personal development blog posts

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

We Need To See Ourselves In The Mentally Ill

May
12
Here is a thought. Until we can see ourselves in the mentally ill we will not stand up and fight for better care, increased awareness, and greater funding.  As long as we stand to one side and not recognize that we are all vulnerable, that mental illness can happen to any one of us, we... more

I was Looking to Get in Shape and I Found Community

Feb
29
I was looking to get in better shape and enjoy a new athletic challenge when I joined a triathlon group two years ago. Little did I know I was going to become a part of a supportive community that I now look forward to meeting with on a regular basis.   The group was called Mercury Rising... more

Sharing My Mental Health Story Was Tougher Than Olympic Competition

Jan
27
I get excited about Bell Let's Talk day. It's a day when we give ourselves permission to have open conversations about mental illness. Kudos to Clara Hughes and the team who championed this initiative from the start, and in a few short years pried the conversation about mental health wide... more

The Meaning Of Christmas Extends Beyond Family

Dec
24
I wonder if the tide is turning about Christmas. This year, it seems that more is being written about putting the meaning back in Christmas. This is pretty dicey territory, because Christmas does in fact have different meaning for different people. To many, Christmas marks the birth of... more

Recommended Reading for the Holiday Season

Dec
16
When my son asked my advice on what courses to enrol in during his first year of University I didn’t even have to think. “Take some courses you think will be interesting, if you are lucky there will be a course that will blow the top of your head off, something that will leave you... more

Imagination is a magical power

Nov
14
“Imagination is a magical power.”  I said this in front of twenty five thousand young people as part of We Day this year.  We Day is a global movement encouraging activism, engagement and volunteerism in young people.  Every young person in the Saddle Dome in Calgary, the Rogers Centre in... more

Powerful Women

Apr
14
Last week I was invited to speak at an event focused on Women in Business. I brought a friend who owns her own business, focused on strategic communications and public relations strategy.  Along with running a successful business, she has raised three children and recently finished an... more

THE VOID

Feb
26
Transitions are a big theme in my life right now.  My son is going off to University, I finished a book a year ago and am pondering next steps in my life, and every client I am coaching seems to be going through some sort of significant life change.  Transitions are comprised of endings,... more

A Well-Beaten Path (Part 1)

Oct
01
 It was when I was late for a meeting with a sponsor, running  around the house cursing, senseless with anxiety and frustration at once again not being able to find my car keys, that I had this epiphany:  we don’t make things different by keeping them the same.  If you want different... more

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