Why I no longer feel guilty about doing less.


“You cannot get your middle-aged childhood back.” – Anne Lamott Last week, Anne Lamott spoke at Emerging Women Live 2016 about the importance of rest. She reminded us that we need to practice “the divine sacrament of the plop” – of stopping to do nothing on a regular basis. That’s a big stretch for most […]

The Health Risks of Being a People Pleaser

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As published in The Huffington Post on January 22nd, 2016. Dr. Neha Sangwan, author of Talk Rx, understands the pressures of trying to please everybody. Graduating with a degree in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, and later attended medical school to become an Internal Medicine Physician, was the result of Dr. Neha following a career path […]

3 Ways You May be Sabotaging Yourself at Work (and what to do about it).


As published in The Huffington Post on December 29th, 2015. The past few years have brought forth some distinct women’s voices that question the working woman’s reality. Sheryl Sandberg challenged us to “take a seat at the table” in Lean In. Arianna Huffington redefined success beyond money and power in Thrive. Susan Cain taught us […]

10 Mind-Blowing Lessons from Badass Women You Can’t Afford to Ignore.

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Have you ever listened to someone speak, and the truth in their message shook you to your core? It’s a rare moment, but you can probably recall someone you watched live, listened to on the radio or on a podcast, or saw on television that challenged your way of thinking. That moment when you paused, reassessed, and decided […]

An Open Letter to Brené Brown, After Reading ‘Rising Strong’


As Published in Huffington Post on Sept 14th, 2015. Dear Brené Brown, I have a bone to pick with you (the only Texan phrase I could think of). Your books need to come with warning labels on the cover: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK TOO QUICKLY OR YOU MAY HAVE A MELTDOWN FROM TRUTH OVERLOAD. […]

Attention women: Ignore the glass ceiling (we have other problems at work)

As Published in Vancity Buzz on March 6th, 2015. Women who entered the workforce after the baby boomers have a lot to be thankful for. It’s easy to take for granted that many women before us worked hard to break down gender barriers. We are blissfully unaware that several well-established Canadian companies did not have […]

How To Get Free Therapy From Your Friends

As Published in Huffington Post on February 18th, 2015. We all have untold stories. Stories that our closest friends know bits and pieces of, but there never seems to be enough time or space to finish telling it. I recently spoke with Gail Larsen, author of Transformational Speaking and founder of Real Speaking, about the emotional […]

How to Brazenly Love Yourself, Even if You Feel Unworthy

As Published in Having Time on January 27th, 2015. Last fall I read Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, in which she challenges her readers to complete the following sentence with a word that conveys their secret fears about themselves: “Not ________________ enough.”  I remember sitting in my living room, struggling to come up with the word […]

The Zen of Saying No

As published in Vancity Buzz January 19th, 2015. Think of how much simpler your life would become: I think that you should…  No. Are you free to join us…  No. I was hoping you would help me with…  No. If you are a people pleaser, those scenarios probably seem traumatic to you. The thought of responding […]