Category Archives: Growth Mindset

Taking A Stand As An Act of Leadership

It’s June again already – wow this last year has flown by! I have been immersed in the Feminine Power Advanced Trainings since last June and it has been a transformative experience for me personally and professionally. As the trainings wind up and a 9 month practicum begins I am starting to integrate more and…

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Feeling the Pull Toward Something Greater in a Mystical Landscape

I went with my family to see Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh & More at the AGO this past Sunday. The exhibition explores the mystical experiences in nature of 37 different artists.   It was a gorgeous  (if crowded!) experience.  I was so inspired.  At one point we were encouraged to focus on one…

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The Story of the Horse, the Monkey and the Bird

Here’s a little backstory first: I used this story as an introduction to my 2015 Managing Stress by Making Room For You presentation at the Ontario Bar Association. Part of me felt it was too “out there” to share with a large number of lawyers (what if they thought I was a flake?), and the…

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A Grounded Loving Tornado

I have been playing around with naming a very powerful source of energy that I have been able to tap into at times in the last couple of years.  I am calling it being a “grounded loving tornado”.    My sense is that this energy is a type of human spirit energy – connecting to something…

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It Happened At Spadina and Dupont

Below is the story I told as an introduction to the topic of Avoid Burnout: Train for Resilience on June 1, 2016 as part of the Ontario Bar Association’s Mindful Lawyer Series. I am really grateful and proud to be a part of this important  conversation about lawyer well-being generated by the OBA!  I also really…

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Game-Changing Questions for Family Life (Hint: fun is involved)

It’s been four years since I read a book that changed the life of our family for the better. Much better. The book is Honey I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Time-outs, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don’t Work by Alyson Schafer. I picked it up in a time of need…

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Harnessing of “The Upside of Stress” by Kelly McGonigal

Whenever I feel compelled to talk a lot about something I have just learned, I realize that it is an important idea. Further, when I feel compelled to tell a client in a coaching conversation about it, even when I don’t feel totally comfortable with the idea, I realize that it is indeed a very…

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Come Out of Your Box And Find Work-Life Synergy

Come out of your box and find work-life synergy (and the joy, freedom and sense of purpose that come with that)! Many years ago when I was a young lawyer, eager to learn, I had a conversation with a senior partner at my firm. He told me that part of his success had to do…

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AHA! Work-Life Synergy!

I had an epiphany on my yoga mat recently that I would love to tell you about, but first a quick back-story.   This summer, I was sharing with my coach that I couldn’t name the kind of coach that I am.  I have never felt like a life coach, or a career coach, a…

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Dialling up the Vulnerability – Lessons from Brew Creek BC

Picture St. George’s Public school,  in London Ontario, 1979.   The stage was set for our Grade 7  Speeches to the class.  My teacher, Miss Finch, called my name.  I moved to the front of the room, turned to face my audience and opened my mouth to speak…Silence. Nothing came out. I blanked out completely….

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