Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years

Goodness it has been an eventful past few weeks. And I have every intention of filling everyone here in!

But for the meantime, I wish you all a very Happy New Years, I'm off to get the festivities started in style! (Literally as well as metaphorically - my new shoes will make their debut tonight! :D )

So here's to your health, wellbeing, and a bright and successful year in 2011.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Suz's tip of the week

My tip of the week this week comes from a stranded traveller. I shall make it short, so as to fill you in on the whole shenanigans in a blog on its own.

The tip this week is:

NEVER. I repeat. NEVER try to fly Air France, particularly out of Cairo International Airport.

Unless of course incompetence is your forte. Then you can gladly go and WORK for Air France. It's their primary hiring tactic. Find the most inept staff, then have them try to run an effing airline.

If you are going to try and fly Air France, bring a good book. You'll be made to wait around a lot. Oh, and wear comfortable shoes. They don't like people sitting down.

That is all.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Negativity, not me!

This is a re-post from an email I received earlier today, from a great website, the I found this website, and I love the motivational emails I get sent every morning. It's so powerful, and constantly reminds you of the power of your own positive thinking and the control that YOU have over your own destiny. Below is a re-post of a particularly striking article. May you all have a wonderful day, it is yours for the taking :)

Orkut Papa
Do you have a negative vibe?

Have you ever wondered if you have a negative vibe and people just aren't telling you?

Well, here's a little test to see if you radiate negativity.

If you think you might have a negative probably do.

You can understand that nobody wants to tell you. It's not like most people to walk up to someone and say, "Whoa, your vibe is negative. I'm getting away from you."

People will tell you in subtle ways. They'll leave a conversation that you're having. They won't want to spend time with you when you offer. They won't join you for lunch or take your phone call. Is most of your communication through email with the people you consider your closest friends? They might be trying to tell you something.

Have you ever had this experience?

Recently at the grocery store, I bumped into a woman that I know from the YMCA.  As we're speaking, I'm noting how tired I feel all of a sudden! How could I be tired so quickly in our conversation? Because she began our talk with all that wrong in her life. To put it boldly, this person was a drain. She was a very nice lady, just her negative mindset was draining. 

Why was it draining?

Because I had allowed my vibration to match hers! Unfortunately we can all see why her results are what they are. We can understand why she has so many things going wrong in her life...because that is what she focuses on! If she's telling me in the grocery store, you know that's she having this conversation multiple times throughout her day with others, not to mention the internal conversation she's having. When I asked if she'd be open to some feedback, she said, she would, but when I pointed out what I just pointed out here, she went into defense mode.

We all know what defense mode's where we'll stick with our opinion and close down all other options. Hey, believe me, I've been there and continue to monitor my own defense mode.

Did this woman have a negative vibe?

Sure, she did.

As with all interactions, we are often reminded to take a closer look within.

What Is Vibration?

Vibration is the feeling you get around others. You've felt it lots of times. If you have a dog, you know that even before you open the door for a walk, the dog just "knows." If you've ever been over to your sister's house and her husband walks in and you can tell that they've had a fight, without your sister saying a word to you...that's vibration. It's that energy.

You're wanting your best life, yet it seems that whatever you desire never manifests in reality. You visualize, you meditate, you affirm...yet, nothing!

Well, if you're doing all the right things why are you not creating what you want?

Because your negative vibe diluted your positive vibration of desire.


Yes, get this. Every time you fear, doubt or worry about achieving your desires, you've repelled them to you.

You understand that the Law of Attraction says that whatever you focus your energy and attention on, you'll attract more of the same whether it's wanted or unwanted.

So, just when you've identified what you want and are excited about creating it, you allow that little voice in your head to be heard. "You've never made that amount of money." "Our family history has too poor of health for that." "I'm too old, (too young, too poor, too heavy, etc...) to do that."

It's the fear and doubt that are pushing your desires away. You must learn to:

Talk about what you want

Let go of fear, doubt and worry

Live on purpose with passion

How Do We Raise Our Vibration

1. Fill Your Mind With the Good Stuff. Start ridding yourself of your junk. Watching CNN is not going to raise your vibrationally level. Watch TV and movies that make you feel good. Read empowering books. Don't know any? Go to the library and ask! There's so many great authors out there...Andy Andrews, Jerry and Esther Hicks, T. Harv Eker.  Right now, I'm re-reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

2. Know Where You're Going. Do you have vision for yourself? Do you know that if you don't know where you're going, it will be really tough to get there? Have a plan/goal in place for yourself. Not sure how to set a goal? You can find out more HERE.

3. Give Generously. It's truly a gift to give of yourself to others. Your financial assistance can benefit other charities, your time can give to your community, your smile can lift someones day, your thoughtful words can empower others. People are waiting on you. A few days ago, I went to the library and read, The Giving Tree to some of the young patrons. Did I have other things that I could have been doing? Absolutely. Was there anything more important to me in that moment. No. Because I understand that giving of myself is not only good for them, it's good for me!

4. Connect to Your Source. Quiet meditation is one of the greatest things you can participate in with aligning with your light and love source. Take some deep breaths. Take on the mantra, "All is well."

5. Exercise! We all know moving our bodies makes us feel vibrant and joyful. Get up and move your body. I love starting my day this way! For me, everything is aligned if I start my day with exercise. I eat better, I'm more relaxed, I'm more confident etc...

I know there's lots of other ways to raise your vibration. What works for you?

I'll look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Suz's Tip of the Week

With the holiday season in full swing, this tip of the week will help to keep some of those unwanted pounds away.

We all know that when it comes to Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc. there is copious amounts of food. Unfortunately, most of this food is not healthy. But it's the holiday season, why would you want to restrict yourself during this time of the year?

So here's a tip that you can apply throughout the entire year, but particularly at this time of the year.

Our brain has a difficult time distinguishing between when we are thirsty, and when we are actually hungry. Many times that you think you are hungry, your brain is actually trying to tell you to drink something. So before you head to the dinner table, or holiday breakfast buffet, take an 8 oz glass of water. Drink the whole glass, and WAIT ten minutes before you start eating.

Not only will the water satiate your thirst, it will also help to fill up your stomach. This ensures that even if you DO consume the holiday meal, you'll be eating less, and your body will be able to more readily feel when it is full.

A tip to use all year round, but one that can be especially beneficial at this time of year!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

To lighten the mood

These pictures were posted on one of my online forums. I had to share them, if only to give people a laugh!! hehe.

Not sure if I would ever actually get a tat like this, but it's still hilarious! Overdose on rainbows much?

And here, the four ponies of the apocalypse:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shark attacks in Sinai

The Following article is taken from the Guardian Online. I'll post my comments on it later :) Just a head's up!!! 

An oceanic whitetip shark is believed to have attacked three tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh. Photograph: Brian J. Skerry/Getty Images/National Geographic

A hunt is under way to track down a shark responsible for maiming three Russian tourists in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, one of whom remains in a critical condition.
Tonight Egyptian officials closed Sharm el-Sheikh's famous beaches and suspended nearly all diving and watersports activities, which attract more than 3 million holidaymakers every year.
Two of the attacks took place within minutes of each other yesterday afternoon, when an oceanic whitetip shark moved close to shore and began snapping at a couple swimming in the Red Sea. The man's legs were torn by the shark and the woman sustained injuries to her legs and back and had to be resuscitated after rescue.
This morning a further attack, believed to be by the same shark, was made on a woman snorkelling on a reef north of the city's Na'ama Bay. Her arms were bitten off, and she was flown to Cairo for emergency treatment. "We are monitoring the situation very closely and working together with all authorities to ensure the safety of all members and visitors in the Red Sea," said Hesham Gabr, chairman of Egypt's chamber of diving and watersports. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families."
The oceanic whitetip is a common species of shark that can grow up to four metres long, but as its name suggests it is mainly found in deep water. "This event is absolutely extraordinary," Richard Peirce, chairman of the UK-based Shark Trust, told the Guardian. "Since records began in the late 16th century there have been only nine recorded attacks on humans by an oceanic whitetip. It's abnormal behaviour; this shark hasn't just decided to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – there must have been a specific activity or event that brought it there."
Sharks can be sighted frequently in the Red Sea waters around Sharm el-Sheikh, but attacks on humans are rare. There have been some suggestions that fishing vessels have recently started coming closer to the shore.
"Something has brought this animal to the area and made it think dinner, and it's likely that it involves something being put in or on the water," said Peirce. "If fishing vessels have started coming near the beaches and they're discarding unwanted fish over the side, then that's a powerful shark attractant. It could also be camping sites or hotels dumping rubbish, although until further investigations are done none of us can comment intelligently on what the trigger was."
Today a team from the South Sinai national park launched a search for the shark, which they plan to trap and then release in the Gulf of Suez at a safe distance from the shoreline. The Egyptian government will be watching nervously to see whether the incident has any long-term impact on tourism levels, an important source of revenue for the country.
"It won't be just a bump – this is a catastrophe for the local tourism industry," said Ramy Francis, a veteran diver with close knowledge of the area. "Three attacks so swiftly in succession and all of them that aggressive – it will certainly take some time for the hotel and watersports trade to recover."
But Amr Aboulfatah, the owner of a Sharm el-Sheikh dive centre and former chairman of the South Sinai Association for Diving and Marine Activities, disagreed. "Everyone is scared to get in the water right now, but there are concerted efforts going on to resolve the situation and I really don't think we will see any lasting consequences in terms of the tourism industry."