Month: November 2018

The Life of a Railroad Wife

The Life of a Railroad Wife

Tonight, I scraped every bit of beef tips and rice into a Tupperware container.

Why didn’t I just start supper sooner?

I beat myself up for not knowing the things I couldn’t have known and for not controlling the things I couldn’t control.

It’s only 6 p.m. but I could’ve had this done at 5. I didn’t need to stay out on the porch swing to watch everyone play.

We could have eaten together earlier.

The sound of the weedeater and my husband’s cellphone were synonymous as I peeked my head out of the door to tell him that supper was ready, just for him to tell me that he had been called into work.

KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid

KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid

It’s Thanksgiving and Feel Good Friday, so here goes:

My whole life, I have given my all. My motto was, “Why give 100% when you can give 110%?” But I realized in the process of giving 110, I often complicated things. Things sometimes get… convoluted. I’m so worried about doing a bad job, that I add and I add, often unnecessarily.

When I look back at the things that have worked best for me- they’ve been simple. Like, STUPID SIMPLE. And I don’t know why it took me so long to realize this.

So, KISS has become my life’s motto for EVERYTHING lately. Should we add this this and this? No! Keep it simple. That is why Steve Jobs was so successful- he wanted the iPhone to be dummy proof- make a smartphone anyone can figure out.

Mental Health Support For Kids Via Text Is Now Here!

Mental Health Support For Kids Via Text Is Now Here!

An estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness.

This week on Global TV, I had my life coach, parenting contributor AND mom hat on for all our children. Today’s blog post is about sharing important news. And how lucky I am to have the platform both on television and online to share this crucial information. And finally, how fitting it is on Thanksgiving to be grateful for free mental health care accessible to our children at the tip of their fingers.

“Canadian youth can now access mental health support through a free bilingual texting service being rolled out across the country by Kids Help Phone. KIDS HELP PHONE is a charitable organization. Trained crisis volunteers at Kids Help Phone can now respond to young people seeking help by text, in addition to its existing phone and live chat services.

Oprah's Favorite Things and The Cover of the Holiday Gift Guide!

Oprah’s Favorite Things and The Cover of the Holiday Gift Guide!

So I can finally share it!! Two things I love just collided!! Today, I’m thrilled to announce Lisette L made it in the Oprah’s Favorite Things issue this month!! Not only that, the Lisette L denim jeans are on the cover of the Holiday Gift Guide!

If you tuned into Global TV this morning, you saw me wearing the exact Oprah Magazine denim jeans. So exciting- Montreal’s home grown success. Couldn’t be prouder to represent this incredible brand, founded also by a woman.

Get Ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday with @Aeroplan!

Get Ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday with @Aeroplan!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just a few days away. Are you more of a Black Friday gal, or a stay at home and shop online Cyber Monday kind of person? Regardless of your type, if you are looking for deals and steals, let me point you in the right direction….

In case you’re new to this blog, the Aeroplan eStore features over 150 online retailers such as Apple Store Canada, Indigo.ca, Etsy, Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, The Gap, Amazon.ca and more. Members can find special offers on a daily basis from over 10 different product categories including activities & travel, fashion & accessories, books music & movies, electronics & computers, general merchandise, health & beauty, home & garden, gift ideas, handbags & luggage, small business, sports & fitness, and toys & games.

Achieving Enduring Love and Intimacy

Achieving Enduring Love and Intimacy

By Dr. Laurie Betito

People often ask me what is love, what is intimacy?  You would think the answer was simple, but there are many myths we buy into that actually hurt us.

Many of us think that love in a relationship should be unconditional—but this is not so. The only love that is unconditional is the one you have for your children. When we talk about love in the romantic sense, we are basically trying to embody something that is pure and perfect within two individuals who are neither perfect nor pure themselves.

We often look to love as the answer– the solution to all of our problems. It’s as if because we think love is perfect, we feel that once we have it, everything in our lives becomes perfect. This is the story that we were told growing up. This is the story that we continuously see portrayed in books, movies and TV shows. Our culture feeds us an ideal and urges us to find it for ourselves.

The problem is that such an ideal doesn’t exist.

6 Great Fall Reads for Women!

6 Great Fall Reads for Women!

It’s fall, but more like winter in Montreal these days. Therefore, I couldn’t think of a better time to snuggle up under a cozy blanket, make a warm cup of tea, sit by a fire, and dive into a great BOOK.

Yesterday on Global TV, I shared my 5 picks (plus a bonus) for fall reading… a little something for everyone. Whatever you fancy, I’ve got your covered: a little mystery, romance, fiction, memoirs, self-help. 

If you’re ON THE FENCE about what to read, I hope this gives you some ideas.

Who's Da Boss?

Who’s Da Boss?

Ok, so it’s November.

We all know what’s going to happen in the next little while. It’s going to get darker earlier. There will be less daylight hours. It will get colder. Cold enough to hopefully have snow for Christmas. People are going to stay indoors more. This is also the beginning of flu season, so we are advised to get the flu shot. Our skin will become drier as the humidity wears off. The seasonal birds will be flying south and so will the snowbirds.

Geez, this sounds awful.

Actually, not at all! It’s all about perspective and taking control of your time. For me, I love this time of year. There are many reasons for this. Primarily, I’m happy for the humidity to go away as my curly hair will be tamed into straighter hair. I know that seems a bit trite, but I fight with the humidity for months. Ya, I don’t like having dry skin, but I love having dryer hair. Gone are the pollens and the bees. I will no longer struggle with seasonal allergies. Bring on the frost baby!

If You Didn't Post It, Did It Really Happen?

If You Didn’t Post It, Did It Really Happen?

If there has been one constant in my life over the past decade, it has been writing. Writing this blog, writing a book, writing speeches, writing TV segments each week, writing interview questions, writing proposals and pitches. Me, my keyboard and a cup of coffee have been my life for the past decade. So much so, that my kids often hand me their essays and say, “Here mom, can you proof read this?” And I never do… I want their words to be their own, not mine.

So when I attended a ‘lunch and learn’ on podcasting last week, and a lovely woman came up to me and said, “Erica, I have been a fan since day 1. I have been reading your blog for almost 10 years and I sense a shift. You aren’t writing as much as you used to.”

And I realized it’s starting to show.

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