You are more powerful than you’ll ever know.

This moment.

This day.

THIS LIFE.

Is yours for the taking.

Don’t be afraid to step into your power.

It is you.

And you are it.

Empowerment is the reason you were born.

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From Fear to Love.

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How do you talk to yourself?

Have you ever noticed that the more challenging life gets ⇒ the more critical you are of yourself.

And the more critical you are of yourself ⇒ the more challenging life becomes.

It’s a fearful, exhausting, repetitive loop that feeds on itself.

When you’re under extreme pressure, the last thing you need is another self-talk rant of why you’re not good enough.

What you do need is a boatload of unconditional love.

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 Resilience is built on love. And so are you.

Today vow to give yourself the gift of more love, more kindness, more generosity.

A gift that will keep on giving. Long after the stress is gone.

Find an affirmation or a positive quote that makes you stop, take a breath, and feel your heart beating deep inside.

Something that reminds you of how magical you truly are.

Post it on your fridge. Write it on your mirror. Save it on your phone.

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Stress is surviving. Love is thriving.

The next time you start beating yourself up over the smallest thing, take it as a sign that you need some extra love and tender care.

The more love you give yourself, the more generous, authentic, and compassionate all of your relationships will be.

Including the relationship you have with your innermost self.

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Repeat after me. ❤️

What’s the best thing that happened to you today?

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Shifting students positive.

So many students come to class anxious and stressed out. The last thing on their minds is learning. Which is why I start each class by asking students what’s the best thing that’s happened to them today.

Their answers fascinate me.

And give me insight into what motivates them. From simple to profound. From food to relationships. From money to purpose. From grades to destiny. And everything in between.

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Less stress. More learning.

Interacting with students in fun and uplifting ways brings laughter and lightness to the classroom. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Yet it creates a significant shift in student stress and comfort levels.

Students need to feel safe. Students need to feel heard. Showing them you care (while having fun) works every time. Only then can the learning begin!

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Shifting students from surviving to thriving. One question. One class. One conversation. At a time.

What’s your mantra?

This is my mantra.

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(This will always be my mantra.)

I write it on my bathroom mirror. I post it on my refrigerator door. I tape to my office wall. I speak of it every time I teach.

These 4 simple words remind me to focus on what’s good, what’s working, what’s infinitely possible.  Even (especially) when 99 things are going wrong.

Sometimes the blessings are obvious. Sometimes they’re hidden.

But at the end of the day, if you can find one good thing in the course of a day, you have found your reason.

Sometimes it’s simply breathing.

Other times it’s the moments that take your breath away. ❤️

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What mantra lifts you?  Encourages you?  Focuses you?

Always looking up.

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I look up every chance I get. First thing in the morning. On my run. On my way to work. In between classes. Out for a bike ride. From the skylight in my office. On the front porch before I go to sleep.

Connected to Something Bigger

The sky connects us to something much bigger than ourselves. Challenges seem small in comparison to the vastness of the sky. Solutions seem plausible. Answers come more easily.

The stars heighten our awareness, expand our field of possibilities, and relax our mind. In their presence, we embrace the profound and surrender the pettiness. When we look up, we become fully present. In the moment. Completely mindful. Nowhere else to be but one with the sky above.

Peace of Mind

The celestial bodies provide a sense of comfort, peace of mind, and well-being. No matter what happens, the sun will rise, the stars will shine, and the moon will glow.

Blazing sunsets, radiant full moons, and shimmering constellations are all reassuring reminders that we are in this life together. We are united. We share the same magnificent celestial view.  No matter what happens, we share equal access to the divine, all-powerful universe. We are one. We are never alone.

From Me to We

Recent research at the University of California confirms that a “me to we” transformation takes place when exposed to nature. The study found that inducing a sense of awe (e.g., star gazing; looking at the ocean) in participants shifted their focus from personal needs (small self) to greater concern for society at large (altruistic behaviour).

“Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior, according to research. Awe is that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world. People commonly experience awe in nature, but also in response to religion, art and even music. When experiencing awe, you may not, egocentrically speaking, feel like you’re at the centre of the world anymore. By diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forgo strict self-interest to improve the welfare of others.” Source: Science Daily

The sun, the moon, and the stars are there to guide us. Dennis Banks

I am starstruck every time I look up. I am in awe. The sun, the moon, and the stars are the true celebrities in our universe. Always shining. Always inspiring. Always showing us the way.

What lights your way?

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Back to school.

Today marks my 14th (new students) orientation with BScN collab nursing at St. Clair College.

No matter how many times I attend fall orientation, its like the first time.

No matter how many times I work with students, it never gets old.

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Their first class is my first class.

Their struggle is my struggle.

Their victory is my victory.

And so today marks the beginning of something great.

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Another fresh start. 

Another set of dreams.

Let the adventure begin!

May the good vibes last forever!

Hold on. Stay strong.

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Trust that you are exactly where you need to be. Good or bad. High or low. East or west. Young or old. Be still. Have faith. Hold on. Stay strong. What you seek is seeking you.💙

Related Post: Stand Your Sacred Ground

Don’t let people talk you out of your happiness.

I love you just the way you are.

If you are lucky enough to find joy in the course of a day.. keep it to yourself..

At least until you find the courage to radiate, illuminate, and enjoy your life.

No matter how. No matter when.

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Skip through the streets. Watch netflix on repeat. Eat kraft dinner. Swing in the park. Start a blog!

Whatever it is that makes you smile, makes you giggle, makes you dance in the streets.

Whatever it is that makes you levitate, makes you beam, makes your heart skip a beat.

Don’t let people talk you out of your happiness.

The world needs your joy. The universe needs your light.

It is time to silence the happiness critics in your life.

At least in your mind. Forever in your heart.

We all need your unique, quirky brand of happiness.

Now. More than ever. Be brave. Stand tall.

I love you just the way you are.

Shine on beautiful one. Shine on!💫

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Inspired by Jenna's post on The Wishing Well.

New beginnings.

New beginnings. Fate. Destiny. And back again.

New beginnings. Full of fright. Hope. Trepidation. Exaltation. Panic. And back again.

New beginnings. Lost footing. Found fortune. Full moons. Rainy nights. Sun drenched days. And back again.

New beginnings. Rough and tumble. Joyful. Sadness. Overwhelm to underwhelm. And back again.

New beginnings. Misplaced dreams. Found sanctuary. Outstretched hands. Yearning heart. Radiant mornings. Restless nights. And back again.

New beginnings. Fate. Destiny. And back again..💫

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