My Mother’s Words On The Day I Turned Sixteen

Today, as I do on all of my birthdays, I opened up the cupboard in my home office and pulled out a box that sits there gathering dust. I rubbed my hand across the top of the box, lingering for a moment, pausing for a second to savour this thing that I do only once…

I Wanted To Tell Him That I Loved Him

I’ll never forget the first father’s day after Daddy died. I was twelve years old in grade seven, and several of the girls in the class pulled my teacher aside and asked her if we should even be celebrating father’s day in the class, considering what had happened to my dad. I didn’t want them…

Wild Soul Rising

Wild Soul Rising  head of the pack darting through the trees sensing something the others are too busy to notice she sharpens her focus and increases her speed it is then that she sees it her prey they move into a dance trying to out run each other but there is no forest large enough…

I wanted to be a better mother, but my soul unveiled something else.

It’s 8 am and I’m still lying snuggled under flannel sheets at our family cabin in the woods. The kettle is on and I’m thinking of coffee. The only thing I can see is light streaming in the windows, towering pine trees and the lake. Nothing else. What else could there be that would bring me […]

I Quit Drinking Because of Her

It’s been a full year since I’ve touched booze. Yup, twelve entire months. It started out innocently. Last year I was training for the Bluenose half-marathon and whenever I train for a race I tend to shy away from alcohol. When I’m running regularly, even one beer or a glass of wine can affect how…

On Becoming ‘Un-Stuck’

Four years ago, I quit my 9-5 corporate job as a Health and Safety Advisor in the marine oil & gas industry to start my own Health and Safety consulting business. With two small children at home, consulting helped me find balance between my professional life and my role as a mother. As the kids got…

The Perfect Formula for ‘Stuckness’

Do you know what it feels like to be stuck? Are you spinning your wheels with the same stories rolling over in your head, again and again? In The Book of Secrets, Deepak Chopra says; “It’s impossible to be new and old at the same time, yet we all wish we could stay the way…

What Are We Waiting For?

Last year I had a close call while driving, one that’s significantly impacted the way I wish to live my life. I wrote about that day a few months ago (How Listening Can Be a Path to Healing), but something else happened that night after I got home. Just hours after the accident, I stood…

Sacred Blessings In The Lawai Valley, Kauai

We spent our first Sunday in Kauai exploring the Lawai International Centre and 88 shrines set along the hillside, on sacred land in the Lawai Valley. To be honest, I envisioned visiting this place alone, to have some solitude and quiet in order to explore and connect. Connect with what?  I’m not quite sure – myself, maybe?…

It’s Time to Focus on What Matters

I’ve learned something about mental health recently and it’s from my own experience. When you have to deal with something on an emotional plane (versus a physical level), it strips you down completely. And what you are left with can feel raw and vulnerable. In the months after the accident, I have at times felt very fragile, like a little…

How Listening Can Be a Path to Healing

Two months ago, on a bright sunny day, the kind of day when the sun is so bright that it is hard to open your eyes, I stood on the side of the highway, next to my car, looking at the lake in the distance as the sunlight glistened and sparkled off of the water….