2017 – The Year To Shake Things Up

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Hello My Fellow Blog Lovers & Followers!

I gotta say I am not sorry in the slightest for the lovely mild weather we have been having for our winter here in Niagara – Fingers crossed it stays this way as we head into February – Yes FEBRUARY already!

Gotta say, January has been a bit of a blur for me thus far, with lovely new things happening with my business, using my passion planner, vision boards, guest blogging, networking and biz referrals, it has been quite a good first few weeks of the new year I do have to say.  However, when one part of my life is going well, the other parts kinda get left in the dust sadly.

Allow me to explain…

I decided as the clock stuck 2017 that I was going to go all in on my business this year, really give it everything that I got and make it into the powerhouse that I know she can be.

Something you need to know about me is that when I go all in, I go FREAKING ALL IN!

Now some of you may think, “well how is this a bad thing?” Well, what you don’t know about me is that when I go all in on something, I go all in to the point that the other aspects of my life kinda fall to the wayside.  My relationships, my health, my down time, family etc.

See my problem?

My theme words for 2017 are Balance and Growth – Well I am achieving the growth part, now I need to work on the balance part.  I have noticed that my usual watching what I eat and inflecting exercise into my daily routine has definitely fallen to the wayside as of yet and my old habits are creeping back in.  My weight has plateaued and so has my energy levels.

So, in a moment of  spontaneity I signed up for this years THE 5K FOAM FEST TORONTO taking place on July 15, 2017! Eeeeeeeek

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No more phoning it in.  I have to train so I can complete this.  If I have something to focus on then I WILL make the time to put the energy into achieving it.  Yeah, just doing it for the betterment of me as the end goal, really doesn’t cut it for me to be honest. I know, I know it should – What can I say I am a work in progress 😛

Of course I will keep you all in the loop on my training wins and losses.  You are my peeps after all 🙂

Next step, I would like to start each day with a morning meditation, just so I can get my mind in the right place and set the tone for the day.  Not to mention, I need to get back to my yoga practice, I felt so much better when I did do it on a regular basis.

So there you have it universe, here is my new found  focus on achieving balance in my home and work life that I have been searching for probably the better part of my adult life.

I know that this is not going to be easy, but being aware of my actions and stepping back and refocusing on me and what I need to achieve the best version of me is a freaking huge step for me.  And that I am certainly very proud of!

Time to dust off those running shoes and lulu lemons and get some fitness on! Whose with me?  Together let’s make 2017 the year for focus, growth and balance for all of us!

If balance and growth doesn’t resonate with you – Then let me ask you, what is YOUR focus or key terms for 2017, I would love to know!

Once again, thank you all for coming along on this blog journey with me.  You taking the time to read them and continuously giving me your support does not go unnoticed or unappreciated!

Until we meet again,

Love and Light I send to you all,

Dina xxoo

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The Intrawebs..Friend or Foe to Authentic Relationships?

Hello my fellow blog lovers and followers,

We are well into January and I can’t believe how fast the time is going.  This has not stopped me from taking the time to try and sit and reflect on what I am most grateful for (a new practice I am trying to implement into my daily routine) and what I want to concentrate on improving over the course of this upcoming year – Of course building and nurturing relationships with my family and friends are at the top of my list.

I don’t know about you, maybe it is just the nature of what I do, but I have clearly noticed that the landscape of my friendships has changed quite significantly over the years. I have created and nurtured a wide array of friendships globally due to my extensive use of the internet on a daily basis.

Various social media sites, like Myspace, (Yes Myspace my chat room and message board writing days have been going on for quite sometime ya’ll :P) Tribe.net, Twitter and Facebook, along with various other chat rooms and the like, have enabled me to meet, chat and develop some quite amazing friendships with people I never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. Whether it is through music, film, political affiliations or charitable causes we happen to be both associated with, these commonalities have enabled us to find and forge a common bond or relationship with one another.

This raises the question, since we are hiding behind the safety of our computer screen and never actually having a physical interaction with one another, can it still be considered a “real” relationship?

I think yes and no.  Allow me to explain…

Yes, I believe that these relationships are real. I open up and talk openly and honestly with these people with no immediate fear of being rejected or dismissed – I am sitting behind this computer screen and in theory, am shielded. I am able to let my guard down and actually be the “real” me to whomever I am conversing with. It doesn’t matter what I look like, or what car I drive, or how much square footage my house is – When I am clicking my thoughts down on the computer keys I am just me. Without the tool of the Internet I would never of had the opportunity to meet, interact, learn and grow with and from these AMAZING people out of sheer geography.

Information sharing, learning about new cultures and different ways of living and seeing the world has allowed me to grow and evolve as a woman and a human being.  Fortunately, I have been able to physically meet some of these outstanding individuals  over the years, which added some much desired stamps on my passport and more importantly, enabled me to take these friendships to the next level.

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Me, Fiona and Sue meeting for the first time in Paris for my 40th birthday!

On the other side, if one is using the Internet to create a persona or version of themselves because their self esteem is so low they think that they could never be the “real” them for fear of being rejected or made fun of – Then this is an absolute negative. When a computer screen and animated characters are replacing actual one on one interactions with anyone, this is where technology is a detriment. We as human beings NEED social interaction to function and have a sense of belonging. If we feel like we do not belong – Inevitably we will feel disenfranchised from society and very much alone. If our only sense of belonging exists on the Internet and not in the outside world this is where a tool used to connect us does the complete opposite.

YES, this detriment does include those who use the internet to lie and deceive others for criminal gain and malicious intent.  For the sake of length and chosen topic at hand, let’s leave that for another blog post all on its own!

So I guess what I am trying to say is, like anything in life, one can only get out of it what they put into it. Like any tool mankind has created in the light of advancement, be sure not to let its bright lights and pretty buttons blind side you as too what is really important in this life – Authentic friendships and genuine love.

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Thank you once again for all of you who taken the time to read and follow along on this crazy blogging journey with me, your support and encouragement does not go unnoticed or unappreciated!  But before we go, let me ask you – Should relationships that we create and nurture exclusively online, be considered authentic relationships?  I look forward to your feedback!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light I send to you all!

Dina xxoo

It’s Time To Go All In on Me…

Hello my fellow blog lovers and followers!

Can you believe we are already onto our second week of 2017!  Time sure does fly when you are having fun 🙂

Now an interesting thing happened to me on the way to my office.  Yes my office is located directly across the hall from my bedroom, but whose counting 😛

Anywho, last week I got up on a Tuesday as I normally do, picked up my phone and checked it for any messages or engagements that may have occurred on my clients or my social media pages over the course of the night as some of my clients have international followers.  I know, I know – Not even a cup of coffee or brush my teeth before I launch into work?? I get it, I may seem a bit obsessive or some may call it committed to my work, but in the end that is what my clients pay me for after all.  Don’t worry, before I get the comments, “but what about you and your well being?”  Not to fret, balance is one of my key objectives that I am focusing on in 2017.

But I digress, nothing eventful so I continue downstairs and jump into the shower and get ready to tackle the day.  As I finish getting ready I notice that I have a voicemail message on my phone.  As per what you do, I listened to it.  To my surprise it was a call from a local Chamber of Commerce asking if I would like to come in for an interview for an open Special Events & Communications Specialist contract position with their organization. Needless to say I was surprised.  Promptly I called them back and spoke to the woman whom I was to be replacing as she was going on maternity leave.  We agreed upon a time for me to come in.  Got off the phone, curious and a bit excited at the possible prospect of having a 40 hour a week job, stable and secure income coming in.  A feeling that I am all to well accustomed to feeling and living.  Never really gave it much more thought, went about my day.  Dinner time came about, as I sat eating my dinner, thoughts of this new job prospect came trickling into my head.  “So if I get this job, I can still have my business, I can just work around it.  I can work as soon as I get home to schedule my client’s posts into the night.  Of course I would have to use my lunch hour to check for engagement during the day.  Probably would have to give up the gym, or extra curriculars and what if I land another client, how would I fit that work in?  All relevant ideas I needed to consider.

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Finally it hit me, “when is it going to be the right time to go all in on you Dina?”  Having and growing your business has been your passion for the last 10 months, so why are you willing to put that on hold for a temporary stable position?

You know what, I wasn’t ready to give that up!  I am worth the time and dedication I have put into me and my business and as scary as it is, moving forward and truly committing even further to growing my business, IS the right direction for me.

Why?

Because I finally believe and realize that I am worth it.  Worth the work, dedication and commitment from who else ME!  2017 is the year that I dedicate to my financial, spiritual, emotional and physical well being through acquiring balance and growth in all of these areas of my life.  Self Care and Self Worth are on the menu this year and I am ready for many, many helpings!

Needless to say, the very next morning I called the very nice lady I spoke too the day before and let her know my plans.  She was so grateful that I took the time to call and let her know, many would just not show up.  Side note:  Even if you aren’t taking a position with a company, don’t be rude and just not show up, common courtesy goes a long way not only in life but in business as well.  Who knows you may need to use their services in the future and having left on a positive foot will get you much further in the process.

So there you have it – 2017 is the year I go all in on me!  Eek not gonna lie I am scared, excited, overwhelmed and determined all rolled up into one.  It is going to be one hell of a ride but did I mention that roller coasters are one of my favs! 😛

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Thank you all again for coming along on this crazy blog ride with me, your support does not do unnoticed or unappreciated. But, before I go, let me ask you this – What is your focus either personal or professional for 2017?  I can’t wait to hear your answers!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light I send to you always,

Dina xxoo

Passion Planning for 2017

Hello My Fellow Blog Lovers!

I hope that your holidays were everything that you had wanted and hoped them to be!

Mine was filled with food, fun, family, drink and did I mention food? 😛

The start of another new year always makes me reflect about how I want the coming days to be, both personally and business wise.  But, what if this year I inject a bit of ‘passion’ into my ‘new year new me’ parameters?

Allow me explain…

Every year it is the same thing.  A new year rolls in and I immediately go to my ‘resolutions’ of how I am going to:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Exercise more
  3. Focus on my family
  4. Focus on me
  5. Be more financially sound
  6. Find a committed loving relationship
  7. Blah Blah Blah…

You see, I am no different than you, I have all the gusto to tackle all the ‘things’ I think I need to have and do in order to truly BE happy in my life.  At least the things that I have been told over the years what I am supposed to want and need.  But, like most, by Valentines Day, life gets in the way of well my ‘new life’ goals and old, familiar habits creep back like a worn in sweater full of holes and faded but still comforting and soothing in its destructive, self deprecating nature.

You see in theory, resolutions are not a bad thing, the very nature of planning on what and how you plan to achieve your  goals is paramount for success in anything both personal and business wise you intend to do.  The problem lies in the how and why we set these resolutions.  If we only verbally say we want to lose weight and not do the due diligence of researching what the latest research on weight loss is ; what are the pros and cons of different programs out there and what exactly do I mean by ‘losing weight’ –  Is it 10 lbs, 20lbs or 50lbs?  Who am I as a person when following programs or guidelines?  Do I like strict guidelines or do I like to find my own way? Am I a morning person or night owl? And so on and so on.

Do you see the problem here?  Why we eventually give up and go back to what we know, which is failure in my case.?  If we don’t understand our true how and our true why for wanting to achieve whatever it is we want to achieve, setbacks and roadblocks which honestly are inevitable in any new direction in life will ALWAYS derail us and divert us back to our old behaviours.

This year, I really took the time to be quiet and look within and see what it was that I was truly feeling and wanting out of my life, not what I think I was supposed to want.  What I came up with is Balance and Growth in the my overall emotional, spiritual, physical and financial health.  Seems pretty straight forward right?  Or is it?

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Instead of keeping everything I want to achieve inside of me and kind of fly by the seat of my pants, this time I have chosen a different route – I am going to plan, passion plan every detail.  You see I did something I have never done before I bought a Passion Planner to help me organize my thoughts, my goals and my actionable plans to achieve them.  This is huge for me as I have never approached me and my life this way – methodically and deliberate.  I have generally been a ‘go with the flow’ and wing it when necessary kind of girl.  Quite frankly that ain’t cutting it anymore.

So here we go, passion planning the top 10 things I want to achieve this year including what are the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly steps I need to do in order to achieve this.  Phew, my brain hurts so far but I am feeling empowered and excited for actually having a clear focus and plan on how to achieve what I truly and passionately desire in my life.  Scary, exciting, exhausting, overwhelming but eagerly anticipating the life I have truly envisioned for myself.

To help get this ball rolling even more I have also enrolled in a Vision Board making workshop on Jan 17th with Crystal D’Cunha of The Inside View.  I have never done a real vision board either.  I am excited to tap into my deep seated wants and desires and bring them to the surface and write them down.  As Crystal says, “Once you write it down, it becomes real”

It becomes real and the work begins for doing what needs to be done in order to make them come true.  After all, that is what this journey called our life is all about right!?

I will keep you updated on how this social experiment goes for me, who knows I just might keep those resolutions after all 🙂

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Thank you once again for taking the time to read and follow my blog every week.  Your support does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  But before I go let me ask you, what goals have you planned for you and your business this year?  What strategy have you put in place to allow you to achieve them?  I can’t wait to hear your answers!

Until next time,

Love & Light I send to you always,

Dina xxoo