Silken's Blog

How To #BeFearless in 2017

Jan
24
As we race breathlessly through January, energized by our resolutions, we may find ourselves sliding rather rapidly into February. Where did the month go? More importantly where are we in relation to all those resolutions? You know, the fitness programme, the commitment to eat no sugar,... more

Becoming a mom forced me to deal with my mental illness — and my family’s.

Jan
18
Last night I was putting my stepdaughter to bed, when she ran downstairs and frantically opened every cupboard in the front entrance looking for two flashlights.   Once she found the two flashlights, she moved them to another drawer, aligning them meticulously. When she was satisfied they... more

Even Coaches Need Coaching: How to Be Successful In 2017

Jan
08
As a champion of change and personal development, I love the New Year. As the calendar turns, I am filled with excitement of all the new things I want to accomplish and some of the things I am ready to let go of. I keep a list. This is very unlike me. I am not a list person, but when it... more

Speak Out About Depression -- It Makes A Difference

Sep
29
Teenagehood: First jobs, first romantic relationship, first heartbreak, first real academic pressure, first financial responsibility. If we as parents and adults were experiencing all these things for the first time, it would probably overwhelm us. So it's no surprise that teenagers... more

Tea with a Titan, Episode 11: Silken Laumann, Four-time Olympic rower

Aug
17
Guest Titan: Silken Laumann, Four-time Olympic rower. What we cover: If there’s something on this planet that’s more inspiring than the concept of those who rise again after they fall, well, I’m afraid I just don’t know what it is. And perhaps no other Canadian athlete most exemplifies... more

As Maple As with Ron MacLean

Aug
17
My interview with Ron MacLean about the difference between being an Olympian and watching the Olympics as a fan and the importance of having a connection with nature and the outdoors. Click Here. http://www.cbc.ca/asmapleas/?utm_content=buffere2bfa&utm_medium=social&u...

We Have Forgotten How To Do The Most Natural Thing In The World

Jun
23
To breathe, it's the most natural thing in the world, or so they say. Years ago, watching my baby boy sleeping, breathing seemed a whole body activity. His belly expanded like a balloon when he breathed in, his belly pushed downward as he exhaled. When I watched him I felt my whole body... more

Do You Want To Be Right Or Do you Want To Be Kind? (And How To Choose Kindness Daily)

Jun
10
I want to be kind, I really do. Kindness matters, I know this, I coach this, I speak about the power of kindness, and yet -- yes, and yet. In my primary relationship (you know, that relationship with my husband), being kind seems to be in a wrestling match with being right. Being right... more

Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Kind?

Jun
10
I want to be kind, I really do. Kindness matters, I know this, I coach this, I speak about the power of kindness, and yet -- yes, and yet. In my primary relationship (you know, that relationship with my husband), being kind seems to be in a wrestling match with being right. Being right... more

Being A Strong Athlete Didn't Save Me From An Eating Disorder

Jun
02
Two years ago, I shared my struggles with anorexia and disordered eating by writing a book, Unsinkable. Journalists in the following weeks expressed disappointment that another athlete had an eating disorder. They had held me up as a strong woman who went after her dreams, and suddenly I... more

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