What will 2015 be for you?

Wow, 3 whole months of the year have flown by, bringing us to April 2015 and I have failed to follow suit, talking about a new year and a new you! If you want a new you, there’s no time like the present. What are you waiting for? Get to it!

Because there is no time like the present, I want to renew that energized feeling a new year brings us. The feeling of new beginnings, the push and confidence to make the changes we talk so much about but always seem to push to ‘next year’.

You had dreams and plans at the beginning of 2015. Maybe you planned to lose 10lbs, maybe you planned to stop eating your favourite dessert, or maybe you planned to start your own business, whatever it was, have you or did you put that plan into motion? Have you or did you succeed? Or has the daily routine of life taken over, pushing that goal to ‘next year’ once again?

Don’t feel bad if things haven’t gone the way you planned. Why not change the thought process of the unrealistic goals we all set for ourselves. Answer one simple question…

“What do you want your 2015 to be?”

Take a moment, look around. Think about where you are now and where you want to be; health wise, business wise, emotionally, whatever it may be.

Now, using ONE word, complete this sentence outloud:

(Your word only has to make sense and mean something to you)

I want my 2015 to be…….

Now keep this word in mind. When you are completing your daily tasks and moving robitically as we all do at times, take another moment and say the sentence outloud again. Repeat it as often as necesary. Don’t let yourself forget what you want your 2015 to be. It’s never too late to choose and set goals and if they don’t work the first time, reassess, reset and GO!

I want my 2015 to be modified.

Lady Champagne xo

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You don’t suffer alone…

My last post talked about Bell Let’s Talk Day, you can read it here.

I was happy to find out it reached people and appreciate the feedback and openess from many individuals. My goal was to bring awareness in anyway I could and through your responses I discovered one person really can make a difference.

Remember that old saying, “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world”. It is so very true. Be there for the ones you love and if you need someone to be there for you, reach out! There is always someone willing to listen and there is always someone feeling the same feelings you do. You are not alone.

Lady Champagne xo

Working together to create a stigma-free Canada…

Yesterday was Bell Let’s Talk Day and what an amazingly successful day it was!

Bell Let’s Talk day was founded in 2010 in an attempt to raise awareness for Mental Health in Canada.  As a bell customer your calls and texts for the day will donate 5¢ to the initiative, everyone can share a specified picture using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk on Facebook, and lastly everyone can tweet using the same hashtag.  Every effort will donate 5¢ each time.

This initiative is based on 4 pillars; Anti-Stigma, Care & Access,  Workplace Health, and Research.  In a nutshell, the goal is to recognize that mental illness is just as serious as any other ‘physical’ illness.  It is not something that can be controlled by the person affected, it is not something that someone chooses to have, and it is not something that someone does to themselves;  it is an imbalance in the human body that can happen to anyone at anytime.  Mental illness is just as destructive as something like cancer, yet the conversation, the research and the understanding is so far behind.

If you have not been personally affected in some way I can understand it is hard to recognize the seriousness of mental illness.  I had an interaction yesterday regarding this issue and I thought I would share it.


My Facebook status:

Came across a comment that a person didn’t believe “spamming” people was the best way to get the word out; referring to Bell’s initiative to raise awareness for mental illness ‪#‎BellLetsTalk‬. Proof why this initiative is so important!!!

My response: I don’t believe this is spam. I believe it is utilizing social media for something worth while rather than selfies and judgment. There are so many people suffering silently and its time to make people aware that mental illness needs attention and treatment like any other illness. It destroys and kills just the same. If you have not been personally affected by it in some way its hard for you to grasp the importance of it and this is exactly the point of getting the word out.

Anonymous’ response: I fully agree that it’s a useful message. As many others have as well, I’ve had to deal with the issues and stigma of mental health with my own family.  However, it is spam when it’s shown up at least 15 times in my newsfeed this morning, from different people. I’m almost to the point of blocking it.

My response: Not here to start a political debate. I think you have overlooked the point. With being affected personally it should be exciting that so many are sharing the word for just ONE day. Its as simple as scrolling over it but to feel the need to hide it or feel it is spam is 100% missing the point. The initiative is to break the barrier and considering it spam or wanting to hide it is building that barrier up. (My opinion and you’re entitled to yours).


Normally, I read such comments and move on, what’s the point of talking to a brick wall?  I just couldn’t let this one go on such an important day.  This person was totally missing the point behind Bell Let’s Talk Day and it is for this reason the day exists!  We, as human beings, should feel privileged to be invited to ‘volunteer’ for such a great cause from the comfort of our couch.  Literally NO effort on our part to raise awareness and funds to help others suffering in our community.  This should be taken as a reminder that we are all human and we are all in a fight together whether it is against cancer or mental illness.  So be human again, care for others around you, end the stigma!

  • Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
  • Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
  • Be kind – small acts of kindness say a lot
  • Listen and ask – sometimes it’s best to just listen
  • Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence

Bell and its team did break the silence with #BellLetsTalk and 2015 was even more successful than last year, the initiative is working!  2014 had a final number of 109,451,718 tweets, texts, calls and shares which means  Bell added another $5,472,585.90 to its Bell Let’s Talk funding commitment. Based on its original $50 million donation and the results of the last 4 Bell Let’s Talk Days, Bell has now committed more than $67.5 million to Canadian mental health.

Now add 2015 results to that!  Bell saw a record 122,150,772 million tweets, texts, calls and shares on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015. That means an additional $6,107,538.60 will be donated to mental health initiatives around Canada. Incredible work everyone!

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Please check out their website http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ for additional information about this initiative, if you are Canadian and require assistance with mental health issues, or if you would like to get involved.

END THE STIGMA!

Lady Champagne xo

Note: This post is my opinion, I am not a professional, just passionate. Wherever you are, if you or someone you know needs help please don’t hesitate to go looking for it!

To reveal or not to reveal…that is the question!

For some reason I decided not to reveal myself when I started this blog.  Perhaps it was a privacy thing or perhaps I was just to lazy to upload a photo and write a bio.  Either way I have been ‘anonymous’ and it has worked out just fine, but as I sit here now with blog post ideas swirling in my head, I am feeling that in order to tell them and share pictures, I would have to reveal myself to the whole world. I suppose its not that big of a deal considering most of my readers and supporters are people I already know (Thanks mom!).

This does lead me to a question, or maybe its more of a concern, but I wonder if I should take the time to go through my previous posts and place a copyright on all of my photos? I read a blog awhile back that said there are certain steps you should take to protect your content as well as abide by some rules for borrowing content. From placing a copyright on any personal photos you upload to providing a link to any borrowed photos, charts, etc.

Fellow bloggers: what are your thoughts or practices on this topic? I would love any feedback!

P.s. it feels good to be back and to at least be considering my next posts. I appreciate your support and love hearing from you!

Lady Champagne xo

It’s been 1 year, 2 months and 6 days since my last post…

As I stood in the kitchen tonight, I had the sudden urge to blog!  So, while casually sautéing my onions and garlic for the start of my delicious vegan chili (no I am not vegan), I opened up a new window on the lap top, away from my recipe, and signed into my account.  I was surprised to see my last post was dated September 5, 2013!  1 year, 2 months and 6 days ago…yikes! I feel like it’s a confession!  I guess in some way it is.  Although I did plan on a hiatus and even wrote about it here, I did not plan on being away so long.  My apologies to those who followed along and supported me through my first blogging journey.  I hope I am forgiven.  My repayment will be great future posts! Deal? Deal!

Looking back to my last post (yes I had to re-read to remember!) my reasoning for taking this hiatus was because I was so busy.  Well, I can’t tell you if skipping out on blogging helped in anyway, but I can tell you I am probably busier than ever and have truly accepted that I will always be busy, such is life.  SO, with that said, busy or not, I am back.

I did keep one promise and that was to come back with many stories to tell! I look forward to sharing them with you!

 

Remembrance Day – today we remember those who sacrificed so much to fight for the freedom we so easily take for granted.  Thank you to our veterans!

Also, a special shout out to my mom! Happy Birthday Mama!

 

Lady Champagne xo

On hiatus if you haven’t noticed…

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I have talked about my hectic schedule on more than one occassion and continue to try and tell myself to be organized, stay committed, think about yourself first, etc etc.  Well, unforutnately, that isn’t always possible and my life continues to be organized chaos.  I have come to accept that fact that it’s who I am and things probably won’t change much (no matter how many ways I try to convince myself).

With saying that, I have had NO time to even think about a topic to blog.  Blogging itself is work and at this point I have plenty to keep me busy! Like: major projects at work, taking a trip next week, planning my best friend’s bachelorette party and standing in her wedding one week later.  My schedule and my heart are full.

So for now, farewell… I plan to be back soon and have many stories to tell!

Lady Champagne xo

One trick pony?

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I have been blogging for a few months now and have made a variety of posts. I write what I feel like writing, when I find the time. But I always wonder, is this how you are ‘supposed’ to blog? Are there rules for what you should blog about? Is there a quota of posts that you must make?  and more importantly… should you be a one trick pony?

Reading through all of the blogs I follow, I notice that most have a theme or area of expertise.  From DIY’s to Mommy Blogs and if you have read my about page you know why I am asking all of the questions above.  I don’t have a theme to my blog and I don’t write posts daily, although I would love to have the time, energy and creativeness to do so.

The reason for starting this endeavour was to share the cosmetic home renovations Mr. Champagne and I did recently.  I was often asked about what we were doing and how we accomplished so much as ‘amateurs’.  This was the perfect way to answer those questions and share our before and afters I talked so much about.  I enjoyed sharing all of our hard work and there is still more to come (we just have to find the time to finish).  But then what?  I was just getting into blogging and then I ran out of things to share (or at least things I felt like sharing at this time).  I decided to find other topics to talk about.  Topics that interest me and that I am involved in, like fitness and even some of my ‘flaws’.  I found the variety to be more interesting.

So, whether there are rules or not, I am unsure, but I think I will continue my variety show.  It’s what interests me, it’s what works for me and isn’t blogging all about me!? Ok, ok maybe not ALL about me.  But surely if my variety keeps my attention it should keep yours. 😉

Lady Champagne xo