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Toxin Free For (Grand)Baby & Me!

Toxin Free For Baby & Me!I recently moved back to Vancouver (last autumn, to welcome my first grandbaby into the world) and at the same time was introduced to a more organic lifestyle. Though I can’t say I have completely made the transition, I am taking baby steps every day that are having a positive influence on my well-being and vitality.

The change that has had a major impact on my health is my switch to 100% non-toxic personal care products. I would not have believed (without experiencing it firsthand) the difference that using certified toxic-free products has made to the way my body FEELS – and my energy level is off the charts!  It has truly been life-changing for me, and the main reason I got involved in the company that manufactures these amazing products was that I did NOT want my sweet grandson Riley to have manmade chemical toxins put on his skin day in and day out, because I know that those chemicals are absorbed into the skin and accumulate, causing potential health problems.

I’m not about pushing products or a home-based business opportunity. I know that the people who resonate with what I believe in and what this company stands for will eventually be attracted to that aspect of what I’m doing.  But I do believe that EVERY parent and grandparent has the right to know the truth about what is really in the big brands they’ve been using for years!

If you are open to information, if you are looking for a better alternative, if you want to find out how to easily protect your family’s health – then please visit www.bit.ly/GlammaGoesGreenVideos and select “The Toxic Truth.”

I look forward to hearing your questions and feedback!


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Freedom lies in being bold…

freedom-3“Freedom lies in being bold.”
~ Robert Frost

I recently moved cross-country and began a transitional job that I thought I was going to love, but it turned out that the work involved was absolutely not a match for me.  Completing a 7 hour shift felt like an eternity.  My co-workers were all friendly and caring people, and I genuinely admire their ability to focus their energies day after day to dedicated fundraising efforts on behalf of the charities they serve, but it just wasn’t my thing.

I’m gratefully willing to acknowledge my path lies in a different direction.  I understand that the opportunity in front of me has been there for awhile, but I am only now ready to receive it.  My daughter turns 21 this year, and she was a just a little girl when I wrote on my vision board that I wanted to “exclusively use high-quality organic personal care products” and “have a business that provides me with the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world, and be part of a global community of amazing friends and business associates.”

I’m so happy that Essante Organics is that business, and my vision has come to reality!!  I have waited all my life to find this opportunity, and I’m delighted to now wholeheartedly invest my full-time energies and talents in sharing the many life-enhancing (and life-changing!) health & happiness benefits of a toxic-free life.The products, the people, the compensation plan…it’s all an unmistakeable example of the fun and momentum in choosing to say ‘yes!’ in perfect timing as the world goes green.

I appreciate this incredible business model that creates a lasting positive impact upon this beautiful living earth, simply by educating and empowering people to choose greater planetary and personal health & wealth. I’m enjoying the outstanding mentoring and training available at no charge, and the company of the caring and generous people I have met here.

I especially adore the fact that my Essante Organics business provides me with the freedom to donate to programs and people who empower and uplift the many unremembered girls in our world who are ready to transcend the bonds of gender inequality.  To do that they need an education, and to go to school requires resources that are very often unavailable.  I have pledged to donate to programs like PLAN International’s “Because I AM A Girl” because I my research reveals that every 2 seconds a girl becomes a child bride somewhere in the world, the leading cause of death globally in teenage girls is childbirth, and girls are 3 times as likely as boys to be malnourished in developing countries.  It’s my heartfelt belief that it’s time for every kind of poverty, violence and slavery that millions of girls worldwide experience daily to give way to a more equitable and just life.

I will support programs that educate girls because research shows that millions of girls are not receiving an education right at a time when it has the power to transform their lives and the world around them. A girl who makes it through both high quality primary and secondary education is…

  • …less likely to experience violence or marry and have children whilst she is still a child.
  • …more likely to be literate, healthy and survive into adulthood, as are her children.
  • …more likely to reinvest her income back into her family, community and country.
  • …more likely to understand her rights and be a force for change.

It’s my personal vision that as each of us speaks our intent for the future and offers our energies (focus, time, and money) to the upliftment and empowerment of humanity, positive change can occur. My business mission is to teach and mentor you personally to live in healthy and abundant well-being, with the (time & financial) freedom to realize your dreams and live your true purpose… and to have you inspire others to do the same, as we work together to birth loving and sustainable solutions for our world.

I’m deeply grateful to have a business, and a life, that supports my vision.

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Day 3: Seeing the Good

My first introduction to the self-growth and personal development field was nearly twenty-five years ago while working a temporary job at a major book publishing company. Boxes of new titles arrived at the office weekly, and among them were newly released offerings by Louise Hay and Susan Jeffers.  I learned about the importance of positive thought and mindset and intention as I was in the midst of making – let’s just call them “questionable”  – major life choices.

Fast forward a good number of personal growth books, courses, and affirmations later, and I became a mom for the first time at the ripe old age of 29.  My own mother had given birth to me (her only child) at 41, a fact which I was to regard with some awe and much greater respect later in life.  I remember thinking at 45, “I can’t imagine having a 4 year-old at this point.”

Motherhood dramatically changed the way I looked at life and the possibilities ahead. After my daughter was born (four years after her older brother), I left their biological father and began a new chapter.  I remember journalling every day until there were no more tears left to cry, releasing all of the anger and grief I felt at losing the dream of our happy family.  It never really was, though…I recall the peace I felt when he finally moved away to another province and left us to rebuild our lives.

I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty upbeat person and I continued to work on positive affirmations and goal-setting.  But I didn’t experience as much success as I’d hoped for – I allowed a lack of support from my then-partner to tank my network marketing business, I gained a LOT of weight, and I came to a point where I needed to rethink my whole outlook and lifestyle.  I left my job and started a virtual assistant business for coaches (after being introduced to coaching through bartering my services for free coaching sessions.)  I learned a great deal about the law of attraction, the business of coaching and the steps for success. Around that time I also discovered Abraham-Hicks, whose uplifting message absolutely resonated for me then – and still does today!

But even though I “knew” intellectually what was required for success in health, relationships and wealth, and I had done a personal excavation and was (at least somewhat) aware of what was holding me back, I didn’t experience the success I was seeking.  After long years of study and application I was still doing battle with debilitating fears that kept me playing small.  “Not smart enough, not good enough, just NOT ENOUGH” was the mantra I would hear every time I attempted to step outside of my comfort zone.  I isolated myself and wondered why, no matter how great my desire, I couldn’t translate theory to reality.

Truthfully, it wasn’t until I allowed myself to seek soulful support – which specifically helped me transform my long-held fears and blockages – that things really began to shift.  I began to understand how to actually put into practice the concepts I’d learned, and how to finally release the limitations that I’d permitted to hold me captive for so long.  The incredible changes that have taken place in my life in the last couple of years  (and the last few months in particular) have left me feeling as though I’m living in an entirely different Universe.

And despite the sometimes rocky journey it took to get here, I’m seeing the good in all things.

And so, I believe,  can you.


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DAY #2 of the Daily Blogging Challenge!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Blogging Challenge!

Wait, where is Day 1? Sadly, day 1 has been procrastinated away, diminished by negative self-talk and multiple self-induced distractions.

Previously, I would have just dropped out of the challenge and pretended it (my registration and commitment) never happened.

But since last November, when I left a certain relationship for the last time and moved to a new city a two-hour drive away, I have invested the luxury of time to myself in Sacred Self Care and inner reflection. In that time I have surrendered to the knowing that not doing things perfectly does not equal failure.

I have discovered that my overarching theme in 2014 is authentic self-expression and soul connection. This blog is a part of that; I don’t even know, sometimes, if I have the necessary courage to commit to 31 days of writing.

But then I remind myself that I’ve already completed one other 40-day daily exercise, and I won Gold & Bronze at the local Curves® for number of workouts and inches lost during their Olympics competition. These recent events are fueling both my desire and the momentum to continue growing and stretching and celebrating my uniqueness.

These next 29 days of the March Blogging Challenge will be about my inner and outer journey, with the intention that those who resonate with my message may be uplifted and inspired, and those that do not will happily drift away.

In my posts I will be sharing my favourite resources and inspirations, my joy, my stories, and my Energy. I will be sharing my experiences and what has uniquely shaped this human existence for me. I will be exploring the question of how I can best express my gifts at this time in my life, and how my path meanders along the way.

And I am inviting each of you who may feel called to share this journey with me to respond – please do send me your feedback on Serendipity’s Garden blog posts or anything else your sweet heart desires.

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Life When Stretched Is Celebration

“Sound when stretched is music.

Movement when stretched is dance.

Mind when stretched is meditation.

Life when stretched is celebration.”

~ Ravi Shankar

The theme of this blog is Celebrating Abundant Living: Body, Mind, and Spirit, so the above quote really resonated with me.

I have stretching myself by focusing my energies on expansion and stepping out of my comfort zone in many ways, and I am feeling refreshed and re-energized.  I find myself awakening rested and inspired, with an eager sense of adventure for the new day.  I feel absolutely on target to manifest miracles…as Abraham-Hicks says “ You know when you’re on the brink of it when it feels like the next logical step.” 

I invite you to take a moment to think about how and where you are stretching your life into celebration, and I invite you to post your responses!