personal development

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 those who asked about the place of competitive in my life, post rowing, I had wonderful answers like I had found a balance, like I could just enjoy sport for fun, like now I was going for health rather than winning.


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 hours.  I was in the audience enjoying the company of five other remarkable women.

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 dentist appointments.   I could, in fact do all of these things, but I have learned to choose my resolutions carefully.  As in most things, focus is a key ingredient to successful resolutions.  For years I began my new year by listing all the things I was proud of in the previous year, this was a feel good wa

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 that you track the time meditating, doing breath work, the time spent in downward dog. The idea of a fitness diary or a running diary isn’t foreign but somehow we think for spiritual matters we think it should just happen.

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, I started my list of intentions for 2012 when I stumbled upon a critical flaw in the 2012 list; not all the things I was including on my intention list were aligned with the vision I hold of where I want to be in five years.  There were several things on the list that were significant tangents, enjoyable a

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 forward to inspiring people to see that when we engage...anything is possible!

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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 minutes to down their sandwich. I can't afford anymore twenty dollar hot dog stops, I am saving my money for a great speed skating shirt for each of them. Anyway, after last nights hotdog induced indigestion my gut needs a break.

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 following the coach. -- Silken


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 to silver. She had a beautiful run and knew it but the American Hannah Kearney was just a little bit better. You are amazing and inspiring Jennifer.

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 close to a great speaking contract that then falls through, as I work through learning challenges with both of my kids and as I put love and effort into a positive relationship with my ex-husband, I feel a little pity coming on.


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