Scrap your usual holiday checklist & try THIS instead.

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching and things feel a bit different this year. On one hand, it feels somewhat superfluous to be celebrating when there is so much tragedy in the recent news. Pope Francis has even said that Christmas celebrations are “all a charade…the whole world is at war.” On the other hand, there […]

Why sitting down can accelerate an emotional meltdown…

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    Think of the last time you were on the verge of losing your sh*t (okay…maybe you actually lost it, but I won’t tell). Chances are, you are not proud of that moment. Whether at work or at home, completely losing control is rarely constructive. I’d love to help you understand what happened and how […]

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. […]

No Time to Connect With Friends? Try This

As published in The Huffington Post on June 11th, 2015. When was the last time you tried to make plans with your best friend? Did it take three attempts with last minute cancellations before you managed to connect? Most women find it difficult to make time for friends amidst the unrelenting demands of work and […]

How are you spending your time?

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When was the last time you wished there was more time in each day? I don’t want to feel like I have to optimize every minute in the day. I’m just trying to figure out if there is a simple change or two that I can make to reclaim some wasted time in my day. […]

How to let your body do the talking: Adventures in Etiotherapy

As published in Vancity buzz on April 16th, 2015. Whether you’ve been to a therapist or not, you probably have a picture of what therapy looks like. Chances are, this mental picture involves you sitting in a comfortable chair or reclining on a couch while the therapist asks you probing questions to crack you open. […]

Better Relationship Communication Part 1 (video)

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This past Wednesday, I had the honour to speak at the Remarkable Man Project in Vancouver, BC.  We had a great Q&A afterwards and it made me decide to share my tips for better relationship communication with you! I don’t have it all figured out, but after 13 years of marriage and several major life […]

Secrets about happiness and connection from our Village Messenger

As published in Vancity Buzz on March 20th, 2015. Do you take pride in your self-sufficiency? I certainly did. Then I heard Jacky Yenga speak during a rehearsal for the upcoming 2015 TEDxStanley Park, “Ideas to Action.”  Now I realize that self-sufficiency can actually stand in the way of our ability to connect and achieve […]