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Employee Engagement

Woman with white hair, red beret, holding a thermal mug of tea, wearing a parka and wool sweater. Winter tea on the deck.

Renew, Regenerate, Recoup

This is the time of the winter when I shovel off my deck, wrap up in my down parka and a cozy blanket to have my morning tea in the sunshine. Turning my face to the sun, to the light helps me to regenerate, to recoup some energy. When I allow myself the ‘luxury’ of…

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The struggle is real

I struggled with what to blog about this week. As most of you know, my brand is all about finding moments of joy and self compassion, along with colour, texture and creativity. When I left my 20 year career as a homeopath and Bowen practitioner, I promised myself I would do less pushing of the…

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Building community & connection in a virtual world

Are you tired of Zoom, of trying to connect over Zoom coffees or drinks? Are your team members feeling disconnected from each other and from the work culture? What makes a community thrive and what helps groups and individuals to feel a sense of connection? During this pandemic I’ve observed many groups and types of…

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Woman writing and sketching in journal

What do you need right now?

As we begin the year, what do you need? Do you have a New Year tradition such as a word for the year? I typically choose a word to represent the year ahead. Usually the word is an action, something I intend to do in my business and personal life. This year I’ve taken a…

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A glimmer of hope … and a warning

Update 2021: We’ve now been in the pandemic almost two years. Vaccination rates are rising, restrictions in some areas are lifting, and there is the threat of the Delta variant worldwide. I was that university student who made it through the term and exams only to fall sick all through the holidays. Sound familiar? For…

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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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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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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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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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