Women Rock Magazine - Winter 2021

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WOMEN ROCK MAGAZINE THE ROAD TO BETTER SLEEP

TAKING ON LIFE ONE STORM AT A TIME

THE DANCING PRINCESS

YOU CAN LIVE WELL WITH CHRONIC PAIN HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

WINTER EDITION 2021

Spontaneity

me ~n~my girl

An Unbreakable Bond A FRIENDSHIP CHRISTMAS IN UGANDA DEMENTIA AND TAKING CARE OF OUR CREATED THE POWER OF MUSIC CHILDREN A HOLISTIC JOURNEY THROUGH DESIGN

UNLEASH SEA QUEEN

YOUR A VOICE TO SOOTHE YOUR SOUL

WILD GODDESS


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE & A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!


MISSION STATEMENT WOMEN ROCK is a virtual interactive online women's magazine targeted to female audiences 30 and up while maintaining the inclusivity of younger and older women of all ages.

We provide inspirational stories and articles that motivate and nurture the mind, body and spirit. We are dedicated to providing fun, knowledgeable and meaningful content to amazing women everywhere.

The Goal of Women Rock Magazine is to empower, inspire, uplift and support all women while encouraging them to be their very best selves.


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The holidays always sneak upon me. I never feel quite ready for when December hits. This year, however, it has been a little different with moving back home to beautiful St. John's Newfoundland. Having the influence of my very organized and methodical Father, it has helped me tremendously with staying on top of my shopping expeditions. He has encouraged me to "get things done" lol. I mean I already have most of my gifts wrapped! That's amazing for me considering I can be a huge procrastinator at times lol. I absolutely love this time of year. It holds with it a magical sense of wonder. I love how the shops are packed with lights and decorations. I feel like a kid again. I feel giddy with excitement in seeing all of the store shelves packed with potential presents for under the Christmas tree. I love hearing the Christmas music playing on the radio and in the shopping malls in November, and I always get excited about getting together with family and friends over the Christmas Holidays. This year however, will be extra special as I am home. Home on The Rock. It still feels a little surreal. I can physically spend quality time with my special peeps, family and friends. My peeps who mean so much to me. It feels so good to be home. It is an intense feeling of comfort and joy.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

EDITOR'S NOTE

Deanne Tobin Sinha Editor in Chief

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TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS WHEN ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING NOT EVEN A MOUSE THE STOCKINGS WERE HUNG BY THE CHIMNEY WITH CARE IN HOPES THAT ST. NICHOLAS SOON WOULD BE THERE. THE CHILDREN WERE NESTLED ALL SNUG IN THEIR BEDS WHILE VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS DANCED IN THEIR HEADS.... By CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE

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CONTENTS 04 EDITOR'S NOTE HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

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AN UNBREAKABLE BOND- ME N MY GIRL

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SPONTANEITY - BE ADVENTUROUS CHANGE CAN BE A GOOD THING

BY DEANNE TOBIN SINHA

BY OLIVIA SINHA

14 MORGAN HAMILTON - KIRK THE NICHE OTTAWA GALLERY

16 NADEZHDA KHVOROSTIAN GET FUNNEL CLARITY

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SHERAZADE MAMI -THE DANCING PRINCESS BY STEVE MARTIN

FEATURE ARTICLE

TAKING ON LIFE ONE STORM AT A TIME A STORY OF HOPE AND LOVE BY LISA GARLAND

18 22 LISA PINNOCK EMPOWERED WOMEN

26 MARTINE JAWORSKI LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

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MIKAELLA LALANNE HAIR LOSS CLINIC & WELLNESS

5 UNIQUE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR BY DEANNE TOBIN SINHA

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I BELIEVE IN SANTA

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HOPE - CHRISTMAS IN UGANDA

BY DEANNE TOBIN SINHA

BY MARJORIE WILLIAMS

28 26 STEPHANIE BALDWIN SHERI KIND STUDIO FIFTY1

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A FRIENDSHIP CREATED THROUGH DESIGN BY DEANNE TOBIN SINHA

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS BY DEANNE TOBIN SINHA


CONTENTS 44 DEE SINHA DESIGN A FRIENDSHIP CREATED THROUGH DESIGN

36 HOPE CHRISTMAS IN UGANDA

61 THE POWER OF MUSIC A HOLISTIC JOURNEY IN DEALING WITH DEMENTIA

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EMILY W PHOTOGRAPY FINDING MY PASSION BY EMILY WILLIAMS

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CHRISTMAS AT THE GOLDSMITH

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THE POWER OF MUSIC DEALING WITH DIMENTIA

BY STEPHANIE DARBY COOMBS

BY ELIZABETH WRIGHT

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YOU CAN LIVE WELL WITH CHRONIC PAIN BY SUE MORIN

LINDSAY PHILIPS OATES

CENTRAL WELLNESS TAKING CARE OF YOU

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MOTHER & DAUGHTER AN UNBREAKABLE BOND

SANDRA LEA CRISS CROSS PILATES

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THE ROAD TO BETTER SLEEP HOW TO TACKLE INSOMNIA BY LANA WALSH

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KYLA MIRANDA REAL ESTAGE AGENT

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JAMIE STEWART GLOBALLEE

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MARIA DE LUNA

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SEA QUEEN - A VOICE TO SOOTHE YOUR SOUL FEATURING SARAH OSBORNE

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LANA BURNLEY - REALTOR

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THE EVENTFUL JOURNEY OF A GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER

AT HOME WITH LANA

Dr. SHAULI MUKHERJEE


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CHRISTMAS IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

When Fall has given way to winter and snow covers the ground, twinkling lights adorn our streets from house to house and festive music is heard in every store, you know Christmas is coming. Lavishly decorated Christmas trees are everywhere you look. Christmas presents cram for space under the tree and families come together for a holiday turkey feast.

Christmas is one of the most important and cherished Christian and cultural holidays of the year, but what is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts? Is it the annual economic boost? The Christmas season, especially in the West, is a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and worldly traditions. What’s interesting is the etymology of the word Christmas. It literally means Christian Mass. It’s a shortened form of Christ’s Mass. Christmas is a time of spiritual reflection on the important foundations of the Christian faith. It’s also a celebration. It’s when Christians celebrate God’s love for the world through the birth of the Christ child: Jesus. The Bible tells of his birth hundreds of years before, fulfilling prophecies. Women Rock Magazine | 8


CHRISTMAS is a time to slow the pace, appreciate the love of family and friends, and express our gratefulness for every blessing bestowed upon us.

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AN UNBREAKABLE BOND

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by deanne tobin sinha

ME~N~MY GIRL

knew that when I became pregnant I would be having a girl. My heart told me so. My heart told me that this new baby would be my saving grace. She would be my new best friend, a little being that would be my kindred spirit, a treasure that would give me strength and a reason to go forward and be the best Mom, person, mentor that I could possibly be. My new mission was to be the greatest Mom ever. I wanted to be an amazing Mom to my beautiful daughter. I wanted to give her something that I never had, a Mom, A Mom that she could look up to , a role model, and someone she could be very proud of. I never had that mom. I wasn't lucky in that department. But not having that Mom made me even more determined. Determined in the sense that I was going to be the best mom that I could possibly be. I wanted to raise my daughter to be strong, confident, kind, funny, responsible and independent. I wanted her to be sure of herself. I wanted to teach her that she could be anything she wants to be. That she is smart, beautiful, and capable of doing anything she set her mind to. I wanted her to be unstoppable, to follow her dreams. accomplish her goals, to put herself first. I wanted her to be a force to reckon with and a beautiful soul inside and out. My daughter is all of that and more. She exudes kindness. She is smart, genuine, funny, beautiful, and a wonderful friend. She IS unstoppable! MYSELF AND OLIVIA WHEN SHE WAS 4 YEARS OLD

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i love you endlessly

a deep connection

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ver since Olivia was a little girl we have been inseparable. We are like two peas in a pod (as they say in Newfoundland). We are very much alike and have always enjoyed spending quality time together. We have always felt connected at the heart. A deep connection that holds with it a deep love, a love that is unconditional. Keeping our relationship strong as a Mother Daughter Team is something that Olivia and I work very hard at. It is extremely important to both of us to have a strong and healthy connection. We correspond daily. We chat, we text and we FaceTime as well. She is a very busy girl with working and going to University but we always make time for each other. Our time management skills have improved drastically lol.

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y daughter is a very passionate and strong willed girl and definitely has her own opinions, and although we may disagree on things from time to time we always find a way to work it out. Communication is the key and keeping those lines open is crucial to any relationship. I am not always the best at expressing my feelings but I am trying really hard to be better. Letting your kids grow up is really hard but I am learning to let go. I am realizing that I need to give my girl her own independence. My daughter needs to make her own decisions and her own mistakes as that is how we all learn. That is how we grow and mature. And as tough as it is to watch at times, we know it is the right thing to do. We just need to be there for our children in good times and in bad. We still need to listen when they speak and guide them when they ask for help. We will love them no matter what. It is called unconditional LOVE!

still find it hard to believe at times that my little girl is now a young adult. It is hard to grasp. I do miss those little girl days of taking her to piano lessons, dance class, skating competitions. Those days were so much fun. But life goes on and we have to learn to let go. We have to learn to live our best lives and be the very best version of ourselves. Women Rock Magazine | 11


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a child growing up improving your self confidence is vital, so I engaged my beautiful little girl in many extracurricular activities to help her attain this. I put her in ballet at the tender age of 3 years old. I introduced her to piano lessons at the age of 5 where she continued until she completed her RCM exams at a grade 8 level. She was a fabulous competitive figure skater from the ages of 6 to 10. She then wanted to go back to dance and test the waters of Jazz which she absolutely loved. She was so beautiful to watch when she performed on stage. Her elegance was captivating.

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by deanne tobin sinha

All of these activities were to build her self esteem, to broaden her horizons, and make some very special friends, which she did. I pride myself on being a great Mom. Ok, yes I can be a little overprotective and maybe even a little overbearing at times but I am full of love for my kids. I am 100% a Mom first and foremost. My kids are my life, my pride and joy. My heart is full. I am so proud to be a mom and proud of my beautiful girl. Olivia is now in her second year University and studying very hard. She is focused, diligent, tenacious and committed to doing her very best. She has big dreams and is fully engaged and devoted to her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. You would be so lucky to know her and to call her your friend. I feel honored and blessed to call her My Daughter.

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I LOVE YOU OLIVIA, AND I AM SO PROUD OF THE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY YOU HAVE BECOME. I WISH YOU ALL THE LOVE AND HAPPINESS YOU SO DESERVE. I LOVE YOU ENDLESSLY

LOVE MOM XO

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spontaneity I'

by Olivia Sinha

ve always believed that spontaneity was one of those ways that life can offer you more opportunity and even more excitement. Ever since I began high-school, living in Ottawa Ontario, I decided that my future would always be in this city because it was all I knew. But there has always been a place that felt more like home to me than Ottawa ever did. Every time my family and I would visit this beautiful place there would be a sense of comfort and security. While living in Ottawa, my family would always refer to St. John’s Newfoundland as “home”. On top of that, my Grandpa lives in St. John’s as well, and since the pandemic I hadn’t been able to see him for two years which hurt because of how close we are. He never missed coming to Ottawa for Christmas, birthdays, or any holiday for that matter...so the celebrations without him made me miss him even more. In April of this year, my family talked about moving to Newfoundland permanently; however, they were hesitant about going because I had already completed my first year of university and was enrolled in school in Ottawa. However, like I said before, spontaneity is one of those ways that life can bring excitement and new adventures that we would never have in front of us if we were to always “play it safe” if that makes sense. So with that, I applied to Memorial University in Newfoundland and the gears started to move.

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will admit that it was difficult leaving a home that I had so many memories in, a home that I laughed in, and a home that I cried in. It was the place where I went through the toughest of times and also the place that helped me learn who I am. The first time I walked in the house after everything was moved out and shipped, I broke down in tears. They were a mixture of sad tears and happy tears. Sad because I looked at the empty spot where the kitchen table used to be, where my Mom, Dad and I would stay up late and chat for hours. Happy tears because we are making big steps and moving into the future to a place that will just as easily feel like home as this one did. Always remember that although change can be a terrifying thing, it may also lead to the best decision you've ever made for yourself in quite some time. Be good to yourself, and take those leaps to get a different and new perspective. Guaranteed you'll be thinking "woah...I’m so glad I did this!" Who knew that with a little change I’d open a beautiful new path for myself.

Olivia at Topsail Beach NEWFOUNDLAND

be adventurous

"I’m so glad I did this! Who knew that with a little change I’d open a beautiful new path for myself."

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THE NICHE OTTAWA Morgan Hamilton-Kirk www.thenicheottawagallery.com

The Niche Ottawa Gallery is a newly opened and community orientated art gallery found in the East End of Ottawa. This unique Art Gallery was created by Morgan Hamilton-Kirk and planned to open before Covid-19 had struck. Like many other businesses, Morgan had to adapt hers and move the gallery online and build her community until it opened in person this past October. Morgan, being an artist and musician herself, and thus using her context of the creative community, aimed to create what she knew the Orleans/Ottawa area was missing; a place to gather. She, along with another new business, The Art of Bean Coffee Co, joined forces over quarantine to create a perfect creative hub that everyone would feel welcome in. Women Rock Magazine | 14


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ello everyone! My name is Morgan and I grew up in a women

led creative business world, driven by my moms, who are owners and directors of Allegro Music School in Ottawa. Being highly aware of the Orleans community and its creative potential through the music school, I was ecstatic to have the chance to bring art to this growing hub when a space in the same building became available. I have concluded that in my art, life, and in business I truly believe that the key to a successful society is the sharing of different perspectives in order to grow and collectively build each

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other up. When creating the gallery atmosphere, my main goal was to create accessibility and inclusivity as the basis of all artists participating in showing their works and for those viewing the art. There is such a pervasive perspective in the gallery world that the quality art world is only for the elite, knowledgeable and experienced thus imposing a narrow perspective on showing, enjoying or just being surrounded by art. I aim to provide the opposite. I believe there must always be an aspect of comfort and peacefulness when approaching the experience of art, because with comfort grows the ability to be curious and have an open mind to take in new perspectives expressed in unique and creative means.

Morgan Hamilton-Kirk I feel so much joy and honour to be the one able to amplify their artistic voices by creating a comfortable, inviting and inclusive space for all to experience art. Being an artist, musician, and writer, I am compelled to not only show traditional visual artforms but other art mediums and genres. As The Niche Ottawa Gallery continues to thrive, Myself, along with my team and the folks of the Art of Bean have great plans for incorporating all the arts through multidisciplinary performance events, poetry/spoken word nights, creative workshops, and so much more! The goal of the gallery is to be extremely focused on bringing opportunity to as many people from as many different walks of life. As a young woman entrepreneur, I am very aware of the importance of shining light on the voices of those who might not have the same chances of doing so. Art is for everyone and everyone is creative. I hope to help everyone who steps through her doors to feel safe, welcome, and find their Niche.

“The sharing of one's perspective is key to the success of a flourishing society. I believe art and creation is that integral connection from souls to mind to growth. I create to share my experiences and promote discussion. The Niche Ottawa Gallery was created to give a space for all to share their perspectives in inclusivity and connectivity." - Morgan Hamilton-Kirk Women Rock Magazine | 15


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Clarity is the Key to Success Nadezhda Khvorostian Are you struggling to transition your existing business online but you are too scared to build or fix your broken funnel? Does this step hold you back because you are not tech-savvy? One of the biggest problems that every Coach and Consultant has is not being technical enough to run an online business. Every day you can hear a voice inside your head that tells you “you can not do it”. You are probably facing the fear of failure, lack of confidence, or even crippling anxiety, hoping someday to finally start your online business and start living the life you want, and experience freedom!

Hi, My name is Nadezhda Khvorostian. I am known as the “The Go-To Coach”, The Founder of Next Step Movement. The last several years I tried doing everything; I sold products, attended webinars and live events, read lots books on personal growth, listened to inspirational speakers, and learned new online skills. I have invested thousands of dollars into my education. I consumed information, implemented, and failed but kept going. I did not have a clear vision or self-confidence about what I could do with my education and how I can serve others. I felt stuck, but I kept reading and learning. One day I met the Kingdom Entrepreneur mentor who taught me how I could use my knowledge, expertise, skills, and talent to serve others. I was waiting for this for a long time. Many are like me, they are in the same position - just starting out with online marketing and struggling with funnels. This reminded me about my experience, just before I was about to launch my first challenge. All of a sudden my funnel did not work!

I am glad I had a mentor who helped me. In a quick, 19 minutes video, my mentor reviewed my funnel and gave me very helpful feedback on how to build a profitable funnel. Now, since 2020 I myself have helped dozens of non tech-savvy women to lay their foundation and get to the next step. This is my passion, and starting today, this is your opportunity to do the same in a highly interactive experience, as did one of my beta testers Rachel, who has already run 6 profitable challenges.

Today that’s about to change for you too. I created the 3-day Get Funnel Clarity Challenge to help coaches, consultants, just like you, discover how to create your profitable marketing 1-page funnel without tech frustration and funnel overwhelm. I will meet you where you are and show you how to move forward at your own pace so you can gain more confidence and have clarity in your next steps. Women Rock Magazine | 16


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y the end of this 3-day challenge, you’ll have a step-by-step roadmap, the same way as my mentor taught me to do, so you can learn how to share your message with the world too in this upcoming Challenge. The World is waiting for you unique voice. Grab your seat today before they are all gone!

Nadezhda Khvorostian BIO: International Speaker International Teacher, Educator Certified Knowledge Business Broker (KBB) by Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi Certified "The Secrets Of The MultiMillionaire" by T. Harv Eker Trainer Studying Challenge Design Consultant

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P.S. Special THANK YOU to my son and all my friends in St.John`s, NL

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Taking on Life One Storm at a Time Lisa Garland

It all happened so quickly. Looking back, I didn’t have time to think about the implications or face the fact that my life would be forever changed in just one diagnoses. I was happy just knowing why he was is so much pain all the time. They had sent us home three times before. Matteo was 16 months old, so tiny and unable to tell us where the pain was coming from. There was blood in his diaper and they couldn’t even get a urine sample. His kidneys were fine but yet he screamed and screamed in pain. "It’s an abrasion in the penis" they said, "you don’t feed him properly...so he is constipated" said another expert! Then - he has a urine infection. Another trip to the ER with no testing. I cradled him in my arms watching Dora, he had just woke from a nap and yet could not stay awake, no pain no fever but I had a gut feeling all was not ok. I had a 6 year old at the time in school, so Daddy took Matteo to the hospital once again...I think we knew this time was going to be different...and shit was going to hit the fan. Once Jayden ( then 7 ) was taken care of, I headed in to the hospital and grabbed my mom en route, I can’t actually tell you what I was thinking but just the need to be by his side. The diagnoses was just calming at the time because all I could think was that he would not be screaming in pain. My mother in law was by his bed holding him down as lots of medical staff where racing around him, he was scared and screaming. I pushed my way through to help him, I might or Women Rock Magazine | 18


Taking on Life One Storm at a Time Lisa Garland might not have launched my Mother in law into orbitoops. They say his kidneys where failing and in acute kidney failure, they drained 1000cc of urine from his tiny bladder and overflowed into his kidneys, my god that was insane to me. The tumor in his bladder was 5.7 cm and had blocked his ability to pee, what the heck ? He is in ICU getting major blood work every hour and it’s midnight, I answered all sorts of questions but was numb. WE went home. What !!?!!! I went home?? They assured us he was in good hands and we needed to sleep because the next morning was going to be hell. I don’t even think my husband and I spoke. We went to bed and headed in separate cars to the hospital in the morning, still numb from the day before. I parked in the underground parking of the General Hospital that day...and in that underground parking I lost it, I cried like I had never cried before, scared, angry, confused and alone. I had no clue what was waiting for me. The treatment was an adjustment, I worked in the community as a wound care Nurse and I loved every second of it. I actually had started doing chemo symptom management oddly enough and my visit was about to change, for the better of course. Matteo did well during treatment and it was pretty textbook for him, of course he is tiny and scared and all the needles and tests were traumatic - that goes without saying -he is not even two. The protocol was 1.5 years long and the Doctors were like, "that’s nothing", they said Leukaemia patients treatments are 3 1/2 years

long. That didn’t help at all. You meet some incredible strong Mom’s along the way and we all bonded, and help each other up, we still do to this day. I was pregnant and it was the last of Matteo’s treatment and it was difficult because I had to stay away from diapers and so forth but pleeeze...like I would. Life was getting back to normal, Matteo was done, Jayden was settled and happy to all be under one roof and Boom!! Nicco was born, of course my window faced CHEO emerg. "Ativan please!!" I yelled from my bed. Panicked and anxious I got out in 24 hrs with this little human. I’m at home with a new born, Matteo and Jayden are at daycare and school and I get the call, Matteo’s cancers back, he just had his 3 month scan post treatment and now it’s in his prostate, I dropped to my knees, thankful I was home and not notified in the hospital, I couldn’t breathe I was still healing at 37 from a late, "oh crap I’m pregnant!" pregnancy and totally didn’t have the tools to cope at that moment. The pregnancy was hard and I was sick all the time, it caused my uterus to become inflamed I was still healing from everything. This time was hell, absolute hell, life time doses of chemo, removal of his bladder and prostate anxiety attacks a new born and a lost little girl not knowing and understanding what the hell was happening.

I handed over my newborn, pumped for two babies and headed in to CHEO like it was my full time job. I had signed up at some point for an Advanced Foot Care course during the time at home with the new baby so that was shot to all hell. But hey, I’m sitting all day in a hospital so now I have time right ? Between pumping and late night calls with the 10 year old little girl growing up way to quick and the new born I never get to one to one with, I have this frail very sick 3 year old. The trauma has caused him to loose his voice and I seek comfort with those who fight the same battle, the bond is strong. I am angry, so...so...angry to the point. I want to scream at every mom who yells at their toddler in the grocery store for what I think is pure BS, they are healthy, they live with you, under one roof holidays, birthdays, parities, you live life. Mine, is different. I missed Jayden in those defining years, bonding for the first year of my toddler and fighting for a 4 year old who has no voice to speak for himself. YOU get it together and that fright and flight keeps you moving. You never know how strong you are until it’s the only choice you have.

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Taking on Life One Storm at a Time Lisa Garland

Life, it throws major punches at you and you have the choice to give in or be the storm and work with it.

MATTEO

Things have calmed a bit and we try to live like we aren’t damaged goods from all the fighting for the one who can’t fight for himself. I try my best through panic attacks and guilt to put my life together, I now have my Foot Care cert. ( not sure how I did that ) and I teach and mentor Nurses to enhance their skills and apply it to their new careers. It’s was the best, I miss wound care but as life has it, I need to be flexible for the three kids and if Matteo’s Ostomy bag should leak I have to be available so this new career of mine was perfect. The community care kept me out of my own head and focused on my patients. Hot diggity damn i was on a roll to healing.

Nicco just isn’t right, he is 2 and miserable, always miserable. I mean it was a high high stressed pregnancy as you could imagine so Nicco was not the easiest baby, he was with my Mom for the first year, he hated loud sounds and now he just cry's all the time. I hate the hospital...what the heck was his issue? He was pale, and had bruises. It was late August but his little friend was the same, was he anemic? Off to the Doctor He goes, blood work and loads of cuddles later, we get the call, 8 pm Nicco has to get back to the doctors office. The blood work had come in. I know in my gut it’s not good, Jayden is crying and scared, Matteo is asleep. Nicco is off to Emerg, my Mom appears in my room and Jayden is in a panic wanting to climb into bed with me . But I’m numb, two Ativan later I’m not really sure what’s going on. It took me three days to stand and get back into fight mode, I mean we had the best lesson of all...Matteo... so we can do this. Nicco was diagnosed pre B ALL Leukaemia and his treatment will be 3 1/2 years long.

Nicco did well, he loved the attention we had double appointments for both boys and they are monitored very closely, Nurses cried, case managers cried, I mean they held Nicco as a new born and rocked him asleep as a toddler while he visited Matteo and I in the hospital, it was an anomaly - no one could figure out why two boys, two brothers had two different cancers with no history - no variants - no nothing, not even genetic markers. It’s never been seen before. Life, it throws major punches at you and you have the choice to give in or be the storm and work with it. I was generally a high functioning, ADHD high anxiety, high stressed individual, boy did I have to adapt quick, living in fright and flight for 10 years breaks a person for sure, but now how does one adapt to life outside the hospital ? How does one turn off the fright and flight besides medication ? Work, that was my choice, I needed to fight for those who had no voice, I mean i was now a Cancer Guru, I knew what books couldn’t tell you, I mean very little goes text book right ? I was still working in advanced foot care and oddly enough I saw a lot of patients who were immunocompromised and going through treatment of all sorts of cancers and ailments that needed specific care needs. Women Rock Magazine | 20


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One Storm at a Time Lisa Garland

was so busy with teaching and mentoring plus working to help pay the bills but I was able to open my own clinic. OMG what the heck did I know about anything business hahaha! No business plan, no business model, no nothing. I just opened, had a couple of nurses I had thought of before hand and away we went. It was so insane when I look back now, I had an admin, myself 2 nurses and a couple contracts. Now we will be 7 years and we have 15 nurses 2 admin and a nurse manager. I still teach, and mentor but now I get to hand pick each of my Team members. We provide community, facility and clinic based care. I love it so much and I love my team, I ‘m so lucky to have been knowledgeable enough to know through all the trails and tribulations that only the strong stand and you surround yourself with them, the positive people the ones who lift you and not manipulate you into submission. Hell of a learning curve but here I still stand. I’m not angry anymore, we all are under one roof, and though the boys and Jayden suffer from the lingering effects of chemo or the trauma cancer has caused in our lives, we all get to wake up to see another day and tomorrow is never promised. So in all this chaos and destruction the cancer has caused, and still causes, has thrown me into having to live "in the day". And guess what? It’s not so bad. I see colours so bright now, I never ever sweat the small stuff and I do know behind every smile there is a person fighting a fight we know nothing about. Be kind, be patient, and live in the moment .

Things can change in a millisecond.

NICCO

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Empowered Women LISA PINNOCK Lisa Pinnock is an educator, musician, multi-preneur and life-long learner. She is a bestselling coauthor of Women Let's Rise, an award-winning publication by Golden Brick Road Publishing House. Lisa loves inspiring women to step into their power and light through community building, advocacy work, and healthy eating with Epicure. Lisa leads a local group of heart-centred entrepreneurial women with FemCity, where she is a Global Member and facilitates workshops on their platform. She is very excited about a new venture as a Certified Circle Leader with WomanSpeak, a global organization devoted to unleashing the brilliance of women's voices through unique public speaking practices. Lisa's involvement as a founding member of Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Committees with Epicure and FemCity has fueled her mission to highlight and amplify the needs of diverse, marginalized communities. She firmly believes that representation matters, and our society is strongest when we embrace the full spectrum of humanity. Ensuring that all voices are heard and respected are crucial first steps toward the kind of equitable world she envisions for all BIPOC, her children, and future generations.

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Empowered Women LISA PINNOCK Lisa brings decades of combined experience and leadership in a myriad of fields, including music education + performance, classroom teaching, liturgical planning, mentorship, and most recently, lead authoring two new book projects with Golden Brick Road Publishing House (GBR). She is honoured to collaborate with the incredible women currently writing in Volumes One and Two of Uncover Your Light: Empowering Stories of Hope and Resilience. This series will be coming out in June and August 2022. Lisa is thrilled to also be a co-author in another GBR project, We Rise in Power: Amplifying Women of Color and Her Voices for Change, making next year a triple delight of book launch celebrations! email - lisapinnock@gmail.com instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisampinnock/

The second volume of Uncover Your Light is now FULL! Totally pumped to be working with these 19 incredible women to bring their inspiring stories to the world. And stay tuned for an exciting announcement about future projects with GBR!

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STOP HAIR LOSS

At Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic and Wellness, we offer proper hair care, hair education and Trichology services. Our staff is highly trained to deal with the demand of this field. Our services are backed with a purpose, to help individuals with hair loss and scalp diseases regain their hair beauty and self-esteem. My passion and desire to help continues to grow. I believe our whole health plays a major role in the quality of our life. For that reason I developed Tricho Solutions, using natural, healthy nutrients focuses on balancing our body’s natural system and stimulates the scalp externally.

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Tricho Solutions consist of tea blends, and hair growth products that are 100% natural. I have learned there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to the issue of hair loss.

Because of my passion for a healthy and holistic lifestyle we created The Fresh Mango Juice and Salad Bar. We love all things healthy and are committed to bringing you nutrition and wellness into your daily life by offering you the best of fresh fruits and veggies in combinations that you have never tasted before. As I continue to learn and help others, I hope to have an impact not only on the lives of those dealing with hair loss, but also the next generation as they continue the fight to find answers for us all.

To contact us please visit http://ottawahairlossclinic.com/contact-us/ https://www.facebook.com/ottawahairlossclinicandwellness/

Mikaella Celestin

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I began studying; taking course after course. My passion for the science of Trichology grew immensely. I knew then that it wouldn’t be enough to just learn. I wanted to share what I learned with those out there, going through the same experience. I wanted them to know that I understand, they are not alone and there is hope out there. For that reason and many more, I opened Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic and Wellness, specializing in hair loss and scalp treatment, using highly personalized holistic treatments for hair loss, scalp and lifestyle. My goal is to help the whole person, by providing a unique service to individuals – men, women and children experiencing hair loss and scalp issues.

By Mikaella Celestin

I am a Certified Trichologist and a BoardCertified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner. I founded Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic & Wellness to help those who are dealing with different types of hair loss. This can be a trying time to those experiencing such issues and can have a great impact on self-esteem. I can recall my own experience like it was yesterday. My passion for Trichology was born as a result of my own personal experience. I was dealing with patches of hair loss, had no answers and felt like no one understood. I went from one Dermatologist to another, but no one could provide me with an answer. In my search to find results, I discovered Trichology. It was at that point that I made a decision; I was going to learn all that I could about Trichology, and I was going to find answers.

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FALL AND WINTER GARDENING by Martine Jaworski - Landscape Designer FALL & WINTER 2021 AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2022

fter the year we’ve all been through, it’s time to think about hope and renewal - with the vaccine/boosters thank goodness, now available - and enjoying seeing family and friends again. What a pleasure to enjoy meals and gatherings, laughter and conviviality together once more. How we missed all this! LANDSCAPE DESIGN can help you have the garden of your dreams, where you can relax either on your own, or with family and friends. So why not ask an experienced organic gardener and landscape designer to have a consultation with you, either by Zoom or in person. We can walk through your garden together, observing public health recommendations, to discuss what you would like for your garden in the future.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

what functions would you like your garden to perform? what moods would you like to feel in your landscape? are there garden styles (casual/low-maintenance, naturalistic, mix of casual and formal, English, French, Oriental, South Asian, Mediterranean etc) that you really love? how can you combine beauty and practicality in your garden? can you have an enjoyable garden which is also environmentally conscious? What does climate change mean for your Ottawa garden? can you make your garden accessible to people of all ages, from the youngest of children to the most senior of family and friends, who might need some special consideration? GARDEN CONSULTATION by an experienced gardener and landscape designer - I have experience in garden consultations all over the city - from Barrhaven in the south, to Kanata in the west, Orleans in the east, to Centretown, the Golden Triangle, the Glebe, and Westboro in the central areas. I’ve seen all sorts of garden soil (clay, silt, sand) and many types of sun exposure (morning sun, hot noon and afternoon sun, beautiful western sunsets), part sun and part shade, and lightly and deeply shaded areas. Whatever your location, your garden’s natural assets can be enhanced, and you, your family and your guests’ enjoyment greatly increased.

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M A Jaworski Landscape Design CLIMATE CHANGE means shorter winters (but with freeze-thaw cycles), longer shoulder seasons (spring and fall), and hotter summers, with periods of drought and heavy rainfall. The average temperature will increase by about 2 degrees C by the 2030’s, according to a study commissioned by the municipality. If the last two summers were anything to go by, you should plan for more shade in the summer, either with softscaping (trees) or hardscaping (a shade cloth or pergola). Now pergolas are made with adjustable louvers so you can shut out the relentless summer sun by day, but open them up so you can enjoy a breeze or see the stars at night! You could also think about rain gardens, with adaptable plants that can survive drought, but which can also tolerate a sudden downpour, as well as plants that go well with xeriscaping (low water requirements), many of which are native to our region.

Annuals shouldn’t be set out till mid-to-late May, in case we have a late cold spell with temperatures above freezing but below 5 degrees C (according to the oldtimers, don’t put out annuals until the Victoria Day weekend). It’s hard to wait that long, but it’s the wisdom of many years of experience from a lot of Ottawa area gardeners. Fall is the time for planting bulbs, and many perennials, but is also an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs and you can also get them on sale that time of year! If you’re not sure where to plant your tree or large shrub (it’s a big decision after all!), or where to site and design your patio or deck, or how to make your garden more climate-tolerant, have an experienced landscape designer come to your garden to provide you with advice and designs for you and your climate-adapted garden.

TREES AND LARGE SHRUBS can be planted anytime in April or May. Smaller shrubs and perennials should wait until all frost danger is over (just in case there is an unexpected late May frost, to avoid the danger of frost heaving of their delicate, smaller roots).

SPECIAL OFFER for readers of this issue of Women Rock Magazine! 10% off on landscape consultations within the city of Ottawa, just provide the code FW2021WR, effective until March 1st 2022.

Happy Planning and Gardening! Martine Jaworski

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e are Stephanie and Sheri. We both started Studio Fifty1 in 2019 with the idea of providing a spraytan in a unique badass lounge, while providing a safe space for anybody and everyone, inclusive of the LGBTQ community. You can sit with us!

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ocated in Centretown (Ottawa, Ontario), the studio offers professionally trained and certified spraytan artists, with a private spraytan booth that boasts a boujie black and gold private changeroom. We provide amenities like silk robes to slip into, disposable undergarments, VIP treatment and a guided step-by-step spraytan application using vegan and cruelty free solutions produced by another Canadian female owned company. Studio Fifty1 has also created its own line of natural products that help extend the life of your tan as well as prepare your skin for your next appointment.

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I recently had the great pleasure of sitting down with Sherazade Mami, one of the most fascinating women I’ve ever met. In her 30 years she has experienced more than most people do in a lifetime. Born in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, in 1991, this strikingly beautiful young woman is exactly what you would think of if someone asked you to imagine a North African Princess. While one could sit and marvel at her goddess-like image for hours and never become bored, the real magic happens when she opens her mouth and tells you her story. The facts of her life are awe inspiring on their own, but when she speaks, her words are infused with a love and compassion that flows from a spirit of pure joy. Her gentle tone has a calming effect even while the details of her life arouse interest and excitement.

Sherazade smiles as she speaks of her mother, Boutheina. A strong and independent woman with many talents, Boutheina raised Sherazade all on her own. An equestrian, a gymnast, a musician, an entrepreneur, Boutheina was a mother with many strengths, the greatest of which was her love for Sherazade. Boutheina shared her love of the arts with Sherazade and enrolled her in dance at the age of 3. In that moment a flame of passion was ignited that would never be extinguished and Sherazade’s destiny began. Just 2 years later, at the age of 5, Sherazade graced the Tunis Main Theatre stage for the first time. Sherazade had found her purpose.

Sherazade Mami - The Dancing Princess by Steve Martin

At the age of 9, due to the relocation of her classical ballet teacher and the lack of good dance schools in the area, Sherazade transitioned to rhythmic gymnastics, but never lost sight of her dream to be a world-class dancer. As with ballet, Sherazade poured her heart into her gymnastics and went on to be the National Champion, the African Champion, and Arab Champion multiple times. Her dedication and commitment to excellence won her many prizes. With all this success in gymnastics her dream of dancing continued to burn inside her. In 2010 her passion for dance would take her to the semi-finals of "Arabs Got Talent". She continued to pursue dance as she studied sports and fitness at university and graduated with laureate honours receiving the Presidential Prize. Seeing her dream come to fruition, she joins the Fire of Anatolia Dance Theatre in 2014. Known as one of the top folk dance companies in the world, Sherazade is now where she was born to be.

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Sherazade Mami - The Dancing Princess by Steve Martin

Then tragedy strikes. There is a pause in the interview as Sherazade’s eyes fill with tears. Her lips tremble as she struggles to speak. In 2015, Boutheina, the mother she loved so much, was taken by cancer. This leaves Sherazade completely devastated. The next year, with the strength and courage of her mother’s spirit, Sherazade moves to Lebanon to perform with Caracalla Dance Theatre, the most prominent dance theatre in the Middle East. The dream lives on. In 2018 Sherazade decides it’s time for a major change in her life and begins the paperwork for immigration to Canada. It’s a very long process. While she waits for the paperwork she meets Gilbert Diab, the man who would become the love of her life. Their love grows stronger with each passing day. It’s a magical time for Sherazade. Everything is romance and butterflies. Just as Gilbert proposes marriage and Sherazade says ‘YESSSS’, her paperwork comes through and it’s time to leave for Canada. Strengthened by this newfound love and the love of her mother, Sherazade moves to Canada on her own, in the middle of the pandemic, during Canada’s least forgiving month…February. It’s cold in Canada in February, but like a bright August sun, Sherazade arrives and brings warmth and sunshine with her. Sherazade continues to dream. She dreams now of opening a dance and theatre studio so she can share these loves and passions with the people of Ottawa. She wants to guide them and show them the power of movement and self-expression. I have no doubt she will realize this dream and be an incredibly positive influence on this city, this country, and the world. I already know first hand the impact Sherazade has. She has changed my life. She is an encourager. She is a river of positivity and love that ceases to flow. You can consider yourself blessed if you get the chance to meet her. Oh, by the way, Sherazade and Gilbert were married in July of 2021 in Turkey. This is but a tiny peek into the marvelous life of Sherazade Mami. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. I look forward to interviewing her again in 10 years to hear all the amazing things this Dancing Princess has accomplished.

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UNIQUE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR by deanne tobin sinha

If you celebrate the Christmas Season with purity syrup instead of milk for Santa, a Costumed home intrusion, and a festive party on Old Christmas Day (January 6th) then you are probably from Newfoundland and Labrador. Here are some of the best loved traditions you can find in this Coastal Province.

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Advent means "the arrival of a notable person, thing or event". At Christmas, this is the eager wait for the arrival of Jesus, on December 25. Advent starts roughly at the beginning of December and goes till Dec 24, Christmas Eve. There is much celebration through the days including decorating Advent Tree's and children enjoying chocolate from the Advent Calendar.

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Okay, it's an excuse to Party. Tibb's Eve occurs on December 23 in Newfoundland, and it is a gathering for a night of Christmas Cheer with friends before spending time with your Family! Although if you consider your Family as friends, invite them too!

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Mummering runs from "The Feast of St. Stephen" on December 26, to the "Old Twelfth Day" on January 6. It was brought to Newfoundland by British and Irish Settlers. The celebration comprises of people dressing up in outlandish costumes and visiting house to house. Occupants try to guess the identity, and then the group enjoys food and drink. Mummering has had a sketchy past due to the liquor flowing and masks allowing the not so well meaning to engage in "skullduggery". However, the overall mood is one of levity and friendship. It adds to the charm and longevity of the Christmas Season! Women Rock Magazine | 32


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In Northern Labrador, on January 6, the Nalujuk spirits arrive off the iceflows to reward the good children and punish the bad. Sort of like Santa on Steroids. The actual spirits are grown ups dressed in skeleton masks and fur coats that chase the children. However, when the children are caught, they have to sing and are given candy. This is almost like Halloween and Christmas all rolled into one!

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The Date of December 25, widely accepted as Christmas Day, is really dependent on the calendar you use. The date is derived from the Gregorian calendar which is the current standard. However, many Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar, upon which Christmas falls on the equivalent January 6 or January 7. This is why it is called "Old Christmas Day" in Newfoundland as it is based on the Old English use of the Julian Calendar. Since December 25 has become more commercialized, Old Christmas Day lends itself to much more religious activities such as the Feast of the Epiphany.

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I believe in Santa When I was a very young girl. I was told about a wise old Elf that lived at the North Pole and every Christmas Eve, He delivered presents to kids all around the world on a sleigh guided by 8 reindeer. As a Child, this seemed fair enough, made perfect sense and added oodles of excitement to Christmas Eve! Fast forward 25 (ahem) years, and I have children of my own. I have passed on the story of Santa to them, and they are enchanted by the very same awe and magic that this amazing individual brings into their lives. Great movies like "The Santa Clause" and stories like "The Night Before Christmas" keep that miracle of Christmas alive in their hearts. So one day...I am in the Mall, and I hear one lady say to another "this is the year I am going to tell my kids there is no Santa, they're getting too old"....My feelings were of sadness that this seems to be a necessity for some. Santa needs to be called out as not real, and just a story. I am sure it makes sense to the adult, analytical, realistic mind that this needs to be clarified and understood by your kids as they grow older. My question is "Why?" I am of a mind that children should believe for as long as they want. For me,

I still believe. Okay, let me make my point. Christmas is a time of enchantment, grandeur, colours, love and above all...Belief. It is the belief in a Saviour Jesus Christ being born, it is a belief that there is a possibility of love and harmony in the World, and there is a belief in the goodness of People. To me, Santa Clause, is a an emblem of that belief, and so... I choose to believe in Santa. I would not wish a Christmas Eve to go by that his sleigh and reindeer land on my rooftop. I choose to believe that he has been making sure my kids and I have been good all year, I choose to believe that he gets the credit for the Amazon Boxes under the tree (LOL).

Merry Christmas to all...And to All a good night!

Dee Sinha

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Christmas in Uganda by marjorie williams

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here are 24 orphans in Uganda eagerly awaiting a gift from their Aunties in Newfoundland. Six years ago, a very devoted supporter of H.O.P.E. (Helping Orphans Prosper through Education), Catherine Bailey, vowed to make sure these children had a gift to open on Christmas morning. Six years ago, when we started to support these children, food, water and clothing were our first priority. They were living in conditions that were hard to believe existed in a world where we have so much. We simply could not walk away from these beautiful children we came to love. Eventually we learned that education was the most important thing one needed in order to break the cycle of poverty they were engulfed in. H.O.P.E. currently has all 24 children enrolled in a full-time private boarding school which allows them to have constant and reliable access to food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, supervision and compassion. We were also very fortunate to hire a doctor to take care of their medical needs. So basically, we covered all the needs of the children, but the one thing they needed was to know how much they were loved. That small Christmas gift that they waited for, even prayed for, did just that. Every year Catherine calls upon her friends and family to donate. If you knew her, you would understand how persistent she is to raise as much money as possible. We purchase the gifts, and get together, along with our elves, to wrap the presents and write cards to the children, and off to Uganda it goes. Sometimes by Canada post, sometimes by courier, and albeit expensive, they always arrive on time. Women Rock Magazine | 36


Christmas in Uganda by marjorie williams

HOPE - Helping Orpans Prosper Through Education

The best delivery was when Marjorie and Betty of H.O.P.E. delivered the gifts personally. This year again, they are being personally delivered by Santa Claus (aka Eddie Joyce). Knowing that each child will receive some candy, a small toy, some clothes, a teddy bear, anything at all helps make the children so very happy. It is nowhere near the Christmas gifts our children have become accustomed to receiving these days. We also provide them with an extra special meal, which would include pop and a Christmas cake. They typically make a field day event in celebration! HOPE is so happy to have Catherine on our team. Christmas is a time for giving, and giving these children the knowledge that they are loved and cared for, is worth all the effort of getting these gifts all the way to the middle of Africa. Our love for them is bigger than that. If there was ever a definition of the true meaning of Christmas, this is it.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CHARITABLE DONATION TO THESE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND THIS WORTHY CAUSE PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW. YOUR GIFT OF GIVING WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.williams.581

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How are you feeling today? Take this moment to take the biggest breath you’ve taken all day…Inhale – Exhale, relax your shoulders-release any tension held in your jaw and offer yourself a moment to be present.

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i, My name is Lindsay Phillips Oates , born and raised and living life consciously here on the Island of Newfoundland & Labrador – where the ocean is all around me and the rugged earth grounds me. My husband Justin, our beautiful children, Julia (6) and Alex Jane (4) , Rosie Dog and I live outside of the city in a little town called Avondale, where we spend as much of our time out in nature, on the beach, entertaining friends, cooking meals together and cuddled up watching family movies.

About eight years ago, I started my own wellness journey after a series of life pitfalls and became very in tune with my own body and mind and the power we hold. Since 2014, I have become a mother of two, and a wife. While working full time in a corporate job, I worked very hard to become a Registered Natural Therapist of Canada, Certified Foot & Ear Reflexologist, Reiki Master, Level II Healing Touch practitioner, Indian Head Massage Practitioner and Certified Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher. I am currently back in school for Yoga Therapy and Yoga Teacher Certifications. Women Rock Magazine | 38


I am so proud and honored to scream it from the mountain tops that on July 30, 2021, a decade long dream came true when I opened the doors to the Cottage Retreat as the official day of owning my own business. One that is designed to serve and nurture our communities. (Yes, I opened a business amidst a global pandemic). I am the Owner/Practitioner of Central Wellness, a natural therapy business where I work with clients 1:1, host group retreats (in person and virtual and guide “The Mug Up Meditation Experience”).

A core value of Central Wellness is to offer the client a safe space to land by creating an open and inclusive environment. On a global scale, people are feeling more stressed, overwhelmed, dealing with anxiety as well as feelings of depression. The natural therapy offered at Central Wellness provides the benefits of reducing stress and anxiety and creating a feeling of well being on a physical, emotional, and mental wellness level. The goal of Central Wellness is to create a healing space locally as well as globally.

Through social media, I’m on a community building mission to empower healing and growth by connecting with global community members. In February 2022, I will be launching my first ever course that will be focused on connecting with ourselves, understanding our energy centers, working through the $#it and meeting ourselves where we are so that we can be present, find joy and feel good! Stay Tuned. Get on the email list by (subscribing to the website) to be the first to get the launch details. Warm Smiles, Lindsay To learn more about the Mug Up and what I offer, Come connect with me on... Instagram https://www.instagram.com/central_wellness_229/ email at www.centralwellness229@gmail.com (click for links)

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The Mug up meditation is a perfect blend of self-care practices with a Newfoundland twist. It’s definitely an original experience I would highly recommend for anyone, no matter if you just started practicing meditation or you have been doing it for years. Not only is Lindsay a genuine and caring soul, she has such an incredible ability to create a beautiful and welcoming space that can immediately put anyone at ease. I was especially impressed with the way Lindsay walked through her mediation. As an individual who has practiced for over 10 years, I was impressed with Lindsay’s language and approach which fostered an experience that brought such clarity and connection to the material, promoting an internal journey of acceptance and rejuvenation. If you are looking for some quality ‘you time’ to help you re-center. Lindsay is the perfect guide. Women Rock Magazine | 40


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KYLA MIRANDA

REAL ESATE AGENT Hi!

My name is Kyla Miranda and I am a Realtor® based out of St. John's, Newfoundland working with Keller Williams Platinum Realty. I consider one of my main jobs to be a problem solver. I love to help you plan your future and work with you to realize goals and your full potential. Your living space is a huge part of how you can achieve the lifestyle that you want. My clients consider me proactive, yet calm and easy going. I approach things creatively and systematically to achieve your vision. "We are so glad we chose Kyla to help us move. She made selling our home seamless, she was so proactive and accommodating. We also found our forever home with Kyla’s help and we are so grateful! Would 100% recommend Kyla to anyone looking to buy or sell!"

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little about me...I grew up in Holyrood, Newfoundland and now I live in the beautiful capital city, which I find to be a fascinating place, culturally, historically and architecturally. It's a fantastic place to live and work and a place where you can also be near nature. I am also a real estate investor in both the long term and short term markets here. I have a historical background and I studied as an archaeologist with a master degree in Anthropology from UBC and a Bachelor of Archaeology from Memorial University. I have a background in research, records and information management, and I have also worked as an artist, which has given me a good imagination and an eye for detail, particularly when staging and showing homes! I love delicious food and drink, travel and exploration, time outdoors, languages, reading and writing and am all about learning new things.

"Kyla has made this whole experience a great one from the beginning to the end. She showed so much professionalism and was very knowledgeable in all aspects of selling my home, from the evaluation, pricing, getting the stager and photographer and putting that altogether! She always made herself available and kept me up to date every step of way!"

Everyday I wake up excited about my clients and about how I can help them achieve their goals.

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Hi! My name is Jamie Stewart and I’m a mama bear to my two beautiful daughters. I am a supporter, a small business owner and an independent woman making her way in this world! I have taken on many challenges and faced many struggles, all of which have led me here today. Through it all, I have found this company and these amazing products that have helped me heal from within, rejuvenating me into a better and stronger me. These products and this company have helped, not only myself, but so many other women and men all over the world. Everyone deserves to glow from the soul.

We are Health Focused & Beauty Obsessed! The power we hold in our hands with these products is absolutely phenomenal. We have the most incredible functional beverages that I have ever come across. Did you know TAKA means energy in a different language? TAKAglo is my favourite of our drinks, but it is also our beauty beverage that contains 3 grams of collagen peptides per serving to provide you with the best health and beauty benefits on the market; from reducing the signs of fine lines & wrinkles, to helping your hair grow, to promoting gut. The combined benefits from the TAKA and the Collagen Peptides have not only made my hair grow longer & stronger and my skin radiate, but it has also helped in diminishing scars and leaves me feeling like I can take on the world!

Without having the courage, support and help to jump at this opportunity and take the leap head first, I may not have met some of the most amazing women in my life right now. This opportunity and community have played a huge part in overcoming some obstacles that were holding me back from vibrating at an elevated frequency and stepping into the next and best version of myself.

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I am beyond grateful to be a part of such a strong, inspirational group of men and women, as well as, get the chance to be a part of this supporting and uplifting magazine.

JAMIE STEWART It tastes good, it’s efficient and fun… and it’s all sorts of pretty colours! Most importantly, it makes us feel good and look good from the inside out! The idea is, if we take care of ourselves from the inside, beginning with these amazing drinks, it really does start to radiate to our outer beauty and that is where our beauty brand comes in. We have these beautiful lashes and sunless tanner (with no orange undertone) to enhance women’s’ natural beauty and help give those in need a hand in boosting their confidence. From slimming coffee, to hand sanitizer and everything in between, there is something here for everyone. We got you! Everybody deserves to feel beautiful, with the courage to STAND OUT!

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Creating Beautiful Homes To Live In

A PLACE CALLED HOME

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sing a combination of different shades of blues, beiges and creams made for a very serene and cozy feel in this living room space.

A HOME TO CHERISH Creating a beautiful home for one of my most cherished friends was a labour of love. Rosa had a vision for her new family home and I was determined to makes her dream come true.

A ROOM DESIGNED FOR PRACTICALITY, FUNTIONALITY AND BEAUTY! Keeping design style and colours consistent when rooms flow together is paramount for the eye.

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The love felt in this home was quite evident when working on this intriguing home design project with my wonderful client/friend Roja.

Lily, their beautiful family dog was always there to greet me at the front door. She is cherished by all family members and treated with so much love and tenderness. It is endearing to watch.

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MAKING MEMORIES a fabulous family room

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oja wanted her family room to exude a certain calmness so that's exactly what I did. This very well thought out family room was pulled together using a very soft palette of colours. I started with my inspirational piece which was the area carpet. A beautiful 8x10 in a light gray with a cream background and a hint of blue was where I built upon my design colour scheme. From there I chose a classy linen look fabric in a medium gray for the sofa and love seat, and a light cream tufted ottoman with storage so that the family could house their cozy blankets and reading material. This piece also offers a top that flips over and turns into a hard top coffee table. It is a very versatile piece indeed. The two open wall storage units were a great find in Roja wanting to display her most treasured items. It also serves as a book shelf which makes it a perfect fit for a family of avid readers in this very well used family room space. Wrapping the walls in a soft warm gray set the tone for this well appointed family room. It tied everything in together and made for a very cohesive contemporary backdrop. A space is never complete however until you accessorize. Accessorizing is the key to achieving the final desired look. I chose some very pretty soft white and cream flowers along with some patterned and plain thrown cushions. A picture was placed above a small console table that encompassed a beautiful palette of earth tones and a textured wicker basket was placed in front of the beautiful elegant marble fireplace to house a beautiful soft throw and a cozy cushion.

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LIVING ROOM

The best part of this wonderful job that I am so blessed to have is meeting people like my very treasured friend Roja. We had so much fun working on the design project. Thankyou Roja for your friendship and hospitality. It was an absolute pleasure.

LIVING ROOM

A WOW FACTOR INTRODUCING A SUNBURST MIRROR IN A SILVER FINISH AND PAIRING IT WITH A CONTEMPORARY CREAM BUFFET MADE FOR A HUGE IMPACT ON THIS OTHERWISE EMPTY LIVING ROOM WALL SPACE. THESE GORGEOUS CHOICES CREATED A STUNNING WOW FACTOR AND A REFINED DESIGN STATEMENT. ADDING THESE 2 GORGEOUS VERY SIMPLE YET WORLDLY SILVER BASED LAMPS WITH WHITE SHADES ADDED HEIGHT AND BALANCE. THESE BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL CHYSANTHEMUMS PLACED STRATEGICALLY IN THE CENTRE SCREAM FOR ATTENTION WITH IT'S DEEP ORANGE HUE.

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HOOSE A NATURAL WOOD ELEMENT TO ADD WARMTH TO YOUR SPACE.

SIMPLE BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS STATE A CERTAIN CALMNESS TO THIS WELL APPOINTED SPACE.

THIS BEAUTIFUL 3 TIER SOLID WOOD SHELF WITH WROUGHT IRON SUPPORTS NOT ONLY ADDS AN ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT, IT ALSO INTRODUCES A SENSE OF WHIMSY TO THIS SOPHISTICATED AND CONTEMPORARY SPACE.

ROJA WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED WITH THIS GORGEOUS SHELVING UNIT. IT ADDED A RUSTIC ELEMENT YET DIDN'T TAKE AWAY FROM THE CLEAN LINES AND MODERN FEEL SHE ENVISIONED FOR HER SPACE.

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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

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After 24 years of being away from home we are finally back on The Rock celebrating Christmas with family and close friends. Needless to say, we are beyond excited. Thrilled that It will be the first Christmas of many being back on this beautiful island I call home.

iving away from this gorgeous

province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been quite an experience. Some good and some bad. I made some wonderful friends along the way and went

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amazing

adventures I must admit. Adventures that I probably never would have had the opportunity to indulge in if I hadn't decided to jet set off those 24 years ago. Ontario

presented

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opportunities to me personally and professionally. I studied Interior Design and Decor at one of the top colleges in Ontario and then set up my own Design Firm in which I became very successful. I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn't change a thing about my career. I am extremely passionate about the Interior Design Industry and very proud of the milestones I have overcome. Ontario presented many great opportunities for the industry that I am so passionate about.

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much as I thoroughly enjoyed my life experiences living away it was quite challenging at times. Coming from a culture that prides itself on being friendly and courteous, it was a very different way of living for me. It was a little challenging to make friends compared to this affectionate land that I am so blessed to call home. I also really missed drivers stopping for you at a crosswalk. This was a rare find unfortunately. It is so funny that the little things you take for granted sometimes are the things that mean the most.

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contemplated moving back home for the last few years but the timing never seemed to be right, My husband's job didn't lend itself to working from home. Times have changed however, and working from home seems to be more of the norm now more than ever and that has definitely helped us in our decision making. Having the privilege of working from home for my husband and with me running this beautiful and inspiring magazine from home and online has been a true blessing.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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rom a pastime to a full time career, photography has been my creative outlet for the last ten years. I was inspired to purchase my first camera at the age of 14, after being handed down my grandfather’s vintage film camera. Having no prior photography knowledge, asking friends to do photoshoots with me after school became a hobby of mine. At the time, we weren’t old enough to drive so we would walk around our neighborhood looking for interesting locations to use as a background. One day, my friends and I decided to take my grandfather’s film camera and use it as a prop in our photoshoot. Everyone got dressed up and we shot for hours trying out all kinds of poses. After editing the images and showing my friends the end result, there was an instant feeling of gratification and freedom of artistic expression. To actually create something that was once just an idea was invigorating. From that moment on, my young fourteenyear-old self knew this was something I had a knack for, but I had no idea where it would take me.

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I started taking my photography more seriously in 2015, when I began shooting family photo sessions for friends and neighbours. This quickly snowballed into countless clients inquiring about hiring me for photo sessions. As I started to make a name for myself in the photography community, I began getting inquiries for other styles of portrait sessions including graduations and headshots. I was only charging a small fee, and sometimes shooting for free. At this point, I had also just begun my post secondary education and was trying to figure out what I actually wanted to do for my career. I enrolled in a local college to study graphic design as I thought that this would be something that would interest me.

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it turned out, the only courses I enjoyed revolved around photography. I can vividly remember sitting in my instructor's office, reviewing my assignments, and listening to him tell me that I have a future in photography. Hearing these words from an established local photographer instantly inspired me to continue with this passion of mine. It was then when I first thought that being a professional photographer could be my future, my career. Although I didn’t last long in the graphic design program, during my time of exploration I continued to shoot as much as possible. I learned a lot from my studies and was able to use that knowledge to improve my photography skills. A few years later, in 2018, I chose to continue photography at a professional level. I created a brand for myself, a website, and developed my presence on social media. I started shooting almost everyday and focused on improving from one photoshoot to the next. I actively started booking for anything and everything. Weddings, engagement photos, headshots, graduations, content creation, you name it. I didn’t care about what I was shooting or about making money, I simply craved the practice and exposure. It wasn’t until the summer of 2019 that I found my niche. During this time of practice, I realized I was able to get more and more creative with what I was capturing. I enjoyed the concept of focusing on only one subject to delve into my artistic capabilities while using technical skills to encapsulate purpose in each photo. Over time this developed in what I like to call creative portraits. From this exploration, I realized that this is the area of photography that I want to specialize in. Through the pandemic, I managed to find new ways to grow my business. I began taking self portraits as a way to maintain a creative mindset. I also wanted to challenge myself with being both in front of and behind the lens. With all of the downtime I had on my hands, I was able to focus and learn about ways to market and advertise my business at a higher level. The pandemic forced me to slow down and invest in myself so that once I was able to go back to booking clients, I was prepared. Ultimately, as a photographer, my goal is to make every client feel comfortable and confident in every portrait that I take. I want each client to be true to themselves in front of the camera. I do this by getting to know the clients as soon as they reach out. By making a personal connection leading up to the session, when it’s time to shoot, I have already built a solid relationship and that sense of comfortability is immediate. I also try to ensure that the process is collaborative by including my clients in the decision making process, including deciding on the location and outfit for the session. Having this open dialogue allows for the client to feel a sense of control, which ultimately leads them to feel more confident on the shoot day.

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As we approach the end of 2021, I have found myself reflecting on my success as a young entrepreneur. The progress of my business, in this past year alone, is quite surreal to me. I have learned that opportunities are rarely given, you have to create them for yourself. In the photography industry, there isn’t always a demand for the type of work that I do. It’s not a necessity to have your photo taken, so this year, I made a conscious effort to work towards creating that demand. I advertised my creative portrait sessions as something that you can do to treat yourself, to boost your confidence, or just to do for fun. I wanted people to see the value in having their photo taken when it wasn’t for a special occasion. I enjoy creating memories for families and content for brands but my true passion lies in creating a simple piece of artwork to represent a snapshot in time for one person. As I move forward in my career, and although I don’t fully know what path I will take, I hope to push myself creatively by developing a business solely around creative portraits and to utilize my skills to produce photos that have purpose and meaning.

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hen I was 15 year old I was memorized by the 20 Minute workouts!!! Those girls were so beautiful with their leotards and leg warmers. It was then I decided I wanted to be a fitness instructor!!! I went to school to become a HairDresser (Designer) and received my license in the late 80s. When that profession did not pan out for me, I worked for temp agencies in secretarial positions. After going through a divorce and raising my son, I fell into retail working for one of the biggest corporations in the world; Costco Wholesale.

While I was working full-time at Costco I took a Pilates course and earned my certificate to teach. My husband and I had just bought a new house and we opened up a home Pilates studio. My postings about my studio and classes on social media and within the community were very well received. I started classes in the studio on Monday and Wednesday evenings and soon added more. I was elated! I named my exciting new business Criss Cross Pilates. These classes were going so well that I decided that I wanted to teach more than just Pilates so I obtained my YTT 200 HR Certificate.

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A DREAM BY SANDRA LEA

My Criss Cross Pilates & Yoga classes were doing very well. I was teaching morning classes for the active aging community (strength, functional movement and balance) as well Pilates Mat classes in the evening. Then the unthinkable happened. The the world shut down. March 2020, Covid-19 hit, who could have predicted that I would have to stop my in person studio classes? I took a deep breath, sat back and contemplated my next step; do I go back to Costco, do I get a part time job?

As a huge social media gal using FB and IG to promote my business, I had followed several other Pilates and Yoga studios and as they were running classes virtually, I thought to myself I can do that too; but who is going to register for online zoom Pilates classes? However, at that time, people did not have a lot of options, gyms were closed as were yoga studios, so I went virtual!!! It definitely was not the same as teaching in person but it has been quite successful. My classes are for every one. When you come to my studio or do a virtual class with me, it is my intention to help you feel physically stronger with more flexibility. Mentally you are gaining confidence, be less anxious and feel relaxed. Pilates and Yoga are a connection of the mind and the body. It’s not about being all bendy. It’s taking care of you in a world that doesn’t seem to slow down. It is never too late to follow a dream and make it a reality. I love teaching and meeting new people. My students are wonderful and their reasons for taking my classes are based on their individual needs. I would have never thought that when I was 15 - the young girl in her leg warmers would be teaching Pilates and Yoga.

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LOVE YOURSELF. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. MAKE YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS A PRIORITY. IT'S A NECESSITY!

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CHRISTMAS AT THE GOLDSMITH

PLANNING AHEAD TO AVOID “THE RUSH”

BY STEPHANIE DARBY COOMBS Owning a retail jewellery store means you often have to be one step ahead of your customers. When spring is ahead, the focus is on gold and diamond bands for those beautiful July weddings. When the hot days of summer are upon us, showcases are re-stocked with pretty silver and gold anklets. And once the Halloween parties are over, and our costumes packed neatly away in the tickle trunk, The Goldsmith in St. John’s, Newfoundland—like any other retail store in mid-November—takes on the biggest transformation of the year.

Christmas! Along with our decorated Tree—and Santa with his prancing reindeer in the window—out comes our new Christmas stock, new earring and pendant sets, fully stocked chain boards, as well as freshly crafted custom gold bangles and earrings, made just in time for the “Christmas Rush”. But what many customers don’t always realize is that when you are in business, the planning for Christmas does not start in December when most people start their shopping. It often starts months before. Good planning and pre-ordering and even the rearranging of stock to make displays more attractive, is part of any store’s preparation for the holiday season. To ensure having merchandise in time to sell for Christmas, requires planning and ordering months ahead. When customers start to flow into the stores, a business like ours needs to be ready with enough trained staff, enough varied merchandise, even enough boxes and bows! The bottom line is, starting early relieves stress, and this applies to the shopper as well. Unfortunately, to avoid crowded malls, this pandemic has forced many people to learn even less stressful ways to shop, through online shopping. While I too have done my share of Amazon orders in the past year and a half, it is important to realize that customers can also shop safely at their own local stores, where they won’t need to worry about packages not arriving on time or worse, getting lost. Click to go to Links

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CHRISTMAS AT THE GOLDSMITH

PLANNING AHEAD TO AVOID “THE RUSH”

BY STEPHANIE DARBY COOMBS

Most small businesses like us at The Goldsmith —even if we don’t offer actual “online ordering” yet—are more than willing to help their customers through emails and phone calls and of course, Facebook. With the beauty of websites, and camera-capable cell phones, the right gift this Christmas, could be just a photo click away.

So, while it is often hard to get motivated for Christmas right after Halloween—often without even a snowflake on the ground—planning ahead to avoid the worry and stress of not getting what you want in time for that special someone, may be worth it. To make a custom piece of jewellery at our store, The Goldsmith, we would need about 2-4 weeks, so, if you have something special in mind that you would like to have created, repaired, or refurbished by our on-site jeweller, now is the time to get it started.

Whatever method you choose to contact us at The Goldsmith this year, we are here to make your shopping experience as pleasant and painless as possible. But the more time you give yourself and us, and the more you try to avoid the “Christmas rush”, the quicker you can get on to just relaxing and enjoying the festivities of the season.

Plan ahead now, so when December comes, you are many steps ahead.Plan to be stress-free this year.Then you can truly relax and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. You can focus instead on decorating your house with twinkling lights and garland, baking Christmas shortbread and snowballs, or wrapping those presents you bought early…while peacefully sipping away on your favourite holiday drink, some tasty egg nog, or in my house—a nice cold glass of Bailey’s—on ice.

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CHEERS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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The Power of Music A Holistic Journey in Dealing With

It is coming up to the seven year anniversary of the passing of my Father on November 25th. He passed from colon cancer and dementia. What a valiant battle he fought. In my Dad's honour, I am currently working on a documentary , and there are several out there, but this is my own personal experience with how music helps people living with dementia.

When my Dad, Geoffrey Charles Wright first had to go into care, I noticed that when the lovely people who volunteered their time to come and entertain the residents, singing and playing instruments, their faces lit up , their toes were tapping and those who were non commutative were singing every single word! One of my Dad's neighbors across the hall would play the piano and my Dad would sing his heart out,

evoking such wonderful memories to a man who could not remember if it was four pm or four am and towards the end, how to accomplish small daily tasks. This was very difficult to watch as he was a world champion duathlon competitor. We would watch old Christmas and War movies that he had seen countless times , but he could not recall them until the music came on and he would be brought to tears with an influx of memories of his Mother and World War II in England and was able to tell me all about it.

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The Power of Music A Holistic Journey in Dealing With

Our brain, of which we only use a tiny portion, is an incredible thing. Musical memories are often preserved because the key areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by dementia. Research indicates that while dementia causes progressive memory loss and impairment, memory for music remains. Music for those with dementia is shown to boost their mood, reduce agitation, and improve focus. The best thing is that it also helps people in all stages of dementia to connect with fond memories. It elicits pleasurable responses such as swaying, moving or dancing...smiling... even when all other communication has been lost. Music boosts brain activity and allows them to tap into deep memories that enable them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and remain present.

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Unleash your WILD Goddess! Maria De Luna I am Maria De Luna Aligned Purpose Light worker+Soul Journey Healer to divine awakened conscious beings! I have decided that it was truly time to work with 8 other women who are amazing healers, lightworkers & Coaches of their own trade to truly have more access to them through the world of online. As we look for balance in life we tend to always look for things all over the world to find the right people to work with, well I have to say we are a 1 stop location. Not only are each of these women devoted to helping women get to the best version of themselves they truly are a gift to those they help each of them helps with strengthening other's lives by their modalities. We cover all that allows the flow of balance to occur for us, Mind, Body, and Spirituality. We cover, time management, connecting with the divine, Astrology readings, mediumship reads, energy reiki balance, guided meditations to help you move through your body & Nutrition & meal planning. We offer 6-month to 3 month programs for this all in group and also 1:1 coaching with some of the ladies. Learn more in our Group or book a FREE 30-minute Unleash your WILD Goddess. https://calendly.com/alaamore/unleash-your-wildgoddess-discovery-call?month=2021-12

Over the past few weeks, I have leaped wholeheartedly back into the process of creating. In seasons like these, sometimes a warm cup of coffee and an empty notebook are just the right atmosphere for new ideas to take shape. While sitting down to brainstorm, I discovered an opportunity to serve you in a new way. Today, I'm excited to share my latest offering with you. Created from my heart and born out of a desire to empower you to prosper in the months ahead—I am so proud to announce that we are launching the Unleash your WILD Goddess Jan 3rd 2022 will be the start of the program where we embark Consider this your personal invitation to dive deep with me into a year that is still brimming with promise and potential. Something beautiful is awaiting you on the other side of this season. I would love to explore the opportunity to find it together. I can't wait for you to join me. I have no doubt that it is going to be quite an adventure. Feel like this is your time? Schedule a call and let's chat. https://calendly.com/alaamore/unleash-your-wildgoddess-discovery-call?back=1&month=2021-12

Maria De Luna Aligned Purpose Light worker+ Soul Journey Healer to divine awakened conscious beings! Creator of: Unleash your WILD Goddess! info@alaamore.com

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You can live well with chronic pain

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e’ve all had those days where we just don’t feel like getting out of bed. But what if you woke up in pain every morning? Your first thought is, I hurt. How would you get out of bed? How would you start your day? It doesn’t matter how early or late you go to bed. You always wake up in pain. This is my reality, but it doesn’t define me. It’s just part of my morning routine. I know that it will get better once I have breakfast and I go on my morning walk to help loosen up my muscles. Although, that could just be me looking forward to that special cup of coffee! I treat myself to one as a reward for going for my walk as that is part of my pain management. I always make sure that I have something to look forward to that day as that helps motivate me to get up and get moving. Are you like me and hate to be told no? You can’t do this or you won’t be able to do that. It drives me nuts! So what if your Dr. told you that you wouldn’t be able to work a full time job. How would that sit with you? We all want to live well, despite pain. First, you need to manage your pain and then find ways to live a happy, fulfilled life in spite of your symptoms. My thought was, to think outside the box to find a way to do the things that I wanted to do.

by SUE MORIN Think outside the box definition: - to explore ideas that are creative and unusual and that are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition. The trouble with approaching any challenge with the mindset of “thinking outside the box” is the belief that there's even a box to begin with. There are many ways of reaching a goal, not just one. You just need to find the path that works best for you.

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i there. My name is Sue. I am a strong, independent woman who finds joy every day and motivation to help me through the tough days. I contribute to society by volunteering and working part time. I have a loving husband who goes above and beyond around the house to help me out. We also run a business together. I have chronic back pain from a car accident and Fibromyalgia. Through that diagnosis, I found three things that I love to do. I love to be creative and make handmade greeting cards (Handmade By Sue). I also love helping other entrepreneurs with their admin needs (HBS Business Solutions) and bringing them together to connect and learn from each other (HBS Networking). Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. You can do it just like I did. There may be hard times but determination to get up and get going is key, even if that means asking for help to do so. What is the one thing that you would love to do? Write it down. What are the steps you will need to take to get there? If you are stuck. Think of what the end goal is and work backwards. You can learn how to not just survive, but thrive despite the chronic pain.

SUE MORIN

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The Road to Better Sleep How to Tackle Insomnia LANA WALSH

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spent my entire adult life half asleep. When I was in high school, my parents thought I was a typical teenager, staying up too late with a bad attitude. But at night, I tossed and turned. I’d wake several times, feeling like a boa constrictor was wrapped around my body and I would have to get up and rearrange my nightgown so I could breathe again. Finally, I just threw it on the floor in the hopes that I would finally be able to sleep through the night.

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ut the months of insomnia didn’t end. When the alarm rang in the morning, I couldn’t drag myself out of bed and I would tell my mom I was too sick to go to school.

Later, I read an article about restless leg syndrome (RLS), and I knew right away that was my problem. RLS is an uncontrollable urge to move your legs and when you try to control it, you experience pain. The only relief was movement. Even though I knew what the problem was, it would take more than a decade to get it treated.

Throughout my life, I slept poorly, wide awake for hours in the middle of the night, it was hard to drag myself out of bed the morning. I was late to work every day. I nodded off at my desk and in meetings. I spent many days just reading blogs because I didn’t have the energy to think about work. I called in sick too often because I was just too exhausted to get out of bed.

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The Road to Better Sleep How to Tackle Insomnia by LANA WALSH

I read everything I could find about “how to sleep better.” Black out blinds – check. Remove distractions – check. Right bed, cool temperature, melatonin, no caffeine – check, check, check, check. I tried every sleep hygiene hack I ever heard about including banana peel tea. Yep, I was that desperate. I finally broke down and resorted to sleeping pills, but they were inconsistent at best.

Then I heard a speaker talk about EFT (emotional freedom techniques AKA tapping). In a short 5-minute demo, I noticed my anxiety had decreased and I was hooked. I became obsessed with tapping. A few weeks into using tapping on my worries and stresses, I noticed I was sleeping better.

This led to me researching sleep so I could start a coaching business. That’s when I found CBT-I (cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia), a Harvard program considered the gold standard in treating insomnia. After implementing a few new strategies, I went from sleeping better, to curing my insomnia.

Now, with my two designations (CBT-I Coach and Conscious EFT Level 1 – 2), I transform people’s lives. And I am on a mission to help thousands of people sleep better...

maybe you'll be one of them.

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Sea Queen Sarah Osborne

Sarah Osborne is a singer-songwriter from the west coast of Canada. Hailing from a musical family and background in marine biology, this songstress and sea queen draws inspiration from the ballads of her childhood and the beauty and harshness of the natural world. Women Rock Magazine | 66


Sea Queen Sarah Osborne Sarah has played diverse stages, from train cars crossing the country (Via Rail Artists on Board Program), house concerts in tiny towns, to the Capital Ballroom in Victoria, BC. Merging art and nature is the vessel of her music. Sarah believes art is a powerful tool in inspiring people to make positive changes and care for the natural world. Taking a pause from her science career, Sarah is currently living on Gabriola Island, BC in a tiny home among the trees. Most days she can be found working on her SEASONS project (a 4 volume seasonally released album), getting her hands in the dirt, and sharing a good laugh with the locals.

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Lana Burnley

Mission: Helping busy families secure the home of their dreams – and the peace of mind that goes with it – through a highly personalized, fullservice, concierge approach to real estate sales.

When you’re raised in a military family like me, moving is a part of life. During my childhood, I experienced this firsthand – and it led to my fascination with the process of putting the family home up for sale. It gave me a keen understanding of just how emotionally charged the transition can be for parents children, even family pets!

My personal and unique journey of moving from one family home to another culminated with a move to Ottawa in 1977 – the city destined to become my hometown. My path to home ownership enforced the strongly held belief that everyone deserves as much support as possible in finding a home that means everything to the entire family.

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Lana Burnley This insight led to the development of a personalized, full-service, concierge approach to real estate sales. When I work with a client, I take a holistic approach to the needs of the entire family – everything from staging the home to selling it; from providing expert advice and referrals to access to my robust network. This concierge approach is also reinforced by the belief that dreams are worth pursuing. After 15 years in the High-Tech industry, I pursued my dream of obtaining my Private Pilot’s license. No small feat!

Lana, an award-winning REALTOR® since she started in the business back in 2000, has been nominated for Ottawa’s Best Real Estate Agent. She has twice survived Breast Cancer and is passionate about providing heartfelt support to the families she serves. She knows firsthand about the need for a space to grow and thrive without the stress normally associated with moving.

Lana believes her clients deserve nothing but the very best and she is the REALTOR® that will give you the fresh start you are looking for when you need to move.

lana@srrealty.ca

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THE EVENTFUL JOURNEY OF A PASSIONATE ACADEMICIAN & GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER Dr. SHAULI MUKHERJEE

With a purposeful career in the education space spanning over more than 20 years, Dr. Shauli Mukherjee has dedicated her life towards promotion of child-centric and activity-oriented education. A passionate educationist and a global thought leader with a background of setting up and leading new age K- 12 schools, Dr. Mukherjee had been the Principal Founder of Adamas World School, and the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) World School, the first STEM school in West Bengal. Under her inspiring leadership, the STEM World

School has been ranked and awarded as the 2nd best International Day School in West Bengal by Education World.

Dr. Mukherjee ardently believes that the purpose of meaningful education is to develop lifelong learners, creative thinkers and responsible global citizens who are confidently equipped to face the challenges of an uncertain and constantly unfolding future. All through her career in education, Dr. Mukherjee has actively contributed to and spearheaded the process of creating a personalized, engaging and stressfree curriculum for children of all age groups. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including NATIONAL QUALITY EXCELLENCE AWARD, GEM OF INDIA AWARD, SARVEPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN AWARD, GURUPNISHAD SAMMAN, GURUVARYA SAMMAN, NATIONAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP AWARD in the category of commitment to excellence in education, and the WORLD PEACE AWARD (to name a few). Women Rock Magazine | 70


THE EVENTFUL JOURNEY OF A PASSIONATE ACADEMICIAN & GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER Dr. SHAULI MUKHERJEE

She has also been awarded for being among INDIA’S TOP 50 WOMEN LEADERS IN THE EDUCATION INDUSTRY & TOP 20 REVOLUTIONARY EDUCATION LEADERS by the Academic Council of ULektz. She is associated with premiere educational organizations across India as well as globally in senior advisory capacity. She is also recognized among 99 WOMEN ACHIEVERS OF INDIA FOR THE YEAR 2021.

As an internationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, she is regularly invited to numerous national and international conferences, universities, summits, conclaves and events to share her insights on the futuristic and transformative role of education. She is currently working as the Director of School of Education at Adamas University, India.

In her current role as the Director at one of the premiere Universities of India, she is committed to developing and nurturing the future generation of teachers and researchers who would be endowed with the ability of inspiring and impacting the lives of many people around them through the ennobling power of education. She believes that her primary responsibility as an educationist is to help enable the young learners to evolve into more confident, competent, dynamic and authentic versions of themselves who would be holistically equipped to address the constantly emerging global complexities of the 21st century VUCA world. Regards Dr. Shauli Mukherjee Whatsapp : +919830527098

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WinTer in the Historic City of St. John's December 9, 2021. The first big snowfall for this Winter. By 2 pm it was already melting, but we managed to capture the beauty of the St. John's Core before we lost all the snow. This city defines the Christmas Season!

The basilica cathedral of st. john the baptist Commonly known as the "St. John's Basilica", this profound structure is the symbol of Roman Catholicism in Newfoundland. It is the second largest church in Canada.

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