Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – To be or not to be….

Everyone tells us that the best way to be happy in life is to do what you love. If your work asks that you solve peoples problems all day long, and doing that makes you happy then you probably get up in the morning looking forward to your day. If your passion is food, andContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – To be or not to be….”

Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – Setting Intentions for Yourself

I first started the practice of setting intentions when I took a yoga class more than 30 years ago. The instructor compared it to something we felt strongly about, or as setting a goal for our life. This resonated strongly with my ENFJ strong « goal-oriented » personality (Myers Briggs) and setting daily intentions became almost aContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – Setting Intentions for Yourself”

Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – Busy or distracted?

It’s my favourite time of the day. I rise before the sun, and all is quiet in the house. I don’t even like to turn on lights, so lately I light up candles, and the Himalayan salt light to give the room a warm glow. I have just made myself a warm cup of waterContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – Busy or distracted?”

Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – We are what we repeatedly do

For a long time, I believed that the way to improving one’s self, was to set goals, carve out a plan and a realistic timeline to achieve them and then set the plan in motion. Like many, it was my belief that people began the process of changing by focusing on what they wanted toContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – We are what we repeatedly do”

Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – What You Get From Shifting Your Perspective

Looking at things differently, is a healthy exercise if we want to be empathetic, rational and more compassionate. However, shifting perspective is not merely about seeing things from the point of view of others. We can gain greater insights and gain deeper happiness. An up-side of gaining a new perspective is that it increases happinessContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog 2022 – What You Get From Shifting Your Perspective”

Advent Calendar Blog -2022 – Leading the Changes in Your Life

We’ve often been given the metaphor of making our way down a road or path as a comparison to going though life. I agree that in many ways, there are similarities, for example the final destination is unknown, but we have a map, general knowledge of points of interests along the way, and we haveContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog -2022 – Leading the Changes in Your Life”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 19 – The Exceptional Simplicity of Being in the Moment

It is said that a key to living a joyful life is to focus on the simplicity that is life and not get caught up in its complications. That would be the message resonating most with me at this time of the year – that the true meaning of Christmas lies in the simple joysContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 19 – The Exceptional Simplicity of Being in the Moment”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 18 – Christmas Candy

Candy is a big favourite around the holidays. We stuff it in stockings, give it as gifts, put it on our dessert tables, and set it out for Christmas parties.  I remember when hard candy mixes were standard fare in most homes at Christmas and my aunt’s best china or crystal dishes were filled withContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 18 – Christmas Candy”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 13 – Re-Defining Christmas Get Togethers

It’s the stuff that makes good movies – the protagonists overcoming obstacles of all kinds to reach their goal of being home for the holidays. They take planes, trains and automobiles to get home in time for dinner. Sometimes, the obstacles are too great, and Christmas is celebrated in company of strangers, in the mostContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 13 – Re-Defining Christmas Get Togethers”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 10 – What Feels Natural

A few years back, we were introduced to the amaryllis flower by a friend who gifted a growing kit to us in the weeks leading up to Christmas. You have probably seen these kits in grocery and retail stores since they are often given as Christmas gifts or used as a holiday decoration. I likeContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 10 – What Feels Natural”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 9 – Star Guidance

Stars have long been spiritual symbols of divine guidance and protection for many religions all over the world including the star of Bethlehem which we also know as the Christmas star.  In Christian tradition, the Star of Bethlehem, revealed the birth of Jesus to three wise men who followed it to meet the new King. Continue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 9 – Star Guidance”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 8 – When Palm Trees are your Christmas Tree

I have had the good fortune of travelling to many foreign places, and I don’t believe anything has been more disorienting for me than experiencing Christmas where there are palm trees. Hearing Christmas songs like “Dashing through the snow, in a one horse-open sleigh” being played over loud speakers while I am strolling in flipContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 8 – When Palm Trees are your Christmas Tree”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 7 – The Christmas Market

When did Christmas Markets become a thing? To my great delight, it seems that every town and city around me with a thriving hub of artisans, food producers, and hand made goods is opening up the public square to offer local populations a gratifying outdoor shopping experience this winter. The pandemic has made us moreContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 7 – The Christmas Market”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 6 – Inner Peace at Christmas

In the past, I have gone a little crazy at Christmas. Okay – a lot crazy. Those were years where I was aiming for spectacular, and perfection and my motivation was very much ego-driven. Alas I am older and wiser now and I find much more fulfillment in focusing on the true meaning of Christmas,Continue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 6 – Inner Peace at Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 5 – The Spirit of Giving

At this time of the year, we are reminded of how meaningful it is to be in the “spirit of giving”. Certainly, our minds turn to adequately expressing how much our loved ones matter in our lives. In our desire to express an intangible feeling, we sometimes feel helpless and resort to buying extravagant giftsContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 5 – The Spirit of Giving”

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