Everything that happens to us when we are growing up affects how we relate, work and interact for the rest of our lives. Something that has affected me greatly is the saga of the Community Nurse.

Do you remember when the Community Nurse would come to your class room in school to weigh, measure and vaccinate you?

Do you remember her calling out everyone's height and weight so someone could write them down for her records?

Ah! I remember it well...too well!

It wasn't until grade three that it really registered with me what was really happening when the district nurse came to visit.

It all began in grade one. We didn't have Kindergarten back then.

I know, I know, I'm dating myself. Back to my story.

The nurse would come into our class room dressed in a white uniform and nurse's cap. She really looked like a nurse! -Not scarey though. It was what she came to do when she was there that became scarey by the time I was in grade three.

What happened is the nurse would bring her monster of a bathroom scale and a black leather bag. The teacher would assign someone in the class to copy down all the heights and weights of the class members.

The teacher would go through the roll call in alphabetical order, starting with "A".

Each child in the class would get up from their desk and go to the back of the room as their name was called.

First the nurse would measure how tall we were and call out the number.

Then she would have us step up on the scale and she would call out the number of pounds we weighed.

My last name began with the letter "S", so I would sit in my desk dreading my turn by the time I was in grade 3, because I dreaded what would happen when my numbers were called.

You see, I was head and shoulders taller than everyone in my class, and thus much heavier than everyone in my class.

This fateful day when it was my turn, the nurse measured me, and the class heard my number an audible gasp was heard from the class. Then I stepped on the scales and the nurse called out my number. -Another gasp! But this time someone in the class said, "She's a witch!"

It didn't help that I had red hair as well.

So for the rest of my school years in Milk River, I was known as "the witch".

This experience caused me to be extremely conscious about my weight for the rest of my life. At one point I became anorexic and bulimic. If anyone mentioned anything about my weight, it would send me into an "eat nothing for the rest of my life" tirade.

In those days, people did not realize that these two phenomenon existed. Actually, I think my Mom was bulimic as well, because I heard her purging in the bathroom one time and asked her if she was ok. She just said, "I ate too much dinner." Because I had been doing the same for years, I knew exactly what she was doing. Nothing more was said about it. To me, it was just something that I did to stay slim.

To this day, I would probably still be purging, except that ever since I turned 40, when I purged, tiny blood vessels would burst around my eyes, and I would look like I had two black eyes for a few days until they healed. Ugh!

I have been looking for something to help me regulate what I was eating and help me manage my food intake. I tried many diets and found the Weight Watchers diet to work the best for me...for a time. Then I reverted back to just counting calories. -But I noticed that over the years, I was gradually gaining some of my weight back.

Because I had been on so many diets, every time I went on a diet, my body would go into overdrive at the sound of the word. I would feel like eating everything in the fridge at one sitting. It was hard to control. So I have tried to maintain my weight by counting calories and watching the proportions of carbs and fats. Now there is an app that I can use to help me with monitoring this. I also walk and ride bike to help with exercise. However, this was not working very well for me, as I was gradually gaining  weight over the years until I had 25 pounds to release.

Recently, I met someone who was working with a new eating program. I thought it sounded worth trying, because she had released 30 pounds and was looking great. So I tried it.

Wow! I released 10.6 pounds and 10 inches in the first 8 days, and then 4 more pounds in the next week. I only had 11 pounds to release to be at my optimal weight. I know that I am still releasing weight, but have not been near a set of bathroom scales for a week.

It is a relief to know that I can just follow my eating regimen on the program. Oh, I still use my app on my phone to monitor my calories, carbs and fats with exercise, but for the most part, that is not the centre of my day every day. This program has freed me up to concentrate on other things...like helping my clients.

Over the years I have learned that people are not looking for the bells and whistles. They are looking for solutions to their challenges...just like I was.

As I have overcome my eating issues, I realize that there may be others who also have personal challenges to overcome so they can put more energy into building their business.

Do you have personal challenges that have affected your business?

Please share some of your challenges you are overcoming.

Christine Till

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What difference does it make when we have a good belly laugh anyway?

We have been told that laughter is the best medicine, but why is that?

Science shows us that within 90 seconds of laughing, our bodies begin to release a flood of chemicals and positive neurotransmitters that stimulate our brains, immune systems and nervous systems.

Here's the link between laughter and mental health:

  1. Laughter stops distressing emotions. You can't feel anxious, angry, or sad when you're laughing.
  2. Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  3. Laughter shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and can also diffuse conflict.
  4. Laughter draws you closer to others, which can have a profound effect on all aspects of your mental and emotional health.

Experience what laughter can do at the Leduc Chamber of Commerce, 6420 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7K9 - March 16th from 12:00-1:00pm: Leduc Chamber Lunch and Learn

If we want to stay healthy, we need to laugh more...not just a giggle, but good, deep, long belly laughs.

"When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you." Dr. Kataria

Joyful employees are your 'go to people' for a reason. They are easier to work with and infect their environment with happiness. People who laugh cope with life much better, and tend to live in happier homes.

If you are looking to improve the mental and emotional health of those you work or live with, please contact Nicole Rogers to discuss booking your session. She leads laughter sessions with groups in businesses, schools, general public functions and private homes.

I hope you can join Nicole at 6420 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7K9 - March 16th from 12:00-1:00pm  Leduc Chamber Lunch and Learn

See you there!

Nicole Rogers

Nicole Laughter and Health Therapies

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nicolerogers@shaw.ca

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As a solopreneur, how can you get everything done for your own business?

When you are the one who serves the customers and also builds your business, sometimes there just are not enough hours in the day! When will you have time to create a solid presence on your social media?

There is nobody to delegate to, except to find someone who can be your 'clone for a day.'

I just might have a solution for you.

For years I have been coaching solopreneurs on how to use LinkedIn and social media marketing for business. They all get very excited and by the time we are finished our training, teaching them how to do it for themselves, they are so overwhelmed that they don't know which end of the computer is up, let along get going with their online marketing and branding.

I have noticed that most solopreneurs have great intensions, but few ever get to it.

This dilemma has been bothering me for a while, so I have come up with some solutions.

There are some packages that I have developed that can help save you huge amounts of time and yet still provide you with a great online presence that is professional and attracts your customers to you, rather than you feeling like you need to pitch to them all the time. (Pitching just turns people off anyway.)

It is your blog that needs to be at the center of your marketing program. It is also great if that blog is on your website, however, if you do not have one on your website, you can always set up a free blog site as your temporary website.

Since your blog is the engine that runs your entire marketing program, it is imperative that you start blogging. However, if you do not know how to blog and have never done it before, you can hire a ghostwriter...ME!

Many people have mentioned to me that I am a good writer, so I thought that I would offer my services to others. All you do is record your thoughts for each blog on your phone and attach the recording to an email you send over to me. I can have your blog up and posted in a very short time.

If you need more, I have other packages to offer you that include a "do-it-for-you" program.

Is money short? We can find a grant that will help cover costs.

Check out my packages: Marketing Mentress Service Packages

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Were you an adult or did you see your parents separate as a youngster?

As I watch my youngest child many years after my own divorce, I see that she should have had counselling, and so should I.

All four of my children should have had counselling. However, nothing was made available for us. I found myself a single Mom with no money. I had to find ways to feed my children on my own.

It was the hardest time of my life!

In those days we just put on a backbone, so to speak, and kept soldiering on. The thought of having to go for counselling was considered unspeakable. We would have been mortified if anyone knew that we were unable to keep our family together.

Divorce had all kinds of negative connotations attached to it. It still does!

But as I look at my children and myself now, I can see that we would have fared much better with some professional help.

I often worry that my youngest daughter will never overcome the trauma she experienced from my divorce. She was only seven years of age at the time. Things and life look different from such young eyes. I can only imagine how traumatized my poor child was at the time,..and still is.

There is a rift between my children and I that I fear will always be present.

One thing I have promised myself I would do for my children is never to run their Father down. After all, he is their Father and I just say, "A tiny part of me still loves your Dad, because he gave me you."

It has been a long road to travel and a most painful experience, however, now I have had some counselling and am on the mend. My children are all grown with families of their own. I can see how the trauma from my divorce has affected each of them. They are coping, but with some help when they were young, they would have been so much stronger.

My heart goes out to families who experience the deep sorrow of a broken home. I want to help them in any way I can.

If you can relate to my story, come get some answers.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

For privacy concerns call 780-761-3000

Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

How devastating it would be to come home from school and find your Mom dead!

This happened to a girlfriend of mine when I was in high school.

We both caught the bus to and from school on week days. We spent after school and some time on weekends visiting each other's homes. And I really liked Tracy's Mom. We got along well and she seemed like a great person.

I knew that Tracy had a Dad, but I never saw him at their home. Nothing was ever said about his whereabouts. I just assumed that he did a lot of travelling for his work. I didn't even know what kind of work he did.

But you know teenagers, they are usually so caught up in themselves and their own challenges, they never really think about other people's circumstances.

One evening Tracy and I went to a movie in downtown Lethbridge. We caught the city bus to and from our movie and had a great time chatting about the characters and ... you know...the usual.

Tracy got off the bus before me, and I stayed on for a couple more blocks to my house.

All was well in my world. I got home and my parents were still up to greet me when I walked in. As the oldest of 6 children, I was not surprised to find that all my siblings were already in bed. It was not that late, but it was after 10:00pm.

The rest of the weekend went on like normal, and then it was back to school again on Monday.

I hadn't heard anything from Tracy, but that was not unusual because we didn't usually phone each other much, unless we wanted to come over for a visit.

I noticed that Tracy was not on the bus that morning, but thought nothing of it. I just figured she had a cold or something.

Then the next day Tracy was not on the bus again, and this went on all week.

Since Tracy was in my home room class at Lethbridge Collegiate, I asked the teacher if she knew anything about Tracy? I was not prepared for what I heard next!

Apparently Tracy had come home on the Friday night after our movie to find her Dad kneeling over her Mom. Her Mom had hung herself and he had cut her down.

The teacher said that Tracy would no longer be attending our school because she was moving away to another city.

This is when I discovered that Tracy's parents were divorced and that is why I never saw her Dad!

I was blessed with a stable family situation and never experienced people or families who were surviving divorce. People who were divorced were only a distant subject and were never spoken about in my home.

I have often wondered what could have been done to help Tracy's family and what ever happened to her?

Whatever the trauma is that has occurred in your life, there is deep grief as a result.  Often we think we can cope on our own, but fail miserably because we do not have the necessary tools to help us cope.

Come and get some answers to your own circumstances in life without feeling guilty.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

For privacy concerns call 780-761-3000

Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

Is your relationship in a position where you wonder if someone let your dogs go crazy?

What is it that causes a relationship to break down? Is it my fault? Whose fault is it? Is it anyone's fault?

Or is it the dog's fault?

Are you just fed up with feeling like you are doing 110% and your spouse is doing nothing to contribute to the family?

How long do you have to live like this?

What is happening in the world today that is causing so many family break-ups?

What can we do to help heal our own relationships?

Many couples live for years in a state of suspension, waiting for things to get better, or they want to keep the family together because of the children. How many times have you heard this?

You don't want to break up! You want to make things better!

Come and get some answers and also find out how you can help your children feel loved as you live through your crisis.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

For privacy concerns call 780-761-3000

Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

Have you found yourself suddenly in a marital crisis and nowhere to turn?

What has happened to your relationship? You were so much in love when you first got together and now you are finding that you are always bickering? What's up with that?

Why is this happening to you?

How can you ease your pain?

Where can you go for help?

Do you have to just "suck it up" and make the best of things the way they are?

Is there a solution?

Should you get a divorce?

What will it do to your children? And whose sanity is the most important? Or is that even relevant?

You feel so guilty and yet why should you feel guilty?

Come and get some answers and if nothing else find out how you can help your sanity survive the experience without feeling guilty.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

For privacy concerns call 780-761-3000

Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

 

Are you thinking of breaking up? Do you feel like there's no place to go for help?

Here is an example of what happens if we just go to a lawyer.

My first marriage was a challenge from the start. I knew two weeks after we were married that I had made a huge mistake, but I told myself that "I made my bed and now I had to sleep in it". I decided that I would give it all I had and make it work.

Things went along rocky until our first separation. By this time we had three children. It was finally peaceful in my life and I was free from all the yelling. But I still had this little niggle in the back of my mind that I had not given it my best shot yet.

So, when my husband came to my doorstep all humble and apologetic, I decided to give it another try. Things would go along well for a while, and then it was right back to the yelling at me again.

This was the routine of the relationship and we went through several separations before we made the final split.

I should never have let it go on so long, because when we made the final split it was really bad!!! I was literally pushed over the deep end. I had an emotional breakdown, although I did not know it at the time. How I made it through, I will never know.

By the time we made the final split, we had four beautiful children.

We had tried counselling to no avail.

We ended up in court spending thousands of dollars because we did not know any other way...and the financials never did get settled. I finally just had enough and walked away.

If we had been able to attend a Symposium like this, we would have saved ourselves literally thousands of dollars!

I am sharing this with you, not because I want you to feel sorry for me. I am fine now and married to a great guy. I share my story with you because I want to help anyone I can to make better choices than I thought I had available to me at the time.

There just isn't enough good information available to us about what we can do to heal our relationship or how to make the separation as painless and inexpensive as possible.

When we just go get a lawyer, it is not only hard on us financially, but it is extremely hard on our children from that relationship.

Many children end up being addicts of different types because of the guilt they feel inside. Many feel that they are responsible for the break-up.

When you attend one of these symposiums, you have the opportunity to speak directly to the people who can help you.

There is no need to feel embarrassed because you are experiencing a breakdown in your marriage/relationship. You are not alone!

Come and get some answers and if nothing else find out how you can help your children survive the experience without feeling guilty.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

For privacy concerns call: 780-761-3000

Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

What if you had to leave your home and live in the wilderness? 

How would you like living in a tent for many years and having families out in the wild? There would be no doctors or nurses, just the loving assistance of your mother and sisters when you were giving birth. What would you eat?

Lehi and Ishmael's families were in just this situation. They had to "get out of Dodge" in a hurry, or they would be mobbed by wicked people. They had to run for their lives.

These families had to leave their wealthy lifestyles and now live in a tent!

But there was one child who could truly see and understand the whole scenario. That was Hannah. She could fully understand why they had to leave and the divine plan ahead.

All the children from Lehi and Ishmael's families were of marrying age. However, in those days, you were not allowed to have private conversations with a member of the opposite sex. There must always be someone in the room with you to chaperone. You did not choose your spouse, your parents did that for you.

With Hannah's testimony and strength in the gospel, she was given in marriage to a son of Lehi, Lemuel, who's strength in the Lord was weak. The parents made this match because they thought Hannah would be an influence on her husband for good.

As you read the story, you feel the frustrations and the joys that Hannah feels. You feel her angst with every step she takes. You feel the heat of the day and the dust sticking to her moist skin as she travels in the desert. You feel the grit in her teeth and the deep desire for refreshment that water brings.

"Daughter of Ishmael" grabbed my attention from the beginning and I felt every emotion that Hannah felt. It was as though I was living Hannah's life vicariously through the book.

I felt Hannah's dread and her joy at finally having a son and then losing that son forever as he followed Satan's grasp.

I loved how the epilogue opens the way for a sequel.

There is still hope for Hannah.

Buy Now: http://bit.ly/DaughterOfIshmael  or booksandthings.com

Christine Till
The Marketing Mentress
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As an award winning international business executive coach and breakthrough strategist, S.T. has successfully worked with top level executives, VIP's, celebrities, sports people, artists and high net worth individuals from all around the world. 

S.T. specializes in working with the client in change management, trouble shooting, expansion, facilitating top performance, excellence coaching, personal breakthroughs, health and wealth creation and preservation, facilitating constructive change in challenging times.

With the client, she creates highly efficient, creative, empowering, tangible and measurable results in a very short period of time. 

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Recipient of 'Humanitarian Fellow Award' by Rotary.

'It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.' Charles Darwin

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