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 …

Be Seen in the World!

  Have you ever noticed that a phrase or a saying sometimes catches your eye and then you begin to see it everywhere?  “Be seen!” is the phrase that has been re-appearing for me in the last couple of weeks; it’s popped up in conversation, written articles and yesterday I read those same words on a construction guy’s t-shirt! LOL; there …

Half Awake…

Summer mornings bring those hazy awakenings: soft light, heavy lids, sometimes even a wispy breeze through an open window or the lure of coffee and bacon seeping into your consciousness. What wakes you up? And then, what “wakes you up” in the sense of awareness to Life? Is it a little voice in your head, a window of time, an illness, …

It’s All in the Wording!

“So, what do you want to do now?” That question opens doors and closes people down faster than anything I know. It amazes me how brilliant minds get stuck and all of us at one time or another just blurt out “I don’t know”. And we mean it; we really don’t know the answer. What if we tweaked the phrase to …

Bargain with Jargon

Have you ever joined a conversation only to recognize that half of the vocabulary isn’t in your everyday language? Every field seems to have jargon – the acronyms or words that are specific to that industry or environment. It can be humourous – in fact, most good comedy plays in this realm – and it can be detrimental if we …