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10Sep/16

Dreams are Powerful

Dreams are important!

Dreams are important!

Parents, and caring adults, do you remember dreaming as a child?  Our dreams as a child could be very different from what they are today.  Maybe dreams you had as a child were squashed, or even laughed at by friends, or family.  This blog post is all about dreams, for your daughter, or young girls in you lives.  Be open to this idea again. 

Dreaming is so important to being a Wonder Girl.  As a Wonder Girl dreams are what keep you motivated and moving forward. Many adults forget how to dream.  This is because when those adults were your age other adults told them that those dreams are foolish, and even stupid.  Those people who tell you that the dreams are foolish want to see you succeed, yet may be scared of how it will play out.  Your parents for example may be afraid for you to not achieve your dreams, and want to protect you.

Dreams are allowed to be big, to be scary even.  The way for you to achieve that dream is to break it down into small goals.  Say for example you have a dram to travel to Ireland and stay in a castle just like “Merida” from the Disney movie “Brave”.  What is something you need to do to get started?  Do you need to learn about Ireland?  Do you need to look on the internet about castles? 

Speaking of a goal, some may see the word dream and goal as the same.  Start to think.  Do you have goals that you want to accomplish?

How many goals can you have you maybe asking?  The sky is the limit!  You can have as many dreams and goals as you wish!  One of the secrets to having them come true is to share them with people.  Never lose sight of the end dream.  And once you reach the end of achieving that dream, continue onto another one!  Always be thinking what’s the next step?  Never give up and keep going!

This is one of my favourite songs about dreaming.  Take a listen and read the words.  So very powerful!!

What are you doing to go forward and dream again?  Tell me below!

 

 

 

03Sep/16

Happy Helpers Rock

Happy to be back to school?

Happy to be back to school?

Parents!  This is another great blog to read with your daughters!  All about figuring out what makes them happy, and ideas about helping others in the community. 

It’s back to school time!  Some people love this time of year, some people dread it.  What do you think about back to school?  I remember going back to school, and not being happy, this is a place where I was teased and made fun of daily.  I preferred to be not at school, yet I kept with it, and went to school every day.  What helped me was finding things that made me happy and doing that.

What do you like to do that makes you happy?  When was the last time you laughed out loud till your sides hurt?  It does means different things to different people.  Some people may enjoy hiking in the woods, and others may like reading a good book in a quiet library.  Make a list of what makes you happy, have 10 things in your list!

Or when you hear the word happy what do you think of?  There can be happy people, happy places, happy memories, and even happy colours and songs.

Using what makes you happy can move you forward to helping others in your community as a volunteer.  And even helping others around the world.

If you could help someone or somewhere in your community that would make you happy what would you do?  Or where would you go?  For example, if puppies make you happy, how can you volunteer and be with puppies?  I know of people who volunteer at an animal shelter.

And just think what if you were to help others around the world.  What a cool idea that would be.  How can you help others around the world you might be asking?  Easy!  So many organizations are on Google that you can search out volunteering around the world and get involved.  Or another idea for you is why not raise money by selling something you made and the money will be collected and you can send it to another country who wants clean water or sports equipment for the children.  I know of a girl who makes bracelets made by women and girls in Africa, and she sells the bracelets in Canada and donates the money back to the women and girls in Africa.

There is also the WE Day that happens here in Canada.  All about kids your age doing good things in their communities.  Check out this video about WE Day, and how you can become involved!

 

 

11Aug/16

Confidence Grows Inch by Inch

It's your best pair of heels for sure! Your confidence!

It’s your best pair of heels for sure! Your confidence!

To be confident, you also need to be brave.  Last week I was at eWomenNetwork International business conference and expo.  The theme of the conference was all about being confident.  I did something for the first time in 5 years of being at the conference.  I spoke in front of 900 plus business women and men on the microphone, sharing something personal.  I have been growing my confidence and bravery for many years now.  Was I scared to stand up?  Yes.  Did I do it with my knees shaking and teeth chattering?  Yes.  I took a breath, looked over at a few friends I could see near by and went for it.

Confidence grows inch by inch, just like being brave.  Let’s look at it this way.  Caring adults, grab your tween girl in your life, and take a look at this!

Have you ever wanted to try something new yet were scared?  Maybe your Mum suggested giving a try of a new sport or class after school?  Yet you’re afraid to meet new kids?  Or you’re worried what the other kids will say when you do meet them.

Perhaps though you REALLY want to try the activity.  Being a Wonder Girl is knowing that you’re scared about something and doing it any way.  Growing your confidence and believing in yourself takes work, and practice.  Maybe you’re reading this right now and there’s a test coming up in school.  And maybe it’s a subject you don’t like.  Or it’s a subject that is challenging to you.  Do your best to study for it.  Create a way you can remember stuff easy.

Think back to when you were in grade one or two.  Is there anything you did then that you don’t do now?  Did you stop something that you liked to do because other kids were making fun of you?  Why not doing that something again?  Be brave feel your confidence rise and go for it!

Being brave also means trying something again when you failed at it for the first, second, or even third time.  Just keep trying until you get it completed or right!  Keep going with putting one foot in front of the other.  Every little step towards that something you want gets you closer to it, not further from it.  And doing nothing just gets you nowhere.

Someone told me once that it’s confidence that makes a woman sexy.  This is so true!  Feeling confident enough to walk down the street with our heads high, feeling amazing and confident in our own skin.

Take a look at this video below by Demi Lovato, it’s all about being confident.  What’s wrong with that?  Nothing!!  Tell me, below, how will you grow your own confidence today?

01Aug/16

Body Image

Love your body!

Parents of tween and teen girls!  This article is for them!  Talk about it, don’t be afraid.  How comfortable are you in your own body?

With school rolling around the corner let’s take a moment and talk about something…..

There are experts that talk about being in your body, and being ‘one’ with something.  Think of your favourite music group/singer.  When they perform, sing, or play and instrument they could look so amazing like the guitar is almost a part of them.  Or there is an example of surfers.  They will say that they feel one with the ocean.  The surfers feel in complete control over their body, and the wave at the same time.  How aware are you of your body?  Do you know where your feet are at this moment?  Look down at your feet.  What are they touching?

Do you realize that ad’s you see in Teen Vogue or the 17 magazines have all been altered?  The models do not wake up in the morning with their make-up on and hair done.  It takes a team to get a model ready for the camera.  And then after the photo shoot is done the editor staff use the computer and adjust everything!  They remove birth marks, change skin ones, and will also take away any extra body rolls that do not make the model look flattering.

The computer photo that has been altered is the one that you see in the Teen Vogue or 17 magazines.  Sometimes ads in magazines are all about ‘dress this way to attract a guy’. Or there are others that are totally degrading towards women.  Some ads are very sexual in nature, or sometimes even violent towards women.  There is a video on you-tube about how models are altered in the editing room.  Click here to watch the video.

How comfortable are you in your own skin?  Do you like what you see in the mirror?  Here’s a tip, don’t compare yourself in those magazines!  Also find things you like about your body.  Even if it is just your smile.  That’s a great start!  So many girls your age are thinking the same thing.  That they hate their body and wish they looked like someone else.  This may sound harsh, but stop that!  Your body is perfect as it is right now!

 

25Jul/16

Being Aware with Pokémon Go

How aware are you?

Parents of teen/tween girls!  This is to read with your daughter!  A couple of important tips and tools are here for your daughter to know and understand!  There have been so many stories I’m seeing about the Pokemon Go game on people’s phones.  What’s it all about?  Getting healthy?  Getting outside?  Meeting new people?  Engaging with the world around you?  Let’s look though at something some may have not thought to think about.  Safety and being aware of those around you!

How aware are you when you are playing Pokémon Go?  Do you see people out where you are when you’re playing your game, yet are not on their phone, or talking with others about the game?  Here’s the special tip!!  When you are out with friends be aware of people you do not know.  This doesn’t mean be scared to go out with friends.  It means have a plan if something does happen and you’re scared to know what to do.  Families may have a code word that you can text your parents at times like this.

Are you playing the game in the dark?  Outside?  If you are travel with friends in groups.  And tell your parents/caring adults where you are going.  They worry about your safety and want to make sure you are aware of yours as well.

Let’s switch to online interaction.  What about being aware of others while online?  Like Face Book, or Snap Chat?  How much info are you telling others?  Do you post public photos of yourself for everyone to see?  Or just your friends from school?  People you actually know, and have met.  Thee could be a time when someone messages you privately on Face Book that finds you cute, and maybe you like his profile picture too.  Unless you actually know him, do not agree to meet or send pictures to him.  It could be a person who wants to take advantage of you!

18Jul/15

Music and stress

music and stress, there is a relation

 

Music…..who doesn’t love music?  There are all kinds of music.  Did you know that there can be different emotions when listening to music?

I know for myself when l listen to music I like I am happy, feeling in a good mood, and yes even the occasional spontaneous dance parties happen in my living room.  Or I’ll admit it, in the car safely at a red light!  It’s fun, and the looks I get from people around me in their cars are priceless.  Some laugh, some smile, and some do a little dance along with me.

Music stirs up sadness too.  Sometimes I’ve caught myself crying when listening to a song, especially if it is about missing someone.  I have found myself in tears of sadness.  And that’s okay, sadness is an emotion, and perfectly allowed.

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Being out in nature and hearing the sounds of the earth, the animals is also music, and it’s the purest kind of music that can help de-stress you.  Go for a walk, and listen to what’s around you in nature.  Go and sit on the river bank, and listen.  Can you hear the music?

Nature sounds are very soothing, and help with relaxation, as well as classical music or music like Enya.

There are people too in the world who will help you with your stress and they use sound to help you!  My awesome friend Sharon Carne from Sound Wellness is an expert in this!  I have been helped by her by attending her toning circles on Easter Sunday’s out in Lake Louise.  Sound is a powerful tool to help with stress relief!

Here are just a few photo’s of a toning circle a few years ago!

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What are you going to do today to help reduce your stress, with music or sound?  Contact us for help with your daughter!

27Jun/15

June review

June! Get outdoors! Get moving!!

It’s the end of June!  Wow!  We are half way through the year!  And this month we have talked about how to get and keep moving in your life.

To review the month of June we discussed how to keep moving in your life is always a good thing.  I suggested the top 10 ways to get moving in your world.  What have you done out of that list?  Maybe you have started to take stand up paddle boarding?  Or you’ve gotten into hiking for the summer?

I also shared about being in Ottawa for the annual telethon for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  My parents are I were on the telethon volunteering our time to answer phones and take donations from callers.  We were there as well for another reason.  I presented a cheque for $3,216 for the Neonate Intensive Care Unit.  Moving forward, even back then, inch by inch I grew strong and big enough to go home.  I even discussed how moving forward towards dreams takes practice, persistence, and never giving up.  June is actually a great time to look at your dreams/goals for the year.  As June is half way through the year.

June most of the time means sunny weather, and that means for many getting outside.  Get moving outside, get out of the gym and get moving outdoors!

I shared what I like to do, and I enjoy being outside, hiking, or walking in the community.  Tomorrow I am actually going hiking to a place that I have only heard about, never been.  Johnston’s Creek near Banff, Alberta! 

So what are doing in June to get moving?  To continue to be active, have fun and enjoy being YOU?

Do something that you enjoy, or stretch outside your comfort zone even.  Attempt a new activity.

Post to us below on how your June was, what was the new thing you are doing?

June is keeping moving, and get moving.

If you want help for you and your daughter, message me!  Let’ get your daughter moving and having fun!!

20Jun/15

Ten Ways to Keep Moving!

Ten top ways to get moving are…

Ten is a magical number for many.  In this blog this week, I wish to gift you 10 ways to keep moving as we move in to the summer months.  Tomorrow is the first day of summer actually!

So to get to our top ten ways to keep moving, or even get moving!  I believe in YOU!

1. figure out what you like to do that gets your body moving and do that!

2. try new things, maybe you want to try baseball or soccer, yes even as an adult.  You are never to old to try new things!

3. do something each day to be active

4. smile when you are doing these activities, especially the new activities.  If you smile, you will enjoy it more, and want to do it more often!

5. be active and get moving or at least 30min each time you do.  This will increase your heart rate, and actually raise your ‘happy energy’ inside you.  You will be able to be more creative and your productivity will increase

6. ten jumping jacks, ten time sets is a great way to get moving, jumping increases your energy

7. something as simple as walking is activity, it get’s your heart pumping, and blood flowing

8. encourage friends to get moving with you, doing activities together can be so much more fun!

9. get outside!  Go for a hike in a park, go for a bike ride, play a sport outdoors.  Make it fun!

And the top ten, final way to get moving is…..

10. play!  As I just said, keep it fun!  Be active with your family and friends!  Make new memories, create new traditions with your friends!

What of this top ten list are you going to do next?  What is one thing activity that you are going to do that is new?  Comment below on what you are going to do that is new!

And if you want some guidance, or help with your daughter on getting moving contact us!

 

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

31May/15

Get Moving in June!

Moving is fun!  Make it happen!

Moving is fun! Make it happen!

Moving in any kind of way is always a good thing.  And that is what this month is all about!  Get groovy moving!

What excites you about being active.  What are the activities that you enjoy doing?

I know for me, I am not a huge fan of being inside at a gym.  For me to get moving, I prefer to do other things.  Love dancing!  I will break out into spontaneous dance parties in my living room even.  Did you know that there is an underlying reason for dancing is a great thing to do?  Yes!  Dancing raises the ‘happy’ endorphins in your body, the more dancing you do most often the happier you will become.

Sometimes dancing can bring up sad emotions too, or even angry emotions.  And that is perfectly okay.  Moving your body, getting the pent up energy that is inside you that is sad or angry out of you is always a good thing to do.  I have had it happen to me a few times.  I’ll set the intention to do some dance, some sacred movement and the energy that comes out of me is sometimes so powerful that I will start sweating even after one song!

If you are not a fan of dancing, just say to the music.  Back and forth like you are rocking.  There is a great quote that I love and it is “If you can walk you can dance.”

Give this song a try…..get up and dance to it.  You may think, moving and dancing to this song is silly, yet let go of the ‘this is silly’ thoughts and just let go.  Move your body to this song.  As I said above, even swaying to the music back and forth.  Have fun, and smile!!

If you wish help on moving, dreaming, and much more contact us at Inch by Inch Empowerment!  We would love to help you and your daughter!