A Cure for Boredom

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Just when you were getting used to counting crickets . . .

Businesses are gradually reopening and stay-at-home directives are being eased. This reopening can come with certain challenges and stresses.

Rest assured, I’ll continue to send strategies to help you reduce worry and stress as we navigate through these next phases together.

Until then . . .

Let’s go back to what I said about “counting crickets.”

Does anyone ever get used to that?

I’m talking about boredom.

Boredom. Can.… Read More

Finding the Strength to Carry On

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One morning, I opened my emails and saw a message containing this subject line:

“You’ve probably heard this lots of times but your book really has saved my life! Thank you!”

Obviously, I was very curious. I opened that email first and here’s what I read:

“Hello Denise,

I recently discovered your book while trying to get my life back on track. I have just been through an extremely rough patch… Read More

Finding the Positive in Difficult Situations

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In these challenging times it can be hard to manage our feelings and find the happiness in the every day. Jennifer Valentyne interviewed me on Global News this morning to find the positive in difficult situations.

How can we be happy during this time of uncertainty?

In talking about “finding happiness”, we need to expose the myth of happiness.

The Happiness Myth:

The myth is that we’re supposed to be happy all of the time; and, when we’re… Read More

Reasons For Hope

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If you’ve read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, you’ll know it to be a book about survival. Frankl miraculously survived the network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps.

While there are numerous ideas in this book for changing a person’s life, the message that stands out for me today is that of hope.

Frankl describes how prisoners died less from lack of food or medicine, than from a lack of hope and a lack of something to live for.

He… Read More

Easing the Burden of Financial Worries During the Pandemic

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David’s closing words ignited more peace and hope than I could have imagined!

There were just about five minutes left in my online interview with Mortgage Agent, David Imler. I was live streaming the show and David’s image froze. Since we had already covered the strategies I’d promised viewers by this point, I decided it would be a good time to end the episode.

Little did I know the best was yet to come . . .

This episode focused… Read More

Inspiration and Strategies to Ease Financial Stress

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In continuing this series of keeping calm in the pandemic, it’s important to talk about financial stress.

With unemployment levels at an all-time high and businesses being shut down, millions of people are struggling to figure out how they’ll manage financially.

There is hope!

This particular message includes a story to inspire you and strategies to help you.

First the story to inspire you . . .

Last week, I was interviewed on The Morning… Read More

How to Calm Your Mind with Present-Moment Thinking

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I was inspired to post this picture of me with my big 80’s hairstyle (look for it at the bottom of this post) after seeing Jennifer Valentyne’s 80’s hair picture on Instagram. (You rocked it Jenn!)

Big hair blowing in the wind aside, did you notice the caption of the article?

“13-year-old pulled friend from frozen Lake Simcoe”

Yup, that was me! I fell through the ice when I was 13 years old.

I had been playing on the ice… Read More

Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Feeling Worried or Afraid

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We’re in a storm the likes of which most of us have never seen before.

Storms are very normal in life. Storms happen in relationships, they happen in finances, and they happen with health.

Yet, the storm we are facing right now – this pandemic – could be called the “perfect storm” in that it’s impacting all areas of life in every part of the world.

In my online conversation last night, Doug Schneider said:

“While storms are… Read More

Tips for Working Well at Home

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Working from home is a new “normal” for many people.

At first glance, working from home can seem like a luxury. Yet, it’s certainly no picnic and being productive is easier said than done.

As a professional speaker and author, I’ve worked remotely for more than 20 years. Based on my experience, and what I’ve learned from others, I’ve found there are key things that need to be managed, avoided, and created in order to make working from home a success:… Read More

CALM in this Pandemic

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How afraid should people be in the midst of this pandemic?

In an interview on W5 last night, renowned Epidemiologist, Dr. Bruce Aylward, from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in Geneva, Switzerland said,

“We are watching an outbreak evolve so people should be concerned, they should be informed, they should be doing the right things and managing it; but, panicking is definitely not going to help.

You panic when you’re on a sinking boat in the… Read More