Archives for September 2009

Join me with Jack Canfield! OMG, just 3 more sleeps!!

September 29, 2009 Leave a Comment

I’m so excited that one of my favorite transformational leaders, Jack Canfield is coming to Calgary this weekend.  The work of this man has had a profound impact on my life!   There are still a few tickets left.    Join us at

A Day with Jack Canfield! Use discount code SmallShifts and get %10 off.

THE POWER OF GRATITUDE – by Tina Thrussell

September 25, 2009 Leave a Comment

For a very long time, I felt pretty lousy about my life.  It seemed that nothing made me happy and I could never do anything right.  If you’d been around me at that time, you would’ve heard me talking about everything that was wrong in my life.  I was a complainer who would tell anyone who would listen about how awful everything was— about how unfair it was that I was always expected to do more than I possibly could do and about how I never got a chance to do what I wanted to do.  My friends often heard me wishing that things would be better, yet no matter how much I wished or complained, it all stayed the same.

When I was at that point in my life, the people who were happy and cheerful first thing in the morning really bugged me.  I rolled my eyes at the people who said “I’m great!” or “I’m fantastic!” when I asked them how they were.  But secretly, I envied them and wished I could be more like them, because I noticed that these people who say they are ‘great’, usually talk about what’s going right in their lives, and how their lives seem to get better and better.

It took me a really long time to figure what the difference was between me and those people I envied, but once I got it, it made a huge difference in my life.   My understanding came from writing.

You see, at several different times in my life, I kept a diary.  In that diary I moaned and groaned about all the awful stuff going on in my life, and my life never changed.  Then one day a friend said to me “counting your blessings will do you more good than listing your troubles!”  She was a pretty wise friend, so I thought I’d take her advice.  I bought myself a little notebook and started to write a list of my blessings:

    I have good health.
    We have a beautiful home.
    I have a warm bed to sleep in at night.
    I am blessed with a head full of thick, curly hair.
    My parents love me.

Every day I added to the list of things that I was grateful for, often including the people I love in my life.  After awhile, I made a game of seeing how many things I could be grateful for each day.  Most days, I listed 10 things or people.  Often the same items appeared over and over again:

    It was such a beautiful sunny day today!
    I am so thankful that Neil and I are healthy.
        I love the sound of the birds chirping in
my backyard.

It helped.  The more I focused on being grateful, the more I felt I had to be grateful for!  It raised my spirits and made the world seem a brighter place.  I complained a whole lot less and my friends seemed to enjoy my company a whole lot more.  I had discovered the miracle of Journaling with Intention!

After awhile, I wondered if being thankful for all that was good about ME and not just about the things and other people in my life, would make a difference in how I felt about myself.  So, I took the writing in my little notebook to the next level.  Every day, when I was listing all that I was grateful for, I added a list of my traits, qualities, values and characteristics:

    I have integrity.
    I am kind and caring.
    I have a great smile.
    I have an excellent work ethic.

As I made these lists, day after day, I began to see that I have so many of the qualities I admired in other people.  I began to have a higher opinion of myself.  I started to think of myself as a person of worth and value.

Then someone showed me a chart with a starting point at the bottom, a goal at the top, and a line at the halfway point that represented where I was at now.   When I first looked at that chart I saw how far I had fallen short of the goal.  The person with the chart simply asked “why not look at how far you’ve come?”  Wow!  What a concept.  It was the old question “is the glass half empty or is the glass half full?” but pictured in a way that the message hit me like a ton of bricks.  Despite all the work I had been doing to shift my thinking, I was still beating myself up for not doing as much as I wanted to, instead of congratulating myself for all that I had done!

So, I started to take the time to list my achievements each and every day.  Writing down my successes, no matter how great or how small, was a way of recognizing and celebrating all I achieved.  It helped build my confidence.  I found myself saying, “if I could do that, then I can certainly do the next thing!” I started to see myself as a success.
For years I had been asking myself questions like “what’s the point?” and “who am I?” I looked to everyone around me for answers, but of course, no one else could help me. The answers to my questions about my life and me were locked deep inside my heart.  And at last my heart was opened with a key called Journaling with Intention.

All the writing I did every day opened my heart to accepting and loving myself.  I found happiness!

I saw my life go from lousy to great once I began journaling with the intention of focusing on all that I had to be grateful for.  Today I celebrate what’s right with the world.  Each and every day I give thanks for being alive.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to live in this exciting time in humankind’s history – a time when con
sciousness is continually raising; a time when blogs like this will share the message of living with gratitude!

Tina Thrussell is an inspirational speaker, workshop/retreat facilitator, life coach and author.  She is also the co-founder of Best U Can B Inc.  whose mission is to inspire people to live with greater purpose, passion, joy and love.  To discuss  her life-changing journaling process, call her at (403) 285-5266 or check her website

Wow! Candice Bushnell is coming to town!

September 16, 2009 Leave a Comment

The woman on whom Carrie Bradshaw’s character in “Sex in the City” is coming October 5th to Calgary.   I’ll be at this one.

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The Morning with Martha Beck – Continental Breakfast and Meet n’ Greet

VIP Awards Luncheon with Celebrity Glinda Girl Judges

Fab-U-Bliss After Party with Peter Walsh, Ben Barry and friends at The Art Gallery of Calgary

Great new book from Dr. Albert Bernstien

September 15, 2009 Leave a Comment

Think how much happier you would be if you had a truly effective blueprint for coping with all the madness going on around you at the workplace.  Imagine how wonderful it would be to wake up in the morning and know that when you get the office you are no longer powerless when it comes to dealing with bad bosses, bullies, cranky clients, gossipy co-workers, slackers, and all the other difficult people who make your 9-5 world miserable.


That’s why I am recommending that you read Am I the Only Sane One Working Here. Written by bestselling psychologist and conflict resolution guru Albert J. Bernstein, the book identifies the 101 types of major office pests (the kind you’ll find at every workplace) and offers concrete strategies that you can use to nullify their negative effect on you. You can’t change how difficult people behave. But you CAN change how you deal with them. That’s what this eye-opening book is all about . . . and believe me, it works and it WILL make a big difference in how you feel about your job and your life.


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September 15, 2009 Leave a Comment

Researchers have announced the arrival of the “hypersensitive customer,” who is pickier and more demanding than ever.  Companies that put a strong emphasis on service will be better prepared to deal with this new generation of clients.  While your team may be well-versed in some areas of customer care, are they well-versed in all of them?  Have you clearly conveyed specific expectations for how they treat your most valuable asset – your customers?  And since this hypersensitive customer is sure to be coming your way, what should you emphasize to better accommodate them?


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Calgary Mom’s Trade Fair

September 14, 2009 Leave a Comment

This promises to be an AWESOME event.   Looking forward to seeing everyone there!  🙂

Great marketing tool for all you home-based moms and dads…

September 9, 2009 Leave a Comment

For those of  you who, like me, run your companies from a home office,  check out the Marketing Multivitamine!   It’s a great low-cost tool to help you define and refine your marketing plans! 2006 .html

Something interesting to check out for balancing your Chakras.

September 6, 2009 Leave a Comment

Reposted from my friend David Thomas who is doing some really interesting work…  –  What is the mystery of the Perkl-Light?  How is it that this little device with a computer inside makes an energy that feels just like chi?  The Perkl-Light Portable Energy Spa engages your body’s energy to boost your life force, and balance your energy field.  In an informal “before and after” study by Dr. Beverly Rubik, founder of the Frontier Sciences Institute, two subjects were exposed to the “clarity” setting on the Perkl-Light for 20 minutes each.  The results, measured on her GDV camera, were “remarkable, comparable to doing an hour of yoga or qi gong.”  The Perkl-Light has settings for chakras, organs, acupuncture meridians, body systems, ayurvedic, and much more.  Additionally, there is a setting for clearing negativity out of crystals, objects or a room.  And with literally millions of settings available in the manual mode, gifted intuitives can find settings to generate a field for a vast number of energetic intentions.  Most of all – you don’t have to take our word for it that it is doing something.  The Perkl-Light is powerful enough that most people can feel the sensations in their body, even if they do not consider themselves sensitive to energy.

I LOVE this technique for helping kids with emotional control. Check it out!

September 4, 2009 Leave a Comment

This is a fantastic and  simple acupressure technique for parents and children.  Easy to learn, easy to use with quick results for emotional and behavioral challenges at home or school.  See demonstration video at

Some great stuff for families going through separation

September 3, 2009 Leave a Comment

GREAT news!   The empowerment community has extented their offer to support families in separation with loads of free give aways with the book Jolo’s Two Bedrooms.    If  you want to check it out, go to