The Danger of Positive Thinking

Some of you’ve heard me talk about Positive Thinking before and how important it is to me, specifically to my journey through chemo. So you may wonder why I’d suggest ‘positive thinking’ is dangerous. I’d like to explain why I believe it’s dangerous as well as why things like positive affirmations and ‘support’ from friends…

Failure to Thrive

As a nurse working in the Intermediate Care Nursery with premature babies we watched for and treated babies who were ‘failure to thrive’. Those babies didn’t grow, didn’t develop. Sometimes it was a simple matter to help those babies thrive, sometimes it took more work to find out why those babies didn’t thrive. Today I…

Hibernating in our Cocoon

It’s been so cold around here lately! Cold enough to turn boiling water into snow. Cold enough that our poor puppy, Moana, hasn’t wanted to go outside without her parka. Cold enough that all we’ve wanted to do was stay inside and never leave. We skipped violin lessons so we could stay home huddled under…

Stepping Out of Comfort Zones

It takes a lot of soul searching, and twice as much work, to elevate myself to become a person I admire. It’s incredibly difficult to admit that I didn’t like who I was. It’s so hard to peal back the layers, find the parts I don’t like, amplify what I do, and rewrite new layers….

How to Offer Forgiveness

Whether you believe in God, the bible, or not, forgiving others allows us to live a whole life. If we hold onto anger, pain, and bitterness it festers and consumes us. But forgiving isn’t easy. It takes much  more than saying the words, “I forgive” to truly let go of a grudge, especially when it’s deep,…

Self Development

When Ella was a new baby, Ryan and I attended a parenting conference, I couldn’t tell you much about it now, except for one speaker. I barely recall her name, Ivy Shawl Song (or something like that), I don’t know anything about her, but she had a very powerful message. She said in order for a…

Pokemon GO

If you haven’t heard by now there is a new mobile app, Pokemon GO. It’s the most downloaded app world wide, it released in Canada yesterday and over 45 million people logged on! It is an Augmented Reality game using your smart device’s GPS and camera to put Pokemon into your world! You walk around…

Say Yes to Change

It isn’t easy to change. The hardest part is looking at yourself and seeing yourself the way others see you. Sometimes you don’t know what others see. Sometimes you don’t want to. Sometimes it’s particularly difficult because habits sit comfortably around your shoulders. When those habits hold you back from being who you want to…

Old Dog, New Tricks.

The title on this one is a little misleading, I’m not old. Unless you consider 34 old, then I guess I’m old. I’ve worn many faces over the years. I’ve never wanted to grow up, but I did out of necessity to feed, clothe and house my family. So I grew up, but only by…

Busy Life vs Full Life

Only lazy people are busy. – C. S. Lewis (paraphrased) I read the above quote recently and it really hit home for me. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with my to-do list. So I don’t do anything. No, I’m not lazy, but I might as well be for the amount of work that got done. I…

dog day

today we went to the dog park. we had so much fun! Chester made some new friends. he had fun chasing his ball and having the other dogs chase him. Chester laid down in a puddle and looked very proud of himself. Chester would chase somebody else’s ball with his ball in his mouth. sometimes Chester would…

Savouring Eternity

There are times when every moment of a day feels like eternity. There are days you want to savour every moment. When the moments you want to savour are punctuated by eternity it’s all you can do to catch your breath. For the past several weeks, my heart has pounded in my chest. My breath…