Ritual of Reflection

dramatic clouds reflected in still water by a dock

My mind can be so easily fooled, I rely on its gullibility. My brain shifted from stress to comfort with the change of a single word. My old list of monthly tasks = chores. Weight on my shoulders. Adulting. Responsibility. Burdens. My monthly ritual = soothing. Calm, comforting self-care. Aaaaaaah. I look forward to the…

Ease

floating on a lake

In yoga the Sanskrit word sukha is used to talk about the sense of ease. Sukhasana - easy pose - is sitting cross-legged. When I came back to yoga practice after years away, the gentle, kind instructor of our beginner class shocked us one day by saying we wouldn’t start the class lying on our backs…

Resolutions and Setbacks

frozen lake

Blue Monday!? There's a tradition at my workplace for Blue Monday, where people wear their brightest, clashing-est clothing to fight off the darkness and cold of winter in Canada. I'm not sure the science behind it is solid, but it does mean I get to wear purple polka dot pajama pants all day so I…

Privacy: Beyond Compliance

I'm smiling in a pretend stockade

Using Privacy Principles for Better Business I am feeling impatient as I wait for the professional video clips from a talk I gave recently, so rather than check email constantly I thought I'd write about the topic. For now, you'll just have to visualize me inspiring the audience and happy participants giving testimonials about how wonderful…

A Mess of Words

screenshot of a mix of unorganized files

I’m a wannabe-minimalist living a simple, happy life without clutter [see: Every single thing I post]. I choose my excesses with joy [see: ALL THE PENS!] and my favourite is ... Words. I write words, play with words, copy words, read words, think in words. I fit words into crossword puzzles, I study words in…

Radical Decluttering

peaceful picture of sky and lake with a rocky shore

A funny thing happened as I cleared my house of excess stuff: The invisibility cloak lifted off my furniture. I'd taken it for granted, it was part of the scenery. I hadn't considered living without my lovely living room wall unit, for example, until there was almost nothing left in it and the starkness of…

If I can do the impossible, so can you

two women running through a forest

Once upon a time in my early thirties I took up running to humour a friend. We followed her plan, running for a few minutes, walking for a minute or two or three, and repeating this for thirty minutes. We did it a few times a week for over a year before making a radical…

Sharing about Privacy

presentation abstract - full text is in the conference brochure link in my resources page

People talk about privacy laws and confidentiality requirements with worry and annoyance. I see it differently, and love talking about it in ways that inspire people. I got to do just that last week at a conference in Toronto.  I don’t have many specific goals in life - I’ve written about this before - but…

Self-Improvement

path through a rocky forest

What skill do you want to improve?  When I was new to management, my first performance development meeting was with a therapist who was an experienced, capable person with no performance issues (yay for an easy start). She’d gotten feedback from others (all glowing), done self-reflection (accurate, if a bit hard on herself), and picked goals…

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