly to God to help us get home safely. We were so grateful when we arrived home!

On the way back to drop off the car, Dawn stopped at the grocery story to pick up a hanging basket for the family. We got back to Canadian Tire safely. I have never been more relieved. She gave them the flowers which we had to insist that they had to accept. We chatted for a while and at the end, the man whose name is Ben, said: “We do this kind of thing all the time, helping others. Just pay it forward.”

I am grateful to meet earth angels like Ben and his family. It is admirable that a total stranger would hand over his car keys and trust that everything would be fine.

Would you give a stranger your car in a situation like this?

With all what is going on in the world right now, we need more people like Ben and his family. May the Creator of this amazing universe continue to bless them.

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” Dalai Lama

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Mags

My Garden Speaks…

Keep in mind that our souls are eternal. We instinctively know what is wrong and what is right. Always tune in and listen deeply to your soul. Do you have to play a part in a situation? What is stopping you from playing your part?

My garden speaks today .

I love the message from these three monks but ‘see no evil’ and ‘hear no evil’ are tough acts to follow!

Speak No Evil. See No Evil. Hear No Evil.

Is it possible to live like this? Can we truly ignore the evil which happens around us?

It is easier to turn a blind eye to the ills around us rather than for us to be advocates for truth and to protect those in need of our protection.

To live in this state we would need to be living in an isolated world with no contact around us…

If you do try to speak against evil and wrong doing, be prepared for your faith to be tested or to even lose a few things and people in your lifes such as friends, family, your reputation, your job, access to resources etc. Why? Because there are people who oppose good and promotes evil. There are times when you will be disappointed because of unmet expectations. Some people will lift you and some people will bury you alive when you try to speak your truth.

However, the only path to free your soul is to stand up for what your soul knows to be the right thing.

Keep in mind that our souls are eternal. We instinctively know what is wrong and what is right. Always tune in and listen deeply to your soul. Do you have to play a part in a situation? What is stopping you from playing your part?

After you have played your part in any situation, learn to say ‘thank you’ because we never know the complete story of any situation. Simply remain open, see things and people for what and who they are, forgive easily and keep moving forward.

Never forget to play your part completely… and then let it go.

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Love,

Magdalene

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!”

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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!

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Cheers,

Magdalene

Powerful Affirmations to help you thrive in 2019

I have consciously used affirmations for years and I know for sure that positive affirmations have the power to help you create the reality you deeply desire Doors open when you least expect them to and amazing people and situations show up in your life. Even when nothing tangible is evident, you feel more peaceful because your mind feels more programmed into thinking positive thoughts.

I think that I must have been about 16 years old when I was introduced to a book which changed my mindset about life – The Power of Positive Thinking, by Normal Vincent Peale. I learnt that our minds were powerful beyond measure and that anything we constantly thought about, could become our reality. After 34 years of practicing positive thinking, I am living proof that the manifestations in my life are linked to the power of positive thinking.

Our minds can think both positive and negative thoughts and both of these can become our reality. One of the things which I know now, is that it is important to monitor our thoughts because they can run our lives. Sometimes, we are not conscious that the things which show up on the outside of our lives are a direct result of the constant churning in our minds.

I have consciously used affirmations for years and I know for sure that positive affirmations have the power to help you create the reality you deeply desire Doors open when you least expect them to and amazing people and situations show up in your life.  Even when nothing tangible is evident, you feel more peaceful because your mind feels more programmed into thinking positive thoughts.

Most of us are probably using affirmations all day long without realizing it. Our self-talk, complaints, anger, sadness, happiness, feelings of power and powerlessness are all streams of affirmations which our mind absorbs. Sadly, many times, the complaints and lacks take over our mind. When sadness and lack takes over, it affects our energy fields and reduces our vibration to a very low level. Low level vibration can only attract low people and situations who vibrate at a low level. Low level vibration only leads to more stress, attracting more difficult people, complaining about more stuff and repeating our sad stories all over again.

We can consciously develop some new mind power muscles to create positive, happy affirmations. Over time, the mind will believe what you tell it to believe. Your thoughts will start to create a new belief system for you. Whatever happened before in your life, all the losses, sadness, unhappiness, will begin to fade away as those new positive affirmations take hold of your life.

I use simple, powerful affirmations such as:

I am happy.

I am taking responsibility for my life.

I am attracting all that is good, pure and beautiful to my life.

I receive miracles all day long.

I give positive energy to those who come into contact with me.

I am love. I am light.

I am breathing in all that is good, beautiful and pure into my life.

My tip today is to monitor your thought patterns and the words which you use on a daily basis to communicate to your self and to others. If you are communicating positive messages – BRAVO. Keep it up. If you are not communicating positive messages, please know that you can make a conscious change.

Love,

Mags

Maybe all you need to do is to embrace your crazy self in 2019!

All week, I have been thinking of what my word for 2019 will be and I just found it!

I don’t want to do what I did in 2018.  I chose the word FRUGAL, trying to develop some better savings habit and trying to be more careful with money… but that word just did NOT work for me.  What it made me discover about myself, was that I am NOT a frugal person and my most miserable moments were trying so hard to be frugal.  I felt that life constricted around me.  I know for sure that I enjoy living from the space of ‘unlimited abundance’ and that my serving and giving to life, that I receive 100% more than what I give. This is an deeply rooted belief and somehow, trying to be frugal caused more anxiety and constriction in my energy fields.

So, what will my 2019 word be?

CRAZY.

I will embrace my crazy self to spur me on to getting out of my head and manifesting every single crazy idea I have had about living!

As soon as the word hit my head this morning, it felt right!  It brought a smile to my face and an extra lightness and  excitement to my heart!   That is what your word for the year should feel like – right in your soul!

For most of my life, someone or the other has called me crazy! And sometimes, I have detested it because it makes me feel like something is wring with me.  But you know what, I think most of them meant it in a complimentary way. I just checked the meaning of the word crazy, and here is what I found:

ADJECTIVE
mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way.
“Stella went crazy and assaulted a visitor” · [more]
synonyms:
mad · insane · out of one’s mind · deranged · demented · [more]
extremely enthusiastic.
“I’m crazy about Cindy” · [more]
synonyms:
very enthusiastic · passionate · fanatical · excited · very keen on · [more]
(of an angle) appearing absurdly out of place or in an unlikely position.
“the monument leaned at a crazy angle”

For the records, I am not mentally deranged.

So my own definition is that I will be ‘out of my mind, extremely enthusiastic…appearing out of place or in an unlikely position!  

My sentence at the end of 2019 will be, “What a crazy year this was!”  and it will mean:

“You crazy girl lived out of your mind!  You are so extremely enthusiastic about life that you appeared out of place and ended up in unlikely positions!  Your craziness created momentum around you and you had such an enjoyable year being YOU without the safeguards for approvals and permissions!  Well done – CRAZY does it!”

I reflected a little bit on my life and also realized that in my crazy moments, I seemed to have experienced quite a lot of joy.  In 2018, I did a few crazy things – left my job for an adventure in Rwanda with Wilson – one of the best life experiences which I have had.  We travelled to Cape Town, South Africa where I watched him in admiration presenting at the World Travel Market.  We explored the city and sites of Cape Town with great enthusiasm.  I even reached out to a stranger whom I met in a FB group and we met at our hotel in Cape Town and she is now a good friend on FB.

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We rode  on a motorcycle in Rwanda with an unstable helmet through the woods and red dirt earth to get to the Twin Lakes, on the border of Rwanda and Uganda. I crazily spoke my truth  through tears and allowed myself to be vulnerable to my feelings.   I walked for hours in a strange city and sat with servers at a local restaurant, who had limited English skills,  helping me to figure out how to get back home.  Looking back, those crazy moments seem to have removed something – fear for the unknown… and then brought some new confidence in walking the unknown path.

Rwanda

Today, in this moment, it feels like I need to be a bit more crazy to tap into the unknown parts of my world so that I can step up more purposefully in not merely existing but THRIVING! Overthinking can significantly alter your momentum for a life wrapped with the treasures and pleasures of LIVING.

Happy 2019!  Be your best CRAZY self.

Love,

Mags

Your sweat is the bond which you have with yourself to follow your heart.

Your sweat is the bond which you have with yourself to follow your heart, believe in yourself and to do the work which is burning in your soul.

Your sweat is the bond which you have with yourself to follow your heart, believe in yourself and to do the work which is burning in your soul. Don’t be afraid to sweat even though no one else may understand what drives you. The work which your soul is destined to fulfil was not assigned to you loosely but rather, you were trusted to carry it out. This journey is unique to you and only YOU will understand the magnitude of the work of your soul – only when you work from the soul level.

You may wonder then, if it is your soul work, why isn’t it being done faster or without tribulations or trials?  You may wonder why you are being faced with barriers, rejections and lack of support. The answer is simple – the soul needs to grow and experience many emotions across its many lifetimes. This lifetime may not be the one where you will reap the amazing rewards you feel that you should reap.  However, if the dimension which has to be done in this lifetime, is not done, there isn’t a chance that you will ever reap what you are capable of, even though you may live through several lifetimes.

Make this lifetime count.  Don’t worry so much about the outcomes.  Engage in the present.  Make daily choices to support your soul work. Stand proud and tall today for every single bead of sweat which has come from your own inner efforts and whisper a word of gratitude to the Universe, your  Creator, your soul group which holds you in reverence and believes in you.

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” Dan Gable

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” Ann Landers

Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself.

Last week I posted on my new program, ‘Coaching through Transitions’, which I implement mainly on the evenings or weekends. It has been such a pleasure working with two young women who are already making progress after a couple of weeks. Last night, when I walked in, the Director of the organization said: “I don’t know what you are doing with these two ladies but everyone on the staff wants to be part of the training. Tell me what I need to do to get training for everyone!”

This made me feel so happy – to know that I am making a difference in the lives of other women and helping them to develop new skills, gain new knowledge and insights, and to have the confidence to say: “Now I know what to do when I am facing this type of situation!” At the class, they bubbly shared how they are already putting their new tools and knowledge into practice.  The excitement in their voices is enough reward.

How do you get from one point to the next? How do you get a job promotion? How do you position yourself strategically for an opportunity? How do you maintain a positive attitude when things are falling apart?  How do you build confidence?  How do you develop a powerful network of people who can support you?  How do you work with others to create a happy environment?  How do you handle social media?

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It is amazing what a few hours with some blank paper, an open mind and a guided discussion can do for your soul.

Some of us are lucky and have been blessed with almost perfect lives and great opportunities.  However, the majority of people who I meet are struggling with one issue or another. Over the last two decades, my work with adults have proved several small but important things:

  • Sometimes, we simply do not know what to do to take the next step.
  • Sometimes, we don’t know what we don’t know.
  • Sometimes, we don’t realize that our attitude about life is keeping us back.
  • Sometimes, we don’t realize that we are simply in the wrong job.
  • Sometimes, we don’t realize that we are holding on to some pain which has drowned our joy and happiness for life.
  • Sometimes, we are afraid of our success.
  • Sometimes, we are afraid to fail and would prefer to remain motionless.
  • Sometimes, we don’t know how to ask for what we want.
  • Sometimes, we don’t realize that we need to breakthrough some very small habits in order to create major breakthroughs.
  • Sometime, we don’t know someone who can help us.
  • Sometimes, we believe that there is nothing more or nothing better than where we are stuck.

What if I told you that all of the barriers above can be turned into opportunities?

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  • Sometimes, we have to work at developing skills, knowledge and even learn new attitudes to help us break through our transitions.
  •  Sometimes, we have to learn courage by taking small risks to step out of our comfort zone.
  • Sometimes, we need to feel inspired by a vision which is more powerful than our fears.
  • Sometimes, we need someone to work with us and help us to navigate through the processes which we are afraid to tackle on our own.

If you feel that you are struggling more than you should in living a fulfilled life ,or feeling less satisfied with your job or not getting through the goals which you set for yourself, you could be in need of someone to coach you. Sometimes, breaking through may require a change in perspective, some new tools to give help you get organized, some new content to help you have a greater understanding of the subject matter. That is what coaching is all about.

Today, life is moving faster than ever. This calls for major shifts in managing both our work and personal life as well as managing our thought patterns.

I am grateful for the amazing people in my life. I am grateful for the opportunities of living my passion and knowing THAT feeling of living purposefully and of sharing my gifts with others.

I am still work in progress… such a lot of learning to do and the world is such a beautiful training school.

Love,

Magdalene

Mags