Why Growing Means Learning to Say Goodbye

Why Growing Means Learning to Say Goodbye

When I left my home province, I said goodbye, many of them. When I did, I didn’t realize exactly how big a move it was nor the internal shifts to come. This week, I’m present in the psychological shift my son and his partner are making in a continental move. From one...
Is It Time To Own Your Life Stories?

Is It Time To Own Your Life Stories?

How do you feel about your life stories? Do you even think about your life in terms of stories? As a speaker, I do. Following a recent speech for the members of a T.O.P.S group, I answered questions about a growth mindset. What it is and how it applies to different...
Adversity. Motivation To A Life Of Meaning

Adversity. Motivation To A Life Of Meaning

In the world of professional speaking, a lot of speakers under the umbrella of motivation get there because of very visible physical challenges. It is immediately obvious that the person on stage has every right to claim the title of motivational and even...
Blossoming, A Lifetime’s Work

Blossoming, A Lifetime’s Work

Blossoming, a Christmas Cactus greeted me as I sat down at my desk this morning. A dainty pink bloom a cheery note on a grey December morning.  Immediately I thought of the occasion of receiving it and am reminded of how similar my life is to the blossoming of this...
Will You Be My Un-Valentine? Alternative Belonging

Will You Be My Un-Valentine? Alternative Belonging

Alternative belonging. It’s where my thoughts go, the day before Valentines. Ah Valentines. The flower giving, chocolate eating, marriage proposal, gift giving, dinner out frenzy. I think about all the people for whom none of that will happen. A day in which...
Please Come Out to Play. Health Benefits of Nature

Please Come Out to Play. Health Benefits of Nature

Play isn’t just for kids and neither is time in nature. Remember as a kid when your days were spent outside, as many hours as you could manage? There you explored the world, often by foot, or on a bike. Much of what we did was good for us, but of course we didn’t know...