Gabby Bernstein is back in Vancouver for #TheUniverseHasYourBack book tour

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Doesn’t it feel like sometimes you’re just chasing life instead of actually living it? Like your fears are blocking you from what you long for most? It’s something all of us are familiar with and it doesn’t have to be that way.

In Gabby’s new book, The Universe Has Your Back, she guides readers through stories and lessons to release the blocks to what they long for most: happiness, security and clear direction. She teaches you how to transform your fear into faith to live a divinely guided life.

To celebrate and share her remarkable new book, my friend Kate Muker (founder of Conscious Divas) is hosting Gabby Bernstein for a truly spectacular night of connection, clarity, and guidance. Gabby will be giving her new talk How to Transform Fear into Faith and Know the Universe Has Your Back.

If you want to unleash the presence of your power and learn how to cultivate happiness, security and clear direction you need to attend #TheUniverseHasYourBack Event this October 21st!

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As an ambassador for the upcoming event, I was asked to answer some introspective, spiritual questions.

1.Describe a time in your life where you felt totally safe, serene, and clear. What happened to get you to that place?

A time in my life where I felt safe, serene, and clear was my first public speaking engagement. While I was preparing for my talk, I was nervous and anxious, however, once I was up on the stage I felt safe, serene and clear.

I got to this place because it was something I believe the universe had prepared me for. My entire life I knew deep inside that public speaking/teaching was something I was going to eventually do. I just needed the confidence to finally do it, and putting myself out there through writing, social media, and networking gave me the confidence to do so, which brought me to the stage.

2.How did it feel once you got there?

Once I was up on the stage I felt confident. I felt like myself!

3.How important is having clarity to you?

Having clarity is one of the most important things to me because without it I feel lost. uncertain, unmotivated and scattered. When I eat healthily, exercise, keep my workspace tidy and make lists, I feel clarity and this helps me thrive in business, motherhood and ultimately all aspects of life.

4. Has fear ever held you back from going after something you really wanted?

Absolutely! Fear has held me back many times in life. I really wanted to apply to speak at an event this year and I let fear get the best of me and didn’t apply.

5.Did you ever overcome this fear? How did you do it?

I overcame this fear when I was asked to speak at something else and set my fears aside and said yes!

6.When in your life do you feel you’re in flow state?

Flow is a state of meditation— of mindfulness – that you’re experiencing not while sitting quietly, but while fully and completely absorbed in an activity. My flow state happens when I’m writing, speaking, practicing yoga, and hiking in the beautiful forest. De-cluttering also gives me the feeling of being in my flow. I hate clutter! lol

7.Describe the feeling of being in this flow state? 

All of my  worries, thoughts,  memories and my to-do lists seem to melt away. I’m completely immersed in the task at hand and one with myself. It’s a feeling of complete happiness! That’s the word I was looking for🙂

8.What does it take for you to get there?

Sometimes it takes me a while to get to this state of being in my flow. Oftentimes motherhood and work come first but when I set aside time to do these activities that keep me in my flow state I NEVER regret it. In fact, it’s needed in order for me to feel clarity and happiness.

9.Tell us what it means to you to surrender?

My mind always tells me that if I surrender I’m quitting. But my heart knows that when I  surrender I receive nothing but love.

10.Describe a time in your life where you felt like the Universe had your back.

The Universe has had my back many times, but what I’ve realized is this; it’s hard for the universe to have my back when I’m in a negative state. When I’m in a state of ebb, it can be trickier for the universe to respond to my needs. When I’m in my flow, however, I can feel the universe and listen to its signs.

I knew the universe had my back when  I came home, many years ago to my house on fire. I was driving home from the dog park with my kids and instead of going straight home I was going to take my kids to White Spot for lunch. Something told me I needed to go home instead. So I listened and drove home. If I didn’t drive home my entire house would have burnt down! Luckily when I pulled up and saw the smoke I called 9-1-1 immediately and the damage ended up being part of the house. If I didn’t come home, the entire house could have burned down. The universe was definitely on my side!

11.Share your experience of Gabby and/or her work and how it’s personally touched you.

I’ve been touched by Gabby’s writing and speaking events on a spiritual level. At her last book tour here in Vancouver I left with a few key teachings. She taught me to become conscious of the things in my life I resist, to become a non-judgemental witness of my fear, to witness myself in my judgment, and to re-direct the energy of anxiousness. In addition, she said, “when judging others recognize the other person is you.” “The judgment cycle keeps you from joy” and finally,  “the biggest spiritual smack down is… FORGIVENESS.”

She left us with this mantra:

Happiness is a choice I make 


If you haven’t already got your tickets to Gabrielle Bernstein’s #TheUniverseHasYourBack book tour event Friday, October 21st I would highly suggest you do. Tickets are already 75% sold out! VIP ticket holders get 3 copies of the book + Gabby’s True Power Digitial Workshop (a great way to #payitforward and share books with family and friends. Can’t wait to hear her NEW talk ‘How to Transform Fear into Faith and Know the Universe Has Your Back’.

Tickets are already 75% sold out! VIP ticket holders get 3 copies of the book + Gabby’s True Power Digitial Workshop (a great way to #payitforward and share books with family and friends. Can’t wait to hear her NEW talk ‘How to Transform Fear into Faith and Know the Universe Has Your Back’.

VIP ticket holders get 3 copies of the book + Gabby’s True Power Digitial Workshop (a great way to #payitforward and share books with family and friends.) I can’t wait to hear her NEW talk ‘How to Transform Fear into Faith and Know the Universe Has Your Back’.

Hope to see you there! http://gabbybernsteinyvr.com/

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What I learned from a night of sewing at The Cutting Room in Vancouver + a $30 off code towards fashion design, sewing classes and more!

 What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.  Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you. -Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Last night I attended a media event at The Cutting Room, in Vancouver hosted by my authentic and creative friend Taslim Jaffer, Writer and Founder of Let me out. Going into the event I knew we would be making something, but I had no idea we were going to be sewing! I’m quite embarrassed to say, I have never tried sewing in my life! I’m not a DIY person, and I don’t craft, paint, or draw. This doesn’t mean I don’t think I’m creative, I just never really enjoyed doing these types of things. Or maybe, I simply didn’t know I could enjoy these types of things because I’ve never tried. Needless to say, last night for the first time ever, I used a sewing machine and I made (with some help) my very own tote bag!

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Here’s what I learned from last night’s event:

I take for granted the work that goes into fashion design, sewing, knitting, and creating. I appreciate the product but never, have I ever taken into account the amount of work that goes into people’s handmade works of art. I guess this is because I’ve never really done it.

For this reason, I have a new-found appreciation for the way clothing, bags and accessories are made and designed.

I also learned that you must have an open mind. I was never really open to learning how to sew, and when I arrived I still had this feeling of ” Omg, do I really have to do this?” lingering, however, once I began there was no turning back.

There were moments of embarrassment, like when I thought I was sewing but the thread wasn’t even attached to the needle! And there were moments of bliss, where I felt like I had escaped from reality for a few moments in a trance as my foot pressed down gently on the pedal, and I watched the needle thread through the canvas.

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Immerse yourself in inspirational talks at Leading Moms

 

Moms, get ready to immerse yourself in inspirational talks from some of Vancouver’s most influential moms. On Friday Sept. 23rd 2016 Crisp Media is hosting its fifth annual Leading Moms event at the Vancity Theatre. This years theme is childhood. The amazing line-up of speakers will share their personal stories of motherhood, and leadership through a mix of performances, video, and intimate talks.

This is my third year attending as an ambassador and each year I leave the event feeling refreshed, and inspired. lm-2016-promo-photo

Leading Moms is about connecting other moms in the community. This event is for moms from all walks of life. It’s a day to immerse yourself in inspiration, and focus on yourself; something that oftentimes gets put on the back burner.

In other words, set aside some time just for you and treat yourself to an inspiring day of heart-felt stories and  connection.

You know the saying, it takes a village.  Leading moms feels like that village! They offer free childcare, (on a first come first serve basis), light breakfast and lunch is included in the ticket price and you’ll be out of the event in time to pick up your children from school!

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Get your kids outside at Ecokeepers Discovery Day at Stanley Park

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Being outside, soaking in the fresh air, and taking in the gorgeous surroundings of nature is extremely beneficial for our mental health. When I’m having a gloomy day, going for a walk outdoors always makes me feel better. In fact, when I find my kids are getting restless and bored, a good old walk in the forest always perks them up too.

What I love best about being in the forest with the kids is the way time feels like it’s standing still. We get to listen to the sounds of the birds, and the wind rustling the leaves in the trees.

Best of all, getting in touch with nature is a free activity that the entire family can enjoy together. It’s truly an enriching experience that fosters not only my children’s imagination, but mine too! When I leave the forest, I feel inspired, and creative, ready to tackle my to-do list with calm and ease.

Sadly, the statistics show that children’s time spent outdoors is decreasing rapidly. Children are spending on average 4 or more hours per day on a mobile device or in front of the television. It’s imperative we get children outside, moving and grooving and in touch with nature, especially with the prevalence of anxiety in children and youth.

For this reason, events like the  Envirokidz Ecokeepers Geocaching Treasure Hunt in the lush forest of Stanley Park, is something I’m very excited to attend with my girls.

Envirokidz wants children to get outside, and discover the world around them, with a fun treasure hunt, and chances to win some great prizes.

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Peekaboo Beans-The comfiest clothing for play!

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Play; the most important work our children will ever do. And the best way to do it? In comfy, Peekaboo Beans cozy playwear with no fussy buttons, custom quality fabrics, removable labels, easy to use zippers, and tangle free ( no loose ends to prevent accidents while your child plays) of course!

You can read my interview here with Founder Traci Costa to learn more about how this grass roots local playwear company began.

Check out these photos of our daughters in their comfy, Fall, back to school playwear!

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Sevenoaks Shopping Centre hosts Be You Girl Event on Saturday September 17th

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 As most of you are aware I’m an advocate for healthy self-esteem, body confidence and overall positive well-being. This blog was created to inspire others to create a life that feels good on the inside, because I struggled with very low self-worth, self-esteem, and my mental well-being as a child/adolescent wasn’t healthy.

After I had my first daughter I knew deep down I had to do the inner work to feel good within, so I could be a positive role model to her. Today, I have three beautiful daughters, and although I am far more confident now than I  was at their age, and I try my hardest to model this positive self-esteem and body confidence to them, I still, at the end of the day worry for them.

In fact in today’s digital, media driven society the pressure on our girls to look, and act a certain way is more prevalent than ever.

Here are some facts, which I’ve shared in past blog posts, but I need to share again because they’re eye-opening, and above all, they’re scary. These are facts that make me worry for not only my girls, but every girl in today’s society.

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Our annual trip to Summerland B.C in photos

Every Summer we pay a visit to Summerland B.C for a family getaway. My Aunt and Uncle have a beach cottage on the lake that we stay at. It’s a tradition for the kids and the one place they look forward to visiting each year. This year, we did some kayaking, dock jumping, hiking, ice cream eating, roasted marshmallows by the fire and… we had to stop by  Summerland Sweets, and Tickleberrys; it’s a must when we’re in Summerland!

Below is a wordless blog post of our trip because last year I simply had too many words to share. You can read it here if you need a reminder to focus on the things in life that truly matter❤

In short, our trip was very relaxing, and we all enjoyed some much-needed quality time together.

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