23.1.18

Jamie McDonald | Adventureman | Canadian Tour

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

This wasn't Jamie McDonald's first adventure, but it was his first adventure across Canada, coast to coast. In February, 2014, McDonald was the first person in history to run from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew.

McDonald is an adventurer from England, but found his way to our home and native land Canada. However, McDonald's adventure started as a young boy. He had a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia where he spent the first 9 years of his life in and out of hospital. After being treated at a the Children's Hospital in London he was on his way to recovery. But, it instilled the importance of the Children's Hospital that carried through with him his whole life. In turn, giving back to the hospitals that helped him.

Under his belt is a plaque that reads, "On this spot between 8th and 20th December 2012 JAMIE MCDONALD from Gloucester set a new Guinness World Record for Marathon Static Cycling Time: 268 hours, 32 minutes, 48 seconds. McDonald cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester raising money for the children's ward of Gloucester Royal Hospital.

So what's next? A wee run across Canada. I asked him why he didn't run across England, he replied, "It would be a stroll across a park." Canada is a huge country and it was going to be an adventure he wouldn't forget... oh and he did it in a superhero costume. I love it.

Listen to Christina Rowsell interview with Jamie McDonald HERE. Learn more about Jamie McDonald here www.jamiemcdonald.org. He'll be in Calgary Feb.5th-8th.
You can purchase his book Adventure Man HERE



Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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

15.1.18

Turn That Frown Upside Down No Blue Monday

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Lisa "Longball' Vlooswyk
Motivational Speaker
Apparently today, Monday January 15, 2018, is the saddest day of the year. Welcome to Blue Monday. They say Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of January and it's the most depressing day of the year. (Here's a great article that explains where the coin phrase came from.)

But, what I want to know is, when did we let other's decide how we should feel. Don't you think if we call today Blue Monday we're encouraging others to feel sad? So instead, we're turning today into Happy Monday with some tips on how to be happy and inspiring quotes to help you feel better.

We all know that happiness comes from within. But it's a matter of finding that place sometimes. Scientifically speaking they tell us that you can find your way to happy by exercising more, sleeping more, and spend time with family and friends. Not always easy to fit all of those into your routine. They also say that one way to finding your happy is to smile! Now that's something we can all do.

According to the experts smiling not only makes you look happy it actually makes your brain happy.
When you smile they say it activates messages to your brain that improve your health and your happiness. There's a great article in Psychology Today that explains the science behind smiling for your health HERE.

The more you smile the more your brain is convinced you're happy. Try it.

Here's some GREAT happy quotes to turn your Blue Monday frown upside down for a Happy Monday.

"Smile and the world smiles with you, frown and your frown alone."

"Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations."

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." Thich Nhat Hanh

For me to be happy, I just have to talk to the lovely Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk. She's the reigning 8-time Canadian Long Drive Champion for women. She placed top 5 a the 2016 world Long drive Championships. she is an LDA Tour Champion and a Calaway Golf Sponsored athlete. And recently connected with Golf Town to do free lessons across Canada.

But, Lisa is also one of the most motivational speakers I've ever seen. Her personality is infectious and you leave Lisa happy. Her talk is called Drive Determines Distance. I asked Lisa to tell me her favourite happy and motivational quote. She told me Thomas Edison said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Have a listen to my interview with Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk here.



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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

3.1.18

GLC 300 Lone Star Mercedes-Benz Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

When it came time for my family to choose a family car - as a mother - I was specifically looking for a vehicle that is safe and reliable. But, I didn't didn't want to compromise on style and performance.

Hi, this is Christina Rowsell. I've mentioned a time or two on my show on soft rock 97.7 that I've been looking for a new car. My husband and I have visited many dealerships and have seen so many options. But, when we stepped into Lone Star Mercedes-Benz it was different.


Most of their models were in the showroom (for viewing), and absolutely stunning. We were greeted immediately upon arriving and before I knew it I had a coffee in hand and Simon the sales manager was asking us questions about our lifestyle, size of family, vehicle needs and budgets.

This was definitely a different approach than any other dealership we visited. So, I have decided to take Simon and Lone Star up on a challenge and will drive a different Mercedes Benz each month and then choose once I have found the vehicle best for us.

So, stay tuned as I start my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz in Deerfoot Meadows next week. And, with winter in the air, my first choice is the all-wheel-drive GLC 300 with amazing 4-matic technology. Stay tuned for my updates and visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz to see what I've been talking about.


This is a paid endorsement. 

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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