The Next Chapter

I wonder if putting a book out into the world is not unlike joining a ship? There is a great deal of unknown about joining the ship. You might have an idea and some expectations of what the voyage is going to be like, but until the voyage begins, and you are there, in it experiencing it,…

A Letter for Three Girls

My Dearest Girls, It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, but I want you to know how much I have always thought about you. I’m sorry I haven’t reached out sooner, I know the last couple years have been really hard for you since losing your dad. If you ever want to…

A letter to my 14-year-old self

Dear 14-year-old Becky, I want to share with you a few things I wish I had known when I was your age. You have just gone through puberty, and your body is so different than it was before. I know you don’t want me to notice that you have boobs, hips, and hair in new…

Big Magic!

Yes, I am reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. And while the title of this post is totally inspired by her book – this post is not about her book, but is about some Big Magic that’s been happening in my life. In the spring, while searching for free meditation videos, I stumbled upon Jai-Jagdeesh’s…

Letting Go

Mica started asking us if she could go to camp this summer, sometime around March break. Specifically, to a one-week sleepover camp, Big Cove YMCA, in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Two of her friends were attending, for the second year in a row, and she had heard them rave about the camp and how much…

The Power of Intuition

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a Yoga in Schools conference, put on annually by Breathing Space in Halifax, N.S. As I sat in a room with 55-60 school teachers, yoga teachers, and resource / guidance counsellors, I very much wondered what I was doing there. In this space, I was ‘just a Mum’,…

The Power of Breath

One of the things I have been working really hard at, is my relationship with my kids, and how I parent. I’ve been reading The Awakened Family (Dr. Shefali), The Power of Now (Eckhart Toole), and many of Wayne Dyer’s books. One of the major learnings that I have taken from these books, is about…

Heart-fullness Rocks

I have been pretty successfully in recent weeks at using my breath to reconsider my negative thoughts and emotions, in order to remain calm and present, and respond from a heartfelt state, versus an agitated state. But there was an interesting family dynamic happening in my life earlier in the week, and my emotions were getting the better of me. I…

Light of the firefly

In a meditation a few weeks ago, I saw this tiny speck of light that was moving and flitting around in the darkness of my mind. As I became more and more aware of its movement, it reminded me of a firefly, small, beautiful, bright and magical. And then I had this sense of the firefly…