Monthly Archives: December 2013

Keep calm and love Rudolf

‘Life gives us a taste of everything,’ a friend once told me. ‘The good, the bad and the ugly.’
Well, I have to admit that 2013 has indeed given me a plethora of tastes: sweet tastes with smiles, salty tastes with tears, bitter ones, sour others and delicious ones. It has been an exceptionally challenging year for me, but also for loved ones around me.  Friends have lost their jobs, loved ones got divorced and dear friends and family were presented with serious health challenges. I wish I could rub Rudolf’s shiny nose and magically fix everything. I guess I can send that as a wish to Santa next year!
Until I am able to do that, here’s what I’ve realized in 2013 more than ever:
If you can’t fix things, just give it your best shot! We may not always be able to mend relationships, give someone a job, or their health back. Yet, we can make them laugh, smile, be there for them, or simply add a touch of spice on their plate. It takes a little bit of effort, but it’s worth it!
Instead of focusing on our challenges, let us be creative and invest in acts of kindness. This wheel of kindness is the best we can do for each other. In good, bad and ugly times. Isn’t that what the true essence of life is?
Merry Christmas everyone, keep calm and love Rudolf! 

Special times with Louis

The very moment when I decided I was going to Los Angeles, I was overwhelmed with excitement and eager anticipation. I was going to re-unite with dear friends, but most importantly, I would see my Louis after eight years.
I first met Louis when I worked at a toy store and he was about two. Louis loved the Brio wooden railway track. He would take my hand and direct me to the railway set at the back of the store. He loved pushing the little green, yellow and red trains around the track. He would then pause to smile at me. And then, he returned back to the track, pushing the little trains, round and round. Pausing for a smile, and to get hold of my hand so that I would push the trains along with him.
I was worried that Louis would not remember me so many years later. He would soon turn 19 and I wondered if that special connection we had, would still be in his memory. But his mom assured me that he would recall feelings. And, that a dvd of Pinocchio would certainly be a catch!
I greeted Louis with a smile. Followed by a shoulder rub. And, finally… Pinocchio. Minutes later, he took my hand. He was ready to lead me into his world. A world filled with unconditional love, carefreeness and glee.
Louis is autistic, and just like any child with special needs, he had a wealth of life lessons for me in just one week of play:
–      Smile and be happy
–      Don’t stress
–      Live the moment
–      Slow dance often
–      Give healing hugs
–      Treat your friends to brunch
–      When bored, pose in front of the mirror and pretend you are John Travolta!
–      Have karaoke nights often
–      Make sure you know where mom hides the yummy bagels
–      Be yourself… c’est la vie baby!

Olympia Dukakis talks fitness!

I met the wonderful Olympia Dukakis three years ago. Her love for life, the passion she puts in all that she does, her determination and endless words of wisdom, are gems I will cherish for a lifetime. 
‘There are no rehearsals in life,’ she told me. ‘This is the real thing and, we only live once.’ A few months ago, she have me an exclusive interview for Fit to Inspire.