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She started with one student – today, she has taught over 500 students to dance!

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A few weeks ago, I met Sanchita Chakraborty, founder and artistic director of Bollywood Jig, at the Diversity Recruitment Event which I attended with the Canadian Armed Forces in New Brunswick. In between the sessions with the Armed Forces, we chatted about our passions and journeys to Canada and I was inspired by what she has been able to achieve as a newcomer, who arrived here only a few years ago.  She used her passion for dance to  add cultural diversity and integration to the shores of St. John’s.

Isn’t this great?

“We were founded in 2004 and we’ve been making audiences cheer, clap and tap their toes ever since. Our choreography is as diverse as our dancers. We range in age from 10 to 35, hail from South Asia to Salmonier, and have training in everything from traditional Chinese dance to salsa to hip hop. Like ballet and bungara, it’s dance that unites us. And the costumes. Can’t argue with the threads.” Bollywood Jig

 Her words, which inspired me the most were: “When I started, two students registered. Only one showed up but I decided to work with this one student, and together we created a masterpiece choreography.”
Today, she has taught over  500 students and lives her passion of dancing and teaching others to dance.  She works with various groups of individuals – from kids to youth and women who have retire from the workforce and who finally have the chance to live their passion of dancing.
What inspires her? “The tremendous amount of talent which the youth bring to the dance classes.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.” Tao Te Ching,
Whatever your dreams are, take a risk on them. Do not be discouraged. When passion and soul comes together, life cannot help but nod in approval.
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Get your copy of Mags Magazine – Soulful Encounters.  There are lots of inspirational stories to show that passion fuels dreams… and dreams do come true!
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New Release: Soulful Encounters, 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine

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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Eliot

Dear friends,

All of us have dreams but unless we take action, dreams remain to be just dreams.

The 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine is here after many months of hard work and it is indeed a beautiful dream come true.  What makes it more special, is that many of you who are reading this newsletter today, have been great supporters of my work in helping me to live my soul mission.  I am very grateful for this support.  Some of you have come as total strangers in my life but through kindness, love and soul connections, everyday moments have become soulful encounters to celebrate.

Soulful Encounters  is a very special edition which features inspiring people with a special feature on Gems of Kenya.  It even highlights an encounter with George Eliot, an 18th century writer and life lessons from four year old Sid St. Catherine!

This year, we will be printing 200 copies of Soulful Encounters – be one of the first to pre-order our special copy which I will autograph with a special message for you!

Click on the photo below to pre-order and remember you can also give one as a special gift to a special friend. Help me to spread the word and inspire more people to reach their own goals.

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I want to express my gratitude  to my partner Wilson Jn Baptiste who is also the editor in chief for the many hours which he has dedicated towards this magazine. His faith in me and my ability to rise each time I want to give up, is priceless and I am grateful to him for being that light and strength for me. Our graphic designer Mila Gertsenchtein – your touch …is golden. Thank you for your endless hours of work. Our photographer, Nyamulola Chiboli Kambanji – thank you for your endless hours of photography and doing such a fabulous job with the cover photo. Kores Musuni thank you for the photos from Kenya – it has added much delight to the magazine. To my readers and reviewers – I cannot thank you all enough. Celene Gyles, Laura Traplin, Wendy R Pilgrim-Michael, Priscilla Lucien, Mengistab Tsegaye,  Rima Aristocrat, Doina Tibu, Ghebre Issac, Hani Rached, Myrner Schmitt, Trevor and Dale Stevenson, Emily Cattelan-Legace,Christina Sang,Jane Adam, Laurie Jaeger – your contribution towards this issue has been priceless.

Thanks to our sponsors: Willis College, Auto Paradise Repair, World Skills Employment Centre, Phresh, Piton Vacation Villa, Sea Spray Cruises and Nature Expeditions.
Lastly, I  want to thank my children: Jelan, Ohri, Dawn and Kim – thank you all for your support.

Take small actions today and steer your dreams!  YOU can do it.  YOU too can live your soul mission.

Love,

Magdalene

 

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Celebration Party – Inspiration 2015

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Inspiration 2015! was fun, energizing, inspiring and simply soul-fulfilling! As promised, Wilson and I hosted our guests with music, travel experiences, writing and dancing! We have so much to be grateful for and to celebrate with a group of enthusiastic people was rejuvenating for our souls. As always, the universe conspires the moment we set the intention and every single detail fell in place – from getting the venue, securing Nile Groove, my favourite band in Ottawa, to play live music; to have two amazing inspirational speakers – Lisa Anna Palmer and Hani Rached. We honoured our earth angel Nubia Cermano who also blessed us with singing and music and brought her friends along to share in the celebration.  We shared our traveling experience to Kenya… now we have a group of excited people who want to go on an adventure!

Why do we put effort and energy in building Mags Magazine?  We do it because we believe that each one of us have a mission in life to fulfill.  Mags Magazine provides the inspiration for us to leap out of our comfort zones and live our  future now by living our soul mission every single day.

Here is a look at what happened at Inspiration 2015 and the inspirational messages from our speakers and entertainers. 

WilsonWilson Jn. Baptiste, CEO of Gems of Saint Lucia and Gems of Africa and I shared of our travelling experience to Magical Kenya. The audience were completely engaged with the  presentation and the photos from Kenya. Many have already expressed a desire to travel to Kenya.

This year,  the 2nd edition of Mags Magazine,  will expand to add a travel section.  Look out for our spotlight on Kenya!

Inspiration tip #1:  ‘Travel brings love and power back to your life.” Rumi.  Plan a trip…go somewhere…

Inspiration tip #2: Don’t give up on the little, tiny inklings of inspiration that pull at your heart strings.  If your imagination sparked a dream, there is a great chance that life will provide you with the opportunities to build on your dream.

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Hani Rached, a rising entrepreneur shared his story of how he is building a successful  enterprise right here in Ottawa.  He  came to Canada in 1990 from Lebanon and by 20o4 he purchased the garage where he worked as a mechanic and by 2012, he expanded his business by purchasing a new and bigger property to house the garage.  he has increased his team to  six staff, which also includes a young lady who is mechanic!

Inspiration tip #3: “I don’t see my customers as numbers. Every customer is important and I pay attention to their needs. It is important in our profession that we communicate effectively with our customers and that they leave our garage feeling happy and satisfied.”  Hani Rached. (Below with his staff)Hani and team

Mags adn Lisa - bookLisa Anna Palmer inspired us to get outside of our comfort zone, face our fears and move towards our dreams.  She shared her own experience of having a great fear of public speaking but now she is able to speak to increasingly larger audiences.  She  thinks back to the time that she could not even speak at her own wedding!

Inspiration tip#4: You, too, can begin by taking it one step at a time.  Go ahead, venture beyond your comfort zone.  Leap towards your heart’s desires so that when you look back at your life you will be grateful that “I wish I could have” was replaced by “I am so glad that I did.” 

Lisa Anna Palmer is a contributing author to the collaborative Amazon bestseller “365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul,” with her entry entitled “Leap Towards Your Dreams!” Lisa is a Certified Passion Test® Facilitator, career and leadership coach, and workplace consultant. She is also the author of the upcoming book entitled, “Light a Fire in Their Hearts: A New Leader’s Guide to Igniting Employee Engagement.”

Nubia Cermano was honoured as Mags Magazine Earth Angel for 2015. 

Mags Magazine definition of Earth Angel: An Earth Angel is someone who uplifts another human being through a ‘miraculous intervention’ under circumstances which could not have been predicted. The miraculous intervention happens in response to someone else’s needs or difficculties which may not be known by the Earth Angel. They happen to be in the right place, at the right time and do the right things to lift the human spirt. When you look back at the experience, you will utter words like, ‘That was a miracle!’

Nubia earth angel - flowersWhen we launched Mags Magazine in 2014, our singer for that night was sick and could not perform. We were disappointed because we only had one performer. I called Nubia and without hesitation, she responded, ‘YES. I will, for sure. I will be there for you!’  She was our miraculous intervention that night. However she does much more that that in our community. Her work is her life and her life is her work, regardless of where she is.  She is an earth angel for many others. “Nubia, you have touched the lives of hundreds of newcomers to Canada by opening your heart and soul to them.  You have a great listening ear and the manner in which you embrace human beings, especially newcomers is remarkable. Your sense of humour, your ability to challenge them and to make each one feel strong as they re-build their lives in Canada is truly a gift to our building our community. I appreciate the manner in which you bring music and dance to the lives of newcomers and provide the space in which sadness can be danced away and music can infuse the soul. Today, as Mags Magazine select you as an Earth Angel, I want you to know that I / we value you and appreciate all that you have done in my life and in the lives of the hundreds of women and men in Ottawa.” Mags

Inspiration tip #5:  “Let us dance the sadness away instead of crying about it.” Nubia Cermano.  She can be found teaching dancing classes every Friday evening at the Catholic Centre for Immigrants.

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Nile Groove:  I first met this diverse band in 2012 at a club in Ottawa.  I was fascinated with Roxanne’s voice and especially that they also performed a great blend of reggae and blues.  Back in  2012, I wanted to do a story on them to give them more publicity and support their work as rising musicians.  I was so elated when they committed to performing at Inspiration 2015. Nile Groove was founded in May 2012 by Salah Adem and Abraham Loboi. Following the creation of the band and its 6 piece band members, Nile Groove became a known original Reggae, R&B, and Funk local band playing in Ottawa’s nightlife live venues and festivals. After the release of their full-length debut album “Uncovered” in February 2015, Nile Groove became an internationally known indie band on the airwaves. Moving ahead, they are recording their new single and second studio album set to be released in 2016.

Roxanne – Born in Ottawa, Canada is Nile Groove’s singer-songwriter; Abraham Loboi – Born in Chukudum, South Sudan is Nile Groove’s bass player; Steve Patterson – Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, is Nile Groove’s tenor saxophone player; Michael Grewal – Born in Ajax, Canada, is Nile Groove’s keyboardist; Daniel Grewal – Born in Wichita Falls, Texas is Nile Groove’s guitar player. Salah Adem – Born in Asmara, Eritrea is Nile Groove’s drummer and percussionist.

Inspiration tip #6:  “We love what we do.  Music is our life.  We love music.”  Salah Adem. What do you love to do?  How much are you willing to commit to it and do the work necessary to take you to excellence?

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As we move forward in 2016, Wilson and I would like to wish you all an Amazing 2016.  Leap out of your comfort zone, grab a hold of your dreams and make your life your legacy.

Follow this blog, like us on FB and keep on adding inspiration to our world!

Live your future NOW.

Love,

Magdalene

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JAMBO! Happy Independence Day to Kenya!

Deputy President William RutoJAMBO! and KARIBU! were my two favourite words in Kenya!  HELLO  and WELCOME.

This blog is specially dedicated to the beautiful people of Kenya to wish you all a Happy Independence Day!

During the ATA Conference, in November 2015, Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto addressed the conference delegates and placed special emphasis on welcoming everyone ‘HOME’ because Kenya is known as the Cradle of Mankind. Kenya has the oldest human remains going back to 7 million year old from Turgen Hills, Baringo (oldest in Ethiopia = 4.5 million years ; S.Africa ca 3 million years, Tanzania = 2 million years.  Kenya has the longest and most complete record of human evolution (and possibly the link between humans and apes).  When Deputy President William Ruto welcomed us HOME we understood that Kenya could have very well been home to our ancestors.  It is home to  everyone.  Everyone is welcomed.

Everyone welcomed us, everywhere we went.  The beautiful smiles, warmth and welcoming presence left an imprint on my mind and spirit.

At several places we visited,  we were welcomed with the Maasai shuka, a traditional wear associated with the Masai people of East Africa.  These shukas are usually worn by the Masai morans which differenciates them from other communities.  We were greeted at the entrance where the Maasai shuka was wrapped around us.

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Kenyans take pride in their clothing and I loved the classic, well-tailored uniforms which staff wore at the various places we went to.  The faces are youth are prominent in the tourism sector and if I must say, they are very well-trained with highest level of service.

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Music and entertainment is a huge welcoming part of African culture.  The drumming, chanting, cultural performances were all spectacular.  I particularly enjoyed the fact that people of all ages and sizes from the local tribes and community were integrated in the various cultural shows that we attended. It is also a source of generating revenue for artists.

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Happy Independence Day Kenya.

To continue promoting Kenya, we will be launching Gems of Kenya on Friday December 18th in Ottawa.  If you are a Kenyan, come out and see how you can work with us to promote Kenya.  Please see more details here.

Live your future now… do what truly matters!

Love,

Magdalene

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Strong Message to End Violence Against Women, from Rima Aristocrat, Honorary Chair for IWSO Gala 2015,

_DSC4961One of the highlights for me in 2015 was meeting this amazing woman, Rima Aristocrat, at my son’s graduation from Willis College.  He had spoken to me about her before I met her, and would say things to me like,  ‘Mom, I have never been to a school where there is so much love!  Rima comes into our classroom and chats with us about everything!”  When I met her, I understood his respect for her because she is a remarkable woman who is very humble even though she has achieved great things in life! She has received numerous awards for her contribution to education, including recognition in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women, named as one of Ottawa’s 100 most influential leaders, listed among 2000 of the world’s respected individuals by Who’s Who in the 21st Century. Read more about Rima here.

Rima was the Honorary Chair of the 2015 Gala for Immigrant Women Services Ottawa.  She accepted the role with great humility and delivered a very strong address to the audience to end violence against women.  Here is her speech in full which I think makes a great read.

“Before I begin, let me ask you to take a moment, look around, make eye contact with every person at your table. Every person you see at your table has special role to play in eliminating all types of abuse against women and children.

Let me ask you this? What is your role!

Good evening!

And thank you all for joining us tonight for the 2015 Immigrant Women Services Ottawa Roses and Candles Gala.

I am truly honored to be the Honorary Chair of this year’s gala.

Now, Look around you, I know that you are surrounded by the family and friends who are serious about issue of women, children and abuse.

This year, the IWSO Gala falls right within the time of the 16 days to end violence against women.Audience

I would like to applaud Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) for being that beacon of light in the community for immigrant women and their children. I am humbled and privileged to express my gratitude to IWSO for selecting me to be the Honorary Chair for the 2015 Gala.

  • I would like thank The Chair Magdalene Cooman and members of the Board of Directors of IWSO;
  • The Executive Director, Lucya Spencer; The Acting Executive Director, Mercy Lawluvi; staff of IWSO, funders, clients, supporters and YOU, all of YOU – thank you!

And now, allow me to share FACTS provided from the United Nations on the 16 days to end violence against women:

  • A staggering one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime—a pandemic of global proportions.
  • Unlike an illness; however, perpetrators and even entire societies choose to commit violence against women.
  •  They can make the choice to stop!
  •  Violence against women is not unavoidable – it can be prevented.
  •  But it’s not as straightforward as eliminating a virus.
  • There is no vaccine, or medication for a cure.
  •  And there is no one single reason for why it happens.
  •  As such, prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel, in order to have long-lasting and permanent effects.
  • Many sectors, actors and stakeholders need to be engaged.
  • More evidence is emerging on what interventions work to prevent violence —from community mobilization to change social norms, to comprehensive school interventions targeting staff and pupils, to economic empowerment and income supplements coupled with gender equality training.

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 (Rima and Lucya Spencer, Executive Director of IWSO) 

Prevention is the 2015 theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign’s 16 days call for action!

This year’s official commemoration at the UN Headquarters in New York, is where the first UN Framework on Preventing Violence against Women will be launched and discussed.

  • The framework develops a common understanding for the UN System, policymakers and other stakeholders on preventing violence against women and provides a theory of change to underpin action.

     “16 days to “Orange the world”

  • This year, from November 25th through December 10th, the UN Secretary-General’s aim for UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is to raise public awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change.

 “Orange the world,” invites you to organize events to decorate your streets, schools and landmarks in orange to symbolize a brighter future without violence.

  • Tonight, I am proud to announce that all three Willis College campuses, Ottawa, Smiths Falls and Arnprior are coloured in Orange and will be until December 10th.
  • We are organizing fundraising events for this worthy cause and 100% will be donated to IWSO.

 Immigrant Women Services Ottawa has made a huge difference in the lives of countless immigrant women!

 They have been removing barriers in the everyday lives of newcomers to Canada who are going through the settlement and integration process including survivors of violence — women who want to take back control of their lives.

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(Rima above with one of the staff from IWSO)

 Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community based agency serving immigrant and visible minority women. They create opportunities for women as they integrate into a new society, rebuild their lives free of violence and achieve their personal goals. Every year, over 2000 women and children are helped by IWSO’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

       I would like to quote Isabell Allende here:

Women have always been courageous… They are always fearless when protecting their children and in the last century, they have been fearless in the fight for their rights.

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(Above – Magdalene Cooman, Chair of IWSO Board, Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberlnad, Peterborough South, Sandra Tislot, MC for IWSO Gala and Mercy Lawluvi,  Acting Executive Director)

_DSC4887Immigrant Women Services Ottawa provides a place of nurturing, listening ears, child-care, translation, crisis counselling, housing support…all the vital services that women and their children who are faced with challenging situations most desperately need… and now can have that welcoming place for support and encouragement.

I was born in Georgia, former USSR, I was one of three daughters raised by a remarkable mother and grandmother who became my mentor. In fact, the July 2015 issue of Mags Magazine wrote an article about my grandmother. Imagine a 60 year old woman becoming a medical doctor back in the early 1900s. This was the my grandmother’s way to showing me that it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.

In 1974, I immigrated to Toronto, Canada to start a new life. Blessed with  four beautiful daughters, four  granddaughters, one grandson, I, too, have worked hard, learned many things along life’s path, met many amazing women from around the world all which have shaped me, my mission in life.

It was in Toronto where I established the Canadian Association of Immigrant Professionals organization.

I have had opportunities to work with abused women and women on social assistance before arriving to Ottawa.

In 1998, I became the first immigrant woman to lead Willis College.

As the President and CEO of this 120 years old establishment, I have developed many best practices models in skills training,opened Willis College campuses in Smith Falls and Anrpior, established sister-city partnerships, founded TeKnoWave Inc., created Canada’s first national Aboriginal IT training organization and Women in IT initiative.

However, I’m most proud of the last 8 years I’ve been working with a very special program called Courage to Soar in partnership with Minwaashin Lodge that unites abused and homeless First Nation’s women.

As of today, over 120 of these women have gone through skills training at Willis College Ottawa campus with tremendous success. A couple of these graduates has even become Canadian Ambassadors to Africa.

But I would not be where I am today without the unconditional love and support of my family and friends.

Tonight, I am surrounded by my four daughters and daughter-in-law, Lali, Medea, Rima J. Michelle and Selina– Medea and Michelle arrived specially from Toronto.

I am accompanied by both colleagues and friends who have been promoting this event and who have been with me every step of my journey and who have made a huge impact in my life – thank you.

I am reminded of a quote by Cody Kennedy in Slaying Isidore’s Dragons,   “Don’t try to be brave all at once. Take – it- in – steps.”

So, I offer a final ‘thank you’ to all of you here tonight for supporting IWSO and all immigrant women and children.    

Your generosity and kindness will go a long way in simply looking out for women. 

God bless you all!”  Rima Aristocrat.

I hope that you enjoyed this!  Continue to support great initiatives, work towards elimination of violence against women… live your future now by taking small actions to create positive changes in the world.

Join Mags Magazine and Gems of Saint Lucia in its next great event which brings travel, music, writing and inspiration all together!

Inspiration 2015!

Love,

Magdalene

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Doctors Rocking and Rolling for Charity!

The guests at the Immigrant Women Services Gala were happy to have the legendary band ‘The Star Tools’ perform at its Annual Gala on November 26th, 2015.

They are known as doctors rocking and rolling for charity and have raised over two million dollars for charity in Ottawa. The band started in 1978 when they entered a contest at a fundraiser at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa and surprisingly won the first prize! Since then, with more than 37 years of gigging, they continue to make a difference in our community by performing ONLY for pleasure!

It was a great pleasure to meet them in person. This memorable photo with Rima Aristocrat, who was the Honorary Chair of the IWSO gala, is another great reminder for us that when we choose to live our soul mission and passion, we can make a huge difference in uplifting the human spirit and transforming lives and communities.

Thank you Star Tools. Thank you Rima Aristocrat for a great evening. Learn more about Immigrant Woman Services Ottawa.

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Transformation through life’s most difficult challenges – how Marie Claudine, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide is using her tragic experience to help orphans in Rwanda

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure and privilege to meet with multiple award winner, Marie Claudine Mukamambana who lost her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, loved ones, friends, classmates, and fellow countrymen during the Rwandan Genocide, when she was only a teenager. What touched me the most was that she has used this tragedy to find meaning in life and to give back to the orphans of Rwanda through her non-for profit organization  Whydoiexisit.org.

Her Catholic faith inspired her to seek the answer to the question of KUKI NDIHO? (Why do I exist?-Pourquoi J’existe?). This question now serves as the name of her organization, which has an extensive fundraising program in New York, as well as a presence in Belgium and South Africa. The thousands of dollars raised thus far continue to support hundreds of orphans in Rwanda.  You can read more of Marie Claudine’s work on her website and also download her book – the Power of Social Media. She is also working on her second book, ‘Forgiveness:  A Transformation Power from Pain to a Joyful Lifestyle.’  Please do look up her website to read more of her work.

Over the years I have met several survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and who have shared their heartbreaking stories with me, long before I ever thought of blogging. I remember feeling emotionally paralyzed  by the first man shared his story and told me that he had no blood family left but was so grateful to the Canadian family who had accepted him as a refuge and had treated him with the greatest kindness he could have wished for. Although I knew of the genocide, it was impersonal to me until I met a real human being who was able to share his experience with me. At that particular time in my life, I was going through my own personal challenges but after listening to his story, I had much less sympathy for myself and started being more grateful for the opportunities I had to solve my problems and not lament over them.  This man who had lost everyone in his life,  found a way to accept and to be happy.  In comparison to what he had gone through, my problems were insignificant.

Sometimes the difficulties and challenges we go through in life can leave us broken with a great feeling of despair. When we meet people like Marie, who have risen above such horrific challenges and who still has love and joy in her life, it inspires us to do the little that we can do to uplift humanity and to find a way out of our own pain.

What is your deep sorrow?

  • Feeling that no one is listening to you?
  • Losing your job?
  • No money?
  • Lack of sleep?
  • A divorce?
  • No money to buy this great brand name bag?

How are you supporting life?  What are you grateful for in your life?

From my experience, I know that by helping others in whatever capacity I can, life blesses me bountifully and provides the tools, resources, inspiration and help which I need to heal my pain.  When one person is hurt, we all hurt.  When one person is healed, we are all healed.

TuneIn to those whispers of your heart and StepUp to do something which will truly add value to your earthly home.

Ref: http://www.whydoiexist.org/

Ref: http://www.borgenmagazine.com/10-facts-rwandan-genocide/

Love,

Magdalene