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

Bring on the magic in your life

Create a magical Friday.

Count you blessings.

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

Are you letting ‘comfortable sadness’ feel like ‘happiness’?

Another day on the couch.

A promise that I will ‘start again’ tomorrow.

A unreturned phone call or email.

A ‘stop bothering me’ attitude.

A blanked out mind.

A blurred day at work.

An empty feeling lying in bed.

Another drink.

Another slice of cake.

Another tantrum.

No visitors.

No place to visit.

No invitations.

A day goes by. A week goes by. A month goes by. Three months go by. Six Months go by. One year goes by. Five years go by. A decade goes by.

A lifetime vanishes.

Sometimes, one event happens in our lives that seem to throw us off our equilibrium.  A feeling of rejection, the loss of a job, the unruly child, the ungrateful friend, squabbling parents, the unattained dream, the loss of loved ones, the guilt of living after loss, a financial crisis… the list can go on.

Shutting the door to the world and ‘being alone’ behind closed doors, in our own bubbles, seem to even protect us. This is the furthest from truth as it could get. Human beings happiness comes from being of service, being useful and supporting life. Without this ‘contributing energy’, it is easy for us to feel purposeless.

The system seem to wear us down and a fog settles over us, like a comfortable blanket.

As my son Jelan, once said to me, “Comfortable sadness can almost feel like happiness.”

He was about 18 at the time, but has always been quite a reflective, out of the box thinker. Our conversation that morning hinged on how we ‘see’ life from our various perspectives, drawing specific reference to the vision which a giraffe has of the world is different when compared to a turtle. Our conclusion was that a person’s vision is unique to them – they can only see as far as their unique level.

The conversation expanded to our general disposition in life and how we perceive others and how others may also perceive us. He said something which left quite an impact on my mind:

“Comfortable sadness can almost feel like happiness.”

How profound. How true.

It made me realize that sometimes we hold on to sadness or any other broken emotion,  because it is comfortable and easier to live with. To step away from that feeling will require greater effort from us… and why bother?

We perhaps don’t know what it is like to be happy or may have even decided that we don’t deserve to be happy. Sometimes, we repeat our unhappy stories until we make them become ‘how’ our lives should be. Even when opportunities to be happy are begging us to join in the vibrancy of happiness, it is more comfortable to remain in our sadness. Sadness can even become a way of life and eventually defines our personalities, our lives and even the relationships which we share with others.

it is important to fight back to claim our rightful spaces on this earth because we were all born to contribute something meaningful to Mother Earth.  I admire Jelan’s optimistic nature and how he explores his life from all angles to engage in living a fun, happy and fulfilled life.

You can change this comfortable sadness to a conscious decision to be happy.

Do one small thing for someone else.

Start a conversation.

Make a phone call.

Go for that walk.

Read a good book.

Smile.

Look for a ways to connect with real people.

I believe that each time the universe feels our happiness, there is a global shift in human consciousness towards greater love, compassion and kindness… and even with one single breath of happiness… the entire world beams.

I believe that sadness does the same thing… every single moment of sadness, also creates a global shift in human consciousness towards greater despair and fear.

It is  O.K. to be sad but don’t let sad moments turn into a lifetime of sadness.

It is O.K. to be happy. Multiply your happy moments over and over again.

Affirmations for the day:

I am happy.

I choose happiness as my way of life.

I embrace laughter, joy, fun… as much as I can… as I push beyond my boundaries

I am so delighted with all the wonderful people, great opportunities, amazing places and beautiful moments which this world is blessing me with every day.

Being happy is a decision.

Getting up from the couch is a decision.

Making that phone call is a decision.

Let us make some good decisions and live joyfully… it is our birthright.  Don’t let comfortable sadness deny you of a happy, fulfilled life.

Love,

Mags

Live your Dreams and Silence your Fears

Live your DREAMS

Pull your dreams from the boxes, baskets and drawers.
Lift them from the endless journals and thoughts that make you feel dizzy when you think of the possibilities.
Let go of the people who bury you and your dreams alive.
Stand tall and give yourself permission to capture your dreams.
Breathe.  Breathe some more.  YES! You can do it.
Leap into action.
Get ahead of the game.
Let us make 2016 the year of living our dreams and silencing our fears.
Your dreams are so worth fighting for.
Come and be inspired on December 18th for Inspiration 2016!
Love,
Magdalene

How does a girl grow up and not believe that she is beautiful?

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It took me 40 years to believe that I am a beautiful woman inside-out! Even writing the words makes me shake my head.

How does a girl grow up and not know that she is beautiful? In my case, it was simple. It was not said by the two people who were the most important figures in my life – my parents and in particular my mom. Sometimes I wonder if she was afraid of telling me that I am beautiful for fear of promiscuity or  that it would have made me feel too important. I am sure that she never told my sisters that they were beautiful either! Who knows?  Today, I wonder whether she thought that she was a beautiful woman or whether her mom ever told her that she  was beautiful.  One of my life regrets is that I never told her that she was beautiful.

However, I must say here that thankfully, my parents and family made me believe that I was bright which gave me confidence in a different way! (Another blog)

As a teenager, I listened in on a conversation by an important male.  I will never forget his words. “I will never marry a beautiful woman because a beautiful woman is every man’s woman.” Unknowingly to him, he instantly created a fear in me for being beautiful.  Subconsciously, my brain registered, “To be beautiful, means I will be the kind of woman who will be every man’s woman!”  004

Looking back, I can see how I subconsciously hid my beauty. I wore baggy clothes. I did not care about going to the hairdresser or getting my nails done or buying clothes that would make me pretty or beautiful.  Growing up with three older sisters did not help much because  I got most of their used clothing which made me also feel that ‘hand downs’ were the clothes for me.  Even when I had my own money to shop, I never felt deserving of beautiful clothes.

Men told me that  I was beautiful  all the time. Inside of me laughed at them and at myself. Me? Beautiful? I did not believe it. You may find this funny and strange but it is not. Looking back,  I even chose men who would not focus on my beauty and I let go of the ones who genuinely believed I was beautiful because I was so afraid of being beautiful.  It is funny what those subconscious messages do to our lives!

I look back at some of my photos and think, “She is a beautiful girl.” How could  I have not felt beautiful?  It is sad that during the years when  I should have embraced this beautiful girl, were the years I pushed her away as much as I could.

When I turned 40,  I did a photo-shoot.  Believe it or not, it was that year after much work on my self esteem that I looked into the mirror and truly believed that I am a beautiful woman – inside-out. The photographer said to me, “You are naturally good at this. I am enjoying photographing you.” That was the day my beauty, self-esteem and self-confidence came all together.  It has taken over a decade to subconsciously make that shift.

My message to all of you who are reading this:

– It is important for us to verbally affirm to our girls / daughters how beautiful they are inside-out.

– It is important for our boys / men to tell the women in their lives how beautiful they are without making it a sexual overture.

– It is important for women to tell other women how beautiful they are.

Believing in our beauty inside-out empowers us to step out into the world with self-confidence.  It is this level of self-confidence that will help more of our women step out into brilliant careers, become business women and set the world lighting with ideas and innovation –  in all of our various forms of beauty. Self-confidence is the key to success.

Love,

Magdalene