Kids laughing and having fun

Parents, have you ever been to Ikea and found yourself weighing the euphoric joy of shopping kid-free with the inevitable pink eye they’re going to get from the ball pit?

 

We all know that kids mean sacrifice, often of our personal freedoms, social opportunities and even opportunities to expand our horizons, skills and interests. Those sticky, whiny, bouncy, shrieking bundles of absolute joy truly are the most meaningful parts of our lives, and I for one would make the sacrifice over and over again. But boy do I ever love getting a break from them!

 

So when I came across Kidtabulous… holy cow. It’s almost worth planning a wedding all over again just so I can use their amazing service!

 

What is it?

 

Kidtabulous is a mobile child care service specifically for events – weddings, conferences, festivals, workshops, office parties, seminars and more.

 

Many parents don’t have a relative or trusted babysitter to leave their kids with, so offering quality, reliable and FUN child care at events makes them a lot more accessible to parents. It also allows kids to be a part of special events – weddings, christenings, reunions, graduations, etc. – in a way that really is fun for them. Because what four year old has ever sat quietly through speeches?

 

What they offer

 

There are different packages available, all of which can be customized according to the number of kids your expect, the length of time child care will be needed, how involved you want kids to be, etc.

 

You can opt for one of their pop-up playrooms that come with toys, games, craft supplies and activities, and allow kids to run wild without disturbing the event. There is also a kid’s table option that lets kids be part of the event (ideal for kid friendly weddings, family reunions, showers or festivals), but allows them a space just for them with toys and activities to keep them engaged. There is also an animated babysitting service so kids can be part of an event, or stay in the comfort of a hotel room or other personal space.

 

All options come with qualified, caring animators who are “expert nose wipers, sillies-shaker-outters, ‘use your words’ reminder-ers, and fun-stuff-to-do developers.” They take the time to get to know the children and find activities that keep them engaged, happy and having a great time.

 

They bring all the supplies and equipment, you provide the kids!

 

Pregnant woman making a heart with her hand

 

By moms, for moms (and dads)

 

Kidtabulous is owned by entrepreneur, I-yatah Holness. As an entrepreneur and mother herself, increasing the accessibility of social participation for mothers of young children is an initiative near and dear to I-yatah’s heart. Kidtabulous is all about opening doors for parents by ensuring kids aren’t just cared for, but are truly enjoying themselves while parents get the freedom to turn their full focus to the event.

 

She knows that parents want to feel good about where they’re leaving their children, and who they’re leaving them with. She knows they’ll want to check in and will want to chat with caregivers and tell them about their child. She knows they want their children to feel comfortable, happy and as at-home as possible. And that’s exactly what Kidtabulous aims to provide.

 

For your next event…

 

Whether it’s your office team building event, the company BBQ, your wedding or anniversary, annual conference, or any event that parents might attend, check out Kidtabulous, get a free quote, and consider how much you gain by opening up your event to even more people, and providing a truly unique and incredible service. Pink eye ball pits not included ;-)

Inspiring Montrealers: Mirella’s empowering path to pure joy!

Have you ever considered a big lifestyle change and thought… I can’t. It’s too much. That’s not me… Or maybe… I don’t know where to start. I don’t have time. I don’t have the willpower… Or maybe someone else told you it was unrealistic… and you believed them.

If so, you are not alone. Consider the people around you. Those you know, those you don’t. Odds are, every one of them has something they really want, but they don’t even try because of their own negative voices, or the voices of those around them.

Mirella Atallah was one such person. But she proved herself and her naysayers wrong.

 

And you can too, because it doesn’t take superhuman strength to overcome negativity. What it takes is making the conscious choice to say, “No more!” To decide that people can say what they want. Your inner gremlins can say what they want. You’re going to focus on what’s possible and move forward, one step at a time.

Here is Mirella’s inspiring story, in her words:

Life’s road is long and filled with challenges. Along the way, we all accumulate baggage that we drag around with us.

In 2012, I found myself walking around in the freezing Montreal winter. I was far from my home in Lebanon, and asked myself, “What am I doing here? What am I doing with my life?”

I knew I wanted to change my life, and it had nothing to do with homesickness or frozen toes. I was 34 years old, about 200 pounds, with a malfunctioning thyroid, tachycardia, type 2 diabetes, and to top it all off, I was in a toxic relationship.

I didn’t just need a change. I needed a drastic change.

I started my journey at Tristar Gym in Montreal with two simple goals: to lose weight, and to get in shape.

Mirella Atallah fighting

At the time, I had no idea how drastically even my goals would change!

My first week, I felt so lost and nothing made sense. I was out of my element. A gym full of people who seem to already be in shape and know what they’re doing can be so intimidating to someone just starting out.

To make matters worse, a guy in the gym told me I couldn’t do anything and lacked the flexibility to improve. Not only can I not do it now, but he’s telling me I can’t even improve??!! I had already been dealing with naysayers in my personal life. I can’t count the times I’ve been asked, “Aren’t you too old for this?” So that guy’s comment was a huge blow to my confidence.

But I pressed forward anyway. Determined to shake things up and get healthy, I dropped all my medications, started kickboxing, and eventually added in boxing and Muay Thai. I was so curious about Jiu-Jitsu, but felt I was too heavy to even try.

It took three years before I gave Jiu-Jitsu a try, and once I did… I was hooked!!!

Jiu-Jitsu is like a never-ending puzzle. You are always trying to find the right piece for the right place. Against everything – the naysayers, the wounded confidence, all of it – I kept going back. Just six months later, I received a third stripe to my white belt. A year later, I earned my blue belt.

I went from being told I couldn’t even improve, to kicking some serious butt!

You see, I’m not too old and you are not too old. Nobody is too out of shape, too ‘girly’ or too much or not enough of anything, not matter your naysayers may want you to believe.

The only restrictions you have to getting in shape and finding something you love are the restrictions you put on yourself.

There is always a work around. Always a way to achieve what you want. Because it really does start with a single step. And there is always time, space and energy for one step… then one more… and another, and another… You need to believe in yourself and just BE!

In December 2015, I went back to Lebanon. My first love. My home! I looked so hard for a place to train, but no gym felt right. I was ready to move back to Montreal when I stepped into Atos Lebanon and met Head Coach, Daniel Hilal. I knew I had found my new Jiu-Jitsu family.

Mirella Atallah Jiujitsu

What Daniel has done for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Lebanon is unbelievable! Let’s just say he has made an incredible difference. Against all odds, he placed Lebanon on the Jiu-Jitsu map, worldwide, and I have so much respect for this selfless coach. By continually pushing forward, he even attracted another unique Lebanese Jiu-Jitsu athlete, Professor Said Khatib, a black belt from the Mendes Academy.

I can’t help but be inspired by these two outstanding athletes. They are bringing the game to another level in Lebanon and I’m so proud to have had the chance to train and work with them.

Fast-forward to now, I am back in Montreal. My second home!

The search started again, but this time with great focus! A friend recommended Brazilian Top Team (BTT). I went in and it felt right!

I have been so lucky in my Jiu-Jitsu journey. The people I have been fortunate to meet and work with have been so far removed from that laughably negative guy in my first gym.

At BTT, I have had the opportunity to train with top athletes like Leonardo Saggioro. I felt welcome from my very first day, and the level is incredibly good under Professor Fabio Hollanda. There are also so many top female athletes to train with, especially the Head Female Coach, Juliana Mendes Nogueira. What an inspiring BJJ athlete/mom! She is a real role model for women.

At every training session, I’m reminded that Jiu-Jitsu is not just a sport. It’s a therapy; a type of meditation. When I am on the mat, I am ME.

This is a sport that will give you a voice when you feel you have none. Weakness is not an option when you have to be strong. You’ll discover that you are not actually weak. You just are not strong, YET! And you will get there. You will become strong through your own perseverance, and with the support and encouragement of the Jiu-Jitsu community.

On a deeper level, every woman needs to defend herself from any type of abuse, physical or emotional. I know, from personal experience, that Jiu-Jitsu will build you up with the confidence and skills to defend yourself from both types of abuse. Jiu-Jitsu boosts your self-confidence. You will learn to defend yourself, and to use people’s power against them. It’s an entire physical and mental workout. If your main goal is to lose weight, you will lose those extra pounds. But, more importantly, you will train your brain to be calm and to find solutions for the toughest roadblocks on your journey.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu really is a lifestyle. It teaches concepts like respect, commitment, humbleness, persistence, and care. All of which are tools needed for a productive and purposeful life!

Parents, I strongly encourage you to enroll your daughters in these amazing martial arts classes. Teach them to be strong and confident. Allow them to break the norms and gift them with the empowering knowledge that they can be self-sufficient. They will learn that they can stand up for themselves and navigate through the roadblocks of their lives.

For all the times I’ve heard, “Oh, you are so strong! I wish I could be like you!” I have to say, “Of course you can! You just have to believe in your capabilities! Be patient and never give up.”

I didn’t start out strong. But it’s where I am now. And I am happier now than I have ever been.

It is not an easy path. There were so many times I felt frustrated and wanted to give up. Instead, I found myself on the mat doing those drills again, and again, and again…

Your Jiu-Jitsu community is supportive and empowering. You will gain friends from all over the world, and will never be alone. The numbers are growing and the community is getting bigger, with more and more women enrolling. Why not you? Why not your daughter?

I’m now 41 and received my purple belt in December. I train 6 days a week and compete as often as I can.

Whenever someone asks how I do it, I say age is a state of mind. The only limits are the ones we set for ourselves. It’s not to late. Now is always a perfect time to start! I know that if I can, you can too.

If you are looking for a place to train in the Middle East or Montreal, please reach out to me and I’ll give you the right contacts.

Follow me on Instagram. I’ll be happy to answer any questions and welcome you into the community!

 


Tarek RimanFounder | Marketer | Speaker | Best Selling Author | University Instructor

With a passion for exploration and sharing new discoveries, I founded Montrealtips.com, with proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency, Montreal Children’s Hospital and other causes. I am also involved with NGOs & charities in Canada & worldwide.

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Rise With Happiness: How to Celebrate Life (FUNDRAISER)

This Workshop Will Teach You to CELEBRATE Life

Everyone wants to be happy. But what does happiness really mean? It isn’t unicorns and rainbows. It isn’t fleeting. It isn’t flash-in-the-pan moments. It certainly isn’t things.

So what is it?

True happiness originates within you and is a beautiful combination of self-acceptance, meaningful pursuits, healthy relationships with yourself and others, moments of joy, genuine self-care (not just face masks and bubble baths) and an overall feeling that you are moving in a direction that’s right for you.

Derick Fage

Source: Derick Fage Facebook Page

This combination empowers you to move through stress, fear, frustration and even anger (because those are part of every life, both happy and unhappy), keeps your mind open and alert to new possibilities, guides healthy decision making, strengthens relationships and even leads to greater career success, whatever that may mean for you.

How does all that sound? If you’re like most people, probably easier said than done! And you’d be right. It isn’t easy. But it is so incredibly worth it.

That’s why we, at Montreal Tips, are excited about an upcoming workshop presented by Ivan Rubio, a licensed psychotherapist, and Robert Wise, a certified coach. You may know Rubio and Wise as the founders of the RISE Anxiety & Depression Clinic.

Rise With Happiness: How to Celebrate Life is an interactive workshop that will guide you to be happy, right here, right now.

The workshop promises that you will come away with tools and guidance to:

  • Embrace yourself as you are and make better choices for your health, family and career;
  • Understand the difference between pleasure and meaning, and why both matter;
  • Create a realistic action plan for bringing more happiness into your life;
  • Develop effective practices for overcoming stress, anger, fear and frustration, so you can live more fully.

Who couldn’t benefit from that level of guidance and insight?

Now, one thing we do know brings meaning (a key happiness component) to life is giving back, which makes this workshop extra special, as it is also a fundraiser. 25% of all the ticket sales will go to benefit the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation!

The workshop is made up of powerful anecdotes, insightful research, exercises and actions. It takes place in the evening and includes a selection of catered hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a surprise live band and DJ, and the icing on the cake? The event emcee is none other than Breakfast Television Montreal’s, Derick Fage!

Are you ready to rise with happiness? Here’s what you need to know:

What: Rise With Happiness: How to Celebrate Life workshop & fundraiser

When: Thursday, March 28, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Complexes funéraires Yves Légaré – Pierrefonds

14370 Boulevard de Pierrefonds

Montreal, QC, H9H 4R7

Tickets: Right here.

 

BONUS: There will also be a raffle of great prizes, including copies of The Camino Within by Montreal Tip’s own Tarek Riman, and I Attract What I Am: Transform Failure Into An Orgasmically Joyful Life & Business, by CEO of Your Life founder, Melissa Dawn. Two deeply inspiring books that will guide you to see the world and yourself in new ways, and begin to take your life in the direction you truly want.

 

Don’t miss this incredible event! Reserve your tickets here.

 


Tarek RimanFounder | Marketer | Speaker | Best Selling Author | University Instructor

With a passion for exploration and sharing new discoveries, I founded Montrealtips.com, with proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency, Montreal Children’s Hospital and other causes. I am also involved with NGOs & charities in Canada & worldwide.

Tarek on Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter 

Calling All Concordia Students: An event not to be missed!

 

Everything is marketing and marketing is everywhere! Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but think about it…  

 

  • Are you in finance? You need to know how those marketing dollars are being spent (and possibly how they can be better spent).
  • Are you in human resources? Understanding the inner workings of any department is to your benefit but, above that, can you use marketing techniques to improve internal communications? (Spoiler alert: Yes.)
  • Planning a career in politics? Do we really need to explain how marketing comes into play there?

Creative Marketing Conference 2019

There are so many fields where a knowledge of marketing, particularly marketing technology, can be a huge benefit. Even if you’re planning to write the next graphic novel to be turned into an acclaimed Netflix series, you’re going to need to market your genius to get it into the spotlight.

 

Enter, the John Molson Marketing Association’s flagship event, the 2019 Creative Marketing Conference! Also known as the CMC, this event is open to all Concordia students, of all majors.

 

This year’s CMC focuses on the future of marketing in a tech-heavy world, and breaking down the barriers between marketing and technology. The event is a full day of speakers, panel discussions and workshops led by marketing and industry leaders who are blazing new trails in the world of marketing and technology. You’ll hear from some truly inspiring individuals and companies, including Montreal Tips’ own Tarek Riman, who will be leading one of three workshops throughout the day.

 

This highly anticipated event takes place on March 16 at the uber-trendy Le Livart on St. Denis, near Duluth.

If you want to give yourself an edge in virtually any industry, CMC is not to be missed. Especially since it caps off with a networking and recruitment cocktail.

Early bird tickets are already sold out, but regular (and very reasonably) priced tickets are still available. Don’t miss out! Get yours now!

 

BONUS

Le Livart is conveniently located around the corner from two of our favourite Montreal BYOBs, Khyber Pass and Jardin de Panos. When you make those great connections at the event, why not continue the evening by picking up a bottle at the St. Denis SAQ and discussing the day’s insights over amazing food?

 


Tarek RimanFounder | Marketer | Speaker | Best Selling Author | University Instructor

With a passion for exploration and sharing new discoveries, I founded Montrealtips.com, with proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency, Montreal Children’s Hospital and other causes. I am also involved with NGOs & charities in Canada & worldwide.

Tarek on Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter 

corrie

Someone Died – Now What?

If the title of this post caught you off guard, you should know that it’s actually the title of a profoundly helpful book written by Grief, Loss and Bereavement Specialist, Corrie Sirota.

Someone Died – Now What?: A Personal and Professional Perspective on Coping with Grief and Loss is described as “a GPS for grieving”, and that’s exactly what it is.

Though death can happen in an instant, the impact for those left behind can be enduring. Even in cases of expected and planned for loss – following illness or at the end of a long life – there can be a sense among family and loved ones of… Now what?

  • How do you move forward?
  • How do you experience the present?
  • How do you support those around you who are grieving?
  • What do you need to do in the moment?
  • What do you do with overwhelming sadness, anger, guilt or even numbness?
  • What can you expect in the immediate and distant future?
  • How do you create a new normal for yourself and your family?

 

One thing Corrie knows for sure, is that people experiencing loss often want (and need) direct answers to questions like this. They need guidance from someone with both personal and professional experience and knowledge to help them navigate what can be an overwhelming experience.

 

Corrie holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Loss and Bereavement. She is also a licensed psychotherapist, facilitates a number of support groups, and has been supporting people in an official capacity since 1994.

Someone Died Now what book cover

But that’s just the official part. On a personal level, Corrie seems uniquely suited to help people through this process. Her unending optimism, deep sense of compassion, and enduring hope mesh perfectly with her professionalism and practicality, giving readers the reassurance that they are in capable hands.

 

Neither Corrie, nor her book, offer “quick fixes”. Instead, Corrie takes a strength-based approach, helping people work through their experience, building their own strength and recognizing or rediscovering their own abilities and balance in life.

 

Most of all, she knows that everyone’s experience of loss and bereavement is unique. She knows that you have it within you to work through your experience, and she will be your guide to do so.

 

Corrie’s insightful, inspiring, helpful and hopeful book is an incredible gift to yourself or someone you love who is experiencing loss or bereavement.

 

Corrie also has a wonderful Facebook page that shares helpful resources and powerful messages to help you see loss and grief through a new perspective.

 

 


Melissa DawnMELISSA DAWN : Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be | Corporate and Leadership Coach | Best-Selling Author | Speaker

I am Founder of CEO of Your Life, an organization helping individuals and businesses get clear on where they are, where they want to be and what they need to do to get there. Read more on Melissa