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Mental Health AwarenessMental Health awareness is growing every decade. The stigma surrounding mental health issues has been lessening but still has a long way to go. Campaigns such as Bell Canada’s Let’s talk really help in raising awareness. Continue reading

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Goal settingThe S.M.A.R.T goal acronym is not new. Continue reading

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Gratitude

Giving yourself and other people gratitude seems like a pretty simple thing to do. Yet how many of us actually do it? Continue reading

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Making Habits Stick

Making habits stick can be really tough. We’re coming up to that time of year when we make resolutions for the upcoming year. Continue reading

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“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 

It’s that time of year again when Continue reading

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Cracked egg

There is meaning hidden in the small changes of everyday life, and wisdom to be found in the shards of your most broken moments.

Elizabeth Lesser

 

Broken Open

There is a book entitled, Broken open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser that contains many pearls of wisdom about change, loss, grief, and devastation that is a natural part of our lives.

 

One of the many things that I really appreciate about Lesser’s book is Continue reading

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Learn the alchemy

true human beings know.

The moment you accept

what troubles you’ve been given,

the door will open.

– Rumi

 

Blooming flower in the desert

A flower blooming in the desert

Helen Rose

Recently I read a book entitled, 53 Grove Rd by Helen Rose. It’s a short memoir written by a woman I know who lives in the Bow Valley. It chronicles her childhood with her adopted parents: a verbally abusive and cold-hearted mother and an alcoholic and disengaged father.

 

The book vividly outlined Helen’s disturbing memories of trying to navigate childhood in a family where the rules just didn’t make sense. It was at times beautifully written and at others shocking and disturbing. As a parent, I can’t imagine telling my child that I wanted a blue-eyed blonde girl but got a dark-eyed brunette instead as Helen’s mother did. I can’t imagine the impact on a child who heard messages like that repeatedly.

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caterpillar to butterfly

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. ~ Frederick Douglass

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. ~ Keri Russell

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~ Harrison Ford

When you are through changing you are through. ~ Bruce Barton

It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go. ~ Bob Proctor

In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. ~ Warren Buffett

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Woman hikingYou can’t teach an old dog new tricks

We’ve all certainly heard the excuse, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” How often do we let ourselves off the hook from starting something or sticking to it when it comes to goals we create for ourselves?

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you may know that I love to share stories. I’m going to share some more about people who did things later in life-when many would’ve said it’s too late. Continue reading

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Reaching for the starsI know I’ve been talking a lot about goals this month. But t’is the season when we’re often setting goals for ourselves! And we need to do so thoughtfully. I’ve been writing a lot about goals: visualizing goals, creating S.M.A.R.T. goals, adversity, perservering Continue reading

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