There’s No Such Thing as Balance

The word balance sets us up for failure.

We can’t possibly do everything, let alone well, no matter how hard we try.

I say it’s not about balance.

It’s about choice.

Giving ourselves permission to make choices…and be good with them.

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Why It’s Okay to Lose Your Sh#t

There’s no other word for what transpired this morning.

I lost it.

I have been really intentional over the past few weeks about being patient, even venturing into the unknown territory of meditation…which I’m actually digging.

I wasn’t born patient.

My entire life I have had a short fuse around my family, never in public or towards anyone else.

Needless to say, I know that it’s an excuse to say I have a short fuse and be okay with it.

To allow my habitual bad habits to continue.

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3 Blind Spots that Limit Your Success

I would never have agreed that I was playing it safe or small.

I would have pushed back, knowing that I was doing my best. Working hard and being really intentional at work and in life.

Despite the fact that I’ve always taken action, expanded my comfort zone, I can now see and own that I was still playing it safe.

I was standing in my own way, unaware of my own blind spots.

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How to Show Up Powerfully, Everywhere

When I started out on this journey of speaking and leading groups of professional women I would make up stories that left me feeling inadequate.

I assumed that these women were more successful than me because of their titles and positions.

Does this happen to you?

I trusted my content and who I was, but looking back I realized that I kept trying to mold myself into someone I thought they wanted me to be.

I dressed conservatively and muted my delivery out of a fear of being misjudged. I played it safe.

I showed up as a less powerful version of myself.

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Stop Taking It For Granted

By it….I mean our health.

Over the holidays I was hit with a wicked virus and a really bad back.

Today, as I walked out of the doctor’s office I ran into a friend who was there to get some potentially scary results.

It’s these types of reminders, coupled with my intention to do What Matters this year, that prompted me to capture today’s post in a short video.

It’s up to you

Nobody can do it for you.

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How to Do What Matters in 2016

I didn’t set a New Year’s Resolution.

I find them hard to keep.

I set a theme for the year.

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To remind me to make the choices that I can feel proud of moving through the year and towards my goals.

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You Can Teach “Old Dogs New Tricks”

I just hosted a fun night of Shopping for a Cause. It accomplished two of my favourite things of this season: connecting with friends and giving to others with a % of the proceeds supporting my father’s not-for-profit.

During the night as I was chatting with friends, I found myself repeating the comment “You can teach old dogs new tricks”.

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I am proof, but even more so….

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What’s the Worst Thing That Can Happen?

So often we hold ourselves back from taking action, that’s outside of our comfort zone, because of fear.

Paralyzed by a NHO “Negative Hypothetical Outcome” that of course we want to avoid.

But truthfully, we have no idea what the outcome will be until we try, yet we are committed to the fact that it’s going to be negative.

So….let’s go there…

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6 Leadership Lessons from Running

Today I wanted to quit.

I didn’t say anything out loud to my friend and running partner, but I was struggling to keep up and labouring.

After we parted ways, I stopped to catch my breath and as I walked the block back home I realized how many parallels there are between running, work and life.

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Stop. Notice. Be Grateful.

Recently, I was listening to CBC’s Gill Deacon asking listeners to share what they were most grateful for over the past week.

One listener’s response prompted this post by sharing: “The last 3 minutes it took to think about all the things I am grateful for.”

We all have something to be grateful for, no matter how crazy your life is or how awful a situation sometimes feels.

I can remember when our two week old was in the hospital for a month. At the beginning of the journey we weren’t sure what was going on.  It was a scary and crazy time but our choice was to focus on the fact that we were so grateful to have access to amazing doctors and facilities.

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It was a choice.

Gratitude is an antidote for so many things.

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