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Inspiration for living a luxuriously and balanced life

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Are You Aware - June 2016 is Brain Injury Month in Toronto?


A brain injury can happen to anyone, it does not discriminate. The life of a person who sustains a brain injury is forever changed - as every facet of their life may be affected; from self perception; ability to earn a living; coping/accepting their "new reality"; physical, emotional and behavioural challenges; often leads to isolation, financial hardship, and a sense of not belonging/ having no purpose. It's also important to understand it is not only the survivor who is affected, family members, friends, co-workers, caregivers, pets and the community are also impacted.

It's also important to note just like everything in life there is a sliding scale of severity, as well as like no two fingerprints are alike - no two brain injuries are alike and the amount of healing (ability) is unique to each survivor. 

As someone who is a brain injury survivor I know too well the struggles that any given day can bring. I count my blessings each day that I have been able to recover from my brain injury and lead a very productive and happy life (though it's different from the one I had ordered). 

AREYOUAWARE.CA is a great website to find information on what is a brain injury, how the brain is affected by an injury, and resources available.

image credit AreYouAware.ca
To learn how an injury affects the various parts of the brain click here.

For Brain Injury Awareness month - the folks at Are You Aware are kicking off their awareness campaign with various adverts in subway cars on the TTC Yonge Line

Spot the Awareness adverts - Help spread brain injury awareness: take a selfie and share it on instagram, twitter, or Facebook using hashtag #areyouaware ... 


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Connecting With Nature - in High Park

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. ~ John Burroughs
We all experience times in our life when everything seems to be in chaos - work, home, family, friends and even how we relate to our self. When I'm felling "off" and can't quite put my finger on what I need - I find going to a park or being near water really helps me to find my "ista" the calmness that lives within (us all).

One of my favourite parks in Toronto is High Park ... (think of it as a smaller version of Central Park - for my American friends). Each visit I discover something new ... look at what I discovered on this visit!!!
I couldn't help but smile when I noticed the carving on this old tree trunk ... the days of offering shade may be behind this tree - but the beauty continues, with a little help from a skilled artisan.
Colin Partridge - 2006 (Artisan) -
For long time readers of HHL - you will recall 2006 was when my life as I knew it changed. When I saw this I knew there was a reason why this tree "jumped out at me" (I've been by the trail where it is many times on visits to the park in the past few years and honestly had not noticed it) this particular day of feeling out of sorts - as I approached and touched the tree - a calmness was instant. As I leaned against the tree, connecting with the energy of the earth around it and the tree itself ... I meditated ... and it took me back to that day that everything changed ... and I was reminded how far I have come and that my purpose is to help others too! In case I had doubts about the message I had received during my meditation ... when I saw Colin's signature and the year , as I walked away ... I knew the angels and universe - were making sure I heard!!


When was the last time you took the time to connect with nature? It can be as simple as sitting in your back yard - tending to your garden; on your balcony tending to the flower pots; a walk through your local park; a stroll along the water front or a hike in nature - forest. If you are going through a challenging time, or feeling anxious, depressed - I encourage you to TAKE time to connect with nature - it will help clear your thoughts and bring a sense of tranquility! 


Connect with nature ... get grounded!

For my fashion loving readers:
outfit details: pink sweater - Fairmont Hotel boutique in Montreal (about 6 years ago); jeans - Suko ; sneakers - Converse; sunglasses - Gucci.

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Do you have a favourite park/place or waterfront where you live 
that helps you connect with nature? 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Resilientista Planner - Reveal!!! & How to Get a FREE download


I'm so excited to share The Resilientista Planner has finally come together.
This planner was created from the many adaptations I made to my ordinary planners, over the past few years - to include reminders of self care; inspiring quotes and action steps to achieve my goals for creating the life I want to be living.

This planner is more than just a place to jot your appointments and task lists.


It has daily, weekly and monthly self care tool prompts called HUGS to put yourself in your calendar, and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Providing a place to note what you want to achieve for each month; create action steps to achieve goals; seasonal tools to get a snap shot of your satisfaction in the various areas of your life and how to improve the areas you would like your satisfaction to blossom.


A glimpse at my dreams , inspiration and motivational images and words for the year ...
My dreams for this year, section... Think of this section as your inspiration board on the go ... take a photo of your inspiration board - add additional inspirational & motivational images and quotes as you make your way through the year.

The planner will be available in PDF format on JUNE 1st, 2016 ~ so you can easily download, print and start organizing your day, week, month while making self care a regular practice. The planner can be printed (double sided) on letter size paper, 3-hole punched, and placed in half inch binder or have it bound at your local Staples store. You can also customize size by having it trimmed - cut lines are noted.

The Resilientista Planner, June to December 2016
will be available for download on June 1st, 2016 for $9.99 ~

WANT A FREE DOWNLOAD!!!
Sign up to receive The Resilientista VIP newsletter before May 30th ...
The May 31st newsletter will contain a special download link to get YOUR FREE PDF of the 
Resilientista Planner, June to December 2016.


I'm excited to see how you will personalize your Resilientista planner - will you use a binder for the pages or have it bound? Will you use the full page allowing extra space for notes, being creative or will you trim the pages? What fun doodles, photos will you add to your pages? I would love to see how you are personalizing your planner; post photos of yourself working on your planner to Facebook or Instagram use the hashtag #ResilientistaPlanner and inspire others!!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer is Almost Here!!



It has finally arrived ...
that time of the year, in Toronto, where temperatures are reaching  the mid 20 degree Celsius, and with the rise in temperatures - I find myself reaching for softer colours. This past weekend Canada celebrated Victoria Day, - which meant a most welcomed long-weekend. We divided our time between country and city homes and with all the fun and excitement outfit photos were not taken, so here is a little throw back to last summer ...


While the temperatures may be warm during the day, it can feel a little chilly when  you are in the shade or the sun goes down, so one of my must have accessories is a scarf that can double as a shawl, and when wearing white can easily be used as a barrier between you and the sitting surface.

 Along with being practical - a scarf can add a little personality and colour to finish your outfit.







Outfit Details (all items are previous seasons): pants - Blue spice; top - Banana Republic ; accessories: scarf - DiFirenze ; sunglasses -Roberto Cavalli ; wedge shoes - Splendid ; orange bracelet - Hermès; tote - Louis Vuitton 

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Summer is less than one month away!! and I'm so looking forward to welcoming my favourite season!! ~ Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing some tips on how to enjoy summer fun and activities without breaking your budget, so be sure you have signed up for my newsletter and don't miss a post ...you can sign up here:

What is one of your summer must have accessories?

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