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DAY 12: Take ACTION and Transform Your Life!

Enjoy the little thingsQuestions of the day: Are you going through the motions in life? Is life a series of dreary, weary, bleak chores and activities? Has the fun been sucked out of your life? Do you spend more time in the ‘complain-blame-pain’ zone and little or no time in the joyous/thankful/loving zone?

Do you see/hear/feel the world around you closing in? Do you find yourself often very negative about people, events and things around you? Are you constantly taking things personal? Do you feel stuck, stressed out and burnt out? You may just be lacking some good old-fashioned F.U.N!

Perhaps, it is time to STOP! Take a pause from the game of life, reflect and reestablish a new attitude and approach to life and begin to live more meaningfully, passionately and purposefully. Of what use is life if you are not living it fully?  You are not here to get by, you were created to soar! In the words of Maya Angelou: ‘Your purpose in life is not to merely survive, rather it is to thrive! 

At the core of our transformational Training, Leadership and Coaching programs at Whole Woman Network, are principles of Self-Love, Self-Accountability and Self-Leadership. You have the unique gift and ability to co-create your life and design your destiny. Own it!Rule

DAY 12: WWN Reflection-November 12, 2013

Today’s focus is on FUN! How to bring back love, life and laughter into your life. The keys to having fun in life are Passion, Presence and Purpose.

You have to take time to do what you love. Our passions re-charge us. They help us relax, refresh, rejuvenate our senses and bring clarity to what’s really important in our lives. You must be present and have a deep sense of awareness to really experience the fullness of life. Always take a moment to bask in the glory of being alive. Celebrate the fact that you’re here, still standing!Getting Old

Listen more, feel all your feelings, scream out loud, pause to take deep breaths, listen to music, dance, read a good book, watch a movie, take a walk, have a makeover, do some gardening, go racing, biking, go shopping, engage in fun sporting activities, hang out with friends, sing out loud, spend time with family, meditate or go for a personal/group retreat, compile a bucket list and take action on it, take a trip, enjoy the beauty of silence, explore your world, do something or do nothing at all and simply take a fun rest!

Remember, no matter how much you love a good job, it can never love you back! And, no matter how well you run the rat race, even if you win it, you are still a rat. Sometimes we are so busy chasing a living that we forget to actually live. So have fun and do the things you love because you only get one chance to live the life you want. Reach out and take it!

Be yourself and enjoy being yourself. Fun is the birthplace of creativity, originality and success. It allows you to persevere even when the path seems blocked. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” ~Dale Carnegie~

Are you Struggling to discover what you really love doing? Not sure of what your purpose is? Not certain about what is fun anymore? Pay attention to the PATTERNS and PASSIONS and PAINS in your LIFE. What makes you alive, what gives you incredible joy, what makes time disappear, what would you do with love and gratitude even if you were need paid for it? Become more present, for as you allow your life to unfold naturally, so also does your passion and purpose manifest.

Time fliesWe are here to Heal, Create, Share and above all, to LOVE and ENJOY our experiences! Your passion and purpose are woven into your every hour, so become present always, ‘cos every single moment counts. Become more aware of what gives you joy and also what causes you pain.

As you embrace the courage to heal your pain, you naturally begin to create new and amazing experiences ad passions, and then you share this awakened real YOU with your world, in a spirit of unconditional love. Your passion is hidden in your pain and they both combine to mask your purpose.

Enjoy the wonder of life as you focus on that which makes your spirit sing, your heart bleed and your soul stir…it is a fire that can never burn out, it is a hunger that can never be quenched, it is a story that must be told. Your purpose is eternal, it lives on beyond you. You are a sacred vessel of magnificence! Live passionately, powerfully and purposefully. Have fun doing it!

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The preceding is a guest post from Juliet Ume, MBA –Strategic Interventionist, Wealth Management Consultant & Leadership-Coach at Whole Woman Network. Juliet is an avid Life Connoisseur and a passionate advocate of WomEntrepreneurship, Leadership Training, Investment & Financial Literacy for women. Her mission is simply to engage, educate and empower women, regardless of their levels of income or background, to return to ‘wholeness’ and live Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier Lives using Faith-based, Scientific and Universal (Common-Sense) principles! Follow her on Twitter: @wholewomaninc, @julietumeinc.

De-clutter! Detox! De-stress! Spring Cleaning for Your Home, Body and Life. (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1:  De-clutter – Spring Cleaning of the Home!

With spring, a season of nature’s renewal, well underway, it is a good time for us to renew ourselves with what I like to call the three D’s; De-clutter, Detox and De-stress. Very important to our overall well-being but too many of us do not get round to doing any one of the three. clean up

Why De-clutter, Detox and De-stress?  They all mean the same thing but address different areas of our lives; we De-clutter our homes, Detox our bodies and De-stress our minds! It is a wonderful way to rejuvenate our bodies,  free our minds and create spaces (spiritually, metaphorically and physically) for the wonderful things and people we want in our lives. Besides, your junk could be another persons’s treasure, why hang on to things you do not need or use?

Here are some ways you can achieve all of the 3 D’s.

De-clutter – Spring Cleaning of the Home!

Our immediate environment often reflects the state of our minds. Do you have a store of ‘treasures’ you seem to never get the time to sort? Are there items still in (a) box(s) from your last move, well over a year ago, that you have not and don’t seem likely to get to anytime soon?  Are there appliances and ‘important’ papers that you never seem to need or use but are taking up precious counter space? Is your closet full of old or fairly new clothes that you never wear but think you must have? If you answer yes to any or all these questions, then you are not alone and there is a way out.

Trying to tackle this issue can be overwhelming, especially in the case where items have accumulated over years, but it is achievable. It is one of those things that you really do need to approach in a very systematic way.  For those who have the resources who can hire a professional organizer to come in and work with you to get this done, by all means do so! it is money well spent. But those who cannot afford this or would rather channel available funds elsewhere, this is for you. Follow these tips; they will help you move forward.

  1. The first rule is, do not despair! This is one problem that definitely has a solution.
  2. Designate a donation box where you will put everything you think still has some use in them and could be used by others even though you may no longer have any use for them. This will cover from clothes to shoes, books, appliances, crockery, linen and even furniture. Granted you cannot put furniture in a box but you can put it aside
  3. If you have the space, create a designated area, either in the basement, shed or garage, to keep all these items together as you accumulate them. I however prefer to keep a donation box in each bedroom to be readily available throughout the length of this exercise.
  4. Start off by time-blocking at least half an hour every day to de-cluttering. Note that it does not matter what time of the day you schedule this in but make a firm DECISION to complete everything on your ‘to do’ list. Have a ‘Task-Consequences-Rewards’ mechanism to keep yourself on track. This creates a sense of a commitment and accountability. Regard this as an appointment or ‘contract’ with yourself.  Keep it!
  5. How do you decide what goes into the box? Here’s a simple rule of thumb: If you have not used the item for 6 months or more, you are most unlikely to need or use it; it is a sure candidate for donation or trashing. Either way, decide to get rid of it, today!
  6. Get the family involved. This can be difficult, especially if they are not usually involved with chores. It is necessary for all other members of the family to take responsibility in de-cluttering the house.  It is also a great way to create some family bonding time.
  7. Pace yourself and put things away methodically.  This is easier said than done! And if you have the attention span of a gnat like I do, after a while, it becomes tedious and boring. Switch it up by alternating chores and taking breaks in between.
  8. Play some good music as you organize your stuff. Choose “Pick-me-up” tunes that would keep you feeling like dancing, it does incredible things to your energy level. By all means sing along if you want.
  9. Keep at it till your box is full. At this point take a look around, could you still do with some more clearing? If yes, then do so.
  10. Take the reusable items in your box to the nearest donation centre and throw away all unusable items. Consider having a garage sale. It’s a fun way to meet people in your neighbourhood and get some extra cash too! And remember to reward yourself for your efforts and make sure you have lots of F.U.N in the process! spring cleaning

P.S: There are many wonderful organizations that you may donate your gently used items such as furniture, clothing, utensils to. Examples are Value Village (www.valuevillage.ca), Salvation Army (www.salvationarmy.ca) and Goodwill Stores (www.goodwill.on.ca). Visit their websites for any additional information.

Bloggers Note: This blog post is part 1 of 3 in my spring cleaning series: “De-clutter! Detox! De-stress! Spring Cleaning for Your Home, Body and Life!” Visit WWN’s blog for subsequent posts #2 (Detox – Spring cleaning for the body!) and #3 (De-stress – Spring cleaning for your life!)


The preceding is a guest post from Diana Barikor, M.Ed- Program Manager at Whole Woman Network. Diana is an Educator and Community Developer with over 15 years experience. She’s passionate about facilitating conversations on growth and empowerment for women both personally and professionally. She engages life with a deep sense of curiosity and an understanding that development issues are dynamic and always evolving. Follow Whole Woman Network on Twitter @wholewomaninc.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day…

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“Let us go forward with courage, conviction and commitment, with the message that women’s issues are global issues that deserve urgent priority. There can be no peace, no progress as long as women live under the fear of violence”. ~Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women.

The future for women looks brighter than ever as we celebrate another international women’s day. Over 160 countries around the world have enacted laws that address the issue of violence against women. In the past decade alone, more than ever before in our modern history, more women have risen to positions of authority in different countries around the world. This has helped to break down some of the traditions and stereotypes that often support violence against women.

It has also placed women in a unique position to both enact and influence policy that will hopefully address and eliminate violence against women. It is clear that much has been achieved since the UN declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1993. Although, we should be proud of how far we have come, we must also be aware that a lot still needs to be done. Different women’s organizations and agencies along with governments and businesses will be engaged in a variety of events and activities to mark 2013’s International Women’s Day.

In Canada, the White Ribbon campaign is focusing on engaging Men and boys in the elimination of violence against women. The UN programme for gender equality in collaboration with UN Women is releasing a one-off single called One Woman. Even Wall Street (along with the Dow Jones), is joining in on the celebrations by recognizing female Executives of the past decade.

All over the world women will be coming together to acknowledge the successes and some of the challenges facing societies moving forward. What will you do in solidarity with other women on this important International Women’s  Day? You do not have to be a Malala Yousafzai, battling aggressive ignorance in a hostile environment. Recognize that in your day-to-day lives as mothers, lovers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends, bosses etc., you too are on the front lines and can contribute to the story of women.

Do something to acknowledge yourself, where you have come from and what you have achieved. It is the efforts of individual women and men that make up the foundation of our collective success, so own your part of the story. If you are a mother, you can work with your young children to build a ‘Society Tree’ with the roots made up of the traits that you believe underlay a violence-free and equitable society for women; for older children it can be getting them engaged in a discussion about the issues of a safe, violent-free world for all women.

If you are a wife, lover or friend, take your significant other through a journey of some of your challenges, triumphs and successes. Show them the beautiful, confident and loving person you are. Even if you start this as a one day activity each year, for that one day in the year, you would have created a sphere of positive energy for yourself and those around you. Try to expand this for more than one day in small ways, believe me, it becomes a deep-seated habit where you and those around you develop an awareness that makes violence harder to spread.

w day 3Remember, the most important person in your life is YOU! As the bible states and other major religions also espouse, treat your body as a sacred temple; this requires self-love and self-respect. Love and value yourself; learn to recognize signs of potential violence; remove yourself from a potentially violent situation or environment and do not be afraid to ask for help. This is a challenge we can only win individually and collectively, together! Happy International Women’s Day!


The preceding is a guest post from Diana Barikor, M.Ed- Program Manager at Whole Woman Network. Diana is an Educator and Community Developer with over 15 years experience. She’s passionate about facilitating conversations on growth and empowerment for women both personally and professionally. Her mission is simply to engage life with a deep sense of curiosity and an understanding that development is dynamic and always evolving. Follow Whole Woman Network on Twitter @wholewomaninc.