October 2017

Oct 31 2017
The one question I always get the most when I give oracle readings in my annual online gathering “The Power of Your Spiritual Calling event”… What is my purpose? Kind of like life, your purpose is not about the destination. It’s about the journey. The journey can help you define and refine your purpose. Here’s […] more...

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Oct 31 2017

Judy's One Minute Shelf Help Video Pick   One of the ingredients from my keynote, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ is healthy physical activity. Back by popular demand, here is a fan favourite: ' The Productivity Project' by Chris Bailey. Relieving Work Related Stress with Humour Keynotes: I had a blast this month chatting with so many awesome [...]

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Oct 31 2017
Whenever I click on a personal finance article, I wait for the other shoe to drop. And there’s always another shoe. You’ve seen the headlines: She’s 32 and saved $100,000 for a condo (by living in her ... Read More more...

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Oct 30 2017
“What’s up with Mom? She’s acting different these days. She is slower to respond to our requests for ridiculous things that we could easily get ourselves. She is on her phone a lot, too. She seems to be busier and quicker to ‘shush’ us. But strangely, she also seems happier. She seems excited about whatever it is she is doing on her computer and phone all day. She seems a little prouder of herself.” Well, guess what guys? Mom went back to work. No, it’s not a 9-5 office job, and that’s why she still gets to spend the majority of her day taking care of you, but she is working, and she is working really freaking hard. I think that after being a SAHM for three years, the whole family got very used to and fond of the idea that Mommy doesn’t work. Nope. Not like those people who really work. Those people who go to the office every day and make a difference with what they are doing. Nope. That’s not Mom. Mom just stays home with us and makes sure we are doing okay. How easy is that, right? more...

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Oct 30 2017
Everyone has both good and bad habits. Since Financial Literacy Month is set to begin this week, it’s the perfect time to review your spending habits. If you want to become financially responsible, here are five ... Read More more...

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Oct 30 2017
Event: Canadian German Gala Ball Date and Time: Saturday, November 4, 2017 6:30 PM EDT Location: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 What To Wear Join ... more...

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Oct 28 2017
If you are a Montrealer like me, you for certain know that Jesse Galganov's family has been searching for him since he went missing in Peru on September 28th. This is a women's lifestyle blog, but in light of the fact that I have readers from around the world, it is only right that I do my part in sharing this, in hopes that someone reading has information on Jesse's whereabouts. This is also very close to my heart as my first cousins are cousins with Jesse. So I have respected my family's wishes and am sharing this today. "On September 28, the 22-year-old texted his mother saying he might be unable to communicate for a few days, as he planned to hike the 31-mile Santa Cruz trail through the Cordillera Blanca Mountains. He assured his mother, Alisa Clamen, he’d be reachable after October 2. more...

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Oct 27 2017

When, like me, you’ve been working at the same career for a long time, you become very efficient and develop technical speed. It reveals itself over the course of the many years you have practised your craft. And if you, like me, have a brain that is equal parts creative and technical, you build special […]

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Oct 27 2017
All parents imagine how life will unfold for their children. I, of course, imagined my eldest daughter would finish high school. I was filled with anxiety and confusion when it all started to unravel. In the fall of 2000 while in Grade 7, after a successful time in elementary school, my 12-year-old Avery, began what would be a four-year disengagement from school. Why would a privileged, middle-class adolescent choose this when dropping out was nothing short of taboo and would complicate her life? more...

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Oct 27 2017
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Oct 27 2017
Here are some stories that caught our eye this week: Millennials have a lower homeownership rate than baby boomers did at age 30: StatsCan This week, Statistics Canada shared the results of the 2016 Census. One ... Read More more...

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Oct 27 2017
There are a lot of components to consider when planning your retirement. How much do you need to save? When you picture your retirement years, what do they look like? At what age do you want ... Read More more...

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Oct 26 2017

Nothing says sugar meltdown quite like Halloween. While indulging our sweet-tooth is perfectly fine once in a while, there are a variety of tactics parents can use to help children moderate their sugar intake this Halloween (and prevent nasty stomach aches, emergency dental appointments, and sugar-high meltdowns). Dentists recommend avoiding hard, caramel, or gummy candies […]

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Oct 26 2017
An RRSP is a great option if you’re saving for retirement. In some cases, you may be able to contribute to more than one because there are different types of RRSPs. Here’s a rundown of the ... Read More more...

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Oct 25 2017
Event: An Evening in Venice Date and Time: Saturday, November 4, 2017 6:00 PM EDT Location: Liuna Station, 360 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H5 What To Wear This year’s St. ... more...

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Oct 25 2017
Event: TVO Gala 2017 Date and Time: Thursday, November 2, 2017 5:30 PM EDT Location: The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4 What To Wear As traditional... more...

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Oct 25 2017
Members, we heard you and we’re coming downtown! We are so excited to be bringing our amazing collection of designer dress and accessory rentals to our downtown Toronto members. Opening Friday, November 3, 2017,  our experienced stylists will be on hand for a consultation during an hour-long private fitting (by appointment) or to help you quickly find a great dress on your lunch or coffee break.  You’ll be able to […] more...

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Oct 25 2017
Members, we heard you and we’re coming downtown! We are so excited to be bringing our amazing collection of designer dress and accessory rentals to our downtown Toronto members. Opening Friday, November 3, 2017,  our experienced stylists will be on hand for a consultation during an hour-long private fitting (by appointment) or to help you quickly find a great dress on your lunch or coffee break.  You’ll be able to […] more...

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Oct 25 2017

This is an excerpt from my novel Outrunning Crazy: Inspired by the one and only Chinese restaurant in my town. The novel Outrunning Crazy is set in 1968 and reflects the thoughts of people in this story at that time.                               Read the full article...

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Oct 25 2017
Following back-to-back interest rate hikes, the Bank of Canada announced Wednesday it’s taking a breather and holding its overnight lending rate at 1%. After nearly seven years of ultra-low interest rates, the country’s central bank raised ... Read More more...

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Oct 25 2017
Learn how to make these super easy and fun Halloween lanterns. Impress your Halloween visitors with these great Halloween decorations. Fast and easy craft idea! more...

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Oct 25 2017


“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are." Brené Brown
Before I headed south to hear Brené Brown, I got into a discussion with a friend about belonging and its relevance to Company of Women.
Belonging to me was an integral part of what we do. Everyone, I felt, needs and wants to belong, to be part of something larger than themselves. So reading Brené’s new book Braving the Wilderness, confirmed what I had recognized intuitively.
Brené Brown grew up in a large family but outside of her family, she often struggled to fit in. Because of her father’s work, they were always on the move, making it hard to settle down, make friends and fit in. Feeling that she never belonged was one of her greatest pains.
She shares a story of how she was speaking at a conference, all dressed up and feeling distinctly uncomfortable, to the point where she got up, grabbed her suitcase and changed into her more casual clothing. As she said, how could she talk about being authentic, when she felt disconnected with herself.
Being yourself, she warns, means sometimes we have to stand alone. We have to brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability, and criticism. We have to belong to ourselves first.
And Brené is definitely brave as she tackles and labels what is happening in the world today. Right now, she says the only thing that binds us is fear, disdain, and rejection, not humanity, shared trust and love. We’ve become afraid to speak up, to reveal our innermost thoughts or opinions.
Partly because we treat everything as black or white, whereas grey might be a more accurate description. We are either for something or against it. No middle road here. She challenges us to be prepared to stand alone with our integrity.
Braving the wilderness, she cautions, means that you’re not going to like all the terrain. It means sitting with people, listening and having hard conversations. It means being curious, not defensive.
She talks about the spiritual crisis we find ourselves in. We are so busy stereotyping people, slotting them into our comfortable files, without realizing that they are people, people with pain.  Pain, she feels, that leads to anger and hate.  Pain that can only subside when we acknowledge it and care. But she argues, people are hard to close up. Move in, she suggests.
She goes on to say that we are dehumanizing people. It is much easier if we create an enemy image, one that depicts people as inferior or even dangerous. It starts with language. Abusive words should not be tolerated at any level or “either side.” The names tossed at Hilary Clinton, she suggests, are just as deplorable as those aimed at the President. We need to challenge ourselves to live by higher standards.
It is, she observes, those precious moments of joy – like going to your band’s concert, watching children play or spending time with old friends – that will fuel our lives. We need more joy. But it is also about being prepared to feel the pain. Funerals, for example, are not just for the people grieving, but for everyone who is there. However, not enough of us know how to sit in pain with others.
The way we engage with social media is like a fire – you can use it to keep warm and nourish or you can burn down the barn. Much depends on your intentions, expectations and reality checking skills. That said, face to face connection is imperative in our true belonging practice. 
And that brings me back to why Company of Women exists. While connecting online enables you to “meet” globally, it is through the in-person, face-to-face connections that we can build a community; a community where we all belong; a community that cares.
What can you do to speak out and belong? It takes all of us to make a difference. Together we have strength.
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Oct 25 2017


“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are." Brené Brown
Before I headed south to hear Brené Brown, I got into a discussion with a friend about belonging and its relevance to Company of Women.
Belonging to me was an integral part of what we do. Everyone, I felt, needs and wants to belong, to be part of something larger than themselves. So reading Brené’s new book Braving the Wilderness, confirmed what I had recognized intuitively.
Brené Brown grew up in a large family but outside of her family, she often struggled to fit in. Because of her father’s work, they were always on the move, making it hard to settle down, make friends and fit in. Feeling that she never belonged was one of her greatest pains.
She shares a story of how she was speaking at a conference, all dressed up and feeling distinctly uncomfortable, to the point where she got up, grabbed her suitcase and changed into her more casual clothing. As she said, how could she talk about being authentic, when she felt disconnected with herself.
Being yourself, she warns, means sometimes we have to stand alone. We have to brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability, and criticism. We have to belong to ourselves first.
And Brené is definitely brave as she tackles and labels what is happening in the world today. Right now, she says the only thing that binds us is fear, disdain, and rejection, not humanity, shared trust and love. We’ve become afraid to speak up, to reveal our innermost thoughts or opinions.
Partly because we treat everything as black or white, whereas grey might be a more accurate description. We are either for something or against it. No middle road here. She challenges us to be prepared to stand alone with our integrity.
Braving the wilderness, she cautions, means that you’re not going to like all the terrain. It means sitting with people, listening and having hard conversations. It means being curious, not defensive.
She talks about the spiritual crisis we find ourselves in. We are so busy stereotyping people, slotting them into our comfortable files, without realizing that they are people, people with pain.  Pain, she feels, that leads to anger and hate.  Pain that can only subside when we acknowledge it and care. But she argues, people are hard to close up. Move in, she suggests.
She goes on to say that we are dehumanizing people. It is much easier if we create an enemy image, one that depicts people as inferior or even dangerous. It starts with language. Abusive words should not be tolerated at any level or “either side.” The names tossed at Hilary Clinton, she suggests, are just as deplorable as those aimed at the President. We need to challenge ourselves to live by higher standards.
It is, she observes, those precious moments of joy – like going to your band’s concert, watching children play or spending time with old friends – that will fuel our lives. We need more joy. But it is also about being prepared to feel the pain. Funerals, for example, are not just for the people grieving, but for everyone who is there. However, not enough of us know how to sit in pain with others.
The way we engage with social media is like a fire – you can use it to keep warm and nourish or you can burn down the barn. Much depends on your intentions, expectations and reality checking skills. That said, face to face connection is imperative in our true belonging practice. 
And that brings me back to why Company of Women exists. While connecting online enables you to “meet” globally, it is through the in-person, face-to-face connections that we can build a community; a community where we all belong; a community that cares.
What can you do to speak out and belong? It takes all of us to make a difference. Together we have strength.
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Oct 25 2017


“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are." Brené Brown
Before I headed south to hear Brené Brown, I got into a discussion with a friend about belonging and its relevance to Company of Women.
Belonging to me was an integral part of what we do. Everyone, I felt, needs and wants to belong, to be part of something larger than themselves. So reading Brené’s new book Braving the Wilderness, confirmed what I had recognized intuitively.
Brené Brown grew up in a large family but outside of her family, she often struggled to fit in. Because of her father’s work, they were always on the move, making it hard to settle down, make friends and fit in. Feeling that she never belonged was one of her greatest pains.
She shares a story of how she was speaking at a conference, all dressed up and feeling distinctly uncomfortable, to the point where she got up, grabbed her suitcase and changed into her more casual clothing. As she said, how could she talk about being authentic, when she felt disconnected with herself.
Being yourself, she warns, means sometimes we have to stand alone. We have to brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability, and criticism. We have to belong to ourselves first.
And Brené is definitely brave as she tackles and labels what is happening in the world today. Right now, she says the only thing that binds us is fear, disdain, and rejection, not humanity, shared trust and love. We’ve become afraid to speak up, to reveal our innermost thoughts or opinions.
Partly because we treat everything as black or white, whereas grey might be a more accurate description. We are either for something or against it. No middle road here. She challenges us to be prepared to stand alone with our integrity.
Braving the wilderness, she cautions, means that you’re not going to like all the terrain. It means sitting with people, listening and having hard conversations. It means being curious, not defensive.
She talks about the spiritual crisis we find ourselves in. We are so busy stereotyping people, slotting them into our comfortable files, without realizing that they are people, people with pain.  Pain, she feels, that leads to anger and hate.  Pain that can only subside when we acknowledge it and care. But she argues, people are hard to close up. Move in, she suggests.
She goes on to say that we are dehumanizing people. It is much easier if we create an enemy image, one that depicts people as inferior or even dangerous. It starts with language. Abusive words should not be tolerated at any level or “either side.” The names tossed at Hilary Clinton, she suggests, are just as deplorable as those aimed at the President. We need to challenge ourselves to live by higher standards.
It is, she observes, those precious moments of joy – like going to your band’s concert, watching children play or spending time with old friends – that will fuel our lives. We need more joy. But it is also about being prepared to feel the pain. Funerals, for example, are not just for the people grieving, but for everyone who is there. However, not enough of us know how to sit in pain with others.
The way we engage with social media is like a fire – you can use it to keep warm and nourish or you can burn down the barn. Much depends on your intentions, expectations and reality checking skills. That said, face to face connection is imperative in our true belonging practice. 
And that brings me back to why Company of Women exists. While connecting online enables you to “meet” globally, it is through the in-person, face-to-face connections that we can build a community; a community where we all belong; a community that cares.
What can you do to speak out and belong? It takes all of us to make a difference. Together we have strength.
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Oct 24 2017

With just a week to go until Halloween, costumes, candy and jack-o-lanterns are top of mind. But what about Halloween safety? It may not sound very exciting, but a safe Halloween is a fun Halloween. Today we’ve rounded up five tips to make your Halloween spooky while keeping your peace of mind. Five Halloween safety […]

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Oct 24 2017
Looking around for better interest rates on fixed-income instruments might seem like trying to discern shades of white paint: Only an expert can spot the difference. In fact, you can find yourself richer when you break ... Read More more...

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Oct 24 2017
Event: Angels Catwalk for Sick Kids Date and Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:30 PM EDT Location: Steam Whistle Brewing,  255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9 What To Wear ... more...

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Oct 23 2017
Event: 2017 Annual Scholarship Gala Date and Time: Saturday, November 4, 2017 5:30 PM EDT Location: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3 What To Wear Join ... more...

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Oct 23 2017
I started singing at a very young age. After singing for my mom’s children’s record label, KIDZUP, at around 4 (or 5) years old, my parents put me in singing lessons. Funnily enough, I actually stopped singing and switched to piano for a few months. Then I switched back. At around 10, I decided that I wanted to pursue music professionally. more...

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Oct 22 2017
Event: A Date by Kate Date and Time: Friday, December 1st 2017 7:00 PM EDT Location: Strathmere, 1980 Phelan Rd W, North Gower, ON K0A 2T0 What To Wear A Date by Kate is an ... more...

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Oct 22 2017
Event: The 4th Annual Grand Gala Date and Time: Friday, November 17th, 2017 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM EDT Location:Riviera Events & Convention Centre, 2800 Hwy 7, Concord, ON L4K 1W8 What To Wear ... more...

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Oct 21 2017
The Wachau Valley region in Austria, a UNESCO site, is one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. more...

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Oct 21 2017
The Wachau Valley region in Austria, a UNESCO site, is one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. more...

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Oct 20 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: New high-tech waterfront community set to come to Toronto This week, Waterfront Toronto officially announced it’ll be partnering with Sidewalk Labs, a Google sister ... Read More more...

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Oct 19 2017
Event: Humber Heels Date and Time: Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Location: Paramount Eventspace, 222 Rowntree Dairy Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L 9T2 What To Wear ... more...

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Oct 19 2017
When comparing any two financial products, sometimes the differences are pretty stark. For example, stocks and bonds aren’t exactly similar. And yet in some cases, two possible investments are actually quite similar; this leaves consumers with ... Read More more...

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Oct 19 2017
I am excited to reveal today... the new, improved and rebranded WomenOnTheFence.com, Real Inspiration for the Modern Woman. You see, we weren't planning or rebranding or facelifting any time soon. But our site went down two weeks ago, and when the backup reinstalled was totally corrupt, we had no choice but to start from scratch. I panicked. It was touch and go for five long days. Did we actually lose eight years of blog posts, comments, pages, blood, sweat and tears? more...

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Oct 19 2017

October is pumpkin picking time. If you’re heading to the patch this weekend, here are a few tips for creating a great experience for the whole family. Pick the right patch It’s not just about the pumpkin these days. Most families heading to the pumpkin patch are looking forward to a day filled with exciting activities. Check […]

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Oct 18 2017

Writer and comedian Deborah Kimmett is performing her new one-woman show “The Year of The Suddenly”, directed by Linda Kash inn Toronto tonight and Picton tomorrow While teaching a writing workshop, Toronto-based writer and comedian Deborah Kimmett received a message that her younger brother Kevin had been diagnosed with cancer. The unexpected journey that followed Read the full article...

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Oct 18 2017
Nobody likes paying credit card fees, but there’s one type you can’t escape: from the moment you make a purchase or take a cash advance, your credit card provider begins charging you interest—calculated daily, charged monthly, ... Read More more...

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Oct 17 2017
Event: Opera Gala Dinner Date and Time: November 1st, 2017 5:30 PM Location: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts What To Wear RfR model is wearing the Emerald One Shoulder Sequin Gow... more...

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Oct 17 2017
Event: Celebration of the Personal Injury Bar Date and Time: Friday, October 27th 2017 6:00 PM Location: Ritz-Carlton, Toronto What To Wear The President and Board of Director... more...

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Oct 17 2017
Canada’s banking regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), is setting a new minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The minimum qualifying rate (or ... Read More more...

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Oct 17 2017
Direct link to segment: https://www.today.com/video/try-this-today-megyn-kelly-learns-yoga-and-so-can-you-1072573507642 Sit back, relax and grab a cup green tea… it’s Transformation Tuesday! I am still feeling very fortunate that both my worlds of life coaching and yoga collided this past Friday on The Today Show with Megan Kelly. My mandate? To teach Megan, her audience, and America, yoga poses specifically for stress… more...

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Oct 17 2017

Heading out to a pumpkin patch is an fall family tradition. To get a true farm experience, you’ll need to get in the car, but it’s well worth the ride. So round up your littlest pumpkins (in rubber boots of course) and head to a pumpkin patch (or festival). While you’re there, wander through the […]

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