Time for a change…..

D70_1732JUST LOVING EACH OTHER IS ENOUGH…………

Just over two years ago my husband and I celebrated our lives together. I have never known of a couple who has gone through so much and had so much love and family and friends supporting our lives together while having a few choice enemies to try and subvert us. They weren’t successful.  We have been through so much, in our 4 years together.  When I first met my husband, his father had just died only a few months prior and he was just finding his voice and inner strength.

The following year in spite of untold adversity from “those closest”,  and a very nasty divorce and vicious attacks, we then had to deal with  my mother who broke her hip twice in the same few months. The first one was once in later June 2011 and the other in Oct 2011.  She subsequently died in my arms Nov 11, 2011.

After all the hardship and stress, he was still my rock and my strength. While still grieving a few months later and having had the stress of another difficult situation, he was innocently obeying the law while waiting for a bus to pull out and a woman who didn’t see the bus  he was legally waiting to pull out from slammed into him.  The impact was so bad his frame crumbled on his car and he has permanent nerve damage and spasms.  After the accident it was debilitating for him and I had to take on a second job to pay his family obligations due to him not being able to work for over 7 months. My older sister needed to move from the cold in Edmonton to live with us  and not long after she came to live with us all kinds of strange symptoms eventually resulted in a tragic diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. Not long after,  she died this past January 11, 2014.  After her death and in the middle of so much grief,  we had a near fatal car accident May 4th….
In spite of all the challenges we have, we are strong and our love is stronger and our forgiveness for those who have hurt us continues to be our priority.  We just sold our house to release the hold that was on us and we are excited about our new journey and our future… stay tuned for more to come…… thank you for your love!

 

 

Semiahmoo Resort- North West Washington- Welcome Back!!

For over 20 years Semiahmoo Resort http://www.semiahmoo.com/ was my “home away from home”.

As a radio host, and celebrity television producer, I enjoyed coming to the resort all year around for the comfort of the warm fires, beautifully appointed rooms, luxurious spa, amenities and spectacular ocean views.

In the summer I played on the sandy beaches, soaked up the sun, enjoyed fire pits and a fantastic glass of wine while rocking on a cozy chair admiring the sunset.  In the fall, I would take the quick drive through the border from Canada, to enjoy the colorful autumn leaves, long walks and bike rides along the spectacular Peninsula and bird sanctuary.  In the winter, the roaring of a wood burning fire complete with stunning ocean views from my room became the inspiration for writing.   The warm, pine and wood cabin feel with the luxury of a 5 star hotel, pool, indoor and outdoor courts, was everything anyone could ask for just a hop, skip and jump across the Northwest Washington border.

 

In the summer of 2012, after years of experiencing changes in management, I became disenchanted with the poor skills of the former management and owners.  Over and over they fell short of what this stunning property represented to the community at large and the cross border guests.   Last summer after an insulting conversation that left me stunned, I had no choice but to sadly end my relationship with the hotel.  I had planned on getting married there and hoping to enjoy our honeymoon, but the dream was shattered and plans changed rapidly.

 

The management and marketing lead at the time did not find value in my long relationship, promotion and advertising I had done for them spontaneously over the years. Through my natural love for the property, I raved about the resort, through my website, radio show and the numerous amount of guests both business and celebrity, that I had brought to the property.  I had even taken all my kids there since they young to enjoy the beauty of this jewel so close to home.  My 23 year old daughter, enjoyed playing the black baby grand piano in Stars for the guests one evening when she was only 6 years old!

 

As far away as England, I promoted this property! I shared my ravings about this spectacular resort and I was faithful to promote it regularly; the management did not return the loyalty.

 

Ten months ago, this spectacular place shut down.  We found out when we drove by one day and although not surprised, was saddened at the empty parking lot.  I couldn’t help but know in my heart it was an inevitable outcome. given the past few years of poor leadership.  I even tried to find a way to have friends of mine in a private equity group try and purchase the property, in the hopes of restoring both employment and the integrity of this marvelous place, but it was not to happen.   As a natural promoter, operational and customer service specialist, I knew what it would take to make this property an outstanding place and longed to see something happen for it’s future. It appeared to be too late, being closed for such a long time.

 

Then today, on a spontaneous unplanned visit, my husband and I decided to go for a bike ride down to the peninsula to enjoy the birds and the ocean.  We left our car down at the park still thinking that the resort was closed. We hopped on our bikes and while enjoying spectacular views and gorgeous weather, we were about to turn around at the parking lot to head back when we suddenly discovered to our delight, it has reopened!  I have to admit I was somewhat guarded and told my husband we really needed to see who the management was.  We approached the front desk and already experienced the friendliness of the staff, security guard and front desk manager.

 

To our delight we discovered that the Wright Group had purchased the property and has the Coastal Hotel Group managing it!  You can’t even imagine my excitement as I met and spoke with the front desk manager letting her know about my past experiences and my new excitement! From the bellboy to the security guard and the restaurant staff in Packers, their enthusiasm for the property, customers and rebuilding the strength of the glory days is amazing!

So, welcome back Semiahmoo Resort!  I’m excited your back and I am committed to supporting you and your success through my natural love and promotion of your property, as I have over the past 20 years!

 

Kudos to Coast Hotel Group and the Wright Group for doing the “right thing” and giving us back our sanctuary!

 

 

 

Legal Shield!

It’s been a while since I have been on my blog!

Many things have taken place since the last time I wrote here.  My precious oldest sister has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and it has spread to her  brain, lymph nodes and adrenal glands.  It has been a trying process for her and all who care about her.  One of the most important things that became clear was that my sister did not have a will.  Being that she has a life expectancy of less than a year,  and because it has traveled to her brain, the need to put into place her protections for end of life, became a priority.

Further, for her sake and the sake of her family members, a will was imperative.   She didn’t have one and those who die without a will, leave a huge family mess. At issue for most of us is affordability, and being that she is no longer working, trying to enable her to access a lawyer, given her poor health, became a critical obstacle.

I was introduced to a program that turned out to be something that would assist my sister at this time in her life.

However, this product and the benefits are for anyone, without having a critical event.

Legal Shield is the “insurance” for legal advice and support for only $26.00 per month. The option to add  identify theft protection is an asset and unlike any program I have ever seen.  From legal insurance support for  home based business or for small companies to benefit from the critical advice and expertise Legal shield programs provide, I have all the resources I need.

My sister just signed up simply over the phone and has already in the draft stages of her will. Her health care directions and will have been processed in less than 3 weeks from start to finish.  Your free will is included in your membership fee of only $26.00 per month! There is no reason to wait!

To provide you with accurate information  and to ensure we met the Unlocking Secrets for Women mandate of providing, quality products, resources and education for the benefit of woman and their families I experienced Legal Shield myself.

I had the honor recently, of interviewing my Legal Shield representative, Patricia Lapena,  right here in my own kitchen!    After doing this interview, I was completely sold and convinced that this an important program for anyone!

Not only did I understand fully what Legal Shield has to offer, but I signed up for the complete package. Recently,  I myself am now a new Legal Shield representative!  In the past month, so far, I have had over 6 –  1/2 hour conversations with lawyers, including having them read and assist me in 4 different contracts and HR advice.

This also included separate issues that my husband had.  He himself, has had at least 5 hours of conversation with a lawyer and that is all included in both of our one monthly fee of $26.00 for both of us. If you have children, they are included too.

I did not have to pay any extra money for the services that I have benefited from. In fact, I have also added the home based buisness assistance and added identify theft for both my husband and myself and  it is still a very low monthly rate!

This is truly a resource  I am very proud to represent.

Please feel free to go to my link to learn more:

https://sites.legalshield.com/aasites/Multisite?site=hub&assoc=cnewtonchaput#

Here are the 6 segments for information on Legal Shield starting with the introduction to Legal Shield here:

1.       Introduction to Legal Shield –

 

2.       Benefits and wills –

 

3.       Satisfaction and monthly billing-

 

4.       Identify Theft  – 

 

5.       Home based business protection and support –

 

6.       Small Business owners and their employees benefit!-

 

Once again, go to:

to start your Legal Shield monthly membership for only $26.00 per month- it’s just a click away!

go to: https://sites.legalshield.com/aasites/Multisite?site=hub&assoc=cnewtonchaput#

Single Parents Retreat- Any sponsors?

I have always wanted to do a single mom’s retreat for moms who are needing support and encouragement and rest and refreshment. I would like to take 25 single mom’s  all expenses paid, who need encouragement and support as guests to  my favorite place, Rowena’s on the River in the fall and would like to hear from sponsors and those who want to nominate a mom who could use a weekend away! I would also be inviting a few celebrity friends to join us (not saying who right now) but they are famous for sure! let me know what you think and email me at info@unlockingsecrets.com to tell me your th0ughts on sponsorship!

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Wonderful 15th Anniversary Day at the Rowena’s by the River, and the Sandpiper Golf Course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a fabulous day we had yesterday, June 8th at the 15th anniversary celebration of the Sandpiper Golf and Resort at Rowena’s on the River.    Entertainment went late into the night after a full day of golf, appy’s, drinks, BBQ under the tent, power point slide of the memories and of course the Fraser Blues flew in their planes to do fly over’s for the guests and the owners.  Both Betty Anne and her husband Doug are a fantastic couple who have lent their family home to the vision of guests in beautiful cabins (hardly a cabin) along with a gorgeous bed and breakfast in the large mansion, surrounded by majestic cedar trees, rivers, swimming pool, hot tub and on the banks of the  the fabulous Harrison River, in Harrison Mills, B.C.  What a privilege to be invited to participate in the family and guests celebration. General manager Chris was also on hand with his lovely friend Jeannette to learn about the vision of the property and the stunning 18 Hole Par 3 Professional and highly regarded  Golf Course.   We were entertained by a fantastic band, that played into the night, and were severed a delicious wine from domaine de chaberton. The winery is a personal favorite of mine and I was so pleased to be able to enjoy the wine!I am pretty certain the “blend” of delicious white wine, contained  Bacchus, a white they are famous for!

The night ended with a spectacular display  of stunning fire works that are as fantastic as any I have seen and there were only a few hundred feet away, along the river and of course, being that this was an invitation only and private event, there were no traffic issues. We left the evening at around 10:10 and arrived home at 11:00 pm.  It was very enjoyable, that it wasn’t  such a long drive and certainly had we have been in Vancouver  the drive would  have been longer and the traffic intense.

On a final note the Fraser Blues, leader, George who is also the manager of the Langley Airport was the lead of the Snowbirds and Langley Airport will be celebrating their 75th anniversary the week of June 19th. On Friday, June 21 they are having 75 planes fly in procession in and out of the airport to represent their 75 years! it starts at 5:30 and i will be there!

 

What a night! Please enjoy the pictures and videos here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again Betty Anne and Doug and Chris! Wonderful night!

 

Domestic Violence…. a story I know well…

I decided to do something different from now on and hold my interviews in my kitchen. It’s real, authentic, natural and an easy way for women to share their stories.

When I first met Kamal Dhillon, she had not yet written her book. She has connected with me several years back when I was producing television and had asked me if I knew of someone who could help her tell her story.  I don’t know if I was any help to her back then, but she clearly felt she needed to write her book.

Black and Blue Sari is her work,   BLACK AND BLUE SARI -  her story  and she is one of my friends and a true personal woman hero.    Kamal wrote her book as part of her healing and the healing of her children. Black and Blue Sari is her story of truth, pain, trauma, and all that is ugly to us as humans and yet found her way to forgiveness and hope. It was my honor to interview her.

More on Kamal here Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Peace+serenity+through+forgiveness+Kamal+Dhillon+survived+years+abuse+shares+message+hope/7690667/story.html#ixzz2TswIGvLC

Kamal Dhillon, pictured with her dog P.J., is the recipient of the Courage to Come Back Award in the social-adversity category. Dhillon was beaten by her husband for several years before fleeing in the middle of the night with her children. She now offers talks about domestic violence and counsels battered women.

 

If you need help….. go to : When Love Hurts

Listen to Kamal’s brave and transparent story right here as she shares with me in my kitchen:

 

 

Sandpiper Golf Course – Jim and Candace take a golf cart ride!

Join Jim and I for a fun ride on a golf cart around the spectacular Sandpiper Golf Course in Harrison Mills, B.C. www.prettyestatesresort.com 

Come and joins us for some fun!! By the way.. if you haven’t guessed by now, Candace knows NOTHING about Golf except that she ISN’T supposed to be on the golf course!

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Rowena’s Inn on the River, Harrison Mills, B.C.

Special thanks to Betty Anne -owner of Rowena’s Inn on the River, Harrison Mills, B.C. for her amazing vision for the property that has been in her family for many years.  Betty Anne is now soul owner after the passing of all her siblings and parents.  She has envisioned an amazing bed and breakfast that is so much more.   We enjoyed a wonderful weekend that can only be described in my video blog (see link below) and we ended the day with a golf cart driven by Jim around the amazing property that includes a 2100 foot air strip!

Click Below to Book your weekend now!

www.prettyestatesresort.com

 

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Street Cat Designs- Right out of Beautiful, Vancouver, British Columbia

At the recent large home show in Vancouver, held at BC Place,  I came across a booth that made me instantly walk over!  I love jewelery, who doesn’t, but I particularly love jewelery that is truly unique and innovative.  After introducing myself to the designer, Pam Jackson, I oohed and awed over her unique and classy designer bracelets that she intricately  crocheted out of silver and gold wire!! Yes, you heard me.. she crocheted this gorgeous piece of jewelry!! Please feel free to check out her designs for yourself!! Pamela, they are truly gorgeous, made in BC!

Check her out at

http://www.streetcatdesigns.net/aboutus.html

 

Gorgeous!