13.2.19

World Radio Day | The Power of Radio | Christina Rowsell

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


Today is World Radio Day. A day that sums up my last 27 years. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been on the radio for 27 years. I've told you my story before on how I got into radio. Read it HERE. But what I want to know is, what does radio mean to you?

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Do you remember listening to the radio when you were a kid? Maybe it was a countdown show in the evening. You had your cassette ready to hit record once the radio announcer stopped talking – but yet they could talk until the first word in the song… how did they know how to do that you would ask.

It’s funny how radio changes in importance to you the older you get. From hearing your favourite song on the radio to it being a daily part of your life. Like when you’re driving to work and you’re listening to the hosts on the radio talk, just like they’re in your car having coffee with you. You feel like you’re a part of the conversation. You laugh out loud or even talk to the radio in your car – and realize you’re alone in your car carrying on a conversation with the radio station. Sometimes you’ll feel the urge to call in and share your story, or text them just to have your two bits. Sometimes you don’t and just listen to what everyone else has to say.

Then there’s that time when you need the radio to survive. Whether it’s there to keep you company while you work or while you’re driving. When you hear that song that either helps you through a tough situation, cheers your up or is the story of your life, Radio is there to help. Maybe you’re driving that lonely highway and the only one keeping you company is the person on the radio. Or… that time when there’s a state of emergency flood and you need to know what’s happening.

That’s what I love about radio. It’s the power of having a friend when you need it. The power of having music to lift you. And the power of knowing what’s happening now. Thank you for being here day in and day out.

Celebrating with you, happy World Radio Day!

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Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice 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

11.2.19

Be The Best You | Compassion | Week Seven

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


Compassion


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Earlier this month you gave yourself permission to indulge in self-love. I hope you have and realize you’re worth it. However, sometimes you’ll find that judging or punishing yourself creeps in. You might start to hear that voice in your head that criticizes your thoughts or actions for every mistake you make.

Just as you show compassion for others, it’s time to gift yourself with a little compassion. Self-doubt can create anxiety, depression and stress. If this starts to happen, you’ll need to bring yourself back to your positive thoughts and focus on being optimistic. Both skills you learned in week one and two.

Treat yourself with the same kindness you would towards other people. This is where you will learn how to support yourself by being kind to yourself.

We all make mistakes. Sometimes we say things we shouldn’t have said. I’ve said things I shouldn’t have said. These are all natural reactions. Sometimes you say things that aren’t nice about someone who has done you wrong in the past. Let’s be clear, it’s not okay to do that. But it’s also not okay to beat yourself up about it. When we make a wrong decision we need to find a way to be compassionate towards our actions. Not make our actions okay, or acceptable, but to learn from them. If I’m being honest, I too struggle with this one. This is something I continue to work on.

Self-compassion will help you when you’re faced with life struggles or in confrontational situations. With self-compassion you’ll learn to respond with kindness instead of self-judgement.


Listen to Christina Rowsell SoundCloud HERE. Music by www.hudsonsmithdj.com. Images © www.christinarowsell.com.

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Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice 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

4.2.19

Be The Best You | Gift Of Health | Week Six

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Gift of Health


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This month, it’s about focusing on love. You know the saying, “You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first.” Last week we talked about giving the gift of self-love. You were asked to do something to replenish the energy that you’re giving away. This week we’ll focus on your energy.

Give yourself the gift of good health. A strong foundation for a good health is the ability to move and the ability to have energy to move. Take a look at how you treat your body. Really look at what you feed into your body and how your body reacts to what you’re putting into it. Don’t panic. I’m not talking about taking away your sweet treats or (my favourite) salty treats. I’m just asking you to take a good look at what you’re feeding into your body on a daily basis. Only you will know if you’re eating healthy. In order to be the best you, you must look at what fuels your body.

Now may be a good time to look at how you are fuelling your energy. Without sounding like a nag, I’m trying to remind you that in order to be the best you, you need to be healthy. Proper nutrition puts you in a better headspace. Gut health speaks volumes in promoting a better day. And of course, when you have a better day, so does everyone around you.

Here's a few links to websites that I use for my family to creating healthier meals. I’ve also added a downloadable PDF for meal planning HERE.

The best you start with a healthy you. Give yourself the gift of good health.

Listen to Christina Rowsell SoundCloud HERE. Music by www.hudsonsmithdj.com. Image © www.christinarowsell.com.


https://www.thecompleteplate.com/ - Calgary Author Lauren Klukas

https://www.skinnytaste.com/ - Delicious Healthy Recipes Made with Real Food


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Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice 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

30.1.19

Be The Best You | Self Love | Week Five

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Self-Love

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Allow yourself the gift of self-love. We often feel the need to always help others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Or, the urge to take care of others is the only way we feel worthy. So much so, that we don’t let others into our space to do the same for us.

If you’re someone who feels the need to always do for others, ask yourself if you are letting others do something for you. When you only give out, and not receive in, you are letting go of your own energy and not replenishing that energy that was given away.

At the same time when you don’t allow others to help you, as you have helped them, you often push them away. You, as the giver, know how important you feel when you’ve helped someone up, or helped someone in a time of need. That same person may want to return that love. Although you often don’t want or expect them to return the love you’ve given – to them, it’s a way of giving thanks.

Allow others to give you the love you’ve given them. As you selflessly give of yourself, allow the gift of giving back in return – if they so desire. Yes, I know you don’t expect it or (more times than not) even want anything in return, but your gift of time, space, food, money or simply love needs to be replenished so that you don’t burn yourself out. Ever wonder why you don’t have energy sometimes after giving the gift of your whole heart? It’s because the energy you’ve given away hasn’t been returned.

If there’s no one who is there to give you the gift of simply giving, give the gift to yourself. Allow you’re heart to sing with something that makes you smile. Perhaps it’s looking through old photos, or taking a walk with your dog. Maybe it’s the gift of a quiet moment. Whatever that gift is, don’t forget to give yourself the gift of self-love.


Listen to Self Love on Christina Rowsell SoundCloud HERE. Music by www.hudsonsmithdj.com
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Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice 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

21.1.19

Be The Best You | Coping Skills | Week Four

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Coping Skills

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Not everything will be sunshine and rainbows everyday. Last week we talked about reaction to situations - where life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how we react. When life hands you tough times and difficult situations, it's up to you to come back to those positive thoughts you've been learning to develop.

If you can't remember those positive thoughts and happy memories, now might be a good time to start a journal. Journaling is helpful for remembering thoughts, and it's also a wonderful way to validate your feelings.

When things go wrong, you need to fall on happier times to help you cope with what's going on. We often look for validation from others, but journaling validates to you that what you're going through is real. When there is no one else around, you are responsible for acknowledging yourself. You don't always need someone else there - you are the most important. When you understand and validate your own feelings you'll be able to also understand how you cope.

We are all born with coping skills, but over time we tarnish our ability to cope by negative thoughts of energy. This is why you need to learn and train your brain to be positive. Think of it as a new workout routine for your mind. By acknowledging how you feel you're also giving yourself permission to feel. When those feelings are blue or sad you will start to understand how you react to certain situations. When you build a positive place to fall you will cope better with hard situations. Don't ignore your coping skills, build them up so that when the unexpected happens you have the skill, knowledge and power to pick your self up to be the best you, you know how.

Audio via - Christina Rowsell SoundCloud HERE. Music by www.hudsonsmithdj.com.

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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


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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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

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