There are some conversations and some people you just never forget.
I met her when volunteering in an adult ESL literacy classroom. She was from Sudan, a senior, brought to Canada to rejoin her family. She was quiet, but there was a sparkle in her eye and ready laughter during our lessons.
One day, during a lesson on families, we all brought and shared pictures of our families. As usual, we smiled and laughed a lot as I taught the words for son, daughter, father, mother.
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…
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…
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…
Not to be Captain Obvious, but this year hasn't gone quite the way I thought it would. I know I'm not alone in that.
I certainly didn't see myself putting the speaking part of my business on hold and diving head first into expanding my mentoring/coaching to be the main thrust of my business.
Nor did I envision ending a relationship and moving into a new community.
And I for sure didn't expect that by doing so I'd be planning a future event that could go on to make massive impact for potent…
2020 the year of great promise. Anticipated, optimistically excited. Right?
The universe laughed and said “Hey I’ll deliver on what you asked for, no problem.” And the ask, came from 2019 and the buzz word was “Disrupt”.
Regardless of the sector – corporate or non-profit the word of the year was “Disrupt”. Conferences, summits, meetings of all types – disrupt, disrupt, disrupt . Heck, I spoke at an event – Disrupt the Conversation.
And when I think of what we put out collectively, …
Have you ever seen a piece of furniture undergoing re-finishing? There are several steps involved to take it from dull and blemished to a piece with all it's beauty showing through. Similar in a way, to our lives.
The pandemic has created a global awakening as people begin to take stock of how satisfied they are with their day to day situations. In some cases, we are beginning to see how we aren't bringing our best qualities into the world. Or living a life in alignment with the greater good e…
Have you ever had that buzz, that spark of energy where from nothing came a flame, kindled by one little ember? Music is one of my embers. It is a stress buster, an energy giver, a backdrop and it is a creative force. As a result, as I begin more and more to understand all the ways it enriches me, I find ways to invite it into my life.
When you reconnect with something really important, that's how it feels. Like a spark has been lit, an ember long hidden fanned back into life. It is excitement …
Do you have a hard time declaring time for yourself?
That's not unusual, given all the roles most women find themselves trying to fulfill. And the roles, they are aplenty. When is the last time you put those aside and thought about yourself as simply - you?
I'd bet it's been months, years, decades?
But doesn't it seem like the time is overdue? This pandemic threw a proverbial wrench into the workings of all of our lives which seems like a moment in time, an invitation even, for some reflecti…
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