Bell let’s talk about self-love

If I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take you to name yourself? I realize more and more that I love others so much better when I love myself first. Self-love is not about “me, me, me”, but starting with “me” to build a strong “we”....
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Being intentional about making connections

In North America, we live in such a strange environment. Where you can go from your home to your garage into your vehicle to the grocery store use the self-checkout and back home. All without making one human interaction. We can be surrounded by so many people yet...
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A response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels

I have a heavy heart today, hearing about the terrorist attacks in Brussels. Often we are oblivious of how lucky we are to live in such a safe, peaceful country. Although these things can happen anywhere, we can be ignorant to the devastation happening around the...
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I will remember

Today Canadians (and all Commonwealth nations) observe Remembrance Day: a day to remember those who served and/or died in the line of duty. As Canadians, we spend much time learning about the World Wars in our academics. We have much gratitude and respect for those...
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Heartbreak in the midst of beauty

When you start travelling more, you will see poor. You will see babies sleeping on a busy sidewalk and in fields. You will see garbage - loads of it - on the most beautiful white beaches. You will have kids that haven't showered in who-knows-how-long beg from you. You...
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25 not-so-random acts of kindness

25 not-so-random acts of kindness

If you know me, you know I LOVE birthdays, especially my own. Oprah Winfrey once said: “The more you celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” However, this year I realize how blessed I truly am. I don’t need one designated day (or month for that...

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I’m falling in love

I’m falling in love

I have a lot to celebrate today.  To all the beautiful people in my life: I celebrate each and every one of you. But today, above all else, I am celebrating that I'm falling in love with myself. Let's get honest here: I have a hard time loving myself. Many people...

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Say yes

Say yes

I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count. My favourite thing to do is something I've never done before. Adventures have brought me...

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What I know at 24

It's only been a week of being 24, but summer has bombarded me with some important life lessons: Your hair part can get sunburned too... ouch. All thoughts, feelings, values & beliefs are subject to change given the right experience. Judging people is pointless....

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Getting hooked

Getting hooked

Crossed off an item on my Bucket List today: Icefish! Thank you to my wonderful Pake (grandpa) for drilling all the holes; keeping me cozy in your fancy shanty; overturning a bucket to become my ice fishing throne; showing me how social of a sport it is; and letting...

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I can see clearly now, the rain has gone

I can see clearly now, the rain has gone

I got eye laser surgery. Ouch. 72 hours later and it's already changed my life. Below is the last photo of me sight-dependent on glasses or contacts. The surgery? Horrifying. I’m not here to tell you about the actual procedure. I'll tell you though – at the time I...

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Memory Christmas

I have a big family. No, make that massive. And with a large family comes a large budget for Christmas gifts. Yikes. That isn’t the only issue when it comes to the holidays. I am bombarded with Christmas Wish lists that are expected to be fulfilled. Not fun. These...

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Lest we forget

Lest we forget

Today I am thanking those who have served, and those who are those serving now, including my friend Captain Jeff Watson. Lest we forget such sacrifices. We are blessed to live in our beautiful country, living a life of freedom. (but don't let the sunshine fool you...

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My favorite person

My favorite person

Today is a special day for me. Today, I celebrate my favorite person. Grace. Poise. Heart. She has taught me many things. To show others more kindness than necessary, to always question, always learn & to always take notes when my heart is speaking. She taught me...

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