Yelling: Not the Panacea We Thought

  You know I don’t have children; I have dogs. And as a long-time reader, you also know this past February, hubby and I welcomed dog number six into our family. Initially, I did a lot of loud-voiced NOs at the little puppy. (Notice how I downplayed the term yelling to the gentler ‘loud-voiced’?) And

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Stand Tall. Feel Free. Shine Bright.

Over the last few months, I have met more women entering or in the middle of caregiving for their parents. (Typically their moms.) The reactions, emotions, and guilt levels are pretty much the same for most. I try to give a shoulder or an ear. Everything I say generally comes back to something based on

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How Well Do You Live In-Between?

I’ve been watching and thinking about several people in my circle. Specifically how they are navigating the in-between world. Y’know the place where we haven’t quite finished with one thing yet are taking tentative steps forward with that other thing? Like, my neighbour, just diagnosed with prostate cancer. Or the wife — of my husband’s

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How to Still Stand Tall

The news these days is making my stomach churn. It’s so very hard to stand tall right now, isn’t it? Interest rates are rising in a bid to stop inflation. Gas prices and general inflation are spiralling up an endless staircase. COVID is holding steady. Let’s ignore the long-overdue cooling of the housing market. The

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Let Go to Let In

  What’s your excuse for being forgetful? (C’mon! We ALL have those moments!) Here’s mine — “OMG, my poor brain. There is so much knowledge and wisdom crammed in there, that I can no longer keep everything in it. In order to make room for a new piece of knowledge, I have to let go

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Lessons from My New Puppy

Did I tell you we have a new puppy? She joined us in mid-February at barely three months of age. I had forgotten what life with a puppy is like. And today, I want to share the lessons Lily Bell (Bella for short) has taught me. I am pretty sure a couple will resonate with

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Can You FEEL the Energy?

We’ve made it to May. How do you feel? Notice the shift in your energy these days? More specifically, do you sense your life has sped up? Suddenly things are showing up for you in maybe the best ways possible in a long time. Are you experiencing even a bit more breathlessness these days? Welcome

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Time for Some Feng Shui

I bet you’ve heard the term Feng Shui. It’s an ancient Chinese traditional practice that claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. Quite literally, the term means “wind-water.” At the very least, I assume you have heard it associated with balancing your energy and bringing more wealth and abundance into

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Look Back. Flex Forward.

When I look back, seven years ago, I was in my second week of living my new life. Not even three months before, my mother had died. One month earlier, the streptococcal meningitis bug had selected me as its next victim. And here I was in the hospital trying to make sense of how to

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There Might be Something to this Self-Care Thing

I have a wide skepticism streak in me. Maybe you do too. Self-care is a term I have never been able to get behind. Most likely because in the beginning, it was always coupled with spa days, mani-pedis, beauty makeovers, tiny portions of chef-prepared healthy food, and pictures of well-dressed and coifed people lounging around.

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