The Soulful Parent

As a parent, and a human being, I know I'm not perfect.  But I can at least try to gain as much knowledge as possible in nurturing my own child's true self.  And in this fabulous book you'll find stories, inspiration, and a wealth of knowledge that will pave the road to becoming the best parent you know you can be.

You can download your FREE ebook here. The Soulful Parent, is co-authored with 23 writers. One of the authors, Susanne Alexander-Heaton from Motivated By Nature says, "today’s children are different – they are more open, sensitive, feeling, and self-aware. Our role as caregivers is to support and guide them in developing their inner knowing and being the best that they can be."  Trisha Savoia of AbsoluteAwareness.ca - For Moms Who Want More Out of Life coordinated this entire project. You can tune into Trisha's Blog Talk Radio show here as well.   

This book is for you if you want your CHILDREN:
  • growing up always knowing who they are
  • to stay in touch with their inner knowing; their inner guidance; their inner intuition
  • to form a deep and meaningful connection with you
  • creating and living a life that is meaningful and fulfilled 
  • to understand the bigger picture in life 
 This book is for YOU if you want:
  • to be more calm and centered in your parenting
  • to feel confident and secure in the parental choices you make
  • tool and suggestions to guide you with your parenting

About the Authors:
Trisha Savoia is founder/owner of Absolute Awareness, and creator of The Integrity Code and The Soulful Parent Programs. Through her programs, writing, and speaking she uses her skills, experience, and intuition as a mother, teacher, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Life & Parent Coach to help guide moms to recover their true selves and their intuition, while at the same time learn how to parent so their children can do the same.

Evelyn Cucchiara, with over 15 years experience in designing short cuts for busy professional women, has launched The Hopeful Life, where she shares all of her innovative short cuts on how to live a life that is Happy, Organized, Peaceful, Efficient & Full of fun. In short, HOPEFUL! Currently an entrepreneur, Evelyn focuses on teaching busy professional women how to streamline their lives so that they can find that sense of balance and time for what matters most to them.

Shamir S. Ladhani, P.Eng, M.Eng. has been lecturing and facilitating workshops on aspects of spirituality for over two decades with audience members ranging in ages from seven to sixty. He has also facilitated strategy and goal-setting sessions with leaders of spiritual congregations to help them deliver services to their constituents.

In January 2012, he created a community and named it Calgary SpiritualityExplorers (CSE). The community was founded on a very basic principle: receiving healing and knowledge should not be the sole domain of the rich. Therefore, all workshops under the CSE banner are held free of charge to those who wish to receive healing and acquire knowledge.

Ramona Remesa, is a Non-Traditional Usui-Tibetan Reiki Master, an Angel Therapy Practitioner®, certified by Dr. Doreen Virtue, and owner of Connect 2 Your Angels. Her joy comes from connecting her clients to their guardian angels so that they may receive their loving and supportive messages. While counseling her clients, she teaches that when you work with Divine guidance you will realize a more fulfilled, abundant and happier life. Ramona lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and two children where she counsels clients, teaches and speaks to people from around the world.

Susanne Alexander-Heaton is the CEO of Motivated by Nature. She is an Award-Winning Author, Speaker and FUNdraiser. Her children’s book, The ABC Field Guide to Faeries, has inspiring reminders of respect for self, others and the environment. It helps to engage healthy discussions amongst caregivers and children. Susanne also provides inspiring workshops for both children and adults. Her book has helped to raise over $20,000 to date for worthy causes.

Tracy Blehm brings people together to help others create their perfect health, life balance, pregnancy and more through Owning and Directing Lasya Healing. They can help you create that perfect environment through their wide variety of offerings and they are passionate about continual learning.

Lishui K Springford is a writer, counsellor, German New Medicine and Clearing practitioner, Permaculture designer, and Nia instructor, as well as a full-time mother. She created MindTreeHealth in order to help people with serious health, emotional, and lifestyle challenges through what she calls "unconventional healthcare" and "nonviolent whole medicine." In her spare time she crafts, cooks, makes music, and goes on enlightenment intensives on Georgian Bay in beautiful rural Ontario

Tracey Locke is a Florida-based writer and mother of two. Her son is 13. Her daughter is 4. She believes they are both old souls. Her blog, Be More Childlike, is about what they are teaching her. Play and learn with Tracey as she consciously tries to cultivate all the qualities that come naturally to kids. Optimistic. Aware. Enthusiastic. Curious. Intuitive. Imaginative. Faithful. Persistent. Innocent. Sincere. Simplistic. Playful.

Nola Peacock is a kids confidence coach. She has developed a holistic program to help children, teens and their families deal with issues that arise such as difficulties communicating, anxiety, bullying, or depression. Nola also works with families going through difficult situations such as divorce or grieving the loss of a loved one. She loves seeing kids bursting with confidence and being excited about life. 

Kelly Falardeau is an international speaker and best-selling author of No Risk No Rewards andSelf-Esteem Doesn’t Come in a Bottle. Kelly is a burn survivor since the age of two, who has used her story to motivate and inspire. Kelly has been featured on television, radio and various magazines, as well as won the Fierce Woman of the Year award and was featured on the cover of Be Fabulous. In addition to all this, she was featured as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Speakers for 2011 and recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Jackie Dumaine After leaving the corporate world of advertising and media, Jackie traveled to India where she studied yoga & meditation. This experience had a profound effect on her and prompted her journey as a spiritual entrepreneur. She recently created The Yoga Code™, a 10 step blueprint for creating more love, joy, abundance and peace in our life. Jackie leads a full life as a Mother, Yoga Inspired Life & Business Coach, Yoga Teacher, Workshop & Retreat Facilitator, Speaker, Writer. 

Stevie Ogrodniczuk is a Co-Active Life Coach and Fitness Professional. She integrates these passions by coaching clients to their ultimate wellness by reaching goals mindfully. Stevie does one-on-one sessions, group coaching and facilitates workshops related to wellness. Along with her coaching business she is also part owner of KickStartFitness in Calgary where she leads classes. She is a blessed Mom to three who loves spending time with her kids and husband, epic road trips and rock n’ roll biographies.

Jay Fiset is a best selling author, student of human nature, avid outdoorsman at 5 star hotels, speaks fluent smart ass, can see and reflect your life mission in 5 minutes flat, loves having 2 sons so he can play with their toys, still fantasizes about his wife after 25 years, loves ideas, but loves results even more. Dedicated to instigating a global movement of Conscious Creator’s and supporting people to organize their life and resources around their passions and gifts.

Carmen Jubinville is a certified life coach working specifically with women who value personal growth and development. Using spiritual and practical concepts, Carmen will help you resolve or come to peace with your resentments, fears, jealousies, heartaches, negative patterns and beliefs and more. 

Shanthi (meaning peace) is a dancer, Storyteller, Vegan Yogic Chef and Yoga Master (Yogini) born and raised in India, the birthplace of Yoga and hence in Yogic culture. She has studied Yoga in its pristine pure form from many enlightened Gurus.

She is passionate about empowering busy Yoga enthusiasts to incorporate Practical Yoga on and beyond the mat and have fun with it, so that they can release their inner joy in all life situations.

Michelle Head has always been aware of her intuitive gifts and highly sensitive to the World around her. Since childhood she has seen and communicated with Angels and Spirits. Naturally drawn to healing she began her journey learning Massage Therapy. In March of 2000 Michelle received her first Reiki session, it was profound and she knew for certain that she had been called to do energy work. For over twelve years she has been studying and practicing alternative healing modalities. Michelle is a Certified Crystal Healer, Reiki Master-Teacher, a Level 5 Practitioner of The Melchizedek Method, and Body Talk Access Technician. She also works with Aromatherapy, Astrology, Sound and Colour Therapy, and Flower Essences.

Jeri Tourand is a mother of 3 extraordinary girls, former school teacher, author, speaker, Realife Radio show host and founder of “Living from Heart Center” and “Parenting from H.E.A.R.T.” Her mission is to provide a safe place for people to come together to explore, expand, express and celebrate the truth of who they are and live a more empowered, joyful, fulfilling and authentic life, thus leading the way for the next generation to know and express unconditional love toward themselves first and then outward, toward all of humanity.

Lisa Kathleen is the owner of FullCircle Parenting, a parenting coach and parent educator who empowers and inspires. She strongly believes that parents can build deep connection and support their children to thrive in today’s world, and that an essential part of this work is to support the child’s spiritual journey with compassion, curiosity, and respect.

Sascha Kalivoda is a speaker, workshop facilitator and nutritionist on a never-ending quest that continues to evolve her views and consciousness around nutrition and what true wellness looks like. Becoming a mother changed her forever and ignited a passion in her research, which she now shares in a comprehensive online course, Your Conscious Pregnancy and Parenting Guide. The course is devoted to the education around conscious pregnancy and how to raise healthy, confident, well-adjusted children

Farhana Dhalla is the ultimate ‘go to’ person for shifting perspective. She is the visionary and leader of the enlightened divorce movement with a remarkable ability to find the blessing in every situation. Farhana guides people to having a paradigm shift with their circumstance allowing them to unlock the gifts of their situation and open into the magnificent life that is waiting for them. She is also the #1 InternationalBest Selling Author of Thank You for Leaving Me.

Margaret Ashley Host of the Life Skills For Kids Empowerment Series. Margaret is an author, inspired educator, international speaker, and CEO of the non-profit, The Natural Learning Centre. She works with educators, community groups and parents to create a collaborative, transformational community passionate about empowering children with life skills. The Centre provides connection, and exceptional resources freely given to ensure success in school and out.

Chris Cade considers himself a voracious seeker of Truth. He is a second-degree black belt and martial arts Champion who has swum with wild dolphins and tested software to find the bugs. His journey – leaving a six-figure income and corporate life with Hitachi and Adobe for a spiritual one – has rewarded this visionary with a network of spirituality and personal development websites. A graduate of The Monroe Institute's Gateway Voyage program, and a student of the Diamond Approach, Chris is a spiritual teacher, lecturer, and grateful father.
Get your free download of the Soulful Parent ebook here.

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Two Wheel View

Certainly one of the happiest memories for me as a child is riding my bike. It was a way to freedom and way to get away and of course a way of transportation to my friends house! To this day, I still love all the aspects of riding a bike. And now you can ride your bike for all those exhilarating moments that take you from A to B for a GREAT cause!  Two Wheel View is looking for those who yearn for a unique international travel experience. Imagine leaving winter behind to ride a bike through the remote Andes of Argentina, experiencing the culture, customs and vistas in a whole new way. It’s a fundraiser… and an amazing bike trip! Your fundraising dollars will be used to sponsor students that would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate on summer expedition programs.

This trip includes:

• 7 days biking (450 km total), bicycle and touring equipment included

• 11 nights in hotels with 1 night tent camping (fully supported)

• All Breakfasts and lunches and 2 hosted dinners (all other dinners on your own)

• Pre-trip support and instruction for getting ready

• On-line fundraising tools and support

• Travel and flight coordination

• Experienced bicycle traveler, guide and bicycle mechanic: Rick McFerrin

Cost: $1,800 and a pledge to be part of a TWV fundraising campaign to sponsor students that would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate on summer expedition programs.  

Interested in joining the ride?  Contact Rick at 403.870.7433 or email him at


TWO WHEEL VIEW uses the bicycle as a vehicle for change in the lives of young people.  Each year, Two Wheel View runs empowering cycling trips to places like Argentina, Norway, the US and other parts of Canada.  These expeditions provide youth with a chance to travel, get immersed in new cultures and environments, all with the goal of building confidence, self-esteem and life skills.  For more information about and to apply for the life changing programs Two Wheel View provides for teens, please visit www.twowheelview.org

The Brighter Side LOVES this idea. It's a win win! You win and the students win! But hurry, registration closes January 31st, 2013!

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JOI to The World

Creating Young Advocates of Change One JOI Box at a Time

The start of 2013 has been a great one for me. Usually with the planning of new resolutions and new goals to achieve, I often feel overwhelmed with everything that needs to be accomplished. I’m glad to say that this year felt a little different, and if you have felt this before you are probably wondering what the secret is. New Year’s usually begins with a forward looking outlook with a list of items that need to be accomplished, whether its weight loss, or learning how to play that new guitar you received on Christmas. This time around, I was able to sit back and really look back at the year that passed and think of the accomplishments I have been involved in, the most impactful to my life being the JOI to the World campaign.

As the new year rolled in, so did my mail and amongst the bills and brochures I received were many heart warming Thank You letters from the organizations in the city that were gifted JOI boxes during the holiday season. With the support from the citizens of Calgary, JOI Media is able to give back to those less fortunate every year through our JOI to the World campaign. The initiative looks at providing relief for those facing homelessness, poverty and family abuse through the delivery of gift boxes that have been filled by the local community.

In the past five years, through donors, volunteers and sponsors within the community, JOI to the World has been able to gift nearly 15,000 JOI boxes to Calgarians' in need. Through the use of crowd funding and social media JOI to the World has raised almost $25,000 online through www.katipult.com totaling approximately $500,000 in both physical and monetary donations.

Although giving back to the community was the main motive behind the campaign, at JOI Media we really wanted to influence the youth and create awareness of the issues of homelessness, poverty and family abuse in the city. This year, we had many elementary, junior high and high schools join our initiative. The youth are the future and it is incredible to see how many young individuals contribute to the cause with not only donations, but also their time. 

In the midst of all the Thank You letters we received, I found this video mailed to me from the Bridlewood School, for their take on JOI to the World.

This video really confirms the belief that our movement has truly created young advocates who also see and understand the importance of giving back to the community.  The statements that stood out to me the most from the video “we knew this was an opportunity to make a difference”, “as the boxes started coming back filled, we started to think about how one box could affect one’s quality of life”, “We are the change”, and “Together we made a difference in our community” really emphasize the fact that our campaign has not only affected the lives of those individuals being gifted boxes, but is also sparking the social activists in each one of these children to truly be the change in the city.

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Rental vs Theatre: Where Do You Prefer to Watch Movies?


So you’re at home and there’s a movie that needs seeing. Do you get off your couch and make your way to the local Cineplex or do you tell your cable provider/Apple TV/PS3/etc. that you’d like to rent it? It’s a question that has been burning since the beginning of time (how’s that for exaggeration?) with people pretty passionate one way or the other. I went out to Google+ and asked a few self professed “film nerds” which way they prefer to see a movie and why. Their reasoning:

1.) Marketing Machine

The Beard Review (amateur movie reviewer) – “I often choose big films that I’m super excited about and have been since first hearing about them, recent examples being The Hobbit, Argo and Django Unchained….it comes down to hype though: the more hyped a film is, the more views I’m likely to get so I’ll try and see it whilst the hype remains.”

2.) Who's In It
Shannon Stauffer – “For me it usually comes down to the actors and who was involved in making the movie. For example, I’m going to see “Oz, the Great and Powerful” in theatres because James Franco and Mila Kunis are two of my favourite actors.”

3.) Have Explosion, Will Travel

C. Paul Courtney – “It’s a simple formula. The dialogue to explosion ratio. More dialogue = rental. More explosions = theatre.”
Paul Wong – “For me, it depends on the special effects. The more effects there is, the more I want to go to the theatres to see it.”
Cybel Martin – “Since I’m a DP (director of photography), any film with ‘important’ cinematography or production design, I try to see in the theatre. Any films with heavy special effects plus a very strong script I’ll see in the theatre (like The Dark Knight) because I enjoy being immersed in that world. The remaining blockbusters (Big FX with silly blots), romantic comedies, documentaries, indie films, etc., I wait to see them on DVD/streaming. I live in NYC and $14 can add up.

4.) Always Better with an Audience

Alicia Rice – “There’s atmosphere in the theatre that you can’t ever get at home. All those people, experiencing the same feelings at the same time. Oh, it’s great!”
Mike Kennedy – “What I’ve realized is that comedies are better when you can laugh with an audience.”
Stephanie Smith – “I almost exclusively see action and horror movies in the theatres. Horror movies especially because most of the time, it’s the audiences that make a good horror movie, not necessarily the movie itself. “
Shannon Stauffer – “True, if you had the means you possibly could produce the same theatre quality at home but it’s not the same because you don’t have the feel of the audience. Especially for midnight showings…because sometimes the audience gets so worked up over the movie and you get caught up with them.”

5.) Some Alone Time

John Khoo - “The movie theatre is basically the only place left nowadays where one can focus on a single thing with zero distractions for two whole hours.”

6.) Family Comes First
Jason Fuhrman – “Having a daughter and limited babysitters makes it difficult to go to the theatre as much as I’d like so I tend to watch more at home.”
Mario Anima – “My daughter and son usually make it difficult to hit the cinema. However, I’m not ashamed to hit a late show solo, and usually find that to be a good time to catch something other than the standard big release.”

7.) Does It Come with Lovin?

Greta Piperkoska – “Depends on the guy that is asking me to go to the movie” :)

Well, the overwhelming response is that most movie lovers would rather go to the theatre than stay at home, whether it’s for the big effects, the audience experience or just to get a little “me” time. How do you decide whether to go to the movies or stay at home with a rental? Let us know. 


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Inspiration through Oprah

Thank you Oprah for being your true, authentic self.  You’ve made my heart sing today.

Seeing Oprah speak was a once in a lifetime experience.  In fact, I can now check that off of my “Bucket List”.  Dressed in a teal gown, high heels (to show us how special we are to her) and a white cowboy hat to show her support for Calgarians!  Her humor shone while keeping real about her own life, her relationship with Stedman and their squabbles to her day to day challenges… like cooking.  She reminded us that cooking is only something she does if she HAS to!  She made me laugh out loud, asking the audience “How do you do that all the time?  You get up to make blueberry pancakes, then clean up only to have to make lunch a short time later.  And by the time you finish cleaning up from that they’re asking 45min later ‘what’s for dinner?”

Oprah has always listened to her own “whispers” and inner self from a very early age.  From her younger years of reading to her congregation in church to getting her first TV job at 16.  But she also walked us through her own trials and tribulations of life.  From being molested, getting pregnant and then losing the baby boy.  She grew up in a family that encouraged her to read.  And to Oprah, “Education is an open door to freedom.”  From the start she was authentic.  She talked as though she was talking directly to each person, individually.  It felt as though she was talking to just you.  And through my own experience on the radio, that’s the key to keeping your audience.  Having that one on one relationship with your audience makes them think you’re talking to just one person.  It makes you feel as though she really does care who you are, and what you get out the conversation.

“I am a whisper on the breath of God” she said.  Referring to the bible passage Acts 17:28, “For in him we live and move and have our being.”  Although she reiterated that she wasn’t here to preach about Religion, she expressed her thoughts that whatever our religion, whatever our faiths, it’s all towards one higher power.  In my own thoughts I believe to “Let go and let God or the Universe or to whatever you believe in”.  Oprah expressed that “You are a wave in the ocean”, sometimes “you are just a cup of water that came from the ocean” a metaphor to how great your potential is (that day). 

Oprah reminded us that she is here to honor the power within her.  Her hope was that you become closer to manifesting your own purpose.  “Purpose is Spirit seeking expression.”  And that you listen to your own “whispers” (intuition) as to what is going on around you.  Pay attention to how you feel in your heart and gut about the situations you are in.  Only do what you intend!  Intention – Cause – Effect.  Your greatest ability is through love.  Love, Grace, Kindness, Forgiveness, Understanding, Respect, Co-Operation.  But how do you find your way to your purpose?  Oprah asks, “What is your thread?”  Go back to the core and follow your thread.  From where you came from, to how you lived, to the choices you made and the choices you manifested.  You were born with your purpose.  Share your purpose.  Use your life in service of others.  When she talked about life experiences, it took me back to when I was 13.  I have them written in a journal saying, “It’s my life and I’m the only one that has to live it, so why not live my life through love, understanding, compassion and forgiveness.  It’s my own life experiences that will guide me to be the person I am today.”  Oprah just reminded me what I already knew, that through my own core and tracing back my own threads, that I am where I am today because of my life purpose.  And at the age of 13 I wrote out my own “whisper”.  In my journal I manifested the life I was meant to live.  Little did I know I knew so much at such a young age, just like Oprah did reading to her church at the age of 3.  So if you are struggling to find your life purpose, go back through the threads of your own life experiences and take it back to your core.  Start with today, the job you had 5 years ago, the relationships you had with your spouse, family and friends.  Keep going back to your high school years and who you were and how you felt, take it back to the tween years and how you acted.  Did you crave attention, did you love doing science, were you a book worm, did you love sports, theatre, cars, the outdoors?  If you can, take it back even further.  What kind of a family did you have?  How did you feel?  Those are all the treads you took to find out your life purpose.  You were born with your purpose and now share your purpose. 

Oprah then asked rhetorical, “do your eyes light up when I entered the room?  Does the presence in me speak to the presence in you?”  Reminding us that we are spiritual beings having human experiences.  “You become what you believe.”  If you believe you are great, chances are you will be.  If you believe you’ll fail, chances are you will.  Become what you believe, and truly believe YES YOU CAN!  From that I wrote out the 4 things I believe in my own life:

1.)    I believe I can show my children the good in this world.
2.)    I believe I can help others see that they have great gifts to give this world.
3.)    I believe I can help others see and feel the brighter side.
4.)    I believe I can empower people to succeed in business

After writing my beliefs, I had my Oprah “Ah ha” moment.  These 4 things are all the things I am. 

1.)    I’m a mother to my two beautiful children
2.)    I’m a radio announcer who encourages people to be GREAT
3.)    I’m a blogger that wants to share Good News, Great Ideas and Amazing People with The Brighter SideBlog
4.)    I’m a business owner with Brighter Business Empower Inc – with a core value that we will “Empower Individuals to Succeed In Business”

Whatever follows “I AM” will come looking for you.  Everything you do is already done to you!  And that’s when Oprah expressed the importance of intention.  Only do what you intend.  Explaining it’s the scientific theory of cause and effect.  Intention = Cause = Effect. 

Oprah then went on to talk about some of the challenges she faces.  Being in the public eye means that everything you do is on the news, in the media and up for exposure.  She talked about how to cope with her own challenges and how she moves past them.  She owns up to the responsibility of the downward spiral her OWN network took.  And for a short while the “talk” in the media ate at her.  So how do you turn it around?  You pick yourself up.  She took responsibility for not having the right team at that time, and acknowledged that she didn’t listen to her own “whispers” on how things should have run.  So now it’s onward and upward.  Once she believed she was in a better place with the situation the “talk” in the news didn’t matter to her anymore.  And the one thing I took away from her that I need in my life is a daily practice.  Whether it’s meditating, yoga, running, whatever… do it for 20 minutes a day to quiet yourself to centre yourself.  I will make an effort to find my 20 min a day.  It’s imperative! 

And with that Oprah concluded that “Gratitude is the single force to changing your attitude.”  Agree!!  I’ve always believed (from a very young age) that “An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.”  And with that I’m extremely thankful for the incredible blessings I have in my life today.  Oprah also says “Share the love you’ve been brought to manifest.”  I love that!!  But most importantly,

“Be who you are!”

Thank you lovely Oprah Winfrey for your heart, your passion and your purpose.  Thank you God for giving us this precious person who sings her heart song everyday and has allowed us to look into her life.

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