February 2017

Feb 27 2017
River Thames in London; photo courtesy @VisitBritain Water has a profound impact on us. The human body is mostly made... more...

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Feb 24 2017

Josh Simpson and I would really like to know! Who is Josh Simpson you may ask? He’s a Contemporary American Glass Artist who has been producing the “Mega Planet Glass Marbles” in various sizes since 1976. I first heard about, saw and handled his work when I worked as a Gallery Assistant at the Sandra […]

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Feb 22 2017
Don’t Blame the Bugs is the title of an article in the winter edition of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine that really spoke to me. Because people come to me when they are dealing with some level of imbalance, I am constantly reminded how the majority of us view germs, bugs, viruses etc. The sense is that they are lurking around every corner waiting to get us and make us sick. more...

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Feb 21 2017
Dream Team Canada is on the move! (français à suivre) Dream Team Canada was formed to launch the song, “This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada” nationally  for Canada 150, with a remarkable team of people who are making it all happen. To date, almost 100 people have contributed to GoFundMe.com/ThisIsMyCanada — the grassroots of the project.... more...

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Feb 15 2017
(français si dessous) The perfect place to launch my 2017 “Proud to be canadienne, eh!” bilingual interactive show for schools — Maple, Ontario. Doesn’t get more Canadian than that, eh! It was a Family Day celebration kicking off Canada Week/Mon cher Canada 150 Carnaval at Blessed Trinity School and we sang, we danced, we wrote a bilingual... more...

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Feb 10 2017
Women travel for a variety of reasons, from recreation to business to study. For any woman travelling solo, personal safety must be paramount -- regardless of the purpose. Whether you are travelling to a major city on business, taking the road less travelled, or doing the all-inclusive resort get-away, the same principle applies: Put your safety first. more...

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Feb 03 2017

This has been a week of extremes – with amazing highs and disappointing lows.  As I sit to write my blog, a day late, which is an indication in itself of my week, I decide to focus on the highs, because focusing on the negatives, just pulls you further down and gets you nowhere.


The Rhyze Academy is a project of Innovation Guelph, through which 40 women who either have a business or want to start one, are taken through a nine-month course led by volunteer facilitators.    My month was January.


Initially I was asked if I could talk on work-life-balance.  Go ahead laugh. I did. There was no way I could present on that topic.  For those who don’t know me, I am the energizer bunny.  No. So instead I facilitated the group through the Personality Dimensions process so they could better understand themselves and those around them. 


While we are all a rainbow, our personalities are shaped by whether we are a blue, orange, gold and green.   We had fun.  This week I threw in an exercise where the women had to pitch to the other colours and it was fascinating at how creative they got as they tried to sell a new diet product.


One woman stood out.  She was marketing this beer that helped you lose weight with such aplomb that I had to ask her what business she was in.  A naturopath.  As I joked with her, she had a career in sales waiting for her if she ever wanted to go there.


As the women connected and enjoyed the exercises, I felt warm inside.  This is what it is all about.  Bringing people together.  Having fun and building community. It is what I have always loved about Company of Women.


Later in the week Laurie Hunt and I brought the women who are in the Company of Women mentoring program together to meet face to face for the first time.  In their pairs, they set goals and determined how they were going to work together.   On a much smaller scale, I could see the same thing happening.  The women were connecting on a deeper, authentic level.


So my big take away from this week is that when you are authentic, when you genuinely take an interest in another person, you can make a difference.


It’s not about money. It’s not about competition.


It’s about connection and collaboration.  It’s about being real and doing what you are meant to be doing. And for me, that means Company of Women.


Maybe we need the tough stuff so we can come to realize what is important to us and to be grateful for the opportunity we have to do what we love. 


So thank you ladies for filling my cup.   You made my week special. 



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Feb 01 2017

Does it feel you are going through a dry spell? You are doing everything right? You ask for work, you go for interviews, you do the marketing; sometimes you work at something for months, even years, but it seems like nothing is ever going to take root? You feel like a failure; the opposite of blessed. Read the full article...

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