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We're all Dog Paddling At the Beginning

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Have you ever swum in salt water?

The water is soft, caressing your skin and as you lay back, you float effortlessly. A few lazy kicks of your legs and you are gliding.

You feel the sun, warm upon your face as you gaze up into the blueness of the sky and wonder at the ease of this new way of being in the water.

It’s unlike the freshwater lakes and swimming pools you’ve been before. It’s… Bliss.

Now, imagine that this is the experience for you and your client after they give you a happy yes t…

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Do You Have the Technology (Learning) Blues?

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How would it feel to know that you have complete control of your technology?

Imagine sitting down at your computer, confident that you know what tech will best support your unique business….

….and using it feels delightfully easy and in flow with your business?

One of the things that I hear new business owners of a “certain age” stress over, is technology. The truth is, using technology can be a huge pain.

And that’s because…

… there’s always some new thing, or some way you’re supposed to u…

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How to Stop Second Guessing Yourself

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When nothing else works, I turn to my trusted friends – books. I have three on my desk right now.

Big Magic, Anatomy of the Spirit and Do the Work!

Which about sums up my journey of a spiritually fulfilling life and business. 

Clearly, those weren’t the books I read as a child, but my inner child soaks in the warm, safe and accepting pearls of wisdom I find there now.

Because growing up I more often felt dismissed, flawed and alone.

Those beliefs created the same experiences in adulthood…

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Embrace the Shift

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There are three distinct times I remember my sense of my place in the world shifting. When I became a mother, when I lost my mother and when I became a mother to myself.

To the rest of the world, nothing had changed. For me, everything did.

 Those internal shifts, of who you are and who you want to be, are powerful motivators and thankfully don’t have to be tied to life and death.  

Every time you simply give yourself permission to become wholly yourself, express your gifts and live a life al…

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How To Use Failure As A Teacher

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Of the many things I wish I had learned younger and better is how to use failure as a teacher, instead of considering it a personal weakness. Let's face it, from the moment we enter school, and sometimes before, the last thing we want to do is “fail” .

“Fear, embarrassment, and intolerance of failure drives our learning underground and hinders innovation. No more. Failure is strength. The most effective and innovative organizations (people) are those that are willing to speak openly about their…

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Why Learning Boundaries Is An Important Skill

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It's possible that it's a Canadian insider joke, but we apologize a lot.

Quite often “I'm sorry” is the first thing you will hear out of our mouths. Politeness aside, it's often habit rather than emotion because frankly, apologizing to the cat when moving it off the keyboard is just silly.

There's a bigger issue here and one I became aware of when listening to good people trying to say no to a request of their time or talents.

It often comes out with an apology. “I am so sorry but I just can'…

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One simple method to foster positive thinking

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I'm not exactly sure when or why I started the bedtime tradition of “best part of the day” with my children. It became a great way to connect with them, and help end their day on a positive note. I didn't realize it then, but what I was fostering in them, was quiet observation and positive thinking.

I heard recently that most people choose to avoid quiet time by themselves to think their thoughts. They're afraid of what might surface, so instead fill their time up with noise or activity. It's h…

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How does your business garden grow?

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Over time of course.

Only Jack of the Beanstalk fairy tale fame plants a seed that grows magically overnight into the clouds.

Online, there’s a lot of promises about magical growth and magical formulas.

…Which might take you down a misleading path lined with flawed promises and embarrassing  expectations.

An inexperienced  gardener, misled by the smoke and mirrors of internet promises might be tempted to do things like –

Dig up the seed, throw it away and try a different one.

Forget about …

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Success doesn’t come from a one size fits all

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“In just 15 years she’d grown a successful business.”

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A Pandemic Might Just be the Greatest Opportunity to Learn Appreciation

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Driving home the other night, I was struck by the beauty of snow laced trees and the emptiness of the highway. The first a normal winter scene and the second, not. 

10 months into the pandemic normal and abnormal continue to weave through our lives. 

Separately, they each give rise to similar circumstances but different feelings. Gently falling snow, accumulating on the spruce trees to paint a beautiful picture. Quiet, still, solitary.

The empty highway, devoid of other vehicles, no tracks to…

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