Grief and Tragedy are Hard Parts of Life

It’s true. Grief is hard to deal with. Grieving can take a lot of time, energy, and require serious self-care. Many times I’ve heard it said that the more you love someone the harder the journey of grieving can be. In the last two and a half years I have gained a lot of experience in the process of grieving. …

Can You Identify Your Real Feelings

Are you able to identify, and give a name to, your real feelings when they occur to you? In the name of expediency our language has suffered. We live in a world that is fast moving, and it can be very challenging to keep up, with jobs, family, friends and self-care. Who has time to sort out a specific word …

What Was Your Trauma

Trauma really does happen to just about everyone at some point in life. What was your trauma? Trauma and tragedy can impact your life in a variety of ways, and each individual experiences it differently. On a basic level, trauma can: Keep you awake at night and/or paralyze you with fear; Make you feel extremely fatigued and depressed; Have a …

Overwhelmed by News and Social Media?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by news feeds and social media comments and postings? I am; and I’m hearing a lot of other people saying the same thing. We’re getting too much information and it’s coming at us relentlessly – and repeatedly. Hey, it’s great to be able to know what’s happening in our world. Depending on where you are at …

Peace – At Any Price?

Peace. We pay a price to enjoy peace in our hearts, our homes, our communities, and our countries. Tens of thousands of Canadians paid that heavy price, defending our own beautiful Canada, and many other countries around the world. They bought us freedom, and peace, with their lives and their service. We enjoyed that hard-earned peace for a long time.  …

Who is Your Trusted Friend and Confidant

Here’s a question for you to contemplate: who is your best friend; your trusted confidant? On social media and in popular magazines the term ‘BFF’ comes up frequently. And, the phrase “This is my new best friend” can often be heard. Are friend and confidant the same thing? Sometimes they are. Sometimes they are not. They could be a ‘frenemy’. …

Your Locked Up Emotions are Hurting You

Yes, your locked up emotions are hurting you. Keeping them inside is an unhealthy state in which to live. When troubling or upsetting emotions arise, that is not the time to tell yourself that you can handle it on your own. That would be like trying to put makeup on, or shave, with your nose pressed right up against the …

Are You Stumped By Your Emotions

Are you often bewildered – or stumped – by your emotions?  The emotions of others too? Striving to make sense of them? Emotions are an important part of what makes you …you. Without them you would be just a body. Love, excitement, fear and anger are fairly easy emotions to comprehend. However, there is more to discover deeper within these …

Are You Savvy about Emotional Intelligence

How savvy, or confident, are you about emotional intelligence? What is that, you ask? According to an on-line dictionary emotional intelligence is: “The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success.” Emotional intelligence is not about being or acting …

How to Be Your Own Best Friend

Would you like to know how to be your own best friend? Let’s face it, who is better qualified than you? You know that feeling when you meet someone for the first time, and you just know, deep inside, that you’re going to be great friends. Possibly you could be friends for a lifetime. Then there are other times when …