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Can ‘not smiling’ interfere with securing a job?

I woke up this morning thinking about a young man whom I met this week and whose smile left a smile in my heart. I was taken aback because three years ago when I first met him, his face was always so serious that I found it very difficult to relax around him. He was a very qualified individual who secured many interviews but had difficulties in securing a job.

In a nutshell, three years ago he was struggling in adapting to his new environment and also with learning English as a second language. Automatically, it created a high level of stress as he tried to focus on interpreting what was being said to him. This deep focus caused him to lose his smile during his first interactions with anyone at all. His interviewers found him to be ‘too serious’ and ‘lacked interpersonal skills’. As difficult as this may sound, first impressions are very important during interviews and unfortunately employers don’t have the time to analyze why you may have lost your smile.

Three years later, it is so much easier for him to smile freely because the language flows much easier and he is now more comfortable with his environment. He has also been able to secure permanent employment and is now creating a plan for career growth. His interpersonal skills are much more visible now and he creates a great first impression.

Your facial expression, dress and body language are all interconnected.

So, what is it about smiling that connects us with others? Here are two quotes to think about:

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward

“A smile is the universal welcome.” Max Eastman

Personally, I love being around people who smile, laugh and bring a positive aura into my space. Research proves that smiling and laughing create physiological changes in our bodies, even when we are not aware of it.

There are several huge benefits to smiling and laughing:

  1. The muscles in our faces relax and makes us look more approachable. It invites others into our presence. Employers and coworkers find that people who smile create a happier work environment. Even at home and with friends, our smiles and laughter enhances our communication.
  2. Endorphins are released into our bodies. Endorphins are happy hormones which has several benefits of lowering our blood pressure and reducing production of cortisol which is a stress hormone.
  3. When smiles break into laughter, it expands our lungs which brings more oxygen into our bodies. This gives the same feeling as though you have exercised!

My tip for this post: Practice smiling. If it does not come naturally to you, fake it until it happens automatically. Find things to smile about and hang around people who inspire smiles and laughter.

Love,

Magdalene

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Your sweat is the bond which you have with yourself to follow your heart.

Your sweat is the bond which you have with yourself to follow your heart, believe in yourself and to do the work which is burning in your soul. Don’t be afraid to sweat even though no one else may understand what drives you. The work which your soul is destined to fulfil was not assigned to you loosely but rather, you were trusted to carry it out. This journey is unique to you and only YOU will understand the magnitude of the work of your soul – only when you work from the soul level.

You may wonder then, if it is your soul work, why isn’t it being done faster or without tribulations or trials?  You may wonder why you are being faced with barriers, rejections and lack of support. The answer is simple – the soul needs to grow and experience many emotions across its many lifetimes. This lifetime may not be the one where you will reap the amazing rewards you feel that you should reap.  However, if the dimension which has to be done in this lifetime, is not done, there isn’t a chance that you will ever reap what you are capable of, even though you may live through several lifetimes.

Make this lifetime count.  Don’t worry so much about the outcomes.  Engage in the present.  Make daily choices to support your soul work. Stand proud and tall today for every single bead of sweat which has come from your own inner efforts and whisper a word of gratitude to the Universe, your  Creator, your soul group which holds you in reverence and believes in you.

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” Dan Gable

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” Ann Landers

Posted in Inspiration, Motivation, People who inspire others, Uncategorized

What is built from within, will stand the test of time.

The RIO games demonstrate such excellence, passion and commitment at various levels – of the athletes, of families, communities and countries. I admire that resilience, focus and determination of our athletes, both in winning and also not being placed at the top. There is no loser.  I have tremendous admiration for each person who took up the challenge to compete.  Every single act of commitment to our passions is a blessing to the world in one form or another.

Their performances remind me that each of them built their skills and competences over a long period of time.  We can apply the same principles in our daily lives and work at molding excellence within us so that whatever we do, whatever we say, wherever we are… we can safely say that, “This is the best version of me and my efforts in creating excellence within me.” 

What is built from within, will stand the test of time.

Love,

Magdalene

Posted in Family, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Motivation

Does your comfortable sadness almost feel like happiness?

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Jelan and I have been driving together the last couple of days. It is really a pleasure to drive him to college and to have those extra moments to have some deep conversations about life. This morning, we talked  a little about how we ‘see’ life from our various perspectives, drawing specific reference to the vision which a giraffe has of the world is different when compared to a turtle. Our conclusion was that a person’s vision is unique to them – they can only see as far as their unique level.

The conversation expanded to our general disposition in life and how we perceive others and how others may also perceive us.  He said something which left quite an impact on my mind:

“Comfortable sadness can almost feel like happiness.”

How profound. How true.

It made me realize that sometimes we hold on to sadness because it is comfortable.  We perhaps don’t know what it is like to be happy or may have even decided that we don’t deserve to be happy.  Sometimes, we repeat our unhappy stories until we make them become ‘how’ our lives should be.  Even when opportunities to be happy are begging us to join in the vibrancy of happiness, it is more comfortable to remain in our sadness.  Sadness can even become a way of life and eventually define our personalities, our lives and even the relationships which we share with others.

On the other hand, maybe what we perceive as sadness, may not be sadness at all!

What are your thoughts?

I believe that each time the universe feels our happiness, there is a global shift in human consciousness towards greater love, compassion and kindness… and even with one single breath of happiness… the entire world beams.

I believe that sadness does the same thing… every single moment of sadness, also creates a global shift in human consciousness towards greater despair, and fear.

It is o.k to be sad but don’t let sad moments into a lifetime of sadness.

It is o.k to be happy. Multiply your happy moments over and over again.

My thoughts:  I am happy. I choose happiness as my way of life. I embrace laughter, joy, fun… as much as I can… as I push beyond my boundaries… and I am so delighted with all the wonderful people, great opportunities, amazing places and beautiful moments which this world is blessing me with every day.

Love,

Mags

 

 

 

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Thanks to everyone who made the Launch of Soulful Encounters Successful and Memorable!

 

There are moments in life which are captured in our memories forever.  As Rosa Parks said:  “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”

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The launch of Soulful Encounters, on May 25th, along with my birthday celebration is a memory that will live in my mind forever because I know for sure, that I am contributing to the works of many great souls who have graced the surface of this earth, long before I was born.  I am equally certain, that the memories which are created in the souls who are being touched by our work, will in turn, continue to play their part in creating more soulful encounters in this lifetime, to grace the planet with more love and care, as we all thrive to live with both PASSION and PURPOSE.

I want to thank everyone for their wonderful contributions towards the launching of the Magazine – whether this came through sponsorship, purchasing a magazine, sending messages to wish us a successful launch, sharing or liking on social media, making a telephone call or turning up at the launch. I want to specially thank Wilson for uncovering the box of dreams and giving me the support which I needed to bring life to these long, buried dreams. Our contributors to the Magazine, our graphic designer Mila Gerstentien and photographers Nyamulola Kambanji and Kores Musuni were critical to the Magazine production.  Each adventure has forced us to step out of our comfort zones.  Some moments have not been easy but I would not exchange the experience for anything else.

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When we started on this journey Magsthree years ago, I had no idea where it would lead, who we would meet or what the results would be.  What I knew then, was that I was being placed in a soul space which needed expansion and the voice in my head kept on saying: “Don’t die with your passion inside of you.” Talking about the soul is not something which is an everyday conversation, yet, SOUL is my everyday experience with life and with people.  I have spent many sleepless nights wondering how I could create a simple way to help others understand the journey of the soul and to also make the connection between the every day ordinary, routines and the SOUL.  I have thought long and hard about how I can help others take meaning from their day to day encounters and to be more aware of the blessings that are exchanged – whether it is a positive or negative soul encounter. I believe that as we make these connections and see that our paths are connected to a force which is so much greater than ourselves, then our fears are also released and we are able to commit and embrace our unique path with greater grace, gratitude and acceptance.  As we receive more and more testimonials about Soulful Encounters and the events which we have held, I am convince that we are on the right path.

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Each of our speakers  shared soulful encounters in their lives and I am truly grateful that they allowed us to have a glimpse of how their experiences have shaped their lives today.  It was inspiring to listen to how Laura is using her gifts as a psychic to help others; how Rima got fired from Willis College in one moment and the next moment, she was the owner of the College.

MengsWe were all deeply engaged with Mengis’s story as he walked us through his life journey and how he got freed from prison and walked through a jungle with a total stranger for eight hours. His journey to Canada is a true testimonial  of the journey of the soul across many continents.

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We were inspired by Trevor’s deep love for Dale and how this translates into their everyday existence and shows up in their coaching others to live great lives.  He recited his poem, CLOUD 9, which is  featured in Soulful Encounters.

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Emily touched all of our hears as she spoke about her relationship with Roger, how they met and the small and big things which he does every day to make her feel loved and safe in their relationship. She surprised him by giving him an AWARD for being the  BEST HUSBAND.

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Very moving and touching was the personal story of  Margeret from Uganda who spoke about putting back the pieces of her life post Idi Amin.  Her desire to LIVE and not be DEAD is a true testimonial to how she LIVES her life and encourages others to do the same.  Her shared experiences of UGANDA is on our list of travelling destinations!

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Thanks to Soophia for bringing greetings from the High Commissioner of Kenya and her own testimonial to the inspiration from Mags Magazine.

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Thanks to  my long standing friend Angela for speaking from her heart about our soulful relationship over the years.  Our encounter from 13 years ago, as two total strangers, have become a beautiful and soulful relationship.

13256334_1608419406153099_1025084674582389575_n[1]Thanks to my friend  Lisa Anna Palmer who never ceases to amaze me for her energy and support towards my work and who best to talk about helping us all to LIVE our PASSIONS! Her donation of a book ‘365 Ways to Connect to your Soul’ was won by the son of Ranjith Mathews who has been extremely supportive of my work and publishing in Social Media.

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I discovered things about each person that I never knew before and it reaffirmed to me, the power of our stories beyond our everyday job titles and responsibilities.  There is something deeper: something is at the core of our being. I went home thinking, “This was such a powerful experience to connect so many experiences and countries in one evening, through stories and soul energy.”  Our voices and experiences matter. Our stories matter.  Understanding the part which we have to play in our life journey matters and being able to share these with the world matter.  I feel really honoured and blessed to have shared that experience with everyone.

I want to say a special thank you to my colleagues, Gemma, Fouzia, Chinelo, Peggy and Aparna, who are wonderful friends as well and who came out to support and volunteer their time at the event. Thanks to Ross and my children Jelan and Dawn for also volunteering.  Their support was priceless.  Thanks to Ranjith for his work in photographing and social media that evening as well as Zoran for his vidography.

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NabilaA  special thank you to Nabila Islam who volunteered countless hours of work in pulling together the technical aspects of the production.  She did great a great job, especially with the introduction to each of our speakers.

Through this blog, I want to publicly thank everyone and acknowledge their support in helping me to live my life mission… and I hope that by doing so… I am also helping each one to live their life mission as well.

The Magazine is a new product and I also want to ask for your feedback on how we could improve for future events; on how we can continue to market the Magazine so that it reaches the right audiences and how we can continue to build on what we have started.  I am learning to ASK for what I need and this is for my personal growth as I step out to embrace both my soul work and being an entrepreneur at the same time.

The photo below was taken just a couple of minutes after they stopped the show half-way to sing the first round of Happy Birthday to me and Rima made it so special with this huge bouquet of flowers and a gift.  To simply have all three of those great speakers on the stage with me, was the a wonderful gift in itself. Magdalene, Rima, Laura, Mengis, Wilson

From left to right:  Rima Aristocrat, CEO and President of Willis College; Mengistab Tsegaye, Executive Director of World Skills Employment Centre, Emily Cattelan-Legace, one of our featured speakers on love; Laura Traplin, Medium and Psychic in Ottawa; myself and Wilson Jn. Baptiste, CEO of Gems of Saint Lucia.

Friends below:  Lisa and her husband Andrew with Ranjith Mathews; Gemma and Ranjith’s son; my friend Barb with Angela, Rima and Laura; my friends Mussie, Mercy and Josephine with her other friend.

Thanks to my friend Leonetta who travelled from New York to be there for the launch!  This was a very special treat.  with monica

My writing journey to making myself more visible, started in 2011 after my mom’s death.  My motivation for indulging as much as I did was to ensure that when I died, everyone who knew me, could say that I lived my passion to the fullest.  My top passion in life is writing and since I made that decision, many other pieces in my life has fallen in place.  Lao Tzu said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and truly, that is a fundamental truth in life.  Since that decision, we have traveled many miles across countries and cities, written many articles, published two Magazines, held five inspirational events in Ottawa and met people whom I would not have otherwise met on this journey.

So… here’s wishing all of us ALL WONDERFUL BLESSINGS as we embrace our soul journey and LIVE OUR BEST LIVES.

Thanks to our wonderful SPONSORS and Mr. Felix Grande for featuring me on CHUO before the Launch of Soulful Encounters.

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Thanks to Hani Rached from Auto Paradise for being one of our sponsors, Rima Aristocrat, Willis College; Mengistab Tsegaye, World Skills Employment Centre; Myrna Schmitt from  Piton Villa;  Paul and Sherrine Clifford from  Cast Away Tour in Saint Lucia!

Love,

Magdalene

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Meet Mengistab Tsegaye, one of our featured speakers for the launch of Soulful Encounters

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I feel blessed, lucky and fortunate that my boss, who is a wonderful mentor and a great human being will be one of our featured speakers for the launch of Soulful Encounters on May 25th, 2016. He has some of the most fascinating stories from his homeland, Eritrea and relates them in an easy manner with lots of life lessons in between. At work, we all feel that we are very lucky to have him as our Executive Director as he truly represents the face of humility with the ability to lead and let others lead as well.

Mengistab Tsegaye has worked over 25 years in the newcomer’s settlement and integration sector.  His home country is Eritrea, a country which he is still connected to and still loves very dearly.  During the war in Ethiopia, he migrated to Kenya, then Italy and finally to Canada.  His life work is being a conduit for others to connect them to resources, people and opportunities and he does so brilliantly in the community. He has served newcomers, refugees and immigrants in Canada as a frontline worker, community leader, social activist and as a leader in immigration and integration solutions. Mengis has served as the president or as a board member of several boards across Ontario and continues to inspire others through the integrity of his work, compassion and desire to see all newcomers succeed and make Canada home, without losing their identity or passions. Mr. Tsegaye is co-founder and Executive Director of World Skills Employment Centre – an organization that provides employment services to newcomers in Ottawa.

Mengis has a Social Work background and extensive experience in employment issues and the challenges newcomers face.

Mr. Tsegaye `s past and present settlement and community involvement includes:

  • Board member, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
  • President of the Eritrean Community of Ottawa
  • Board member, Ottawa Carleton Housing Authority
  • Chair of settlement .org,
  • Chair of Algonquin College Community Collaboration Committee
  • Member of the Employer council of champions in Ottawa
  • Co-Chair, OLIP (Ottawa Local immigration Partnership) Economic Integration Sector Table
  • Board Member for the Children’s Aid Society Ottawa

One of the projects which Mengis and I worked on very dearly was trying to help two wonderful ladies bring in some more business into their restaurant, Red Sea Café.  Although the business is no more, and one of the owners crossed over in 2015, our desire to help them and the response of the community, will always be a wonderful memory for me.

Join us tomorrow evening to enjoy a wonderful inspirational evening of storytelling, faith and perseverance.

Here are the amazing people who will share their life experiences and stories with you.

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See you tomorrow!

Love,

Magdalene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Could this be your million dollar gift every night?

foot massageDo you feel that you are always busy with very little time to care for yourself or your partner or even your children for that matter?

Last week, I had some moments when I could hear my spirit whispering  to me, “Magdalene, you have to stop and take care of yourself.  Your Spirit is feeling tired and if you continue like this, your Spirit won’t be able to help you take care of your body.  Your Spirit does not feel welcomed in a tired body.”

The message repeated itself to my inner vortex several times. I took heed.  Thankfully, I have a partner who also understands the need for self-care and enjoys self-care activities too!  We did a few self-care things on the weekend like going to the gym, swimming in the pool, going to a movie and to the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show and the best part of it all, was a foot massage before going to bed.

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Walking through the City of Ottawa.  Our Spirits welcome movement. We both felt amazing in the cool spring-winter air and soaked the little bit of sunshine that came our way.

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At the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show.  Being in this space, inspired new dreams.  Our Spirits are so welcoming of our new dreams.  We need to put ourselves in inspiring environments.

I have always enjoyed getting my feet massaged and I equally like doing it for others as well.  When my kids we younger, I would massage their feet as they watched television or were lying quietly next to me.  The foot massage would somehow put them to sleep and I will always remember that peaceful look that would come over their faces as they drifted off to sleep.

Last night, the deal was that we would massage each others feet for ten minutes while listening to an inspirational video.

The results – my body relaxed.  My feet felt light and my Spirit was whispering, “Thank you, thank you, thank you… this feels so good.”

It was like giving me a million dollar gift and I believe that he too felt that he received the same!

We had a great night sleep.

It is interesting how life keeps us busy and gets us so tired that we struggle to find time to nourish our spirits or our bodies.  Yet, we could perhaps achieve more and do greater things with a nourished spirit and a well cared for body.

Did you know that a foot massage could improve blood circulation, improve sex life, reduce depression, lower cholesterol, alleviate symptoms of PMS… there are lots of benefits to a foot massage.

Try it with your partner and see what happens.

Look out for other tips to welcome your spirit!

Love,

Magdalene