Category Archives: Positivity

More Than Just A Plum Pudding

For as long as I can remember, my maternal grandmother,  Mildred Maclean (“DD” to me), would make the plum pudding for our Christmas dinner.  (Post about DD.)  A few years ago, when she was well into her 90s, I took over the role of plum pudding maker.  I now make the pudding, bolstered by my grandmother’s…

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Yes!

Coinciding with the launch of my first newsletter this month, I thought that this would be a good time to review what I have beenn blogging about for the last year and give some hints and some direction as to where I am going.  It’s been almost a year since I began focusing on managing…

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What Do I Want For This Relationship?

A powerful and basic question you can ask yourself when you are feeling challenged in any relationship, personal or professional, is:

What do I want for this relationship?

When you have your answer, govern yourself accordingly, accessing the best parts of you to do so.

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Something Lost, More Found

Hi Readers, I am sorry for the long time between posts.   I am happy to be back here blogging again! My family and I were lucky enough to be able to go to Florida last week for March Break.   We had a really lovely holiday; lots of good “family of five” time as…

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Do You Have Worry Cup or A Cup of Concern?

This post explores “worry” versus “concern” and connects these ideas with exciting research on positive emotions. Remember, I have been loosely exploring managing our energy not our time since the summer and this post fits with managing our emotional energy. Here is a link to the first post in the series to get you oriented….

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Carrying Heavy Loads and Smiling Plastic Smiles in Vegas

I love when my kids’ story books make me think.  In Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth, a panda bear tells some children the story of two monks, an older one and a younger one, on a journey.  At one point they come across a rich and haughty young woman who demands that they carry…

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Managing Energy Not Time – Refuelling at the Dog Park

This is my dog, Raska. (She is named after the Ganaraska River and Forest near our cottage).  Raska is partly responsible for helping manage my energy, and not my time, and thus helps me be more “sustainable”.  Here’s the background: This past spring I led a workshop at my children’s old school, Palmerston Jr Public…

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DD is 100 Years Old Today! What’s Her Secret?

Happy Birthday to DD who is 100 years old today! And happy 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day! Below is speech I made this past Sunday at a party for my maternal grandmother, Mildred Maclean (“DD”), who is 100 years old today: DD is a teacher. She has taught her children, her students, her grandchildren,…

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A Feast of Strengths This Season

I wonder what would it be like if, this holiday, along with our turkey, we all sat down to a feast of strengths cooked up by every person around the table? I had the privilege of attending the International Coach Federation’s Annual Conference this Fall in Fort Worth, Texas.  This is the third such conference…

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PS to my story “Who is Milisa Burns?”

Just to be crystal clear, by sharing my story in my first post, I am not trying to suggest that to make more room for yourself, you must change what your life looks like on the outside.   For instance,  I am not here to suggest you change your work.  Rather, I am so curious…

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