Achieve Legendary Greatness: You Are Better Than You Think!

The gym I used to go to in Sudbury had a huge logo, or mural, painted clear across the 40 foot wall (I think it was 40 feet, what do I know?). It said Achieve Legendary Greatness. I absolutely loved seeing and reading that. It excited me. I needed to stop being mediocre. I needed to believe and be reassured that I am better than I think!

YES I think I can do that! It was motivational and inspirational for me in a huge way. I used to wonder how many people would just ignore that mural.

So powerful, so big, yet almost non-existent for most.  How sad. That mural burned deep in my soul. It meant the world to me. It had serious deep meaning for me.

Achieve Legendary Greatness.

In my opinion, that’s a pretty ballsy quote and I also think that achieving legendary greatness probably takes a whole lot of hard work. Hard work that most of us, myself included, are afraid of doing.

What exactly does it mean to be legendary? According to my recent Google search it means this:

  • ~ remarkable enough to be famous
  • ~ very well known
  • ~ famous, celebrated, popular, great, etc.

When I think of legendary greatness these names come to mind: Oprah Winfrey, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammed Ali, Anthony Robbins. No way I can be like them. Or can I?

I read the words again, Achieve Legendary Greatness.

So powerful. And it got me thinking. Can I? Can I achieve legendary greatness? Or better still, why can’t I achieve legendary greatness? What do I want to be famous for?

The answers came easily. Of course I can. Who’s going to stop me? What do I want to be famous for? I want people around the world to know that no matter what they have been through and no matter what they are going through, all they need to do:

  • is have faith,
  • be and spread love,
  • help others,
  • dream big,
  • reach for the stars and
  • never never never stop believing in themselves.

Can I be legendary for that? Why not? Of course I can.

I want people to say, “Because of your blogs and newsletters and your inspiring words, I DIDN’T give up and I realized my dream”.

I want people to know my story and see that good stuff can happen to them too.

I want people to live ridiculously happy lives and break free from the chains that are binding them.

I want people to eat more chocolate, be silly, laugh lots and maybe even become legendary too.

You have greatness in you.

Achieve Legendary Greatness? You bet. It’s in you. Yes, Les Brown said it best. You have greatness in you. Click To TweetEach and everyone of you has unique beautiful greatness in you. It’s up to you to find it, dig it out, embrace it and show it to the world. Stop playing small. That’s not what you are here for.  You know what your greatness is. Unleash it. It’s time.

Is it really leg day today? Ugh!

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Peace and Love!

Iva ♥

4 Reasons You Need to Reach Out and Ask For Help More.

I was listening to this fabulous podcast the other day and the speaker talked about reaching out. This included reaching out to your friends. She really got me thinking. Am I reaching out to people enough? Do I need to ask for help more than I do?

We don't like to bother too many of our friends so we tend to not call them. Click To Tweet

Yes she got me thinking indeed and I came up with 4  reasons why I should reach out more, and so should you.

Her message really made me stop and look at things differently! I am connected with people on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but only really communicate with a handful of them. (mind you, it’s hard to actually get any kind of message across on Twitter to anybody. Squirrel!!) I’ve also just recently moved to another country and seem to have disconnected from all my friends and some of my family back home.

Suddenly I realize I am way more disconnected than I should be. That’s kinda sad actually. I stopped to think about who I should be reaching out to and why.

4 Reasons to Ask For Help

People really do care. 

Whether you think they do or not, they do. Just as you don’t want to bother anyone, they don’t either. They care but they figure they will just wait until you call them.

What are we waiting for? 

You wait for them to call, they wait for you to call, but what the hell is everybody waiting for? Pick up the phone and call for goodness sake.  I don’t  get that.

What a nice surprise! 

How many times do you hear that and immediately think to yourself, geezus I should be calling more. Guilt sets in because you think you should reaching out more. But wait, they know your number too! Ah back to #2.

What perfect timing. 

Your friend just so happens to be going through a trying time though you had no idea. Your surprise phone call is just what they needed to cheer them up. You never know when that one random phone call can be just what someone needs.

I’ve realized that there’s no reason why I can’t reach out to a few people every day. There’s no reason, even two countries away from most of my friends and family, why I still can’t reach out and say “Hi, how are you? I miss you and I’ve been thinking of you”. Why can’t I? Even if it’s only through email or FB right now.

Hello? Are you there?

Often I sit here and think, my God how come I rarely hear from anyone any more and I bet they are probably at home thinking, Oh that Iva sure must be busy, we never hear from her anymore. Funny how that works huh? Both parties afraid of bothering each other so nobody calls or reaches out.

We need connections to stimulate our minds, our souls and our hearts. Click To Tweet

We need and should stay connected to people that are in our lives. I mean, they are there for a reason, no? Stop waiting for Sally or tomorrow or next week to call. Just reach out, today. You will both be happy you did.

Long time no talk.

And then there’s that friend you’ve been thinking about for forever and you keep meaning to reach out to her but life gets in the way. That’s the shittiest excuse ever but we all use it. Oh I’m so busy these days!! How many times have you said that? One day it will be too late. If it has been a long time since you’ve talked to Sally, call her today. Text her, email, whatever. Good Lord there are a million ways to reach someone these days. Do it! Sally would probably LOVE to hear from you. It might be possible that maybe, just maybe, Sally really needs to talk to you but, well, you know, she doesn’t want to bother you.

Call your friends. Now.

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Want a New Life? Change Your Attitude.

I appear to be a bit of a brave badass to a lot of people and for the most part, I really am. After years of abusive relationships, financial struggles and the constant battling within myself to find out who Iva is and what she wants, I am finally living life on my terms and it’s pretty fucking epic. It took me changing my attitude and wanting a new life for all that to come about.

I rarely complain and I really don’t have too much to whine about these days either. Yes, life is pretty awesome.

This past month has me getting ready for another life changing adventure. My destination this time? Guatemala. It totally just freaked me out even typing that out. I’m still in awe and can’t even believe I’m doing this. But I am.

There’s nothing much special about me.

Now you’re probably thinking that I’m this crazy world traveller with lots of money and tons of support and friends around the world. Negative. Not even close. I’m an every day person, just like you. Up until a couple of months ago, I had a normal day job. I go to the cheapest gym here in Sudbury ($20/mth kinda cheap), I eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches with bananas. I watch 3D minion movies. Some days, I never get out of my flannel pj’s.

Yes. There’s nothing special about me and I’m not much different than you. The only difference is that I have learned to face my fears and try new things. But let me share a secret with you about facing fears.

It’s not easy. At all. Many many times, right before I’m about to do something crazy, my thoughts go something like this…”Omg this is fucking ridiculous”, “what are you doing?”. I know I’ve written about this before but I want you to get it! Understand it. There have been many times where I was ready to throw in the towel and say fuck it. I ain’t doing this.

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Change your attitude, change your life.

It’s hard, it’s scary, it makes my tummy feel yucky, I feel an overwhelming anxiety, I cry, I want to throw up, I want to curl up in a ball and hide from the world because fear says “You can’t do this, you’re not _____ enough.”(you can fill in the blank). And this emotional roller coaster always makes me want to stop. These emotions play chess with me. They want to beat me at another game.

I go through all that, still to this day. These emotions remind me that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and doing exactly what I meant to do. They help me grow into that badass girl. If I didn’t feel any of them, I wouldn’t be pushing the envelope and nothing would change. I would simply be existing, watching life pass me by. No thanx.

So I’m putting on my big girl panties and booking a flight to Guatemala. Whether fear likes it or not.

I hope you get the message here. That feeling you get? That fear? Ya that. You’re way more badass than that.

Go do epic shit.

I wonder what Christmas in Guatemala will be like.

Update March 2018

I almost reworded this whole blog post but then I realized, no way. Iva, they need to know what happened after you booked your flight to Guatemala and what Christmas really was like in Guatemala.

I’m still here, over 2 years later and I absolutely friggin love it here. Christmas was nothing short of fun and amazing. Me and my Canadian friends swam in the beautiful Lake Atitlan on Christmas morning and the fireworks in the evening lasted almost an hour. Mind blowing!

I’ll say this again, Flick your fear, Go live life on your terms and do epic shit!!! Want a new life? Change your attitude.

Peace and Love!

Iva ♥


How the Homeless Just Want Kindness.

You see them on the street corners, at intersections, in parking lots, in front of grocery stores and banks. They look scary, rough and dirty. You’re afraid of getting too close to them because you are pretty sure they are riddled with some sort of contagious disease that you are absolutely not in the least bit interested in catching. They are the homeless.

They have signs that, for the most part, are written out illegibly. Some just have old Styrofoam coffee cups placed in front of them. Others have their guitar cases laid out on the sidewalk while they desperately try to catch your attention with an old Neil Young tune.

The homeless.

The street people. The drug addicts and the drunks.

You walk by pretending not to see them. You secretly wish they would just go away. They disgust you and, quite frankly, you are totally appalled by their appearance and their constant begging.

“Good grief. Why can’t they just go find a job like the rest of us? Those filthy beggars. They’re so gross!!”

Sound familiar? Ok, maybe not all of it, but perhaps some of it? That’s what I thought. It’s easy to think like that actually. In today’s day and age, most of us are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living, paying off credit cards and filling our tank with gas that costs way too much money while working jobs we dread going to.

We work our asses off to survive day to day and here are these “people” on the streets begging for money. How can we NOT be annoyed or pissed by that, right?

And we walk by them, disgusted.

The Elgin Street Mission

This is their safe place. The place where they can put their signs away, exchange the dirty coffee cup (that has little money in it) for a clean one filled with coffee, tuck the guitar case away in the corner and settle in for a nice hot meal served by people that don’t judge them. They sit and laugh amongst themselves and joke heartily with the mission volunteers, myself being one of them.

They have good manners. We all say grace before meals and they ALL remove their hats before grace. They all say “thank you very much for the great dinner” and they are all pretty harmless. Really. They are people just like you and I.

I take a minute to tell the young native girl that she looks absolutely beautiful in her pretty summer dress and she looks at me surprised, maybe even a little shocked that someone has paid her a compliment, and slowly smiles. Gradually her whole face lights up as she says thank you. She has the sweetest smile.

I joke with Paul and tell him that he is pure trouble and if he steps out of line I’ll be eating his dessert. He laughs and quickly shoots back that if I do there will be Hell to pay!!

I sneak an extra glass of milk to the young man who looks agitated and he touches my hand, gives me the most sincere look I’ve seen in a long time and whispers ” God bless you, thank you so so much.”

And then there’s Steve, an older native man, who doesn’t come in drunk but always smells of alcohol, who is convinced I am the girl he is going to marry. I keep telling him he can’t handle me. He flashes a toothless grin and shakes his finger at me.

These are the people that melt my heart. They are the reason I volunteer at the mission once a week.

These are the people on the street that you have snubbed.

People are people. Period. Treat everyone with kindness and respect.

That’s all anyone wants.

Peace and Love!

​Iva ♥