What’s It Mean to Practice Praxis?

“I know, I know; why can’t I just DO it!” (Have you ever thought these words, or even muttered them aloud when you were in the midst of a decision or taking action on something important in your life? I sure have!) I was reminded of this internal struggle when I recently read a passage from the pages of Alan Seale’s brilliant book, Create a World …

Re-booting the Joy of Writing.

When did my editorial critiquing slip into over-drive? When did I shift from being clear and confident in my writing abilities to hiding them and avoiding pen and paper – or keyboard? My blog originally started as an extension of my personal journal. When I decided to stretch myself into this new technology, I cautiously tested out Blogspot with family …

Contrary To What It Feels Like, The Gremlins Are Not In Charge!

Those negative little voices in your mind are not real, although they seem real when they bombard you with all kinds of unsolicited advice and concern. Have you ever wanted to know how to shut down that endless chatter and move on with more ease and confidence? I’ve discovered a way to subdue the gremlins and I am willing to …

How Do You Connect in Conversation: Spiller, Filler, Thriller?

This little phrase applies to planter baskets as much as people. To a gardener, each word describes a type of plant that is required to fill an effective, eye-catching pot of flowers. It could also describe a variety of different conversational styles. There are numerous flowers that trail over the brim of baskets and garden urns – running riot and dripping …

What’s a Powerful Question and Why Should I Care?

For better or worse, as Melania Trump discovered this week when she wore a statement jacket with the words ”I don’t really care, do U?” emblazoned on the back, a well-placed question has the ability to provoke a whole bunch of conversation and plenty of action. Let’s unpack the power of inquiry. Powerful questions serve a valuable purpose:  they stop …

Gulp!

My friend, Rick Tamlyn, passionately advocates for everyone he meets to find his or her compelling purpose.  Play Your Bigger Game is the tool he co-created to encourage others to embrace an inspiring life. I was first introduced to this powerful methodology at a coach training in Calgary, AB; it has been a staple in my coaching repertoire ever since. As Rick says, “It takes 9-minutes …

“I Pick You To Be My Life-Coach!”

How do you know you need a life-coach, let alone know how to choose the right one? The short answer is “It depends.” The long answer will honour your question a little more carefully.  I invite you to pour yourself a hot cup of your favourite beverage, find a pen and paper and prepare to do a little self-evaluation. The …

“Let Hunger Come”

Have you ever just wanted to hurry life along, get things moving or push for something to happen a little sooner? At different times in my life, I dreamed of being able to drive a car, for my kids to be old enough to do some things independently, for something new opportunities to appear on the career horizon. Often it …

The 10-Minute Start

Have you ever looked at your to-do list and thought, “I don’t feel like doing any of this”? Me too. That lethargic, self-absorbed thinking often kills any momentum or inspiration I might have mustered to get things done. The job is made all the harder by my mental anguish over how long it will take, how much energy I might have …

Beyond the Blog

My decision to blog started about three years ago when I thought I might be able to streamline correspondence with my family and close circle of friends. What started as an extension of letter-writing and scrapbooking has now evolved into a key piece of my business presence. Let me walk you through how and why I continue to refine the …