Career/Business

Inspiring Stories to Help You Adapt in Changing Times

When my daughter Lindsay was a little girl, she was looking through some black and white baby pictures of her dad. She asked, “Daddy, was everything black and white in the old days?”

“Yes,” he said.

She looked puzzled and asked, “When did the new days start?”

He quickly replied, “When your mom was born.”

Change is happening all of the time. We often don’t notice the little or unexpected changes until we look back and see how far we’ve come.

Some change – like the pandemic – happens so fast we can get thrown-off balance physically, financially, relationally, and… Read More

Finding Ways to Innovate

We cannot change what this pandemic has done, but we can change ourselves by learning to adapt and move forward. Adapting to change helps you to enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

— Viktor Frankl

In my business as an international speaker, I have given keynotes and training sessions around the globe in Canada, United States, Mexico, Australia, Aruba, and United Kingdom. I love travelling. I love being together with others and… Read More

The Power of a Daily Routine

Recently, I was intrigued by a post on Instagram. It outlined a program to follow for 75 days to become “a new, better you.”

I wasn’t necessarily looking for a new, better me, but, I was looking for a new, daily, health and fitness routine. Why?

Wait for it . . .

My first grandchild was born this past Saturday! (See what I did there? Sneaking the announcement into this post?)

His name is Adrian Theodore Latty. He was born July 25th at 5:40 am, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. 

Now I have my “why?” I want to… Read More

Magnificent Works of Art Created During Turbulent Times

Did you know that William Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine from the bubonic plague?

There’s more . . .

In 1606, when the bubonic plague returned to England, wreaking havoc on Londoners, Shakespeare completed three of his greatest tragedies: King Lear, Macbeth, and even Antony and Cleopatra.

Experts believe that Shakespeare completed Antony and Cleopatra in July of 1606 after the plague forced the closure of his venue, the Globe Theatre.

That was over 400 years ago. Admittedly, Shakespeare, didn’t have the same distractions to occupy his mind that we have available today. Try picturing Shakespeare binge-watching Netflix, crushing it… Read More

A Cure for Boredom

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. Be. Painful.

Can you relate?

That’s precisely why . . .

I went on a quest to find a… Read More

Finding the Strength to Carry On

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 and I was worried about everything that was happening. I wouldn’t leave my bedroom, let alone the house, to… Read More

Reasons For Hope

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 describes a particularly bad day in the camp. He knew encouragement was needed now more than ever. As the… Read More

Easing the Burden of Financial Worries During the Pandemic

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 on helping people to reduce their financial stress during the pandemic. To close the show,… Read More

How to Calm Your Mind with Present-Moment Thinking

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 of Lake Simcoe with two friends. I became bored and wandered off by myself. In an attempt to cure… Read More

Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Feeling Worried or Afraid

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 very normal, what happens when we’re not used to going through them is we can begin to catastrophize.… Read More