Category Archives: Enouragement

2G*!!♥ I just got my CELBAN test result today, I PASSED!

♥ I just got my CELBAN test result today, I PASSED!
Hello Kim,
I just got my CELBAN test result today, I PASSED!  S-10, R-10, L-10, W-8.  I am really proud of my scores and I have you to thank for that.
I was confident when I took the test because I know that CELBANPrep prepared me for it.  I have one thing to share to you so that you can also remind your students about it.
 I was excited about the writing task because I know that with all the practices that I did with CELBANPrep, nothing can go wrong.  Well, I was wrong!!  I was already home when I started to think about the exam,  I was happy with my performance until I remembered that I did not sign the incident report!  Another thing, I wrote 4 paragraphs instead of 3!  The instruction was to write an incident report with 1-3 paragraphs.  This haunted me for a week!
What I’m trying to point out here is that students should have presence of mind during the test.
It was good that I learned from you how to mind map so that information is organized [from CELBANPrep Writing Level One].  I also kept in mind your reminder to be conscious of the tenses [CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar Essentials].  I think this probably is the reason why I got an 8 in writing.
Thank you Kim and more power!  Keep on empowering IENs to achieve our goals.
J
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Thank you miss Kim for the words of encouragement. May God bless you all the time

Dear Kim,

I would like to tell you something who I am… I am currently residing in Canada for 4 months now. I had been working in Saudi Arabia as a Staff Nurse since 2011 up to 2017. I came to Canada in order to find a greener pasture and to pursue my career if God’s permit.
I am currently working as a caregiver. I believed that this is just a stepping stone to come to Canada.
I had taken my IELTS twice under General Training but I never met the required score of 7. I’d never attempted to do the Academic IELTS too.I am lacking of self confidence in my English. The reason why is because I have difficulty in hearing… English is my second language.
Do you recommend something to do in order to solve my problem? Thank you so much for your kind help.
May God bless you.
Warm Wishes,
S

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Ducks Quack. Eagles Soar. Be an Eagle not a Duck.

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar
I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport in Dubai. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me.
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He handed me a laminated card and said, ‘I’m Abdul, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’
Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Abdul’s Mission Statement:
To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.
This blew me away. Especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

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Passion Planning: CELBANPrep 2018- Part II

Ok, Passion Planners!

Have you had the kind of week I have had? It is already Thursday and I am wondering where all my lofty plans and goals for this week went! It is not that I have not been productive! I have been. Each day I have accomplished so  much. But, what about my goals? (One of mine was to write this two days ago!:)

That is what I love about the Passion Planner; it embodies self-compassion. It reminds me of the quote from Anne of Green Gables, a famous Canadian story. In it Anne says,

“It is nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.”

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CELBANPrep 2018: 3 Things you can do between now and January

Hello Kim,
      Heyyy, look at you! Now that you came back for CELBANPrep,  you are truly full of life and energy. I couldn’t almost keep up with all the new projects you’ve been doing! So I did the 3 things I needed to do tonight so I won’t actually get behind. I appreciate you for taking me along in this journey and allowing  me to be a part of this despite being busy with life. I am very excited for all your plans. I just want you to know as always that I will always support you on your endeavors.
        Thanks again for the invite. 🙂
Sincerely,
D

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A New Year Comes and New Forces and Dreams Come as Well

Hi, Dear Friend Kim
It has been a while we last time chatted.
But this week it was refreshing to get an email from you. I read it and read it so I make sure I get everything.
I took Celban October and just got the results. Listening 9 and Reading both failed by one point. Dissapointing. Oh. ..
On top of these. …[personal family matters]. It’s extremely hard. …but the life goes on. One of my best friend visited me and she said I just ordered a Passion Planner agenda for my daughter. I didn’t have a clue what was that. 🙂 Interesting ….isn’t it?   So couple of hours later I read your email about it. Providential.
Now I saw your new CELBAN for 2018. Sounds exciting. But I have my dilemma. Should I still pursue this dream? I have the two little children. I am out of nursing more than 8 years.  I am already registered with NNAS….and my registration is expiring….more and more money. And I didn’t PASS.
Of course a new year comes and new forces and dreams come as well. What would you do?  How would you plan. As I can see you went through a lot and still dreaming and achieving many things. We just need to read again God’s promises and appreciations of his people.
You gently encourage us and push forward.
I want to mention that you said you are ‘ordinary’  Do you think is that right?  If we believe we are ‘the reflection of God’ then we are extraordinary. We are unique travelling on the Earth with different struggles.
STOP here. …S. It’s enough.
I am looking forward to read and use your precious advise.
Many Blessings and a Hug from me
S

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Passion Planning: CELBANPrep 2018

Dear Friends,

This morning I set out to plan the next two  months, before the release of CELBANPrep 2018 and all the other things that have been peculating in my being. I went to Facebook and found this:

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My heart was completely filled as I began my day. I took out my notebooks, my planner, plain paper, pencils and other various items. And then I realized something. I am planning for 2018!

I am planning for 2018!

It has been several years since I actually had a glimmer of hope into the vastness of the future; and, usually I start my planning for the new year on January first! I love getting out my new wall calendar, and day planner and planning away. I am ready for it. But today, November 14, I didn’t have what I needed! 2018 is two months away!

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