Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Parent's Love is Eternal

The greatest gift we receive as parents is watching how our undying love is mirrored in our children’s values. If your family has suffered with PPD, it is important to look on the experience as a learning tool. Remember how strong you became because you wanted to be healthy for your children. As we all strive for perfection, our goal should be to love our child to the best of our capabilities. Show love, speak love and create love. Establish traditions with your children that will bring fond memories as they grow. Lastly allow yourself to feel true happiness when you say, “I love you honey”, and they say I love you to mommy.” Together your bond is eternal.

Carla O'Reilly
Author & Inspirational Speaker

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Earthly Angels!

My introduction to angels came in 2008, when I attended an informational session at the local library. I had the opportunity to meet with Bonnie Bogner, registered angel therapist. During my illness, my fears controlled my happiness and I forgot my ability to pray and ask for guidance and peace. Bonnie’s presence was ethereal, and I was instantly intrigued. I learned about thoughts of fear and thoughts of love and that all I had to do was ask my angels for help.

Reflecting back now I realized God was able to send me earthly angels throughout my journey. I know I was never really alone. While living in Oyen, I was blessed to live two doors down from a sweet loving Grandma. She welcomed me into her home and allowed me to share my illness; she loved my child like a grandson and always welcomed us into her home. We have stayed connected throughout the years and she encourages me to have faith in my beliefs.

In continuing with our gratitude theme, I suggest making a list of your own earthly angels who have come in when the world has gone out. I am sure you will find an endless list, make sure you connect with them, and nurture your relationships.

Carla O'Reilly
Author & Inspirational Speaker

Thursday, January 14, 2010

21 Days to Spiritual Health-Gratitude!

Gratitude. Appreciation. A simple thank you that is heartfelt. All emotions of love from the heart. May 2010 be the year, that we make gratitude part of our everyday experience. When we wake up, thankful for the wonderful day that is about to unfold. When we go to bed, reflection and gratitude on the people, actions, circumstances, and events.

The challenge is to make gratitude a daily habit. They say habits take 21 days to ingrain. For the next twenty-one days, lets try to keep a gratitude journal, listing three things every day we are grateful and appreciative of. Lets see what will happen?????

Maybe, just maybe, life might get a little lighter, a little bit more enjoyable, a little bit more free or it may just sweep us up in a tidal wave of abundance that surrounds us. This could be an an exercise, performed daily that consciously awakens each of us to the wonderful joy and beauty that surrounds us. Whether it is in our children, our friends, our work, or our homes. Yes, we have many a thing to be thankful and grateful for.

We three have made a commitment to create a gratitude habit. In the process, we have found another habit - one of happiness and contentment. Think about, try it, what do you have to lose? You have a lot to gain!

Tania Bird
Author & Inspirational Speaker

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010 is Going to be about more Positive Change!‏

Dear Ambassadors,

We would graciously like to thank you for your tremendous support in the past two years! Your belief in our mission to create awareness, acceptance and assistance for women and men struggling with Postpartum Depression (PPD) has brought forth a widespread healing vibration, encouraging changes in our health care system, and providing increased initiatives both, provincially and federally. As reflected in 2009, we made many positive connections with mothers and fathers, and in turn healed ourselves. In fact, many mothers have come forward to share their own stories of hope and healing at . We thoroughly encourage fathers to share their especially compelling stories.

Our goal for 2010 is to continue to destroy the stigma of PPD by promoting the four"E"s: Education, Encouragement, Empowerment, and Empathy. A very powerful, yet, simplistic strategy to ensure a healthy mother, healthy family and healthy community! We want to continue to spread our message, not only to PPD sufferers, but to anyone who is suffering from depression and anxiety, who is riddled with pain, guilt, shame or sadness. You always have the power of choice and the ability to pivot your thoughts and choose to heal. And...that first step is to know it's your birthright to ask for help!

We are also proud to acknowledge the heart and care demonstrated by the health care providers and mothers who attended, listened and formed the"Call for Action" regarding further education and support for families struggling with PPD. The "Call for Action" has now been included in and our team has been invited to participate in the newly formed provincial working group, "Maternal Mental Health: Building Capacity in Saskatchewan." This group was created by Dr. Angela Bowen of theUniversity of Saskatchewan to propel policy change! More information will be sent out, soon.

We would love to hear from you at to share your own stories of healing, or how you have helped someone else struggling with depression, or if you could simply use a shoulder to lean on.

And, if you have missed us, please take a moment to listen to our stories of healing showcased at the successful “2009 Unmasking Postpartum Depression”conference, held in Regina, SK at!

With immense Gratitude!

Carla O’Reilly, Elita Paterson & Tania Bird