YouVersion – The Bible App Reading Plan

We are very excited to announce that True You: Finding Beauty in Authenticity is now available as a YouVersion Bible App Reading Plan.

As a companion devotional to Susan Sohn’s debut book, True You, you are invited on a search for your truth. This won’t happen without God, and it won’t happen without being honest about ourselves, our pasts, and our hurts. Not only do we pursue truth in our own lives, but we also pursue the truth of who we are in our connectedness to one another and to God.

As a fourteen day plan, you dive deep into the issues of each chapter. At the same time you are working through carefully coordinated daily scripture chosen by Susan! Click here to start the plan today. The Bible App is completely free to download, with no advertising and no in-app purchases. #notanad

 


Eternity News: Tired of seeing #picture-perfect lives?

Recently. I was super honoured and excited to find out that Eternity News had published an interview I did with them on my birthday! This kind of attention is humbling and very much appreciated. Thanks very much to Rebecca Abbott for the wonderful article,  titled “Tired of seeing #picture-perfect lives?”

Read the full article below. 

 

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Women and the stories we carry

I’ve been thinking recently about what it means to be a woman. As many of you know my book is out. And through this writing process,  I have had the incredible privilege and honour to interview some of the bravest women I have ever met. Women who have shared their stories with me, their truth. They have trusted me with some of the most intimate parts of their life.

Whether it is the young mum who faced a cancer journey before her 30th birthday. Or the woman who in her 40’s realised that the life she had was crashing down in front of her. Maybe even the beautiful woman I chatted to who believes that she, just being herself, will never be enough for anyone to love.

 

 

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5 Things I learnt from writing a book

For years I was told to write a book, but what would I write about?

This seems like a very odd question, considering I have spent the better part of the last 20 years writing, blogging, creating and sharing content every day. So, for those of you who have a book stirring on the inside this is for you.

Before I begin, I remember someone once saying to me that all of us either have a book or a marathon in us. Some days I wished I had a marathon in me but alas my sneakers have remained intact and the written word captured my being. If I was asked for any advice about the writing journey it would be to really consider the marathon. Dig deep, go for a few runs, try it out because from what I have come to know is that having a book in you and sharing it with the world is no easy task and much like what I imagine the physical pains of a marathon would be, writing a book can cause havoc within your very core. Read on, dear one.

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

One of the chapters in ‘True You‘ is about standing on the shoulders of giants, by doing that we begin to live in our truth and allow our children to confidently stand on our shoulders.

The chapter is about being honest about what we’ve walked through and sharing our stories. Brene Brown says, in the Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted, that story is our way home and truth is our song. As challenging as this can be I believe it to be true. We need to tell our truths bravely because it is part of our stories.  We have to let it be our song rather than the thing that holds us captive.

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Vana Belle Hospitality…

For our 20th Anniversary, Philip and I whisked ourselves away to Thailand. To be completely honest, I was a little hesitant at first. I was hesitant because we aren’t those people who need nor do we want to be away from our kids. Actually, travelling with our children has always been something we have loved and enjoyed rather than endured. Neither Philip nor I have ever been ones who have ‘needed to get away from our kids’. I know some parents do who do need the ‘much-needed break’ and that’s okay, it’s just never been us. 

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Inside the Quiet.

Like many people, I have tried over the years to stick to New Year’s resolutions and promises made to myself.

Like most, inevitably I fail a few weeks into the year. Whether it be my bad habits, the desire to shift some unneeded weight, the year I learn a new language or start to paint. The only resolution that I hold onto seems to be the one that promises I won’t do it. Resolutions, for whatever reason, have not worked for me.

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Autism, DownSyndrome, Special Needs. A response to the Ontario Letter

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{Pictures above provide a glimpse into the life of Peter}

In light of the recent and very disturbing letter that was sent to the parents of a boy with Autism (see this Huffington Post Live Story click HERE)I am compelled to share this story with you.

My little brother, Peter, who is not so little now, he is 36 and definitely exceeds my physicality, has DownSyndrome and definitely displays some other characteristics that can be found on the ASD Spectrum. He can be a challenge and throughout his life has most likely upset people, caused them great discomfort and whatever else we {the so called ‘normal’} people have to interpret and manage when our life collides with someone on the spectrum.

Throughout the years, I have written countless stories about my brother and the lessons I have learned from him, the things he has taught me and the way he has lived. Some days, he is our angel and we talk about how he has been sent from God just for us. We talk about how blessed we are to have had the opportunity to walk through life with him and how we wished other people could have a moment of this experience. Then, there are days when we wonder where he came from, why he’s acting a certain way and how do we handle what is happening before our eyes. In these moments, we see the struggle deep within him, his desire to do what we call ‘right’, to act appropriately, to respond how we want him to respond but because of the way he has been created the struggle lies in this this place. These are the times when this gentle giant, this angel who was sent from above needs our care, our love and our acceptance.

I could go on and on about the joy he has brought to our lives and his amazing nature and his deep sense of knowing and understanding that doesn’t translate into school grades or through the written or, at times, even the spoken word. His understanding is deep and his expression of that understanding at times throws the ‘EQ’ balance off the charts.

Today, instead of me writing about his impact on our lives, I have chosen to allow the words of another whom he has touched to bring expression to his being. She’s not a family member but she has been brought into the family through Peter and his love for her and his deep knowing that she is a person to love and to trust. Her name is Lori and outside of our family she is perhaps one of the most influencial people in Peter’s life. I am choosing not to respond in words to the ‘One Pissed Off Mother’ but rather by using the life of another and the experience of another who has chosen to see beyond what she doesn’t understand {in terms of how Peter was created} but has chosen to step over her own insecurities and the ‘unknown’ within Peter and she has found a beautiful relationship that has changed her life. I hope you enjoy her story about Peter.

MY FRIEND PETER by Lori Perra
I have a very special person in my life. He has taught me so many things that have helped me to become a better person. He has made me laugh and cry and practise my skills of tolerance and patience.

Peter has Down Syndrome.

I have known Peter for many years, but it has only been during the past two years that I have developed a relationship with him. What started as a job has turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Job coaching is what brought Peter and I together. For a few hours each week, we go to his place of employment and I instruct him on how to do his work. He is such a diligent worker and it does not take long for him to master the tasks assigned to him. Then it is coffee time!

Coffee time is what he looks forward to the most. This is our time to chat about whatever comes to mind. Peter never fails to ask about my husband, my children and my cat. He always asks how my day at work went and never fails to ask how his nephew is, who attends the school where I work.

Peter loves music and will start to dance when he hears it. He doesn’t care where we are or who is watching. His face lights up with the pure joy of it. Peter has taught me to dance like no one is watching. Everyone should try this. It is the most exhilarating feeling!

He has taught me not to be afraid to tell people how I feel about them. Peter is very quick to tell people that he has missed them, that he likes them, that they make him happy, that he loves them. He quite often will tell me that I am beautiful but he will also tell me when he thinks that I need a haircut. He is so open and honest that it is refreshing to have a conversation with him.

He is also very compassionate. When my Mom was ill, he always would inquire about her. When she passed away, he brought me flowers and hugs. Sometimes he will ask me if I think about her and what I am remembering about her.

Occasionally, we have a date night. He will get dressed up and he is the perfect gentleman. He opens doors for me, pulls out my chair, inquires if I am enjoying myself and of course, compliments me on how beautiful I am. For weeks after he will talk about what a good time he had.

Peter has been raised by a very loving and supportive family. I know it is through his family that he has learned his conversation skills, his strong work ethics, his sense of humour and his compassion. I am truly blessed to be able to have Peter and his family in my life. I believe that when we surround ourselves with positive people like Peter and his family, we remain strong, happy and positive ourselves.

Thank you Peter for being my friend!
Lori


Moksha Yoga Hosts ChangetheAge 30 Day Challenge Starting Nov 5th!

Alright People!! It’s time to put into action all that we learned at ChangetheAge on October 11th! Moksha Yoga gave everyone in the audience ONE FREE Month at Moksha Yoga and now it is time for us all to use it!!

Starting Monday November 5th, Moksha Yoga South and West are hosting the ChangetheAge 30 day challenge. This is a great chance for everyone to launch into this as a community and support. GetRealLive wants to follow the stories, experiences the challenges and discover the victories as together we ChangetheAge!!

Not only will your reward be your own personal health, but for all those who complete the challenge you will automatically receive 5 free visits! In addition, to those who cross that finish line you will be entered to win a 3 Month Pass!!

So grab your yoga mat, bring your water bottle and get ready to sweat!! For more on what you need to bring to class click here! Moksha runs several classes so just pick what works for your schedule. It is all about making it work into your daily routine.

Also, when you register please show your ChangetheAge card or let Moksha know that you are part of this movement so you don’t miss out on your chance to win.

Email us at events@getreallive.com to let us know you are participating so we can journey with you!!

Come on Calgary…let’s inspire each other.


Stay Motivated to Fight Temptations….

Lead us not into temptation!! Isn’t that the prayer we should be praying especially as the holidays approach!! Not only will be tempted by all the  yummy treats, but also to stay inside during those cold winter months. However, in order to maintain your fitness and health goals we need to keep our goals clearly defined and in front of us. Inconvenience can be overcome by preparation and planning ahead. Keep moving to see the pounds keep coming off. Keep motivated to experience what you have already made so many sacrifices for. As you move, so do the pounds.

New research published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise finds that aerobic exercise can actually dampen your desire for the excess things you crave—and not only fast food but also money and material things!

Researchers asked volunteers to run on a treadmill or remain inactive for 30 minutes. Then, everyone played a game in which they had to press buttons to gain—or avoid losing—money. The results: The brain area that controls rewards (like the want for cash) was much more active in those who stayed sedentary than those who worked out

Why is this? It’s all thanks to a neurotransmitter called dopamine that spikes when you’re anticipating a reward. When you exercise the brain is experiences more shots of  dopamine—causing an effect to last for several hours. Since the levels are already peaking in your brain, the dopamine spikes from a reward are blunted post-sweat session, making you less likely to crave them.

So when the temptation hits, get your butt in gear and start moving! Hit the gym, go for a walk or take a bike ride. Activate your body and get the dopamine flowing. It doesn’t cost you anything and the payback is very rewarding.