Category Archives: Proactivity

Ann Patchett – Present and Powerful!

Recently, I had the good fortune to be invited by my friend Isabelle to go see Ann Patchett being interviewed at the Toronto Reference Library. Ann Patchett is on tour for her latest novel, Commonwealth. I have read several of her novels over the years (including Bel Canto, Run and State of Wonder) and really…

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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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9 Tips to Prevent Burnout – Voices of Experience

Nine terrific, and it turned out, very generous and experienced women, joined me as I hosted the lunch and workshop: Three Common Mistakes Professional Women Make that Keep Them Feeling Exhausted and Overwhelmed, with the help of my amazing assistant Kit Boulter (creator of the beautiful food trays pictured here). The group’s discussion became especially…

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What Are Your Keystone Habits?

Are you a creature of habit, of carefully crafted rituals and routines meant to help you function at your best? When those habits are not as achievable as usual, do you feel like a fish out of water, struggling to breathe? Does this situation often make you feel stuck and frustrated? I personally answer “yes”…

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Do you know how much of your happiness is actually within your control?

Scientific research has validated what you might have learned from experience or have heard from a wise elder: a large portion of our happiness is within our control and has little to do with our life circumstances.   Science is also showing why happiness should be an important goal for us. My wise grandmother, Mildred…

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Words from the Wise: Marriage and Parenting

Some of you may already have read my earlier post: DD is 100 Years Old Today! What’s her Secret?, about my maternal grandmother, Mildred Maclean (aka, to her grandchildren and many others, “DD”). I wrote it for her 100th birthday on March 8, 2011. She is now 102!   She is slowing down but is…

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Where’s Our Passion?

Have you ever yearned to find more passion, or even some passion, in your work?  Reading Lean In: Women, Work and The Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg over March Break made me remember an experience when I so strongly felt that yearning.  About ten years ago, I went for a ride in a hot…

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Take Your Exercise!

One late August night a couple of weeks ago, I was not sleeping well. I thought to myself “I didn’t get enough exercise today”. Then I asked myself – “What is this about “getting”? Was I expecting someone to hand it to me on a silver platter?” Then I decided I should have said to myself: “I didn’t take enough exercise today”, or “I didn’t make room for enough exercise today.” That rephrasing is more proactive; being proactive is one of my key values. Why wouldn’t I be proactive about something that is so critically important to me, which when I do it, make me feel fully alive? And also, “taking exercise” fits with my feeling that it is medicinal.

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Lessons of a 20-Something Year Old

Happy New Year Everyone! To start of this year of blogging I thought you might enjoy Michele Wong’s inspiring story below.   I met Michele last November at a Young Women In Law Charity Gala  which was held to raise money for the Belinda Stronach Foundation.  I was struck by Michele’s brimming enthusiasm and clear passion for…

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Focus on Focusing and Feel Fantastic!

Focus like this beautiful laser beam!

I am sitting here at home on this wet, grey December Monday morning, feeling a little unfocused.  This is ironic, given that I really want to write about mental energy and how focusing mentally can help us manage our mental energy.  However, as I write this I realize, maybe this is just what I need!…

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