Why I created this company…

Heart & Soul Coaching and Retreats®
was created to help people change their lives for the better.  We’re simply about helping people make the changes they want to make in life in order to be the person they know in their heart and soul to be.  To help them create meaningful and rewarding experiences that lead to living a fulfilling and happy life.  We help people realize how important self-care (self-love, self-worth and self-reliance) is in experiencing authentic happiness in life.  We help them build the courage to develop their self-leadership ability – an ability we all possess, simply by focussing on six key self-leadership qualities: their self-esteem, self-respect, self-trust, self-confidence, self-motivation and self-determination.  This enables them to set and accomplish goals that lead to realizing their dreams in life.

My interests in people’s human spirit and their behaviours in life…

I’ve always been fascinated with people’s human spirit – what makes them experience happiness in life.  What makes people feel joy in life.  You see spirituality is a broad concept and we all recognize that there are many interpretations.  For me, it has always meant a safe place within all of us where we all know exactly what brings us joy in life.  We also know how to experience it in our life by creating moments that fill our heart and soul with happiness.  This is a universal experience that connects us all as human beings.  It’s powerful, some would even say it’s magical.  It is what inspires us to reach our goals and realize our dreams in life. 

What gets in the way of being and feeling joyful in life are the choices we make.  Some are based on our values while others come from beliefs which can be empowering or limiting.  What can also hold us back from experiencing happiness is our self-talk (proactive vs reactive), and of course the behavioural patterns we create ourselves or habits we adopt from others (family or society).  Some behaviours can have a ripple effect on the outcome of our lives.

My objective…

My objective is to inspire each and everyone of you to develop key qualities of your self-leadership ability so that you may build the courage to make the changes you want to make in life to create meaningful and rewarding experiences for yourself.  Changes that you can make once you commit to further develop your ability to consciously influence your own thoughts.

You need to believe in the power and magic that is part of who you are.  It’s behind each of your thoughts.  Why?  Because the source of all things – all material things in life, creating what you want and need to live a fulfilling and happy life, begins with your thoughts – the way you think followed by the way you act.  Yes, your thoughts and subsequent actions release chemicals within your physical brain and nervous system that support and motivate you to create happiness and joy in your life.

How I completely changed my mindset… 

What I did to move forward, and how you can do the same.

I changed my focus onto the end-result itself – being, thinking and doing what makes me feel joy and happiness in my life, and, helping others experience the same.  Yes, I started from the end and worked my way back to move forward in life.  Making that simple yet defining choice meant accomplishing goals along my journey became milestones to reach towards realizing my dreams in life.  I realized that I am a creative – one of those people who likes to color outside the lines if you know what I mean.  I realized that all the knowledge and experience I’ve acquired over the years led me to create my company.  I realized I wasn’t suppose to focus on the journey itself because if I chose to have complete faith and confidence – a trust and belief so strong that our journeys create themselves and mine would lead me in the right direction if I consistently made choices and took actions that are aligned with what I value in life.

Here are some of the goals and dreams I’ve accomplished this far. 

Years ago, I successfully lost the weight I had been wanting to lose for the longest time.  Having done so increased my self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence as it taught me to believe in myself – my ability to self-lead my life.  I succeeded in attaining three jobs I desired.  One of the jobs was as a conference/event planner for the Conference Board of Canada and appealed to my passion for travelling.  Another appealed to my passion for working in elegant heritage buildings on designated historical sites – worked as an organizational/evaluation specialist on parliament hill.  The other – the one that started it all, was a position where my director – a retired navy commander, taught me to navigate life with a positive and assertive attitude.  A mindset that if I believed in myself, I could accomplish my goals and realizing my dreams in life. 

He taught me, actually all of his employees how to further develop our self-confidence and self-trust by helping us recognize our strengths and weaknesses.  These enabled us to express our needs in life and be able to say no to others demands on our time and energy.  He taught us not to judge ourselves or others, how to have a positive outlook and not let negative individuals or experiences impact us in life.  Last but not least, he taught us to follow our soul’s mind – our heart all the way to our dreams.  Here’s a quote I dedicate to him for noticing strengths I had and showing me how they would help me realize my dreams.  This even after meeting with him one week into my position and informing him that I had accepted the position as a stepping stone on my career path, and most likely would stay for approximately six months before moving on.  His remark to me was:  “That’s what I like to hear!”  So, because of you Commander, I learned to listen to my ‘self’.  For you… “A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder.  -Eileen Caddy”   

My most profound achievement was being able to open my heart and share it with someone.  My husband taught me how to let go of my fears and to trust someone.  I am incredibly grateful for his integrity, his love, and appreciate his wisdom on a daily basis.  I absolutely enjoy sharing our passions in life.

Click on the following tapestries to dive deeper into how
I create and share my story.
Learn more about Peter, Champie, the role nature plays in our lives,
and my collection of inspiring quotes.

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