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Browsing my Twitter feed this morning and I ran across a tweet from a friend in California.  @TechCoachSusan tweeted, "Woooooot! Nothing like a little Springsteen to start you going in the morning!" and this made me think - "YES!!  I love a good tune to get me going."

Music is so essential in life, in my opinion.  There is rarely a quiet moment in our house, as we always have music playing in the background, or turned up loud so we can enjoy a tune or two.  One of our favourite things to do is to ask Google to play a song, and we wait to see what kind of playlist it keeps going with.  Just this morning, my youngest daughter started our day off with "Footloose" and the next song was A-HA's "Take On Me" - there was not a grumpy morning person in the house!

Music can change a mood, and I love that this morning it amped up @TechCoachSusan so much that she tweeted about it.  Wellness can be brought into our lives in so many ways, so let's enj…
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Breathe

My daughter recently took part in a poetry workshop at school.  Once it was over, her assignment for class was to write a poem and then deliver it in a spoken word performance to her class.  If chosen, she would then compete against the other top poems from the other 5 classes in her grade.  What she wrote and performed was so intensely personal.  I was blown away by her courage to share, but more so by the profound words, technique and delivery of the poem itself (the English teacher in me!).

She was extremely self-conscious about sharing with others in her school about her experience with anxiety, but I told her that she was likely helping others by sharing about what she has dealt with.  A friend of mine, who is a teacher at her school commented on how she impacted other students with her words.  My friend shared that at school she appears to be such a confident, composed and self-assured young lady, so in sharing her story and poetry, my friend overheard some students commenting on…

Be A Lighthouse

I was having a conversation with my mom over Christmas.  My mom is a worrier.  She has three children - adult children - and she still worries.  As a mother, I understand, as I will likely always worry and think about my daughters and their well being.  In this conversation though, I had to think as a daughter.

My mom is on the verge of retirement, along with her husband.  They are so close to moving on to that next phase.  They recently purchased a condo in Mexico and are anticipating spending the winter months under the sun in Mexico.  As her daughter, not as a mother, I wanted to share some thoughts with my mom.  For her own mental wellness, I had to tell her that she no longer needs to be as motherly - less worry.  I was not saying she needed to stop worrying all together - no way - a mother isn't capable of that.  What I did say was that for so long she has been the "buoy".  She supports and holds us up when times are tough.  Ten years ago when we lost our dad to ca…

21 Days of Doing Good By Your Body and Soul

A close friend of mine reached out early in this new year and asked a favour.  One of her best friends went missing over a year ago, and a huge Search and Rescue effort was put into place on Vancouver Island.  To repay the Search and Rescue teams, her late friend's wife, family and friends are organizing a Facebook group to raise money and improve their health.  She invited us to partake in a 21-day fitness challenge.  To take part, we would donate $1 a day, so $21 to Search and Rescue.  The challenge is simple - dedicate 30 minutes a day to working out, drink more water and eat a little better.  We were automatically in because our friend means a lot to us, and we knew how much her friend that she lost meant to her.  On top of everything else, mental health was at the root of this story, and that always strikes a chord with me.

On January 6th, we began our fitness challenge.  Recently I had trained and completed a half marathon, so it has been nice getting back into a routine wit…

Half Marathon Reflections

It has taken me a while to write this, as I wanted to be able to reflect and share with you the experience I had running the Humana Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas.  My husband, four friends and myself ran this race on November 17th.  One of us, actually, ran the marathon - and WOW did she impress.  What a feat to accomplish!

We flew into Las Vegas the night before and got to our hotel around 9:30pm.  When you know you are going to be running a huge race the next day, the whole "arriving in Las Vegas" scene looks very different.  The next day we were sure to start hydrating as soon as we woke up.  We tried to sleep in, but we ended up making it only to about 9am.  The race began at 4:30pm, and we had to be at the start village to pick up our race packages at two.

The start village was a quick walk from our hotel, so we returned to the hotel after getting our numbers.  We walked back to the start village about an hour later, and the first three of 6 of us entered the…

Teaching and Learning through Tae Kwon Do

Over the past twenty years I have had the privilege of training in Tae Kwon Do. My role as a martial artist has evolved in many different ways over those two decades. First I was a student, my focus was on building my skills by strengthening my body and mind through regular training. This was a moment in my training where my focus was on me and only me. I strived to exemplify the tenets of Tae Kwon Do (Self-Control, Perseverance, Courtesy, Integrity, and Indomitable Spirit) in my personal life as well as when I trained. This level of practice, is now what I see as my “self-care” when I need to spend time working on my own techniques or skills. When finding the time to train is difficult or giving all my effort seems like a tall order I always look back at the tenets and I use them as my backbone for pushing forward. Martial arts has given me that drive to push myself and it’s a skill that transfers to all aspects of my life.

As my experience with the sport grew, my role grew when I be…