Life’s Turning Points

Life’s Turning Points A few days ago I received a call from a client who shared with me the great news that she has reached a Turning Point where she has decided to start a new chapter in her life by moving 4000 miles away from her comfort zone to live with her son and his family.

The decision didn’t come easy to this 56-year old woman who has been living in a black hole for the last 10 years. Tired of living in her misery and pain, she knew she had to make drastic changes in order to break out of her negative cycle. She is longing to fill the gaping hole in her chest from many years of living in a state of constant fear, anxiety and panic.

Ageless Attitude

rearview mirrorI recently read the book “I feel bad about my neck” by Nora Ephron. I chuckle as I study the cover and remember hearing about this book when it first came out in 2006. I guess it just wasn’t my time to read it until now.

From the first page, my laughter started and hit its peak when I read the line. “If you want to get really really depressed about your neck, sit in the backseat of a car, behind the driver and look at yourself in the rearview mirror”. At that moment I collided with her words – it was a true déjà vu moment.

My Lost Asset

My Lost Asset A few weeks ago I did my usual saunter past my husband in my snug jeans before I headed out to meet with my friends for dinner. I do a little wiggle, then say, “So how does my ass look in these jeans?” He says, “Nice and flat”

“What? I’ll have you know I was voted ‘nicest ass’ in high school.”

He laughed and said, “Are you sure you didn’t leave it there?”

Don’t get me wrong; my man loves my tushie. It’s just that we will do the banter dance whenever we learn something quirky about each other. It’s our way of keeping each other grounded. So in this case, he likes to throw it back at me whenever I mention my “high school badge of honor”.

Riding The Dragon

Riding The Dragon“Whether you believe you can or can’t, you are right” – Henry Ford

Fitted with a rock climbing-style harness and strapped to a rope, I’m suspended high above the ground surrounded by trees – standing on a platform constructed into a tree canopy. I hold my breath and nervously take my first step off, venturing into the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced – as I make my way across a series of planks that rattle and sway in the breeze.

Last month, I secretly planned and surprised a few family members to an Ariel Obstacle Adventure Course. A variety of obstacles set high in trees – ranging from zip lines to rope swings, scrambling walls, hanging nets, wobbly bridges and suspended “surprises”.

I want my OWN show, Eh!

OWN show

“Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Unknown

Early June I chased after my ultimate dream. I auditioned for my OWN show – Yes, that’s right!…I took a HUGE leap of faith in the hopes of working with my mentor, Oprah. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that presented itself and I jumped in.

Make a Difference By Being Present

Being Present I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou

A few months ago a woman in my community rang in her 90th birthday by leaping out of an airplane. Three generations of her family also took the plunge with her that day. It was her intention to do two things to celebrate her birthday. To create a memory that her family will never forget and to also raise awareness for a cause that she is passionate about. In the weeks leading up to the big day, Olive raised $2,500.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Beat the Monday Blues

Beat the Monday BluesLooking forward to Monday morning is something that seems impossible for many of us. When we don’t want the weekend to end it’s easy to dread going back to work on Monday morning. If you are like most people, you probably go through life saying “Thank God it’s Friday” and then a few days later, like clock work, you find yourself saying “Good grief, I hate Mondays!” While we can’t change the fact that we have to go back to work, there are things that can be done to ease this pain.

Learning to love Monday mornings is a process of training yourself to look at things a little differently. Changing this thought process will take some time, but making the effort can really improve your productivity. Accept the fact that Monday may never be your favourite day of the week, but also embrace the idea that it does come with a number of benefits.

Positive People = Positive Energy

Positive PeopleI try my best to be a positive person. I’ve been making a conscious effort since I was in my 20’s. I guess my wake up call was when I was out socializing with a group of friends and I felt the need to talk negatively about a co-worker. As I was spewing what I thought was an important message, one of my friends looked at me and said, “Do you ever have anything nice to say about anyone?” I was dumbfounded and stunned by her directness. Needless to say I was embarrassed. Lets just say the rest of the evening was bust. I couldn’t shake what she said. I thought, “If a friend views me this way, then how am I being perceived by everyone else I come in contact with?”

Eye of the Storm

StormMy Big Dream has hit a wall – months of hard work and personal sacrifices just seemed to have crumbled down around me. My plans didn’t roll out the way I expected them to. Feelings of discouragement and disappointment overwhelm me as I lay on the couch, mindlessly flicking through TV stations, as I stuff my face with a huge bag of Doritos and a tub of rocky road ice cream. I just want the world to go away so I could wallow in self-pity.

Sometimes success seems so close that I can reach out and touch it – making me question whether this could all be just an illusion?

Right now I am at a crossroads and I feel like I’m at sea in the “eye of the storm”. I can give up, go back to shore and bury all the hard work that got me to this point or I can risk everything and just go for it.

A Life’s Portrait

Life’s Portrait“I dream my painting and then I paint my dream” – Vincent Van Gogh

Don’t just dream with your eyes – see it with your feelings. Our senses come alive when entering into a new world of inspiration. It can lead you in a direction of painting a picture that you never thought possible or even imagined.

Life is like a painting – it’s within your power to create your very own masterpiece. Like all true artists, different things on different days will inspire you – go ahead and let yourself brush up against inspiration.