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Month: October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Today marks the first day of most of North America’s temporary weight gain. Mazel tov! Mine lasts as long my sons’ candy lasts– which is usually a long time. The boys are pretty enthusiastic about going from HOUSE TO HOUSE TO HOUSE TO HOUSE to collect heaps of sugar.

The Confidence Bible

Stop for a second and ask yourself, how are you feeling? If you were to finish the following statement, what would you say?

“I am ____.”

What word did you use? Happy? Anxious? Over-worked? Calm?

When I do this exercise with clients, I usually get negative statements. For a lot of us, we let our damaging views of ourselves to dominate our psyche and eventually to become the reality. There’s no shortage of evidence on how the principles of auto-suggestion (how stating things to ourselves can eventually become the reality) can work to change our lives for the better. It’s the core to Napoleon Hill’s bestselling book Think and Grow Rich, and Louise Hay credits the practice as a key element to helping her heal her cancer and take control of her health.

NEW PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Dress For Success, Le Chateau and Erica Diamond

LE CHÂTEAU is launching a new partnership with Dress for Success to help economically disadvantaged women experience a transformation in their self-esteem and confidence by providing them with professional, high-quality interview attire.

“We believe in the mission of Dress for Success – which emphasizes Dignity, Community, Employment. We want to give back by helping women take charge of their lives,” said Franco Rocchi, Senior Vice President, LE CHÂTEAU.

This Fall, LE CHÂTEAU is welcoming Dress for Success clients into their stores in six cities across Canada. They will be offered exclusive vouchers, allowing them free-of-charge access to LE CHÂTEAU’s latest career wear and will also receive personalized assistance from LE CHÂTEAU’s in-store stylists.

How Do YOU Define Yourself?

Take 13 minutes out of your day during your lunch break, while in the carpool lane, while on the throne! This is a lesson in defining yourself by the so-called “world’s ugliest woman.” Lizzie Velasquez reminds us that WE are the ones who define ourselves. Not anyone else. Your life is in YOUR own hands. Not one else’s. Lizze is all beauty, all radiance, and I would love to know what you took away from this.

Living Vicariously Through Our Kids

Now stay with me… if you live in Quebec, chances are your kid plays hockey as do my boys. It’s kind of our thing. But it doesn’t really matter where you live… for the sake of this post, it is interchangeable with gymnastics, football, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, whatever competitive sport your child may play.

I will now give you the back story so that you may follow along. When my eldest son started playing hockey, his little brother was still in diapers… in other words, big brother took up all the resources (time, chauffeuring to practices, etc…). He showed his great skill at a young age, which came as the result of a lot of work and practice. My husband made sure he had all those extras… power skating, extra private ice time, all the extra hours on the ice to improve his game to be able to give him a chance to make the highest level each year (the extras on top of his hockey program which was already 3-4 times per week).

A Woman With A Vision

I recently sat down with WestGroupe do to an interview on life, inspiration, making a difference, and Women On The Fence. I wanted to share that interview with you today. If you haven’t heard of WestGroupe, they are a cutting-edge eyeglass company, so if you are a glasses wearer like me, you might love some of their incredible styles.

The Instant Gratification Generation

By Guest Blogger Carol Cain

My teen has been working at adjusting his mindset to what he sees around him and his reality. What he sees around him: parents buying their teens expensive, out-of-the-box cars the minute they turn 17 and new iPhones the minute they hit the market. His reality: which does not suck I might add, is that his 17th birthday will be celebrated a week late because we blew all our money on plane tickets for him and the rest of the family to Turks and Caicos for a long weekend (did you know that flying to Turks and Caicos costs as much as flying to Europe during peak season? It’s no joke my friends.)

Motivation Monday: SPANX & My Confession

Happy Monday!

Today, I wanted to publish a Motivation Monday, because that’s just what I was after watching MAKERS’ latest video on Sara Blakely. Firstly, if you’re not familiar with, may I suggest you head over there right after you finish reading (and watching) this post. They are doing some incredible work in the women’s space.

@Aeroplan and A Fun Travel Quiz!

You might recall we had an exciting giveaway back in the summer. You, my lovely readers, know that I have been a loyal member of the Aeroplan program, accumulating Aeroplan Miles as I have spent dollars (which I have redeemed for airfare, hotel, car rental, merchandise, and more), for almost 20 years! Well, Aeroplan turned 30 this summer and we honored that anniversary by giving away 30,000 MILES to a lucky random WomenOnTheFence reader. It was cool!

October Is #BreastCancerAwareness Month: Karen’s Choice

I was diagnosed with a BRCA2 gene mutation (breast and ovarian cancer gene) in December 2008. My lifetime risk of developing breast cancer was 87%, my risk of ovarian cancer; 45%. Now, I ask you, if you knew your chance of winning the lotto was 87%, how often would you buy a ticket? Or if the pilot on your flight told you that you had an 87% chance of crashing, would you board?

That’s how I felt. No cancer, but stuck between a rock and a hard place. This disease had already claimed so many of my family members; I couldn’t let it get me too. Finding out I had this mutated gene gave me no choice but to take control and deal cancer a pre-emptive strike! I was going to do my best to prevent it as scary as it might be. I wanted to live a long life and be there for my children, my husband and myself.

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