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I travelled to the island of Crete in Greece in June 2023. I was told by a client, Dr. Nadia Rizzo, that the resort at The Cretan Dream Resort & Spa in Chania, Crete, Greece was the perfect place to travel with kids. Well, I must say I was curious, so I went!

I travelled with my two kids under 6 at the time on the long journey of 14 hours. We flew Air Canada and for the final destination from Athens to Crete we flew with Sky Express. I must say the Sky Express flight was the treat. Better yet, the airline offered us a last minute coupon for a car rental in Athens on the flight back, worth noting! My kids loved how the flight crew was dressed and they loved the snacks on board. The resort had a shuttle pick us up and take us to the hotel.

We got there and had the kids settle in right away. They were quick to offer us a snack for the kids upon arrival. Super thoughtful. We stayed in a luxury suite with a private pool that the kids also loved. The beds in these rooms were exceptional. They quickly took to loving the pools, the breakfast bar and the afternoon siestas! My kids played so hard in the morning that by afternoon they would both nap to regain energy. I love how my kids took to the locals and became best friends with the General Manager of The Cretan Dream Resort & Spa. We took the kids into town at the Chania port which was about 6km away and we also spent a lot of time at Marathi Beach. My kids cannot wait to go back and I can positively say that was the healthiest I’ve ever seen them. I think the organic and natural food they consumed at The Cretan Dream was very important, as well as the beautiful sunshine and plentiful rest.

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World listen up, landfills were a solution when we didn’t have better ideas. Sol Recycling is in the house!

The conversation is taking on new form now.

Our newest clients are a recycling business that helps make what we once coined “garbage’ into further recycled matter, often turning it into a sellable commodity. They divert 2 NFL football fields of trash away from landfills every month. EVERY MONTH!

Simar Bedi is the founder of Sol Recycling. He’s providing a way for multi-national sized corporations to earn money by recycling major waste. I think this is wonderful news, worth sharing.

According to Simar, what we call garbage is only called garbage because we don’t know what can be done with it!

www.solrecycling.com

Give them a follow if you want to know more: @SolRecycling on Instagram.

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A year ago I recounted so many interesting facts Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng had mentioned to us about how health care could be different. The truths sounded so clarifying and full of dignity. I asked Dr. K to consider writing a book, to tell his own truths. He agreed. The book comes out September 12th 2023 on Amazon, but would you believe it is already number 1 in various categories?

I’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude for how people are supporting this book and proud of a client who really trusted our guidance. The stories in this book are so worth reading and discussing.

Dr. K is so many things in one human, but imagine knowing a good person who stays good even on their worst days? He’s a good one.

Here’s his book, read on for yourselves.

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Before the pandemic, there was a constant need to keep going. When we weren’t sleeping, we were either working, going to work, or too busy with everything else after work. But as the world was put into a standstill because of quarantine, we had a pause like we have never seen before. All of the time we took doing all the things we have packed our schedule with was opened up, leading to an overwhelming sense of, “what now?”. I think COVID-19 has asked us all to go inward. When you go inward you cannot help but face the stuff you often push aside because life is busy.

 

Unfortunately, being able to face all that stuff that has been ignored has been difficult for some. I remember asking people, “how are you,” and the answer always being, “fine”. I cringed at how fake it all felt but I never really knew how to challenge someone to be more honest. I’m not saying we aren’t fine, I’m saying I would listen if you weren’t.

 

My dear friend, God bless his soul, passed away after a battle with alcoholism. During conversations where I reached out to see how he was, he was always ok and asking me how I was. I wish we had gotten real. I wish I could have gotten him to feel vulnerable enough to tell me about his heart’s pain.

 

What if COVID-19 was about chaining the surface way of life? I don’t know who needs to hear this, but one check-in per day is my goal these days, no body is telling me they are ‘great’ so I’m motivated to continue checking in with people. There is a lot of power in being vulnerable, but some people think it is the opposite. The truth is, being able to recognize that you aren’t doing well takes way more strength than turning a blind eye to it. 

 

Make the decision to show other people the importance of being vulnerable by taking time to pause, and check in with them. When they say they’re “fine”, I encourage you to tune into their emotions and truly analyze if they are okay. At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel seen and heard!

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Everyone has those days when you wake up and wonder how you’re going to possibly fit everything into your schedule with only 24 hours. Whether it’s running errands, finishing that report you’ve been putting off, or getting dinner cooked, it can seem like there is no end in sight. I’m here to let you know that you WILL get through it, and you CAN make it easier, and even enjoyable! It all begins with setting your intentions for the day. With a few easy steps, you will be able to feel your best as you take on the tasks that you want to accomplish! 

 

1. Start with gratitude 

Something that is easy to forget is how much of a blessing it is to wake up in the morning. It’s good practice to take a beat and just appreciate the ability to see another day, another sunset, and more opportunities to chase what you think is meant for you in life! Before you roll out of bed, think of all of the people and things you are grateful for, and you are setting yourself up for success.

 

2. Try working out in the morning

workout in the morning

I know it may seem like this will just tire you out more, but there have been studies that show that it actually is a great way to kick start your day! I find so much strength in being able to get up in the morning and move my body. Working out will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, and also doesn’t hurt when it comes to self-confidence. So whether it’s going for a jog or walking on your treadmill, any movement can help start your day off with determination and strength on top of your mind.

 

3. Read or listen to an educational podcast for 20 minutes in the morning

Knowledge is power, and a lot of the knowledge we can receive is from listening to other people’s perspectives. One of my favourite ways to do that is through reading and educational podcasts! This can create healthy habits of actively listening, learning, and growing as an open and welcoming person. There are also podcasts out there for absolutely any interests you have, so you don’t ever have to worry about not finding something that suits you. The great thing about this is that you can listen to them while you’re working out!

This has been how I have been starting my days for a while, and I have never looked back. As long as I start my mornings this way,  the days go well. I’m a big believer in setting the standard for what my day can be, while also making sure to stop and enjoy the moments. Life is more than just getting the checklist done. It’s about taking in all of the blessings that we have, and appreciating the ability to do all the things that we have to do. So make sure to breathe, smile, and move forth in your day with confidence and gratitude.

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