How to Get What You Desire In Life Through Faith & The Law of Attraction

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By Christine Nicole

If you haven’t heard the term “law of attraction” by this time you’ve probably been living under a rock. The truth is that this concept is becoming more and more mainstream and it is no longer being viewed as just “woo woo” for spiritual people. Many people first heard about this idea with the best selling book, The Secret (which was published back in 2007) and eventually went on to become a movie. I personally, however, didn’t start to learn about the Law of Attraction until the end of 2013 after a series of cataclysmic events that really flipped my life upside down. These events included a divorce, loss of house, friendships changing, fractured skull/brain injury + loss of smell and the icing on the cake…. being cat-fished online (that is when someone pretends to be someone they are not through identity theft and using pictures of someone else). Yes, so in a nutshell, I had a rip-roaring and life altering summer in 2013 which served as a catalyst to get my life back on track and made me want so deeply to feel happier, healthier and supported in my life. I no longer wanted to rely on getting black out drunk to “think” I was “having fun” when in fact I was just drowning my sorrows and falling deeper into my disconnection from spirit.

The truth is my life changed SO MUCH and SO FAST when I finally got it and understood (and implemented) the Universal Law of Attraction. This shift in mindset and belief really took hold in my life at the beginning of 2015. Looking back, it is incredible to see how much I was able to manifest into my life simply by becoming aware of my thoughts and feelings. I became mindful of the dialogue going on in my head. I realized that what I thought about affected how I felt and my feelings. I realized that when I ruminated on a thought that made me feel stress, anxiety, resentment or angst, I then drew in more life experiences that made me feel those same ways. I also realized that when I chose to change those thoughts and not give them anymore time and attention (by changing my focus and thinking about something that felt good); I was then able to attract in life experiences that reflected those improved states of being.

By being aware of where my thoughts went, I was able to direct my energy to good feeling places that allowed me to, at a rapid rate, create my organic skincare line (despite the so-called “barrier” of no longer having a sense of smell), followed by my energy healing business (Reiki and crystal healing) and most recently my Holistic Lifestyle & Goal-Crush Empowerment Coaching practice. I would envision the way I wanted to F E E L in my life and my business and (in less than a year) I manifested it into my reality…and it turned out even better than I had planned! This is evidence that the Universe goes to work and lines things up in our favour based on where our thoughts, intentions and energy flows.

By being mindful of the Law of Attraction and how to gradually cultivate new belief systems to deepen our faith in what could go right rather than what could go wrong, miracles start to unfold in our lives. Remember, the Law of Attraction can work against us if we ruminate on what could go wrong but, rest assured, it will and it DOES work for us when we focus on a positive outcome. I can speak from personal experience, that when I realized that my internal world (thoughts, beliefs and emotions) determined my outer world, my entire life changed. I became an energetic match to my wildest dreams, including my healthiest body, most nurturing relationships and deeply rewarding business endeavours…and I know with certainty, YOU CAN TOO.

This is a Universal LAW that works for everyone! Remember, it is your thoughts and feelings that create your reality and it is YOU who has the power to determine your thoughts. YOU are a powerful creator and have the ability to manifest the most grandest vision of your life and are worthy of experiencing the life of your wildest dreams.

Christine Nicole
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Tricolour Quinoa Salad

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By Marsha Hebert

2017 is your year to EAT for life, feel better in your body and look better that your age. Care about what you care about, YOU are worth it!

Essential nutrients: Complex carbohydrates, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Potassium,
Applicable for better health: Cardiovascular disease, Weight gain, Diabetes, Celiac disease
Tasty and good for: Vegan, Vegetarian, Allergy-Free Eater

Ingredients:

Salad
1 cup (173g) tricolor quinoa, uncooked
1 cup (156g) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup (120g) brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1/2 cup (80g) canned sweet corn

Dressing
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

Cook quinoa according to package directions.

Cook beans, brussels sprouts and corn in a medium pot of boiling water for 2 – 3 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool under cold running water.

Whisk the oil, mustard, honey and salt in a small bowl.

Add quinoa, bean mixture in a large bowl. Add dressing, toss lightly and serve. dressing, toss lightly and serve.

Marsha Hebert is a gluten-free and lactose-free cookbook author and EAT for Life Consultant at EATforLifewithMarshaHebert.com

Managing Change and a New Garden Centre

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By Wendy Zak

Something’s gotta change! We’ve all shouted it, but we must have shouted louder than most, because change it did!

Let’s go back a step.

This time two years ago my husband,Tarance, and I were living life as usual. Between us we had a landscaping business, a tree farm and a freelance copywriting business. We had three children in various stages of fledging the nest, and we were the proud owners of enough RRSP’s to last us a good 25 minutes into retirement.

Something definitely had to change because our retirement plan involved at least one rich, grateful kid (is one out of three too much to ask?). Our plan B was to turn one of our businesses into a money making machine, but we hadn’t come up with a strategy around that one yet.

Never mind, we thought, when the youngest graduates from high school maybe we’ll sell the house and reinvent ourselves. Then we’ll probably get rich.

Until a friend of my husband’s said “we’d like you to buy Greenview Nurseries”. Oh how we laughed! (Some context: Greenview is a 50 year old nursery, tree farm and garden centre sitting on 105 acres just east of Calgary, and Tarance has been a wholesale customer for years).

Could we even count the reasons why it was a ridiculous idea? Well firstly, we reasoned, we need to make our lives simpler, not more complicated. And we’re in our 50s, so we’re far too old for such a huge venture. And we wouldn’t even know what to do with that much land. And we’re in our 50s. And we don’t know anything about running a garden centre. And we’re in our 50s. The list goes on.

Well that was that. And then … driving home from a weekend out of town, one of us said the magic word, “but”. Followed closely by “what if?”.

Maybe this is the opportunity we’ve been looking for to build something of value, we thought. The youngest is already in Grade 11, so it’s only one year ahead of schedule, we reasoned. We’re ready for a new adventure, we agreed.

Plus – when such an amazing opportunity drops into your lap, is it right to turn it down? Isn’t there something about it only knocking once?

By the time we pulled into Calgary we were the new owners of Greenview Nurseries – at least in our minds.

Change is good, right?
Just seven months later, we had uprooted our children from the only house they’ve ever known, and moved into the middle of nowhere. We were filling three greenhouses with flower seeds for a bunch of commercial growing contracts, with no experience in growing anything except trees. And we were dealing with the mess and chaos of a farm that had been winding down for about seven years.

In answer to my above question … yes, we’ve found that change has been good. It’s terrifying and exhausting, but we’ve never looked back.

One thing we’ve learned so far, is how to go with the flow. We arrived with a definite plan for the place and it’s changed about 15 times so far. The first change was taking on those greenhouse contracts, because why would we take on a business we know nothing about? Turns out the greenhouses are my happy place, and the crop was beautiful.

Then a landscaper, out buying a tree, asked if he might be able to rent a piece of land. Great idea, we thought, and the deal was made!

After that we rented out some pasture to a rancher; a plot to a guy growing herbs in a converted sea can; the garden centre space to a fellow horticulturist; and spots to a compost tea specialist, an online plant company, a landscape maintenance company and most recently a holistic landscaping company.

“That’s quite the community you’re building out there,” said my daughter. “No, it’s a horti-cult,” I replied. Well there was no way I was going to let that one slip away unnoticed! I told everyone it was a horticult until it finally stuck and now it’s here to stay.

What’s happening here is so fabulous that it’s become something of a force unto itself. We have a group of tenants who are pumped about what they do; who want to collaborate and build something special here. We’re talking about building an eco-friendly, passive solar greenhouse, and other exciting projects that we couldn’t possibly have envisioned a year ago. We even have people contacting us specifically because they want to join the horticult.

We’d love to tell you it was all part of a strategic master plan, but it was more a matter of recognizing opportunities and running with them.

Remind me again, how change is good?
Last September, the garden centre owner told us that it wasn’t working out, and she would have to break the lease. We’d all known it was coming, and we let her go without penalty, but it left us with a conundrum.

We had been adamant from the start that we didn’t want to run the garden centre, but many locals had told us how pleased they were to see it open again. We wanted to keep it going, but didn’t want to risk having a series of tenants, and a different name each year. So we decided to take it over ourselves – another change of direction!

On the other hand, what an opportunity. Last year I grew more plants than I knew what to do with, because the garden centre wasn’t giving me a market for my own greenhouses. This year, I have more control over that.

And so Bloomfield Garden Centre was born.

Creating a Garden Centre That’s Worth the Visit
As we don’t seem to do simple anymore, we decided to completely renovate the space to create something different; something worth leaving Calgary for.

Outside we’re building winding paths bordered by huge logs that kids can jump on, with benches and play areas along the way. Inside we’ve created a beautiful gift shop, with a coffee nook where people can stop, have a drink and a snack, and browse our selection of gardening reference books.

We’ve got all kinds of plans like a tasting garden where visitors can pick whatever happens to be ripe, and drop-in kids’ workshops so that parents can browse in peace.

We’ll have all the plants and gardening accessories people will expect from their new favourite garden centre, but we will be particularly specializing in the edible, chemical-free garden. We will help people find plants that repel bugs, plants for companion planting and a lovely selection of vegetable and fruit plants.

And for spring we’re creating a gorgeous selection of unique containers – one-off pots planted with a fabulous arrangement of annuals for people who want something special.

We really hope you’ll come out and pay us a visit this spring.

Bloomfield Garden Centre opens for the first time on March 31st!
Visit bloomfieldgardencentre.net to learn more.

No-Flour Pumpkin Seed Cookies

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By Marsha Hebert

2017 is your year to EAT for life, feel better in your body and look better that your age. Care about what you care about, YOU are worth it!

Dietary Focus: Gluten-free, Lactose-free
Makes 18 – 20 cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin seeds, raw and shelled
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 shredded coconut
2 tablespoon sesame seeds

Equipment:
Large mixing bowl
Tablespoon for cookie measurement
Wooden spoon or spatula
2 Cookie sheet
Parchment paper
Food processor or Blender

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Put the sugar, egg and vanilla in bowl and mix well with wooden spoon or spatula. Set aside.

Ground pumpkin seeds. Add to sugar mixture with cranberries, coconut and sesame seeds.
Stir until thoroughly combined.

Scoop tablespoonful of the mixture and put on prepared cookie sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 – 10 minutes.
Carefully transfer to the cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Marsha Hebert is a gluten-free and lactose-free cookbook author and EAT for Life Consultant at EATforLifewithMarshaHebert.com

Gluten-Free and Lacose-Free Raspberry & Kiwi filled Christmas Cookies

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I love the tradition of holiday baking, amid the scent of warm spices and chocolate. Sharing the gift of food is a time-honoured holiday tradition. However, those of us who are gluten-free and lactose-free the food sharing is not very enjoyable.

Now, you can joyfully participate worry-free! I am eager to share my gluten-free and lactose-free Christmas cookie recipe. It is one that everybody can enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup gluten-free margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 cups spelt flour

Filling:
1/4 cup mashed fresh or frozen raspberries
1/4 cup mashed fresh or frozen kiwi

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with baking parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar.
Beat with electric beater for 2 minutes.
Add egg yolk, vanilla and salt (optional). Beat for 1 minute.
Add spelt flour and mix well with wooden spoon or spatula.
Scoop out tablespoon of mixture and shape into rounds.
Use desirable cookie shape press and make enough room to add filling.
Use 1/2 teaspoon measure to add filling to cookie.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are golden brown.
Let cool on cookie sheet for about 1 minute, then carefully transfer to wire racks to completely cool. You may need to add some extra filling on cookies.

Make 16 to 18 cookies

Marsha Hebert is a gluten-free and lactose-free cookbook author and EAT for Life Consultant at EATforLifewithMarshaHebert.com

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