OUT WITH THE OLD – IN WITH LOVE

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on where we’ve been in our life journey. It’s also a time to learn and discover where we’d like to go during the coming months. For me, this past year has definitely been one of reflection, and digging deep. I owe you, my readers, an explanation for …

AWARENESS

Who knew that watching the Hollywood Oscars could bring you to tears? Lady Gaga brought me, and many others, to tears during the 2016 Oscars on February 28th. While singing her song “Til It Happens to You“  she was surrounded by actual survivors who came out on stage. It was a powerful demonstration on the issue of sexual violence, and …

We Will Remember Them

Inside the box of memorabilia I recently received from my beloved Aunt’s estate was this church program from May 13th, 1945 …sixty years ago. Why is it so important to hold on to these memories and honour those who serve in our military, both in days gone by, as well as today? To my mind, it’s because they did, and …

Trauma Recovery – It can be done!

“Trauma is to mental health as smoking is to cancer.” Steven Sharfstein, MD What does trauma mean to you? Have you ever experienced trauma? Do you know someone who has? Are you, or they, “stuck” in the after affects of what happened to you? Sometimes it seems there are more questions than answers. According to the Encarta on-line Dictionary trauma …

What the heck is Emotional Wellness?

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin Enjoying emotional health, or wellness, could be compared to winning a game. It takes a lot of practice to get good at something. For instance, with a sport or game, it takes dedication, frequent practice, …

The Eyes of Innocence

Babies arrive in the world, well, pretty much empty…and needy. They don’t bring anything with them, but there seems to be a lot they need; like nourishment, clothing, shelter, and love. Taking care of an infant can be an overwhelming experience. Adults who bring a child into the world are charged with their care and upbringing. What a wonderful series …

The Innocent

“As little children we are completely authentic. We never pretend to be what we are not. Our tendency is to play and explore, to live in the moment, to enjoy life. Nobody teaches us to be that way, we are born that way. This is our true nature before we learn to speak.” Don Miguel Ruiz It has been said …

Mothers

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but …life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez One thing in life is for certain. We all have a mother. Some mothers are wonderful; they are loving, kind, gentle and terrific role models. Some …

Family Ties – Dads

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.” Friedrich Nietzsche Yes, it’s still summer, and I’m sharing a photo of two brothers wrestling in the snow. Why? Well, because this week’s blog is about family ties, and particularly, about fathers. These two boys happen to have a loving father. One who, because of life circumstances, has …

Beauty

“The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own – even more, one’s own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.” Katherine Anne Porter Too often, in my work as both a volunteer and a professional Emotional Health & Trauma Recovery Life Coach, I find that survivors …