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…

The Words You Speak Affect Your Future

“The words you speak become the house you live in.” ~ Hafiz Sir Winston Churchill once remarked, “Words are the only things that last forever.” There is such beautiful truth to this quotes. The kind of truth that once heard is impossible to ignore. That the words you speak become the house you reside in. Words have…

Simple Ways to Enjoy Life More

“I have a feeling that we are in such a hurry that we do not even have time to look at one another and smile.” — Mother Teresa “You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know…

Mulan,a lesson for us to never give up

Exploring lessons from yet another fictional character, today we travel back in time to ancient China to look at one of Disney’s well known and well-loved animated characters Fa (or Hua) Mulan. Inspired by a real legendary figure, Hua Mulan, people believe that the origins of this story are from a poem written about her,…