Speechless

The other day after I dropped my daughter off for a class downtown, I parked my car in a lot near a Starbucks, packed up my bag with my computer and headed down the street dressed with my heels and fashionable black winter coat. Visions of steamy almond milk chai lattes and getting caught up on some work while I waited for Madison to finish her class, danced in my head as I braved the cold evening air.FullSizeRender-29 copy

But half way between my car and the Starbucks, an older man dressed in a raggedy thin winter coat, wearing baggy pants and tattered shoes appeared as if out of nowhere, walking towards me. His hand was held out in front of him, a few shiny sliver coins in his palm.

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While I was moving at a fast pace – he was slowly shuffling directly in my path.

In seconds I looked this man from head to toe and realized his situation. I slowed down as I approached him and as we made eye contact I could see such a beautiful, kind sparkle in his blue eyes. He was older, and his soft voice had a faint Scottish accent. I instantly thought of my husband’s grandfather, a soft spoken but fiercely proud man and I wondered how this man had gotten to this point? Did he have a wife? Children? Family anywhere who loved him and wanted to protect him? A million thoughts ran through my mind as I automatically began to dig in my coat pocket for change. Not one to carry much cash around, I pulled out one nickel from my pocket and dropped it in his hand. As it clanged with the other few coins, I apologized for only having 5cents – but still he was so grateful and his eyes lit up with such a beautiful smile.

I suddenly remembered my daughter had paid me back with a $10.00 bill for something I had picked up for her the other day and I had shoved it in my back pocket for my latte as I bolted out the door from home.

As the older gentleman began to shuffle down the street, I called out, wait I think I have more money for you sir. I reached into my back pocket and found the $10.00. I was SO HAPPY I had an instant of feeling of hitting the jackpot. I reached out and put the money in his hand as he turned back towards me. I said, “Please get yourself something to eat,” and I turned to walk away.

He gently closed his hand around mine and pulled me in to hug me, kissing me on each cheek. “God bless you, God bless you. Thank you so much, thank you so very much!” He said looking straight in my eyes. It all happened so fast, but it felt like everything was slowed down. As I locked in on his gaze, I could see his eyes were glossy and tears quietly trickled down the sides of his face.

I walked away, speechless.

A mix of emotions and feelings flooded my heart and mind and I felt grateful for the encounter. For the reminder that the simplest of connections can have a great impact and leave you feeling changed, renewed, appreciative.

If you have a car, a warm coat (or two), money in your bank, a job, a bed, a home, people who love you – be grateful. You have a LOT! If you have a little bit EXTRA, food or money, give it to someone you pass by who is living on the streets. No judgement, just love. It will benefit YOU as much as it does THEM!

In the hustle and bustle of life, we sometimes forget how very fortunate we are. Every person is, at the core, the same, regardless of circumstances. Take a moment to acknowledge one another with love in your heart. These connections are gifts from the universe. THIS moment, this man’s sweet face and the feelings of love and appreciation that he had for what I gave him and the feelings of love and appreciation I had for what he gave me, will stay with me forever.

Always remember ONE person can make a difference, that ONE person is YOU!

Big love,

Kimxo

 

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The little things really are the big things!

Every night after dinner, my hubby and I take the dog out for a walk. Sometimes one or all three of our girls join us. I must confess, this ritual is new for me, at least on a steady basis. Up until even a couple of months ago, my hubby would walk the dog alone, or my daughter would go with him, occasionally I would join. Most often however, I would be caught up in helping the kids with homework, working on my own things or cleaning up the kitchen.

But I have had this great epiphany lately that the little things really are the big things. Oh sure, I have used this phrase countless times, I even thought I fully understood it. In many areas of life I have honoured this phrase, especially when it came to my children and being there for them. But for some reason, I neglected this often with my husband.  I took “us” for granted more times than I care to admit in the past.

I can’t recall exactly what it was that made me stop and reflect on this, but over the years we have built a solid home, a passionate love and a more beautiful friendship than ever (even through a lot of very trying years), and I have come to realize that yes, even in this 26 year old relationship of ours, the little things continue to be the big things. I really enjoy his company, our conversations, sharing what we are working on, the challenges we have had throughout the day or just talking about our dreams and the things we are most grateful for. I love holding his hand, skipping up the hill (yes I still skip) and watching him throw the stick for our dog. I look forward to these nightly walks, almost as much as our dog Hershey (and anyone who has a dog knows how much dogs LOVE their walks).

With all the hustle and bustle of life, all the demands and the goals and the business of it, this quiet time to just BE together, this seemingly  “little” thing is one of the best and biggest highlights of my day, because he matters…”we” matter and our love and connection matters.

Wherever you are at in your life, in your relationships, with your significant other or your children, create a daily ritual of time to enjoy the “little” things together, and you will create a beautiful “BIG” life.

Always remember one person can make a difference…that ONE person is YOU!

Lots of love,

Kimxo

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Day 30 of 30 days of gratitude…LOVE!

Well here we are! The final day of 30 days of gratitude, but of course, it isn’t really the end. Everyday there is so much to be grateful for, this is just a tiny fragment of the beauty of my life over the past 30 days!

On top of these posts, there were the regular trials and tribulations of life, including hot flashes (wickedly awesome change of life – AYE AYE AYE), a tragic young death in our family, a celebration of a beautiful friend’s birthday who died far too young, challenging times and everything in between. Because, after all, that IS LIFE!

I KNOW first-hand the power gratitude has to transform us. To change our circumstances, our fortune, our love life, our relationships with everyone who matters…I’ve lived it over and over again in every aspect of my life….and still, at times, I had to sit and THINK about what I have to be grateful for in each new day.

I started this 30-day blog-challenge to get me writing again, writing on one of my favourite topics no less. Writing has always been one of my passions, so this forced me into the daily consistency of it! For that I am grateful to be back on track. As much as it was work to write daily, now that I am on the last day – day 30 – I am struck by how much more I want to write about…how much more I AM so very grateful for – my family, my husband, my career. But in the end I choose to write about what I am grateful for every single day and that is LOVE.

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Love in all it’s forms. The way it shows up and pulls us through. Love for choice and change, for people and passions, for moving forward and for standing still to catch your breathe. I am grateful for the way love fills my heart and makes it feel electric and alive. Sometimes that happens when I hear my girls laughter through the day, beside me. Sometimes I feel it when I am laying in bed at the end of a day and I feel my husband wrap me in his arms, sometimes it is the grand realization of all the freedom and choice I have worked so hard to create in my business and the overwhelming sense of gratitude and LOVE I feel for all of it.

Gratitude, which is really another word for love, is something I take the time DAILY to look for, to think of. Because if I don’t, it is easy to get caught up in the speed of the day, the demands around us, the tasks that have to be done and forget to see the beauty and LOVE around us that we have to be so grateful for. Gratitude…LOVE…is a daily MUST.

So today, as I wrap up this 30 days of gratitude challenge, I commit to continually live in a state of gratitude because it FEELS so good! Because it creates such magical change. Because it is GROUNDING and LIFTING all at the same time, to the soul, to the heart and to all that matters. It’s not always about what we GET, it’s about HOW WE FEEL and gratitude and LOVE just feel so darn good!

If you don’t have a regular gratitude ritual that you do daily, I highly recommend it. It will change everything about your life. I’ll be writing on that more in an upcoming blog!!!

Thanks for following this – there are MORE great revelations to come.

Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

Decide that you are going to live your most amazing life by design.

With love and gratitude,

Kim xo

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Day 29 of 30 days of gratitude…beautiful memories!

I just got 6 – 8MM high definition video cartridges back after being converted to DVD’s. These 6 videos are from 17-18+ years ago when our first born, Maddie, was a baby and just learning to talk and walk.

EMOTIONAL? You bet!

I cried from these beautiful memories that make me realize that time goes by waaaayyy to fast! A reminder to savour the moments and spend as much time with our loved ones as we can, and of how precious my baby girls have always been to me!

Maddie cried-feeling a sense of gratitude for the love she has always been surrounded by.  Seeing herself as a baby and toddler and watching what were the beginnings of a wicked sense of humour, a fiery determination in everything she does, a beautiful free-spirit full of imagination and creativity all made her feel a deep sense of gratitude as well.

Gratitude is just one of this magical things that grounds you to your core and reminds you of what is truly important!

Today, I am ever so grateful for beautiful memories (and old home videos)!!

Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

Decide that you are going to live your most amazing life by design.

With love and gratitude,

Kim xo

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Day 28 of 30 days of gratitude…nature!

This evening I headed out in our yard to chat with my hubby as he was cleaning up from his outdoor work, I had to stop and take in the beauty and majesty around me, that I very likely take for granted many days.

The people who lived in the home before us were avid gardeners and won awards for their landscaping abilities. So we inherited such breathtaking beauty that sprouts up every year in our expansive gardens. And then there is the lake, from our view perched high atop the world, I feel utter amazement watching the birds fly at eye-level, seeing sailboats quietly pass by, and looking out at the water’s edge that seems to go on forever.

The world is such a magical place and there is so much brilliance around us daily, we just need to take a moment to slow down and really take it all in!!!

So tonight as I get ready to wrap up my day, I can say I am truly grateful for nature and her stunning, reliable beauty!!

What beauty is around YOU???

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Decide that you are going to live your most amazing life by design.

With love and gratitude,

Kim xo

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Day 27 of 30 days of gratitude…sleep!

I typically have “off-the-charts” high energy! I get up early and go to bed late because I LOVE everything I do and want to fit in as much as possible.

While I work hard, I have learned the importance of sleep and recuperating to recharge the body and mind, allowing me to start fresh again tomorrow. On the days when I have packed in as much as I possibly can….sleep is a welcome break from the activity.

On our way home from our Camp Tanamakoon trip earlier this week, the girls were chatting and singing their hearts out one minute, then it got silent. When I  looked back to check on them…this is what I saw. Three little angles sound  asleep. They were “spent.” And they were doing exactly what their body needed…when it needed it…sleep!

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We had an awesome visit with my brother and a calendar full of activity and meetings (my “highlight reel). The flip side of that is that I have a ridiculous summer cough. and brutal hot flashes that keep me up at night!  Sleep is such a gift to me. So this afternoon, after lunch with my brother and seeing him off to the airport for his return flight to LA, we went to my in-laws for supper. Where I promptly fell asleep (for a good half of our visit).

The awesome thing was, there was NO judgment from anyone – and I got to catch up on a couple of hours of much needed sleep (which will recharge my adrenal glands LOL)!

Give yourself grace the odd day, to heal, recover and recoup, so you can jump back in and go full steam tomorrow!!! Today rest…tomorrow full steam ahead!

Today I am so very grateful for the healing powers of sleep!

Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

Decide that you are going to live your most amazing life by design.

With love and gratitude,

Kim xo

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Day 26 of 30 days of gratitude…reflection!

As you may know, my brother is in town for a visit (Insert HOORAY – HIGH FIVE and Jump For JOY!)!!! He is one of my best friends (you can check out a video we did today on FB Live on my new FB page here).

Like a mirror, he reflects what I am thinking, feeling and on occasion what I am struggling with.. He pushes me to see the bigger picture of my life, to slow down for a beat and reflect on all that I have accomplished and on HOW to get to the next level in this legacy-life  journey of mine.

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From a conversation yesterday and again today, he has helped me take pause, reflect, and begin anew with unbelievable clarity and with a course-correction that will most definitely help me hit my next-level goals.

So today, good-lordy, I am ever so grateful for the power of reflection!

Are you where you want to be? What can you pause and REFLECT on with honesty and a brand new attitude and resolve about how you are going to course-correct to reach your goals?

Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

Decide that you are going to live your most amazing life by design.

With love and gratitude,

Kim xo

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