"How do we respond when we understand the neediness of our souls?" John Ortberg That is the question John Ortberg asks at the end of one of the chapters in Soul Keeping. I had never really considered my soul needy, but this concept has a lot of credibility. My soul yearns, but everything else seems to … Continue reading Advent Peace
A Christmas Wish
What do you wish for this Christmas? I guess this question is a pretty easy one these days, when you consider all that the world is dealing with at the end of 2021. We really thought we would be done with the pandemic by now, and we are bracing for another lockdown; I assumed we … Continue reading A Christmas Wish
Are you a safe place?
Kids say the darnedest things! "Remember when the doctor gave you those drugs that made us all happier?" One of my daughters shared this as we laughed together about the journey our household went through during her teenaged years. Mental health is an open topic in our family, so humour can easily come with the … Continue reading Are you a safe place?
Are you happy?
Happiness is pretty subjective, so take a moment to think about it. Happiness and gratitude have a lot to do with each other. It is not the first time I have mentioned this, and it definitely will not be the last. (You can check out my thoughts on thankfulness from Thanksgiving 2 years ago here: … Continue reading Are you happy?
Facebook withdrawal syndrome?
Yes it's only been a few hours without Facebook.... And Instagram... And WhatsApp... No, it is not November 5th, and this is not "V for Vendetta". (But you should go watch it if you haven't already) Click image to rent the movie on YouTube (Image from The Denver Post) But did it impact your day? … Continue reading Facebook withdrawal syndrome?
Summer, resilience, and growth opportunities
Are you ready for Summer!? I am loving the warm weather and the potential for a no mask season in the near future. Going maskless might feel a little... Normal? We all look forward to going back to normal, but are we prepared for what that normal will be like? I hate the term 'new … Continue reading Summer, resilience, and growth opportunities
Broken pots holding light
This past week was a tough one. With the discovery of the bodies of the children in an unmarked mass grave at a former residential school in Kamloops, to the Muslim family targeted by a driver in London, Ontario, we have felt a lot of pain in Canada. And there are plenty of stories in … Continue reading Broken pots holding light
Are you flourishing?
The sun is shining, people are getting vaccinated, and God is still good. Even if the restrictions are still in place, we have a lot for which to be thankful. So let your gratitude shine, as difficult as it may seem right now! Flourishing is an interesting word. Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, has used … Continue reading Are you flourishing?
Invest in your personal development, even during a pandemic
Do you invest in your own personal development? People tend to land on either end of the spectrum when it comes to a personal growth plan, it is a nice idea but I don't need it, or I don't have the time or money. There are those of us who are ‘forced’ to take part … Continue reading Invest in your personal development, even during a pandemic
Burnout with a side of hope
Are you feeling burnt out? Maybe you saw the short survey I posted on my social media recently. In light of the ongoing pandemic, I shared this simple question with my followers: Are you feeling burnt out? Or hopeful? As you can see, the majority were feeling burnt out, but even within that group, there … Continue reading Burnout with a side of hope
Virtual encouragement session?
Are you feeling encouraged these days? I know the lockdown is wearing on so many people right now, so encouragement can be a little hard to come by. I feel blessed that we do have the technology to connect with people virtually when it works. 50 years ago this would not have been a reality … Continue reading Virtual encouragement session?
Happy new year???
I sure hope so! 2020 has given us plenty to write home about! Depending on your perspective, it was either a year of pruning, growing, and maybe making some much-needed change. Otherwise it was dismal and a small piece of hell for many. But maybe it was both? I talk a lot about gratitude here … Continue reading Happy new year???