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Desperation, Inspiration & Motivation

Desperation, Inspiration & Motivation

Desperation. Inspiration. Motivation. I love each of these feelings or experiences like a close sibling or a favourite pair of jeans that you've had forever.  These differing feelings drive me, ignite action and help me get where I want to go - in every aspect of my life. They push me forward....

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Curiosity, Compassion, Creativity & Kitchen Counter Dancing

Curiosity, Compassion, Creativity & Kitchen Counter Dancing

Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion and Kitchen Counter Dancing. Over the past several months, we have all experienced tremendous change, uncertainty and probably, a great deal of stress. I’ve been observing the world within me, surrounding me and globally with open eyes, an open heart and an...

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Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration

I can remember the day as if it were yesterday. It was an extremely rainy Sunday on the May-long weekend back in 2002. It was my first-ever bike ride of the Ironman loop down in Penticton, while training for my first Ironman, taking place in August of that year. I was nervous. Scared. Unsure. And...

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Stay In The Questions

Stay In The Questions

It has been an ever-evolving situation the past week and our world continues to be in flux with no end in sight. Like many of you, I am asking myself a lot of questions right now and answers don't come easy. Most answers don't come at all. Life is uncomfortable. Challenging. And stressful. (A...

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NOW Is That Time

NOW Is That Time

If there was ever a time to think of others, to help one another and stop naval gazing – NOW is that time. Like most of you, I was in the grocery store a few days ago what I experienced was visceral.  I saw what you saw – empty shelves where toilet paper, canned goods, pasta and cleaning supplies...

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Low On Expectations ~ High On Hopes

Low On Expectations ~ High On Hopes

I am the first person to admit that I’ve got some pretty high expectations when it comes to certain areas of my life. For anyone who knows me, you know….the longer the run – the better! The bigger the idea – the more I am interested! The more challenging a project or task – the more excited I...

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Make The Leap

Make The Leap

Have you ever been stuck, immobilized or paralyzed with fear? Have you ever found yourself unable to move in one direction or another or to make the leap towards a goal, dream or direction you would like to go? The word ‘leap’ came into my life recently, both literally and figuratively. A friend...

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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th, 2020, fittingly sharing the same date as Family Day 2020 in Canada!

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For the women who are trying to do and be everything for everyone.

For the women who are trying to do and be everything for everyone.

I watch you trying in vain to please everyone but yourself. I see you bending over backwards, wrought and weary with stress, contorting your being into impossible shapes in an attempt to do everything. To be everything, so perfectly. And then suffering silently because of it. I watch you race to...

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Listen to your mother

Listen to your mother

My mother is one of my greatest sources of inspiration, strength and guidance. She is a mentor and a friend and maintains this role with her ten children and over 20 grandchildren, not to mention a lifetime of friendships she continually nurtures. She’s 84 going on 24. Here are just a few gems of...

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“The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery.

Until you find yourself, you will always be someone else.

Become yourself.”

Myles Munroe

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“All I can say is WOW! Crystal Flaman you were on fire at the recent Vernon Women in Business Leadership Conference. Your ability to tie the conference theme into your inspirational messaging. You had the entire room captivated with the interactive activities you brought to help solidify your messages. As the MC, it is my job to mind the room and the time slot. Your expert storytelling had us all captivated from beginning to end. Thank you! I would highly recommend you for any event where the group is looking to elevate their team and individual performances.”
Faith Wood, Inspiring Minds Consulting Ltd, Owner
“Crystal was invited to kick-off and set the tone for our Professional Development conference. She delivered an interesting and engaging presentation, and inspired us through her passion and leadership, focusing on creating significance in our successes. Feedback after the session was incredibly positive, appreciating the relevance to both work and home life. Crystal even left us with parting gifts – a crystal prism and rings with encouraging words on them…and I still have them hanging at my desk as a reminder of what she taught us.  I would highly recommend Crystal to speak at your next engagement if you’re looking for a moving, honest and successful woman to ignite passion and inspiration for your team.”
Caren Leinwant, Green Shield Canada, Individual Business Services Manager
“I have known and worked with Crystal for the past 20 years.  She is an amazing person!  Crystal is a great speaker – engaging, humourous, and has the ability to appeal to many different audiences – young and old.   She is always prepared and willing to be flexible depending on the needs of her clients.  She has worked with many start up businesses over the years to provide information and guidance.   I would not hesitate to hire or refer Crystal for any speaking, mentoring or coaching opportunities for businesses in my community.  I know you won’t be disappointed.”
Wendy McCulloch, Community Futures Boundary, General Manager
“Crystal is creative, innovative, passionate, and inspirational. She planned special, memorable, and meaningful activities for our students that helped them to recognize their talents, boost their self-esteem, and prepare them for their transition to middle school. Both staff and students were so impressed by Crystal. The students were excited about the gifts they received and these special tokens will forever remind them of the lessons learned during their time with Crystal.  It truly was an honour to work with Crystal and experience all that she has to teach and offer. Our students are better, more confident people because of the time spent with Crystal.”
Mrs Lara Davies, Teacher, North Glenmore Elementary School
“Her physical and mental strength is only matched by the kindness of her heart. Crystal Flaman is a talented entrepreneur and athlete who has combined her passion for humanity with sport. Every opportunity is used to promote the well-being of her fellow man whether it be at home or abroad. A gifted speaker who can inspire you to tears, or better yet action, uses her magnetic energy to promote positive change. Crystal is hard working, committed and her tenacity is evident in many of her successful projects. Working with Crystal will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. “
Laura Thurnheer, Associate Dean, Okanagan College
“The Diva retreat was the most amazing week of my year. I am new to yoga, so was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up but Amelie was an amazing instructor and paced the class to include all abilities. It was a beautiful way to start the day! Crystal guided the workshops in her bright and positive way. Each day we meet for a workshop in a safe and supportive environment, with great materials to take away. She created a warm and welcoming place to talk and share experiences. The group of ladies – new to me – became friends I am still in contact with.  We each were able to laugh, share and feel validated.

The location was gorgeous and we had ample free time to explore the village, head to the beach or hang out at the resort. I loved the balance of yoga, workshops and free time.

I would highly recommend the retreat to give yourself time to pause, reflect and refocus.”
Dianne Bondaroff, DIVA Retreat 2018 participant, Artist, Entrepreneur, Change Maker
“I have known Crystal for over 15 years as a colleague and good friend. She is a key component of the instruction team for the Leisure Development Course, a unique three-year professional development program for parks, recreation and community development personnel. Crystal’s presentations are always inspirational, sensitive, insightful and tailored to the needs of the respective students. She is one of the most passionate and enthusiastic individuals I have had the pleasure of working with and would not hesitate in recommending Crystal for whatever endeavor she wishes to undertake.”
Chris Nelson, Coordinator, Leisure Development Course
“I am not sure how to compact my gratitude for what DIVA Retreats really has done for me. My first DIVA Retreat was in 2014. I was seeking exactly what it stands for: Discover my Inner Voice and Adventure through body,  mind, and spirit. I was so blessed to have spent the week with such amazing women and it was the start of a great personal journey since then. My second experience in 2018 was equally amazing and an opportunity to hold the space for someone else’s transformation experience.  At the same time, in the end I was newly inspired again!  I wanted to give back and, instead, got so much more in return. I recommend this retreat for anyone. You are safe and instantly welcomed if you come alone or bring your BFF's. I loved it all! Yoga, laughing, learning, hiking, biking, creating, trying healthy foods, humanitarian contribution.... and most of all making connections with amazing women from all over Canada.  I don’t think there is another retreat like this anywhere that is this affordable.
Louise Sarauer, Administrative Professional, Saskatoon, SK
“I have known Crystal for over 10 years and in that time I have had the pleasure of being a participant in her workshops and presentations as well as being a fellow presenter. Her unwavering enthusiasm for her topics and her sincere, heartfelt messages for her participants, makes her presentations exciting and meaningful to her audiences. She uses her own life challenges and successes as the back-drop for her messages allowing her to use humour to engage and connect with those in the room. Often using a variety of props and techniques, participants are continuously engaged in her presentations. As a result, Crystal is an effective speaker, focused on sharing her passion and beliefs to motivate participants to take action in their own lives, towards their goals and aspirations.”
Deb Comfort, Facilities Supervisor, Dept. of Recreation, Parks and Culture, Red Deer, AB

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