Enjoy These Dancing Sunflowers!

Happy Saturday.

Watching those beautiful sunflowers move with the rhythm of the wind, inspired me to create this short video.

I hope that you enjoy it.

Be happy and always look to the light.

Love,

Mags

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

An Invitation For Newness And Rejuvenation

An easy way to elevate your energy and vibration is to create a clean and inviting space where you love. It opens your heart and soul to receive. Any form of cleansing is an invitation for newness and rejuvenation.

Happy Sunday and wishing everyone a beautiful day. In my part of the world, it is raining. After a restful morning in bed, we had a lovely brunch and then I ventured to do some cleaning – putting away summer stuff and preparing to welcome another favourite season – Fall.

There is something profoundly beautiful about cutting flowers from my garden and bring them indoors. It lifts the space immediately. An easy way to elevate your energy and vibration is to create a clean and inviting space where you love. It opens your heart and soul to receive. Any form of cleansing is an invitation for newness and rejuvenation.

Have an awesome Sunday.

Bring on the magic in your life

Create a magical Friday.

Count you blessings.

Replace Worry With Trust

We worry about what happened yesterday. We worry about today. We worry about tomorrow. Worrying is a habit which we learn and one which sucks our emotional wellbeing. We can slowly and surely replace worry with new habits like trusting that everything will be fine, even if we don’t understand how. The more we trust God, our Creator, the Universe, in meeting all of our needs, the lighter and happier we become. Trust that all of your needs will be met.

https://youtu.be/V-UCOdkzcBk

Replace worry with trust

MAGS LEGACY MAPS WORKSHOP

LEGACY MAPS is a Mags Magazine Signature Workshop.

LEGACY MAPS creates a space for an interactive, practical and soul filling workshop to support individuals to create their personal legacies. This workshop goes beyond vision boarding to provide a bird eye’s view of our lives on our personal LEGACY MAP. It takes into consideration all the key elements of a person’s life – purpose, career, family, health and well being, finance, community and most importantly, brings to the forefront, the question: “What is the legacy which I want to leave behind?

Length of time: 8 hours (over 2 days)

July 24th and July 8th from 3p.m. – 7p.m.

Introduction:

Most of us know what we want to do but we get stuck for all kinds of reasons and need a little bit of support to move forward in our life missions. There are only 24 hours in a day and it seems almost impossible to fit everything in. However, when we are not focused or we don’t have a plan, we cannot measure our progress! In some cases, we settle for much less that what we are capable of achieving.

Workshop participants will be able to:

a) Engage in a multi-sensory experience to start the process of identifying with their life purpose or to re-confirm that they are on the right track in living their life purpose

b) Write a first draft of their Legacy Statement

c) Create a timeline which marks major turning points in their lives

d) Reflect on turning points to identify losses, gains, lesson, rewards along with emotional ties which may be nurturing or stifling progress

e) Develop a Legacy Map to tell a new storyline which invites passion and a commitment to take actions to create their personal legacy

f) Reflect on their legacy roots, make decisions and take action about how to honour those legacy roots

LEGACY MAPS TESTIMONIALS

“A full way to learn fast and find my own inspiration from past to build my future.”

“This session with Magdalene makes me feel that it is ok to look at myself in order to know how I can help people’s struggles, help other women and also myself. I felt so comfortable.”

“Thank you. Very enlightening”

“It was useful because I can project my future and to prepare me to create my own business”

“The session was very enlightening and empowering. I am now ready to prepare myself for a future project.”

“It was very fundamental, educational and inspirational. Much more than I was looking forward to learn.”

“Magdalene, I appreciate you coming to this session with us. I have learnt that now I can try my soulful encounter.”

CLAIM YOUR SPOT

Cheers,

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

Set Your Body & Mind For Success

Our bodies will follow our minds. Our success depends on our mindset. Therefore, it is important for you to set your body up for success by exercising mental alertness and reaffirming the behaviours which you would like to exhibit…

It is a gorgeous morning in Ottawa and I am ready for work! I have established a work routine and it is working out well for me. I also notice a shift in my body when I do or don’t do certain things! For example, when I shower, dress, apply my make-up and get organized in my work space, I feel more productive and I achieve more. My mood is more uplifting and positive than when I stay in my pyjamas or try to work from my bedroom.

Our bodies will follow our minds. Our success depends on our mindset. Therefore, it is important for you to set your body up for success by exercising mental alertness and reaffirming the behaviours which you would like to exhibit. Here are three affirmations which you can use throughout the day:

I am ready to complete my work tasks today.

I breathe in all that is positive, pure and worthy of uplifting my spirit.

I am embracing new habits and creating new opportunities around me.

I know that there will be moments when life will fall apart around you. Yes, I know that we are dealing with unprecedented challenges. But I also know that history is replete with examples of women, men, children who have used their minds and the power within them to make peace and advance their goals. Sometimes, the biggest goal is perhaps simply managing the mind to reassure it that you are safe and everything will work out for the highest good for all in this huge universe.

Why should you do this? Because you are beautiful, worthy and you are a winner!

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Love,

Mags

How Are Illegal Migrants Protected Against Covid-19?

After listening to a radio interview at CBC radio this morning, I feel that we need to address the issue of illegal migrant workers who have no protection against COVID-19.

 Illegal migrant workers are most likely working under the table in jobs such as cleaning, construction etc.  Most of these are employed by sub-contractors and based on the information from the interview they have no sick days nor do they get paid over time.  In our current reality with COVID-19, these workers also are essential service workers who need to show up to work.  Their reality is that they cannot take sick time because they will not get paid.  They also cannot apply for emergency benefits because they don’t have a social insurance number.

According to Professor Showler of the Refugee Forum at the University of Ottawa, the estimates for the total number of illegals in Canada range prior to this past year between 30,000 and 120,000. Former Auditor General Sheila Fraser once admitted that the government has lost track of over 40,000 illegals whose paperwork had expired or was never in order. While that may seem like a lot, it is a far smaller percentage of the population than the estimated 13 million plus illegals in the USA. Canada would have to have over a million illegals for the proportions between the two countries to be the same. That means illegals do not have the same network of support among fellow “indocumentados” that exists in the USA. You will find it harder to be an anonymous illegal in Canada, as all the asylum seekers arriving at the border are finding as they head to detention centres. (Source: https://www.immigroup.com/news/illegal-immigration-canada)

How are they protected?

One may argue that they should not be here in the first place but we cannot afford to make this an issue right now. These workers are providing an essential service to our country. From a practical point of view, if they are deported back to their home countries it will require travel arrangements.  Right now, airports and borders are closed so it is not a real option for them.

Migrants across the world usually move from one country to another for safety, education or better opportunities. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all benefit somehow from the services which they provide even though we don’t often think about it. In times like this, from a humanitarian perspective, we cannot afford to overlook them. As human beings, they should be entitled to being protected like everyone else – to ensure that they are safe and have access to medical services, food and shelter.

What are your thoughts?

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Love,

Mags

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

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Love,

Magdalene