Good results!

I just wanted to pop in here today and share some good news! I had a mammogram the other day and I found out this afternoon that it is all clear! I felt like it was all good but I’ve been wrong before 🤪. What a relief to have it over with for another year.

Here’s to healthy boob(s)!

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

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My Tiber River Naturals story and save the date (Nov. 2nd)

Hello friends,

It’s a beautiful one here in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador today and Election Day all over Canada. I hope you’re enjoying it wherever in the world you are at the moment.

One of the major positive changes I have made on my self care journey (HEALTHCARE really!) is switching to using as many natural products in my home and on my body as possible and work towards having a toxic free a home. After some research, in March of 2018, I found the Tiber River Naturals company out of Winnipeg, Manitoba and quickly became a Tiber River consultant. Once I started exploring the wonderful world of Tiber River Naturals, I instantly fell in love with the products and since feel in love with the two female entrepreneurs who own the company. Their story is another whole blog post I’ll share in the future. The entire team is inspiring.

At the same time as joining the Tiber River team, I also started a new full time day job and was still healing from breast cancer so I didn’t have a lot of extra time. Because of this, I have not done much selling of the products, with the exception of to close friends and family, and have done way more buying for product testing 😉. Now I am healthier than ever and settling into my daytime career so I want to dedicate some time to my side hustle, Tiber River Naturals. I have also taken over my dining room and it is now the Tiber River room. I plan to place a couple orders a month and hold events in my home so people can drop in and try the products for themselves.

My website is http://www.tiberriver.ca/msa .Would love for you to check it out. There are product lines for your home, body, face, baby, man in your life, pet in your life, essential oils, hair, nails, bath….all of it!! I just love the products and the peace of mind it gives me knowing they are safe for myself and my family. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

AND please Save the date – Nov. 2, 2019 from 10:00-4:00 for a vendor event at my home. I will have many of the Tiber River products available to try as well as stain glass work by Tracie Boland of Boland Studios. Her art is incredible and she is designing 3 different Mummer nightlights to add to her product line. I can’t wait to see them.

I have a couple more vendors TBD….stay tuned.

Come over and do some shopping or just drop in for a chat. We’d love to see you…..there may even be some mulled wine around.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

❤️❤️❤️

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Kris Carr made my day!

When I was recovering from my mastectomy surgery, a friend of a friend (who is a two time cancer warrior) dropped a thoughtful present to me at my home. It was a book called Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr. This book helped me so much in my recovery. I could read a tip or two at a time and see how I could apply it to my life. Very inspirational.

Kris is a huge juicer but she lives in CA. I gave that an honest go for a while but living on an island in the North Atlantic makes organic produce extremely expensive. So in order to continue eating healthy, I canned the juicing (no pun intended 🤣🤣) and starting buying an organic greens shot from a local health food store that I take every morning and I buy organic greens to eat with my meals. You do the best you can with what you have!

Kris also hates to go to the gym. She taught me how to move my body in fun ways that are still effective. While I do go to yoga and interval classes, I have included lots of movement to my days without having to spend hours at the gym. Dance parties are a daily routine for me now. I put in my headphones and dance around like a fool. Who doesn’t feel better after rocking out for a few songs? I also have a weighted hula hoop that I randomly pick up and give it a whirl. It’s a laugh. I have gotten better and what a core workout. It doesn’t take much. There are two 3 pound weights by my coffee maker and I do reps while my coffee is brewing. There are a lot of ways to get movement in without it being a huge time commitment. It’s good for my headspace too. It has taken the pressure off of ‘fitting it in’ and just made it fun.

Those are just a couple positive changes that I have made and applied in my life from Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips. I have learned a ton. It is an amazing resource for anyone at any stage of their cancer journey….and life really. I highly recommend it!

Here is the exciting news! I follow Kris on social media and have participated in some challenges she has put off over time. I wrote on her facebook page telling her how much I have learned from her in my journey and that I loved her and she wrote me back and…..wait for it…she replied and she loved me right back!! I’m still not over it. ❤️❤️❤️ Hahaha Thanks Kris for making a girl’s day! (I’ve included a screenshot for proof…I mean prosperity) Hehe.

Anyway, I just had to share. 😁

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you all; wherever you are in the world.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

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Happy thanksgiving!

Over the years, we have celebrated thanksgiving (Canadian and American) all over the world with some pretty incredible people. Only happy memories there! But I am so thankful that we are home now and can celebrate Canadian thanksgiving in Newfoundland.

Today we get to hang out and then go to my mom and dad’s house for turkey and all the jigs dinner deliciousness. Tomorrow we go to Glenn’s mom’s house for hot turkey sandwiches. We are spoiled rotten and I can’t wait!

I am thankful everyday but am especially thankful today for my health. I have come so far in my healing journey and Julia and Georgia need a healthy momma. I am better than I have ever been and it feels incredible. There are so many people who have been with me and helped me on my journey. I am eternally grateful for the love, guidance and support. ❤️❤️❤️

From my happy place, I want to wish you and yours a very happy thanksgiving. Enjoy the day.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

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What a week! ❤️❤️❤️

I am revelling about the amazing week that I spent in Tepoztlán, Mexico and still processing it all. I can say that I am so thankful I took the chance and hopped on board this experience at the last minute.

If I had not taken that chance, my life would not be as bright as it is today (and not just because of the sun shine in St. John’s!). It was life changing.

I’ll likely write more as I get my head around it all but I wanted to say a special thank you Marivie Lacuesta and Julian DeVoe – our fearless teachers and leaders.

To the Illuminators – What a beautiful week. You all deserve a standing ovation. 🙌👏🙌 ❤️❤️❤️

To the staff at Amatista retreat and the beautiful parents and children of the Tashirat orphanage, it was such a joy to spend a week in this magical place. What you are doing there is truly special and I feel blessed to have experienced it.

The website is http://www.tashirat.com if you’re interested in learning more about it.

If you feel so inclined to help support the orphange’s sustainability project, please donate at https://www.satnamfoundation.org/illumination.

Until next time.

Michelle

❤️❤️❤️

Just a few snaps from the week. 🙂

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Happy Friday and searching for my Blundstones! ❤️

Happy Friday from my happy place. This sanctuary is just a 10 minute drive (or just up the road, right Monika?🤣) from where I live. I’ve been coming here daily for months and it brings me so much peace and clarity. Love it here.

On another note, has anyone been anywhere with me lately and left with a pair of Blundstones on that look like these? I am positive these are NOT mine. They just don’t feel right. Damn Blundstones. They all look alike. Haha

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

❤️❤️❤️

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All of the love!

Hello friends,

Thanks for all the love from my last post! I felt it all and am sending it back to you.

I am delighted to be back blogging and looking forward to connecting with you all. That brings me joy and I’m all about doing ALL of the things that bring me joy.

My first blog was called Shanghai or Bust. My family and I were living in Shanghai at the time. I just went back to my first post and realized that it was on January 3, 2017. Who knew when I started that blog that exactly one year later on Jan 3, 2018, I would be fighting for my life in ICU after an allergic reaction during my mastectomy surgery. It’s hard to fathom.

That last year in Shanghai was a particularly challenging one. My husband’s company had fallen prey to their Chinese partner stealing their design and the company went bankrupt. Unfortunately this is a pretty common thing in China. Personally our finances took a huge hit but we picked ourselves back up and started again in Newfoundland. I found a job that I love and Glenn started his own consulting company. Things were looking up right? Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer and almost died. I still had more lessons to learn, I guess, and the journey has been beautiful and eye opening. Writing and posting blogs during that time was extremely helpful to my healing.

I have posted the link for two of my past blogs. My very first one for prosperity and the second one was a Self Care post I wrote on January 9, 2017. Even though I did not know I had breast cancer then, I knew I was not healthy or living my best life and this list was the start my journey. I remember how nervous I was about posting the list. It felt very raw to me but it helped me make it so. I am delighted to say that I have checked off everything on my self care list in that post – including losing 50 lbs from my highest weight!- and am well on the way to writing my new self care list with more goals to help me live my best life.

http://shanghaiorbust.com/2017/01/03/well-its-about-time/

http://shanghaiorbust.com/2017/01/09/my-self-care-journey/

Shine your beautiful light friends.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love.

Michelle

❤️❤️❤️

P.S. if you feel so inclined, click the “follow me” link on my blog. You’ll get my posts sent right to your inbox. I plan to blog more regularly! xo

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My journey

Hello friends.

It’s been a while. I have been on quite a healing journey since I last posted. 2019 has been good to me; challenging and rewarding. I’d like to start sharing some of my experiences here. Perhaps something will resonate with someone and they won’t feel quite as alone. Loneliness is an epidemic and through all of this, my compassion for people has grown so much. You never know what someone is dealing with. As I always say, be kind to yourself and others.

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer a little of over a year and a half ago. During my mastectomy surgery, I had an allergic reaction and ended up in icu on life support for 2 days.

11 months later, I had another surgery to remove my ovaries as my cancer was estrogen driven and doing so would reduce my chance of recurrence. But the thoughts of going under again brought me so much worry and anxiety. I was so scared that I would have another allergic reaction and I would die. I quickly realized that I couldn’t go into a full on panic attack every time someone mentioned a date past my surgery date. Every time I started to panic, I quickly pictured myself walking up normally in the recovery room and I would take three deep breaths to ground me. This helped me immensely. That whole process only increased my gratitude for the tribe around me. I made peace with the fact that I may die but that my daughters are surrounded by people who love them, people who I trust with my life, and they would be just fine. It was freeing and emotional, as you can imagine.

Once I did wake up in that recovery room. I was filled with a new lease on life. As my friend says “I am doing ALL of the things” to embrace life and never get sick again. I will be a 90 year old one boobed wonder doing yoga on the beach and I am going to die in my sleep with a smile on my face 😄❤️. As the ladies in the photo on the top of this page say “create your beautiful life”. I am doing just that.

“All of the things” include acupuncture, talk therapy, chiropractor, massage, energy healing, exercising, meditating, switching to natural home and body products, changing my diet, spiritual growth and most recently kundalini yoga. I can’t express how much this practice has come into my life at the perfect time that I needed it. If you’ve never tried it, it’s worth giving it a go. Words cannot adequately describe it.

I am travelling to Mexico on Saturday with my yoga teacher to attend a yoga and service retreat. I will volunteer at an orphanage, practice yoga and Qi gong daily, hike in the mountains and visit a sweat lodge. I think it is exactly what my body and spirit need to recharge. If I am allowed to take photos (I don’t know if the orphanage may have rules against that?) I will be sure to share my journey with you all.

Part of the mission is to support the sustainability and growth of an orphanage by funding rain catchers (water sustainability is a needed thing there), bringing supplies and donating our time.   If you are moved to share the wealth on behalf of this experience, here is a link for you to check out (tax deductions):  https://www.satnamfoundation.org/illumination.  

Thank you so much for considering. I’ll be sure to give the children lots of love from y’all.

Until next time,

Only joy, only love!

Michelle

❤️❤️❤️

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Shine Your Light

Hello my friends,

This blog is a place where I plan to post stuff that brings me joy and to share my home -St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada – to my friends around the world. It’s a pretty special place. I am posting tonight to share this beautiful song with you. It was written by friends Maureen Ennis and Perry Chafe and performed by the Ennis Sisters. They partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and wrote this song to bring awareness to mental health and wellness. It is a good reminder to those who are suffering that you are not alone. Even in your darkest moments….you are not alone.

Have a listen. It’s inspiring and hopeful.

 

You’ll be fine. Put your light next to mine.

Together we can face the darkest night.

We’re all stars, you’ve just forgotten that you are.

You’ll be fine. Put your light next to mine.

Powerful words.

Wherever you are in the world, shine your beautiful light.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

P.S. If you liked this song, check out The Ennis Sisters at http://www.theennissisters.com. So many deadly tunes!

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. Every day there are reasons to be grateful. I am especially grateful for all the love and support that has been shown to me and my family over the past few months! I love a holiday that is all about gratitude -cherishing and loving the people in my life.

It was a beautiful, restful and rejevunating weekend with some pretty amazing peeps!

Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Here’s to a fantastic week.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

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