How to Be There For A Friend During a Life Changing Event

How to Be There For A Friend During a Life Changing Event

When a friend is grieving or fallen on hard times, it’s easy to feel helpless. Sometimes we think we’re doing the right thing by trying to cheer them up, pointing out the positives or letting them know that they should try to move on. Well-intentioned as we may be, those efforts tend to put pressure on them and leave them feeling invalidated. So here are 5 ways to help you support your friend in times of need

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What's On My Feeling Myself Playlist + Why You Should Have One Too

Hello Lovely,

I love how music transforms my mood! I love creating playlists on my phone. Years ago I used to have a playlist for when I was Feeling Myself. It was filled with confidence boosting songs that always put me in a good mood. Of course over time, the songs on that list changed, but this still elicit the same happy response. When these songs come up on my shuffle, I can’t resist the urge to dance in the car and I feel super pumped. It’s an instant get-out-of-your-head anxiety-helper. That’s why it’s a huge part of my self-care routine.

I can’t do sad or even slow music because I just don’t like being in my feelings. My choice in music is a conscious tool in making myself feel better. I wanted to compile a list of some of my favourite make-me-ridiculously-happy songs.  For some reason my phone refuses to save my playlist so I’m always losing it. But luckily with Spotify, it’s always saved.

Everyone should make a playlist. Whether it’s your workout playlist, a daily commute playlist, or a party playlist. I usually listen to my music on shuffle to ensure I listen to all of my music equally, but if you’re in a mood for a certain type of music, then gather those songs together in one playlist. Maybe you want a playlist for just Soca music? Create the playlist, then go through your music library and add each song that fits that genre. Maybe you know that listening to certain songs makes you feel better when you’re down or angry. Instead of having to search for them, they’ll all be available on one list.

So which playlists do you like to listen to? If you haven’t made one yet, or you just feel like making another one, what’s your next playlist going to be? Share your faves in the comment section below!

What’s on your self-care playlist? Share your favourite mood boosting songs in the comments below.

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A Mother's Story: My Mother

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Being a mother is a dream for most women.  I never understood the magnitude of motherhood until I became one.  I have had an awesome example of what being a mother should be from my mom. 

Being a mom is not only great but very rewarding.  There is no doubt as to extent I would go for Alexis and Olivia.  It warms my heart to see them in a relationship with God.  I am so proud, and grateful, of whom they have become.  I am learning when to give advice and when to just listen.  I miss kissing the boo boos, trying to understand their many drawings, listening to their day on our drive home from school, and, tucking them in bed just to list a few.  Olivia still insists that I read her bedtime stories, cut up apples, and Alexis says his food tastes better when I take it up.   I thank God every day for my countless memories.

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Being a mother I wish that I can take away all their worries, pains and disappointments.  My daily prayer is that God continues to keep them covered under his wings and build walls of hedges around them. 

 

A Mother's Story: One of a Kind

Mummy,

You can never begin to understand how much I love you ! When I think about all of the things you’ve done for me, my siblings( both biological and adopted) I understand now why when you feel like you’re taken for granted it hurts. This letter serves as a reminder that you are an immaculate design and I’m more than blessed to have been sent to you!

They often say that a child is a mother’s gift but a loving mother is the best gift anyone can ask for when we exist in a world where true unconditional love has become a scarce entity.

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I cherish the days I have with left with you no matter the emotions that are present I love you and always will!! Your sacrifices never go unnoticed! I felt my heart break last year thinking that was is but you fought hard to keep a smile on your face even when you were weak and tired. No one knows what They would do without you. You have touched the lives of so many men and women ! You are one of a kind, a huge star in the constellation that surrounds our galaxy!

I won’t go on any further but you get the idea!You did what you had to do that my brother and I wouldn’t have to struggle in life ! You went without so that we could have the best of everything! Eventually I pray that I am able to help you achieve some of your dreams too!

I can say much more but I won’t because those who know you already know! What would we do without you ! A mother to two and a mother to all. Happy Mother’s Day and May you enjoy many more !

5 Podcasts to Make You Laugh, Think, and Act

5 Podcasts to Make You Laugh, Think, and Act

Whether in-flight or sitting at my desk, I love podcasts for a daily dose of inspiration, insight, and humour. I specifically love podcasts hosted by women and for women on the topics most relevant to our daily lives. Each podcast differs in approach and covers a variety of topics, offering something for everyone. So turn up the sound and hit subscribe - these women have something to say!

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How To Beat Negative Thoughts For A More Positive Outlook

How To Beat Negative Thoughts For A More Positive Outlook

If you feel emotionally tired, angry or unmotivated; you keep overthinking your past mistakes or misfortunes; you want to change yourself, but don’t know where to start; you already tried changing, but got back to older habits; you feel disappointed; you struggle with low confidence: There are ways to beat negative thinking and emerge from it – stronger, brighter and wiser than before.

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My 2018 Holiday Bucket List

Hello Lovely,

It’s the first week of December and exactly 22 days until Christmas — a fact that both excites and terrifies me. Every year, it feels like the holiday season flies by at a quicker pace, and despite the fun and joy there’s also a little sadness at the things that I wanted to do that just didn’t happen. I’ve been spending some time this weekend thinking about which holiday traditions mean the most to me.

Enter: the holiday bucket list. It’s the perfect time to put pen to paper and choose a handful of things that will bring more joy to your life and fill you with holiday spirit. Things that you vow to make happen, no matter how busy life gets.

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Here’s what’s on my Holiday Bucket List so far:

  1. Buy a Christmas tree

  2. Decorate the tree

  3. Set the table

  4. Make Christmas wreaths

  5. Baking Christmas cookies

  6. Draw names for Secret Santa with our team at the office.

  7. Watch holiday movies with loved ones

  8. Sing Christmas Carols with my boyfriend

  9. Decorate the Christmas tree with mum - ever since I was little, my mum and I had the responsibility of picking out the family Christmas tree and decorating it together. It’s actually my favourite Christmas tradition. We put on Christmas music and spend hours placing the ornaments just right.

  10. Make a new signature Christmas cake - Two years ago I made my signature Milk and Cookies cake. Now I have two options. Make it again, or try something new. What do you think?

What’s on your list? Leave a comment – I’d love more ideas! And scroll on for a few great reads from around the web this week…