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Saying Goodbye to 2016

Let me start this off with by saying that 2016 was a hellish year for most people I know. It was a very difficult year, politically, and  Canada accepted over 39 thousand Syrian Refugees. We lost so many influential celebrities- and for me the loss of Canadian Poet and Musician, Leonard Cohen was the loss I felt the most. He has always been special to me and my family. This is my favourite song of his It touches me deep in the heart.

I don’t really want to go into the politics of the year, but for me personally 2016 was dynamite!

pride-week-logoIn 2016, I finally had the courage to come out to all of my friends and family as bisexual. (Or Queer, as I like to call myself). That lifted a huge burden off of my shoulders, as I had been questioning my sexuality since grade 7. I didn’t understand if I liked women, as I also have a big interest in fashion…so it took a lot of questioning to know whether I liked a woman based on her style or…that she was cute. I had the opportunity to date some fabulous women, and for the future, I know what I do and do not want in my relationships. Through coming out, I have made some spectacular friends, whom I am in contact with on a regular basis with. (I even run a meet up group with one!) I was so scared about coming out, as I was afraid that because I was bi, I would experience biphobia. That is not the case, as I was embraced by everyone. I could not have been happier! I did not experience discrimination from the people in my community, which made me so happy!

2016 I also did my Ted Talk which was amazing and so rewarding! I had worked frantically to produce an excellent talk, (and up to my standards). I expected that my talk might make waves at the conference, but baby, it made a splash! I also had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people, which in and of itself was amazing! I dabbled in entrepreneurship for a bit after that, but then realized that my true calling was Addictions Counselling. Which is my venture that starts this Friday January 5!! I am so excited!! To be heading back to school is truly amazing!

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Also- in 2016,(last but definitely not least)  I started to regain my health. I went for long stretches without seizures, and was even able to travel to Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto by myself for my friend’s wedding. It was amazing to reconnect with friends that I hadn’t seen in two years or more.

I think the big take away from 2016 for me is that I have gained direction for my life, and what I really want to be doing. It is such a relief to finally have a direction, and to stick to it.

May I go boldly into 2017 with gratitude and confidence.

Lots of love,
Sita and JoJo xox

Finding Mentors Through My Community

Hey friends! Can you believe that it is Christmas time again?? I can’t! This year has just flown by.

I have been thinking about community a lot lately and how I have found various mentors. I have grown my community in multiple directions- Yoga, Public Speakers, Life Coaches, Entrepreneurs, and not to forget my friends and family. I don’t think that everyone realizes it, but they contribute something powerful and meaningful to my everyday way of life.

When I was first recruited for TEDxStanleyPark, in December of 2015, I was elated. I was soon to be one of the people standing on the stage, sharing knowledge and wisdom like the people in so many TEDxTalks that I looked up to. I was recruited late in the game, so when I went to the very first rehearsal in January 2016, I was nervous but oh so thrilled to be there. I needed to soak in every bit of information that I could, having never done anything like Toastmasters, and only a bit of public speaking prior. After the first rehearsal, I soon became engaged with one of the speaker’s talks. She was charismatic, witty, and had a powerful personality. She knew how to deliver a good talk.

I already had a coach, but as a novice speaker, I needed all the help I could get. I knew she wouldn’t give me any BS, and would tell me like it is. Sure enough, that’s what happened, and I honed in my public speaking skills.  In addition, I took her entrepreneur course, which taught me how to lay the ground work for starting my own business. I worked hard at entrepreneurship, and even though found it wasn’t my calling in life I found some very translatable skills that I can carry with me for the rest of my life. She has also given me the courage to keep moving forward- especially when things get tough.

I am so lucky to have Isabelle as one of my mentors. Her support means everything to me, and helps me to live life at full volume, despite my epilepsy.

100 Days of Gratitude-Day 5!!

Hey friends! I am feeling good today, as I have accomplished the work that I set out to do! As my mom would post *arm pump*!

sita-sahasrabudhe-headshotI have been thinking about Tedx a lot today, and I am really thankful that I was able to do a TedxTalk this year. If you haven’t seen it yet- check it out here! Being part of TedxStanleyPark was a real game changer. I went into it wanting to talk about people with Epilepsy and Disabilities, but some of my fellow speakers really changed my game with regards to what I am doing with my life. I would have never imagined this, but now I am working hard to become (or am I already one??) a solopreneur. (Which is like an entrepreneur, except it’s just one person.) This person (Hey Isabelle, you rock!) saw something in me and gave me an awesome butt kick in the right direction. When she saw that I was falling out of her community, and even stopped communicating with her, she told me that she thought I hid behind my Epilepsy. I was SO upset, but hey it’s because the truth hurts. It was like a hand pulling me out of the quicksand and saying “Hey! I believe in you! Now YOU have to believe in you, too!”

That aside, the actual experience of Tedx was amazing. I actually had a platform to talk about chronic illness, and besides graduating it was probably one of the best days I’ve had thus fat. So yeah, I am so grateful for being able to speak at Tedx, the people that I met, and how much of a game changer it was!

Lots of love,
Sita and JoJo xoxo

Wonderful TedxTalk about Chronic Illness and Media!

Hey guys! I just wanted to share this wonderful TedxTalk that explains so eloquently why Chronic Illness and Social Media when used purposefully are so helpful. This is why I created this blog, Life at Full Volume, because I was lonely and didn’t think that anyone else out there was going through what I was, or could even understand it.

Boy, I was wrong. Thank you for reaching out and supporting me these last 4 years (and more to come!)

Enjoy the tedxtalk!

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