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Severn Suzuki – Watch and Be Inspired!

Today I was emailed the video clip of Severn Suzuki addressing delegates at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 when she was 12 years old.  Think this video is dated or not relevant in our world today?  Wow – think again.  Watch this video, then go back and read the below text of the words in her speech.  Her words are important for parents, government, anyone to hear!  She was wise before her time…what an amazing speech for a 12 year old.  Although she brought the delegates to tears and to their feet after the speech finished, how much action did they make?  Think about how many times we are moved to act from inspiring people…do we follow through with our action?  Watch Severn – you can’t help but be inspired!

“Hello, I am Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O – the Environmental Children’s Organization. We are a group of 12 and 13 year-olds trying to make a difference, Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves, to come 5,000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election, or a few points on the stock market.”

“I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet, because they have nowhere left to go. I am afraid to go out in the sun now, because of the holes in our ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air, because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver, my home, with my Dad until, just a few years ago, we found a fish full of cancers. And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.”

“Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you. You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct. And you can’t bring back the forest that once grew where there is now a desert. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.”

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10 Ways To ‘Mommy Balance’

Let me begin this article by stating that I have very little balance in my life. It is something my husband and I are working towards now that the kids are getting older. Two weeks ago we went out for dinner alone for the first time in 3 years. Now you get a better picture regarding the ‘balance’ thing. Along with greening my life and providing a healthier lifestyle for my family, balance is another key ingredient I strive for. So with this article, I am preaching what I’ve not yet achieved….but I’m working to get there! With that off my chest…please read on….

We all know that the life of a mother is one of sacrifice. We sacrifice our time, our sleep, our energy, our health and at times our sanity. All this sacrifice is of course for a great cause…our children and family.  Having said that, there is no reason why we cannot provide everything that our children and families need while at the same time maintaining or even enhancing our own personal well being…physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Here are 10 tips to help you achieve a better balance in your life.

1. Rise early. I know this sounds crazy, after all sleep is the first thing to go when you become a mother, but hear me out.  Rising an hour before the rest of your household will give you much needed alone time.  This time should be spent on you (not on cleaning the house). Read a good book, write in a journal, go for a walk, or simply sit with a good cup of coffee and think about your day.  Note: this strategy should only be attempted if your children are at the stage where they are consistently sleeping through the night.  If they aren’t then by all means sleep as long as you possibly can and every chance you can. The theory behind this tip is, “start your day off right and the rest of your day will follow”.

2. Exercise you body. Exercising will not only ensure that you stay healthier it will give you more energy and vitality so that you can keep up with the hectic pace of motherhood.  Spend at least thirty minutes a day on strenuous but enjoyable physical exercise. This could be done during the extra hour you gained by waking early or it can be done during the course of the day. You can even split it into two fifteen minute sessions.  Remember, you don’t have to go to the gym to exercise. There are a variety of exercises you can do in or around your home.

3. Exercise your mind. Human beings need to challenge themselves and grow on a regular basis or they will experience a sense of lacking.  Make a commitment to do at least one thing every day to expand your mind. The trick is to make it a challenge and keep it interesting. Learn to speak a foreign language, or play a musical instrument, take a pottery course or a creative writing course, or simply read inspiring books on subjects that interest you.

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