Category Archives: Reflection

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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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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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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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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Intuition is Key

Happy New Year! I was going to write about something completely different this week. But then I listened to my intuition.  Here’s what happened.  The other morning  when I turned on my phone after breakfast (I try to wait an hour after waking before turning on my phone), there was a FB message for me…

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Highlights from “Overwhelmed: Work Love and Play When No One Has The Time” by Brigid Schulte

Overwhelm… That mix of feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, fragmented, even despairing, is a common theme among many women I speak to and coach, and something I have struggled with too.   Early into reading Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte,  I knew that I would write a blog post…

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Becoming your own best friend (“OBF”)

At one time or another, many of us feel stuck in a rut, wanting to grow into our bigger, better selves, but not knowing how.  This can feel lonely, and scary too, since growing means changing, and changing tends to feel scary more often than not.   We might wonder: “Will people still like me?  Will…

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Are you exhausted from giving? Inspiration from “Give and Take” by Adam Grant

  Do you ever feel exhausted from giving so much to others without considering yourself enough in the equation? If so, you are not alone and this post is really for you.   It contains good news!   It doesn’t have to be an “either or” thing – give to others or give to yourself.   In fact,…

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Wise words in “Stompa”

Have you ever heard  a song over and over again and enjoyed it at a surface level, and then, for some reason, at some point, you  decide to stop long enough to really listen to it?  That’s what happened to me with Stompa, by Serena Ryder.   On a steamy July morning this summer,  I was listening to…

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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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