Category Archives: Well-being/Happiness

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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Why I Love Our Street Party

It’s one of my favourite days of the year – the day of our Annual Walmer Road Street Party. My husband and I moved on to the street into our third floor apartment when we were fresh young adults, back in 1994. (We later bought the house).   We heard about the party because neighbours were…

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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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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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More Joy – From Natasha Bedingfield’s Song “Unwritten”

I am not on top of pop culture – I rely on my family to keep me up to date, so I only really noticed this song: Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield (2004), in November when it was played as part of the Feminine Power Mastery course I am taking. I loved the song as soon…

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Finding Joy, Despite XYZ Stresses

Did any of you see this article by Gillian Livingston in the Globe and Mail last weekend about the study on stress: Survey Says: We’re Stressed (and not loving it)? So many of us are stressed way beyond our comfort zone. Some stress is good, but too much and unrelenting stress is bad, in a…

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Meeting A Woman On A Mission: Arianna Huffington

Two weeks ago, I shook hands with Arianna Huffington. I don’t get very excited about Hollywood stars, but meeting Arianna Huffington was another story.   Meeting her really did get me excited, especially after hearing what she had to say to the crowd at The Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto two weeks…

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Want to move from Dread to Enjoyment? Be inspired by this Story

Is there a part of your work, your home or your community life that you dread on a regular basis? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to shift out of the dread to something more positive… dare we even say, to shift from dread to enjoyment?   Yes, not only would it be wonderful, but it will also…

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