Phenomenal woman, that’s me- My favorite Maya Angelou poem

When I was a teenager I had a poem taped to the wall beside my bed. My counselor (who made such an impact on my life) printed it out for me and gave it to me on International Women’s Day. The phenomenal woman who introduced me to this poem is no longer here today, and […]

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The response I’m working on when receiving a compliment

Have you ever noticed when receiving a compliment how you respond? I know I’m guilty of deflecting compliments. And it wasn’t until a few weeks ago when my friend was taking photos for me when she brought this to my attention. She was giving me compliments on how beautiful she thought the photos were turning out […]

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How I went from chronic people-pleaser to honoring me

When I think back on the moments in my life when I felt unhappy and had the most anxiety it was when I was a chronic people-pleaser. It’s taken a long time to be able to call myself a “recovering people-pleaser”. I began to notice when I was people-pleasing around certain people because when these […]

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My guiding words to help me move forward in 2019

My 2018 guiding words really helped me get through last year. This is why I love choosing a word or phrase to serve as a reminder each and every year. Last year my guiding words were all about shrinking less and shining more. Anytime I felt like shrinking to make others feel comfortable I reminded […]

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Using the power of visualization to manifest the life you truly desire

Have you ever imagined succeeding at something you’ve been wanting to achieve or do in your mind and then it came to life? This mental power of picturing yourself succeeding in your mind before doing it is the amazing power of visualization. This meditative practice of positive thinking has been known to work and is in fact, […]

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The simple things that made my daughters happy over the holidays

*This post was written in partnership with TELUS  The holidays are over and we’re already ten days into 2019 (I can’t believe it)!  Over the holidays we tried to be intentionally busy NOT being busy (if you know what I mean).  In other words, we had a restful winter break (well, my daughters sure did, […]

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Trusting your gut when it comes to decision-making

A girlfriend of mine recently had a baby. While we were at a get-together we were having a conversation about being a new mom and someone asked my girlfriend with the new baby whether she was going back to work. She replied, “Well, I really love my career and I want to go back, but […]

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Owning your story

When I started this blog, it was because of my story. My story of being an insecure child, who struggled deeply with low self-esteem. I started this blog because, during a large part of my past, I didn’t feel good on the inside. I took my emotions and anger out on my siblings, the kids […]

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Five reasons I was worried about giving my daughter a cell phone

The cell phone debate. Should we get our almost-twelve year one?  Most of our seventh-grade daughter’s peers already have cell phones. However, she was content without having one for her entire first year of middle school. Until at the end of the last school year there was a mix up with something at school in […]

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Finding My Way Out of the Dark: A Recovery Story {Guest Blog}

Today’s guest blog is a story of recovery. When I read Peters story I was brought to tears. Peter’s story resonated with me because I grew up with a parent who struggled with addiction. My father is now a recovering alcoholic and has been going strong living a life of sobriety for twenty years! I […]

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