I’m hyped since this year I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving at a real dinner party. The Canadian Thanksgiving is way earlier so up here we rarely have American Thanksgiving festivities.
So far November has been mild. It’s actually a month that I enjoy. Life seems to be calming down to essentials. We do our daily work, go to our activities, meet those morning commute folks – all the real stuff that really matters. There’s beauty in being contented in simple ways of life. It’s empowering. If I can be deeply happy now, I can undoubtedly be happy when the weather and other things cooperate even more.
I find it pivotal to trust in my capacity to be OK come what may. If I have that deeply-rooted conviction, I have what it takes for me to feel strong. Life is like tango – you go up and down, twist and turn. Once you’ve been able to create that unshakable trust in your own self, nothing is too big. I’m not saying that I myself have the strength but I do have places and forces to go to for that. My trust is first and foremost in God. I believe in Him to help me. After that, I also believe in doing my absolute best.
So, I’ll be cheerfully celebrating Thanksgiving and looking forward to another year of happiness that flows from the inside and shines – and touches lives and hearts – on the outside.
I operate my own enterprise Susa English. I am my own marketer, salesperson, service provider, quality surveyor and what not. It could be easy to succumb to pressure. My livelihood depends on how well I perform in the working life. How high is the quality of my service, teaching. How well I am able to communicate and find interested clients. My motto is approaching all this with a hard-working yet relaxed attitude.
I demand a lot from myself. Every English lesson that I teach has to be clear and only deal with relevant, everyday English. My lesson has to be targeted to my student’s needs. I train them for real life situations by creating those real life situations. We go thru meetings, presentations, restaurant visits, negotiations, conference calls – you name it. I accept only the best from myself to my clients. So I put pressure on myself but more so when I am preparing the class. Once we are in the midst of it, I focus on making the event fun and inspiring.
Succumbing under pressure can be avoided by certain good habits. Careful and peaceful preparation is the first element. I sit down before the work week and go thru every student’s or group’s lesson individually. I prepare everyone’s unique material and find new and boosting things in the medias. This way I feel I have lots to offer once the actual lesson takes place.
The second pressure fighting factor is believing in your capacities to deliver. You have had the training, you have gotten the experience – or maybe you’re getting it now – so you have added value to offer. Remind yourself of that. This is your place to bring home what you have been given to do. No one else can do it better than you. Live your own life. Be your own business (or other) hero.
There is nobility in trying. If you don’t put yourself out there, you’ll never know all that you are capable of. People respect those who try, whether they make it to ultimate spotlight or not.
Most of our pressure comes from within. Calming and controlling your inner critiquer will free you for great things. So, where is it that you’d like to shine this week?
Positive thinking is my life’s guiding line. I live by it. I practice it daily. I draw energy from it. I have come to this place thru some challenging times. How did I get where I am today?
When I moved to Canada five years ago, I started suffering from anxiety. It crept upon me sneakily. I actually didn’t realize that I was dealing with anxiety. I thought that there was something off with my physical health. I never imagined that at the dawn of a new life chapter, I’d be dealing with internal tensions.
The way out started opening when I was able to realize that physical symptoms like shivers, cramps and dizziness were all created in my head. I learned to distinguish real sensations from the ones formed by my nervous mind. It is as if there would be a disk running in the background producing these weird things – all without my permission. I learned how to relax, sometimes even forcing myself to chill. I realized that panic comes over like a wave. If you just have the patience to let it dissipate, it’ll always end up doing so. I have also gotten better about naming my stressors. Once you know what’s eating you up, you can tackle it.
The more I get to know myself, the better I can be in control of my life. I find it important to voice out these darker feelings as well. I’m not ashamed of what I’ve been or still go thru. It’s all part of me. The importance is accepting your strengths and weaknesses, and make life work with what you’ve got.
Quebec is as breathtaking as New England in the fall. The vibrancy of colors subjugates you. I feel like resonating those hues. With this outfit I echoed the yellow tones. Black also lets the colorful background shine.
This time of the year is about accepting change. Things are moving at a rapid pace. Leaves turn colors and then fall within two weeks. The temperature is getting colder fast. I’m focusing on adapting to the new. I can’t change the Canadian seasons. The happiest I will be is when I find my place in what already exists. So getting rest cozily inside, grabbing a hot beverage with heartwarming conversations with friends and the hubby and spending time watching inspiring movies is what I’m focusing on now.
Fall is finally slowly starting to kick in here in Quebec City. It’s been such a great summer with lots of warm morning jogs in Central Park and coffees on the Grand Allee terrace. I’m suffering from a sinusitis. It’s forced me to slow down and take time to rest. I try to see lesson in everything so now I’m tending a listening ear to the message this quieter time can deliver me. It’s definitely about trust. Believing that my company will continue its happy life even though I’ve had to cancel a few days.
When feeling physically low I go to things that soothe me. I start wanting to take baths. I walk in the city and pay more attention on details. I write to friends that I haven’t connected with in a while. I study some Bible, pray and mediate on the verses I read. It seems that just as my body is weak, my heart is ever more open during these days. All distractions are gone. Just the essential – the lesson in learning to accept life as it comes.
I’ve let myself be carried away by life this summer. Now that August is winding to its end, I think I’ll be more present on my dear blog. Writing out here gives me a unique kind of pleasure. Since I’m doing this for fun, I impose myself no schedule whatsoever.
I have a new idea for the blog. Since I am very active in the English-speaking community of Quebec City, I want to write more about those events, along with my personal trend experiments. I’m a very sociable person so connecting online and outside is pivotal for my wellbeing. That’s why I’ve created many events around town.
The newest of them: a free fitness class that takes place every Saturday 10-11a.m. at my church Chalmers-Wesley United Church of Canada. We had our first class last Saturday and six people came. It felt nice to be teaching aerobics again after a decade long break. The next class is on September 10. On Labor Day weekend I’m heading to Burlington, Vermont.