We all, at some point, have faced or will face challenges, obstacles and failures that can lead to very stressful moments in our life. For many of us, these moments are no laughing matter. Mainly because we associate laughter with happy moments. What if, we gave ourselves permission to laugh at ourselves when we ‘mess up’ or at our imperfections and the silly, bizarre situations we sometimes get ourselves into?
To answer this question, I have asked my friend, Daniel Gelinas to share his challenges of living with a visual impairment since birth.
Meet Daniel Gelinas: Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, during one of my Life Makeover Project workshops, Erica Stewart, a woman I knew from many years ago walked in. Actually, I realized I had only known her from the outside, six feet tall, blond, beautiful and friendly. I never really knew her on the inside, weak, crushed and scared.
Erica told me about her 11 years struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and how she changed her story to finally be able to confront her fears. She has openly agreed to share her story and let others who live in fear Continue reading
Is being “weird” a good thing?
When you see things differently from others or say something that others consider weird, do you feel like crawling under a rock?
Are you sitting there saying, “AH YES!” Are you remembering moments where you wish you could press a rewind button and say or do something differently?
I hope this story will get you to give yourself a high five for the times you were considered weird. Continue reading
This past week-end, I had the pleasure of hosting Life Makeover Workshop to a group of amazing people. I learned so much from their valuable comments, stories and questions. Yes, I will share with you in upcoming posts!
When I first had the idea of doing workshops, although I was excited about it, the thought of speaking in front of group freaked me out! So, I joined Toastmasters International to get the guidance I needed.
After I gave my first speech, Continue reading
Is your life total chaos?
I’ve received a few comments from readers saying that although my posts are inspiring, their life is totally different. I gathered some of the comments and created the following scenario.
Does it sound familiar?
My life wasn’t supposed to be this way. If I worked hard at having a great job, have a family, getting the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood, by now I was supposed to have a spectacular life! I did ALL that, I have ALL those things Continue reading
Jaime Jaramillo , or Papa Jaime as he is better known in his country Colombia, is an example that one person can make a difference! Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, he has devoted the last 40 years of his life to helping street children of Bogotá. A life’s mission in which he rescued over 80 000 children from the streets and sewers and transformed their lives.
Today, he travels around the world hosting workshops, conferences and seminars helping others rediscover the potential that Continue reading
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