Do you know what your stress feels like?

We readily talk about how stressed out we are.  We can explain in great detail how our work, our family, our friends and our chores wear us down.  However, we rarely take time to quietly sit back and get in touch with what our stress feels like in each situation.  It can be uncomfortable to get in touch with these feelings so we avoid the sensations by adding more things to our ‘to do’ list. Instead, we create more stress for ourselves and for those … Read More

LOGOSYNTHESIS. A new word for teachers.

Teachers get paid to teach a pre-determined curriculum to our children however we all recognize that their role is far broader and more important than the course material.  They are the adults that influence, mentor and support our children. They are on the playground when children are bullied and in the classroom when students struggle for answers. They are charged with teaching children who come to school too tired, too worried or too stressed to learn. And teachers are human, bringing to … Read More

Hey Atlantic Canada, what’s holding us back?

I am the daughter of immigrants who came to Atlantic Canada with nothing.  My parents were able to create something special on the banks of the Miramichi River through hard work and determination.  What was the secret of their success? I challenge that a significant factor was their experiences as children.  Growing up during World War II in Holland imprinted that when times got tough, they had no choice but to work through the challenges.  They knew that they didn’t need much … Read More

Are you looking for a new approach to HEALTHY LIVING?

THE HEALTHY LIVING PLAN  is a forum to share my learnings and perspectives on personal development with the aim to stretch all of our thinking beyond our comfort zone so that we can build upon but are not limited to our habits and the teachings of our parents and our professions.  I am a dietitian but this is not in the scope of dietetics practise.  I have an MBA and although organizational behaviour theory has certainly plays a role, this is … Read More

What triggers my reactions in parenting?

Losing my cool as a parent! As a parent, I truly want to do a great job raising my children. However, I admit that I get stressed.  I have been known to raise my voice and lose my cool when things don’t go as I feel they should.  I know what I should be doing and how to do it but in the moment, all good intentions are put aside and I react. The key motivator for me to work on … Read More

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