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Appreciating All the Good Things in My Life

During the New Year time frame, my thoughts keep bringing me back to the idea of appreciation. In reviewing what I appreciate, I have discovered that there are big and small things, and tangible and intangible things. Some things are special memories that mean something to me, because they lighten my heart and make me smile.

The following are some of the gifts, lessons, people, and things of the past year that I appreciate. Perhaps you appreciate some of these things. I know for sure you will appreciate the amazing Kale Salad Recipe and the New Game that I provide in the list below, as a Gift to you.

My intention is to take what I have learned, from all that I appreciate, to create a wonderful and meaningful upcoming year. May you also set your intentions for a fabulous year filled with lots to appreciate.

1. Appreciating Healing

After a 3-year healing journey, I appreciate the healing in my neck and shoulder. It was so exciting to finally get to the point where I was strong enough to do a Headstand again. These are the 8 steps to a proper headstand, as per the Sivanada Yoga way.

Headstand in 8 Steps

2. Appreciating Life Can Be Messy

Everyone who comes to our home appreciates the beauty of my husband’s aquarium. The not so glamorous side is all the effort, energy and time needed to keep it going. Here you can see the large mess in the living room.


In life, I appreciate the process and the learning as we move towards goals - of dissecting the situation until you get down to the small parts, in order that you can build up to create the beautiful, calm whole. Life can be messy as you move towards clarity but with patience and persistence, you can achieve whatever goal you are pursuing – as demonstrated in this transformation of my husband’s beautiful calm and clear aquarium.


3. Appreciating Businesses that Focus on Making a Difference: Goodness Me Store

I so appreciate Janet Jacks’ store “Goodness Me”. Janet is dedicated to educating and providing her clients with only the best, organic, healthy options. She is an author of Discover the Power of Food. She offers wonderful and educational workshops of a large range of topics. Her goal is to educate her customers so that know how to achieve greater health for themselves. She has several stores and the staff are so lovely, knowledgeable and helpful. Learn more at:

Janet Jacks Store. Janet promotes educating her clients and standing with Julie Daniluk, showing off their books about food, nutrition & health.

4. Appreciating Individuals that Focus on Making a Difference: Jane Goodall

I had the pleasure of hearing Jane Goodall speak in Toronto. Her story is so powerful. Jane is in her 80’s and still lecturing all over the world, drawing huge crowds who are inspired by her courage and tenacity. She grew up knowing that she wanted to study animals during a time frame when women just “didn’t do that”. Her mother encouraged her to be persistent and to follow her dreams. So with no financial support available from her family, or acceptance from her community, step by step she made her dreams a reality. Her current goal is to save the chimps who are losing their habitat to development but Jane has learned that the only way to create lasting change so that the chimps are safe, is to ensure the food security and livelihood of the locals and once their needs have been addressed then the community can focus on the needs of the chimps. Jane has created Roots & Shoots, which is a youth engagement program that inspires and empowers young people to put into action activities to positively make a difference for people, animals and the environment. There are now thousands of Roots & Shoots Chapters around the world. Learn more:

Watch this video, which went viral. A chimp gives Jane a hug, which has never happened before.

Video: A chimp gives Jane Goodall a hug

5. Appreciating Passionate Kids Yoga Teachers Creating a New Game with Yoga Match Cards

Curtain Call GameDuring the “What I See, I Can Be” module of the Kids Yoga Teacher Training 95 Hour Program, the participants receive the “Yoga Match: A Memory & Movement Card Game”. They are taught many different ways to use the cards, and then they are given some time to put their creative thinking cap on, and come up with additional ways to use the cards.

At the Summer Training 95 hour Certification course in Burlington, Tina Lackner shared with her group, her idea, and the “Curtain Call” Game was born. It is a super popular game with both the graduates and the kids that they teach because it is so much fun. It gets kids moving their bodies and using their thinking skills, and developing their team building skills.

My gift to you: Learn how to play this fun game with your kids and download the instructions at

6. Appreciating My New Favourite Salad: Massaged Kale Salad

I am appreciative of my friend Daphne Bennett, who is a gifted Mindfulness Coach and Yoga Teacher, who introduced me to this amazing Kale Salad. Everyone I have introduced it to, has fallen in love with this delicious salad and I have made converts out of the non-believers. It is easy to make.

Step 1
Wash the kale. This kale comes from our garden.

Step 1 - Kale Salada - Wash the kale

Step 2
Break the kale leaves up into bite size pieces.

Step 2 - Kale Salad break the leaves

Step 3
Put Olive Oil on the kale and massage the olive oil into the leaves.

Step 3 - Kale Salad Olive Oil

Step 4
Mix these ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl. Use 2-3 spoons of the following:

  • Basil pesto
  • Organic cashew butter
  • Lemon juice from an organic lemon
  • Nutritional Yeast

Step4 - Kale Salad

Stir these and add a bit more olive oil, and add some salt and pepper. Rub and massage into the kale.

This is what is should look like.

Step4 - Kale Salad

Step 5
Sprinkle pine nuts on the top and you have a delicious and nutritious kale salad. This is one of those things that tastes even better the next day – assuming that it lasts that long! Enjoy this tasty salad.

There are so many things that I appreciate, and this is just a small list of some of them. I hope these make you think about those things that you appreciate.

Step 5 - Kale Salad

Janet WilliamsBio:

Janet Williams, B.Ed, RCYT is a certified Primary/Junior Teacher, Yoga Instructor and Author of the Award-winning book “What I See, I Can Be: A Guided Yoga Flow for Children”. Concerned about the childhood obesity issue and high anxiety kids face, Janet created easy to use Kids Yoga Resources so that Parents and Teachers could get their children active and fit – and calm and relaxed. Janet offers a “95 Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certification” that is recognized by Yoga Alliance and is excellent for parents, teachers, daycare providers, youth leaders and health care professionals. To learn more:

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