Broken, Fixed, Appreciated, Beautiful

Art and repair merged in fifteenth-century Japan when a shogun sent a prized tea bowl back to China to be repaired. When it came back mended with ugly metal staples, the shogun was so displeased that craftspeople jumped at the chance to find a better way to repair it and other broken ceramics. Because JapaneseContinue reading “Broken, Fixed, Appreciated, Beautiful”

For every single woman reading this; you are NOT leftover.

I came across an article about ‘China’s leftover women’. These are women over the age of 27 that are not married. In 2007, the China Women’s Federation, coined the phrase ‘Sheng Nu’ for all Chinese women who were not married by the ripe old age of 27! Yes, 27! Translated, Sheng Nu means ‘Leftover Women.’Continue reading “For every single woman reading this; you are NOT leftover.”

M&Ms come in a variety of colors

M&M’s are melt-resistant, ready to eat chocolate candies  that were created during the Second World War to be included in soldier’s rations, they took off in popularity, and when they came home from war, they wanted their M&M’s! Thanks to Mars & Murrie and the market demand that was created by veterans, M&M’s ended upContinue reading “M&Ms come in a variety of colors”

When Others Judge, It’s Really About How You Judge Yourself

Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO is one of the most influential entrepreneurs of the world. He says people who get criticized are the one who make ‘waves’. If you are not getting criticized, it means you are not doing enough to make waves and influencing people. Never get worried about the criticism, and let others talkContinue reading “When Others Judge, It’s Really About How You Judge Yourself”

Depression: God Is Not Silent When We Suffer

In High School I struggled with anxiety and depression for  a number of years. One of my biggest obstacles to managing the illness was simply accepting the fact that I could not conquer, squelch or obliterate it. To make it go away forever. That was always my foremost desire. The one this that helped meContinue reading “Depression: God Is Not Silent When We Suffer”

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere

  “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” — Erma Bombeck Erma Bombeck, one of my favorite authors, wrote “I’ve al-ways worried a lot, and frankly I’m good at it. I worry about introducing a group of people and going blank when I get toContinue reading “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”

Let’s take a walk in the woods

Let’s take a walk in the woods. With no specific destination in mind, we will wander, observe and immerse ourselves in nature. Allow our senses to guide us. When was the last time you walked into the woods with no plans? No final destination? Without a species to ID, hill to climb, or lookout toContinue reading “Let’s take a walk in the woods”

Walking in someone else’s shoes, a call to show love

“To Kill a Mockingbird” (by Harper Lee) is a great story and a wonderful movie. In this incredible story, Atticus is telling his children they need to “walk in someone else’s shoes before judging the person.” Everyone is fighting his or her own personal battle and until we understand the other person’s particular situation, weContinue reading “Walking in someone else’s shoes, a call to show love”

Moving Forward, learning from the wildebees

I have visited Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya several times and every time I leave the park I always want to go back. One thing that brings me here is the famous migration of wildebeest. Every year, approximately 1.5 million of these beauteous animals and their closest friends trek almost 800 kilometres through plainsContinue reading “Moving Forward, learning from the wildebees”