Health and Wellness Awareness Days for February, 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a link to the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to January.

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

February is the Awareness Month For:

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
    • #birthflower, #flower, #primrose, #violet, #purple
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Amethyst, #Bloodstone, #Moonstone, #Onyx, #meditation, #healing, #purple
  • Heart Health Month
    • #HearHealthMonth, #hearthealth, #heart, #HealthySnacksHealthyHeart
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalCherryMonth, #cherries
  • Psychology Month
    • #PsychologyMonth, #psychology, #mentalhealth, #mentalillness, #therapy, #counselors, #psychotherapy

Special Weeks in February:

  • Winterlude Festival in Ottawa from February 3rd to February 20th
    • #Winterlude, #Ottawa, #MyOttawa, #ottcity, #winter, #RideauCanal, #Gatineau, #canal, #staycation, #SnowflakeKingdom, #skating
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 5thto February 11th, 2016
    • #whitecaneweek, #SeniorSafetyTipsoftheDay, #whitecane, #blind, #visuallyimpaired, #accessibility, #smartcane, #lowvision, #visionloss
  • New York Fashion Week from February 9th to February 17th
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #NYC, #style, #model, #runway
  • Victoria Yoga Conference from February 10th to February 12th, Victoria, BC
    • #yogaconference, #yogaliciouslife, #yoga, #feelinggreat, #Victoria, #yyj
  • International Flirting Week from February 12th to February 18th
    • #flirt
  • Love Week from February 13th to February 17th
    • #LoveWeek
  • London Fashion Week from February 17th to February 21st
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #Milan, #Italy, #style, #model, #runway
  • Milan Fashion Week from February 22nd to February 28th
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #London, #style, #model, #runway
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 26th to March 4th
    • #NEDAwareness, #NEDAweek, #eatingdisorders, #Recovery
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from February 14th to February 21st
    • #reproductivehealth, #health, #pregnancy
  • The 9th Annual Tapping World Summit 2017 from February 22nd to March 4th
    • #tapping, #EFT, #WorldSummit

Special Days in February:

  • Winter Walk Day on February 1st (Wednesday)
    • #WinterWalkDay, #WellnessWednesday
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd (Thursday)
    • #GroundhogHay, #spring, #BillMurray
  • World Play Your Ukulele Day on February 2nd (Thursday)
    • #WorldUkuleleDay, #UkuleleDay, #ukulele, #youtube, #uke, #music, #HarpUkulele
  • Facebook’s Birthday on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #Facebook, #socialmedia, #marketing, #fb
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #gotothelibrary, #readabook, #read, #LibraryGenius, #books, #ChildrenRead, #teachingreading, #Readingactivities, #learntoread, #websiteforkids
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #WorldCancerDay, #Cancer, #health
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th (Monday)
    • #UnitedNations, #UN, #comfortwomen, #ZeroTolerance, #humanrights
  • Boy Scout Day on February 8th (Wednesday)
    • #BoyScoutDay
  • National Kite Flying Day on February 8th (Wednesday)
    • #KiteFlyingDay, #kiteflying, #kite, #flyakite, #beach, #kitesurfing, #kitesurf, #kiteboarding, #fun, #sun, #sea
  • Inventors’ Day on February 11th (Saturday)
    • #InventorsDay, #SharkTankTuesdays, #SharkTank, #propertyrights, #ProfessorBranestawm
  • Students Run LA’s 22nd Annual Friendship Run on February 12th (Sunday)
    • #studentsrunla, #SRLA, #friendshiprun
  • Family Day in BC on February 13th (Monday)
    • #BCFamilyDay, #familyday, #family
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 13th (Monday)
    • #WKCDogShow, #WestminsterDogShow, #BestinShow, #dogs
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th (Tuesday)
    • #ValentinesDay, #Valentines, #Valentine, #love
  • National Innovation Day on February 16th (Thursday)
    • #nationalinnovationday, #innovation, #startup, #tech, #technology, #leadership
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th (Friday)
    • #RandomActsOfKindnessDay, #KindnessDay, #kindness
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 20th (Monday)
    • #familyday, #family
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th (Friday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #pink
  • Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day on February 20th (Monday)
    • #HoodieHooDay
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th (Monday)
    • #pet, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #PinkShirtDay, #endbullying, #antibullying, #StopBullying, #PinkitForward, #PinkShirtPromise, #kindness
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #WalkingTheDogDay, #dog, #walk, #pet, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #WellnessWednesday
  • World Thinking Day (Girl Scouts and Girl Guides) on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #WorldThinkingDay, #GirlScouts
  • WE Day Montreal FR: 23 Février (jeudi), Théâtre St-Denis, Montreal
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • WE Day Montreal EN on February 24th (Friday), Theatre St-Denis, Montreal
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • Oscar Sunday (89th Academy Awards) on February 26th (Sunday)
    • #Oscars, #redcarpet, #AcademyAwards, #Movies
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #FloralDesignDay, #birthflower, #flower
  • National Science Day on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #NationalScienceDay, #ScienceisGREAT, #science
  • Shrove Tuesday, (also called Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras) on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #ShroveTuesday, #PancakeDay, #pancakes, #MardiGras, #FatTuesday, #Lent, #PancakeTuesday, #HappyPancakeDay
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Best Gemstone to be a better Leader

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Today’s question is: What makes a good leader?

Leadership is a very hot topic these days and unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably talked about this in some way, quite recently.

Lead from Love

Saint Mother Teresa 3rd class relic.
Saint Mother Teresa 3rd class relic.

Over this past weekend, I attended a lecture about Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997). Although she came from humble beginnings, she became a world class leader and now she’s a Saint. Her message was about love. She lead from her heart and she let love lead the way. It was all about love for her and love just poured out from her, making the people around her feel truly loved in her presence.

So, leading from love is a quality of a good leader.

Create a Safe Space

Creating a safe space and a safe environment for other people to be able to do what they need to do is another quality of a good leader.

Think about it, if you don’t feel safe around your leader, you’re going to have a hard time working with them. It’s like getting into a car with a driver that you don’t trust Visit Your URL. Something is telling you that it’s going to be a bumpy ride and chances are you’re not going to get where you want to go.

Maybe the driver doesn’t know where they’re going, maybe they’re texting while driving and are distracted, maybe they’re yelling at other drivers on the road. Being in the car with someone like that doesn’t feel safe does it? And maybe it would be better to take the bus instead.

When people don’t feel safe around their leaders, they start acting up. They show up late, they leave early, they create drama, they gossip, they’re distracted, they make excuses, they sabotage efforts, and they don’t do their best. They’re not inspired.

A good leader makes people feel safe

We’re all called to be leaders in our lives. Opportunities for leadership are everywhere including in your family, in school, in clubs, in religious organizations, on sports teams, at work, and in your community.

The great leaders are the ones who lead from the heart and help people feel safe.

Rhodonite is the best gemstone to be a better leader.
Rhodonite is the best gemstone to be a better leader.

There’s a stone that ticks both those boxes! It’s called Rhodonite. You can find Rhodonite on the beaches around Victoria and it’s easy to spot because it’s pink and black.

Rhodonite helps remind us to be more loving towards ourselves and each other. It’s also the stone for Self-Actualization — which is all about being OK, safe and enough, no matter what’s going on around us. In order for leaders to create a safe environment, we have to feel safe ourselves. We have to be at peace with ourselves first. And that’s where Rhodonite comes in.

Right now, during these uncertain times, we really need people to step up and be good leaders. If being a better leader is your intention, please contact me about my coaching services. I guarantee working with a coach on a weekly basis will definitely make you a better leader.

Thank you so much for reading. Please leave me a comment below and tell me about your ideas on what makes a good leader.

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