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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Laughter is the Best Medicine – Lesson #28

When I was a teenager my older sister went to a boarding school. She would come home for Springbreak, Christmas, and summer.On her first day home, we would lay on our beds – one beside the other – on our tummy’s with our heads positioned over our pillows. Looking at each other we would force ourselves to laugh. In the beginning it was an effort, but soon the silliness and carefree abandon would take over and our laughs would become genuine…turning into breathless, gut-wrenching hysteria. Our pillows served as our shields, muffling the sounds of our laughter as it grew to incredible volumes.

This remains one of my favorite memories from my childhood.

Fast forward a few decades and I am now a mother with my own little kids (my how time flies). My children had a PD day today.They spent the majority of the day making up games, dressing up and making their faces up with silly make-up. They video taped each skit and routine. They would then watch the video back, together, three little sets of eyes crowded around the small Flip camera held in their hand, laughing hysterically as they replayed the video over and over again.

I can think of no better sound to fill my house than the sound of laughter. It can lift a sour mood and has even been reported to help heal cancer. That’s powerful stuff!

If pharmaceutical companies could learn how to bottle laughter, they would earn a fortune. But it can’t be grown in any factory, like all of the best things in life, it is entirely self-made.

Laughter is free, it’s fun, and it feels really good – it truly is the best medicine going – no prescription necessary.

Lesson #28 in my 30 days of learning is to laugh hard and laugh often!

If you don’t feel up to it, grab a pillow (as your sound barrier to laugh into) lay on your bed and just start to force a small laugh, then work your way up to a bigger one. Soon enough you’ll find yourself in the midst of genuine, gut-wrenching laughter, overcome with peace and a fabulous feeling of good-health. Go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose!

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

With love,

Kim
Inspired friend xo
Founder, I Believe She’s Amazing campaign

Take an Unexpected Detour – Lesson #10

I had an unexpected turn of events today that became a lesson in my ongoing 30 days of learning experiment.

On my way to a meeting I drove past the cemetery where my parents lay at rest. I haven’t been there in a few years, I must confess. I speak to them everyday, from wherever I am so I don’t really think I need to be at their grave-site to be in communication.

Having said that…to be there, to see their names and the dates of their short lives etched in stone, filled me with emotion and a flood of memories. I knelt in front of the bench and ran my fingers along the heavy engraved last name BOURNE…my maiden name…memories of my childhood.

It felt like I was living a surreal moment, from a movie, as the blue background of the sky welcomed the passing of puffy white clouds above. I wept and prayed. I prayed to my parents, to God, to the heavens above and I thanked them all for the moment of silent reverie and reflection.

After 30 minutes, I felt an incredible sense of peace.

Say a prayer. Believe your voice is heard. There is a sense of calm that will wash over you. Be open to taking an unplanned detour in your day and you may discover that the most amazing moments and gifts await you. That little detour was just what I needed today.

Remember one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

With love in my heart and peace in my soul,

Kim
Inspired friend, forever loving daughter to Bonnie and Dave Bourne who first introduced me to the concept of what it means to “believe” xo xo
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