Happy Mother’s Day

To all you beautiful moms and mothers-to-be, I wish you a glorious Mother’s Day and please allow me to share this beautiful poem with you.

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✨DON’T FORGET…

When God created woman, He was working late on the 6th day…
An angel came by and asked. “Why spend so much time on her?”

The Lord answered: “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”
She must function in all kinds of situations. She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time; have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart. She must do all these with only two hands. She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day.”

The Angel was impressed!
“Just two hands… Impossible! And this is the standard model?”
The Angel came closer and touched the woman. “… but you have made her so soft, Lord.”

“She is soft.” said the Lord.
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”

“Can she think?” The Angel asked…

The Lord answered. “Not only she can think, she can reason and negotiate.”

The Angel touched her cheeks… “Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.”

“She is not leaking… it is a tear.” The Lord corrected the Angel.

“What is it for? Asked the Angel.

The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”

This made a big impression on the Angel.

“Lord, you are a genius! You thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvelous!

The Lord said. “Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels likes screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.

The Angel asked. “So she is a perfect being?”
The Lord replied. “No. She has just one drawback. She often forgets what she is worth.”

DON’T FORGET who you are and your worth, no matter the opinions of others. You are seen and heard. — Happy Mother’s Day! ✨

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Covid-19 Mental Health Reminder |7 Mental Health Tips to help you stay sane in the midst of this Pandemic.

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Can you believe it’s May already? The last few months have been interesting, to say the least, but if you’re reading this I’m assuming that you’re alive and well and I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

We’re all going through an uncertain time, and the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us one way or another. Even though social distancing is becoming our new normal day by day, let’s not forget that it can take a toll on our mental health; and we must do our part to stay sane and healthy.

There’s a lot going on in the world… there’s no doubt about that; and while we can’t control the virus and the other things, we do have the ability to control how we respond to certain things. if you’re feeling overwhelmed in this disquieting and untranquil time, please don’t underestimate the power of turning off the news, unfollowing certain people, or simply distancing yourself from any negativity. It’s important to always protect your inner peace and happiness!

Here are seven mental health tips to help you stay sane in the midst of this Pandemic:

1 – Get Dressed – Do your hair/makeup even if you’re not going out

Working from home or staying home 24/7 with no plans to go out doesn’t necessary require you to dress up and looking your best around the house. However in very chaotic times like this one, getting dressed up (even if it’s in comfort clothes) or doing your hair and makeup may help you feel less in a rut and be happier and more productive around the house.

Fix your hair, do your makeup, wear something that feels flattering or has a hint of glamour. It feels better to approach each day with a ‘Girl Boss!’ or ‘Get it, girl!’ attitude. It doesn’t matter if you’re only working from your couch; you deserve to feel strong and beautiful! It really affects your whole outlook.

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2 – Eat or try new healthy recipes

Situations like self-isolation or quarantine most likely call for constant trips to the refrigerator. Who can blame you…? However, keep in mind that the more trips you make to the refrigerator, the more likely you are to gain a lot of weight at the end of this quarantine. This being said, instead of reaching for the quickest (and most likely unhealthy) snack, try to cook a variety of healthy food. Eating healthy is a great mind booster and we all know all the other benefits. Consider Pinterest, Youtube, food TV channels, recipe books… your best friends if you’d like to take this time to try new recipes.
You can even make this a fun social distancing challenge with your friends and love ones. 😉

3- Get Some fresh air

Even though we are asked to stay home in order to help in flattening the curve when it comes to the Coronavirus, getting some much needed fresh air every now and then may help in keeping our sanity. Let’s be honest here, we all need some fresh air after being stuck in the house, playing the different type of roles to kids from parent to math, history, art, or gym teacher! 😀

Getting some fresh air (even with your mask and gloves on) will help not feel so cooped up or “stuck” in the house… even if it’s just standing on the balcony or by the window for a few minutes.

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4 – Be Creative

This is a perfect time to make a great use of your creative mind. Some of us are literally been forced to stay home, but this can be a blessing in disguise to people who often complain about not having enough time in the day to work on that side hustle or start that business. Use this time efficiently to work on that project you’ve been putting off for so long or start working on finding your calling or purpose in this life. Remember that potential has no limit and you can reach every goal you set out to achieve. Go for it! Have a spine! Strike your own path! Walk to the beat of your own drum; and have fun!

5 – Stay connected

A lot of things may have been canceled, but love, joy, kindness, compassion… and all those nice things that come from the inside of us are not canceled. If you feel like connecting with someone or a loved one, pick up the phone and make that call. Video chatting like zoom or facetime are some of the quick and efficient ways you can connect with someone without feeling so much of the self-isolation situation.

6 – Unplug

Everyone, everywhere, is talking about the virus. Every news outlet is reminding us about the virus and it’s damages every second. Turn off your devices and get some well-deserved rest or alone time. Read a book, take a long bath, do your nails… Do just about anything to get your mind relaxed; and remember, the number of Recovered outweighs by far the one of Deaths in all reported cases here at home and all around the world! 😉 There’s still hope yet, so stay positive, do your part, and rest. Newsflash: Doing your part includes taking good care of yourself! Indulge in that self care. Self care is very important for our mental health.

7 – Reach out

Although our world is in distress right now, there’s a beautiful thing happening. The coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot of people and things together. People, communities and countries all over the world are coming together to focus on one common problem. Which means we are in this together. Mental health is always an important subject, and even more so in this disquieting time, so please reach out to a friend, a loved one or call a mental health help hotline or visit this mental health hotline numbers and ressources to seek help. Also remember to check in with your friends and family. We’re in this together. Be kind and spread love!

Love & Light,

Edwige

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4 Exciting Jobs That Allow You To See The World

Many jobs these days require a strict 9-5 schedule while working in an office. But there are some jobs that allow you to see the world, as they involve and require travelling. So if you are someone that is dreaming of seeing the world, but you don’t know how to finance this passion, one of these jobs might be a good option. 

Here are 4 jobs that you can do that would allow you to see the world:


1. Crew Ship Worker 

Being a crew ship worker entails different duties depending on the cruise line you work on as well as in what type of role. Some of the job opportunities available are for: servers in restaurants, performers, technicians, cashiers, customer assistants and more. 

A requirement to be a crew ship worker is to request visas for the necessary countries ahead of time. For example, if you are to be a crew ship worker for a cruise around Australia you will need to apply for an MCV visa, via specific platforms such as AUVISA

To make yourself stand out as an applicant, it is helpful to know more than one language and to be CPR certified. 


2. Flight attendant 

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Working as a flight attendant is one of the most sought-after careers that enable you to travel. It’s a great way you can earn a good income and benefits, while also traveling to some incredible destinations. 

Requirements vary depending on the airline, but the ability to be on your feet and reach the overhead bins is standard. Knowing a second (or more) language is also helpful in this line of work. Most flight attendants start out by working on national routes before moving to the international ones. 


3. Au Pair

Being an au pair is a popular job that enables you to travel. If you are responsible, good with kids, comfortable living with a host family, and willing to put in the time and energy this is a great job! Free room and board is most often included and sometimes an additional salary on top of that is as well. If you have a destination in mind, you can search for opportunities in that country and talk with an agency that can help you find the right fit. 


4. Tour Guide 

If you have a love for history, culture and being around people, a tour guide is a fun job that will get you out and exploring. This is a role where your passion for travelling and experience the world can make a significant and positive impact on those in your tour group. Many remember a place and its specific facts because of a tour guide! A requirement for this job is to be comfortable working during high and low seasons, as well as the local knowledge in order to give informational tours. If you want to work as a museum tour guide, for example, you will probably need to go through a specific training and demonstrate sufficient mastery of the material. If you are an outdoor tour guide, CPR certification will most likely be required. 

Would you be interested in doing one of these jobs? Would you like to read more about jobs or careers that allow you to travel the world or have a flexible schedule or life? Let me know in the comment session.

As always, thanks for reading and happy new month!

Love,

Edwige

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Keep Your Dream In Front Of You!

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This time of uncertainty puts us all on our edges. Most of us have started the new year with plans and goals lined up; and although so many things are being cancelled right now, lets not forget that the most unseen or abstract things are not being cancelled. Dreams are not cancelled. Compassion is not cancelled. Kindness is not cancelled. Love is not cancelled; and a better future is definitely not cancelled.

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I know a lot of people feel stuck and ask how to keep moving forward or moving towards your dreams without being distracted by the reality we live in today. How do you dream big and focus on building your dreams when news outlets keep reminding you of the sad reality we live in, making you believe that maybe you should put these dreams of yours on hold?

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The truth is that you shouldn’t! My answer to anyone asking “How to keep moving forward with your dreams in this reality?” is to keep your dream in front of you! It’s like driving a car. You get behind the wheels with a destination in mind. Then you get on the road and… what do you notice? You notice others’ cars driving on the same road. You notice other people and scenery all around you. You focus on your own driving and you keep going toward your destination. You may hit traffic, but it doesn’t stop you. You may see someone do something that annoys you, but the moment passes and it doesn’t stop you. Why doesn’t it stop you? Because you know where you’re going and you keep your eyes on the road. When things come at you in life, that seems out of the plan, completely against you and unfair, don’t let it capture all your attention and energy. Instead keep the image of what you desire and where you want to be in front of you. The more your focus is on that, the more space it takes up in your mind; and before you know it, you won’t have room for all the other stuff distracting you. You can be aware of your reality and live in the now, and yet float on your dreams until you wake up one day to realize that you actually achieved them. It just takes Focus. Remember, KEEP YOUR DREAM IN FRONT OF YOU no matter what your current reality is!

Love & Light,

Edwige

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Far-Flung Destinations for Your Next Girls Trip After CoronaVirus Quarantine is Over

Once this unpredictable and disquieting time we are all facing is over, wouldn’t it be rewarding and mind quieting to plan a fun girls getaway trip?

You could do Miami, Mexico, or Paris, classic places for a girl’s trip, or you could change it up and try something new! There are so many new places in the world to explore, and it’s always better to do it in groups. Your next girls trip is a great opportunity to check out somewhere new and create memories with your friends.

Here are a few far-flung destinations for your next girls trip: 

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Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden is perhaps an unexpected, but incredible destination for a girl’s weekend. It is a port city on the Swedish seaside where you can visit beautiful parks, go island hopping, spend some time at a classic Swedish spa, take a tour of the canals, eat local seafood, and explore a city that is big enough but not ‘too big’. 


Saudi Arabia 

Saudi Arabia has recently opened up to tourism with its introduction of the tourist visa, and thousands of people have already taken the opportunity to explore and experience the beauty of Saudi Arabia. The country has become a modern place for travelers, with its incredible old and new architecture, such as the Jeddah Tower also known as Kingdom Tower with a height of almost ¾ of a mile, as well as historic religious sites.  


Barbados

Located on the eastern edge of the Caribbean, Barbados is an island that is full of culture, natural beauty and pure holiday relaxation. 2020 is the year to visit especially if you have Bajan roots as there is a 52-week festival that will host parades, traditional food, music and activities. If you are visiting during this year, you will have the experience of the already incredible holiday here with plenty to do and see outdoors as well as the special cultural events. 


Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a destination with incredible architecture, history, and charming streets that you can explore. If you and your girls are interested in art, seeing the contemporary art at Arter is a must. You can have as luxurious of an experience as you’d like in Istanbul, but you can also make it a trip focused on cultural sites and favorites such as Topkapi Palace. 


Paros, Greece

Paros is a Greek island that has not yet been overcome by tourism and still holds that characteristic touch you want when island hopping with your girls. However, this is a spot where you can build an entire holiday around. You’ll find the classic white buildings with blue roofs here, picturesque alleys, sea views, and friendly locals. 


Tbilisi, Georgia 

Tbilisi is a destination that has recently come into newfound energy, with Georgian design, architects, and chefs recreating what it means to visit the city. You can make your way through Tbilisi going from wine bar to restaurant to luxurious hotel to photography museum and more. This is a unique place where you will create memories that will surely last a lifetime with your friends, and no other holiday will compare. 

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