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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5 Tips for Moving from Surviving to Thriving

I’m often asked about how I managed to go from surviving to thriving after my accident and if I would share my strategy.  Below are some steps that have helped me get to where I am today.

5 Tips for moving from surviving to thriving …

1.       Let yourself mourn
The person you were is no more and it’s ok to grieve the loss of that self, just as you would at the ending of a relationship or loss of a loved one. 

2.       Accept your current reality
We have no control over what happens to us – but we can choose how we let it affect us. Acceptance does not mean that you are OK with it – it just means that you acknowledge things are different and this frees you to start moving forward.

3.        Learn to like yourself
Yes, the person in the mirror may seem like a stranger looking back at you – but it’s you! Stop focusing on who you no longer are - what you can no longer do AND start focusing on all the awesomeness that is you.  

4.       Rediscover who you used to be
Before life sent you on a detour you enjoyed life – discover new ways to bring some of that joy back into your life. 

5.       Start Dreaming
When you begin to dream about how you want your life to be you are creating positive thoughts that go out into the universe and manifest into dream life.
Though everyone’s life detour story is different (perhaps it was a divorce, loss of a loved one, an illness or life altering accident) and is often difficult and unwelcome, a life detour can hold a silver lining- the opportunity to create a new you and life.

I hope the above tips will inspire you to take the next step towards moving from simply surviving to THRIVING!

Would love for you to share your tips on how you moved 
from surviving to thriving after your life detour.

Love and Peace,

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Enjoying the Sunshine ...Welcome Spring (finally)

With the warming temps Dolce and Gabbana are eager to get outside and play in the sunshine. Dolce is looking handsome in his red vest and Miss Gabbana is looking darling in her jeans and sweat shirt, with her butterfly hair pretty.

Being in the city one of our fav spots to enjoy nature is along the lake ...

The temps are warmer but there is still a lingering crispness. 
A hot chocolate and sunny spot on the patio are perfect for taking off the chill.

While mama enjoys her cup of hot chocolate...
Dolce and Gabbana give their paws a little break lounging in their stroller.

jeans - Miss Sixty, vest - Zara, sweater- Valentino, sunglasses - Gucci, hat - Burberry

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Easter Morning Tea and a Little Bling for Spring

Good Morning and welcome to over a cup of tea ...

 I recently treated myself to a little bling from Luxuria ...

and when the package arrived it contained a little extra surprise. What could this be?

Voila!  .... a tea care package of Royal tea ... Twinings calming camomile & spiced apple ; restoring echinacea  and raspberry.

You haven't heard of Luxuria? Well darlings let me introduce you over tea.... 

Easter and spring is a wonderful reminder of the power and blessings of new beginnings - so the restoring echinacea and raspberry tea.
The sun is really making an effort to peek through today and my little cup from Spice of Life is perfect for today's tea.

To accompany our tea this morning some scrumptious Easter themed mini-donuts ...

Mr. Rabbit is happy to share ... which treat will you choose (the eggs are chocolate)..Yum!!

Now let me introduce you to Vanessa of the blog Luxuria, who is the founder of Luxuria Jewellery Boutique. Each designer at the heart of Luxuria draws their inspiration from many sources throughout the Cote D'Azur, Ibiza, Amalfi Coast and Capri. Creating beautiful pieces which are pleasing to the eye and are effortlessly chic. Think, gemstones of sumptuous colours and texture, high quality gold and silver, the sparkle of Swarovski crystals and the elegance of freshwater pearls.

I know you are curious to see what was inside my Luxuria bag ....

These beauties .... 

I had been eyeing these beautiful earrings for some time and almost waited to long to make them mine. Unlike mass produced pieces ... all pieces in the Luxuria collection are hand crafted and available in limited quantities. I'm so pleased to have not waited a second longer to order these.

If you haven't been over to the Luxuria Jewellery Boutique click here, to see the current fabulous collection. Remember each piece is handcrafted and therefore quantities are limited - so if you see a piece that calls to you don't hesitate to make it yours.

Thank you Vanessa for the soothing tea and I can't wait to wear my new beauties!!!

Happy Easter!!!

Hugs and Blessings

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Currelly Society Centennial Tea - April 3, 2014 For the Royal Ontario Museum

 A few weeks ago I had the distinct honour of being invited to attend the Currelly Society Centennial Tea for the Royal Ontario Museum.
The official opening of the Royal Ontario Museum took place at three o'clock,
Thursday, March 19th, 1914.

What to wear....
I choose my Micheal Korrs LBD, with Dolce and Gabbana heels.... and a hat by Daniele Meucci. Our little furbabies sure did wish they could come.

 candid photos ...

More candid photos....

(L) Janet Carding-Director & CEO, ROM (R) Jean Read - Chair, Currelly Society - reminded us of the importance of preserving our history and present for future generations. We were also given a little preview of the upcoming ROM exhibition Around 1914: Design in a New Age by Robert Little, Mona Campbell Chair of European Decorative Arts.

Attendees having a fabulous time...

 To accompany our tea ... some bubbly to start ...
Our taste buds were tantalized with savory cress rolls, asparagus rolls, cucumber and cream cheese, salmon, cucumber and dill, roast beef with horseradish and ribbon sandwiches with ham and egg. 

And of course our sweet tooth was more than satisfied with eccles cake, French lemon tarts, berry custard tarts, macarons (pistachio and cassis), lemon and fennel madeleines and petite chocolate eclairs. these photos say it all... SCRUMPTIOUS!!! 

Classic and raisin scones were served with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves.
 ...seriously divine... 
It was amazing to see all the ladies and their fashionable hats ... at the end of the event a group photo of all ladies (and gentleman) wearing a hat was taken to mark the moment.

The Currelly Society is named in honour of the first director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology and his wife, and recognizes individuals who have promised future gifts. In celebration of the ROM's Centennial, the Currelly Society 100X100 Campaign was initiated in 2008 to welcome 100 new members by the close of the ROM Centennial.  As of March 2014 the Currelly Society is just over half way to reaching the goal of  the 100X100 Campaign.

Mr. G and I have both committed to leaving a lasting legacy. And I encourage you to consider the ROM in your estate planning. By supporting the ROM, you help enrich lives and inspire future generations of scientists, artists, citizens, and leaders.

For more information on ways you can make a lasting impact at the ROM please contact Janice Correa, Director, Legacy & Leadership Gifts, at 416.586.5578 or via email at  janicec@rom.on.ca

To learn about more ways to get involved click here.

with love, peace and friendship,

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