Friendships are a powerful thing.

As humans, they are a vital part of what it means to live in the world. They connect us, ground us, humble us, and teach us about what it means to be a person. From the very beginning of our time on the earth, we are connected to people - and as soon as we begin to develop our independence, it is through relationships with friends that we learn our limits, set our boundaries, and define our experience with the world.

So much of growing up is done with our friends. And while 'growing up' is definitely supported by the guidance and nurturing from our parents and elders, the experiences that shape us and lessons that we learn most often come in the form of decisions made as a result of peer influence (be it good, bad or neutral choices). It is through friends that we practice what it means to trust, to love, and to hurt another person. Through friends, we get our feet wet and experiment what it means to be in relationship with another. As we age, the meaning of a friend changes - but the ways they can impact us remain consistent.

As we look back on years of friendships and reflect what they have given us, it is clear to see the growth they have brought. No matter the current state of a friendship, each has had a profound impact on us - be it through lessons learned, memories created, or shared emotions and experiences. Without each individual relationship that has come into our lives, we would not have the understanding and experiences of the world that we do.

For that, I am grateful.

They may ignite you or hurt you, motivate you or calm you, guide you or mislead you. Whatever the outcome, each has a distinct purpose in building you. Recognize what it is within you that has been shaped or become possible because of each friendship that you have had. For those you no longer know, send your thanks into the universe for what they gave you. And for those that are supporting you today, share your immense gratitude for the gifts that they are giving you. Friendships are a powerful thing between amazing human beings who love, learn, and grow.


May you continue to explore your growth through the power of human connection.

#friendship #relationship #love

I recently celebrated my birthday; a turn of time which marked a pretty special year for me. This past year was a time of growth and the realization of what I believe I was uniquely put on this earth to accomplish. Coming into touch with who I am and what my gifts are made this year special, and leaves me with plenty of excitement as I move into the next year of my life.

In marking the start of the next chapter, one of my girlfriends gave me a gift containing a beautiful necklace marked with the word 'courage'. This beautiful piece is part of The Giving Keys collection. The concept of this stunning necklace is that you wear your key proudly, living out the word on your key to your fullest expression. And then, when you feel it is time, you pass it along to someone you feel could use it more than you. You pay it forward.

I am in LOVE with this company. They provide a second chance for people overcoming homelessness. They spread compassion and connection. And they are rooted in a beautiful story (by an uber-talented female leader). This is a beautiful gift idea for anyone you love, wish to thank, or want to recognize. Not only is it a fabulous addition to anyone's jewelry collection, but it also encourages and inspires personal development and mindfulness in the person you gift it to. They have a beautiful collection to suit many different styles, and you can choose from one of their words, or customize a key with a word of your choice.

​Now that I have shared with you how much I love my key, it is time to ​​embrace my word. This year, I will wear 'courage' proudly. I will be courageous and take chances, follow my heart and bring to the world everything that I have to share. And with that, I am sending you the vibes of courageousness as well. Because no matter where we are in life, we could also use a dose of that wild push to take chances, make mistakes, and fly.

The ability to do what frightens one, The strength to challenge the norm. Within each of us lies that fire; Waiting to be sparked, to be unleashed.

They say nothing worth having comes easy And let me tell you, ain't that true. But if we are really going to live, and never look back Then lets make the most of the short time we have.

This life is yours, belonging only to you And with the time you're given, you can choose Whether to live like a roaring lion Or play it safe, keeping risk at bay.

May you find the power to roar, The strength to lift away that which stops you, The knowledge of love to support you, And the courage to go where your heart may lead.

With love and courage. <3

Have you gifted a Giving Key to someone, or have your own? Share with us what it meant to you!

#givingkeys #courage #compassion #gratitude #gift

I was in a yoga class recently, bending and twisting to bring my body into a pose that I was once able to move into seamlessly. As I struggled to find my breathe, I found my mind racing and judging my muscles and joints because I was unable to find what I once so easily achieved. In my moment of struggle and negative self-talk, the beautiful person leading the class quietly whispered “be present, be here in this moment and nowhere else. Let go of the past and find peace in the unknown of the future.”

Truth, my soul sister.

The benefits of living in the present moment:

If we let our minds (and more specifically, our ego) run wild, it will linger on the things we cannot change or the impending moments that we cannot control. The ego thrives off of comparison, growing when it feels that it is greater than others, and feeling belittled and enraged when it is reminded of its inadequacies. When the ego is in control of your mind, it will focus on the past, comparing the now to the “once a upon a time”; then jumping to the future, wondering what will come next. While it does its dance with the devil of lost time, you inevitably miss out on the present.

Taking control of the beast and finding beauty in the present moment will quiet the ego, lower your stress and anxiety, and leave you free to enjoy the minutes that your life provides you. When you live here, in the now, in the moments as they come and go, a sense of peace and self-confidence will arise. You will come to know and find comfort in knowing that while you cannot change what has already happened nor control what lies ahead, you can embrace and take the most out of ever moment that you do have. You will find confidence in everything you do, because there will be no fear of what may happen and no judgment of how you might stack up to the past. You will be left with you, living through situations, circumstances, and experiences as they happen. You will be able to breathe.

Tips to help you BE PRESENT:

  1. When you find yourself thinking about the past or contemplating the future, stop your mind. Take a deep inhale and exhale and focus on the movement of your breathe. Repeat 5-10 times, or until you feel your mind focusing on the present and forgetting about your other thoughts.

  2. Every morning, before you begin your day, repeat the following mantra 6 times, while sitting quietly: I cannot control the past or present. I can only live in the moments as they come.

  3. Invest in a piece of jewellery (or cellphone case, etc. – anything that you will see throughout the day) to act as a reminder to be present. Bracelets are a great way to trigger yourself to focus on the present as they will catch your attention at different times throughout the day.

Wishing you peace and presence, with love <3

#mindful #bepresent #mantra #meditate #presence #breathe

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