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  • Do you desire a life where you feel beautiful, you know your inner purpose, you travel to exotic places, explore and enjoy local sites and organic food, and your favourite part of the day is evenings spent sipping on your favourite drink while surrounded by inspiration, love, and you feel successful in your life and career?

    This is the story of dream lifestyle and business curator, Lesley Stefanski. Told from her perspective she'll share her insight and knowledge on how she designed her ideal lifestyle and business as well sharing the places she travels to, the images she captures, and the life she creates for herself!

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Blocks of life – 4 simple steps to time management

Time management can be a tricky thing. My life has become broken down into hour long blocks, with almost each block filled to the brim of activities and meetings to attend to. I absolutely adore this season in my life. Yes it’s over whelming at times, but I won’t say I don’t get a bit of anxiety when I look at my calendar each morning and see all the different colours telling me where to be and what to bring. However, I can’t imagine me being anywhere else but here!

The blocks of life on my calendar look like a Joseph’s multi-colour dream coat, and it really is the only way to keep me on track. As much as I enjoy just lasvishing the day and doing the things I absolutely love doing (drinking tea, listening to soft music, and staring out at the gorgeous view from my condo) sometimes I just need to get stuff done: preparing healthy meals, blogging, emails, studying, cleaning house – all of these activities need to be blocked in somehow between my meetings and appointments.

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(Image has been blurred out for privacy reasons, but I’m sure you get what I’m trying to show)

I’ve received quite a number of requests recently on how to handle time management, so here are 4 simple steps to time management, and how I get things done:

  1. Google calendar is my lifeline – without it I don’t know what I would be doing or where I would be going. Although when I can’t access it, like last week, I easily get lost and end up not realizing I’m missing something important. (I really should have a paper diary too).
  2. I break everything down into hour increments. I learned this from working full-time, attending school full-time, as well as running my business part-time. Block in what you need to get done and concentrate on only that activity until your time is up. You’ll be amazed at how quick and efficient you’ll become by adhearing to this. There is an actual law about this, Parkinson’s Law.Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.  - Meaning your work will take as much time you give it.
  3. I listen to upbeat happy music, music that makes me feel like being productive. I have a playlist on 8tracks that is my go-to and I put it on every time I need a jolt of extra energy. You’re more than welcome to use it too!
  4. I then get stuff done!
When I follow these simple steps I feel like I have better management of my time and where it’s going and how it’s being spent. However, this is not the only way to time management and I cannot be held responsible for your productivity or non-productivity if you follow these steps. You have to discover what works best for you and what gets you excited to make things happen!

 

Design your lifestyle assignment
Are your time management skills working for you? Take some time this week to see what is working for you and what needs improvement, and then set out to improve your time management. Feel free to implement what I shared above or create your own time management steps!

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How to use Pinterest to live an authentic life

Most people tell me that Pinterest is a waste of time, and I can’t really argue with them, as I’ve spent many hours scrolling through the photos. However, I’ve used Pinterest to help me live a more authentic life, and for that…I love that it was ever invented! When I first signed up I would spend my evenings scrolling and clicking on images ‘pinning’ to my board because I thought it was cute/pretty/inspring or because someone else had pinned it and I thought I should too. But quickly it all became too much and I started dreading going onto my Pinterest, it wasn’t a reflection of me at all.

Once I realized that my Pinterest boards were starting to look like a bunch of images of everyone else’s boards, I started really taking the time to see what I was attracted to and what my heart was leaping to get a hold of. I remember feeling this way when we were looking for a wedding photographer, if their images made me want to jump into the screen and be that person in the photograph, I wanted them to photograph my wedding. That is what I started to implement with Pinterest.

So here, I share with you, how to use Pinterest to live an authentic life!

I hope the video inspires you to take a look at how you’re using Pinterest, Magazine, RSS Feeds etc and how it’s helping you live a more authentic life! If it does, please let me know either in the comments or respond via email, I always love hearing from you!

Design your life assignment
Take a moment this week to explore how you can use what you’re already using as inspiration (Pinterest, Vogue, Visual merchandising) and how it can help you live your true authentic self.

Please feel free to share your discoveries in the comments below!

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March 3, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Scarlett - You inspired me with this post Ms. Stefanski! Nice catching up with you yesterday!

March 6, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Lesley - Thanks for letting me know you were inspired!! Loved catching up as well.

Giving from the heart

Sometimes the idea of giving can become overwhelming; for me I always feel like I don’t have anything to give or who would want anything from me. But what I’ve learned, is that through giving from the heart I have so much more within me to give. I almost can’t even stop the outpouring.

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, or spent time reading through the years of archives, you’ll notice that I’ve been on a journey of how to give from the heart, while also feeding you as my reader. I spent so much time analyzing what you responded to or paying too much attention to what was trendy to talk about at that time that I became distracted by other things than what was truly on my heart. But also through all that analyzing and following trends I’ve allowed myself to truly open up to what is on my heart and go deeper with it; so that now I’m in a place of constantly wanting to give.

Which brings me to today…

I’m so overcome with joy lately with the responses I’ve been receiving that I wanted to give even further from my heart. I sent this out to my newsletter group yesterday so that they could get first dibs, and they grabbed quite a few of the spots, but now this is open to you as well.

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I’m opening up 10 coaching session spots, to work with me for a limited time only. Each of the 10 people will receive 10, one hour coaching sessions so that they can take action, step into their true desires, and live out the life they have always dreamed of….All for free!

If you think that you are one of those people who are ready to live a truly beautiful authentic life and would love to work with me, click here, to view the page with the video and all the sparkly details of how to apply!

My newsletter group gets dibs on everything first, plus extra special videos along the way, so sign up if you’d like to be in the know!

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April 19, 2013 - 9:45 PM

Tanja - 10 sessions for 10 people: that’s huge! Congratulations on that decission. :) Keep us posted. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re up to. It will be great to see where your clients come from and what there going towards. :)

April 21, 2013 - 9:01 PM

Lesley - I can’t wait to see what kind of changes my clients make in their lives, and I hope I get to share!

Bigger Dreams

There are bigger dreams sitting inside me, and this video was one of them. I created this months ago with the full intention of putting it on my blog right away, but I was scared of what my bigger dream meant for me. So I put it in a vault, essentially hiding myself from them.

So for months I sat on it, constantly going back and planning on when a more appropriate time would be to let go and just put it out there. The timing never seemed right. I even pushed this post back! I’m sometimes so scared of myself and what I am able to do, that I don’t let myself shine, and this is a true example of burring my dreams behind what I think I’m capable of.

However, after last week’s response and the difference it made not only in my life but also in yours I knew I couldn’t keep it locked up anymore, that the timing was now.

I’m scared of what it will mean to me now that I’ve responded to my bigger dreams, and I’m a little bit nervous you’ll think I’m bragging or showing off. But I’m not. This is me truly accepting who I am, stepping into my true authentic self, while creating a beautiful life that I’ve always dreamed of.

Everything you see in the video is who I was, who I am, and a glimpse of who I am going to be. I hope it inspires you embrace your bigger dreams and create the life you’ve always dreamed about.

I hope the video inspires you live your bigger dreams! If it does, please let me know either in the comments or respond via email, I always love hearing from you!

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April 10, 2013 - 9:08 AM

Jenna Richard - Great video Lesley! You’re doing amazing things. Very inspired :)

April 10, 2013 - 10:12 AM

Iris - This video is so inspiring!

I am learning that life will be more amazing when you start dreaming bigger. Everything is possible form the moment you start believing in your dreams and believing in your SELF. I am giving myself the space and the trust to dream big, and I see my life, joy & happiness growing.

Video’s like these create the spark that is needed to believe that life can be everything you want it to be!

April 10, 2013 - 10:34 AM

Natalia Chouklina - Lesley, this is an outstanding video! I can’t believe you’ve been holding out on us for so long. Very inspiration, beautifully done and just so you! Thank you for sharing this. You made my day!

April 10, 2013 - 2:49 PM

Jasalyn - Crying as I sat here watching this, writing this, so inspiring, God totally moved my heart when I watched this! So talented, keep going, you’ve got Heaven watching your back :) xo

April 10, 2013 - 4:48 PM

Rebecca Sehn - Love it! :)

April 11, 2013 - 12:14 AM

Naomi - Hai Lesley,

This video is very inspiring, thank you. Loved the images. We worked together when I was working at ThePerfectWedding and we did a contest with Adley Studio. I think it’s great that you followed your dreams, and I recognize a lot in what you’re saying.. but I’m afraid I cannot take the big step you made (not yet). I will follow you and maybe one day you inspire me to take the plunge!

Regards,
Naomi

April 11, 2013 - 7:27 AM

Jenny - love the video and love that you are living the best version of yourself :-)
very inspiring !

April 12, 2013 - 3:55 PM

Lesley - Thank you Jennifer! :)

April 12, 2013 - 3:55 PM

Lesley - Naomi, I’m so happy you feel inspired. I hope you find the strength to take the plunge sooner then later; you’ll thank yourself for it! :D

April 12, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Lesley - Thank you Rebecca! :)

April 12, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Lesley - Jasalyn, thank you. I finally feel like I’m walking in the foot path that I’ve been called to walk in. :)

My authentic self

I did it! I did something that has been heavily on my heart and put it out there. It has taken me a lot of courage and guts to be honest and raw on this blog, but I want to continue going deeper. I want to truly express how living my authentic self has moved me across the world, built and closed a business, lead me down a new path of being in school and designing a new business, while also finding joy in the moment of now instead of always looking forward. It’s been an amazing journey and one that I am now able to ‘label’ that it’s all come from being my true authentic self.

So today as I walked around the seawall with a friend, I told her that I wanted to do a video. However, I felt that I needed to be perfect first before I could do it. And she challenged me, that if I’m truly living my authentic self, I wouldn’t need to be perfect, that this is how I am.

So after we finished our walk and sushi I quickly got home and didn’t even bother to look in the mirror to see if my make-up had ran. The inspiration was there, flowing out of me, and I needed to let you know that you’ll be seeing more videos of me, good and bad, being my authentic self.

I hope you come along on the journey!

Design your life assignment
Take a moment this week to write it down and explore if you’re truly living your authentic self. Sit down, create a space in your home/at work/during lunch and really figure out what is it that you need to be able to move forward.

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April 2, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Iris - What you just did would be SO difficult for me. I have been following your blog, your words and your pictures this last year and you are always so perfect. The clothes are a perfect fit for the environment the shots are taking in.

In your video you are vulnerable and that made me realize that I am only living my authentic self (a book loving, tea drinking, flannel pajama wearing nerd) when I am alone.

Thank you for showing me your authentic self, it motivates me to accept myself more for who I am!

Iris

April 2, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Tanja - Amen! :)
People love to connect with real people. I think you did great!

April 2, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Bonnie F - I am responding to your challenge and request for comments. I feel that I have lived my life as my authentic self. I have had to compromise along the way but for the most part I have made choices that were right for me. Sometimes I have had to make compromises in order to satisfy the wants/needs of people I cared about whether it be family or co-workers. I had occasionally regretted those compromises but looking back I am satisfied that when faced with difficult choices I did make the right ones. As one ages and is faced with the loss of loved ones or watch people struggle with life-altering events it clarifies those things which are truly important. Yes, being true to yourself is of the ultimate importance in order to be true to others but for me my journey so far has led me to a place of contentment and satisfaction that I did the very best that I could at the time with a minimal feeling of sacrifice of myself or my values. I am past the point of needing to make my ‘mark’ on the world; lofty goals have moved over for the satisfaction of achieving simpler, easier goals and finally I can relax and just enjoy life. I think your video was just lovely and I hope you continue. Personally, I am delighted that you chose to make this video just ‘as you are’ because you are great. I really enjoy following your life and adventures and travels and I think you are living a wonderful life and are truly blessed which means you are getting it right!

April 2, 2013 - 4:32 PM

Lesley - Thanks Tanja!

April 2, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Lesley - I’m so happy to hear it inspired you Iris! It did take some courage to do it, but I know that I can do more now being who I truly am. :)

April 2, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Alana - Very cool! Congrats on this, and on your new business!!

April 2, 2013 - 9:21 PM

Lesley - Thanks Alana!

April 2, 2013 - 9:22 PM

Lesley - Bonnie, thank you for sharing your story, insight, and knowledge. You’ve always been an inspiration to me and seeing you here just lights me up even more! I love the fact that you’re past the point of needing to make your ‘mark’ in the world, it’s nice to know that eventually we settle into a place of satisfaction and relaxation! It sounds so peaceful. :)

April 2, 2013 - 11:46 PM

Tanja - Dearest Lesley, my heart is filled with joy when watching this! This is wonderful and authentic, just like you. I’m very proud of you, my friend.

April 3, 2013 - 3:58 AM

anouschka - Love it Lesley! You are gorgeous! I love following where your new business takes you :)

April 3, 2013 - 6:19 AM

Kimberlee - Lesley, you are an inspiration! I’ve had a dream in my heart to create and share what I call “bliss rituals”, inspired movement for the whole body – but have been stuck in perfection paralysis for a very long time. Thank you for sharing the true and authentic gift of you, your video has given me the courage to just make a video with the resources I have, knowing that it won’t be perfect. Thank you

April 3, 2013 - 12:25 PM

Lesley - Thank you Tanja, that really means a lot! :)

April 3, 2013 - 12:25 PM

Lesley - Thank you Anouschka, I hope to make you proud!

April 3, 2013 - 12:27 PM

Lesley - Kimberlee, I hope you share your video once you put it live! I know you’ll be fabulous at it once you step into your true self. :)

April 5, 2013 - 12:20 AM

Rebecca Robson (B.WED Photography) - Bahahahahahahaha – I love that you’re wearing your workout gear. If it were me, I would have still been in my pyjamas looking very worse for wear. You know what…it takes more confidence to be vulnerable then anything else! When we all start accepting that we can’t always be right and that we will always fall short of perfection, then we will finally be ready for the next chapter in our lives. It’s exciting to see you embracing your authentic self! I’ve been wanting to record what’s on my heart – simply because I’m better at talking then I am writing – BUT…like you, I’m a perfectionist. After watching you putting yourself out there, I’m feeling inspired to start sharing the message in my heart. I am so, so glad to be on this journey with you!!
God Bless you heaps and heaps,
Bec xx

April 9, 2013 - 5:43 PM

Lesley - Thank you, Becca for your support. Without you I wouldn’t be able to do what I do, thank you!!

And tell me when you finally put yourself out there, go do it already! ;)

May 6, 2013 - 8:24 AM

Arsh - Wonderful video, very inspirational! Definitely not something easy for me to do, but way to go girl!