14.1.19

Be The Best You | Breathing Room | Week Three

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Breathing Room


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Give yourself some breathing room. Don't be in a hurry to be the best you can all in one day. It will happen. Believe in yourself and give yourself room. When we start out on new beginnings - we sometimes want results yesterday.

Realistically, when you start to transform your thought process it takes time for it to become a habit. That's why this month is focusing on how you can control your thoughts. If you constantly have negative thoughts and negative energy, you're telling your thoughts to be negative. 

Everyday you will need to find the positive. It's never easy to be positive, especially in tough situations. When you give yourself  breathing room you're allowing yourself to find the space you need to be positive. Don't always rush into reaction. (I need to constantly remind myself of this.) Breathe - digest and take some time before you react. There's a saying I try to live by, "Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react." This is not easy. I know, because I don't always follow through on this. It's still a work in progress, but with time it gets easier to recognize it and breathe. 

Know that by building your positive thoughts you are working towards a better reaction. Often our reactions affect others around us. And when your reaction is thought out, the outcome is usually a calmer situation.

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Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

7.1.19

Be The Best You | Believe In Something Good | Week Two



Believe In Something Good

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In your quest to take a moment and work towards things that matter, it’s important to be optimistic. Our theme in January is focusing on your new beginning.  If our thoughts are clouded with negativity the energy changes as we go about our day. One negative thought will set your day up for failure. 

This week I want you to put one positive thought into your daily routine. A simple optimistic thought as you wake up, make breakfast, sip on your coffee or just start your day will set your day up for success. 

It’s not easy to take the first step of faith to believe that something good will happen.  It takes practice. 

Last week you were asked to remember the good memories from your past that put you in a positive space. Now you are asked to create your own positive space by starting your thoughts with something that will carry your energy throughout the day. 

Believe in something good. It doesn’t have to be anything big – or anything that may change the world. It’s one simple thought that something good will happen. It could be as simple being present in the moment and enjoying the simplicities of the day from a sip of coffee to hearing the birds sing, seeing the sun shine or watching someone smile.  

You are in charge of setting yourself up for success and it starts with your thought process.

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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

1.1.19

Be The Best You | Positive Thinking | Week One

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Positive Thinking


Image © Christina Rowsell
Welcome to weekly thoughts to put you on the right path - to be the best you.

With new beginnings, it has to start with a strong foundation. That foundation starts with your mind and positive thinking. It's important to have a strong mind for when times are tough and when things go wrong. This is a personal formula that I have used. I have anxiety and have gone through trials and tribulations. You may find that you need some of the guidelines I'll share and some you already know. Hopefully you can follow along weekly and get what you need out of this.

By starting your year off with a positive attitude you'll know how to bring yourself up when you fall. We all fall. I fall. But, sometimes you are the only one who can get yourself back up again. By following along every week I'll give you reminders on how you can be the best you know how.

This first foundation is crucial to how you react to situations that are (sometimes) out of your control. The foundation of positive thinking will help you - when you need help.

There’s something revitalizing about letting go of what was and starting over. But what if your start over is an extension of what was. By that I mean, our past is what gives us our life experience – good or bad – and with a new beginning take the lessons you’ve learn in the past and move forward in a new uplifting direction. 

Not all pasts are bad. And, as you set out on your new beginning, take a moment to reflect on any past memories that lift your spirit. Remember those moments that made you smile. The time you remember saying. "I wish this moment would last forever."

If we dwell in the past memories that hurt us, we can’t move forward. We get lost in the hurt. I want you to move forward with memories that make your mind feel free and your heart sing. As you set our on your new year and new beginnings take each day to reflect on what makes you happy. When you’re reminded of what moves you and makes you happy it’s easier to focus on what works. 

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The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

6.11.18

Laval St. Germain 90° South 7th Summit


©Laval St. Germain 90°South 7th Summit
Laval St. Germain is the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen, the only person to have climbed and skied Iraq's highest peak, and the holder of the fastest ever crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean by solo ocean row boat from mainland North America to mainland Europe.

St. Germain has climbed the highest peak on six of the Earth's seven continents, and the highest peaks of more than a dozen nations. 

Outside of his extreme adventures, St. Germain is an airline pilot with time to motivate his audience as an inspirational keynote speaker. 

With an extreme resume like St. Germain's, it's a bit intimidating to listen to him speak as he has a drive I've never seen before. I've asked my self, "How can I compete with him?" But, after hearing him speak - sharing his stories of what it takes to unzip the tent door and step out from high camp on Everest or to shove off the dock to row alone across the North Atlantic Ocean, you realize one thing... it's not a competition to be like him - it's taking his energy and his motivation to move outside of your own comfort zone. It's about doing what it takes to be the best YOU.

Now, St. Germain is preparing for another expedition, this time to Antarctica - again all alone...
St. Germain is planning on climbing up Mount Vinson - and if he does - he'll have reached the summit on the tallest peak on each continent in the world! But, this extreme trip is Unfinished Business.

This trip is called the 90°South 7th Summit. St. Germain will venture out on a solo ski to the South Pole and then climb Antarctica's highest mountain. He will be pulling a 110 kg sled 1200 km.

This adventure is in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, "Pulling for Alberta cancer patients." In his previous adventure, Confront Cancer Ocean Row, St. Germain came up short on his goal to raise $200,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation - hence the idea that this new adventure is Unfinished Business. 

During the Confront Cancer Ocean Row - where St. Germain broke a world-record rowing across the Atlantic Ocean 4,500km in 53 days, solo, shoving off from Halifax to arrive in Brest, France - raised over $60,000 towards his $200,000 goal. This adventure, St. Germain is looking to raise an additional $140,000 to complete his fundraising goal. Proceeds from the event directly support cancer patients at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.

But, where does he get his drive? And, if he were to do an adventure with a partner, who would he take? I had the chance to talk to St. Germain about his many layers to find out what drives him to follow through on his extreme adventures. Like everyone else, St. Germain is no different in what motivates him. However, his motivations takes hm to places most of us will never see. Have a listen to Laval's story here




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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


17.7.18

DJ Birthday Party

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
Image © www.christinarowsell.com
A themed birthday party takes planning and patience to put together. We've always encouraged our kids to be creative, so I encourage them to come up with a theme that says them.

Unfortunately, our boys never pick popular themes. Trust me, if my son wanted a Minion birthday we'd be well prepared. But, so far we've had a Treehouse Birthday, Fishing Birthday, Swamp Birthday and Lego Birthday. (Plus many, many more!)


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Image © www.christinarowsell.com
Image © www.christinarowsell.com
Image © www.christinarowsell.com

So what kind of birthday party do you have for an 11 year old who loves to make his own music and taught himself how to DJ? A DJ birthday party of course!

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So ask yourself, what do you need for a DJ birthday party? First and foremost is the VIP passes of course with cool lanyards. (Thanks to Cheryl Macdonald from http://www.corppromo.com/ for helping me find these!!) Your guest needs to feel like it's an exclusive dance party with their own personal DJ. Thank goodness, my son is the DJ. He's been making music now since the fall and has fallen in love with DJ mixing as well - great combination! Phew, the entertainment is covered. (www.hudsonsmithdj.com)
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Image © www.hudsonsmithdj.com
Party invites of course come first. This is where it's handy I know how to use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop to help me out. I also get a little help with templates from GraphicRiver. The great thing about the stuff I print, it gets recycled. Along with the party invites, I also created DJ party posters to match. Including one giant poster for the backdrop! (When I don't have time to make if for myself I use Tracey from WISH BIG on Etsy. She's great with custom orders on invites and posters!)


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The dollar store also has the neon lights to keep up the cool effects! We even found $4 headphones for the goodie bag! Win Win! Plus, I found a strobe light on Amazon.ca that really added to the effect of the DJ experience.

Then there's the cake. That's where I need help! I'm creative, but I can not bake! Which is why I always use Tanya from The Cake Bake Shoppe. I send her a picture of what I want and she always comes through. Honestly, the cakes from The Cake Bake Shoppe are always the star of the show! Best part is, they taste yummy too!!  Tie all that in with a simple BBQ with burgers and hot dogs and you'll have a blast!

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So, if you're thinking of having a themed birthday party, don't wait until the last minute. Give yourself at least two months to plan it out. This way it goes smoothly and your birthday boy (girl) will have a party that they'll always remember.

First and foremost, it's a party for them, not you - so have fun and make it fun!



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

9.7.18

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz C43 Cabriolet

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG - Image © Christina Rowsell
As I continue with my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail, SE.  I had the chance to test drive the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet.  More like I was the passenger as my husband was super exited to drive this sleek and sexy convertible.

The C43 gets the AMG upgrade, which elevated the performance of the Mercedes-Benz. This is a fast car that punches into the AMG engine - giving the driver confidence on our open roads for extended travel. 

I loved the multilayer top, which operates up or down with one touch. It also keeps the interior noise level down when the top is open, making for a calm conversation on our drive. 

The luxury of the airscarf is integrated into the headrest. It blows warm air on the back of your neck while the top is down, making for a comfortable ride without getting chilled. 

This was certainly a fun test drive, although not sure how I'll fit the kids, two dogs and all the hockey gear. Perhaps a second vehicle should we need a sweet ride.


Video © Christina Rowsell
So this time, obviously we wanted to have a little fun. Clearly the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet wasn't a very practical choice in our search for a new family vehicle, but it was a fun choice with an unforgettable ride.

Out on the open road - heading out to enjoy an anniversary dinner with my husband in Priddis, AB, (out to Azuridge Estate Hotel) we had the top down while on Highway 22x - driving into the sunset of the rocky mountains. 

When the top is down, and you're in sport-plus mode, you can really hear the purr of the AMG engine. Pick it up a notch and you'll hear it growl - and feel like you're in a real race car. 

I'd have to say the AMG upgrade really elevated the performance of the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet, making our night out memorable. Especially the envy of onlookers.

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz really knew how to make our anniversary a special one, going out of their way to set up this wonderful opportunity for a great night out. 

Visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail, SE in Calgary.


This is a paid endorsement.




Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick