Don’t take things so personally!
Have you ever heard or given this advice to others? I sure have, many times. But, what does this statement truly means?
The other day, I listened to a friend express her anger and frustration over having been stood up the night before. She went back and forth from calling him every name in the book, to saying, Continue reading
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why does this always happen to me?” or “Why do I keep ending up around people who are so annoying? Do I have a magnet that attracts bad situations in my life?”
They say, “There’s always something positive that comes from every bad situation.” How can you possibly be positive Continue reading
Have you ever said things to yourself like, “I’m a complete loser” or “There’s no way I can ever do that?”
Have you ever played the blame game over and over?
You know, the one where your job, your spouse, your neighbor, the guy who cut you off while driving are all somehow responsible for the problems you’re having.
I sure have. In fact, many times! Continue reading
I never expected to be writing about lessons learned from a hair stylist. But, my last visit at a hair salon in Colombia was probably one of my most enlightening and educational experiences.
Rossy had turned the downstairs of her house into a hair salon. When I got there, she asked me to take a seat and began running her fingers in my hair. Her voice was filled with excitement and enthusiasm about working with my hair. I told her I just wanted a simple, natural color to cover my roots.
She went silent for a few seconds with her fingers still going through my hair. I could see she was lost somewhere in her thoughts, imagining what she could create Continue reading
Ayisha Issa currently stands as one of the best known practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at her level in Quebec. She is a regular on the popular Quebec TV series, Unite 9 as Bouba and plays a featured role in the movie Brick Mansions which stars the late Paul Walker. She already had roles in 3 other films, Warm Bodies, L’appat and Immortals.
This is the same girl who growing up had a troubled adolescent in dealing with anger and anxiety issues. In this interview, she talks about how she used her inner power to bring about the changes she wanted in her life Continue reading
It was a beautiful, sunny morning at the ranch. The children were playing quietly and the adults were going about their daily morning routine. The silence and tranquility that filled the house was interrupted by music and the clapping of someone playing castanets coming from the living room.
There she was, Amparo, one of the sisters living on the ranch, dancing with castanets like she was in her own little world. Her movements were so graceful, that she looked Continue reading
“The real ‘problem’ why so many of us are stuck in a mediocre lifestyle is not exactly because of lack of opportunities; it’s because of the ‘cows’ in our lives,” my Spanish teacher explained. “Most people in my country live a mediocre life because of their need for ‘it to be easy’ and their belief that ‘playing it safe’ is the responsible thing to do. They make excuses why the things they should be doing are not getting done. They use justifications to Continue reading
When I met Jennifer, she told me she never traveled outside her country of Colombia. Intrigued as to why as a North American I chose to come back here for a third time, she asked, “What is so special about Colombia?” She listened with a big smile as I spoke about all the things I loved here. The moment I mentioned family values, she quickly wiped the smile off her face.
Here’s Jennifer’s family story: Continue reading
It had been a little over an hour that the five of us went out for a walk in nature. Three of us decided to rest and admire the beauty around us. All of a sudden, as we were sitting under a tree, we heard the other two yelling out at us, “Come here, and hurry! You have to see this, it’s so amazing!”
We ran over to them. When we got there, both had their cameras out, snapping pictures of it from all angles. WOW, it truly was spectacular. The only tree amongst hundreds in acres and acres of land Continue reading
As I write this, I am sitting with a spectacular view of the mountains in Manizales, Colombia. A few weeks ago, something happened that almost changed my being here.
I was supposed to spend 5 days visiting a friend in Morrogacho, Manizales. After the 5 days, I’d be going to Medellin Continue reading