The Power of a Smile

I remember when my son was starting Grade 4 at a brand-new school.  He went through four different IQ tests in Grade 3 which identified him in the top 2%.  Our regional school board supported a Gifted Program and provided bussing to transport these exceptional students to a satellite school in our town.  My son…

FEARLESS 2019

My Chosen Word.  It’s more than than a New Year’s resolution.  It’s the one little word that you want to ingrain itself into your life.  Something to live with and embrace in the coming year.  It’s a word that might find its way to you on its own, and keep showing up on your doorstep,…

The Reluctant Traveller – St. John’s NFLD

My last blog entry spoke of my regret of not having the time nor money to travel … and my hope that my son takes the opportunity to travel the world before settling into work, family and the other life events that happen while you are busy making other plans. All of a sudden, I…

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…

Flashdance

Are you old enough to remember the movie Flashdance?  “Alex” holds down two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer while dreaming of becoming a professional ballet dancer.  It has all the ingredients of a good story … love, failure, triumph and some exceptionally well choreographed music numbers.  You can’t help but be on…

Sunday Daydreams

Today was a perfect day to luxuriate in bed, my head in the clouds. I partied too hardy late Friday and into the wee hours of Saturday with dozens and dozens of my favourite people to celebrate at my Goodbye Cancer! party.  The live band Juggernaut was on fire and the crowd was appreciative.  We…

Mind the Gap

In search of peace of mind … I’ve tried everything.  Meditation.  Mindfulness.  Mindless drugs and mind-numbing alcohol.  Yoga.  Sex.  Music. Mindfulness and meditation are two sides of the same coin … they share similarities, yet they have different approaches. Meditation predates prayer in religion, originating as sounds and chants or mantras. Mindfulness is the act…

The Power of Positivity

We’ve all heard the message.  Every doctor I’ve had during my Pink Dot Detour with Triple Negative Breast Cancer has told me. Your attitude is everything.  Your perception matters.  You are what you think.  Why does it matter?  It changes your outcome.  People CAN and DO die of broken hearts.  People can wish themselves ill. …

It Can Always Be Worse

My feet suddenly slid out from under me, and I crashed down to ground with a “thud”.  Stunned, I sat in the thick mud puddle, trying to figure out what the hell happened.  Did I break anything?  My legs were splayed out to the side and my left hand was buried in the sludge on…

30 New Experiences

Did I post my 1 Second Everyday video here?  I know I put it up on Facebook … but #chemobrain has fogged out whether I put it up here.  1 Second Everyday is a phone app which let’s you mash a couple of seconds of video together.  The premise is that you take video every…

Yin & Yang in Autumn

Are you familiar with the concept of Yin and Yang?  Chinese philosphy describes it as the duality of life.  Opposite forces which are really just different sides of the same coin: Dark to Light Female to Male Contracting to Expanding Cold to Hot Water to Fire Earth to Heaven Good to Evil The two contradictory…