A Canadian Soldier and a Row Boat

When I think of World War II, a number of words come to my mind: Holocaust, Hitler, Warsaw, Germany, destruction and enabling deafening silence. I have been fascinated by the two great world wars since I was a child and not in a glamorous way, as there is nothing glorious about any war. What fascinates …

30 Days of Gratitude- Day 20

Today is about something I love about a family member. I am going to pick my Mom and the attribute I most love about her is her genuine caring selfless persona and how she always wants everyone to feel special and loved. The first time I noticed how kind my Mom was when I was …

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 19

How do I show gratitude for my friendships? This is today’s gratitude question… To me the answer is pretty simple, just be a good friend! What does being a good friend mean to me? Being genuine, supportive, and having a friend’s back when they may not be present. Coming to their defense when someone else …

Apocalyptic or Just the Way of the World?

January 2020 has me wondering what in the world is going on. January has always been a challenging month for me when it comes to depression rearing its ugly head, but it is my anxiety which has been off the charts. Never in my life have I been so impacted by the news filling my …

Rachel‘s 2020 Resolutions

I am one of those people who like to create resolutions upon the commencement of a new year. I like the idea of a fresh start and a clean slate; I like self-reflecting on what I have done well and where I have fallen short. For the past few years, I have tried several times …

We Need a Slow Revolution

Remember when you asked a person “how’s it going?” and the standard response would be “it’s going alright” or “fine” or “good good”, but more often than not today the response is “BUSY!” and then you sympathize and say “I know, so busy”. Being busy has become a cultural norm. I long for the days …

Secondhand is the New Black

More and more, you’re hearing about thrift shopping, clothing swaps and when buying new, investing in good quality sustainable clothing. The world is changing and for the better. Having an abundance of stuff is now considered by many as a burden and we are looking for ways to live minimally, mindfully, economically and ethically. Fast …

The Number One Lesson of 2018 is Health is Everything…

The most important lesson 2018 taught me is nothing is more important than your health.  I have said it many times before, Health is Wealth.  Having a fantastic career is worthless without your health.  Having the financial means to travel, owning the opulent possessions, fancy cars, gorgeous mansions, it all means nothing without your health.  …

When You are the Foreigner…

It has been five days since I came to South Korea, and I am visiting with family who can show me around, translate for me and explain to me cultural differences. And there are a lot of differences which I will talk about in another blog. Picture of me with my niece and nephew: I …

Day 20 – Summer 2018 Mins Game 

Today is day 20 of the #minsgame; it is getting harder, but not so hard that I am coming up empty.   Today’s purge involved the bathroom cupboards and I came up with the following:  1-10 A variety of skin products to be tossed  11-12 Choker necklaces 13 Old crusty contact lens container  14-16 Hair …