9.4.17

Discover The Power of Story with Christina Rowsell

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Deep down inside we all have a story to tell. Sometimes it takes some digging and soul searching to peel back the layers to find out what that story really is. I've been on a quest to share some powerful stories from people who have shared their stories and to prove that the Power Of Story can move forward in business and in life.

Lisa Longball Vlooswykhttps://youtu.be/uPBLDAy8KoA

Besides having a ridiculous drive in her golf game, Lisa Longball Vlooyswk has an amazing drive to motivate people. She has an infectious personality that leaves you wanting more - which is why she's so good at her talk Drive Determines Distance. I connected with Lisa at Golf Canada Centre to talk about her DRIVE to motivate and The Power of Story.


Tammy Johnston - The Financial Guideshttps://youtu.be/Pg2m8W9f93M

Tammy Johnston is so much more than just a financial advisor. She is literally a cheerleader in my back pocket. Tammy has been encouraging me FOREVER to share my story and here I am sharing hers. (It's what I do!) Tammy is the author of The Financial Foundation set of books for kids. It's a series of books to teach kids about money, goal setting and living a balanced life! YES finally. I met up with Tammy to talk about The Power of Story.



It's true, people want the real, true, authentic you! And here's an amazing woman who also tells a GREAT story! Tina Varughese​ from TWorks​ (and President CAPS Calgary) talks to me about finding that story and coming together as a community to motivate each other. 




Join Gair Maxwell for "The Branding Highway" by visiting Eventbrite link here - http://bit.ly/2oBHKi8

This high voltage presentation follows the route of a metaphorical road trip - complete with a killer playlist! THE BRANDING HIGHWAY inspires businesses of any size, in any category, to create a strategy based on clear, unparalleled Differentiation, inspire Customer Advocation and establish a Brand Legacy that rivals some of the best in the world.


Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.




25.3.17

Calgary's Drop In Centre Shares Virtual Reality of 1200 Roommates

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


If you take a moment to silence yourself and just listen to your surroundings, within your own walls, what do you hear?

Tickering of a laptop computer. Tapping of the dogs toes as he crosses the hardwood floor. The bells and dings of a cell phone alert and the silence of my home. That's what I hear mid afternoon.

1200 Roommates is a virtual reality (VR) experience that wants you to value each room. Value your space. Value your own noise. Because... you don't have that option with 1200 Roommates.

Christina Rowsell VR Experience
I had the privilege to attend an evening at the National Music Centre, downtown Calgary, to take in a VR experience that reminded me of what we take for granted each and every day. The goal of 1200 Roommates is to take you though the world of homelessness evoking empathy.


The Calgary Drop In Centre exists to alleviate poverty. They care for chronically homeless people through community support, resources and housing.

Listening to the spoken word of Talia Hume, through the artistic expression of Mandy Stobo in the Mammoth VR video, I felt her desperation for solace and silence. Something that you can't have when you're in a room with 1200 other people. Your own space and your own emotions. There's a quote that I took away from this, "Find yourself within your walls and then tomorrow go out and love someone."

Matt Wright, Founder Mammoth VR
Matt Wright, Founder Mammoth VR expressed his deep emotion for this piece, "My perspective of homelessness has changed while working on 1200 Roommates." He too says he now has more empathy when he looks at someone who is homeless.

While you can I can find some time to enjoy The Brighter Side, other's are still search for their little bit of sunshine. There are nearly 4,000 Calgarians experiencing homelessness and The Drop In Centre is there for those who need a safe place to stay.


You can watch the video here https://youtu.be/hvRV_eNfFfY.

However to experience it in 3D download the App here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1200-roommates/id1211878030?mt=8.

Mandy Stobo in Mammoth VR



Christina Rowsell and Talia Hume
Talia Hume and Mandy Stobo







Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.




8.3.17

International Women's Day - Women Who Inspire

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

This is for the women who are...
Our cheerleaders when we're down and need to be picked up...
Our friends who know just what to say...
Our sisters who cry when we share our deepest thoughts...

This is for the women who...
Breathe each breath for their children...
Sacrifice their being to help others...
Love unconditionally...

For every woman who finds a way to make it work. For every woman who challenges herself to give more. For every woman who is the best she knows how.

Thank you!

A dedication to all the women who inspire us. #BeBoldForChange. Yes there IS such a day. As stated on the United Nation's website - "It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. The history dates us back to the early 1900's."

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations.

This is the day we celebrate women. The women we are and women we love. The strength we have together.

Today, March 8, 2017 listen to www.softrock977.com to hear ALL WOMEN ARTISTS ALL DAY LONG!







Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.




8.2.17

Good News, Great Ideas and Amazing People for 2017

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Good news isn't always easy to find in the world today. I believe it's how you look at each and every situation. There's a saying that goes, "Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it."

You've come to the right place to find good news. Here's some good news stories I found that you might like and...may just lift your spirit.

Good News Story -  i.am.heart 

Photo ©ChristinaRowsell - www.christinarowsell.com
As a mother of two boys, I know that there is a sensitive side to them. There is hope for boys. There's a secret "boy code" that suggests that boys need to keep their emotions in-check. What does that mean? Every human being has feelings, vulnerable feels and feelings that need to be validated. 

i.am.heart is an organization that looking to break that code. They offer programs for teen and pre-teen boys that are focused on empathy, compassion and emotional awareness that promotes individual confidence, self-esteem and self-acceptance based on emotional empowerment.

Lance Drozda is the founder of i.am.heart. Since 2011, Drozda has been working with various non-profit organizations aligned to support the emotional growth and safety of children and adults. Along with Drozda is Rebecca Stares, a clinical social worker. Stares focuses on clinical interventions with children and families. Her goal is to help people increase their feelings of self-efficacy and self-esteem as they overcome their challenges and achieve their true potential. Stares currently has six therapy horses through Spirited Connections.

“The three most destructive words that every man receives when he’s a boy is when he’s told to 'be a man,'” —Joe Ehrmann

Learn more about i.am.heart at http://www.iamheart.ca/.

Follow I.Am.Heart
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Emotional Empowerment Workshop For Boys


Great Idea - Feng Shui

Myrna Brown is a Feng Shui consultant. I met up with Brown for a coffee and I walked away feeling that I needed to improve the flow of my home. Brown says, "I want to inspire people to live the life they were meant to live."

Feng Shui isn't new. Dating back some 3000 years ago, Feng Shui is a science that reads the energy of a space, incorporating the art of creating balance and harmony. This artistry was created to make it easier for us to succeed in life. 

Have you ever noticed how your are affected and influenced by the energy of our environment? We spend so much time in our homes and offices. These spaces deserve to be harmonious, and in turn gives us support in love, family, prosperity, travel, career and health.

Myrna Brown explains more in her blog. She also explains how Feng Shui can help in your love life!

Learn more about Feng Shui at http://www.myrnabrown.com/

Follow Myrna Brown 


Amazing People - Bonnie Earl


Another coffee get together found me sitting with the lovely Bonnie Earl. I first met her at an EWomen Network Event where I was the guest speaker. She was soft spoken, but with a powerful message. 

Bonnie Earl is a women's empowerment coach, certified Art of Feminine Presence Teacher and an inspirational speaker. Earl empowers women to stand up, be seen and heard, and inspires change. 

But, where did her courage to speak up come from? Earl spent 35 years working as a teacher, counsellor and school principal. After the passing of her husband to ALS, Earl felt that she needed to have a life outside of work. Now, as a school principal, as well as a single mother and caring for her husband's elderly mom, plus doing her masters and building a women's wellness centre she was past the point of exhaustion. 

She took the courageous leap of faith to take early retirement. She knew she needed to follow her passion of empowering women to thrive. 

I felt an instant connection to Earl. She understands the pains women have trying to keep it ALL together in this ever-changing and challenging. I understand the pains and the pressure we face. It's real and we can't always do it all! 

Earl invites you to connect with your feminine power. Ask yourself this, "Are ready to move from a stressful, pressure-filled life to peace, ease and quality time?" Bonnie Earl teaches women how to develop their personal presence and increase their feminine energy so that they can walk into any room and be seen and heard in the way they want to be seen and heard. 

For more information visit http://bonnie-earl.com/. 

Follow Bonnie Earl

For more good news, this is a GREAT source https://twitter.com/goodnews.





Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.




30.11.16

Eagle in the Owl's Nest by Marlana Williams


©Eagle In the Owl's Nest
If you're looking for a book over the holidays, I recommend Eagle in the Owl's Nest by Marlana Williams. The emotional opening took my breath away. The opening features a biography for Sanford Williams (Master Carver) that takes us through some of his powerful experiences that made him the remarkable artist he is today. Eagle in the Owl's Nest is based on Sanford's most popular pieces that are given characters and adventures. 

It's a hard book to put down because I'm anxious to find out what happens when a team of contrasting Mowachaht characters play a riveting final game of hide-the-bones – an ancient westcoast pastime called Lahal – against their bullying adversaries from tribe nearby.

That’s just one of the several, centuries-old stories that are joined together as a work of fiction when Marlana Williams introduces an eagle and owl as the primary characters, who become friends after the owl’s migration path sends her reeling to Nootka Island.

This book is so different from Marlana’s first novel, Doll of Dawson which was set in the gold rush era of the Klondike.  But I wasn’t disappointed.  Eagle in the Owl’s Nest has all of the elements of her familiar storytelling voice that I find charming. 

Photo © Marlana Williams


Each chapter (or short-story, depending on how you approach the book) is based on her husband’s work as a master carver.  Sanford Williams has spent decades creating traditional west coast art, and all of the pieces tell a tale.  Whether the carvings are about his own personal experiences or stories passed down from his family, each work of art is represented at the forefront of each chapter.

I’ll confess, a few of the stories made me emotional, but for the most part this is a joyful read.  I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Marlana Williams’ writing, and for those who have interests in Western Canadian indigenous art.


You can download or purchase Eagle in the Owl's Nest HERE.
You can download or purchase Doll of Dawson HERE.
For more information on Marlana Williams visit http://www.marlanawilliams.com/



Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.