I happen to work with some pretty amazing people and every year as a community we organize drives to help people in need. There are so many organizations that need our help and we are involved in many. I want to share two Advent reflections on this blog that were shared with me by people at schools in my community. Here is the first one:

"What Are You Asking for This Christmas?"  by Joyce Rupp

Instead of focusing on material presents, let us request from the Heart of the Holy what most strengthens our souls and enlivens our love. This Christmas I ask for:

Hope, the north star in my soul, that it may always point me toward the Light of the World.

Stillness, to sweep through my restless mind, emptying it of the cluttered debris and floating negativity.

Non-violence, that every thought, word, deed and desire flow gently from me like a brook caressing unmovable stones.

 Savoring ,to remember with gratefulness moments of beauty and people's goodwill that prompted gladness.

 Other-Centeredness, for the tightly held part of self that ignores, denies or refuses to respond to the plight of others.

Laughter, to retain the sprightly dance of joy amid the endless duties, preparations, chores, and responsibilities.

Perspective, for an inner vision that views each difficult person or situation through the wide lens of kindness.

 Solace, to recognize, welcome and embrace what yearns for attention and comfort in the sanctuary of my soul.

Surprise, so the celebration of Christmas rekindles awe and gratitude for the Source of All Love, and influences how I live.

Beautiful isn't it? I was so filled with joy when I read what Mrs. Rupp wrote that I wanted to share it on my blog so you can read it too and reflect. Here is the other story I chose to share with you.

Every year at one of our District's High School, the Social Justice Student Club organizes a Christmas Food Hamper Drive for families-in-need within our school community. In light of our tough economic downturn, the financial stress endured by many of our low-income families has intensified. There has been an overwhelming request for over 100 hampers - the highest number to date! Some of these families are quite large and require multiple hampers. One family in particular has 11 children (including newborn twins) and a single mother working part-time. For many of us, this sort of struggle is unimaginable.  

 Sometimes this stress manifests itself in our classrooms, as evidenced by a student’s attitude, energy level, and academic performance. The impact of such burdens may be internalized and ignored, and those teenagers go about their day as if everything is fine. Our administrators, teachers, guidance team, resource workers, and support/caretaking staff demonstrate deep compassion by advocating for those students who put on a brave face and hide in the shadows.   

 Collecting enough non-perishable food items, toiletries, and baby supplies is always a challenge, but despite the “tightening-of-belts” within many of our own households, there has been a tremendous outpouring of support.

 Staff members, former staff, and other schools continue to make personal contributions, solicit donations over social media, and reach out to family members, friends and businesses. There have been anonymous cash donors and even a complete stranger in line at a store handed over a $20 bill to help purchase a teacher’s hamper items! Most notably, our students - many of whom face some degree of financial tension at home - have recognized their blessings and offered food from their own pantries.

 Thanks to the Calgary Catholic district staff’s generosity and good will, many of our students will have a much brighter Christmas season.

I feel so blessed to be a part of this beautiful Community and all I can say is thank you to all the people that help families in need and organize drives so we/ I can help as well. There are so many earth Angels out there and I feel I am surrounded by many and for that I say Thank You God :)I wish you all a very merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year 2017!








Tips for a Stress FREE Holiday Season!

Hello all!

My elf Fred and I would like to wish you a very happy and safe Holiday Season. We would like to remind you that holidays are meant to be fun! We understand that this time of the year can get pretty hectic and stressful so we want to share a few tips with you to help you with the holiday madness ;).

~ Remember to Breath

~Take time off for yourself. Book an appointment for a manicure, pedicure or facial

~ A Reiki session is sure to help you relax to the max and help you manage/ get rid of stress ;)

~ Relax with soft music

~ Before bed, light a scented candle and sit by the fire place with your favourite book or magazine

~ If you are hosting, share the hosting responsibilities and get the kids involved, they can help ;)

~ Make things ahead of time 

~ Take time off from cell phones, social media and work email

~ Try yoga

~ Aromatherapy does wonders. Colour energy has these oil roll on glass sticks with many different scents and by rubbing a little on the palm of your hands in the morning even before you get out of bed take a whiff, it is sure to put you in the right relaxed happy mood.

~ Avoid a lot of alcohol as it dehydrates your body making your liver work overtime. Drink as much water as alcohol this will keep you hydrated and help you deal better with stress.

~ Meditate for a few minutes, calm your mind!

~ Have fun and laugh lots!

For those of you travelling during this holiday season, don’t wait until the last minute to pack! Take these tips with you. Enjoy, relax and have a safe trip wherever your destination may be ;).

Cheers and happy holidays!