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Affirmations for Positive Change

Dive into your life and get a fresh perspective on old thinking.

Who knows what you will discover?

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07
Jul

It’s Too Big

I can’t make it to book club this month, she said sounding frazzled. I’m slammed up against a deadline yet again. Why do I sign up…

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12
Jun

Simply the best

Is anything but simple. Funny thing this word best. Who doesn’t get what it means; isn’t it obvious? Do your best. Don’t settle for second best.…

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06
Jun

Don’t give me words

Just show me! “I can’t understand this,” she cried. “The letters are jumbled and they make no sense. I give up.” How many of us have…

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26
May

Running in Circles

Has its benefits. There are patches when life has us running in circles. Though we might make a quick pit stop for a refuel, we’ll likely…

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21
Apr

Drop anchor

Pause to plan Sailing in stormy waters can feel exhilarating and nauseous, all at once. It’s just a squall we tell ourselves; we’ll be out of…

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15
Apr

Party of one

Honour yourself There is something inherently kind about taking oneself on a dinner date. It was a gracious patron of the bistro where I worked in…

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07
Apr

I’m right and you are wrong

Can we agree to disagree? Being trapped in what feels like a no-win situation can be all consuming, especially if we’re convinced the other party is…

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31
Mar

I love you

Just the way you are How many times have we tried to change, dismiss, exaggerate, or disguise parts of ourselves to fit in or earn a…

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24
Mar

I didn’t see this coming

C'est la vie ma chérie. There is an elderly woman in my French Conversation class. I enjoy partnering with Marie because she has lived most of…

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17
Mar

How can I make this better?

Figure out what’s wrong. Anyone who has attempted to jam a square peg into a round hole knows the meaning of frustration. Why won’t the darn…

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22
Feb

You’re Not Listening

I can't hear. Listen up. Watch this. Pay attention RIGHT NOW! It’s hard to discern meaning in a cacophony of noise. Maybe it’s the imperative for…

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11
Feb

I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know

But I thought I did. Years ago I lost a dear friend to addiction. Though she openly shared her struggles with me, I couldn’t understand why…

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27
Jan

If you get it wrong

You’ll get it right next time* Those who tangle with the enigma of creativity in any discipline, know all about getting things wrong. It’s how they…

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20
Jan

Will you still need me?

I’m darn near sixty-four  In 1967 when the Beatles launched this cheeky hit song, the only 64-year-old I knew was my grandmother and she was decidedly…

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13
Jan

Resolve to Evolve

In your own good time. I enjoyed making resolutions. My list of lofty goals to create a brand new me was primed and ready for the…

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24
Dec

Yours for the Taking

Everything but the kitchen sink. Gentrification is changing the urban landscape in my city, but the process of ousting old in favour of new creates fertile ground…

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02
Dec

I Can Fix This Myself

How’s that working for you? What would we do without those who have a knack, not to mention tool kits stocked full of hard-earned skills, for…

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25
Nov

Use Your Words

Tell me what you need. The wee lad was having a spectacular meltdown and clearly testing the limits of a passenger’s fraying patience. Can’t she do…

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18
Nov

Can’t Buy Me Love

It’s not for sale. I’m having a good giggle. My dear husband came home late last evening with a bouquet of wilted gas-station carnations. “I’m so…

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03
Feb

Don’t try drowning your sorrows

They know how to swim Toss back a glass or a bottle (whatever it takes) and watch troubles sink deep down into the brink. Out of…

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11
Nov

Give Peace a Chance

We owe it to each other. It’s November and bright red poppies are popping up on lapels, in honor of those who sacrificed their lives for…

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28
Oct

Get a Second Opinion

Anyone’s but your own. My friend Maude finally agreed to see her doctor after months of ignoring the symptoms. She asked me to come along for…

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25
Oct

Turn Off the News

I’m craving blind ignorance. On the record, I am a news hound. Call it good old-fashioned need-to-know, but I like staying abreast of current events. It’s…

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14
Oct

Can She Bake a Berry Pie?

You bet your sweet pastry she can. She requested an interview to determine if I was the right fit for her daycare home. My little one…

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07
Oct

I Can’t Seem to Get Off the Fence

Try putting your foot down. I’m in agreement that diversity of opinion is a catalyst for change. Feisty debate, invigorating and skillfully moderated, can stake out…

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30
Sep

The Hole is Bigger Than the Ball

Take the shot. The elegance of a perfectly executed stroke, the assurance of well-mannered conduct, and the stunning beauty of the course. Though I don’t play…

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25
Sep

If It’s Your Job to Eat a Frog

It’s best to do it first thing in the morning – Mark Twain I’m glad it’s not my job. Most anything sounds better than eating a…

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16
Sep

Honey, You Need to Leave

So I can breathe. Uncoupling is not for the faint of heart. In fact, it takes a mighty heart, beating strong and steady, to admit defeat…

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09
Sep

Here Come the Two Fastest Losers

They all look fast. When the commentator announced the three leaders in the Rio Olympics’ men’s 100-metre first track heat, I was taken aback by his…

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02
Sep

Get Your Ducks In A Row

You try corralling a whack of waddlers. I once had a client who was a self-proclaimed stickler for detail. On our first project, he scheduled a…

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26
Aug

Oh Canada

We do resilience eh? Anyone who’s weathered a natural disaster (and our country has had its share) knows hope is imperative. It’s what we cling to…

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04
Nov

Go Out on a Limb

But stay tethered to the trunk.  Some decisions are simple, others complex. Yes or no, which way do I go? Line up the hazards so I…

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19
Aug

I’d Like Your Advice

But don’t hold me to it. Asking for help is not something I do easily; though experience has shown me that getting an issue out of…

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04
Aug

Take a Chance on Love

You might win. Searching for love starts off as an outward-bound adventure. Our backpacks are stuffed with expectations and delicious fantasy. We hit the trail in…

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14
May

Who is the Fairest of Them All?

You know my vote. The mirror and I have a deal. And when she holds up her end of the bargain, we’re good. Trouble is, she’s…

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06
Apr

Outraged

Perhaps it’s an inside job. I’m not going to stand for this. There’s nothing like a bout of righteous indignation to fire up the inner warrior.…

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22
Mar

Loving You is Easy

Until you let me down. Isn’t infatuation scrumptious? A little taste of honey and whoa, would you look at that? My feet have left the ground…

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20
Jan

Great Honk

What the F? When the ubiquitous F-Bomb drove my friend Sue to distraction, she invented “Great Honk” as a diversionary tactic. Now and again, a robust…

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12
Aug

Whoa Nelly

This girl wants to bolt. If one more person asks me to do something, I’m out of here. None of you appreciate me, and I am…

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20
Dec

You’re Exactly Where You Need To Be

Well that sucks. My feet are glued to the ground and I am mad at the world, but mostly at myself for getting stuck in a…

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06
Dec

Do Something Today Outside Your Comfort Zone

I did. I got up. New challenges ensure we keep growing, and for the most part that’s a good thing. But some days I just need…

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20
Nov

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

Got to make the morning last. These days I have the luxury of making my mornings last—in fact, I consider it a personal triumph if I…

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30
Jul

Il Vaut Mieux Faire Que Dire

Doing is better than saying. It’s easy to toss out a magnanimous promise, especially in the heat of an emotion-charged moment. I’ll never do it again…

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18
Oct

Imagine

That's all she ever does. She’s a dreamer whose head is stuck in the clouds. Maybe she’d have more credibility if, just once, she achieved something…

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20
Jul

Sweet Dreams Darling

Wonderland is waiting. When my first little fella was three, we had a “serious” bedtime chat about sleeping. “Where do I go when I shut my…

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12
Jul

Do You Need It or Want It?

Aren’t they one and the same? The mother of my friend Chris was fond of this missive. Facts are there is a difference between needs and…

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15
Jun

Land the Plane

Where the heck is the runway? I am prone to flying in circles when I’m up against a big decision. My internal debating society revs up…

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23
May

Do Your Level Best

I’m always off balance. Level, grounded, straight as an arrow, indubitably admirable qualities to shoot for. It’s just that I miss the mark, quite regularly. Maybe…

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18
May

When Pigs Fly

News Flash—they do. Ultimatums are funny things. We make them when we feel cornered or frustrated by people or situations beyond our control. I admit—the fleeting…

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16
May

Don’t Be a Goody Two Shoes

Just two? Do more shoes make you a bad person? If so I am, and likely millions of other people, royally hooped. While I’m not advocating…

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08
May

Do Nothing and Rest Afterwards

Are you kidding? When was the last time you came to a full stop - no screens, no nothing? The pure distilled silence of deep rest…

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29
Apr

Rotate the Inventory

Why bother? Good grocers know the importance of inventory management to ensure their stock is always current. Periodically, it pays to check the veracity of our…

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15
Apr

Bite Your Tongue

Say what? If you bite your tongue, it’s going to hurt which theoretically might prevent you from saying something you’ll regret. Sometimes I find myself chewing…

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01
Apr

Come Hell or High Water

Which comes first? Anyone who’s lived in a flood zone knows hell and high water are not mutually exclusive. Both can come spewing out of nowhere,…

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28
Mar

Elbows Off the Table

Where should they go? Miss Manners was a stickler for appropriate dining room protocol. And while she’s got my vote on chewing with one’s mouth closed,…

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15
Mar

Enough is Enough

Says who? How many times have you heard this one? Likely too many to quantify. Enough is a relative term that wiggles its way around all…

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01
Mar

Mind the Gap

Oops - too late. This little phrase is heard as doors open and close on London’s Tube to prevent hurried passengers from tripping on the gap…

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27
Feb

If You Can’t Say Something Nice …

I can’t. Occasionally it’s hard to be nice and so darn tempting to let fly with a truth that may be hurtful. It’s a tough call,…

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15
Feb

You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

Why ever not? Cakes are for eating, just like milestones are for celebrating. When we work hard to achieve a goal, it’s important to mark the…

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20
Feb

It’s All Good

Really? I love the audacity of this proclamation. It must presume the contrary (it’s all bad) is every bit as true. One has to be omnipotent…

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15
Feb

Keep Your Chin Up

Which one? My chins have fused into my neck creating a nice cushion for my wobbly head which seems to do better pointing straight forward. But…

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04
Feb

This Too Shall Pass

When? We all get snagged in the odd rough patch, and it can be scary flailing around in the dark trying to find a way out.…

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25
Jan

Get Over It

What’s it? More to the point, why do I have go over? Why can’t I go under or around or through whatever it is? Get over…

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15
Jan

You Can’t Be Serious

Can I be silly? There are circumstances when upright deportment is required, but when I’m told I can’t be serious, I wonder. Do they think I’m…

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