Transform Worry into Inner Peace

Finding the Positive in Difficult Situations

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 feeling unhappy it means something is wrong.

The problem with this widely held belief is that it creates more… 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

Inspiration and Strategies to Ease Financial Stress

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 Show to provide strategies to help parents reduce worry during the pandemic.

Before the show, I asked moms and… 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

CALM in this Pandemic

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 middle of the ocean with no lifeboat and you can’t swim. This isn’t that situation.

We know… Read More

Stay Encouraged. Victory is Coming Your Way!

Get this . . .

Margaret Marek became a first-time mom at the age of 93!

. . . and I thought I’d waited a long time for some of my dreams to happen!

How does a 93-year-old woman become a mom?

Well, at the age of 93, Margaret married Mel. Mel was an 89-year-old widower. On the day they were married, Margaret became a (step)mom to Mel’s two grown sons and a grandmother to his four grandchildren—which included my two daughters, Lindsay and Brianna.

Her new sons and grandchildren visited, called, and sent her cards and flowers every Mother’s… Read More

The Power of Stepping Away

Take a look at the picture at the bottom of this post . . .

Notice how by “stepping away,” others are protected too?

Sometimes, by stepping away, you protect yourself – AND – your integrity, your values, your health, your wealth, your family, your business, and more!

Stepping away isn’t always easy. Yet, when you look at the big picture of the consequences of staying put—and the benefits of leaving that something behind—it gives you the strength to take those first steps . . .

. . . and those first few steps can seem the most challenging.

Is there something—or… Read More

A Cure for Perfectionism: How to Halt Unrealistically High Expectations

Are you a perfectionist? Are you a recovering perfectionist? Are you not responding because you’re afraid of answering incorrectly?

Whatever your answer may be, one thing is certain . . .

Perfectionism breeds worry.

Think of it this way, if you’re a perfectionist where work is concerned, you may find yourself worrying about making mistakes, being rejected, losing the sale, or being anything other than number one in your field. If you are consumed by achieving the perfect appearance, you’ll likely worry about aging, your weight, or your wardrobe.

I realize that striving for perfection does have its place. At… Read More