Welcome 2021

Message for 2021

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I have pondered on what to say to start the year.  It feels like an important one to be mindful of what we are wishing for.  Normally, as we did last year January 2020; we opened ourselves the new year with an excitement almost akin to magic, hoping that our dreams come true and goals […]

Space. Pause. Rest. Breathe.

Breathe.

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Space.  Pause.  Rest.  Breathe.   All of these words are invitations to help us be our authentic selves.  They help us savour the blessings and gifts of the moment.  Think of the moment between finishing the Happy Birthday song and blowing out the candles. It is full of anticipation, of possibility, of promise and of palpable joy. […]

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Socrates

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“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new” – Socrates. Anyone interested in learning more about the life and times of Socrates, as well as the Buddha and Confucius, should check out a very well done documentary on Netflix that I just finished watching […]

We must value our time

The power of saying no

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The Power of Saying No.  Ric Elias, Jason Fried and Ryan Holiday have all written about the importance of valuing and managing time.  A key tenant to this is the importance of saying “no”.  So often it is too easy for us to say “yes” to a future obligation such a meeting, conference, or other […]

Embrace the struggle

Embrace the struggle

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A gorgeous painting to help you reflect on this passage. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” A quote from the famous book, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway.  The quintessential story about the struggle of an old […]

Sitting

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If you’re like me and have a desk job and currently working from home, much of the day is spent sitting in front of a screen.  Looking back at pre-COVID, there was much more movement in our work environments: meeting people in person, commuting to the office (ideally by walking or biking), going out for […]

Man praying by sunset

The psychological benefits of prayer

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Prayer as medicine. While a majority of my counselling practice is secular in nature, I am a practicing Christian and if asked can integrate a religious or spiritual aspect to my therapy. A cornerstone to those with religious beliefs is the notion of prayer.  The psychological study of prayer is challenging and has been limited […]

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Why kids build forts

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This is a re-post of a wonderful and timely article about what motivates kids to build forts, especially during these unprecedented times.  We are finding our own kids are big into building forts right now.  Forts offer comfort, security, a sense of independence and a place for creativity for kids.  I hope you enjoy the […]

Picture of cluttered room

De-clutter

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Now is a good time to de-clutter. I recently read that famed entrepreneur, Elon Musk, announced that he is planning to sell “almost all [of his] physical possessions” Musk’s Twitter post Musk went on to tweet that “devoting myself to Mars and Earth.  Possession just weigh you down” While giving away all of your belongings […]