Warp and Weft

This new toy arrived at my house this week!  I have been longing for a floor loom for many years and recently this LeClerc Mira II serendipitously landed in my life. It took a couple weeks to arrange transport and the anticipation built as I waited! WOW – this is going to be fun! Everything I am reading and absorbing …

Sweeping in Front of the Rock

If you are a curler, you might know about the controversy that has arisen in the last year around the construction and particular fabric used on broom heads. The gist of it is that good curlers can significantly alter the distance and curl on a rock by sweeping with these broom heads that have a “directional fabric” – the weave …

Being Grounded

Being grounded has various meanings, depending on the context: to a pilot it might mean “not flying”, to a rebellious youngster it might mean “reduced privileges”. To those of us in the field of energy work – it is about anchoring oneself in the present and being self-aware in a calm, focussed manner. The “Tree Pose” in yoga uses the imagery …

Stained Glass Windows

  “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when  the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”                    Elizabeth Kübler-Ross I read this quote this morning and struck me as such a brilliant metaphor for resilience. The …

White Space?

White space. This word is cropping up all over the place as I begin to submerge myself in writing, creating marketing pieces and filing my day-timer pages! White space is what designers and editors refer to as the unused, blank space between sections of a document or areas of a graphic design. It creates a visual open space for the eye …

Welcome to the Sandbox!

I presented a keynote address at the Sturgeon County Senior’s Conference last week and opened the session with a discussion about the single most-common question we ask children: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” To be clear, we are really challenging those children with a double-barrelled question: What do you want to DO when you are …

Find Your Energy this Fall!

What gets you going? What gets you going in the sense of having energy to tackle something meaningful and important to YOU? As we come into the season of fall, many of us look for the nurturing warmth of contentment; we seek something that will hold us physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually through the changing season. What is it that will rev …

Focus on the Horizon!

I was faced with trudging up this hill today on my morning walk. It was tempting to just flop down, stare at the overcast sky and figure out another route. The picture doesn’t do the hill justice; it was about a 65% grade. However, as I puffed up the incline, I had this vague recollection of the mantra my Running Room instructor …

Back-to-School Special 2016

September is here and if you are starting a new term at university, college or perhaps embarking on a practicum placement I  invite you to consider coaching as part of your back-to-school routine. (Even if you are not headed back to the classroom, but you are looking to learn something new… here’s an opportunity!) What would it be like to… BALANCE studies, fitness, work and …

Say “YES!” to the Mess

The title of this post is also the title of a book that landed in my hands this last week: Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz by Frank J. Barrett. It was a quick and novel read about the parallels of jazz music and leadership. WOW – so many great analogies! I was intrigued by the idea …