30 Days of Gratitude – Day 9

Today’s gratitude is a life lesson I continue to put into practice, but has been invaluable to me when I get caught up in caring about the opinions of others. Even since I was a child, it has been important to me for others to like me. I used to stress and have anxiety, pondering […]

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 7

Today is about an opportunity I was grateful for happening . Last November I was offered a position with a not for profit organization as a Senior Human Resources Advisor. After being with my former organization for 18 years, I requested a six months leave of absence which I was graciously given (grateful for that […]

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 3

Day three is a tough one for me as it is “what is your favorite part of the morning?”. I am not a morning person and I don’t like to be spoken to within the first hour of waking. I honestly don’t think I have a favorite part in the morning as all of it […]

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 2

For day two, my gratitude is for something I find comfort in… My faith. And no, it isn’t George Michael’s song nor famed album “Faith” which I am talking about, but my Catholic faith, my faith in God, my belief in a higher power is what gives me tremendous comfort during tumultuous stressful times, sorrow, […]

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 1

I am about to do some “throat clearing” as I have not written in ages. Part of the reason for my lack of penmanship is I have been overwhelmed with what is going on in the world right now. I have wanted to write about so many current topics we are straddling and attempting to […]

The Lady in the Red T-Shirt and Faded Blue Jeans

I was barely five and I remember her so clearly, her long dark poker straight brown hair, parted in the center which went past her waist. I remember her olive complexion, her warm brown eyes matched with a loving smile. She had a special fondness for me in that moment at the Toronto subway station […]

When Depression Kills

When tragedy strikes, we want to understand why, and how it could have been prevented. Sometimes when trying to understand why, we look for someone to blame. Over the past week since the much loved unconventional rock star of chefs, story teller, world traveler and some would say journalist (despite claiming to be without nomenclature […]

Self Confidence is a Skill!

Self Confidence has been a struggle for most of my life; lack of confidence has directly attributed to stumping my own career growth and has fueled fear to not follow my dreams.  During an interview process, what can tip the scales outside of your favor (if hiring is external to an organization or not mandated […]

The Good News About Anxiety 

Believe it or not, there is plenty of good news about anxiety.  For one, for most people it is temporary as I can tell you it would be impossible to maintain a constant state of anxiety; it generally ebbs & flows.  Plus, I just read that anxious people or those who worry a lot are […]

My Little Panic Attack

I have been very fortunate to have only experienced three panic attacks in my lifetime thus far.  A panic attack is different from an anxiety attack and many confuse the two. An anxiety attack results from something which is causing you anxiety, and you are aware of what is causing your heightened anxiety.  For example, […]