My 12 day Coffee Detox

My 12 day coffee detox

I would lie if I said it was easy as pie but I was surprised to stick to the plan and didn’t die!! My 10 days without coffee turned out to be 12 days (surprised myself). The first and second day, ok the third day was probably the hardest. I only got a headache once in which I took two advil tablets. During this time thoughts kept on saying “are you crazy, what are you doing without coffee” or “this is a stupid plan” or “just give in to one cup of coffee, no big deal”. The hardest part was trying to fight off my own thoughts…. Do you have days like that!! Well I sure did.

You may ask “why would you do something like this” well I thought I really won’t be able to do without coffee and wanted to challenge myself. Not to sound too spiritual but I did ask God to please help me. In my weakest craving, He came through.

During this time I was talking to a friend that quit smoking for almost 3 to 4 years. But she mentioned she still had cravings, so I asked her, “how do you resist the cravings, what do you do or say to yourself ?”. She laughed and said “ well I realize the craving is for only few seconds and then it leaves. If you can resist that few seconds and distract yourself of doing something else your good to go”. So I applied this plan to my ‘coffee detox’ and yes, it did work. Also I’m used to drinking my coffee early in the morning so during this time I drank hot water, kinda tricking the body of the warmth liquid. And drinking water as soon as you wake up, is a very good and healthy habit. (its a keeper) 😉

What about you, have you tried a challenge in the past or maybe you’re doing one right now? Would love to hear about it!!

Cheers 😀

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Sunday March 20th

Taking the first step of change is always the hardest but it must be done. It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, a bit cooler but the sun is keeping everyone happy and warm. My new venture with health, fitness and motivation. I got hired as a Circuit Coach at a gym in which I’m loving and learning every single day. Leaning about the major muscles in our body and what each machine does, some names such as pectoral, rhomboid, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, tensor fasciae latae and much more. I’m a visual learner so I got the images printed and laminated them to help me retain the information. Almost three weeks into this position, I’ve build great friendships with the members and started to remember their names. As the oldest child, I have that natural ability to coach and have an ear to hear what my members are saying with their words and actions. I truly believe this is a God connection and I’m looking forward to being part of something bigger than what I know right now. Till then stay strong, and stay motivated.Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 12.44.06 PM

Shop open on etsy!

Hello my darling,

This year I’ve been busy creating and designing new art work and I finally opened shop on etsy!!! http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BLOOMartisit

This is an exciting venture for me as I love, love, LOVE stationery!!! (kinda addicted to it).

I’ve also been working and practising my lettering, calligraphy and design work and seeing how I can incorporate my artist flare into my creative process with my clients and on my personal projects. If you have time please check out my shop and I also encourage you to support your local artist. (THEY TRUELY PUT HEART INTO THERE WORK).

I’ve designed NEW wall decor/wall art with black & gold ink (and sometimes with sparkling stones 😉 it’s so much fun.

Some sample of my artwork (I hope you like them) Cheers!!

etsy shop name: BLOOMartist

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Comparison the deadly pill

Comparison the deadly pill!

The uniqueness of our beauty is put to death when we compare ourselves to another. Our fingerprints and DNA cries out to be different, each one is valued and created marvelously. When we realize this, then the process begins of unwrapping our God given gifts, talents and vision.

I think every time we ignore our self identity and try to copy someone else we lose something precious and the world, our community of influence have lost a special contribution only you and I can give.

Comparison the deadly kill! Strong words I know. But we need to recognize who we are and ‘whose’ we are. God masterfully designed our complex being only to find what our soul was thirsting all this time. A connection with the creator, only then you will know yourself and the worth to be someone else will soon disappear like the morning fog that comes and goes ever so quickly.

Let’s take a risk of stepping out and being true to ourselves and from that truth we can truly inspire others to do the same.

Fear not!

Tonight as I was journaling the old fashion way (paper & pen) and then all of a sudden I knew I was writing down things from my heart – I hope you can be encouraged and move forward to greater things .  I calling this piece ‘fear not’

I’ve been living a life of fear

fear of the unknown

fear of tomorrow

fear of missing the mark

fear of rejection

fear of success

fear of being judged

fear of being ignored

fear of being alone

fear of love

fear of hate

fear of being compared

fear of … who know’s what else

Fear is a spirit, that takes the pleasure of crippling a person to move forward

But it’s too late for you now fear…. i’ve looked you in the face.  You have no grasp on me now.  I’ve taken that leap, I’m shouting from the mountain top, and running towards perfect LOVE, power and sound mind.

…lets create a Vision Board

Before we jump into making a Vision Board, let’s take a step back and figure out what is a Vision Board. It’s a creative collage, typically a poster where you can paste images that inspire you! It can be words and images of goals and dreams in all areas of your life or you can specific an area that you want to focus on. For 2015 I’m excited to join friends that will be doing a Vision Board party. I can’t wait to get this party started!! Let me know if you plan to do one for 2015 and send me a link of your creative piece.

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’tis the season

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I love this time of the year. MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, and MERRY CHRITMAS… I understand it’s still November but i’m practicing the good holiday cheers. Today seem to be the best day for going through our Christmas boxes that have been stored away for far too long. I would personally love the experience of going into the woods to choose that special tree, to bring it home and decorate it with beautiful decorations. I love keeping things simple, creative, with that personal unique decoration touch…priceless!

Christmas to me is more than getting and giving gifts, delicious food or being surrounded by lovely decorations.  It’s knowing the meaning and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  Spending quality and precious time with the people that are dearest to my heart.

Active Listening – Communication

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Listening is communication. The skill of listening is an art form that can impact on your job effectiveness, and on the quality of your relationship with others.

At this day of age, we have overload of information coming to us from every direction.  Some ways we can be active listeners. Here are some pointers to think about;

Pay attention – giving the other person undivided attention, have eye contact, don’t be in a rush to ask the next question but listen!

Body language – try to nod occasionally, smile, and show it through your posture

Provide feedback – when they have done talking try to reflect what has been said, ask questions, and maybe even summarize what you heard they said

Communication said to be 90% body language, 50% tone of voice and 10%-15% what has been said, that’s why listening is crucial and a skill that can be developed over time and practice

Tea + Flowers

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The sweet combination of tea and flowers can grab my  attention any time of the day.  Sipping an earl grey tea, smelling the sweet fragrance of flowers, and admiring the beauty of it’s creation is a perfect relaxing day for me.  I find days are too rushed, our ‘things-to-do’ list seem to get longer, at the end of the day we’re too tired to enjoy life.  Now is the time to take a moment of mediation and reflection.  To make time to see old friends face to face, to enjoy this moment with maybe a cup of tea and flowers.

summer canoe trip 2014

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The canoe trip at the beautiful Algoniquin Park was a highlight of my summer. The group consisted of 14 people. We journeyed by driving around 3 hours North to our outfitters. When we finally reach to our destination we packed our personal belongings to large waterproof bags that was usually shared by 2 people, foodbags that weight around 140lbs (which I carried and fell flat on my back … more to that story) and equipment bag that had all our tents, sleeping bags..etc. 

Apparently I was chosen with my canoe partner to scout the area to find the best place for the team to camp the nights. The first step onto a canoe and paddling into the beautiful lake felt amazing. Finally felt it was summer with its bright sunlight, fresh air and all things beautiful with nature. 

Being in the wilderness with great friends was amazing! The first night sleeping in the tent, my body was sore, cold and felt had pain all over my body through canoeing, portage and trying to carry a bag that weight a ton! But surprisingly my body adapted its routine and felt alive and well the second night of our trip.

The beauty, serenity and the stillness of the lake and nature was breathtaking, its something you stare and ponder of how beautiful our planet is and how still so many things to be discovered.

Summer is slowly ending but the experience and memories will last, looking forward for more canoe adventures in the near future