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Meryl Cook

fall leaves with sunlight shining on them, red berries in background

Pause, listen, create

A recent LinkedIn post from my colleague and friend Mary Jane Copps (aka The Phone Lady) got me thinking. Her post was about allowing moments of silence in conversation and how this can deepen a relationship. She said “The relationship resides in the silence I allow within my conversations.” Mary Jane got me thinking about…

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Red Cowboy Boots & other strategies for success

My husband laughed the other day as I walked into my home office wearing my red cowboy boots. I was preparing for an exciting virtual meeting with a potential client in Texas. I wanted to feel joyful and confident, two things I feel when I wear these boots. Because the meeting was virtual, there is…

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Dancing in the Wind – 6 Tips for staying grounded in turbulent times

Last weekend I spent hours cutting up tiny, beautiful, red crabapples from the farmer’s market and hot peppers from my garden so that I could make crabapple-hot pepper jelly. As I’m new to canning, it took several attempts to get all of the jars to seal (thanks Elizabeth Peirce of the book You Can Too!…

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Red rosehip with green leaves

Two strategies

It’s the start of a new season (fall in the Northern Hemisphere, spring in the Southern Hemisphere). For many people, this season represents a beginning of a new school year, the end of summer vacations and the fall harvest. This year, so much is different. There are many changes to how we move through our…

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Half an oyster shell on grainy sand

No boundaries

Thoughts about being a 60+ woman and COVID-19 as it relates to boundaries. Prior to COVID-19, I was writing in my journal about being a woman in her 60’s who is living life full on, with purpose. This life with purpose feels like confidence, expanding horizons. The ‘world is my oyster’ type of feeling. I’m…

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Sketch of resilience, tree trunk and branches

Creativity builds well-being and resilience

We are in a period of prolonged stress and uncertainty due to COVID-19. In most parts of the world we are through the first wave of the virus. Some communities have begun to open up, and in some locations this opening up has led to a rise in the number of infections and a resulting…

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Client team building results, hand-hooked wallhanging, individual hooked pieces mounted on wooden blocks and a framed vision statement and description of the process

Cou'rage' Part 2

Collectively and individually we are all going through a defining moment – the COVID-19 Pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the inequities in our society, particularly those around economics and race. There are many lessons we are learning from this world-wide event, and it is going to take courage to fully implement them. What else is…

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Hand-hooked rug with journal, pen and latte

Engagement and well-being a high-priority challenge

Many studies are citing engagement as a high-priority challenge during our global pandemic. From April to mid-June many of my clients completed a short survey on the challenges related to employee engagement they are experiencing with COVID-19. Results of the survey indicate the number one concern was the well-being and engagement of their team members….

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Courage Part 1

What do we need in order to process and thrive following a defining moment in time? When I think of the defining moments of my life: moments that have had a before and after; moments that had an element of adversity, something to push through or get through; moments that involved change on every level….

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Joy Releasing Detail

An inspired life

When I decided to change my life and reinvent myself in 2015 I knew how I wanted my life to feel, but hadn’t decided what to call this type of life. I wanted my life to have more flow and movement, and to follow my heart. I wanted to do less pushing and doing things…

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Dancing in the rain, detail

Choice

I was reflecting in my journal recently that I seem to have wasted large chunks of my life waiting for an event to arrive or for something to be over. Does that resonate with you? What if I could live life now and fully? What if instead of wishing for an end to social distancing…

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Woman writing and sketching in journal

Creativity, Journaling and Employee Engagement

Are you a team leader struggling with how to manage your team remotely? Or perhaps you are contemplating how to safely bring your team back to the office? How can you ensure they are all staying well, staying focused, staying connected to each other and to you? Consider Creativity Creativity is both the ability to…

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Conversations and other signs of community

How are you holding up? What is lifting your heart, putting a bounce in your step these days? How are you holding up is the question that is absolutely lifting my heart at the moment. That’s because as I walk around my neighbourhood people are asking each other this question. We are stopping to talk…

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These things I know

Update August 2020. As we start to come out of the pandemic lock down, summer in the Northern hemisphere is here. There is gradual re-opening, but the stress continues. My observation is we are all exhausted, from the prolonged stress and the uncertainty. To add to this, events in the US and Canada have brought…

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Corporate group working on vision wall hanging from team building workshop

As if it already is

What if I could visualize where I’m going in my business and operate as if I’m already there? How would that transform my business? Just as an artist thinks of a design in her mind, does a few sketches and sees the completed piece as if it has already happened, could I learn to do…

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