personal development blog posts

Confessions of the Pathologically Competitive

I am the worst kind of competitive.  You know, one of those people who doesn’t think she is competitive, who thinks she is a good enough person that she can turn it off when with family and small children, that is until somebody in the room yells “go”.  Then her true nature shows.  To... more

The Gift of My Notes

Thursday night I, along with six thousand other humans, went to see Oprah at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver.  Although she did not dance, and only sang a small verse to the hymn, I Surrender All, her humour, her candidness about her extraordinary life, kept her audience riveted for two... more

The Amazing Willpower Muscle

I love beginnings.  They are filled with promise and the unknown; it seems like anything can happen.  The New Year 2013 is a beginning, it is an entirely different year and so entirely different things can happen.  I could become better organized, punctual, and less prone to forgetting... more

Physical, Mental, and Spirtual Health Diary

In January I kept a diary, a diary of how I was investing my physical, mental and spiritual health each day.  I purchased the Eckhart Tolle Day Timer for extra inspiration as I began tracking the time I invested in my health and enlightenment.  Kind of sounds funny doesn’t it, the idea... more

Tension for Change

Goal setting has been part of my life since my early days as a track runner.  With four Olympics and years of leading others in the discovering and living their potential, you would think setting a New Years resolution would be a snap.  I had created my list of what I am proud of in 2011... more

Alive! Bodies in Motion

On Thu June 17 @ 1:00 pm Pacific Time, I will be joining Susannah Steers, host of Alive! Bodies in Motion on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, to talk about how movement, physical activity and sport, connect us to ourselves, each other and the larger world around us.  We look... more

Sky Train and Speedskating

Once again I find myself on the Sky Train en route to the Richmond Oval. Canada's Christine Nesbitt is favoured to win and the Sky Train s is packed with Canada flags. Try blogging on a Blackberry while standing on the Sky Train. My kids are sitting eating their lunch; I gave them eight... more

Always on Camera

Figure Skating was another first yesterday. The whole atmosphere was so intimate you could see the skaters in the ready area with their coaches. Being at the event it really hit home that these athletes are never free of the cameras. There is even a camera completely dedicated to... more


I opened the globe and mail today to see the most beautiful image of Jennifer Heil just missing a gold medal. Her face is so calm and composed, and sad all at once. The stakes in sport are so high, you train so intensely for so many years, and a little wobble of the knee, and gold turns... more

The Problem Pile

There are times that I just feel plain pissed off at the number of curve balls that get thrown my way. I just get through one challenge and boom, there is another. And about the lessons - why do we have to keep learning? Isn’t there a time when we can just cruise for awhile? As I get... more