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Happiness Is..

Bold Steps. I was completely honoured to be selected to read a WeCanRebuildHer.com post at Blog Out Loud Ottawa, last night. This reading followed an extremely low week for me and I had barely scraped myself together enough to attend … Continue reading

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Blendered. Again.

School started this morning. Lucy and Bayla were thrilled. Mark was melancholy. And I was chopped, tossed and tongue-tied by the schoolyard full of parents. Stepping into that sea of smiling excitement knocked me flat. I can’t think. I can’t … Continue reading

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First Person, First Class

As our enjoyable BOLO evening ended, last week, my friend Laurie and I sprang to our feet, hoping to dash to the exit before throngs of bloggers clogged our path. But the packed room was gridlocked. I shrugged. This would … Continue reading

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Oh BOLO Me-o ♫

I had no idea this event existed. Thanks to my friend, Laurie, I’ll be there. I hope you will too. BLOG OUT LOUD 2011 WHERE: The Prescott, 379 Preston Street, at Preston and Beech WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 2011 from … Continue reading

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Digesting PAB

For the 53 hours since PAB ended, I’ve been squeezing my brain, hoping to shrink the PAB2011 experience down to a blog-post-sized blurb. My mind, my chest, my eyes are still swelling with swirling ideas and images. Huge laughs, huge … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

Genuine, generous, creative, talented, inspiring, fun-loving PABsters. What a wonderful weekend. Huge thanks to everyone who made it so. Photo credit Martin Jones.

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Gratitude vs Self-Loathing: Still Wrestling

Thank you, John, for inviting me into your beautiful Women and Classic Cameras series, for your kind words, and for the opportunity to step up to big fears. http://johnmeadowsphotography.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/dimensions/

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Happiness Is…

Taking Bold Steps. More than once, I walked home crying. But I made it through my first ever dance class. And I’m absolutely thrilled that I did. Related Links: Baby Steps Happiness Is… Evolving It’s just something the body does … Continue reading

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Healing Humiliation: Wise Words from Julien Smith

I’ve been planning my PAB2011 Jolt. But I’m choking. Luckily, I remembered this sanity-saving advice from Julien Smith. Here’s a tiny taste…. Do things that you consider embarrassing. You must try this. Find your internal filters and break them, one … Continue reading

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Baby Steps

Yesterday was the end of term dance recital at our local community centre. What a fabulous show. Hundreds of talented young people filled with energy, confidence, excitement and joy. Even my belly dancing class troupe performed. Did I join them? … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

Evolving. On April 14, 2011, after 25 years of full-time employment and with no new position in the works, I quit my job. That evening, I tiptoed timidly into the world of dance. Burlesque, unbelievably. Then celebrated with red wine, … Continue reading

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You Have High Self-Esteem, Right?

My weaknesses, my wrinkles, my weight, waste and wussiness. My inner-critic’s bounced right back to full-time abuse. It’s powerful. It’s persistent. But it’s no match for my gratitude. Those bullying thoughts bombard me. As they always have. But I bash … Continue reading

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Order Some Joy

“What do you want?” Sarah asks me. What do I want? I want more. I want to crash out of this invisible armor I’m trapped in – to tear away the shackles and freefall, delirious and wild. I want to … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

Reconnecting. Sharing this journey online has rewarded me with opportunities to connect with friends and relatives from the distant past. Living this journey has rewarded me with the courage to face old fears, step beyond the comfort of keystrokes and … Continue reading

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♫ Mr. F

The last six to eight years have been some of the best of my life — so far. I’ve been a mom to two fabulous toddlers, preschoolers, school-agers and then awesome eight and ten year old girls. I’ve made, maintained … Continue reading

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