From The Darkness Comes The Light


I’m Back!!!  Did you miss me?  I know I sure as hell missed all of you!  Things have finally settled down around here and I am back in the writers seat so to speak and ready to share with all of you.  Something occurred to me being away dealing with life these past few weeks; in order to understand your light in life you must first come into and experience the darkness.

Let me explain…

As I had mentioned and with respect of those involved, our family unexpectedly had to deal with some pretty serious family stuff these last two weeks.  We have come out on the other side of things but still have a bit of journey to go through before we are completely on the other side of it.

That being said I was very vividly reminded that we only have one life to live, so why do we constantly say “oh I will get to that someday” or “I have plenty of time”  truth is we don’t.

So what are we waiting for as ‘someday’ is not a day?!

Fear is one hell of a bitch of an emotion who really is the primary instigator or reason many if not all of us don’t go beyond our comfort zones and just grab our dreams and life desires by the short and curlies and go after them with everything we have.  Hell with everything we muster to NOT go after them would get us above and beyond.


What is it about going beyond what we and society have conditioned us to believe is all that we are entitled to that scares us so much?

Why is failure deemed such a ‘bad’ thing?

Hell some of my biggest failures have been some of the best life lessons I have ever had so how can that be a bad thing right?!

But, we are so conditioned to care about or place our own value into the hands of ‘them’ or society.  How many of you grew up with this phrase time and time again, ‘but what will they think?’  Either from your peers, family or friends.

Who the fuck is they and why the hell do we care about what ‘they’ think??

The only person that it should matter to is YOU!  No one else gets the power to determine what and who you should be.  Never give that up to anyone!  (Man I guess I am feeling a bit feisty tonight :P)

I have been living safe for far too long and that is why I am gonna make 2017 my bitch! (yup still feisty :P)

I am going to put this out there so I am accountable to all of you, I Dina Arsenault am putting world travel into my life and business plan for 2017.  Traveling the world and immersing myself in foreign lands, customs and drinking in the culture has been a dream of mine since I can not remember how far back.  But, I always said ‘one day I will’ or ‘now is not a good time’, and the famous ‘I can’t afford it’.  Since I have my own business now, I do have the power to make this happen for me.  Just by setting myself up as an entrepreneur I have set the wheels in motion for this to happen whether or not I consciously or subconsciously knew it.


Eeeeek I can’t believe I just said that out loud!  I will take my business with me on other continents and take in all that these exotic locales have to offer me both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  There I said it, no taking it back now!

My time is now, and I have begun the planning and now it is time to implement.  I don’t want to be safe any more I want to shake me out of this comfort zone and really choose to LIVE!  This is a huge step and I am scared shitless, but as I was reminded these past few weeks, life is short and the time to live is NOW!

So who is with me?  I could always use a travel buddy, just saying! 🙂

Thank you once again for all of you taking the time out of your busy schedules to read my weekly ramblings that never goes unnoticed or unappreciated.  But before I go, let me ask you this, what actions will you take to get you one step closer to going after your dreams today?  I can not wait to hear your answers!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light I send to you always,

Dina xxoo




America I Have Some Questions….

Hello Blog Lovers,

Another week has come and gone and here we are well into November and not only the weather but the times they are a changing.  OK, let’s address the elephant in the room, the US Presidential Election took place yesterday.  The 45th President of the United States is Donald Trump…Yes you read me right Donald FREAKING Trump!!!  I have one question for you America, ummmmm WTF!!!!

I am still utterly gobsmacked like most of us, but outside of that I have some thoughts that I think need addressing, so here we go…

Has America become so used too or complacent with misogyny, racism, hatred and feelings of superiority in the Us vs Them scenario that these qualities in their leader are not only accepted but expected?  Is it a sign of a Clint Eastwood takes all spaghetti western like mentality that everyone finds so attractive?  Please America fill me in?


Is it that the mere thought of having a woman as the leader of the free world so horrifying for you that you would rather put up with a ‘man’ who represents all that is repugnant with the sub sections of our modern day culture than have to experience the mere indignation that a WOMAN be in charge??  I mean come on she might nuke North Korea or Russia if she has a hot flash or is PMSing right???

Just when I think we have come so far, I am reminded about just how many steps we have fallen back.  They say this election was the all about ‘looking for change’ in America, but was it really?  Is having a white middle aged narcissist in charge really a big change for you America? Or is it a twisted like comfort for many as it is a scenario they all have all come to know and understand so well?  Does the name George Bush ring a bell?

Was having a black president so far out there for you that you would do anything to get back to what you know and understand even if it is through the hands of having a reality star, lier and criminal as your leader?  Please America enlighten me?

Trust me, I am not the only one wondering this…

But, I am a positive person and I choose to see the good in this whole election, yes the GOOD, hear me out.  For the first time in our lives we were able to witness a woman have the opportunity to run for the Leader of the free world.  Do you not understand how AMAZING and INSPIRING that is!?  I mean not that long ago, women were not able to work outside the home, own property, or even vote and today we got to witness this unbelievable act when, Hillary Rodham Clinton, leader of the Democratic Party, ran for the position of President of The United States on Nov 8, 2016.  Not gonna lie, that gave me goosebumps!

Like her or not, she represents all that we are striving to achieve in this world, at least what I am trying to achieve; acceptance, and equality for all no matter race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.  Equality is just that, it means for ALL. Immigrants included!

I choose to honour this day by taking my Mom to see The Fighting Days this afternoon.  A play that reenacts the suffragette movement with Nellie McClung as the main character. Going back in time to celebrate one of our greatest victories we were awarded here in Canada, when the brave women in Manitoba were the first ones to win the right to vote.  A right that we as women have not taken lightly given the events we just witnessed yesterday.

Well, it is out of our hands now and like the rest of the world we will have to wait and see what is going to come out of all of this.  As they say, careful what you wish for America, you may not like what it turns out to be like.  Not just for you but for all of us, as we sit and wait on baited breath to see what the global effect of this election will be.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my ramblings every week, that is always appreciated and does not go unnoticed.  But, I prefer to leave this on a positive note and ask you all what is the most inspirational thing you have witnessed that motivated you to create change in your community?  I can’t wait to read your answers!

Until next time,

Love & Light I send to you always,

Dina xxoo



‘Hallo – Freedom’

Hello my fellow blog lovers!

Another week has come and gone and here we are again and it is November already to boot.  Time is flying by quicker I feel or maybe I am just getting old, who knows, could be a bit of both :P.  As you all know, Halloween just happened and I am always so amazed and tickled to see all of the little trick-or-treaters come to the door decked out in their little costumes, full of awe and wonder with a side of sass for some.  It generally is a holiday where we can  let our deepest desires come out and come to life even for just one night and be whatever we have always wanted to be.  Inhibitions are dropped and wonderment and unbridled fun is had.


But, why do we need a holiday to become what we have always desired, why can’t we find the courage to do this every day of our lives?

Why do we need to hide behind the veil of a holiday, are we not worth following our dreams every day of the year, instead of just one, don’t you agree?

It got me to think about what happened to me when I took drama in high school.  You have to understand, I was painfully shy as a kid and it would take all of my courage to say hello or even god forbid look you in the eye as we had a conversation.  And, if you were a boy, ‘forget about it’ But, once I became the character I was playing on stage, it was like my fears and inhibitions would fall away from me, if only for that brief moment where I could become someone completely different from who I was.  It was like I gave myself permission to be anything I wanted under the notion that it was OK as long as it wasn’t me. I felt that I wasn’t anyone worth being and dreaded it every day that I had to be ‘her’.  As you can guess, along with the bullying, the shyness and my all around awkwardness, I had extremely low self esteem and felt that I didn’t matter or was even valuable enough to love or be loved.

Maybe, this is what happens to us on Halloween, we allow ourselves to be whatever we desire no matter how different or more ‘valued’ from who we are in our everyday lives or the furthest thing away from who we think we should be, as a one night pass so to speak to live out our fantasies.

(some random pics of past alter ego or Halloween fantasies lived out)

Why do we give in to convention and allow ‘life’ to squash our dreams?  I know that we need to be responsible enough to pay our bills and be productive members of society, but who says we can’t do it as an solopreneur, entrepreneur or dressed up in a pink TuTu for all I care?

I mean I get practicality, I have always wanted to be the lead singer of an all girl rock band, but I can neither sing nor play an instrument, I get it, but it doesn’t mean i should give up on my dreams, does it!?

Why do we always have to do what is expected of us instead of becoming who we long to be?

I by no means have the answers, fear is a big obstacle I suspect, but what I am hoping from all of this, is that by talking about this openly and honestly and by writing this blog we can help spark this much needed conversation.

What do YOU think, why do we trade in our dreams for ‘real life’?  What stops us from going after and living them?

I can’t wait to hear your answers!

Thank you once again for stopping by and reading my weekly ramblings, that never goes unnoticed or unappreciated!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light I send to you all always,

Dina xxoo