“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity
and to be greater than our suffering.”
― Ben Okri
“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity
and to be greater than our suffering.”
― Ben Okri
This four week online course will take place on a Facebook Group called Courageously Resilient which is about understanding resiliency, and why it is important.
Being resilient and learning about vulnerability as a source of strength as it comes from your most authentic self.
What and how to become aligned & stay aligned, Self Care & Land Connection.
This is beneficial for entrepreneurs, leaders, and learners of all kinds.
This mastermind will include pdf worksheets for participants, reflective journalling prompts and a place to a zoom session for one hour for each Module. One on one through facebook messanger for the duration of this program upon scheduled request.
We will also meet up on scheduled dates on Zoom.
This online course is developed to reach an online audience to reach as many people as possible in a safe repective manner.
Here is the link: Courageously, Resilient
I have lived near the Lake for most of my life and been drawn to its beauty. One day I went for a walk with my family and found sea glass in the jewel theme colours of lavender, pinks, clear, green, then imagine sand and turquoise themes, hence colours of the water and land near a beach. There are many ways you can go with this them.
On Pinterest, you would Create a Board. Match up colour themes to that main picture you have chosen as your guiding colour theme.
So I came up with: THIS
Being courageous is hard enough in a world that sets judgement calls on how you look, what you wear, who your are and possibly sends messages about your value. Remembering that your self worth is your everything.
Remembering our role as teachers and leaders that everyone has a space and needs to be respected for their individuality.
Your Are Sacred ‘Last Jedi’ actress Kelly Marie Tran breaks silence about online harassment
Living in the past is so not a good way to be. Many of us can get stuck in the past. I know that I have lived in the past ALOT. Dreaming about other places. Better places. Getting stuck in your head is not a good thing but maybe a way to sort out being unstuck.
When I plan for my future, I honour my choices. I honour my ability to CHOOSE where I want to be.
We all have a WHY? A why and an ability to figure out what that WHY means and is. John Maxwell writes in Intentional Living, about the great WHY? His first question is, What makes you cry. What deeply disturbs you? What causes you discomfort?
Maxwell adds is Question 2: What do you sing about? What makes you joyous? What brings your heart content? Giving yourself time and space to feel joy, is necessary. One of my joys i love metaphysics, and the universe. I am also inspired by pop culture. I love music. What do you sing about? Are you a wonderer, or a wanderer. What is it you are looking for? Maybe you are a deep girl, seek truths and simply, want to know. Knowing what you sing about is part of figuring out how to lay down your now.
Question 3: What do you dream about? Living a life that matters is perhaps one of the greatest goals. Question like “What skills do I have to help others?”, What does my soul crave”, “How can your unique worldview and spark, inspire, help, build?”
Possible ways to help you in your journey:
How can I express my answers in a peaceful and joyful way?
How do I also inspire others?
What and where can I make these shifts in my life?
Where is my tribe, my team, my alliance?
When I feel it in my heart, where is this place?
Describe the place, and be in the places that serve you to know that higher purpose.
As for the future, laying out the straight up questions first, than make an effort to stay informed on your area, and field. Build a platform, or portfolio. Place yourself where your heart wants to be.
The best thing about planning for your future, is choice. The choice is yours alone, for up levelling, upshifting and being there.
Showing up is the first step.
We write a sales pitch to our best friends.
According to the statistics across the nation, Indigenous children make up the highest percentages of a growing demographic across Canada. In some cities, this means it is our children who are fastest growing demographic. What that means is what sources or resources, or entry points are there to help not only our children but ourselves, move forward into a pathway of light, innovation and prosperity. While we know about the negatives, we strive to have a peaceful place. That home. That energy of love and light. Community and belonging. This is not some far off thought. This is truth.
Yesterday when I sat with a group of moms, the themes that came up were,
-We want the best for our children
-We feel language programming in our Indigenous Language or an Indigenous Language would serve our children in a deep healing and supportive way, though it is not happening. What would and could make that happen? We do know models that work.
.-What and how to create safety and mentor positive relationships?
-Safety knowledge is different for us when we leave our homes to the cities, and the friendships we also build are very unique, to other moms,
-We know that education starts and stays with us as knowledge keepers of our culture and communities, which becomes very difficult in a city and with new relationships to make with classroom teachers, principals etc.
-We know that our communities may thrive and our kids may thrive off better back home in our communities, though we are in the cities for work, for school, for health.
-We do feel we lack connectedness to resources.
-We feel compelled to show leadership to our children in our many amazing fields of knowledge bases. We are teaching our children many amazing things thanks to help as well from the mentors around us who are acting too like family to our families.
-We carry within us strengths.
-We’d like to be able to build upon those strengths in places where we can be mentored.
There are many more stories here. When I sat with the women, I shared my own stories as well. Like constellations of some distant star, we mapped out our stories in a short visit. There certainly was time for more.
Writing a compelling sales pitch is about spending time with those stories that sit close to your heart. It is about exposing your vulnerable truth. That is by the way your gift. It is then finding your tribe.
The one thing I learned a long time ago: deep sharing and sharing about our lives is not ego driven, or egotistical. Deep sharing or even sharing in general is a way we identify ourselves. When we can talk about vulnerable issues without even thinking they are vulnerable we are moving past ego. We are shifting a mindset that has been blocking us, our relationships, even our own view. We are moving into a mindset that serves to help, to build, and to ignite.
The answers really do lay within us.
We only turn to books and research to verify what we already know. Books are amazing things that we should all be writing too.
Carrying a gift is really something we need to honour. We know that because our Elders tell us that. Understanding what our true north is and believing in that, is something all of us wake up to do each day. We also know what is within us, and what makes us feel inspired.
What you love to do may not be expressed on paper. Finding what you love to do is about aligning your heart to your mind. This is your sales pitch. That story there which you dream about and know about because it feels like your voice is parallel to the other voices who also speak, or express that same vibe.
Some of us have to remember those “omg yes” experiences to remember that is your passion. Your kindred moment.
That is your sales pitch. That place that warms your heart.
2018 CBC Massey Lectures venue and ticket information
All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward
Presented by investigative journalist and bestselling author Tanya Talaga.
Thunder Bay, Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, 1 Paul Shaffer Drive
Presented in partnership with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Tickets: Through the generosity of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) this will be a free event, a community celebration with Indigenous and civic leaders of the first of the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures. No tickets are necessary – everyone is invited.
For more information, check the following websites:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation: nan.on.ca/massey
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium: tickets.tbca.com
Body image and who we are is a question each of us wakes up to each morning.
Am I where I want to be physically.
Do my thighs touch. Did they touch 20 years ago?
What or why does that matter?
After having three sons, I look at my body and think, on most days, what have I done.
I knew I was sinking and running out of time after my third was born and I was so tired, not only from raising them, and being a mom but from not knowing how to (A) separate from my children (B) how to exercise with my children. (C) work.. work out.. raise children.. how does this balance itself? Even though I nursed all my kids a super long time it never helped with the weight. I nursed for less than a year for baby 1. Nursed 2.5 years for baby 2. Then 9 months later had baby 3, who I nursed for 5 years. Private stories sure, context: I’ve given a lot, and in return, I have become, a different version of myself.
At this point in my life, and I do admit I have a few buckets of stored clothing, that are multiple sizes, I will keep them for now.
I’ve posed in various pictures over the years on the beach, in various bathing suites, and gotten my husband to take the photos. Who knows what he has thought, seeing his wife change shapes, mostly drastically.
Ive found old photos of me.. thinking wow. As we all do I am sure, of ourselves years ago. Though, remembering our beauty where we are now, is critical, for so many that one reasons. This is one reason why I still wear bathing suits and refuse to cover myself up. In fact, instead of flat out black, Ill go for colours. Ill do this for my sons. Ill do this for me. I want them to know they had a mom who was floral and loved vibrant things. I want them know the healthier versions of me but I want them to know me and that I love me for where and who I am now. That this version of me, is still me. That of course I want that former fit version. And Ill get there.
In the meantime I came across the Indigenous Goddess Gang and I think of goddesses all the time, what that means to be fully female and fully 100 percent into my feminine self. I’m glad to see other Indigenous women, unapologetic, and creatively loving themselves. It makes me feel content. It makes me feel love.
What does that look, feel, and sound like.
Yes, I have always taken lot of care for me.
And, at other times, appeared to be trying and not as much, but life, priorities, spaces, and times.
Do check out, this:
Indigenous Goddess Gang
Goodbye little one and may your spirit soar in with the ocean salt and other babies that you will meet on your journey, and ancestors, your strong Mother Orca who demonstrates so much love and courage, swim on, and Tahlequah know we were grieving with you, and are still grieving by your side
The orca represents many different attitudes and ideas, often revolving around luck, compassion and family. They are known to some tribes as the guardians of the sea, protecting the people (especially sea travellers) against sea monsters. Because of their strong group behaviour orcas represent the strength of love and the bonds of family.
Boas tribes believed that if you saw a killer whale pass by and spat seawater towards it, the killer whale would heal your illnesses.
The Lummi Nation talks about answering the call to help another injured Orca, during this ordeal, which is another Orca related to the pod. A vet who tried to help out“ As a veterinarian, at the end of the day it’s caring about animals, which is my driver and the big driver for all the folks that have come to aid J50,” said Haulena.
“It is why I do what I do, to come to the aid of an animal, in particular an endangered species living right in our back yard.”Scientists want to do everything possible to keep J50 alive because of her reproductive potential. The whale has always been smaller and shorter than a typical orca whale at her age, but has not gained weight as expected.
So many teachings about Orcas, here are a few: