Feedback Brett and Katherine

Brett & Katherine

We could not have picked a nicer, funnier and more professional officiant for our wedding! We got married in August 2018 at the Toronto Hunt Club by Sandra Ruch and from the first phone call, we could tell that she was going to be wonderful. She understood exactly what we wanted and gave us plenty of options and accommodated our asks. She was sweet, charming and engaging and the ceremony went off without a hitch. We received a lot of positive affirmations from our guests who absolutely loved Sandra and we’re so happy she could be a part of our special day! She’s a fantastic officiant and still the best I’ve seen (even though we might be biased!)

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Feedback Jaclyn and James

Jaclyn & James

We are beyond happy that we chose Sandra Ruch to be the officiant for our wedding! Sandra gave us many options for our wedding ceremony which we really appreciated since we were having a culturally blended wedding and we weren’t sure where to start. It was nice to put our ceremony together and choose what we did/didn’t want. Sandra is so warm and loving, she has a such a great spirit. We could really feel that she was so happy for us on our special day. She kept us calm with our spirits high. Jaclyn & James Aug 25th, 2018

Feedback Jesse and Diana

Jesse & Diana

Sandra Ruch is a lovely and warm person and a professional when it comes to wedding officiating. She conducted our official signing and was present for our first look, while our officiator facilitated the ceremony. She communicated everything with us in advance and completed everything quickly and efficiently. We are happy to recommend her services to other couples. Jesse and Diana August 12th, 2018

Feeback – Ali and Sarah

Ali & Sarah

Sandra was kind and very patient with us on what can be a stressful day to plan. As well, she was prompt and responsive in communications leading up to our day. She also does signings only – in our case we had a spiritual leader to our ceremony, while Sandra took care of the legal signing. I *highly* recommend Sandra! [Aug 5th, 2018]

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Aaron & Brittany

I can’t say enough good things about Sandra Ruch! My (now) husband reached out to All Seasons looking for a Jewish officiant for our interfaith wedding and Sandra was the perfect fit from the start. From our first meeting she was simply delightful, and truly interested in making it a wedding that was OURS. We worked with her to create a ceremony that was reflective of Jewish traditions, while remaining secular and more importantly inclusive. She was so positive and engaging through the whole process! Our ceremony went off without a hitch, and that’s in large part to Sandra’s professionalism, calm demeanor and positive outlook. We truly feel like we lucked out choosing/finding Sandra. Thank you! Aaron & Brittany July 14th, 2018

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Anonymous

Sandra (Ruch) did an amazing job! So glad that we had chosen her for our special day and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking. Sandra was very friendly and easygoing, which truly made the process that much easier on a very busy family. She handled our crazy day with ease and was amazing while dealing with/including my toddler into the ceremony (my daughter felt the ceremony was a perfect opportunity to shine). This truly made the ceremony feel more filled with love. Thanks for everything!

Feedback – Lisa and Stephane

Lisa and Stéphane

Sandra Ruch was an absolute dream to work with, from start to finish. We knew from our first meeting that she was the perfect choice for our wedding officiant: smart, funny, so warm and compassionate. We knew we were on the same page. She really listened to us and helped us create a secular, interfaith ceremony that was perfect suited to our personalities and needs, combining our Jewish and Acadian backgrounds. Thank you, Sandra, for the most memorable day.

What I love about Love

Being a wedding officiant is just about the most perfect vocation anyone could ask for.  I absolutely love spending time with people who are so positive about the future, so full of hope and love.  Joy, happiness and excitement surrounds them in a cloud of deliciousness!!!

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One of my daughters says there is nothing that she loves more than a love story and encourages her friends to share their stories.  My first favourite book ( I read it over and over) was Erich Segal’s “Love Story”.  ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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The first thing I want to hear from a couple is their story.  I want to know how they met and how long they have been together.  It is that connection that is the foundation of the new life they are building.

It’s wonderful to hear about their plans for the future and the many things they have in common.  I often wonder what is the most important element of a relationship? Is it sharing hobbies, professions, physical attraction, values, culture, religion, politics, family values?  Somehow it is a little bit of everything.   A couple may seem like total opposites until there is a bit more excavating and you find that at the core they are so similar.

What do you think?  Will you share your love story with me?

Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off and Start All Over Again

So here’s the thing.  I love writing and I love my blogs.  I was so excited about my Sixty in the City idea.  I couldn’t wait to get started.  Ideas flowed in my head and my heart.  When I was out ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, and pictures poured in.  This is my passion.  I love sharing ideas and hopefully inspiring others. Ok, so what happened ….why did I stop?  Why do I have lists of blogging ideas in my “To Do List” and why haven’t I written in months? Why?  What stopped me? Hmmmm…… time to explore the usual suspects.

loose-cassette-tape-650x280  The old tapes I suppose.  What do I mean by the old tapes?  Those are those thoughts that flow through our mind.  Crap that other people told us or crap that we repeatedly tell ourselves?  Can’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t.  Yowzers!!  How did that stuff get into my head?

 

half-fullI pride myself on a cup that is more than half full and often spilling over.  I think that I am a “take charge, get it done, kind of Womyn”.  I never leave dishes in the sink or laundry unfolded.  I plan my meals, plan my grocery list, take time to cook healthy from scratch food, keep my home neat and tidy, stay in touch family and loved ones, remember birthdays and special occasions, make lists and check things off. Yup, you got it….I can busy myself with a lot of mundane details and tell myself that I was too busy today but tomorrow….no the next day….ok no….next week….  I’ll do it….cause I love it.  What’s going on????

Looking back over the years (and when you are sixty, there are a lot of years to look back on) I know that many times when I was on the brink of following my passion to have my own business as an Alternative Healing practitioner. My passion for facilitating groups to inspire womyn to create the changes they want for themselves and for the world…..I didn’t follow my own advice but instead took a different path.  Consistently a solid, dependable job or contract  would come my way and how could I say no to stability and normality?   I am not criticizing those choices.  I was a sole support parent with 2 amazing daughters who I wanted to provide for.  I am certain that isn’t all there is to this pattern, though. My daughters have been self sufficient and stable on their own for over a decade.

Last spring I found a great inspiration partner.  We both wanted someone to keep us on track to achieve our goals.  We met every other week and we created a whole system to keep us motivated.  It was so exciting and so organized.  sunraysWe called our goals sun rays and each ray was a stream that we wanted to pursue and follow.  In this time I got my licence to marry couples and started officiating weddings.  I was blogging very regularly and many of my ideas were unfolding .  I started my training to become a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess).  I was doing it!!! And… Then…I …Stopped !!!!!!!!!  Right in the middle of doing what I was sure I loved and what I am still sure I love.  What happened? One thing only….I got in my own way.

The really awesome part of all this is that it’s ok to stop and it’s ok to start again.  The old but timeless song, “take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.” Listen hear

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What have I done?  I found my old mentors again …..Sarah Ban Breathnach, Louise Hay and Sark.  I dug out my vision journal and I have enjoyed looking at it again.  (some photos from my old vision book)

Today I am going to start working on expanding that vision journal with my new visions and discoveries.  Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests that you get piles of old magazines and cut out pictures that you are drawn to, putting them into separate piles for the various parts of your life.  Here is a description from one of her books.

You can usually find Sarah’s books in second hand book stores.  I suggest starting with “Simple Abundance”. Currently I am using “Something More” as my guide.

I am ready to commit to me again…..that means healthy choices and exercising, it means writing out my gratitudes from the day before, giving thanks to the Goddess, reading something inspirational.  It means making a commitment to my personal success by creating an action plan and following it though.  For me it means stepping out of my usual comfort zones.  It means finding joy in all the little spaces like walking barefoot on the beach in November in Nova Scotia or wandering through the Allan Garden Conservatory in Toronto on Boxing Day when it is cold and rainy outside.

 

 

 

What does it mean for you?