Why Does Doing the Right Thing Sometimes Feel So Wrong?

“This will hurt me more than it will hurt you!” 

No kid ever believed this when they heard it come from the lips of their parent, usually just before they were going to be spanked or punished. And those of us who did hear it, swore that we would never say it, and many of us also decided then and there that we were never going to spank our kids.

Other expressions like “My way or the highway” and, of course, “As long as you’re living under my roof, you’ll…” -fill in the blank.  The message was clear… you were living in your parent’s house, there were rules and consequences for breaking those rules, and there were clear expectations about the responsibilities you had as a result of being part of the family unit and a child – making your bed, taking care of your younger siblings, setting the table, etc. – whatever the requirements were for your family.

Can We Chat Over Coffee? The Answer is YES!

Can We Chat Over Coffee? The Answer is YES!
As I shared two weeks ago on Instagram, I decided I wanted to give back to my Montreal community, so please mark your calendar for in 48 hours:

Thursday, September 28th, 8:30am – 10:30am
The Standard Cafe
5135 Rue Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC, H4A 3M6.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

So, this came up in my Facebook memories yesterday. My second blog post ever. Feeling all sentimental this week since it was our 8th blogiversary on Monday, so I thought I’d do a little #ThrowbackThursday in honor of anniversary week.

Wow, how times have changed (like the weight gain since this post), and yet still remain the same!

Enjoy blog post #2 – exactly eight years later.

Reflections on 8 Years of Blogging

Today we celebrate the 8th anniversary of a blog that was born out of feeling stuck, on the fence, alone, confused, and wanting to create a space for women to get inspired, get off the fence, grow, succeed and thrive. You have made that happen. I am grateful for this community who has stood by me in my darkest hours, my greatest triumphs, and given me a safe place to be authentic myself. You have also helped each other, and inspired each other into action. Never underestimate the power of a few simple words on a page.

This year I am celebrating our Blogiversary by flying to Toronto to attend an evening of women’s empowerment for WIFT (Women In Film and Television), and you can follow that journey on my social media channels.

The Future of Business is Female

Workforce analysts predict that by 2018, more than half of American small businesses will be run by women.

Just let that soak in for a moment…

Every March, Women’s History Month celebrates the storied accomplishments of women in American history. Successful women have played a vital role in shaping the course of life in America and around the world, and that role is only growing with time.

And the numbers speak for themselves.

CONTEST ALERT: Moments Worth A Million Miles with Aeroplan

Who doesn’t love a great contest?!

So when I can share a great one with you, WomenOnTheFencers, I love it!

With back to school upon us and Canadian Thanksgiving next month in October, this time of year is all about managing the busyness of our lives. I wanted to draw your attention today to something cool that Aeroplan is doing that is reaaaallly exciting! For those that might not remember, I have proudly been Aeroplan’s Brand Ambassador for a few years now.

When You Can’t Quit: Making the Best of a Difficult Situation at Work

“I’ve found another position, and will be leaving at the end of the month.”

Do you dream of saying that to your boss, but can’t?

Life makes us put major changes on hold sometimes.  For one reason or another, you may have to stay on the fence between a job you hate, and finding something new.

While you’re biding your time, waiting for the opportunity to escape from the soul crushing grind, you could just drift through your days, putting in the bare minimum. Or instead, you could make a conscious decision to do something for yourself, and get whatever good you can out of your current position.

September is National Yoga Awareness Month

Happy September, also knows as National Yoga Awareness Month!

When I look at how I manage the everyday juggle and grind, there is one thing that keeps me most grounded through it all. There is one thing, that no matter how stressed I am, or how frazzled I may be, that literally transforms my entire aura.

That’s yoga.

Rewire Your Brain to Generate Joy

Where is our joy located? It’s an odd question. Perhaps you think joy is in your heart, or maybe you experience joy as a state of mind.

It turns out, according to scientists, joy originates in the limbic system of the brain—the part of the brain that controls emotion, behavior, and long-term memory. Unlike happiness, which is a cognitive experience based in the brain’s neocortex, joy is an emotion we feel without conscious thought. We feel joy without thinking about it, and we can train our brains to feel it often.

EMOTIONS ARE HABITUAL

Just like any repetitive action, our emotional state becomes a habit. For most of my life, my emotional habit was some version of fear. From the time I was a small child, I was a perpetual worrier. I have a vivid memory of being 4 years old in a restaurant with my mom and her then-boyfriend, who happened to be a professional clown. The clown was entertain-ing, the meal was my favorite, but I couldn’t stop worrying about everything.

Thinking of Transitioning Careers? TAKE THESE 5 STEPS

When most people think “job search,” the steps that come to mind include résumés, applications and interviews.

That can feel scary.

Especially if you’ve been working at your current company for many years, the thought of interviews and getting “out there again,” could feel overwhelming, no doubt.

But truth is, before you’re even at that step of résumés and interviews, when you are looking to transition careers, your successful search starts far earlier than that.