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Creativity

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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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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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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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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Curiosity, learning and inspiration

Have you ever found yourself inspired by an idea and wondering how to implement it? Lately I’ve been curious about the phrase “love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally”, and how I could express these qualities in my art, my business and my relationships. The phrase that inspired my latest round of curiosity is from author, feminist and…

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Showing up

I’ve been thinking and journaling lately about showing up for myself and what that entails. Then I saw this quote from Brene Brown “Courage is showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Showing up with my whole heart and enthusiasm to whatever is going on in my life – my work, my relationships, my home,…

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Grounding

4 Strategies for cutting through the overwhelm

Do you have tools you regularly use when life gets busy? Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed and find yourself spinning your wheels instead of accomplishing what needs to get done. Here are 4 strategies I teach and that I find personally helpful at these times. Taking time to breathe. When I get too busy I…

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Making room

How do you make room in your life for new things to happen? Recently we invited our son and his wife to move in with us. They are saving to buy a home and were living in a mould-infested rental property. This adjustment has resulted in a huge making room event in our home. Having…

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