Are You A Leader Who is Giving Wings To Others?

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” Unknown

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” Unknown

This video is taken from my FB Live Series at the start of COVID-19. It explores our part in nurturing the talent of the youth around us. Real leaders and visionaries recognize talent very quickly. The true authentic leader knows that they give wings to others and when they do that, their legacy will carry great and positive karma in the future.

What legacy do you want to leave behind as a leader?

View video – Nurturing Talent Around You.

Nature Talent Around You

How do you nurture the youth talent around you?

Love,

Magdalene

Believe In Your Capacity To Set And Achieve Your Goals

Each day I set small and big goals for myself. Sometimes, it is as simple as cleaning one closet or doing a facial or calling a friend. Sometimes it is as big as setting a goal to go back to school. Today, I start a new goal which was planted 15 years ago – to be back at university. I am starting my new MA program – Masters in Migration and Diaspora Studies.

Look out for my next post where I will talk more about my journey and how I eventually got to living this goal.

What I know for certain, is that we have the capacity to set and achieve our goals.

What are your small and big goals?

Love,

Magdalene

How do we forgive those who hurt us?

Forgiveness…. this can be a heavy word for some. We are all vulnerable to being hurt at some point in our lives. One thing I know for sure, based on my own life experiences, is that forgiving frees my soul. It creates space for me to attract more beautiful things in my life rather than to harbour hurts which drain my energy.

Here is a short video from Mags Morning Inspiration to inspire your thoughts on forgiveness.

https://youtu.be/uBjAaZL4xoE

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

Listen to my latest video: How can you make a difference?

Join me every morning at 9:00a.m. for Mags Morning Inspiration on FB Live.

Mags

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

Six Leadership Tips To Manage Covid-19

How are you showing up as a leader? COVID-19 is demanding more from us. Here are six leadership tips which you can put into effect right now to manage yourself and your tribe… inspired by ‘Light A Fire In Their Hearts’ a Leadership book by Lisa Anna Palmer

Congratulations to my friend Lisa Anna Palmer for publishing her beautiful and well-written book, ‘Light a Fire In their Heart’ – The Truth About Leadership. It is a great read and has shared nuggets of wisdom from over 30 leaders! This book is particularly important now as COVID-19 is demanding that all of us step up as leaders to manage ourselves and those around in an effort to win this battle.

In this video, I have provided six leadership tips from ‘Light a Fire in Their Hearts’ to inspire you to take action and to grow your leadership skills.

Leadership tips for managing COVID-19.

You can pre-order your copy here:

Light a Fire in Their Hearts

You can support my work by following my blog, sharing, liking and commenting.

Love,

Magdalene

My honeyman…

He said, “I don’t have to sell this honey you know. But I like to go out. I like to meet people and talk with them. It is what keeps me going. Don’t make too much out of this life. What is most important in this life is for you to love God. You cannot love me, if you don’t love God. That is the most important thing in life – to love.”

Some people have a moneyman, a handyman, a candyman.. but I have a honeyman :). This post showed up in my memories on FB and I thought you might like it too!

I feel lucky I have a honeyman. I love my honeyman. He is in his seventies and he visits me at work twice a year. He has done so for the last 5 years because I am one of his clients – I buy a jar of honey for $30. Every time he comes, we seem to repeat the same conversation.

“Honey, I have no money today.” I say to him.

“Oh.. money.. don’t worry…” he says. “Anytime, I can come back for it. For you… you don’t need money!”

And so, I buy the honey with no money (a good reason for his 2nd visit!)

Today, he came for the 2nd visit.

“Magdalene, you have such a beautiful name. Who gave you this name?” He affirms over and over again how beautiful I am, how blessed he is and how happy he is to see me again. He says that I make him feel happy because I have a joyful spirit.

He said, “I don’t have to sell this honey you know. But I like to go out. I like to meet people and talk with them. It is what keeps me going. Don’t make too much out of this life. What is most important in this life is for you to love God. You cannot love me, if you don’t love God. That is the most important thing in life – to love.”

Yes, my honeyman. You are precious. Nice to have honeyman 🙂

Be well. Be joyful. Be happy.

Love,

Mags

A homeless man reminded me of a very important life lesson…

This homeless man did not accept my first no. With his limp and slow walk, he persisted and followed me to my car. He put the required effort and repeated his ask not accepting my rejection.

If you know me well enough, you would know that I have a very soft spot for people who are homeless regardless of how they became homeless.

Today, when I got out of a store an elderly homeless man approached me and asked for money to buy food. I told him that I had no cash. I truly did not think that I had any cash in my bag. I walked quickly past him towards my car. I noticed that he walked slowly with a limp. He seemed a bit disoriented and I felt dreadful that I could not help him.

I walked to my car and sat in it for a few minutes checking my phone. Suddenly I heard a knock on my window. There he was again asking me for money. “I am hungry. Please for some change to get some food.”

“I would give it to you if I had it.” I told him gently. “I don’t have any cash.”

He stood steadfastly looking at me and repeating his request. His stare and helplessness made me feel very uncomfortable. How could I walk away without helping? I started searching through all the pockets of my bag and jacket. Bingo! I got $4.00 worth of coins. I gave them to him. He gratefully accepted, thanked profusely and showered blessings upon me. It was only $4.00. I was almost ashamed of myself for giving only $4.00.

The lesson he reminded me of was PERSISTENCE. How often have I given up on an idea or something which mattered greatly to me because I was not persistent. I accepted NO too quickly. I was too tired to repeat my ask. I was afraid of being rejected. If I had been rejected a first time, chances are that I would never try again. Many times I have failed to follow up with a potential lead only because I did not get a positive response right away.

This homeless man did not accept my first no. With his limp and slow walk, he persisted and followed me to my car. He put the required effort and repeated his ask, not accepting my rejection. Eventually, he pushed me to go beyond my limits and to dig further to find the $4.00. If he was not persistent, he would not have gotten that money and I would not have gotten the satisfaction of helping him.

Before giving up on something your want, try asking again. A ‘no’ can eventually become a ‘yes’ with a little more persistence.

Love,

Magdalene

A garden fairy for my garden?

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”
It was all imagination but today I know for a fact that whatever we believe and imagine about life becomes our reality. If I believe in fairies, I will find fairies in all aspects of my life. If I believe that miracles are always happening in my life, I will find miracles.

Someone brought me a cute little garden fairy – it is priceless gift for my garden! I have no idea who it is from. My son tried his best to explain that a young girl and her mom dropped by with the garden fairy but he could not remember their names. I hope that I can find those two wonderful people to say thank you.

This little garden fairy brought me back to my childhood days of reading all those wonderful magical books about fairies and the mystical world. It is perhaps where my love for the mystical world started. I spent night after night reading, completely enchanted with those little beings whom we could not see but I believed that they existed and they visited gardens and spread fairy dust over our dreams. In my mind, I captured hundreds of little fairies who all created magic and miracles in my life. I believed that they dance around in the night and used their magical powers to remove darkness and cobwebs formed in the day time so that our day could start afresh.

It was all imagination but today I know for a fact that whatever we believe and imagine about life becomes our reality. If I believe in fairies, I will find fairies in all aspects of my life. If I believe that miracles are always happening in my life, I will find miracles. If I believe that my new day is always a fresh day and that fairies have cleaned up the cobwebs from the day before, then so it is. If I believe that the mystical world is full of wonder and magic is created from that space, then I will experience this magic.

What do you believe about life? Do you see life as difficult or easy? Do you believe that life supports you? Do you believe that people are for you? Do you believe that life works against you? Do you believe that you live in a magical world where creation is constantly gifting you with miracles and opportunities?

As I played with the little garden fairy in my garden, I felt like this little girl who had gotten a new toy. I positioned it between the leaves, in a glass jar, below the plants and imagined it filling my little garden with love and joy. I walked along the little garden trail and felt enormous gratitude for the person who brought me that little garden fairy and believe that my energy of gratitude will touch them. It is not only that they have caught on to my love for the whimsical, mystical part of life, but now they have also chosen to be a part of it.

And so I say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtfulness and consideration and for adding this little fairy to create magic in my garden.

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Love,

Mags