One Student’s Strategy: Coping with Covid

“Hi, I am in grade 5 and I want to go back into the classroom, but I am scared. Not scared of school, but I’m afraid of the coronavirus that could be there.” This was the opening statement on a Zoom coaching call I held last week. I was connecting with a concerned mom and a young woman who was …

Prickly Days

We all have our prickly days. Meet my little friend, Bandit. He came to us as a tiny 6-week old rescue, literally scared of his own shadow. He had been given very little attention and was terrified of being touched or contacting anything new – including food or water. If I think back, there have been many times in my …

What’s Going On?

Over the months of being home-bound and sheltering from COVID 19, I have enjoyed the comfy cocoon of my home. It’s been a bit of a luxury to dabble in crafting and sleep in (or nap) as I desire. I’ve had time to cook elaborate dishes and bake new concoctions. Grocery shopping and errands are nearly non-existent and with two …

Emotional Channel Surfing

It’s so obvious. When I am driving and an obnoxious announcer or an unwelcome song invades the space in my car – I simply reach over and change channels. I might even surf a few options before settling for another station, or turning the stereo off altogether. So why haven’t I thought to do that with the assortment of thoughts …

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 …