In Memory of Mickey…

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Mickey was my father-in-law.  He had a heart of gold and a sense of humour.  He recently passed away. This is my tribute to him.

                Mickey Fluet passed away in the wee hours of Sunday September 2, 2012 after a lengthy illness.  Two years ago, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  The doctors operated and to everyone’s relief the tumor was benign. He was also diagnosed with diabetes which could be controlled with medication and diet.   Just when we thought he had pulled through, the tumor, once again benign returned.

For awhile, everything seemed to be okay.  I invited him to a family picnic that my company had in Bowness Park (Calgary, Alberta).  He enjoyed himself immensely and later told me that he missed going to company functions.

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Successful Entrepreneur Raises Money for Aids Missions in Africa as part of her own mission of hope

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How is it that an incest victim, adult child of an abusive family, and cancer survivor finds the strength and courage to overcome her past and reach out to help others through her business?

For Jo-Ann Grimwood, the answer is found in her strong Christian faith.

According to Jo-Ann her journey of faith started when she was invited to attend Sunday school which she said, “was a great blessing as it gave me an escape and gave me great hope.” She met a family who attended the church and invited her to their home over many weekends and made sure that she could attend the choir practice.  Unfortunately, that church let her down and refused to marry her to an Anglican when she was 20 years old.  And for the next 20 years she felt like “part of my past support contradicted the teaching I once believed!”

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Are YOU Running For Your Life (Away from the chaos junkies and drama queens who invade your space)?

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Don’t waste another minute dealing with a toxic, negative, energy-draining person. Some people are wired for negativity. They love being argumentative, combative and abusive. Run for your life as quickly as possible. – Les Brown.

We all live with some form of drama and chaos in our lives. Think of a time when your friend may have been going through a very traumatic and heart wrenching break-up and how you were there to help them get through it all.  And yes, there was probably a lot of drama involved with the whole process.  Chances are, your friend got over it, healed and moved on.

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By Kimberley Langford

People see themselves as the centre of the universe and judge everything as it relates to them.” -Peace Pilgrim

When we believe that we are the centre of the universe we come directly from ego and go through life wearing blinders. We don’t see the whole picture and we don’t view others realistically or with compassion.

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The Clock’s-A-Tickin’…Isn’t It About Time You Started Reclaiming Your Dreams?

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You have the patience the strength and the passion to achieve your ambitions, your goals and your dreams.  All you need to do now, is try.” – Anon

In my previous blog article I discussed the role that dream stealers can play when it comes to our buying into the erroneous belief that we won’t ever achieve our dreams and fulfill our passion in life.  Now that we’ve explored this we need to take the next step.

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Are the Dream Stealers from your past still playing head games with you?

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“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
Steve Maraboli, “Life, the Truth, and Being Free

I’d like you to think back to the first time, that you can remember, when someone put down your dreams or future plans.

How old where you? Where were you when this happened? And who was it who put down your dreams or future plans?  Were they an authority figure such as a parent or parent-figure, older relative, or teacher?

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Saying Good Bye to Last Year….2016 and a Hearty Happy New Year to 2017!

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New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” ― Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe

During the past year we’ve seen a lot of changes and events in this world….some very positive, and some were downright evil. It’s during the first days of the New Year that we begin to think about and then make New Year’s resolutions.  How many of them fall by the way side and why?  Is it because we make them to please someone else and then, make them half-heartedly or is it because we’d like to make those changes but just aren’t ready to…yet?

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The Entitlement Generation – As parents are we responsible?

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While I was growing up in the 1970’s I was a part of a growing statistic of children referred to as the “Latchkey generation.” My mother, who had separated and later divorced my father, was one of those women who had to work outside of the home. Living on welfare was not an option for her. She was and will always be a woman who prides herself on being independent, working through her challenges and being empowered.  She worked at a bank during the day and went to University at night to become an Accountant. She later went on to be the first female controller of an Oil refinery as well as a successful entrepreneur.

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Silenced Woman- An Excerpt from “The Evolving Woman Series…Daily Reflections”

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Silenced Woman
Silenced Woman has lost her voice. It has been stolen from her. It
keeps her from speaking up and telling her truth.
Many times, this occurs during childhood. She may have been told
that “nice girls don’t say things like that!” or, she may have been

punished for asking the wrong question, or for speaking up for herself.
Often times it will continue into adulthood. She may also fi nd herself
in abusive relationships where the punishment for speaking her mind
results in such consequences as verbal attacks, fi nancial abuse, or
physical abuse.
Silenced Woman is often thought of as shy or quiet. Many times, a
Silenced Woman is a people-pleaser who says and does what she’s
told to do. She does not counter abuse with assertiveness, nor does
she engage in debates.

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