Category - Blog Post

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National Volunteer Week
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Cycling with team BMO!
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Wellness Pop-Up
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Aligned
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Life’s Purpose
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Emotions
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Over Commit
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Setback
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Undisciplined Mind
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Resilience

National Volunteer Week

“Celebrate the value of volunteering—building confidence, competence, connections and community” is this year’s theme for National Volunteer Week, which speaks directly to what The Ride to conquer cancer is all about. 

Volunteers contribute their time, skills and creativity to bring The Ride to Conquer Cancer to life. Volunteers help us to produce the powerful Opening Ceremonies in Cloverdale, build our Main Campsite in Chilliwack and manage the busy Finish Line in Hope. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference.

Our invaluable Crew Members and Volunteers man the Pit Stops, keep Camp running smoothly and provide around-the-clock encouragement to all of our participants. Because of their tireless work, The Ride truly is an event that fosters confidence and competence in every man and woman who takes on our cycling journey and deepens the connections and community of our epic Ridership. 

Cycling with team BMO!

Looking forward to cycling with Team BMO for the 10th anniversary Ride to Conquer Cancer. Together, we ride forward!

Two days. 200 kilometres. Spoke to spoke and pedal to pedal. The Ride to Conquer Cancer® Presented by Wheaton Precious Metals™ benefiting BC Cancer Foundation unites an unparalleled community of powerful men and women across British Columbia who are committed to conquering cancer. For the past decade, we have united the doctors, researchers and supporters on the front lines of the battle against cancer, vowing to conquer this disease once and for all.

We are on a conquest. We have decided to team up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, presented by Silver Wheaton benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The Ride is an epic, two-day cycling event taking place on August 26-27 that spans over 200 kilometers! The money we raise for the Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation and support leading clinicians, scientists, and researchers whose search for new discoveries and improved patient outcomes will have a real impact in our communities throughout the province, across Canada, and around the world. Since 2009, the Ride has raised $77 million for the BC Cancer Foundation and is B.C.’s largest cycling fundraiser.

We will be doing training rides, helping each other fundraise and generating awareness for critical cancer research.

Please donate Here !

Thank you in advance for your support!

Hugs,

Michelle

 

Wellness Pop-Up

It was an honor to be invited to speak about healthy eating habits at work at the BMO Wellness Pop-Up

We all know how challenging maintaining wellness can be especially with personal and professional demands placed on us on a day-to-day basis

Bank of Montreal organized a Wellness Pop-Up for all their employees and it was a pleasure to be invited to a speak at the event. At BMO wellbeing is an important aspect of their corporate culture.

Listening to employee stories, seeing how wellness is integrated at BMO was exciting and heartening. Now I realize why BMO is ranked as the number two employer in Canada. Feeling gratitude for being a part of this awesome wellness culture at BMO.

To all those who are challenged with personal and professional stress, I encourage them to go for healthy eating habits, and aspire to spend the majority of their time in an environment that supports their wellbeing.

Incorporate movement in your daily life. Without a vigorous level of physical activity, one cannot maintain a  healthy lifestyle. Even the most cursory examination of the human body will reveal that our species is made for movement, and our biological foods are in sync with that aspect of ourselves.

Last but not least ensure that you get adequate rest. Enough sleep is the foundation that everything else rests upon. Many people who are under-slept become more and more immature and they begin to take foolish risks or become over-reactive to normal experiences.  As long as the amount of rest in one’s life is in balance with the demands being made upon one’s body and mind, the body can recover from remarkable amounts of stress.

The more stressful (both emotionally and physically) one’s life is, the more rest will be required. There is nothing more enjoyable to the body and the psyche than a deep, restful sleep. Ironically, though, sleep is something that many people find impossible to get under control, and are often highly resistant to.

If all the other factors in one’s life are well organized and planned but sleep is given short shrift, eventually, emotional and physical turmoil will be the result. During deep sleep, the brain is reorganizing and recharging every cell in the body, and it is building the connections between neurons that are learning and processing from the day’s experiences. Without adequate rest, everything else is worthless, because the body will become worn down and sick, unable to maintain the process of rejuvenation at a pace fast enough to stay ahead of the physiological processes of daily life.

My suggestion to anyone who wants to experience optimal health is to focus on what you eat, how much you sleep and move your body! Go for health! Focus on it, maintain it and sustain it on a day-to-day basis.

 

Aligned

Being aligned with your life’s purpose is crucial to your success, health and wellbeing in the long run. Livelihood as a factor for success is very closely related to the environment you expose yourself to on a day to day basis.

If every other aspect of one’s life and environment may be in order, yet one’s employment and livelihood may render true success as impossible. Most people, at a minimum, are spending 30-40 hours per week in the course of their employment and these hours can take a heavy toll. Spending the majority of each day surrounded by gossip, unrewarding labor, loud machinery, or toxic chemicals is simply not an option on the path to living your life’s purpose.

Aligning yourself with your life’s purpose involves facing reality head-on, staring it in the eye, and dealing with it on a mature and courageous level. It is for adults who are ready to maintain their responsibilities to family, community, work, and to their own life’s purpose. There are very, very few people who can maintain their responsibilities while going through the challenges of creating the necessary factors for success. If Aligning with your life’s purpose is your goal, it is best to focus on reality as it is. The greater the focus that is applied to what is, the higher the likelihood that you will be one of the few who will succeed.

 

Life’s Purpose

That which we avoid, stops us from living our life’s purpose. The challenges in our lives are building blocks, that strengthen us to be better, stronger and force us to tap in to our hidden potential in a way that we have never done before. My biggest breakthroughs came about when I stopped avoiding the path I had to take.

Emotions

Our emotions never lie. They give us an indication of what is truly going on inside. When one does not pay attention to their emotions, the body takes over, and one gets sick and the mind seeks for ways to escape the “what is”. When one truly experiences the “what is”, they will discover their hidden potential. It takes commitment, effort and time to look inwards. One has to plough through millions of years of conditioning. Taking action on a consistent basis, with regular course correction is an absolute must! to achieving one’s life purpose.

Over Commit

When you over commit, you will not be able to live your life’s purpose. It takes courage to say no, when you want to say yes to all the opportunities that come along the way. The distraction along the way will not make you happy. Infact they will take you away from living your life’s purpose.

Setback

When we have setbacks, the tendency of the mind is to feel dejected to feel depressed. But if you take a close look at this setback,  you will see the opportunity to grow, to evolve and to transcend your limitations in a way that you have never done before. The best is on its way…

Undisciplined Mind

An unwholesome mind is dangerous mind. When we set a goal that does not reflect our core values we produce mediocre results.  Failure is a choice that is usually made by someone who has an undisciplined mind. An excuse is a clear sign of an undisciplined mind. Commitment to your life’s purpose requires a disciplined mind.

Resilience

Can you experience reality as it is and stay with the “What is?” If the answer is yes, then you will succeed no matter what. On the other hand if you think you lack resilience at this present moment, then I invite you to build capacity for the “what is” in every moment.

Copyright © 2017 Michelle Aslan.