Article on Blingja for ADDitude Magazine

Each time I am asked to write an excerpt on how my company Blingja, came to be, I find that I have a beautiful opportunity to reflect, analyze and discover new nuggets of inspiration that I have not recognized before. This is one of those times when I feel especially...
Anxiety, Stress, Depression…oh joy (singsong voice)

Anxiety, Stress, Depression…oh joy (singsong voice)

Feel like you need to be talked off the ledge when consumed with anxiety? Does everybody have anxiety or is it an excuse that people use so to not leave the house and socialize with all the a**holes of the world?   It seems that everywhere I turn someone has it, is...

Fidgets as a Tool Pt.2

Well, I spent the better part of this week pretty much thinking of ways that I could get out of writing this blog for some reason. I like DOING it but when I THINK about doing it I feel like stabbing myself in the face. Luckily, I don’t read many other blogs so...

A look into Mara’s Shared Living Life

Mara is a Shared Living Provider and founder of Blingja, a social enterprise which offers practical accessible tools for mindfulness, recognition of emotions in self and others. We asked her to share her story. “My Caregiver Experience” There aren’t many opportunities...

Fidgets as a Tool Pt.1

Those things don’t work! Fidgets are a total distraction! Why would I want a someone playing with a toy in my classroom? These are just a few of the things I have heard said about fidgets- minus the expletives- from many an educator. To add to the annoyance,...

Why can’t you sit still??!!

  Why can’t you sit still?! I have used these words (or thought them) or heard them used by others over and over again in my 20 years in the education system.  Why can’t you sit still? Stop moving around! Don’t poke your friend! Put your hand up!...

Blingja Breathing

“Take a deep breath – calm down” — words that can cause a person to want to jab you in the neck or go into complete meltdown mode. I have said that to many a child in melt down mode and have even had the audacity to repeat this sentence to my...

Having children….sigh

In my last blog I talked about how my interest in people’s emotions was one of the key reasons I had the desire to build Blingja. My most compelling reason to build the curriculum came after I had children and I actually found that I NEEDED a solution to my...

Me, me, me and more me-my favourite

  Well, now is the time to let you all know a little about me. Some people don’t like to talk about themselves but I actually don’t think that is true. They say that so you get more curious and pay more attention to them so they can seem mysterious...

Procrastination Post

Ah….first post that has taken me about 2 years to write. I’m going to list all of the things that will justify to myself why it took me so long and then I feel like it kind of lets me off the hook even though I know no one gives a sh*t. 1. Hate to edit-...
Educator turned Entrepreneur has found her Inner Ninja

Educator turned Entrepreneur has found her Inner Ninja

Mara St. Onge graduated from the SFU CED Program 6 years ago. Since graduating she developed an award-winning YMCA program for developmentally delayed youth and adults called Friends, Fitness and Fun. She has also launched a successful social enterprise, Blingja...

Blingja Concepts Launch Party

Founded by Mara St. Onge, Blingja is designed to help children simplify cluttered thinking — and open a clear pathway to truly understanding how to feel confident in school and other settings. By learning to focus on and be mindful of the present, children can...

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