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04Jul/15

Stress!!

stress! The topic for July!

Stress affects every one differently.  This month we will dive into this world.  Learn some of the common reasons why people have stress, and what are the ways to relax, and lessen your stress.

I know for me, stress in my world can be a scary thing.  I at one point got so worked up, and stressed, that my body decided to land me in the hospital.  I will share that story with you next week.

Stress can happen over time, or all of a sudden.  We will compare the reasons on how this can happen.

Also discussed will be what happens to our bodies when we are under stressful situations.

If you feel that you need help right now please visit this site:

http://calgary.cmha.ca/mental_health/stress/#.VZg4ivlViko

Does stress happen to kids?  Yes it does!  It may not appear as the ways that it does in adults though.  We will discuss this in July as well.  If you need help or ideas for your kids right now, please visit here:

http://calgary.cmha.ca/public_policy/stress-at-school/#.VZg5PflViko

I most likely didn’t use the word stress though, I knew I was very busy, and had a lot on my plate.  As well as in elementary school the issues of being severely bullied and teased played on my emotions and ability to just be myself in the world at my school.

Learn how we here at Inch by Inch Empowerment can help you and your daughter today!  

 

13Jun/15

Persistence Pays

persistence pays! Keep going no matter what!

Persistence, how does that relate to the topic this month of ‘get moving’?  Well, in one respect it does not.  And yet I believe it does as well.

On June 7, 2015 I had a dream come true.  And it took persistence and continual movement forward for it to come true.  The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario  (CHEO) had their annual telethon.  And I went back to the hospital to share some hope and inspiration.  As well as gift the hospital Neonate Intensive Care Unit (NICU) $3,216.

persistence pays, giving CHEO $3,216 live on air

persistence pays, giving CHEO $3,216 live on air, CTV Ottawa

The reason why I went back to the hospital to give them money is that I was born 3 months early in 1976, and given 24hrs to live.  With persistence, movement and a team of doctors, nurses and specialists I am here today.

We had the opportunity to return to CHEO and the NICU.  My parents and I met some of the awesome nurses and doctors who now work with the tiny babies and their families at the hospital.  They have the quality of persistence to keep going to find out new ways to help the babies live and thrive.  They have also been developing new technologies to help both baby and Mum bond, and thrive.  One of the newer ideas is something called Kangaroo Care.    This is a technique that was not invented in 1976.

My Dad kept a journal of my time in the NICU.  There were entries of sadness, joy, and stress.  On occasion though there were entries in the journal that made me giggle after I read them.  One of them being that when my parents came to visit me, they noticed that I had little baby doll socks on my tiny hands. Apparently according to the doctors I was moving too much, and was taking my iv and other wires out!  I was had persistence even as a tiny baby to keep going no matter what.  And moving was a part of that!

Persistence to move forward, to keep going.

What will you do to keep moving your energy, your body and persist to overcome challenges?

If you want help to help your daughter find her own inner persistence, and strength to keep going no matter what click here!  And let us know how we here at Inch by Inch Empowerment can help YOU!

Aime Hutton in 1976

Aime Hutton in 1976

26May/15

May Wrap up

Dream big, or dream bigger! Did you dream in May?

May has come to a close!  Wow!  Did you get to dreaming big?  What were your dreams?  Where did you put your vision board?

Remember dreaming is important and needs to be done.  Even those in there 50’s and 60’s and older can dream.  It’s okay to dream.

This month of May, I hope I have inspired you to dream big again.  My business sherpa Colin Sprake from Make Your Mark has a saying of dream big, or dream bigger!  And that is what I want you to do too!

Check out the video I did of my year in review of my own vision board that I did last May/June with Colin and his team.

 

If you want your daughter to dream big this summer, reach out to me.  Would love to help her!  Click here!

09May/15

Inch by inch yes YOU can!

inch by inch you can dream and do it!

Inch by inch I know you can reach goals and dreams.  What is something you wanted to do when younger, yet never did.  Or what was a dream you had when younger?

I’ve been noticing that as kids transition to teens, and then adults that the dreams that we had a child, go away.  A lot of the time how this appears to happen is school and life.  Children are told as they grow that sometimes there dreams are silly, that the will never get to be the NHL hockey star, or the next Katy Perry.  A lot of the time kids are told to get back to reality, and get their heads out of the clouds.  Especially as they grow, and hit high school.  Inch by inch their dreams are broken apart.  Sometimes by those who love them the most.

Speaking of myself, I know when I was a young girl, I wanted to dance on stage doing ballet.  It was a dream I had.  A loved one told me that the dream of dancing on stage can not continue as I did not look like a dancer.

last time dancing ballet on stage

last time dancing ballet on stage

It’s time to awaken your dreams again!  How are you going to inch by inch do that?  Think of something you wanted to do as a child, and write that down on paper.  Then create ways that you can move towards that goal or dream.  Small steps, or as I like to say inch by inch you can get there.

There is a song that always reminds me to dream.  My friend Annie sent me the video and I want to encourage you to continue to dream.  Inch by inch you can dream again!

Would you love to help your daughter awaken her dreams again?  It can be done!  Click here for your tween daughter and click here for your teenage daughter!

05May/15

May Dreaming

Dreaming big, dreaming lots….

Dreaming when you sleep can bring about many great things.  This month of May we take the idea of dreaming bigger.  To create dreams and goals for yourself.

When was the last time you sat and allowed yourself to dream?  I know as I got older, dreaming big was sucked out of me, being creative even was sucked out of me.  This month we are going to allow ourselves to have those big dreaming moments.

It’s okay to dream big.  A business sherpa of mine Colin Sprake speaks about this.  He says go big, or go bigger.  And he’s so true!!  I like to say now “Dream big, or dream bigger!  The choice is always going to be YOURS!”

I am excited to hear below in the comments what you are dreaming about.  What was something you were wanting to do when younger, yet were told it was a silly thing to dream.

-Dream big...or dream bigger!  The choice is always going to be YOURS!-

If you want more information on dreaming, and how to help your daughter click here for your tween daughter.  Or here for your teenage daughter.  I look forward to helping her dream big again, and reach her goals!  I know she can do it, inch by inch dreaming can take place again for both her and YOU!

 

22Mar/15

Weekend you…

What do you choose on the weekend?

What are you like on the weekend?  Are you different from your Monday to Friday way of being?

I know for me I am sometimes different on the weekend, choosing to stay in my p.j.s sometimes all day.  Or other times I will get up and go out for a walk in the warm weather.

Some times on the weekend I do have to go out and work with a client.  So then again I have an early start to my day, and I do other business work on the weekend too.  Many times I choose to go grocery shopping on the weekend, or go out to see friends.

What ever you choose to do on the weekend make it a great time.  For many the weekend is a time for reflection, and being with family.

Have a look at this video below, and let’s have a conversation on what we are like on the weekend.

If you want to dive deeper into this choice of being YOU for yourself or your daughter, then reach out to me and let’s connect!  I promise you that things will change.  Click here to send me a message!

24Feb/15

Bold Topic Summary

How will you be bold in your life?

How will you live in your life?

So let’s look back at what we talked about this month.  All about being bold.  Remember that being bold is a choice, it is about being different, and being yourself.

I chose to be different by doing the one video for you in my p.j.’s.  I also make choices each day on how much I want to be seen in the world.  There are times that I just want to crawl in my bed and hide.

Watch this video summary, and then comment below on how you are going to live in your world starting today.  Why not today?  The world is waiting for you to show up and be seen today!  Even if that looks like you speaking your mind, wearing a sparkly top, or changing the way you walk to school.

I believe in YOU!

 

14Feb/15

To be bold is a choice

Being bold is a choice.  I chose to be bold most of the time.  Sometimes I choose to be quiet, and introspective on myself.  Some days I wear my sweatshirt and a ball cap.  Blending in with others.  And yes there are even days when I do not want to be seen, I want to hide in my blankets and shut out the world.

To be fully me is to accept all emotions and actions of myself.

We all go through emotions on a daily basis.  Some times many in the first half of the day.  You are allowed to feel all your emotions, all your quirks, for this is what makes you YOU!

Choose to be bold, what ever that level is for you!

Being bold is a choice, on how much you wish to express yourself.  When I am working during the day at my day job, I do not wear the feathers in my hair that often.  I am still being me though.

Think about how your emotions and level of ‘boldness’ how you are each day.  Start a journal or check list to track how bold you are in the day, and post below how your tracking is going.  Celebrate each level.

Where are your emotions?

Here’s an idea do a 1 – 10 boldness ranking, circle the number that suites you today, and then write a sentence under on how/why you felt that way.  Notice what has been going on in your world, and in your environment.  Notice how you are feeling too.  If not notice yourself being under 3 for a few days in a row then think what is going on, and how can you change this to a 5 or 6.  Remember change takes time, and being fully 10 bold in your life takes work.  As I said there are times that I just want to hide away under my blankets.

I believe in YOU!  I know you can do it!

25Jan/15

Something New?

Starting today, the blogs you see and read on Inch by Inch Empowerment will be switching between written blogs and video blogs.  Also each month is a different theme.  January’s theme is Be Brave!  Each week on Sundays most often will be a blog in written or video form.

Today is the first video blog.  All about the theme of being brave, I ask you what is something you’ve done for the first time that is new for you?  I share with you something that I’ve done new for the first time and would love to hear what you have done recently for the first time in the comments below!

Join in the discussion in the comments, share, and let’s have a conversation!

 

18Jan/15

Secret to share

empty bed frame

As we start 2015, I have a question for you, what are you grateful for?  For me it’s the little things to always be grateful for.  Not the great big fancy things.  I know some people love their fancy TV’s or homes, or cars.

I have a secret to share.  Since June 2014 I have been sleeping on either friends couches, my own couch, or blow up air mattress beds on the floor.  I had some unforeseen circumstances that landed me without a mattress in the summer.

Then I moved in November to my new to me condo and chose to save money to get a new bed.  Yet I did not have the funds to get a new Queen mattress which is what I wanted.  I had never slept in my own bed that was anything bigger than a Twin.  I had just enough to buy an IKEA frame and bedside table.

A friend told me about the partnership with the local women’s center and Sleep Country Canada where Sleep Country Canada will give women free mattresses of their choice with a letter from the women’s center.  I went to the women’s center and asked about this partnership.  It was a weird feeling going in there and asking.  I have a full time job that pays the bills etc.  Some of the women there did not have full time jobs, and they also had children.  I felt they deserved this service more than I did.  It takes a lot to ask for help.

Almost 2 months have passed and I finally got my mattress.  It took patience, persistence, asking for help, and letting others help me all at once.  I went on January 3, 2015 thinking I would have my name called, yet it was not.  I had a new friend Colton is his name, with a truck who said he would go back and keep checking to see with my letter if my name would be called.  I am grateful to have a place to sleep, to rest, heal, and find peace.

New mattress and bed

Why did I share this secret with you?  To encourage you to ask for help, to let yourself be vulnerable and be seen.

Will you be vulnerable?  Will you let others help you?  What do you need to ask for help with?