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fall-cleansing

Cleansing is not always easy but always worthwhile!

I enjoy cleansing, clearing and letting go with the rhythm of the seasons and autumn is a great time for it! I decided to go on a 12 week Candida Cleanse this fall to cleanse and let go of the eating habits and patterns that no longer serve me. During the first week I became emotional, irritable and exhausted. I was not feeling very blissful and definitely off my center.

The truth is that sometimes I fall off my center and life doesn’t always feel blissful. Sometimes I forget my own truth and get stuck in the muck. The beginning of this Cleanse was one of those times. Last time I did the Cleanse, 10 years ago, I felt amazing after the first couple of weeks of no sugar, no coffee, no chocolate, no dairy, no wheat etc. and the results were great! I had more energy, my digestion improved, my mental clarity increased and I woke up happy every day for no reason. I said to myself “I am going to do this once a year!” Well I never did and despite trying many times, I caved; I missed the caffeine and chocolate too much. So here I am 10 years later, trying again!

This time, I realized some of the emotion and exhaustion was about my mindset and thought patterns that no longer serve me – both things I could change. While I was in the muck, I came across a friend who said to me, “I only do what makes me happy and every day I am happy!” I needed to hear that and it was the medicine I needed to help me move forward. I realized happiness is a choice and it is my choice and responsibility to create it for myself. I sat in reflection and appreciation to cross paths with my friend and her wisdom. In reflection, I looked at how I can get stressed and overwhelmed with all the things I love to do and I realized that each day I have a choice to choose to do what matches my energy.

A couple of days later, I chatted with my daughter who is living in London, England. During our conversation, she expressed to me how happy she feels every day and how she feels so much gratitude and loves everything she is doing in her life. She was overflowing with joy and it was definitely music to my ears and medicine for me on my journey. After we chatted, I took care of myself, moving at a rhythm that suited me and did not overbook my day… I could feel my joy was returning! I went to bed early and awoke feeling energized.

It was so wonderful to cross paths with my daughter and my friend last week during a time when I was feeling most vulnerable. It gave me insight and strength to really commit to my joy and bring joy to everything I do, even paperwork, housework and of course, my Cleanse!

I am very committed this time and am already into my second week and feeling strong and enjoying making food and eliminating the other foods. The trick is to be organized with the food prep and remember that we have a choice – we can choose happiness and joy every day!

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Daughter, Mom and Me 🙂

Part 3, read Part 1 & Part 2

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to be a mom and have a daughter in my life, also to have a mom and dad who always cared about my well-being and who were always there for us.

As a single mom, my parents always offered to help in any way they could. My mom drove my daughter to sports, took care of her when she was sick so I could work and would make her dinner in the evenings when I needed to work. My mom supported me every step of the way! My dad was always there offering to help me every move I did with my business and when I bought a home, he was there to help with small repairs and renos. He was always happy to help and make my life easier in any way he could. Thank you mom and dad for being there for us!

I am also very grateful for my wonderful daughter who gave me so much richness and purpose.

Sharing life with family is the definition of joy and I am inspired by my parents and daughter every day. This Thanksgiving, I celebrate family and friendship and am grateful for having such amazing connections in life.

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I am always called to celebrate the old and the new friendships in my life! I had two wonderful weekends in August and September of friendship celebration.

One weekend was with a new set of friends where we enjoyed a potluck and shared our love for dance. It was my first time creating a potluck gathering for all of us to get to know each other and then we danced Kizomba and Bachata, my favourite dance styles at the moment! What I loved is how it all came together in a matter of 5 days with everyone working together to make it happen. I also appreciated the age range of our group from 20 years old to 65 years old. It was so wonderful to have 25 people come together to celebrate new friendship and the love of dance!

The following week was a birthday gathering for me with about 25 friends and family. We did a bistro style gathering in my living and dining room filled with great food, laughter and smiling faces. I was so happy to see friends and family mingling together and enjoying themselves. I love celebrating by having people over in the summer months and sitting and enjoying the beauty of the garden in its fullness, brightness and lushness. It always warms my heart to see everyone enjoying, relaxing and celebrating being together. To me, it was the greatest birthday present too!

We are close to yet another time of celebration with Thanksgiving this weekend. Let me know what calls you to celebrate in your life!

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Gratitude Affirmation

Part 1; stay tuned for Part 2 & 3 this week!

Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends to celebrate harvest. I wanted to share what I am grateful for, what calls me to celebrate and what family means to me. I would love to hear from you too. This kind of sharing opens my heart and warms my soul! I believe sharing in this way causes a ripple of positivity to go out to the world, so please add your thoughts in the comments or let me know your thoughts next time we meet!

What are you grateful for?
Of course, family, friends and life always give me reason to feel grateful, but I’d like to acknowledge how grateful I feel to live on Vancouver Island. It is so beautiful and peaceful (my home is too!) and the air is so clean.

When I see the turmoil in other countries, it makes me so grateful to live in a peaceful country. I pray for these countries to find another way and I have a deep respect for those that feel called to assist these countries.

I look forward to hearing from you,

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Even though it’s the beginning of fall, the garden still has so much to offer! For me the garden is a place of soul nourishment. As I witness and gaze into the overflowing beauty, I cannot help but drink in this exquisiteness.

Every morning, I walk my garden with my tea and gratitude; admiring the flowers in their full bloom watching the changes that occur from spring with small bursts of colour then watching the continual feast of colour changing before me with such grace.

Every day, overflowing joy is right in front of me; I am being gifted their beauty as soul nourishment.

I often feel the flowers smile at me offering themselves in their own ecstasy of simplicity and beingness. Yes just being themselves – trusting, embracing each day with openness and surrendering to life itself. I am grateful for this continual burst of love and glad to let it carry me through the day as a joy vitamin I receive every morning.

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Package of the season

The gift of self-care

I highly recommend trying the Indian Head Massage after a stressful day or week. I arrived after a stressful day my mind was full of busyness and I felt exhausted, after my Indian Head massage treatment I felt relaxed and revitalized, my mind also felt calm, clear and peaceful, it was like my stress just melted away, I will definitely be back for this treatment.

Cheryl Turner

After many treatments and time with Lisa over the past 25 years, I have come to appreciate her spirit, her warmth, and to trust her and her spa as a safe and inspiring center. Recently Lisa helped me see that a facial was nourishment for the skin and also a relaxing massage treatment for healthy radiant glowing skin.

Margaret Litch

I have been a client of Lisa’s since I was 12 years old. I feel very comfortable at her spa and trust her with my skincare spa services. Being a University student and on a budget I tend to use drug store products on my skin. I decided to invest in Goddess Bliss skincare; it’s been 3 months now. I have noticed many changes and benefits such as my skin feels more balanced, healthy, my dryness has diminished, my skin’s tone is more even I wear less make-up because my skin feels radiant. I now see the value of investing in quality skin care; I am committed to my new regime and love it.  Thank you Lisa for your expertise and creating such an awesome skincare line!

Katie Davidson

Coming to Lisa for the past 8 years is an important part of my self-care, I look forward to seeing Lisa monthly as her waxing is the most gentle I have experienced. This is more than getting a service it’s become a friendship, someone I trust to share on a personal level.  Her passion for personal growth has also inspired me to be part of her Sacred Circles for women.  I’ve enjoyed this aspect of self-discovery and taking it to a deeper level in a safe setting with other likeminded women. I love taking time to awaken and acknowledge my inner Goddess strengths.

Hannah Ruller

Being in my 50’s I noticed my skin starting to sag so it was now or never to get on this. I contacted Lisa ready to take better care of my skin and also make time for just me to receive some nurturing. Within a week after having my facial treatment and using Goddess Bliss skincare, I noticed big changes. It has been almost a year now, my skin lines have softened my tonicity has improved, my skin feels radiant and alive. Regular monthly massage and facial treatments are a big part of my self-care now, I feel fantastic, I am worth it!  Thank you Lisa!

Shari Molchan

I love Lisa's monthly circle so much that it has become an essential part of my life - it is a ritual of sensual experience that encompasses aroma, words, song, meditation, movement, and self-expression. Lisa creates an atmosphere of magical beauty and peace that permeates her home; walking into her space is like stepping into a different dimension that we long for in our everyday lives. The sharing and connectedness amongst the group grows deeper with each circle and I leave feeling renewed and refreshed with a sense of joy and peace that filters into all aspects of my being. It grounds me back to my self and the core of goddess magic that resides within all of us but is forgotten in the daily stresses of living. I'm so grateful that I have this unique and beautiful experience to look forward to every month!

Louise Whyte