LinkedUp

/incoming rant I’m a competent professional, sought after for my business acumen and technical skills.  As an extrovert, I relish connecting with people through my work.  I (like to think) I am skilled at effective communication, with sincerity and warmth.  Sure, I can manage a difficult project, but I usually try to succeed with respect,…

Tea Time

My best friend and I have been through hell and back together.  When one of us is overwhelmed, the other reminds her of Step One:  Tea It’s the most relaxing way to start the day.  Rather than a bitter jolt from coffee, tea soothes, comforts and revives. Step One is sit down and have a…

The Meaning of Life

If you happened to see someone dancing on the street this morning as she walked her two dogs  … that was me.  Headphones and iPhone, two bewildered dogs and a dozen cars honking because I was just that happy!  I hope I made someone’s morning.  But I am also content to beat my own drum…

I Wish You Enough

I don’t know why I needed a good cry today.  Or – perhaps – it is better to say I don’t know which reason was the catalyst that opened the floodgates. I moved into a Sales Executive role and had to bring home a big win for 3Q and I delivered, despite everyone telling me…

Out of practice

Phew!  I am so out of practice that stringing words together and typing them into a document requires my full concentration … which is quite difficult when you are busy living, loving and laughing.  Where has the summer gone? I’ve been so busy enjoying BBQs, beaches, craft beer and a boy that I have barely…

Mother’s Day

My Mother loved colours on the cooler side of the spectrum … mauves, light blues and mint greens.  I loved pinks and oranges, especially together. Mom dressed me in a beautiful pale yellow lace dress for my sister’s wedding, but there are no photos.  At two and a half, I was having none of camera…

Security

Are you familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? These are the basic needs of humans, teetering on a pyramid. If you don’t have the foundation … these fundamental Physiological needs of air, food, water, shelter, clothing and sleep, you can’t fully realize the next level of needs.  They are required for human survival and without…

Grime

Creative Writing Exercise 6A:  Setting & Detail Write a description of the place you called home when you moved out on your own perhaps for the first time—apartment, rented room, dorm, crash pad, etc. As you write your description, don’t just list off the basics. Close your eyes and find this place in your mind—feel…

Free Condoms

Daily Writing Prompt –  8 March 18 Write a conversation between two people about an inappropriate birthday gift. “Mom.  Please stop.”  My almost adult son facepalmed, his cheeks burning with embarrassment.  “You have to stop taking condoms from the Cancer Centre.” “Why?  They are free?” “For you cancer patients.  You don’t have to outfit a…

Happy 20th Birthday!

Twenty years ago, while the Groundhog was getting ready to see his shadow on a sunny Monday morning, I was getting ready to go to the hospital to have a baby.  My snuggly unborn baby boy was quite cozy with his bum tucked up under my ribs while I munched on chocolate chip cookies.  He…

The Christmas Ornament

On Matthew’s 2nd Christmas, I promised him that I would always make the season magical for him.  For his first Christmas, the Grinch stole our Christmas Tree.  I was so incredibly sad that year, that I didn’t even buy a “Baby’s 1st Christmas” ornament.  Over the years, I have thought about kijiji-shopping for something from…