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.

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Replace worry with trust

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 ūüôā

Be well. Be joyful. Be happy.

Love,

Mags

Live the Christmas Spirit and be Your Own Best Present!

hen you LIVE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT – every day is a Christmas Day – filled with love, happiness and a sense of well-being. Imagine living from this space every single day of your life!

Imagine giving yourself your best Christmas present?

What would it be?

A day to yourself, a spa, a massage, a shopping spree? Being with family and friends? A meal by yourself? A road trip? Getting away from Christmas?

Digging a bit deeper within your soul to discover passion and purpose?

A little bit of honesty with yourself about what makes you happy, joyful, sad, anxious, bitter, angry?

Here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season! May you be showered with love, peace joy and happiness!

May you give yourself the best present ever – unwrap your inner gifts to live your soul mission. When you LIVE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT – every single day is a Christmas Day – filled with purpose, love, happiness and a sense of well-being. Imagine living from this space every single day of your life!

Happy Holidays!

Love,

Mags

Naughty post – how would you build your man?

“Don’t shoot me guys…. but ladies…. this one is for you… just imagine if we could build our men like we can build a snowman. What would you create? There are no snowwomen… so guys I don’t think you could do the same to us!”

I came across one of my FB post from a few years back, which said, “Don’t shoot me guys…. but ladies…. this one is for you… just imagine if we could build our men like we can build a snowman. What would you create? There are no snowwomen… so guys I don’t think you could do the same to us!”¬†

Now I cannot help but wonder how come there are no snowwomen?  Gender inequality?  Maybe this winter I should build a snowwoman and dress her up. 

What is the origin of the snow man? My quick research shows that building snowmen goes back to the middle ages and it was built with great skills and thought.  It was free art supplies for a limited time, a gift from the heavens! 

I could not help but laugh as I imagined myself building a man. What would I remove?¬† What would I add?¬† How would I dress him? ¬† What would I create to give me this perfect being who would have the perfect measurements, the perfect size, the perfect nose, the perfect smile, the perfect hands and feet, the perfect stomach, the perfect lips…

But the things I would not be able to build are the things that matter the most – the perfect attitude, temperament, sensibilities, compassion, faithfulness, empathy, honesty, credibility, generosity, a heart full of romance, intelligence, passion and of course an amazing lover…¬†

And so I pulled my imagination back and give a gentle reminder to myself, that truly there is no such thing as perfection.  The only perfection really lies in embracing people, men or woman, in a perfect way Рwhich means without judgement and to give to each other, the best parts of ourselves. 

But maybe… just maybe…. we can build a perfect snowman and infuse all the amazing qualities which you are looking for, in him.¬† Imagine that this infusion will get transmitted right to him… wouldn’t that be amazing!¬† We can, perhaps after all,¬† create the perfect men ūüôā

This morning as I open my door and looked out into the forest, the sight of the frosted branches brought joy to my heart.  The sun streamed down and as I looked up, it felt that the heavens has also opened up, just for me and for you and maybe for all the snowmen that are going to be built this winter.

Love,

Mags

What is built from within, will stand the test of time.

The RIO games demonstrate such excellence, passion and commitment at various levels Рof the athletes, of families, communities and countries. I admire that resilience, focus and determination of our athletes, both in winning and also not being placed at the top. There is no loser.  I have tremendous admiration for each person who took up the challenge to compete.  Every single act of commitment to our passions is a blessing to the world in one form or another.

Their performances remind me that each of them built their skills and competences over a long period of time.¬† We can apply the same principles in our daily lives and work at molding excellence within us so that whatever we do, whatever we say, wherever we are… we can safely say that, “This is the best version of me and my efforts in creating excellence within me.”¬†

What is built from within, will stand the test of time.

Love,

Magdalene

She started with one student – today, she has taught over 500 students to dance!

Her words, which inspired me the most were: “When I started, two students registered. Only one showed up but I decided to work with this one student, and together we created a masterpiece choreography.”

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A few weeks ago, I met Sanchita Chakraborty, founder and artistic director of Bollywood Jig, at the Diversity Recruitment Event which I attended with the Canadian Armed Forces in New Brunswick.¬†In between the sessions with the Armed Forces, we chatted about our passions and journeys to Canada and I was inspired by what she has been able to achieve as a newcomer, who arrived here only a few years ago.¬† She used¬†her passion for dance to ¬†add cultural diversity and integration¬†to the shores of St. John’s.

Isn’t this great?

“We were founded in 2004 and we‚Äôve been making audiences cheer, clap and tap their toes ever since.¬†Our choreography is as diverse as our dancers. We range in age from 10 to 35, hail from South Asia to Salmonier, and have training in everything from traditional Chinese dance to salsa to hip hop. Like ballet and bungara, it‚Äôs dance that unites us. And the costumes. Can‚Äôt argue with the threads.” Bollywood Jig

¬†Her words, which inspired me the most were: “When I started, two students registered. Only one showed up but I decided to work with this one student, and together we created a masterpiece choreography.”
Today, she has taught over  500 students and lives her passion of dancing and teaching others to dance.  She works with various groups of individuals Рfrom kids to youth and women who have retire from the workforce and who finally have the chance to live their passion of dancing.
What inspires her? “The tremendous amount of talent which the youth bring to the dance classes.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.” Tao Te Ching,
Whatever your dreams are, take a risk on them. Do not be discouraged. When passion and soul comes together, life cannot help but nod in approval.
What inspires you?
Get your copy of Mags Magazine – Soulful Encounters.¬† There are lots of inspirational stories to show that passion fuels dreams… and dreams do come true!
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Love,
Magdalene

New Release: Soulful Encounters, 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine

“I am delighted to register my Congratulations to Magdalene Cooman on the 2nd Edition of Mags E-Magazine titled ‘Soulful Encounters.’

This edition of Mags Magazine presents bold, deep, engaging content which covers the inner personal dimensions of life with which most if not every person can identify. The motivational content is written in a manner that is candid and reader friendly, engaging the reader in a soul searching journey.
The sketches of life stories echo the human experiences that serve to give significance to life. Additionally, they redirect the course of life, create resolve for purposeful living and very importantly, they provide introspective reflection for many struggling with similar encounters and feelings in finding their way. The producer’s own life story of twists and turns, challenges, soul searching and where she is today because of her quiet strength, deep spiritual exploration and self-determination, is a living testimony of what diligence and a purpose driven life can achieve.
Soulful Encounters is a delightful and thought-provoking reading from which everyone can benefit. I recommend Mags Magazine as a good investment not for the shelf but as a motivator for achieving self- fulfilment.”

Celene A. Gyles (Dr)

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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Eliot

Dear friends,

All of us have dreams but unless we take action, dreams remain to be just dreams.

The 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine is here after many months of hard work and it is indeed a beautiful dream come true.  What makes it more special, is that many of you who are reading this newsletter today, have been great supporters of my work in helping me to live my soul mission.  I am very grateful for this support.  Some of you have come as total strangers in my life but through kindness, love and soul connections, everyday moments have become soulful encounters to celebrate.

Soulful Encounters  is a very special edition which features inspiring people with a special feature on Gems of Kenya.  It even highlights an encounter with George Eliot, an 18th century writer and life lessons from four year old Sid St. Catherine!

This year, we will be printing 200 copies of Soulful Encounters – be one of the first to pre-order our special copy which I will autograph with a special message for you!

Click on the photo below to pre-order and remember you can also give one as a special gift to a special friend. Help me to spread the word and inspire more people to reach their own goals.

Mags

I want to express my gratitude¬† to my partner Wilson Jn Baptiste who is also the editor in chief for the many hours which he has dedicated towards this magazine. His faith in me and my ability to rise each time I want to give up, is priceless and I am grateful to him for being that light and strength for me. Our graphic designer Mila Gertsenchtein – your touch …is golden. Thank you for your endless hours of work. Our photographer, Nyamulola Chiboli Kambanji – thank you for your endless hours of photography and doing such a fabulous job with the cover photo. Kores Musuni thank you for the photos from Kenya – it has added much delight to the magazine. To my readers and reviewers – I cannot thank you all enough. Celene Gyles, Laura Traplin, Wendy R Pilgrim-Michael, Priscilla Lucien, Mengistab Tsegaye, ¬†Rima Aristocrat, Doina Tibu,¬†Ghebre Issac, Hani Rached, Myrner Schmitt, Trevor and Dale Stevenson, Emily Cattelan-Legace,Christina Sang,Jane Adam, Laurie Jaeger – your contribution towards this issue¬†has been priceless.

Thanks to our sponsors: Willis College, Auto Paradise Repair, World Skills Employment Centre, Phresh, Piton Vacation Villa, Sea Spray Cruises and Nature Expeditions.
Lastly, I  want to thank my children: Jelan, Ohri, Dawn and Kim Рthank you all for your support.

Take small actions today and steer your dreams!  YOU can do it.  YOU too can live your soul mission.

Love,

Magdalene

 

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