For the past while I have been very MIA online…feeling like a little blip just bumping along in admiration of so many others but lost on my purpose and intent that I started writing this blog with.
Before I connected with my purpose and learned to look within, I remember many of my days being punctuated with an intense longing.
A missing sense of magic and unconditional joy in my life.
The feeling was especially strong in moments of unwanted stress…
When I did any kind of soul-sapping task, it left me thinking, “what am I doing with my life?”
The feeling left me drained. Momentarily disillusioned. Unable to function as creatively, intuitively or energetically as I knew I could or should.
I’ll go out on a limb and say you know this feeling I’m talking about.
I took some time and now I am re-energized. TBEX is happening this week and I know I am planning on being such a giant sponge as I prepare this blog to become what it was meant to be.
Over the coming weeks you will see a few changes, contests and definitely more from me and some amazing guest bloggers who will share with you their knowledge, experiences and photography.
I hope that you will join me on this new journey as TravelciousDee v.2.0 takes flight on her new magic carpet ride!
Some great tunes to remind you of the “magic” –
Deborah Peniuk aka TraveliciousDee
Two things that I couldn’t love more….
TRAVEL & JEWELRY so how can you go wrong with this is amazing short film experience!
Coming to a tablet or smartphone near you: L’Odyssée de Cartier, a mini film that has been a labor of love for Cartier for the past two years, featuring as its protagonist the French house’s iconic symbol, a majestic, prowling panther.
Produced by an international team of artists, musicians, set designers and directors, the three-and-a-half minute short spans more than 160 years of Cartier’s high jewelry know-how.
According to press notes released ahead of the premiere, the film will follow the travels of a female panther,
“an emblematic creature that goes on an imaginary voyage between dream and reality,
leaving its mark on the continents that have enriched Cartier style.”
Head to the dedicated website contained in the link
below and go there to witness the magic of the “King of Jewellers” for yourself.
A short but fun article I did for my friends over at http://www.GirlsGetaway.com
Click on the photo to go to the article.
Year of the Dragon
As we headed into 2012, I stopped to take the time to ask a few from the AYA Life Health and Wellness Collective their Top 3 Tips for 2012.
Top 3’s for 2012 from Amie Hoff, Hoff Fitness and FitKit.com
We caught up with Amie Hoff in New York this past December and here are Amie’s Top 3 suggestions heading into 2012:
Try out the many versions of the new FitKit’s! I don’t travel without mine anymore!
Top 3’s for 2012 from Erica Mather, Forrest Yoga Instructor New York City
Here are my Top 3’s suggestions heading into 2012:
- Eat more dark, leafy greens – Drink more water – Sleep longer
- Be swift to love – Live every day as if it were your last – Work to heal your wounds
- Find work you love that is also profitable – Learn how to be an entrepreneur – Prioritize paying off your debt
Erica, E-RYT 200, has been teaching yoga in New York City since 2006. She teaches at the Wanderlust Festival in Kripalu, and will appear during 2012 at the Bali Spirit Festival. Erica studies yoga with Ana Forrest, is a Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor and Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher. You can find her at http://www.ericamather.com
Top 3’s for 2012 from Michelle Currie, Meditative Arts
Here are my Top 3 suggestions heading into 2012:
- Carve out 10 minutes of your schedule each day to be with your breath. This gives your body and mind a chance to refuel and take everything in.
- Fill your days with people and things that give you energy. There’s nothing worse than starting the new year off on a sluggish foot.
- Remember that you are powerful and creative enough to get through the blahs, especially from January to March when there’s little daylight.
It’s time to put your sanity on a pedestal! It’s being centred and relaxed that will actually help you get more done and help more people. A burnt out and frazzled you only limits your potential. Refuel AND stay sane without spending tons of $ or time ! Try out Michelle’s Bliss Kit http://meditativearts.ca/shop/blisskit/
Starting off this new segment to my blog is one of the women who is most definitely part of my “Global Village”. Tanya Walker is the foundation of Walker Law, which just celebrated its one year anniversary. She keeps inspiring me with her intelligence, grace and support and I know that she is destined for great things!
The Background: Tanya, who is a trial lawyer, opened Walker Law one year ago, located at 401 Bay Street, in the Simpsons Tower. Walker Law employs the fabulous Kai Yorke-Edwards, who is also an alumni of York University and the skilled Sara Deol, a lawyer from Osgoode Hall.
Walker Law specializes in Commercial Litigation, specifically Franchise and Property disputes. Tanya has appeared before the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Superior Court of Justice, Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Federal Court and has represented claimants before the Human Rights Tribunal.
The talented Ms. Walker currently volunteers on the Ontario Bar Association committee on Franchising and has written an article on Franchising that will be soon to be published. She has also been sharing her time as the head of the Auction Committee for the Second Chance Gala Committee, and being a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and BBPA. Tanya is a vibrant philanthropist and has regularly spoken to various groups and organizations on issues affecting minorities such as the Jamaican Canadian Association, Dollars and Cents Wake up Series, Women’s Enterprise, the BBPA and the black female lawyers retreat, Sistahs-in-Law.
In the time that I have known this inspiring woman, she has achieved even more accomplishments and prestigious job roles.
In 2010, the Honourable Jean Augustine, who was the first black female member of Parliament, nominated Tanya Walker to be recognized on the official Black History Month poster titled “The Next Generation”. This poster was displayed in all schools, libraries and fire stations across Canada, showing the entire country an amazing role model.
In August 2010, her contributions to her community were again recognized and rewarded, allowing Tanya to become the Women’s Enterprise Woman of the Year ahead of 19 other worthy candidates.
In September 2010, she was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to become a member of the Assessment Review Board and in this judicial role, she is responsible to render decisions regarding tax disputes between Property Owners & the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
The Foreground: When this multi-talented woman has some spare time, she enjoys travelling (Tanya has visited over 30 countries), various forms of fitness and spending time with her family & friends.She recently shared my 40th birthday celebration with many of our common friends, enjoying the amazing menu selections at Bloom Restaurant in Toronto.
To find out more information about Tanya Walker – my first entry in Women Doing Their Thing – please visit http://www.tcwalkerlawyers.com or call 647-342-2334.
As the mantra says above…”all good things will be yours” With a creative twist on the traditional you are welcomed into a long, simply decorated, calm and peaceful place by the Uma-ish Yoga Goddess Alex, its here that your journey into bliss begins.
Alexandra Leikermoser is the founder and owner of Yogagurl™, a Toronto based life style company with its latest transformation as the Yoga Studio based in the heart of the newly opened Ritz Carlton Toronto. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Toronto/Spa/
The Yoga Studio is part of a 5th floor “Urban Sanctuary,” a 23,000 square foot space that has a pool, professionally-equipped fitness facility, kinesis centre, relaxation area and a walk-out, wrap-around terrace, plus a 13,000 square foot spa complete with 16 treatment rooms, including 2 Couples Suites, private Ladies’ and Gentleman’s wet lounges, steam/sauna areas and dry relaxation dens.
The company had its initial roots in one of the first Eco-Design Studio’s and Stores in North America. As quoted on the Yogagurl™
website “I intend to empower women to discover their unique gifts & share them with the world – Alexandra Leikermoser”.
This new home is centered around providing opportunities for others to attain clarity and balance in their lives such as the recent event hosted on Earth Day, specifically a candlelit, cedar scented yoga class which I had the pleasure of attending. Everyone attending was very peaceful and of all different levels of fitness and relaxation. I myself am currently recovering from the second shoulder to fall prey to “Frozen Shoulder” and have limited movement in my left currently and during the event I trusted that Alex had a watchful eye on me, “Breathe love into that shoulder” she said to me once more during our class.
Alex, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing informally and appropriately so, on a yoga mat in studio, has been a teacher (classically trained in Hatha yoga) and student of yoga for more than a decade and also teaches workshops,seminars and retreats about with a basis in creating a balanced conscious lifestyle. Well-known for her enthusiastic teaching style, open and creative twists, she has been able to create unique class environments that foster both personal transformations and inspiration. Alex has been featured in a variety of international newspapers and print and online magazines, and has been interviewed multiple times on television and radio.
Of the many products you can find from this fantastic woman and her inspirations, you might have seen one of the hand-printed t-shirts with their renowned cheeky sayings such as: “Whine less, Breathe more”, “Kiss my asana” & “I’d rather be in savasana” around and you can definitely order them from the website, http://www.yogagurl.com .She has also released a Spoken Word: With Music CD, Whine Less, Breathe More, that can be downloaded from http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/Yogagurl
Yogagurl™ recently teamed up with Grail Springs founder and WISE leader Madeleine Marentette to breathe, and connect with nature and ourselves in the beautiful indoor and outdoor setting of the Grail Springs this past February 18th to 20th. The retreat was an amazing and empowering experience for all. Alex is known for her summer monthly inner goddess retreats where she takes a small group of women up north and playfully illustrates through yoga, hands on food demos how to make daily rituals and habits that make lifelong habits of health and wellness! You leave with your own mini recipe book! She has led retreats internationally in Hawaii and abroad as well as at various private locations. Perhaps you’ll see a retreat with AYA Life in the future! In the meantime check her website for updates.
When discussing the idea of Yoga as a trend “I think it’s great that more people are doing yoga which means they are finding and achieving their balance and becoming more in tune with themselves.”says Alex. This is definitely a woman who is geared to sharing her insight and knowledge to empower others and personally I look forward to the days that I can spend on regular basis in her energy. Take the time to try out a yoga class with Yogagurl™, Alexandra Leikermoser and your world will seem so much more peaceful and you will be on the path to be better in tune with your life. Alex is making it easy for us to try our first class at her studio until May 15th,2011 and bring a friend to yoga and your friend is complimentary! RSVP today and come and experience Yogagurl™ at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto: http://www.yogagurl.com/schedule.pdf
Coming soon take your mom to Yoga on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 for this upcoming Mother’s Day!