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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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 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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Day 25 of 30 days of gratitude…unlimited possibility!

As I approach the 7th year of building my laptop business from home (that started out part-time 10-15 hours a week, and has become full-time, 20-25 hours per week), I am reminded of the early days of fear, hesitation and trepidation I had.

Starting anything new is scary. Period. (this pic is my WHY vision card I carried with me everywhere to push me through those early scary times)

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There is self doubt, fear of the unknown and nervousness. I have come to learn that  those feelings are all completely normal. In fact they are good….a sign that you are about to stretch your comfort zone.

But perhaps the most awesome thing about beginning something new is the unlimited possibility that YOU create. You begin at ground zero…with NOTHING but an idea, a hope and a VISION…and from that little seed you have the ability to create something as BIG as your vision can hold. Now that’s powerful!

Today as I left a meeting at a coffee shop with an absolutely AMAZING human being that I feel so grateful to know so much better after our coffee-date today, I was FILLED UP with joy and gratitude listening to my girls tell me all about the progress they made on the BIG project they’re working on.

I feel overwhelmed with gratitude 1st) Because I get to enjoy a third summer hanging out with my girls while I build my business and they develop their project,  2nd) Because of the UNLIMITED possibility I chose to believe in almost 7-years-ago when THIS very life-by-design was nothing more than an idea, a wish, a picture in my mind of how I truly wanted to live.

Now as I watch my girls develop their big project, that started with a simple idea, and I see and feel their joy, confidence and excitement grow as they make this a reality for themselves….I acknowledge the brilliance of watching unlimited possibility unfold once again. It is that same power that self development guru Tony Robins refers to as, “Unleashing the power within.”

We ALL have it within us. We just have to acknowledge it and then GO FOR IT, be ALL IN and BELIEVE it is ours to create!

The unlimited possibility that lays within in one of us is pretty darn amazing! TODAY I am truly grateful for it all and the truth that the BEST is YET TO COME!!!

What are YOU dreaming of? What could you do differently to begin to honour your unlimited possibility today?

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 19 of 30 days of gratitude…spontaneous silliness!

We just had some Hi8 films from our OLD video camera converted over to DVD’s to view (will be another blog). WOW does time ever go back fast. I shed some tears thinking about how little my babies were and how quickly they have grown. Makes me think about how important it is to ENJOY every moment and take time to just be plain silly – cause that’s what you will remember looking back.

Which brought me to the other day and taking my girls shopping for their birthday. Every day is an adventure with these girls. They fill my life with joy and spontaneous silliness. They make me laugh with their uninhibited brilliance and desire to just have FUN – wherever and whenever the mood strikes them!

LOVE THIS!!! (sorry not sure how to get it to save in here right side up)

Grateful for spontaneous silliness!!! It’s THESE kinds of moments that leave us all with smiles from ear to ear and the phrase, “Thank you for such a fun day,”  repeated to each person, from each person.

When was the last time you did something spontaneous and silly?

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

ps – please check out my NEW business page with all things inspirational, tips on how to CREATE and LIVE your most amazing life “By Design” in all areas. Including interviews with awesome people, product tips, marriage tips, changing careers and earning more money, raising good children and so much more. PLUS weekly FB LIVE videos. Follow me over on FB at Kim MacGregor – Live Your Most Amazing Life By Design

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DAY 10 of 30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – Breathtaking Sunsets!

We just came off a long weekend here in Canada, celebrating our beautiful country’s 150th anniversary (such a youngster!).

I spent the weekend doing a mix of work, visiting family, goal-setting, more work and some amazing moments shared with my family! The benefit of being an entrepreneur is that you get to pick and choose the moments you can unplug and enjoy LIFE full on!!!

We live on the lake, in the city, and it feels like we have the best of both worlds here – city life that feels like cottage living, without the crazy commute.

As the sun was setting last night it was the most spectacular mix of pinks and blues and whites that seemed to be plucked from a Pantone colour chart. On clear days, this is the sunset I glimpse through my window as I am working in my office or fixing dinner or doing some other task that keeps me busy. But tonight…tonight was different. We marched out to the cliff, positioned our chairs on the point and lined them up beside each other where we sat staring out into the great expanse of water before us, like we were watching a movie.

And that is exactly what it felt like. The sky was a moving picture whose colors intensified as the sun fell further below the horizon. The rays of pink and white in the distance shot up from nowhere, puffy white clouds billowed in the sky above us making different shapes we laughed about as our imaginations took over and we saw dancing horses with cupid riding on his back, snakes and ogres. The reflection of the colors on the water reached closer to us as the sun dropped and the pink color took over the lake.

These images don’t fully capture the intensity of colours that the naked eye sees.

I am crying as I write about this experience thinking about what a gift that moment was, about all the beauty that surrounds us daily, and the gracious and giving way that nature wraps her arms around us and provides such a feast for the eyes that it leaves you in wonder and awe. When we take the time, to take it in.

So today, I am grateful for the beauty and wonder of something as simple and majestic as a sunset. I am grateful that we all took the time to unplug from life and gather on the point to watch the day say it’s goodbye with such stunning fanfare. It’s amazing how the little things we taking for granted, that are all around us daily, can have the greatest impact on our soul.

When was the last time you STOPPED everything and just took in the beauty of the world around you? I challenge you to do it today…it will ground you and fill you up with JOY and gratitude!!!

 

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

ps – please check out my NEW business page with all things inspirational, tips on how to CREATE and LIVE your most amazing life “By Design” in all areas. Including interviews with awesome people, product tips, marriage tips, changing careers and earning more money, raising good children and so much more. PLUS weekly FB LIVE videos. Follow me over on FB at Kim MacGregor – Live Your Most Amazing Life By Design

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