A Bit More on Olivia

I am going to include an update on Olivia in my favorites video tomorrow but, I just couldn't capture everything so I wanted to do this post to give more details on two things.

In tomorrow's video, I explain about Olivia drawing this on her wall but I don't go into the details of the meaning behind it which I would like to do now.  

Not only is her drawing amazingly artistic and beautiful but, the circular pattern is known as a Mandala which symbolizes many things that Olivia wasn't aware of. 


Mandala represents  that life is never ending. wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.  There is a lot more behind Mandala's so if you are interested, I will link a page for further reading.


The other thing I wanted to share was more about the "Beer & Burger" fundraiser that she went to. These men and woman are RCMP, Military, and City Police that ride 1000 miles around Vancouver Island to raise money for Children's Cancer. 

At the Beer & Burger's event, there is dinner, a silent auction and speakers. Each rider sat and ate at a different table. At the table that Olivia and the rest of my family were at, they had a military officer, who had been to Afghanistan 5 times. 

 Olivia got up to the podium in front of approximately 250 people, and brought people to tears, inspiring them. Her talk was 8 minutes long, and she covered her journey and thanked the riders for helping her and on behalf of other children with cancer. At the end of her speech, a number of the police hugged her, and she walked to her seat with a standing ovation. The military Afghanistan vet at her table had tears. 

She is so inspiring to people and a real natural speaker. My Mum told her to follow that dream, and continue to inspire. She said " that is what I like to do".  I could not be more proud. 

 Love you Liv!


12 comments:

  1. Beautiful, she really is an inspiration!

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  2. What a lovely story! That is one fabulous drawing on her wall.

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    1. Isn't she amazingly talented? I include some more photos in my Favorites video tomorrow. Thanks Audra. xoxo

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  3. She is beautiful and talented!

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  4. That is an amazing drawing! She is very beautiful and talented, and I can see the maturity in her face also.

    SherryG

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    1. Thanks so much Sherry. She is an incredible artist (I put more photos in Favorites video tomorrow but thought that explanation of her drawing was very interesting). You are so right that she has a maturity she didn't have when she started this journey. xoxo

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  5. Olivia reminds us to live in the moment and in gratitude, even when faced with challenges. I enjoyed her wall art, as I also paint. Mandalas are so interesting and probably therapeutic to paint! Here in Cape Town, South Africa, I have recently see some adult colouring books in the shops which are full of mosaics and mandalas. Im very tempted to try them out as Im convinced it will be a very relaxing and spiritual way to colour in the patterns without having to think, almost like meditation! If Olivia is interested in trying this out, I am sure you will find these in the US. Thank you for sharing this with us, I am always interested in hearing how she is doing.

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    1. Thank you so very much Vivella. I am going to send your comment to my Mum (in Canada) and I am sure she will be able to locate one of these books for Olivia. I really appreciate it. xoxo

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  6. Hi Elle, re the colouring books here are a couple of links worth checking, one has a small video link in it too.
    Maybe she would like to check these out it is similar to what Ive seen here. They are available in all kinds of patterns from mosaics, mandalas, art deco etc. and I think I've seen them on Amazon too. It would even be fun to do them with koki pens/markers.
    Hope this is helpful, xx
    Inside the adult coloring book craze - https://www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/inside-the-adult-coloring-book-craze-theres-a-128189184208.html
    http://www.michaels.com/drawing/adult-coloring-books/851315821

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    1. Thank you so very much. I have sent this information to my Mum :-)

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