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

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

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!

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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

Do all things with great love

One thing that I know for sure is that when we do things with great love, love itself multiplies around us a hundred fold. It can amplify our vibration of love. It is this vibration that attracts more love to us – romantic partners, forgiveness, better relationships, opportunities and most of all an inner feeling of gratitude, contentment and peace.

The most memorable moments in my career and personal life are the times when I have done things with great love in my heart. When I am in that state, I can achieve the impossible. I have fond memories of working in elementary school classrooms and special education classes where my love for each student poured so deeply over them that I saw their transformations from being labeled as ‘unable’ to thriving and succeeding. In my work, I pour love and blessings upon everyone that I meet physically and energetically and I reap the benefits of having staff and partners who are responsive and passionate about their work and we always create magic in what we do. I believe that if we can connect through a loving energy, then our relationships will overcome natural obstacles and thrive. It is no different with my children, partner and even my plants at home. Recently, it has also been with my son’s dog Maggie who pours love all over me with her kisses.

Love is a powerful, positive emotion which can lift us from darkness and place us in the centre of a light so bright, that we radiate from inside out. Best of all, we don’t need words to express it – is can simply be felt.

As we observe Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I feel the urge to boost the message of ‘doing things with great love’. We live in a time and space where we are bombarded with many diverse messages about love. At one end of the spectrum there are people who are happily in love and will celebrate Valentine’s Day with deep tenderness. At the other end of the spectrum there are people who feel sad for various reasons – perhaps being single or being in an estranged relationship or what they hoped for never materialized. However, what if we all simply held on to the transformative power of love to know that regardless of our relationship status, that by simply pouring some love into what we do on a daily basis, we can energetically shift the vibrations around us to create a loving and welcoming space.

One thing that I know for sure is that when we do things with great love, love itself multiplies around us a hundred fold. It can amplify our vibration of love. It is this vibration that attracts more love to us – romantic partners, forgiveness, better relationships, opportunities and most of all an inner feeling of gratitude, contentment and peace.

Love is an energy. We can choose to live with this energy every moment.

Here is my invitation to you as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, to do all things with great love. This deliberate act will add beauty to ordinary days; bring healing to our relationships and add an extra zest in our steps. Our smiles will be more radiant, our words will be kinder and our vibration will welcome people into our space.

Affirmation for today: ” I choose love. I choose to do all things with great love.”

Here is my message from Valentine’s 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You can support my work by liking, sharing and commenting! Spread a bit of love today!

Love,

Mags

What are you welcoming into your life?

Have you ever though of how you welcome yourself into your own life or what you welcome into your life?

I found this cute little sign for my garden. WELCOME. A simple word which brings a deep invitation – for someone? something? an experience?. Until this moment, I never thought of the depth of the word, WELCOME

Most of us use this word to invite or greet others into a space. Most often, AHEAD OF TIME, we will think of creating an experience to welcome them such as providing food and drinks, clean towels, a well made bed, a small present, a well set table, a warm environment, a well thought of experience etc. We can feel when others create a special welcoming experience for us.

Have you ever though of how you welcome yourself into your own life or what you welcome into your life?

I welcome the wonderful gifts of nature into my life.

I welcome people who nurture and support me.

I welcome exerise and good nourishment for my body, which carries me all through the day and night.

I welcome kindness from others.

I welcome the feeling of safely and security wherever I go.

I welcome a work environment which challenges and uplifts my spirit.

By thinking ahead of what you CHOOSE to welcome into your life, you automatically attract more of the same. Eventually, you will realize that you are living a life which welcomes YOU first. This also automatically multiplies and makes it easier to create a welcoming space for others. We cannot treat others better than we treat ourselves… therefore be kind and loving to yourself and it will naturally draw more of the same to you.

Many thanks to those who have recently purchased Mags Magazine – Soulful Encounters. You can support my work by liking, commenting, sharing or taking action to live your soul mission.

Love,

Magdalene

Thanks to Cast Away Tour, Saint Lucia, A Proud Supporter of Mags Magazine

From across the miles, we want to say a special thank you to Paul and Sherin Clifford, owners of CAST AWAY TOUR in Saint Lucia! They provide a range of authentic experiences for the traveller who want to experience the rich cultural and heritage aspects of Saint Lucia. We want to thank them for their contribution towards my former student, who is blind, to get her massage table to work independently as a massage therapist! Together, we will make that dream come true on May 25th when we gather in the celebration of the launch of Soulful Encounters, Mags Magazine.

From across the miles, we want to say a special thank you to Paul and Sherin Clifford, owners of CAST AWAY TOUR in Saint Lucia! They provide a range of authentic experiences for the traveller who want to experience the rich cultural and heritage aspects of Saint Lucia. We want to thank them for their contribution towards my former student, who is blind, to get her massage table to work independently as a massage therapist! Together, we will make that dream come true on May 25th when we gather in the celebration of the launch of Soulful Encounters, Mags Magazine.

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Plan on spending the entire day in this remote tropical sanctuary… you still won’t have enough time to do everything …
Snorkel/swim over the wild UN Heritage Site Marine Reserve reefs, help local fishermen pull in their nets, visit local artisans at Lio’s Pottery Studio or the Khuss-Khuss grass-crafter (+USD 10/per person),  mix up medicinal plant shampoos & herbal body scrubs on the Bush Doctor’s Walkabout to the Rainforest Mineral Springs, tour the tropical organic Zion Lion Farm and harvest a wide variety of organic fruits & vegetables for your lunch, tour the 18th century Ruins (sugar/rum/irrigation)learn how-to make gourmet charcoals, see how cassava is processed into gluten-free “farine”, relax in a hammock or on a hand-woven grass lounger under our grass-roof shelter, participate in a Carib Cuisine demonstration in our open-air “kitchen” and then enjoy St. Lucia’s only organic Farm-To-Table Carib Beach BBQ Feast & sooo much more… 

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ALSO… Reflexology Hike.
Barefoot, on the naturally mystic Gros Piton

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Hike up Gros Piton…

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The Pitons World Heritage Coast Cruise:  Come for a ride on The Pitons World Heritage Coast Cruise….to the wild side of The Pitons!

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Make Saint Lucia one of your top travelling destinations!  We can help  you get there and have an amazing experience!

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 25th!

Meet our keynote speaker Laura Traplin!

Get your Tickets

Get your copy of Mags Magazine

Love,

Mags

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Stop thinking. Do it. Quickest counselling session…

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A colleague shared her first and fastest employment counselling session she had in Canada, which lasted for 15 minutes and moved her from thinking to action.

She told the employment counsellor that she wanted to teach French in the public service and that she had all the qualifications and skills to do it.  The employment counsellor looked at her and said, “Then go and do it.”

At first she was a bit shocked that it was that easy. “Go and do it?”  How easy is that?

She got the job effortlessly.  In that moment of being told to “Go and do it.”  her brain must have connected the dots and made her realize that there was no reason she could not do the job since she had all the requirements. She received an affirmation  that it was possible. Prior to that she had talked herself into this self-defeating syndrome that she was not good enough, she was so new to Canada, why would anyone hire her….the endless reasons we convince ourselves that things will not work out.

Yesterday, a friend called me to  help her decide whether she should move back to her home country.  I listened while she explained all the reasons that she could not go.  She may not get a job if she moved back. She may lose her financial security that she has built here.  She may face sexual harassment.  She may not be able to adjust to her home country after being away for so long…. the list went on and on about things that may never happen.

“Why do you want to go back?” I asked.

“Because when I am there, I feel belonged.  I feel happy. I don’t have to wonder whether I am accepted or not.”

“Then do it.” I said.

I look at my own patterns over the years and realize how often I have sabotaged myself and talked myself out of making soul decisions because of fear or I procrastinate until I drive myself crazy. The fear that I am not good enough, not ready, not qualified enough, not smart enough, not financially able… there can be an bottomless list of reasons why you should not do what your soul truly desire.  The procrastination that I will do it later, it’s not the right time…. always an excuse for not acting.

Very often we discount what we feel because we think too much.  Spend sometime with the feeling and ask yourself:

  •  If I acted on this feeling, how will it change my life in the future?(and/or other lives)
  • How does this feeling align with my soul mission?
  • How will my soul expand if I acted on how I am feeling now, even though I don’t know what the results will be?
  • What is stopping me from doing this now?  Does it involve other people?  Is the risk beyond me?
  • Is this a feeling that will have negative consequences for others?

If the feeling continues to nag at you, then stop thinking and ACT. Through your actions, you will find your way.

TuneIn to what your soul is nudging you to do. Your soul already knows the answer.  StepUp to expand your soul work – feel with your heart and take a step of faith.

Sign up for a TuneIn and StepUp Challenge.  We are looking for participants worldwide!

https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/signup-for-a-tunein-and-stepup-challenge-2014/

Love,

Magdalene

Do you feel that you have lost your spirt? How do you feed your spirt?

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It is not hard to lose the essence of who we are.  It is not hard to lose our souls.  Our lives sometimes feel so busy that we don’t have the time or energy to listen to our spirit, which is really longing for our attention to help us live our best lives.

We hear it in our voices when we say or think:

“I feel lost.”

“I feel tired.”

“I am not feeling fulfilled.”

“I need a challenge.”

“I feel bored.”

“I no longer know what I am doing with this job/partner/relationship.”

“I can’t stand my job any longer.”

When we disconnect from our spirit, everything else begins to crash around us.  When we tune in to those feelings – it is a signal for us to get back on track and honour that essence which sustains us.

For many years, I struggled trying to understand how to be quiet and meditate.   When I tried to sit quietly, my mind seemed to drift to my multitude of challenges. But I never gave up.  In my quest to quieten my mind, I have read lots of books on meditation.  One of them gave me an insight which changed everything completely.  It helped me to understand that my breath is the source of all life. It is the source which feeds my spirit.  As soon as this clicked in my mind, I found that I could lie down quietly and breathe deeply peacefully and let all other things float out of my mind.  I understand how important that my breath is – it is the breath of life.  As I lie down and just simply breathe in and out deeply for 15 minutes, I give my body and spirit, the gift of acknowledging the power of that breath and that life which I have been blessed with through grace. The  oxygen which feeds the cells of my body feel delighted that I take the time to do this.  In my moments of stress, my spirit reminds me to go back to my breath – and as I tune in to breathing and acknowledging that essence of who I am, all things become peaceful again.

TuneIn to your spirit today.  How do you feed it?

A walk?

Laughter?

Charity?

Breathing?

Singing?

Working out?

Slowing down?

A long bath?

Listening to music?

Lighting candles?

Doing the thing that feels right?

StepUp to feed your spirit daily.  It is so longing for you to come home to it – it is the source of our true essence.

Sign up for a TuneIn and StepUp Challenge.  We are looking for participants worldwide!

https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/signup-for-a-tunein-and-stepup-challenge-2014/

Love,

Magdalene

Motherhood. Does it seem to be a sacrificial journey? Can you find time to also follow your passion?

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November 4th marked 2 years since my mom crossed over to the other life at 73 years old. She always told me,  “I would like to live up to 70… anything beyond that is a bonus… and I would like to see my grandchildren grow up a little older. ”  She experienced both and I am grateful that she held each of those beautiful grandchildren in her arms.

Mom’s life had interesting twists and turns but her faithfulness to God in all that she went through is etched in my mind.  As she got older, her prayer time increased and a greater sense of peace settled over her. She spoke of accepting things – good or bad – and would make statements such as, “It is the will of God.”

I felt blessed by God to have been able to spend the last five days of her life with her.  I was here in Ottawa, when my sister called to say that she had a heart attack and was at the hospital.  The only thought that went through my mind was, “Please God, keep her alive until I get home.”  God granted both of us that wish and I remain grateful that we both laughed until we cried to the end of her life.  In the middle of a fit of laughter, she said, “I wish I could see your teeth now.” I can only imagine my much she missed seeing – she was blind for over 10 years.

Only those of us who are so far way from our parents can truly understand the guilt and pain of not being there with them as they age, get sick and need our support.

On the last day of her life, my sister and I were sitting with her in the hospital room and as I looked at her, I felt that her life was slipping away.  My last words to her were, “Mom, rest now, you are tired.  Just close your eyes and rest.”  Five minutes later, she crossed over.

 

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She got married at 15 to my dad who was 18, through an arranged marriage.  She told her mother,  “It is not my wish to be married, but if it is your desire, I will do so.” From what I was told, it was her desire to be a seamstress and remain single.  Life had other plans for her and blessed her with a husband and 6 children – a life which was not always a bed of roses but one which she handled with grace and courage.

How much control do we have over those big life decisions? 

Did her soul decide that she was going to be married to my dad and have those kids before she even arrived here?

Her husband and children were her life.  Although uneducated, she believed strongly in education and made sure that all her children went to school and had the necessary supplies to succeed.  She was a business woman, a farmer, a seamstress, a homemaker, she managed the family finance and even saved money when we seem to barely have any money!  Mom did what she needed to do to survive and made sure  that her family had some form of security. She was the mom who woke up at 4:30a.m to prepare breakfast and lunch – we woke up to the smell of cocoa tea and bakes or dahl.  We came home to a hot cooked meal in the afternoon.  For her, it was a pleasure being available for her family – she never complained.  Even when I started to work as a teacher, I would come home in the afternoon to find my laundry all done, dinner all prepared.. and she would encourage me to go for a rest after my dinner.  What a privilege that was!

She took care of her grandchildren lovingly.  I will be always grateful to her for taking care of my first son, Ohri, for the first two years of his life while I completed my studies in Jamaica.  To do this, as a grandmother, I am sure was a huge sacrifice for her but Ohri also received a huge blessing.

Amongst the many, many lessons I have learnt from watching my mom’s life, is not to take life for granted and to find time to do the things I do love to do.  I think that her life was lived almost completely in a sacrificial way for her children and maybe this is what brought her joy. However, even though I love my mom very, very dearly, my rebellious nature in pursuing my own passions in life, started because I had the perception that her life was sacrificed for family and I did not want to do the same with mine.  Choosing a professional path, pursuing my passion in travel and writing and community activities, gives me energy to perform my role better as a mother.  Altogether, I feel much more fulfilled having a balance between the two.

I was about 18 years old when I asked mom to go on a trip with me so that she could have a travelling experience. Her response was, “Child, save your money.”

A few  years later,  she became blind and I moved to Canada just after that.  One day I asked her to come over  to spend some time with me. Her response was,  “Where can I go now? I  am blind.”

These two statements constantly flood my mind, especially when I am about to make an important  decision.  How much weight do I attach to the money vs the experience?  Can I have less money and a fuller life experience?  I don’t want to look back and regret not doing something I passionately wanted to do and then regret it later even more due to the onset of a major life illness or a sudden change in life. My mom never imagined that she would have become blind. How would we know?

We do the best we can.  We do better, when we know better.

This moment is all that we have. TuneIn to  the opportunities in front of you. StepUp and make conscious choices which will make your life fuller and happier.  Perhaps we don’t have to be in sacrificial mode all the time – lighten up and enjoy the opportunities which life is presenting to you.  Do your best to make yours a happy journey.

Love,

Magdalene