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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Oh Beautiful July – you are the perfect month to start again!

In fact, today is the birthday of my dear friend Erika Heller. Inspired by her life and love, she is the person who sparked this global grassroots movement, I BELIEVE SHE’s AMAZING. We successfully launched the YouTube Video that has travelled the world and reached close to 2,000,000 people (WOW so incredible to think it happened from my kitchen table with NO social media experience). We have delivered an inspirational quote on our Facebook page every day since this campaign was launched three years ago. I now understand the breadth and depth of what we have created and how much joy, purpose and meaning it has brought myself and so many others around the world. Grateful beyond words for this soul-centered endeavor that helped give “meaning” to such a sad loss.

Erika’s death, at just 31 years of age, is a reminder that we are here for a short time and the importance of doing what we love, following our hearts, connecting with others, living our life to the fullest, and above all believing in ourselves. And so with that, I am kick-starting this blog with weekly and honest updates on how to live your most amazing life. Because, truly, at the end of the day, isn’t that exactly what we are all striving for? Magical discoveries and opening up to what our true calling is.

I am on this journey with you, finding our way through life and all it’s multi-colored moments. I have so many amazing life experiences to share. I hope that what you find here helps make YOUR journey a little easier. I was originally planning to take this community to the next level behind the scenes then share it with the world once everything was done. But that would only delay this journey even more, and I cannot wait any longer, so I will unfold it as I go and share with you along the way. I am working on so many exciting things, I cannot wait to grow with you and live our most AMAZING lives together in this space.

This is a place to be re-ignited, to find guidance in life and in business. It is a safe haven for you to learn to love yourself, your life and to find gratitude in all you do (things I have learned and continue to fine-tune). For all those of you who have ever felt that you are destined for more than what you are currently doing; if you have felt overwhelmed, disappointed or confused by where to start and how to transition into a new life; if you have wondered what the next step was or how you got so far off track; if you are longing to live your most AMAZING LIFE ever in every aspect-health, love, career and wealth-than welcome to this community.

I Believe She’s Amazing is a community of like-minded people on a mission to live their most AMAZING life, to blow past fear and commit to living FULL ON. It is a community that recognizes and acknowledges the AMAZING people in our lives, in the moment. A group that lives in gratitude, inspired by one another, rooting each other on and sharing in each others unique journey at all the magical points where our lives intersect.

Like you, I am a work in progress. We are ALL a work in progress, thankfully, cause that is our reminder that we are alive. And what a gift this life is. I am so excited for this next step to unfold. Kim MacGregor I Believe She's Amazing Award winning Author, Inspirational Speaker

Thank you for being a part of this journey. Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

With love and gratitude,

Kim xo

Inspired friend

Get out of your own way and get going

Start Kim MacGregor

Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is start.
* start exercising
* start a family
* start doing what you love
…you get the picture.

Starting is a challenge because it requires ACTION.
We are great at dreaming, thinking about things, wishing things were better, or different, but when it comes to starting something we innately understand that it involves change from status quo…change from what we are currently doing.

It involves us stepping out of our comfort zone.

Starting often goes hand in hand with stopping some other behavior that isn’t working for us. Just as you can’t open your eyes and close them AT THE SAME TIME, you can’t start working your dream, if you don’t stop procrastinating.

The part of the equation that stalls us is fear of the unknown, feeling unprepared-like we just don’t know everything we need to know yet to “do it,” which really boils down to a lack of trust in ourselves and our ability to make it through.

I can tell you this, regardless of what we do, we learn as we go and in doing so, we gain trust in ourselves and our ability to handle whatever comes our way. Pick anything; parenting, marriage, writing a book, learning to ride a bike. You can’t know everything there is to know before you begin. Life doesn’t work that way. In every situation, we learn as we go. It’s the gift of experience.

Go Kim MacGregor But the key word is GO – we’ve got to get GOing.

So go ahead and set your sites on the horizon. Open your eyes. Unfurl your sails and let the wind of action set you free. You are smarter and more resourceful than you give yourself credit for. You’ll learn new skills, maybe experience a touch of choppy water, but just like all the other great adventurists, you’ll adjust your sails as you go.

And as long as you keep your eyes on the shore, on your destination, you WILL arrive!

But only if you start, if you set sail and leave the shore, can you explore the beauty and grandeur of new islands and a life you LOVE living.

Let’s start together shall we.

Keep me updated on what you are doing and how it’s going and I will do the same. And for heavens sake, if you need a bit of coaching, or a little nudge don’t hesitate to ask me for help. Deal? Deal!

Thank you for being a part of this journey. Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

With love and gratitude,

Kimxo
Inspired friend

The Icarus DeceptionIf you want a GREAT read that will LIFT you off your seat and help get you going I highly recommend reading one of my very favorite thought leaders newest books about just this topic,Seth Godin’s “The Icarus Deception.” It WILL move you.

The Girls 20 Summit-Sponsored by The Belinda Stronach Foundation

Last week I had the great honor of attending the Girls 20 Summit in Toronto, the brainchild of Belinda Stronach, a former MP who is now the executive vice-chairman of Magna International Inc. Her foundation The Belinda Stronach Foundation, organized the event in collaboration with Oxfam, Save the Children and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, among others.This forum gives young women from around the world the opportunity to meet and discuss the greatest issues facing girls and women, to have a say in global policy and to represent a voice for 3.3 billion women worldwide, as a prelude to the G20 summit taking place this week.

I sat in the audience at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business listening to bright, articulate female panelists representing global women’s foundations that are doing incredibly important work. They included Pamela Shifman of the NOVO Foundation, the Nike Foundation’s Swan Palik, Sarah Degnan Kambou, president of the Washington-based International Centre for Research on Women, Jill Sheffield of Women Deliver and Zainab Salbi of Women for Women International. Each amazing…each inspiring!

The panelists were asked to address the following question and provide recommendations:
“What is the greatest challenge facing girls and women today?

The women spoke passionately, and at times through tears. Their answers intersected along the same theme: lack. Girls and women of the world lack ––respect, safety, personal rights, education, health, freedom of speech, opportunities to be employed and to be paid fairly when they do work.

As I listened to the horrific statistics from the developing nations about child brides, gang rapes, the number of young girls who are pulled out of school to care for other siblings or to get married to an older man in an arranged marriage, I felt my arms wash over in goose bumps and tears well up in my eyes.

I have three little girls of my own whom I am raising to be strong, confident, intelligent young women. I am raising them to believe that they can be and do anything in the world they set their minds to…now and as they grow up. While I am proud of the opportunity, education, experience and self-respect they have…as a mother, I feel compassion for all the world’s daughters. I feel compelled to do MORE.

There were twenty-one young female delegates, between the ages of 18 to 20, representing each of the G20 countries, as well as a representative from the African Union. Each of these girls had the opportunity to share her ideas and hopes for creating change in the world. I was awe-struck by their bright, articulate observations, and in some cases, by the harsh reality of what they see every day, as well as their courage, strength and hopes for a better future. Many of these young girls are attending university, active in their own communities as agents of change, They are using their voice to make a difference…inspiring and amazing to say the least. I Wanted to reach out and hug them all, instead I showered them with heartfelt words of praise, “I believe you are amazing young women. Keep dreaming and thinking and doing what you’re doing. What a fabulous opportunity this is for the world to meet you.”

Amazing young women of the world

All the way home in the car my mind raced with ideas, germinating from seeds that had been planted long ago. Some seeds that had been growing from conversations I have shared at bedtime with my daughters as we discussed the reality that many other girls their age face-that they are not allowed to attend school, they are not safe, they are forced to marry and have children at an early age. My children’s wide-eyed expressions when I speak to them, mirror what I imagine to have been my own wide-eyed expression as I listened to the girls I have distantly referenced in my own conversations…standing before me, in person. Their clothes and voices are representative of their different cultures…but we share one heart.

I consider the distance they have traveled to be here, to share and learn…to become empowered and to use their voices to change the world. As panelist Sarah Dregnan suggested, I think of all the girls who cannot be here and I think of what I can do to help them be all that they can be…all the things I wish for my own daughters.

I am humbled by the entire experience. I am grateful to everyone here, to my friend Sabeen for making it possible for me to attend and especially to Belinda Stronach for creating this meaningful forum. I was able to say a big thank you to Belinda Stronach who was gracious and warm and welcome to future collaborative efforts.

I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes, from someone I consider to be a truly amazing woman:

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller

This resonates within me.

My campaign “I Believe She’s Amazing” is a start…a way to express gratitude for the amazing girls and women we share our lives with…and to raise the level of appreciation, admiration and love for the beauty and hope that every girl and woman represents in the world. Once we have reached our 1,000,000-person goal, the next step, is to create a foundation that sponsors girls and women’s initiatives around the world, because we believe they are amazing!

This is the juicy stuff I teach in my transformation workshops…and I am in love with living it…to do the things that make us come alive. Well this event has made me come MORE alive.

In the words of the final speaker, the eloquent Reeta Ray, President of the Mastercard Foundation, “What is it you can do with your own power and circle to change? What ripple effect will your actions have on the world? How is your ray going to shine? How are you going to make a difference?”

Don’t ever forget one person can make a difference in this world…that one person is YOU!

With love and gratitude,

Kim
Inspired friend xo
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