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Every month on this blog, I share my professional views and ongoing learning about life, change and relationships.

These posts are my personal reflections that offer tips and guidance for people looking to live their best lives possible.

Be Magnificent

Be Magnificent

Storytelling is a powerful way to communicate and transmit our messages.   Stories are what we remember and relate to. As a leadership and communication coach who likes sharing knowledge, I wanted to learn more about what makes a story work as a tool to transmit a message.   For the past few weeks I have had the privilege to learn from one of my mentors, inspirational speaker and...

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Second Place is Absolutely Fantastic

Second Place is Absolutely Fantastic

I am not a soccer fan but every four years my family watches the World Cup. I was in Mexico City for the final game in December. Like many people around the world, my family sat together to watch. France and Argentina played a fantastic and very close game. The decision came down to penalties, which is really more about chance than talent. Both teams were excellent.  We watched the trophy...

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Communication is Key: 6 Tools for Good Communication

Communication is Key: 6 Tools for Good Communication

We need positive connections with others in order to feel happy and fulfilled, but relationships can be complicated. How can we improve our personal and professional relationships? Communication is key.   As a leadership and communication coach I spend my days exploring the many different tools we have to better communicate with others. Good communication can be learned and adapted to our...

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Change is a Certainty

Change is a Certainty

Uncertainty and change will continue in 2023.   I can promise that two things will happen in all of our lives. We will die and we will have to deal with change. Change is part of our lives. For many of us, change is uncomfortable.    I had an amazing discussion with one of my clients recently. We talked about howChange is the counterbalance to uncertaintyThis is a powerful and...

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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

As a leadership coach with hundreds of clients I often hear people express similar goals. One of them is the very familiar desire to achieve work-life balance. We have all heard it, we talk about it, people need it, but what does it really mean? How do we create it? I remember a conversation with a client many years ago about this. Mandy (not her real name) was a successful executive with small...

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Run Towards Your Goals

Run Towards Your Goals

There is a lot we can learn from a 10K run.  Let me share with you my small and imperfect win of the summer.  It has helped me to reflect on life and what we can all do to support our goals.  I ran 10K for the first time in my life at the age of 53!  I know that for many people this wouldn’t be much of an accomplishment, but for me it was a very important one. As I trained for it I reflected on...

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Beautiful Renewal

Beautiful Renewal

Spring is my favourite season. It brings with it a feeling of renewal and the promise of new beginnings. I am always amazed by nature and its ability to renew itself over and over again. The grass looks dead and the trees have no leaves but then with some sun and rain, it all starts coming alive again. Walking outside becomes a magical time of change and colour.  This spring it's most welcome....

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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

Despite my hopes, January 2022 looks a lot like January 2021. It feels like we are stuck in the same place with many things still out of our control. COVID cases are on the rise. Restaurants, gyms and movie theaters are closed. For me, the lack of control is difficult and I am longing for a real connection with others. To counter these feelings I am focusing on the importance of one word. A word...

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BE THE CATALYST FOR CHANGE:

BE THE CATALYST FOR CHANGE:

HOW TO BETTER COMMUNICATE FOR STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS   How we interact and feel in our personal and professional relationships is an essential predictor of our fulfilment and well being. Find the courage to change the things you can control in your relationships. You can be the leader and a catalyst of positive change. How we interact and feel in our personal and professional relationships...

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Role Playing

Role Playing

We all play roles in our lives.   Are you aware of them? Which roles have you adopted in your professional and personal relationships? The dictionary defines a role as a “function assumed or part played by a person in a particular situation,” but roles are much more than this. We may not even be aware of many of the roles that we play and it might be time to change them. Like relationships,...

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The Importance of Connection

The Importance of Connection

The Lonely Planet   We have all heard so much about the pandemic and its horrible consequences. The isolation, economic hardships, illnesses and deaths have touched every part of the world. In Canada, where I live, you can feel the heaviness that this year of uncertainty and long winter are having on people. But do you know the number one health crisis in North America today? Covid, cancer,...

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Are You Willing to be Courageous?

Are You Willing to be Courageous?

Having the courage to thrive in life’s relationships is so important. I am not a fan of commercial celebrations like Valentine’s Day, but I do believe that we need to take every opportunity to enrich our daily lives with gratitude and joy. In normal years, unlike this isolated, uncertain winter of 2021, I would ignore Valentine’s Day. Instead, I am dedicating the entire month of February this...

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Would You Rather Be Smart Or Be Right?

Would You Rather Be Smart Or Be Right?

I recently spoke with a client about the idea that it is better to be smart than to be right. Understanding the difference can bring a new perspective into our lives and our relationships.   Being right: Is about proving that you know best and that your position is the correct one. Is about choosing to focus on the fact that you are right regardless of whether that will result in the best...

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Feeling Seen and Acknowledged is a Universal Need

Feeling Seen and Acknowledged is a Universal Need

The Importance of Feeling Seen and Acknowledged My grandmother “Tita Sarita''  as we called her was an amazing woman. She made everyone feel that they were unique and special. I really thought I was her favourite, until one day after she died when I was having lunch with a large group of my cousins and we realized that we all felt that we were her favourite. How amazing that she could make each...

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The Power of No

The Power of No

"No" is a powerful word.  And not always a negative one. In fact, “no” can be quite positive. Saying “no” can liberate and empower us. It can help us move forward. It can strengthen our relationships, clarify our communications, and give us the space we need in our lives to say “yes” to what we truly want. Lately, I’ve felt frustrated when people around me didn’t say “no” when they clearly...

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The Wisdom of Silence

The Wisdom of Silence

As human beings we need to feel connected to others. We are social animals and need positive interactions to keep feeling fulfilled and happy. These connections don’t always come easily. We need healthy channels of communication in order to achieve connections with others. Yet, interpersonal communication is challenging. It involves people with different perspectives and personalities — not to...

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The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

Relationships are fascinating and they can be difficult.    I am reminded of this often as my family and I spend more time together in our home during the pandemic. We pass from being kind and joyful with each other to expressing frustration, anger and impatience. Most families are likely feeling the same. In one of these ‘crisis moments’ I was reminded of the concept of the positivity...

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New Video Series

New Video Series

Physical Isolation - A Time of Personal Growth This is a series of 60-second videos that offers tips and guidance on how to take this time to focus on the things that matter to you and to help you develop better insights into what makes you happy. I'm sharing these videos on Facebook, Instagram and my YouTube Channel, as well as posting them here on my blog, so you have lots of ways to follow...

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Finding Answers in Difficult Times

Finding Answers in Difficult Times

A few years ago, when I had cancer, one of the things that helped me through that very difficult time was to regularly ask myself a couple of questions: “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” And “What good can I take from this?”  These daily questions slowly began to offer me different answers in different areas of my life.   Today, our world is in crisis. We are experiencing...

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New Season, New Intentions

New Season, New Intentions

Like many people, I tend to view September as a second new year. It’s when most of us return to routines after a less-structured summer and we get the chance to refocus on new (or revised) goals for the rest of the year. If you happened to make New Year’s resolutions in January—or set some new intentions for yourself—hopefully, a few of them stuck and have become a reality. If you are like most...

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Your legacy begins today

Your legacy begins today

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a great time for introspection. Many of us will start thinking about plans and resolutions for the New Year. Instead of debating whether this practice is a good idea or not, I invite you to try a different kind of reflection instead. Think about the legacy you want to leave behind when you die. Have you ever considered what your obituary would say? I...

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Small gifts of gratitude. Big impact.

Small gifts of gratitude. Big impact.

The holiday season often brings many opportunities to visit with friends and family. As human beings, it is our connection with others that makes us thrive. Here are two simple ways to make someone else—and yourself—smile this month. Show gratitude Science confirms it: expressing gratitude has a profoundly positive effect on both the person who receives the message and the person expressing it....

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Why You Should Fail Spectacularly

Why You Should Fail Spectacularly

Just a few weeks ago my daughter and I were stranded in a hotel room during an unexpected ice storm. With no place to go, we sat together and rewatched The Last Word. In the movie, a young woman hates her job but is too afraid to make a change. The older main character, who is dying, advises her to “fail spectacularly”: “You don’t make mistakes. Mistakes make you. They make you smarter. They...

read more

Be Magnificent

Be Magnificent

Storytelling is a powerful way to communicate and transmit our messages.   Stories are what we remember and relate to. As a leadership and communication coach who likes sharing knowledge, I wanted to learn more about what makes a story work as a tool to transmit a message.   For the past few weeks I have had the privilege to learn from one of my mentors, inspirational speaker and...

read more
The Urgency of Life

The Urgency of Life

The past few weeks I supported a friend as his 19-year-old son died. It was a horrible experience that I wish no parent had to go through. During this terrible time I also witnessed the amazing strength that we all have within us and the incredible power of coming together as a community to support each other.   Loss is a powerful reminder of how precious and fragile our lives actually are....

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Second Place is Absolutely Fantastic

Second Place is Absolutely Fantastic

I am not a soccer fan but every four years my family watches the World Cup. I was in Mexico City for the final game in December. Like many people around the world, my family sat together to watch. France and Argentina played a fantastic and very close game. The decision came down to penalties, which is really more about chance than talent. Both teams were excellent.  We watched the trophy...

read more
Change is a Certainty

Change is a Certainty

Uncertainty and change will continue in 2023.   I can promise that two things will happen in all of our lives. We will die and we will have to deal with change. Change is part of our lives. For many of us, change is uncomfortable.    I had an amazing discussion with one of my clients recently. We talked about howChange is the counterbalance to uncertaintyThis is a powerful and...

read more
A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

As a leadership coach with hundreds of clients I often hear people express similar goals. One of them is the very familiar desire to achieve work-life balance. We have all heard it, we talk about it, people need it, but what does it really mean? How do we create it? I remember a conversation with a client many years ago about this. Mandy (not her real name) was a successful executive with small...

read more
Run Towards Your Goals

Run Towards Your Goals

There is a lot we can learn from a 10K run.  Let me share with you my small and imperfect win of the summer.  It has helped me to reflect on life and what we can all do to support our goals.  I ran 10K for the first time in my life at the age of 53!  I know that for many people this wouldn’t be much of an accomplishment, but for me it was a very important one. As I trained for it I reflected on...

read more
The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Words are powerful. They help us communicate with others and they create an impact. Words that we use internally are just as powerful as words that we say out loud when it comes to how we feel and how we perceive our reality. What are the words that you use most often?   FOUR FAVOURITE WORDS As a coach, I have spent thousands of hours in conversations with clients. I often hear these words:...

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The Endless Cycle of Never Enough

The Endless Cycle of Never Enough

Recent conversations with my clients have reminded me of the complexities of our everyday lives. There are endless roles to be executed and things to be done, and we all have too many priorities and not enough time. It can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. In addition to this, we are faced with having to ‘succeed’ (whatever that means) and feel fulfilled while constantly being on the...

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Stop Setting Goals: Do Something More Important First

Stop Setting Goals: Do Something More Important First

Goals aren't enough on their own. Every year at this time, my clients tell me about the goals that their companies organizations are working on for the upcoming year and the resolutions that everyone is making.  Goals are important.  They help us connect to our vision, and, if done correctly, they can help us stay on track and measure our actions. I believe, however, that there is a crucial...

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Asking for Help

Asking for Help

It should be easy. Why wouldn’t we ask for help? We constantly help others. We have different strengths and we know that we can learn from those around us. We have our friends, family, colleagues and community.  And yet, somehow, my clients often say “I don’t like asking for help” or “I should be able to do this on my own” or “I don’t need to ask, they should know”. Why is it so hard to ask for...

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Time for Change

Time for Change

Choose changes aligned with what truly matters to you.I like to think of September as an opportunity each year to stop and reflect on where we are, what we have accomplished so far and what changes we might want to make going forward. We make many daily choices in our lives that create our journey. If we don’t stop and reflect, we can’t make choices based on what is important to us. Change is...

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Negative Emotions: Can Positivity Be Toxic?

Negative Emotions: Can Positivity Be Toxic?

Negative emotions are actually vital to our happiness and wellbeing.   Life is a complicated, challenging, amazing and fulfilling journey. The pandemic has certainly shown us how uncertain life can be. The idea that we are supposed to have a happy and fulfilling life has become a sort of cultural movement during the past few years that in many cases has been taken to the extreme. Instead of...

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Role Playing

Role Playing

We all play roles in our lives.   Are you aware of them? Which roles have you adopted in your professional and personal relationships? The dictionary defines a role as a “function assumed or part played by a person in a particular situation,” but roles are much more than this. We may not even be aware of many of the roles that we play and it might be time to change them. Like relationships,...

read more
Can You Be Your Own Best Friend?

Can You Be Your Own Best Friend?

Who is your best friend?   Is it your partner, parent, sibling, long-time friend?   My best friend is myself!  Does that sound selfish and ridiculous? I constantly write and teach on the importance of having strong relationships with others in order to have a happier and more fulfilled life. Today I want to share that the most important relationship that we have is the relationship we...

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The Importance of Connection

The Importance of Connection

The Lonely Planet   We have all heard so much about the pandemic and its horrible consequences. The isolation, economic hardships, illnesses and deaths have touched every part of the world. In Canada, where I live, you can feel the heaviness that this year of uncertainty and long winter are having on people. But do you know the number one health crisis in North America today? Covid, cancer,...

read more
Are You Willing to be Courageous?

Are You Willing to be Courageous?

Having the courage to thrive in life’s relationships is so important. I am not a fan of commercial celebrations like Valentine’s Day, but I do believe that we need to take every opportunity to enrich our daily lives with gratitude and joy. In normal years, unlike this isolated, uncertain winter of 2021, I would ignore Valentine’s Day. Instead, I am dedicating the entire month of February this...

read more
Turn off the “Should” to get to what you “Want”

Turn off the “Should” to get to what you “Want”

A few weeks ago, the world lost a special human being. This beautiful soul was a client of mine for the past year. Every two weeks, we would get together to chat. Our discussions often centered around his special philosophy of life or his worries about the future, but the one thing we regularly discussed is something I think many of us struggle with: what we believe we should do versus what we...

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New Season, New Intentions

New Season, New Intentions

Like many people, I tend to view September as a second new year. It’s when most of us return to routines after a less-structured summer and we get the chance to refocus on new (or revised) goals for the rest of the year. If you happened to make New Year’s resolutions in January—or set some new intentions for yourself—hopefully, a few of them stuck and have become a reality. If you are like most...

read more
Your legacy begins today

Your legacy begins today

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a great time for introspection. Many of us will start thinking about plans and resolutions for the New Year. Instead of debating whether this practice is a good idea or not, I invite you to try a different kind of reflection instead. Think about the legacy you want to leave behind when you die. Have you ever considered what your obituary would say? I...

read more
Why You Should Fail Spectacularly

Why You Should Fail Spectacularly

Just a few weeks ago my daughter and I were stranded in a hotel room during an unexpected ice storm. With no place to go, we sat together and rewatched The Last Word. In the movie, a young woman hates her job but is too afraid to make a change. The older main character, who is dying, advises her to “fail spectacularly”: “You don’t make mistakes. Mistakes make you. They make you smarter. They...

read more
The Right People Help us Make the Right Changes

The Right People Help us Make the Right Changes

If you have been receiving my posts for a while you know that I love writing about life’s transitions and interpersonal communication. I have discussed different ways we can befriend change to find new possibilities and how it is in our control to create the relationships we want personally and professionally. Although I do write on other topics, these areas are my passion. They are at the core...

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Make September Count!

Make September Count!

SEIZE THAT OPPORTUNITY September is here. Kids are back to school and the days are starting to get shorter.The arrival of this month often marks new beginnings with new routines and new energy. And this is what makes it an ideal time to ensure that 2017 ends the way we want it to. With just a third of the year left, here is our opportunity to give one last push toward reaching the goals we set...

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Why Is It So Hard To Change?

Why Is It So Hard To Change?

I have been enjoying the slower pace of summer by reading some interesting books, relevant to my work. One of the books, Changing to Thrive by James and Janice Prochaska, explains the different stages people go through when making important behavioural changes in their lives. I first studied the Prochaska model of change during my master studies some 20 years ago. So much has changed...

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