Serving in the Canadian military was the pinnacle of my life; a turning point for me. Before that, I had no direction, no motivation, and most of all no idea what hard work really meant. For those who don’t know me, I had the honour to serve my country. But what does that really mean? It meant early mornings, late nights, exhausting training activities, discipline, and the will to go on. I learned respect for others but most of all respect for myself.
There were so many days I wanted to give up; to throw in the towel. I thought I wasn’t cut out for the army. I missed my family and friends. But I knew this was something I wanted to accomplish. Many people did not understand why I joined and discouraged me. Some thought I’d never make it and sometimes I didn’t even think I’d make it through basic training. I needed to remind myself everyday why I made that choice. I used the negativity from others as FUEL.
Doing this was my life, it meant giving up part of my youth so that I was ready to fight for freedom. But how does this relate to where I am today? Through my experience in the military, I was in the best shape of my life. I was disciplined. Once I left the military my lifestyle inevitably changed, so to get back to that state was something I strived to do every single day.
I experimented every single diet. I worked out hard 7 days a week. Becoming a husband and father taught me one thing, time is not on my side. But all of us have the same 24 hours so I was determined to find a solution that fit into my lifestyle while still giving me the results I wanted. Balance is huge.
Anyone out there feeling overwhelmed, struggling with eating healthy or fitting in a workout, I get it. Trust me it’s not easy. But what I can say is that you CAN do it. You CAN. Remember that. Be your own fuel.
It is always such an honour when people come and find you with their own found seaglass and ask you to turn it into a gift for their wife. We discussed it’s shape, it’s beauty and what could be done and now I am entrusted with its beauty. Love what you do everyday 🥰 #seaglass #honour #trust #beauty #forher
Hey there, friends and followers!
I know I've been QUITE inactive lately, as life had been very busy for me lately.
However, here's a Glorious video I took today during my lunch break!
Glorious Posts coming soon!
Learn not to misuse GOD's Grace.
Appreciate GOD's Grace.
Honour HIM,Revere HIM and be grateful for every drop of HIS GRACE in yours & my life.
#GOD #Grace #respect #honour #gratitude
hallo it’s been a lil while! so just over a week ago i was asked to compose a simple cello line to accompany one of my school choirs’ performances next monday. i honestly feel so flattered because as well as the trust that goes into a suggestion like that with such little time to prepare as well as rehearse, the performance is for world holocaust memorial day and i’m honoured to be able to make my own little statement for it. i’ve never performed a completely original piece before so i’m nervous but excited! my teacher and i went through the structure of the arrangement today and i felt much more inspired so i now have some lovely sections i’m excited to perform. my teacher suggested a pizzicato section where the lyrics mention rain (seen in this clip) and i love how it’s turned out even though all it really is is a bunch of arpeggiated chords haha.
i also wanted to share this video to show the nature of my practice sometimes lol. it seems to be becoming a running theme that if i’m asked to write something i end up practicing it in the kitchen haha! so as annoying as the sound of the washing machine and the cat’s bell may be to you, i just wanted to be authentic and share the reality of my practice with you a lil more aha, enjoy x
When I was young I was taught about King Midas whose touch was said to turn everything to gold. I spent my life curious about what it was that would empower the alchemist in every human being and after years of seeking, I found it hidden in plain sight. Gratitude. It is the magick behind every spell, the performance enhancer of every endeavour, the secret passage way to level up in this game called Life. So be grateful, look for opportunities to feel gratitude every day, and watch your life transform. You are a divine alchemist, and gratitude is your magick wand. 💚
When your 3 year old wants to be the photographer instead of always being the subject 📸
But while I’m here, let me introduce myself. I’m Lisa, mama to Jack (Mr 3) and Charlie who is 1. They are my beautiful, crazy, high energy boys 👩👦👦 We are always out on adventures and a black tank is pretty much part of my daily wardrobe in our busy fun-filled lives.
Last year I created some slogan graphic tees for myself that were all about positivity, courage, love + dreaming. I had a lot of people asking me where I bought them 🤷♀️ so decided to set up a little store and make them available to everyone 💕
So here we are, Shine Tees Co 🌟 check out our range, and I’ll be adding new designs pretty regularly. All tees are created & printed in NZ.
Hope you love them as much as I do xx