After attending my second pet cremation ceremony with a couple of friends, we came to this interesting question: Can death be a celebration of life rather than just a mourning for a loss?
Having witnessed how Gennet and Jacq cared for Hope, a dog, a family member, a wise guide and a teacher diagnosed with Spindle Cell Sarcoma living her late stage of life, something dawned upon me.
Embracing the bigger picture changes everything!
By celebrating the life that the deceased had gone through and to embrace death as a point of transition, the cremation ceremony would not be so cold. It would be filled with party, gifts, songs, music, food and wine while still allowing people to grief, express their heartfelt emotions and remain respectful. If Thomas Edison had not envisioned of the bigger picture of coming up with a commercially viable light bulb, he could have died a miserable death for having failed 10,000 times before the world could see the light!
The problem is, we treat life as having individual parts in isolation. When we approach illnesses as symptoms to be fixed, we fail to see the implications that other aspects of our life had played.
A way to turn this around?
Explore, investigate, create and test your creation.
Continue reading “What My Journey with Hope Had Taught Me about Life & Wellness by Alfred of the Light Goes On”
For the past 7 years, I was contented with my job at an international bank. I not only loved my work but treasured the friendships in my team as well. My superiors were also AWESOME people. I did not have any notion of leaving at all.
However, it all changed when I gave birth to my daughter, Juvia, in Sep 2012. Motherhood transformed me. To be honest, prior to her birth, I was unsure if I could become a good mother. Having a child was not in my initial life plans. In fact, it took me 10 years of marriage before I decided to have a child. I was so entranced with the little girl that God bestowed on Jon and I. To say that I love her would be an understatement. Juvia taught me what BIG LOVE really feels like. To me, big love is taking care of her for hours despite feeling various bone and muscle aches. It also meant months of little sleep because Ju wasn’t able to sleep well (and still doesn’t). There was even a point in time when I seriously considered giving up on my well paid job just so I could be at home with her. Time spent away from her, was like living with half a heart and I missed her so much. I even cried when Jon sent me photos from home.
However, I was hesitant to give up on my job as I was the sole breadwinner. We didn’t have much savings and it seemed irresponsible. This deliberation process went on for 5 months before my decision was made. I have been using Young Living Oils since my pregnancy and the oils gave me what every mother hoped for. A healthy child and a beautiful, natural birth. I loved the oils and shared their benefits with my friends, who in turn, came to love them too. As such, I decided to try to build a business out of it. In July 2013, I informed my boss of my intention to resign.
I then embarked on the journey of starting my own business while possessing the thought of scrimping and saving as much as I could, in the meantime. I set goals with my awesome uplines. The race was on.
Continue reading “Faith Teo: The Race is on- What Do You Dream Of?”
According to a National Nutritional Survey (Singapore) conducted in 2010, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of Singaporeans that consume excess calories, fats, sugar, sodium and insufficient dietary fibre as compared to 2004. As such, this has resulted in a growing number of Singaporeans developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, packaged foods have become a popular option for anyone looking for a quick fix. As we all know, most packaged foods come with nutritional labels. However, these labels can be very tricky to understand. Even if you opt for packaged foods that are supposedly of a “healthier choice”, they might sometimes be worse than those without the “healthy” label. Whether be it the unknown ingredients in the ingredient list or the never-ending numbers in the nutrition panel, label reading can be a difficult and confusing process. So, how can we better understand and read these food labels?
For instance, certain “Low-Fat” products are lower in fat calories, but higher in terms of sugar calories so as to compensate for the lack of fat. Common sugar can also be named as “Sucrose” or “Fructose” in the ingredient list. In addition, it is also important to know when to use “Per Serving” or “Per 100g”, when comparing the nutritional content between food products. In short, having a good understanding of these food labels can help you in selecting healthier food alternatives to store in your fridge, freezer and pantry.
Continue reading “Healthy Food Almost Killed Me. Ryan Ong Shares About the Importance of Understanding Food Labels”
Do you go crazy at the fact that you have to wake up every morning for work, just so you can fulfill another person’s dreams? Are you sick of being stuck in the office for more than 10 hours a day and wondering if you have to do so for your entire life until you are 65? Do you wish that you could be rewarded by merit rather than making sure that your boss likes you?
Yet, the capital outlay of renting a shop, hiring workers and having no fixed salary scares the daylights out of you? Interested in learning more about starting a business where you can start with a much lesser capital without having to quit your job until your business generates enough income?
An entrepreneurial mindset is essential in today’s fast-changing business and economic environment. What worked in your grandparents’ generation will no longer work in today’s World.
Have you heard of employees being laid off after serving the company for years? I certainly have. By having an entrepreneurial mindset, you will be better prepared for your financial future and your family’s life. Unlike employees, entrepreneurs don’t rely on the safety net of a pay check from someone else. They learn from their mistakes, are driven to solve problems, and get results no matter how much time or effort it takes.
As Robert Kiyosaki, author of #1 best-selling personal finance book, Rich Dad Poor Dad has said, ‘Traditional education and job security are the last thread of the industrial age. Their time is over.’
Continue reading “Matilda Pang’s Tips on How to Build a Business with Less Than $500”
I woke up one day with a burning red rash on the right side of my torso and unexplained bruise-like marks. Over the next few days, I watched as the rash spread across the body and found myself retching due to serious indigestion. I was also extremely fatigued. It was casually dismissed as an allergic reaction in the initial consultation. I decided to seek my naturopathic doctor’s opinion when even the TCM anti-allergy medications yielded weak results. Finally, through my blood results, I was told that my liver was having a melt-down from stress.
The liver works 24 hours a day. It processes everything that we eat, drink, breathe or rub on your skin and these are just some of its’ 500 over different functions vital to life. It processes food, extracts nutrients and produces bile to digest fatty foods. A healthy liver regulates blood glucose levels, provides your body with energy, fights off infections and toxins, helps in blood clotting and regulates hormones.
My episode with my liver made me curious about its power and its functions. I began my journey of undertaking careful considerations on how best to love my liver, so as to stay dynamic and healthy.
As one of the most hardworking organs in our bodies, the liver is known to tirelessly work and tolerate our “lifestyle abuses”. As this hardy organ weakens, obvious physical signs are usually not evident until a later stage. This tricks us into believing we are all in great shape and in the pink of health. But in reality, our organs like the precious liver – was doing way too much over-time (OT) and paying the price for our stubborn or ignorant ways.
Continue reading “Could It Be Your Liver? Kai Tan Shares About the Importance of Liver Wellness”