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YOU vs The Grocery Store…

Published April 30, 2013 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

You vs The Grocery Store:

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I’ve decided that one of the most frightening places on the planet today is a grocery store. The responsibility of providing daily healthy meals for my family is a daunting task. I try to go for local whenever possible, the whole 100 mile diet is really appealing, especially here in BC, where they are pretty conscious about pesticides. Next I try for organic and from Canada, thirdly just from Canada. I skip the imported stuff unless I really need something for a recipe. If imported, it needs to be organic.

Lurking in the middle isles are foods known to cause horrendous disease and decay. Packages proclaiming to contain “all natural ingredients” only to have a bunch of crap I can’t even pronounce in the ingredient list. I try to stay mostly to the outside isles, although there is a lot of controversy as to whether dairy or meat should be included in our diets too, and no packaged stuff, no gluten, and no processed foods. What about fish, are we worried about lead and mercury? How about radiation? Doesn’t leave much does it?

What I find the most disturbing is watching other shoppers filling their carts with things I wouldn’t in my wildest dreams imagine buying, never mind giving to my family. I watched a man in his fifty’s today move his bag of frozen fries and packaged burritos put three six packs of Pepsi 500ml bottles into his cart. It was all I could do not to intervene. How could he do that to his body? Doesn’t he see his unhealthy pallor, and huge gut?

I sound judgemental don’t I? Well the thing is, is that I feel genuine concern for these people. I want to save them, but they don’t want to be saved. But if people aren’t willing to try a major change in lifestyle, they don’t want to hear just how fabulous it is. Survival of the fittest is a choice in our society.

I learned this working with the best supplement company on the planet, Isagenix. The products are all natural, no artificial colours, sweeteners, fillers or additives. Hormone and antibiotic free whey protein with no casein or lactose. Pretty awesome stuff, check it out here:

The company is dedicated to help rid our bodies of toxins while providing the highest nutrition possible. Finally, fast food I can feel good about giving to my kids! It takes 30 seconds to make a shake, which they split every morning and the LOVE it! All the protein, vitamins and minerals they need to help them through their morning, and building blocks to muscle and brain development. I also give my daughter a meal replacement bar when she’s off to skate for 90min, and now she doesn’t come off the ice half way through her lesson starving. It’s made a huge impact on our lives.

I personally lost 26lbs in 2011 doing 4 consecutive 30 day systems. I still take two shakes a day with healthy snacks and a healthy dinner, plus the vitamins, Ionix Supreme and Cleanse for life. Here’s the info:Isagenix President’s Pack. Any questions? Feel free to message me!

Namaste

Figure Skating Requires Mult-Figure Income!

Published April 27, 2013 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

 

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Figure Skating: 

I’m still having heart palpitations after receiving the invoice for my seven year old daughter’s private figure skating lessons. $294.50 to be exact. That is on top of the $425 for four sessions a week, an hour to an hour and a quarter each. That is also on top of the $138 in group lessons. I have to write them all separately as if I add them up I will pass out and won’t be able to write this, I’m sure you understand.

It all started when she was four. I signed her up for skating lessons at the local recenter and thought that while I was there I would take my then two year old son on the ice. I had the sense to put spikes on my shoes rather than skates, as my own skating skills are a little shaky and I knew if I had to carry him I wouldn’t be able to. During the 30min lesson, I didn’t have much time to do anything but cast the odd glance towards my daughter, as my son kept me very busy. He HATED skating, didn’t like being cold, was trying simultaneously to rip off his skates, helmet, and gloves while climbing up me (thank God for those spikes!).

At the end of the lesson, my daughter and her class met us back at the exit door off the ice and the instructor asked me “how long has she been skating for” looking expectantly at me. I looked at the big clock on the wall, uh… well, 30 min I guess, how long was the lesson? She then proceeded to tell me that my daughter was a natural and that I should consider putting her in twice a week, as the “ice time” makes all the difference. I told her I would consider it.

The following week I didn’t bother taking my son on the ice so I had a chance to watch her. She was shuffling along, but she didn’t really fall down, and if she did she popped right back up again. She finished that session and took the summer off. When she was five we went back the following winter and I signed her up for twice a week. I couldn’t believe how fast she improved, the instructor was right, it was all about ice time! When those sessions were finished we followed a friend’s daughter to the Canskate program, which is run by private figure skating clubs around town.

To make a longish story short, she ended up signing up for the full Canskate program when she was six, she did two lessons a week for six months and passed from level 1 to level 7 and received two awards, one for passing the maximum amount of levels in a season, and one for passing 3 or more levels in one season.

Then the good news came! She had been accepted to the Junior Figure Skating Team in two different clubs in town. I let her choose which one she would join. We signed up for the Summer session, five mornings a week for five weeks. The improvement was amazing! She has now completed a full season of Junior and two competitions, one she received Bronze and one Silver. The next one is in August and she’s aiming for GOLD!

Is it worth all that money? You wouldn’t need to ask if you saw her face when she’s on the ice. It makes it all worth while. I’ve had other parents come up to me and comment on her when she’s on the ice “Wow, she’s so happy when she’s on the ice, she just lights right up!”, “You can really tell that she loves to be out there, she really has fun”. And I can see it too. So we keep it going. Plus, it’s good teenage insurance right? Keep em busy and out of trouble!! I have to say, the Senior team is full of great teens that have a great bond, are dedicated to their sport and are skating morning and evening several times a week. Much better than hanging out in front of 7-Eleven if you ask me.

The next bill? Summer camp, $625… plus God only knows how much in private lessons etc. Guess I’d better get to work!

Namaste

F#^$ Science!!

Published April 26, 2013 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

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F***ing Science: 

Ok so here I am, for the like 39th time sitting down to write my blog for the day and trying to think of something to write other than what happened today. Obviously not an option as I can’t think of a single other thing to write!

So here goes. I got called into the Principle’s office today at my kids school. My son, who is 5, and goes to Kindergarten wrote the F word all over his science worksheet today, basically til he got the spelling right. Needless to say, I was pretty shocked. And a tiny bit impressed that his spelling and writing was so good. No, I was shocked and appalled, really I was. SIGH. There is seriously always something. The teacher was not impressed, looking to me for an explanation. Like I sent him to school this morning with explicit instructions: “Have a great day at school honey, give Mommy a kiss. That’s a good boy. Now don’t forget to write Fuck all over your school work! See you after school!”. Ugh….

So my question was how on earth did he figure out how to write that and why the choice of colourful words? Well, he explained that there were a couple of grade 5 boys who were showing off their fantastic vocabularies at recess. Then, since he wasn’t happy with his diagram of dragon fly that he had drawn, he decided to make it clear that things weren’t going as planned, by writing how he felt on the paper. Well it worked, he certainly got everyone’s attention!

This is not the first issue we have had at school, if you have read my previous blogs you will see a couple of other issues we have faced in the last few months. In fact, it seems like there is never a dull moment with my kids, as I mentioned earlier, there is always something. Last week he peed in a garbage can in the boys bathroom. The teacher was horrified. Turns out one stall was occupied (by the kid that ratted him out) and the other one had an out of order sign stuck to it. What, I asked, was he supposed to do? Really, he was using his problem solving skills, he couldn’t wait, didn’t know where else to go and didn’t want to have an accident… it’s only peeing on garbage for Pete’s sake!

The week before that he was caught on film poking one of the other kids during a class photo. The list goes on: taking toys to school for show and tell when it’s not his day, bringing toys home from school to do show and tell at home and being accused of stealing. Gosh, it’s not much fun being in Kindergarten anymore is it!! Or maybe not if you are a bit of a free spirit, better if you are one of those good quiet kids who doesn’t stir up any mischief.

Oh well, I’ll keep you posted on the next fiasco, maybe I’ll get lucky and it won’t be til the day after tomorrow!

Namaste

Facebook vs Fidelity

Published April 24, 2013 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

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Facebook vs Fidelity:

I read this article today: By Austin Blood, called Social Media Booty Call, published by the Huffington Post, l and I find that I can’t stop thinking about it now. I can never make up my mind about technology at the best of times.

I’ll admit, you won’t find me very often without my phone within hands reach, I have been known to take both my iPad and my iPhone with me if I know I’m going to be somewhere for a while, and at home I alternate between the two and my iMac. I love how easy it is to keep in touch on Facebook, you can catch little snippets of what your 300+ friends are up to in less than a minute! I do find it a little rattling sometimes though when I have to check my email, Facebook, home phone and cell phone voicemail when my clients want to book an appointment with me. Ahhh, the old days of a quick phone call are far behind us.

But that isn’t what got me thinking today. The article by Austin Blood was about how the internet is undoing marriages at an alarming rate, Facebook being up there at number one. I haven’t ever though of Facebook in this way, although I know some of my single girl friends sure do. I see their ever changing profile photos, full hair and make up, sultry poses, sometimes even professionally shot. I never really got that, how on earth you would use that to your advantage in the dating world but I guess I’ve been out of the game for too long. Coming up 10 years to be exact.

I don’t really get the whole internet dating thing, although I’m not knocking it, I know it works for millions of people out there. I personally feel the need to have some real life contact to see if the chemistry is there. If it’s not, then I’m not interested. I don’t like the wide scope of lies made possible when hiding behind a computer. Number one being, are you married?? Never mind the whole I’m dating an axe murdered, or con man. What about Mr Tall Dark n Handsome turning out to be a toad with a good profile pic?

The fact that there are websites set up for the sole purpose of married people meeting up when feeling bored, neglected or sorry for themselves is really beyond me. As Austin points out in his article, it’s so incredibly easy,  all the work is taken out of it. You wait til your mate is occupied, log on, click here and there and you don’t even have to explain why you were late coming home from work or ask your buddies for an alibi, well until things get really out of control. Pretty scary stuff.

Call me crazy but why not try and improve the relationship you have? Or get out of it? I can’t really stand the deception, I would rather have it straight up. Luckily for me, so far anyhow, my husband only uses the computer to Skype his family or look up soccer scores. Phew!

And me? Honestly can’t be bothered. I don’t believe the grass is ever greener on the other side. Relationships have ups and downs, all of them. You alternate between having a fabulous connection and wanting to strangle each other. That’s just life. Call me old fashioned but I think you are better off sticking with what you have, as long as it is fundamentally healthy and not damaging mentally or physically of course. So I would say, if you are in a decent relationship, back away from the dating sites, it’s just not worth it. Go with fidelity. Try a hobby instead, maybe one you can do together to cut down on the boredom.

That’s my two cents.

Namaste

Beads!

Published April 23, 2013 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

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Crystal Beads Jewelry: 

I spent the afternoon making crystal beads jewelry with my five and seven year old kids. You wouldn’t think a five year old boy would be interested in making bracelets and necklaces but he sat still for over an hour at a time, painstakingly threading the beads one at a time, trying to make sure they matched the colour scheme he had in mind. It was really awesome to behold as it’s been such a big hobby for me in the past and I had really lost touch with it. Once we got over the chaos of getting everything out and organized, and I had untangled, and they had re-tangled, and I had yet again untangled the fine silver wire and elastic we were good to go.

The beads we used were a mix of semi precious stones, which is why I say crystal beads. Amethyst, rose quartz, clear quartz, turquoise, citrine, smoky quartz, moonstone, lapis and fluorite to name a few. All of these stones are beautiful and make amazing, affordable jewelry while having the benefit of some healing properties:

Rose quartz is light pink. It is a stone of unconditional love, heart and healing. It is a great stone for just about anyone to wear and will help with calming, friendship and feelings of peace. Read more about it here: Rose Quartz

Amethyst is a form of quartz. It is a great stone for inner peace and healing, meditation, communication and stress relief. It comes in a range of gorgeous purple. Read more about it here:Charms of Light, Amethyst

Fluorite is one of my favourite stones. It comes in many shades, each slightly unique. It is a rainbow of translucent colours, in purple, smokey grey, green, pink, yellow, brown and blue. It is a stone that helps to ground nervous or excessive energy, so great for kids, and also a powerful healing stone. Check out more about fluorite here: Shimmerlings, Fluorite

Clear and smokey quartz are abundant stones which are easy to work with. I love all types of quartz and they all vary depending on clarity and colour. They are great for mental alertness, balance, energy and focus. Every home should have quartz to help balance the energy in the house. Read more about quartz here: Charms of Light, Clear Quartz

I’m so excited to get to share one of my biggest passions with my kids, which is the crystals themselves, the jewelry for me is really just a vessel, a way for me to wear the stones I love the most… usually all at the same time if I can get away with it! I just can’t get enough!

And to see the boy who can’t sit still at school for five minutes sit and make me a necklace for an hour was so heartwarming. I will never forget it. I loved every minute! (after I got everything untangled of course lol).

Anyhow, I am off to bed to dream up some new designs for us to make. Might have to stop off at the bead store or the Rock shop tomorrow. Guess it’s time to take off my six bracelets and two necklaces now, sigh…

Namaste

Yoga Yogi

Published April 22, 2013 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

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Yoga:

Today I want to share with you one of the most important changes that I have made in my life over the last few months, which is practicing yoga regularly. For me, regularly means Monday to Friday whenever possible. Weekends are harder for me seeing as I work on Saturdays and Sundays is declared Family Day in our household.

I started doing Bikram’s Hot yoga after buying a series of three Groupons for different studios around the city about 18 months ago. I’m bad for getting excited, buying a Groupon and then waiting until the day it expires to actually get around to redeeming it, but I did and WOW am I ever happy about that decision!!! I got to try out three different studios for 30 days, and each had it’s own vibe!

I feel like I need to be clear here that I am on the fence as to whether I’m fan of Bikram Choudhury himself, especially in light of what he’s been up to lately, but that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about Hatha Yoga, which happens in this case to be done in a series of 26 poses in 90 minute smokin hot classes that change only a tiny bit here and there  depending on the instructor. (The gentle ones hold things for a reasonable time, whereas the masochists make you hold it “on the edge” until you are praying for mercy!). Or really any kind of yoga that appeals to you and helps you gain a better balance in your life.

Yoga is an ancient practice designed to help detoxify the body, relieve stress, improve balance, physical health and mental clarity just to name a few benefits. I find the time to myself, although I really had to get used to allowing myself that time, really helps me maintain the balance in my life. I have more patience with my kids, I am more productive and more focused when I am working, and I feel that I am more open and creative as well.

Currently I’m using a four month pass, of which I have about three months left. I am thinking once this one is used up, I may experiment with different options, Kundalini is really appealing to me for it’s added spiritual benefits, so I may try that next. I have an extensive exercise background, hours at the gym on free weights and machines, and also having tried various boot camps, circuit training, running (well, more like jogging in my case I guess), TRX (which I still love) Insanity, and Crossfit. I have to say, although you can get an incredible workout with any of those, but nothing compares to the peace that I feel during and after a yoga class. I can’t say before as often I am fighting traffic on my way there, not feeling so zen!!

My absolute favourite posture is, of course, the one that originally scared me the most in the beginning; Camel pose. I despised it for the first few classes, feeling that I would pass out if I went back that far. Then one day an instructor gave me his advice about how to slowly come into the posture, looking back and breathing. Then come out of the posture just as I had come into it, and bring my head up last. This information has proven invaluable to me, as once I was able to finally complete the posture properly I couldn’t believe how fantastic it made me feel. There is something very spiritual about being that open, having your heart fully exposed. It is now the posture I look forward to the most, as I anticipate that pure connection. I’m always a combination of exhilarated from the posture itself and a little sad that it’s over and I have to wait til the next class to do it again.

Interested in seeing the postures? Check them out:

Bikram Poses

I highly recommend everyone to give it a try, incorporate some yoga into your everyday life and see where it takes you!

Namaste

Certified Angel Card Reader!

Published April 22, 2013 by Dee ~ Archangel Oracle

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I’m proud to announce I am now officially a licensed and certified Angel Card Reader, through Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine and Hay House Publishing. I am really excited about this as I have always felt a connection to the Angels, and now I can help other people connect to theirs.

During this whole whirlwind weekend at You Can Do It, Vancouver, I have learned so much I couldn’t even begin to cover it all in one blog, but I can tell you this. We are not alone, and it’s time to use our resources, one person connecting to another, to the Earth, (Happy Earth Day Mother Earth, so much love to you), and to the light. We can change this world for the better by having faith and belief in ourselves and teaching it to as many people as we can.

This is a new age, we all know it. In order to progress, to evolve, we must recognize, appreciate and adapt to the changes coming. There is an end and a beginning. We are to the point that if we don’t make some major changes, we won’t have this beautiful place to live anymore. We need to discard our old thoughts that we are only one small human being in a big scary world and see beyond ourselves to a bigger picture.

What can you offer the world that will help to heal it? What if it is your gift to the world that will create the change that will propel us into a new type of being? Stop right there if you are thinking “Me? Oh, I don’t have one” or some such nonsense as that. We ALL have at least one gift to share with the world. We just need to find and connect with it. We need to reach deep into our hearts and souls and stop denying what we hear. Stop wasting time at jobs that we hate, stop eating foods that are killing us, and stop living outside love.

Look around you, there is still so much beauty here. Lets make a difference before it is too late. I urge you to meditate on it. Start by eliminating anything that doesn’t feel light and right to you, one piece at a time. Delve into your spirit and find what really makes you feel passionate, as that is your true gift to the world, whether your Mother, brother or spouse realizes it.

Now please understand that I am not suggesting that you “quit your day job” tomorrow if you are not in the financial position to do so. What I am suggesting is to take a leap of faith inward, and start the process by slowly chipping away the old and making room for the new. Make your passion your hobby to start and see where it takes you. Not sure even where to start? Start by asking questions and meditating to hear the answers. Praying to whatever higher power you believe in. Practicing kindness to yourself and others. Writing. Dreaming. Turning off the distractions and spending some time contemplating, particularly outside, where you can connect to the Earth.

Still need some guidance? I am here to help you, contact me at empoweronemillion@gmail.com for an Angel Reading. For the rest of April I will offer a free one card reading to a question submitted to me. I am here to help. Longer readings can be arranged by email as well.

How are You going to change the world?

Happy Earth Day,

 

Namaste

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