The Power of Forgiveness is Within You

March 14, 2018
The reward of forgiving is like a cloud floating on a gentle breeze. It’s light and it feels great!

The reward of forgiving is like a cloud floating on a gentle breeze. It’s light and it feels great![/caption]

“Forgiveness…is a gift to yourself.
It frees you from the past, past experiences, and past relationships.
It allows you to live in the present time.
When you forgive yourself and forgive others, you are indeed free.” Louise Hay

Have you heard the experiment of holding onto a glass of water in one arm and how it relates to stress? The challenge is to see how long one can hold the glass at arms length. Most people can only hold the glass for a minute. The stronger person may hold the glass longer. Yet, no one can hold this glass – forever. Why? Because the simple glass of water becomes heavy and burdensome.

This is the same for forgiveness.

If we hold onto negative thoughts, they in time will weigh us down. The heaviest of thoughts come when someone has done us wrong. A grudge is the best way to describe this feeling. Holding grudges only harms ourselves. The person may apologize for what they said or did, but the relief doesn’t come from the other person, it comes from within. When we let go of harmful memories, there is an immediate release. Like that cloud floating gently on a soft breeze.

Being unable to let go…to forgive, is like holding that heavy glass of water. The glass doesn’t feel hurt or harmed, nor does the water, but it affects us!

Why not put the glass down and relieve yourself of this unneeded pressure?

The next time you’re feeling stressed, hurt or angered over another’s actions, take a deep breath and try to let it go. Believe me, the rewards are worth it.

Looking for more on this topic. Check out this great advice on forgiveness by David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. 5 Tips to Help You Forgive — And Become Healthier

Winter allows Spring to take over the season. It’s a natural flow. Nature holds no grudges. Be like water. Let it go and let it flow.

Self-Reflection is Looking Within for Answers

March 6, 2018
A Moment to Reflect

The importance of self-love is reflected in our ability to know oneself. Sure, easy – right? Of course I know myself, but do I?

In order to truly “know thyself” one MUST dedicate time each day to get to know oneself. This does not mean you get to sit on the couch and watch a movie. It means, you sit or lay down for two to twenty minutes every day to reflect, in silence. Yes, this is also known as meditation.


Self-Reflection at it’s Finest!

With so many distractions surrounding us, we need the time to centre ourselves, quiet the noises inside and outside of us and just – be.

I often hear people say, “I don’t have time to even think, I’m so busy.” When you hear someone saying this, or if you find yourself saying this, then it’s time to drop everything and find a moment. Not to think, but to sit in silence.

We’ve all had that relieving moment when the day ends. It’s quiet and nothing needs to be done. It feels like a treat. This is what meditation is. It’s the joy of knowing everything can wait. That there’s nothing to worry about. Life is good in this moment.

Now, can you imagine if you extended yourself more moments like this into your day? What would life be like? Your life wouldn’t feel busy, loud or hectic. Your day will run more fluid, graceful, and fun. Things will get done, with ease and on time. People will help you and best of all, you will let them.

If you want to get to know yourself, you need to listen to you. Trust me. It takes work to get to know our true selves, but believe me, you are worth it!

As always, I will leave you with a quote. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” Buddha

Love Yourself,


The Importance of Appreciation

February 21, 2018
The American Falls. A natural beauty. I appreciate living so close to the abundance of fresh water.

Last week, I wrote about the importance of self-love. Today, I’d like to share the importance of appreciation.

Google defines appreciation as “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” The art of appreciation is exactly that – an art. Appreciation is very important. As the above definition states: “recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something” sounds easy, but takes effort.

Most people are pre-occupied with what’s happening in their lives. They stress, they worry, they doubt, and they fear the unknown. These negative distractions can sometimes cloud our ability to see the wonderful happenings in and around our lives.

How often do you take time in your day to appreciate the goodness and beauty around and within you?

It only takes a moment, to see the beauty in a flower, the freshness in the rain, the gentleness of a snowflake. Or…the love for another through a smile, a hug, a kiss, and a word of kindness.


Appreciating the small things in life, like this flower I found while hiking allows me to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature.

Appreciation opens the door to allowing goodness into our lives. In order to allow this, one must look and find things to appreciate.

Here’s a quote from an influential man: “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” Dalai Lama.

Who can argue with the Dalai Lama…for his words are wise. We are the goodness we sow for ourselves. By seeing goodness we allow goodness to enter our lives.

Find something to appreciate today and watch your life change.

Love Yourself,


What is Self-Love?

February 14, 2018

We have all heard and used the term, love. From saying, “I love you” to feeling the sensation of love. There are so many ways to show love. To feel love. To give love. To receive love. We love our family, our friends, our pets, our homes, our beds, etc…

How often does one pause to reflect on loving themselves?

Looking up the Niagara River from the Whirlpool Gorge

Self-love is important because it puts US, first. Many people put others people’s needs before their own. As a mother of two daughters, I understand this. I always put my girls first, but not when it comes to my health and well-being. If I’m not at my best. If I’m not loving me, then how can I shower others with love?

The Niagara River upriver from the Whirlpool Gorge

My love for the outdoors runs deep within my soul. Without trees, water, earth, or air…none of us would be here. The joy I feel spending time outdoors is immense. It’s as strong as loving my best friend, my children, my parents and my friends. Not to mention, loving the most important person on this planet – Myself.

I was never taught self-love. No class at school, no teacher, or even my parents taught me the importance of self-love. It wasn’t until I started searching for love, did I discover it was always accessible. Self-love is loving oneself from the outside in. It’s important to do what we love. What makes our hearts sing.

I’d like to share this quote from Diane Von Furstenberg. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”

It’s not just women who can benefit from self-love. Men need self-love, too. When we become our own best friend, life is in fact easier. Imagine, the fun you have with your best friend…isn’t it one of the most delicious feelings in the world? Now, how about being your own best friend? The fun you can have is endless!

Love Yourself,


My First Blog Post

February 8, 2018

Welcome to my blog where I write everything about love.

Why should you read my posts on love? I mean who am I to write about love?

I’ll begin by explaining the photos above. The one on the left is the Whirlpool Gorge in Niagara Falls, Canada. The picture on the right, is me and my daughters posing for a selfie at the rim of the gorge. It was a chilly day and not an easy trek. I wanted to share the photos because they describe some of the things I love. I love my children, hiking, and the Niagara Gorge.

I wasn’t always a self-loving person.

I wasn’t always happy.

Deep within my being, I felt an emptiness inside. Empty! I didn’t feel connected to myself or anyone else. This feeling of separation made me feel alone and lonely.

I tried to figure out how others could be happy. How they laughed easily. These people had nice things and they were successful. I tried to copy them. I bought clothes and shoes. I ate fancy foods and drinks. I even travelled. Yet, the feeling of not being loved eluded me. I felt worthless and a little angry.

What were these happy, successful people doing differently than me?

Material items gave me comfort, but this was always temporary. I soon realized I couldn’t buy love. And, no one could give me love. I questioned if I was lovable. Then I pondered a very important question, How can we give love, if we don’t know what love is?

It took me years to figure out the root to my unhappiness. I had tried all the external ways to love with no luck – what if I looked in the one place I didn’t? It wasn’t until I started looking within, did I find love. An endless, unending flow of love. Love that is eternal, universal and free. I found this pot of abundance within.

This blog is all about love. Follow me weekly, if you want to share in my experiences of love.

Love Yourself,