Follow Your Strengths and Less Focus On The Outcome.

These we will be diving deeper during semi-lockdown through our new podcast Your Story Matter. 

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This is an experiment and you are all invited yay!

“It’s unfortunate that this has happened. No. It’s fortunate that this has happened and I’ve remained unharmed by it — Not shattered by the present or frightened of the future.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4–49a

If there’s anything I’ve learned through this whole quarantine, semi-lockdown in this city (Montreal, Quebec), it’s that my toddlers will remember that through these hard times, we were more mindful, there was less wasted time and more precious moments together. They will remember that self-care is self-discipline, mental health is a priority and our inner creativity, wisdom, courage and happiness are all within us. We just need the tools and the right guidance to access them any time we need them the most.

I’ve never been as close to my girls as I have been in the past 8 months. My daughters; even when the tears keep falling down without my consent and I swear, I’m trying to make them stop… Even releasing this new podcast yesterday was hard. My mother has been transferred to palliative care. This place is for her to get better care and to be with more professionals since she’s in her last stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It hurts a lot.

We have seen it all, been there, and cared for her all throughout the last 7 years since she was diagnosed. It’s gotten to the point where we’re no longer able to bring her to the bathroom like we used to when she was still able to walk a couple of months ago. Now, her state seems to be one of less suffering, which I pray is the case. She can’t speak anymore but her eyes say it all so clear. Her laugh is the only thing that hasn’t changed which is her way of letting us know that she’s happy when we are around or that she’s comfortable. Also, that laugh has always been her love language and I’m definitely going to miss hearing it. That’s why I’ve been calling this disease the silent death. Because you have no idea what a person who is really voiceless is going through. They know. Kindness was her lesson to us while she was conscious and then it became deeper if that’s even possible, through her sickness.

I’ve been on my healing journey, but neglecting it lately because I’ve been dealing with a lot of work. We are pivoting this business (yep, I’m re-building the website 🙂 Stay tuned!), new collaborations (hopefully sponsors) are on the horizon, and kids in school during covid-19’s second wave in this city are already drained. It’s detrimental to anyone’s mental health and survival.

I’m grateful for the bad and the good lessons of this year. I’ll be sharing more and I will keep improving on personal development by reading, listening, learning from others’ stories and helping small business owners, BIPOC and the voiceless (children, teachers, essential workers, nurses, people with disabilities and the elderly) as much as I can, while continuing to grow this creative online business from home, working freelance, and providing other services from my team and I 🙂

Aside from running a full-time online business, I have a new book publishing soon, we started our podcast (it took me 5 years to finally let go and do it) and I’ve just been really following my inner creative strengths while being less focused on the outcome. I don’t know what it will mean for the future. I just know that consistent work, emotional courage, creativity, being more conscious of our actions and patience, are key during these times. Also, embracing spiritual activism. Because we all need healing, and we must help others in need and those who are voiceless. Together, let’s discover what else is out there, not just in the external or physical realm.

These platforms will be our journey and also the beacon of light to sustain my girls and myself while we are in semi-lockdown, safe at home. Thank you for your support, for subscribing, following, for your encouraging DM’s, emails, and comments and for sharing the love. It really has been a blessing to have the support of an inspiring and creative ecosystem to help each other thrive in times of adversity.

Love what you do and do what you love…Do it a lot ❤ (My oldest daughter tells me this now when it’s “mom writing/editing book” time). Very grateful for my daughters who are my Why and my motivation to keep going through these tough times — so I can help others achieve the same. #goals2020

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