Blessed Mom I am

My 10 year old came home with this that’s left me emotional & speechless. Typed on her school computer during a paragraph writing class, from the 4 topics she picked – My Hero
When I gave that talk on grit & perseverance at a school with 300 odd students, she went around saying that’s my mom, little did I know, I was her Hero.
I wasn’t sure if I should share this, I am no expert on parenting but I know this, it’s not the expensive, fancy clothes, shoes or toys that kids remember or even care about in their crucial growing up years. At the end of the day, all your kid will remember is they were loved, they felt safe & they have all those beautiful memories of the time you spent together with them
Motherhood is a constant learning process for me & there are good & bad days. No matter what, they teach me to live in the present moment all the time for tomorrow is a day I haven’t seen yet

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Inspiration Series

I am honoured & excited to be the speaker at the Inspiration Series by Holistic Parent Magazine on April 25, 2019

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Check out the details below !
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ANNOUNCEMENT
Welcome to the inspiration series! Three Events. Three Speakers. Infinite Inspiration.
Grab your calendars right now and save the dates:

March 21 – Featuring Speaker – Amanda Case
April 25 – Featuring Speaker- Rashmi Sanjay
June 13 – Featuring Speaker – Azra Gregor

All events are being held at The Causerie in downtown Kitchener (run by Marit Collective Coffee/ Tea & Treats included). Are you ready to be inspired?? Registration opens soon!

Option I am not sure about…

Keep moving forward & don’t give up attitude makes this part a hard one

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My assessment at St Michael’s Hospital’s pain clinic was painful

-New medications given didn’t work
-Nerve damage is extensive
-Nerve shocks in the body is extensive
-Random parts of the body go numb off & on

For the extent of nerve damage the possibility of Spinal Cord Stimulator was discussed. Similar to a pacemaker, this device is surgically implanted in the body & the wires are secured in the space above the spinal cord to send electrical current to the spinal cord to manage pain.
Just the idea of surgery & dealing with spinal cord again is not sitting well with me. This is not the end of the line yet for me, yes it’s a challenge every single day to do what I do, but I am not ready to go this route. I will continue to search & keep trying everything possible for better ways. I am not ready to surrender yet.
While the specialist & neurosurgeon discuss and review all my reports & other treatment plans in weeks to come, I continue not to survive but THRIVE and keep with my meditation, visualization, exercise, focus on nutrition, try alternative treatments & much more …

 

Discovering Myself – A Life Changing Journey

October 26, 2018

You know its been such a fulfilling day when they tell you how much your story has helped them see life differently today….

You know you made a difference in their lives when people line up to come speak to you and give you a hug after your talk. 

You know you have touched lives when the cleanex box gets passed around…

HUGE thank you to everyone in that room who spent their morning with me. Thank you @kitchenerlibrary
Gratitude fills my heart as I am so honored to share my truth & letting vulnerability inspire and not frighten you. Whenever I speak before an audience, it is not to prove I am fearless; but to show that it’s ok to be vulnerable, it’s ok to feel the emotions, because that’s what makes you strong.

 

 

 

Creating Magic

When Kelly, who’s writing my story for the magazine mentioned I was going to have a photo shoot in Toronto for the Future Female Magazine’s winter edition, I was excited. But immediately my first thought was, how will I pull this off with everything that’s going on. With all the medications I am on, I have also gained a lot of weight. 

Will I be ok in my own skin ? Will I be comfortable doing this shoot ?Will my pain, nausea, headaches, shocks interfere with the photo shoot? Will my pain be visible in the pictures?

But before I went any further with my thoughts, I asked myself, how does any of this even matter…I know I am not flawless or perfect, but this I know – I am strong, worthy and beautiful. I am having fun and living each moment to the fullest.. which I clearly did.. Loved every moment💖

When I met Katherine Leroux (owner of future female magazine) and Kelly for the first time, it felt like we knew each other for a long time, we connected instantly. Makeup Legacy Studio’s make up and hair artists Michele @makeupbymichelexo worked her magic on me and made sure I was ok and comfortable while she dolled me up. It sure was a long and tiring day for me, but it was all worth it and just felt magical while they made me feel like a queen 👑 It was more than just a photoshoot… new friendships developed, like-minded, driven and talented people to come together to create this magic!!!

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Unstretched Journey – COFFEE TABLE BOOK

October 17, 2018

Excited & honored to be a part of this beautiful initiative by Bio-Oil India , Unstretched Journey – Bio Oil Coffee Table Book.
8 inspiring mothers share their story of motherhood along with India’s Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia & Soha Ali Khan Pataudi who also launched the book in Mumbai, India. Unfortunately I was not able to travel to Mumbai, India at this time for the launch of the Coffee Table Book. I am very grateful and thankful to be a part of this.

 

My Girl Hero – My Role Model

October 11, 2018 – International Girls Day

My #girlhero my mother. A graduate, majored in Psychology, one who lights up the room & continues to be the life among friends and family. She during her times, walked out from home against the wishes of her family to marry & be with the love of her life & has had her fair share of struggles but always stood by dad & continues to be the pillar of support.
An ace rifle shooter who till date can shoot a bull’s eye, an Under Officer during her time with the National Cadet Corps, Army Wing. She completed her fashion designing & technology certification in her 40’s, was awarded from IIFT (Indian Institute of Fashion Technology), New Delhi & started her own institute with 30 odd sewing machines. She taught designing, sewing & empowered women to follow their dreams. An amazing cook herself she started her own catering & restaurant business which she managed for years.

Both my parents are my biggest role models of love, struggles, life, joy, happiness… They gave us the best life, education & treated my twin brother and me equally. We were given equal opportunities & freedom to make our own decisions. They always taught me that I could be everything I wanted to be.

I am extremely grateful not only to be able to raise my own children & teach them these values but also have had the opportunity to inspire the gen next from 6 to 13 yrs with importance of being true to themselves, the importance of education, self confidence, problem solving, the need to express their own views & help them build strong confident values that support them to believe in their own potential.

1 Year Later…

September 27, 2018

September 27th, 2017 – 1 year ago today, my life changed forever, for the best. I now hear, see, feel the world so differently.

From lying in bed for weeks & in a wheelchair, relearning how to walk again, graduating to a walker then onto a cane, its been a journey of physical, emotional & spiritual battle both before & after surgery. Adjusting to this new life with this scar, a scar that I am proud of, which reminds me that I faced my fears and uncertainties head on & didn’t let it crush my world.
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I may not be physically strong as I was a year back, I can’t last more than a couple of hours & with cooler weather approaching the spasm shocks in my body, well they make me feel like I am plugged into a power outlet. But I remind myself, I still have a life & want to do the things I enjoy doing despite hitting rock bottom constantly & having to start over again. With all that’s going on & being pushed down several times, I still keep climbing because I know the view is beautiful and stunning from the top & along the way.

So, this girl decided to celebrate life & her 1-year journey by actually witnessing that view from above by completing the 5 km hike… When you thrive, you don’t wait, you keep on going despite everything you are going thru with loved one’s by your side😍