The moment I flip the calendar to August my mind is racing with new goals, I reflect on the experiences that I’ve had this year and I begin thinking about new ways that I want to stretch myself.
August is also the month of my birthday and this year I wanted to do something that would allow me to connect with my awesome community and bring us together to experience wellness in a unique way.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area join me and Award-Winning Visual Design Artist Camille Lauren for Art Therapy – a unique afternoon of art, movement and mantras designed to unleash your creativity and reconnect you to your passions.
Experience self-care in a whole new way through an interactive painting lesson, spoken word performance and meditation session to help bring a dose creativity into your everyday life.
Camille and I have designed a special guided painting exercise for the afternoon and all guests will receive a 16 x 20 canvas for your artistic creations which you can take home to keep!
Now I bet I can guess what you’re thinking. If you think that you need to know how to draw or already be creative to participate the answer is NO.
What if I told you that you already have the seeds of creativity planted within you? Would you believe that? I’ll be honest. For a long time I didn’t. However, over time I realized that we really do have these ‘seeds’ but the problem is that we rarely allow them to fully bloom.
What would life feel like for you if you could express yourself fully? What would you do if you didn’t feel confined to following the rules? Just like our self-love journeys, embracing our creativity energy is one that takes courage. Why? Because it takes guts to breakaway from the mold.
When we allow our creativity to bloom, we allow ourselves to be seen.
If you’re ready to find your creative courage join me on Sunday August 10 at Paintlounge because art therapy is now in session.
Get ready to ‘get your OM on’ when OM T.O offficially welcomes Summer to the city of Toronto on Saturday June 21.
Inspired by NYC’s Mind over Madness event, where thousands gather to practice yoga on June 21 in Times Square, Om T.O. was created to bring people from all walks of life together with Toronto’s best yoga teachers to celebrate strength of body, mind and community.
Last year, 1,000 people practiced their asanas in the sun at the inaugural event and this year event organizers are hoping to double that number and bring yoga to the masses.
Whether you’re a seasoned yoga enthuasist or get your yoga fix by practicing poses that you see on instagram, OM T.O is a great way to experience classes from top Yoga studios all for FREE.
Between 9 am to 5 pm, BYOM (bring your own mat) and choose from eight specially-themed outdoor classes taught by Toronto’s most dynamic and popular instructors from top yoga studios across the city.
To help spread a little good karma, I’ve teamed up with the awesome folks from OM T.O to offer a special contest to win a fun prize pack to help you step up your yoga game in style. Sorry to my International friends, this is for Canadian Residents only.
Here’s how you can participate
OM T.O is on a mission to double participation this year and we can help them reach their goal by spreading the word about the event to Toronto Yoga enthuasists. Spread the word by sharing this post on Facebook, or using the click to tweet below to receive a ballot entry for my OM TO prize pack.
What’s up for grabs?
- 1 B-Yoga mat (valued at $85)
- 5 classes at Spynga, the yoga and cycling studio (valued at $100)
- Kashi cereal and granola bars (valued at $10)
The Contest is open until June 20 at 11:59PM EST. A winner will be randomly selected from the ballots.
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Have you ever read the book Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield?
If I had to describe the book in one sentence I’d say it’s a manifesto for stepping up your game. In other words – If you want to accomplish something that’s meaningful for you, knowing what you want is important but success is far more likely when you pay close attention to your actions and how you’re navigating the mindset battlefield.
Sounds easy in theory, but when you think about your own goals how would you rate yourself? I recently came face to face with this question as I sit in the middle of my own #goingPro mission (yes..I created a hashtag for it)
Recently my friend Liz attended an event by the Institute for Integrative School of Nutrition that featured various thought leaders as speakers. Marie Forleo was one of the presenters and Liz shared a key question from her talk that made me take a closer look at my own practices
“How would you behave if you were best in the world at what you do?”
Pause and take that in for a minute.
It’s one thing to create a hashtag, read a book and SAY that you’re going to do something, but how are you actions truly lining up to your intentions.
If you were to ask yourself what would you do if you were best in the world? What would your responses be? Maybe you would
- Give up the story that you tell about yourself of why you won’t succeed
- Wake up with Intention instead of hitting the snooze button
- Stop comparing your journey to someone else’s
- Make your feelings a priority
- Tell yourself how awesome you are everyday
- Lighten your load
- Build your own dream instead of working on someone else’s
- Live your life instead of watching other people live theirs
- Be the Rainbow in someone’s cloud
- Manage your energy instead of your time
- Stop breaking promises to yourself. No really stop
- Stop saying ‘it’s no big deal’ when you receive a compliment
- Complain less and express your gratitude more
- Make your happiness a priority
- Eat food that makes you feel nourished instead of tired, sluggish or worse guilty
- Exercise because you love and accept your body not because you hate it
- Celebrate how far you’ve come instead of how left you have to go
So what would you do? Share below what your #GoingPro mission would look like. Create your own list of habits and behaviours that will get you closer to your goal.
Remember, no matter what endeavour that you’re pursuing, especially one when you’re trying to ‘go pro” you’re bound to encounter some resistance, self-doubt along the way and I want to help with that.
I just created a new exciting way for us to connect called Happy Thru the Hustle and it’s absolutely FREE. #goingpro can feel a bit overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Click the link below for more details and I look forward to chatting with you soon.
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“The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible” – Maya Angelou
To say that Maya Angelou touched my heart would be an understatement. Her wisdom wrapped their arms around me through difficult times. She opened my eyes to new possibilities of who I am and who I could be and showed me that words are things when used well can inspire, empower and move us to greatness.
I consider Maya Angelou to be one of my greatest teachers. Her calm yet confident demeanor reminded me of my grandmother and I often imagined her as an extended part of my family who passed down gems of wisdom when I needed it the most.
Although I know death is an evitable part of our journey, somehow Maya felt like an angel that would always just be. Hearing of her passing brought a wave of sadness over me but it was quickly replaced with gratitude and a wonderment of possibility. I thought about how much she truly lived in her 86 years. She was a poet, songstress, playwright, professor, mentor, civil rights activist, mother, and teacher who spoke 6 languages, travelled the world and used her life and voice to inspire the world. She didn’t just live – she left a legacy.
With a life as full as she led, it wouldn’t be impossible to capture the fullness of the lessons that Dr. Angelou left us. In the wake of her death I find myself reflecting on her greatest gift – her words. There will be never be another Maya Angelou, but there will always be another day for each of us to be RISE to the best versions of who we are and to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
Thank you Dr. Angelou for teaching me…
To leave my Imprint on the world
“When you learn TEACH, if you get GIVE”
That our testimony can be the answer to someone’s test.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
We deserve to Thrive instead of Survive
“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”
To be good to ourselves
“If I’m not good to myself, how can I expect anyone to be good to me?”
To learn from the past
“When you know better you do better”
To celebrate the journey
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the change it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
To Love what we do
“Making a living, is not the same as making a life”
To embrace the beauty of who we are
“If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be”
To throw something back
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”
Thank you Dr. Angelou for being the rainbow in my cloud and inspiring and me and many others to rise.Read More »