The Enchanted Cottage

The Enchanted Cottage

I recently watched a movie on  called The Enchanted Cottage which I feel really highlights the power of our beliefs and how we can transform difficult times by wanting to see the good in all things.

When socialite Army Air Force pilot Oliver Bradford (Robert Young) is disfigured by war wounds, he hides from his family, including his mother and fiancée and decides to live in seclusion in the seaside New England cottage he had rented from its current owner, Mrs. Minnett, for his originally planned honeymoon.

Laura Pennington (Dorothy McGuire) is a shy, homely maid who has hired on as the cottage’s caretaker. Oliver and Laura gradually fall in love and discover that their feelings for each other have mysteriously transformed them. He appears handsome to her and she seems beautiful to him. This “transformation” is perceived only by the two lovers (and the audience). Laura believes that the cottage is “enchanted” because it was once rented to honeymoon couples, and in time the widowed Mrs. Minnett reveals the true story behind the cottage’s enchantment legend.

I highly recommend this movie not only for the love story but for the transformative and renewing powers of love.  It’s not always easy to trust that the Universe has your back during difficult times but this movie reminds us that in doing so we can truly transform our life for the better.


No matter what happens, if I get pushed down, I’m going to come right back up.

Doris Day





Life is simple what we give out we get back

ballonsI love the idea of receiving gifts from the Universe. These can be material things, or the right circumstances, “exquisite timing” or a general sense of ease and flow in your life.

Many individuals find it easier to give than to receive. There seems to be some sort of modesty or discomfort in truly allowing ourselves to receive. Many associate receiving with greed, when in fact they have nothing to do with each other.

Some people believe that if they take too much, there will be nothing left for others. We do not live in a universe where such scarcity is a concern. The universe is constantly renewing its supply because it is the source of unlimited supply.

Every day you are receiving life. The breath you breathe is constantly available. Think about this, when was the last time you stopped to worry, “what if, after this breath, there was no more air to breathe?” It sounds absurd, but we blindly trust that it will be available.

You are not doing anyone any favours when you close yourself off and do not allow yourself to simply receive.

To live in balance is to allow yourself to give and receive in a way that feels natural and comfortable to you.

Whether you are receiving a compliment, a cup of coffee or a stack of cash, don’t shy away. Be grateful for it and say “thank you”. The Universe wants to lavish you with abundance and well-being.


Gina Rizzo

Life is really very simple what we give out we get back.

~ Louise Hay ~



Take the High Road

www.ginarizzo.caWe all know them, those people who suck the life right out of you. Sometimes they are family members, friends or co-workers. You have good intentions of enjoying a night out together and then you feel it, your stomach is turning or you have a slight head-ache.

That person has been talking for about thirty minutes non-stop. You want to run but you can’t, not half way through your meal. You care deeply for this person but you can only handle them in small doses.

Does this make you feel guilty? After all they are your, parents, friend, boss or brother you should be able to put up with this. Or do you feel that you should stand up for yourself because you don’t care to put up with judgements and rude remarks?

So how do you navigate around these moments when you feel your life force just slipping away?

  1. Control the conversation by not saying too much. Unless someone specifically asks for help or advice do not give your opinion, suggestions or recommendations.
  2. Do not chime in with a pleasing attitude of acceptance.
  3. Say nothing and listen or tell them you believe that they will make good decisions.
  4. If you feel they are verbally abusive then you can tell them how you feel or leave. You can also take the high road knowing full well that they are not truly directing their angst toward you. Its their stuff.
  5. You can minimize your visits.

I have noticed that the more upset I get the more it fuels them because after all what they want is attention or to drag you down to their level. Not because they are mean people but they would just feel better if you are at their level of consciousness.

We can’t possibly know what is going on in another’s life. So it comes down to the age old saying – don’t expect others to change, you must be the change.

Taking the high road is not easy which why its called the high road. There’s a lot of climbing and bumpy roads ahead to get to that high road but something tells me its worth it.

Of course I am not for a moment suggesting that there aren’t times when complaining or blabbing doesn’t feel good and we just need to let out our frustration but there is another breed of people who make this a regular part of their lives. Its just too darn exhausting for me.

I’ve had an epiphany, that complaining about people who complain is still complaining!!

There are times when we truly need the help of our loved ones and I believe with all my heart to give your support but then there are those other times when it’s just the same babble, babble all over again when you just have to eat and run.



Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth



How can you respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are?

Growing up my parents were always worried about what the neighbours thought. They were afraid to say anything that would bring shame to the family.

Was there something special about the people in our neighbourhood that I didn’t know about? Were we the only family who had problems?

Looking back now, I often wonder what heck were my parents thinking?

Today when I catch myself caring about, “what will the neighbours think” I say to myself it’s none of my business what the neighbours think!!

While I am not totally free of what people think about me and caring a little wee bit is ok because there is a potential for growth however I can say this for sure; I care less and less. Its not about being rebellious or controversial its more about really liking who you are.

Life and people don’t always make sense but being honest and true to yourself makes really good sense.

If you can’t accept who you really are how can anyone else?

With respect,


I never loved another person the way I loved myself.

Mae West





Dig Deep and Fix the Money Problem

Sarah Gail Suze EricWhen you think of money what comes to mind? Do you feel at peace, safe, in control and that money comes easily? Or do you worry, fret, feel unsure, unsafe or just want to curl up like a ball and avoid the topic all together?

Regardless of your money situation most people have some kind of reaction to the word money. If you want a better relationship with money, there are certain things you need to do.

  1. Get out of debt

  2. Avoid creating it again

  3. Live within your means

  4. Cultivate an abundance mind set

  5. Have self-worth

You can create emotional and material prosperity but there are certain things you need to do and you may not like it at first but the price you pay for keeping yourself in lack and in debt will diminish not only your net worth but self-worth.

If you are struggling financially or fear losing your money this is a good indication that you would benefit from developing a prosperity consciousness. Here are some of my favorite teachers  that can help you improve your relationship with money and prosperity.

Sara Ban Breathnach

Eric Butterworth

Suze Orman

Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Remember you are worth it!!


The only way you will ever permanently take control of your financial life is to dig deep and fix the root problem.
Suze Orman

Inner Peace Happens When Gratitude Begins

Thank YouThe saying is that ‘Good things come to those that wait,’ but what about good things coming to those that feel good instead? Monty Python told us to ‘always look on the bright side of life.’ What if looking at that bright side brought rewards to you right now?

Expressing gratitude is one of the fastest and most rewarding things you can do to feel better right away. However, we often hold back from expressing gratitude because of thoughts like this:

How can I be grateful?

  • I have no money
  • My health is poor
  • My partner has left me
  • My job is boring
  • Nothing seems to be going right

I am not belittling anybody’s situation because I know how tough it can be. There are kids to feed, bills to be paid, heartaches to be endured and backaches to overcome. These are real life events and, yes, they do not feel good. However, by trying to focus on what is good in your life, you will start to feel better. Have you truly considered how many wonderful things you have in your life, right now?

Happiness starts on the inside first. As Abraham Lincoln put it, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Do your eyes work? Can you walk? Do you have children who are precious to you? Do they make you smile? Did you have food to eat today? Do you have a good wage, nice clothes, drive a car? Do you have a good coffee pot, a bathtub? Can you order pizza? Do you have friends who love you? Can you go to a movie, or a concert? Do you have someone to love? Do you have a cat or dog to keep you company and love you, unconditionally? Can you visit the park, the beach, the ocean or the forest and surround yourself with nature?

Our society often tells us how much and what we should want or have. We compare ourselves to others and this can be challenging as we can feel that we never have enough. Who is not judging themselves by their acquisitions or their appearance? Real estate? Investments? Vacations? Vehicle? This focus could entail anything from wanting more money, a better job or a fitter body.

These are great goals to have and work towards. However, it is easy for us to give our power away if we succumb to the “lack mentality.” We begin to lose sight of what good we already have in our life and what is already working well for us. It is not because we are bad or greedy, often it is merely because we are acting from an unconscious level.

Its easy to be grateful when things are going well but its challenging when things aren’t. Yet it is during these times we need it the most. You might not be able to appreciate your current circumstances but maybe you can find beauty in a garden or some fresh homemade bread. Yes, it can be that simple.

Being in a state of gratitude feels good.

Do it often, it works.


Gina Rizzo

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson







Walking The Labyrinth

walking the labyrinthLast month my partner Jason and I went to Bowen Island, BC for the day. I have a special connection to Bowen Island because about decade or so ago, as part of my Holistic Health Training our class spent many weekends there exploring a variety of wellness practices and one of them was the walking the Labyrinth at Xenia Centre.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre.  Labyrinths are often used as a meditation tool or to simply quiet the mind and find your inner stillness.

A labyrinth has only one path and the way in is the way out. You can walk the labyrinth as you wish and for whatever reason you want to but for me the walk is about reconnecting to my truth which can easily be lost in everyday busy living.

When I begin the walk into the labyrinth I set my intention. Sometimes I think I have reached the end of the walk only to find that I there is still more walking but the end is insight. Just like life itself sometimes you think you are done with a problem or healed some wound only to find out that there is more work to do. I remind myself that the end is close and a wonderful new path is waiting for me.

The Labyrinth is an Archetype, a divine imprint found in spiritual traditions in various forms around the world. By walking the labyrinth, we are discovering a long forgotten mystical tradition which becomes a metaphor for our own spiritual journey. The walk is a shared journey – an activity which communities can do together to coalesce and unify vision. The labyrinth is a mandala that meets our longing for a change of heart; for a change of ways in how we live together and for the energy, the vision, and the courage to become agents of transformation.
Angelyn Toth – Founder of Xenia

If you think that you have paved a path to something that you don’t want, know that you can change directions one small step at a time.


You were born to achieve, to release your inner power, to fulfill your uniqueness.
Eric Butterworth


Activate Your Power

Activate Your Power

Recently I’ve been having a hard time sticking to my morning self-care routine. I’ve had a challenging past year with family, work and my health. This is the time I needed my self-care routine the most yet it’s the easiest time to give up.

During difficult times its easy to eat a little more, skip work outs and meditations. In moderation there is nothing wrong with any of these things however don’t abandon taking good care of yourself especially when you need it the most.

As I was preparing to my write out my morning self-care regime, for the next few weeks a flash of intuition came to me “you must activate your power”.

A stove has the power to cook food but you need to turn on the fuel. Water has the power to quench your thirst, clean your environment and enjoy a wonderful swim in the lake or ocean but all of these things require action.

You have personal power but just like Dorothy and her friends in the classic movie Wizard of Oz you must know that you have the power and you must understand how to use it.

During those times when you are feeling helpless and your life feels stuck like old gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe ask yourself what can I do right now to tune into my personal power?

Do I need a long walk in nature? Can I talk to a good friend? Do I need to seek help from a professional or spiritual advisor? Do I need a nap, meditation, protein, vegetables or a good old fashion cry?

I encourage you to tune into yourself and find ways that nurture and support you. You may not feel it at the time but the Universe loves and supports you.

Read the suggestions listed below and if your heart feels lighter when you read it then it might be worth a try.

Self-Nurturing Actions

-walk in nature

-talk to caring person

-journal your feelings

-yoga or dance

-paint, colour or any type of art

-have a cry and let things out

-hit pillows and yell

-write a letter to the Divine

-exercise of any kind

-read uplifting bookings

-watch funny movies

-eat natural wholefoods

-take a bath and go to sleep

When you tune in to yourself and ask “what do I need in this moment” and then take inspired action, you are tuning into your personal power. In every day lingo you are loving and taking good care of yourself.

The more you take good care of yourself the more you have to share and give to others.


Gina Rizzo

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. ”

– Jean Shinoda Bolen



Your stuff love it, use it, or release it.

The gift of letting go of clutterRelease and Rejuvenate

I have been organizing my dressers and closets since I was a child, long before organizing became a trend. I find it very therapeutic and it always gives me the feeling of a fresh start.

Your belongings are reflections of you. They contain memories, stories and take up space physically and emotionally. Over-stuffed cabinets, disorganized paperwork, mementos of past relationships, broken and missing jewelry pieces and boxes of childhood toys.

For many the idea of throwing out or donating their “stuff” is difficult. The associations with it keep the memories alive. Sometimes those memories aren’t even good ones. So why keep them?

Clutter and holding on to things can also be a sign to the universe that you don’t believe you’ll have the resources to buy or replace them if needed. Someone out there can use what you’re not using and might really need it.

Holding on to your “just in case” items that you haven’t used in years or decades can promote more lack. Excess clutter can block the energy from flowing in you. There’s literally no room for new energy to come in.

If you live or work in a cluttered environment, ask yourself what’s the payoff? That is something that only you can answer. There is nothing wrong with keeping cherished mementos but don’t let them overtake your space or have you living in the past.

If you feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have, start with one drawer or closet per week. It doesn’t have to go all at once, but you will like the feeling of space and renewal that you want to say goodbye to those unused items.


Gina Rizzo

Deep within each of us is a longing for home. We yearn for a place of comfort where we can be ourselves,
where we can realize our dreams.
Denise Linn