Cherishing the Opportunity Life Gives Us

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. (Frances HodgsonBurnett, The Secret Garden) In 2004, I got a nursing job in High Level, Alberta, Canada. High Level is a town nine hours north of Edmonton, Alberta. My family had mixed feelings about the relocation to High Level:…

You are not a mess, you are a masterpiece

God takes a broken heart and turns it to a Masterpiece- Malika E Nura God is always able to use our brokenness to create something beautiful- Shelley Hitz, Broken Crayons Still Color When the abstract paintings of Jackson Pollock were first introduced people said, that’s not art. It’s too weird, too chaotic. Everyone hated his…

“I don’t deserve”: Shutting up the whining inner critic voice

“I will not try to convince you to love me, to respect me, to commit to me. I deserve better than that; I AM BETTER THAN THAT…Goodbye.”― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience “Make the most of what you have and keep your standards high. Never settle for anything less than you…

I suck: Stopping “Not Good Enough” thoughts

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”Khalil Gibran “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”Eleanor Roosevelt “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”Louise L. Hay We all feel it AND SAY IT…. that awful, pervasive…

Stop Saying, “I Don’t Have Time.”

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela “My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs “I don’t have enough time in the day.” This is…

Unpacking Emotional Baggage : What’s in Your Bag?

“I’M FINE” is something we say too often even when we’re not in fact fine. The obvious reasons we use the generic “I’m fine” reply when we’re asked how we are is probably a combination of several factors: politeness, awkwardness, fear of being a burden, and not wanting to be seen as struggling. The situation/context around…

What do I do when I feel like I’ve hit rock bottom

The season 6 premiere of Return to Amish begins with Rosanna building up the courage to leave her family behind, but also shows her hesitation and fear at being shunned from them once she leaves. This is the first time in her life that she has ever stepped foot outside her community in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA. The…

Turning Your Pain Into Your Power

“When you go through a breakup, it feels like someone died. And the truth is that someone has died – the relationship.” — Osayi Emokpae Lasisi “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for…

Navigating Through the Storm

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” –Charles Bukowski “Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere….

Reasons to Be Thankful in Hard Times

This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. Thanksgiving comes when the leaves are entering the height of their glory and the air is just beginning to turn crisp. The last of the season’s produce is being harvested and apple orchards are abuzz with activity. This may well be my favorite time of year. As…

Tough Times Never Last, But

Vandna Mittal (above) had a stroke when she was only 15. Read her story of not giving up at Heart.org Robert H. Schuller “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Tom Lehrer “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it” Marie Osmond “You can do…