Intimacy requires constant nurturing

When conflicts create added pressure, focus on opportunities that promote a sense of belonging and a sense of significance within your relationship

Intimacy requires constant nurturingThe third instalment of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies was released in time for Valentine's Day. This has certainly been a catalyst for some pretty interesting conversations on respect, fidelity and experimentation. If your relationship is strong and boundaries are communicated well, experimentation can work. However, I tend to work with the fallout when…

You are what you focus on

Sometimes the biggest upgrade needed to help you see what’s possible is to ruthlessly shift what you’re focusing on most

You are what you focus onWe had a fabulous dinner party last weekend where lively conversations and interesting perceptions were shared about relationships, friendships and new experiences. At the end of the wine, there was some agreement that the biggest obstacle facing most people who find themselves with a bit of bleak outlook is that they’re inviting in that perspective.…

Landlord-tenant conflicts often come down to respect

Most conflicts would simply evaporate if everyone took the time to adhere to some simple and fundamental courtesies

Landlord-tenant conflicts often come down to respectWhy are tenants and their allies already protesting landlords in Vancouver as 2018 dawns? They’re outraged that a landlord would have the audacity to apply for an eviction order to remove a tenant who hasn’t paid the rent. How inconsiderate of them. And a few of those landlords are trying to make repairs to their…

How to engage in difficult conversations

Job-related or personal, we all face these situations. But you can be prepared by practising, being direct, learning to frame the issue and staying calm

How to engage in difficult conversationsHow would you handle yourself in front of the media if you were accused of sexual harassment or impropriety from several decades ago? This is the circumstance faced by actor Kevin Spacey this week – and many other Hollywood and political personalities over the past several weeks and months. Is it beneficial to simply apologize…

Politics is filled with conflicting opinions, and that’s healthy

Sure, conflict is uncomfortable. But if we’re not exposed to it occasionally, how will we ever get more comfortable being uncomfortable?

Politics is filled with conflicting opinions, and that’s healthySaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently announced he was retiring from politics. This news came as a crushing blow to my husband, although neither one of us has ever lived in that province. Why did he take the news so hard? In his opinion, Wall was the last political leader willing to stand up for national…

On the road to travel trauma? How to find a better route

When things aren’t going quite according to plan, breathe. No one likes travel stress, but sometimes we create our own problems and cause unnecessary delay

On the road to travel trauma? How to find a better routeJust when did we all become so sensitive and overreactive to situations beyond our control? Recently, my husband and I travelled to San Diego for a surprise birthday and anniversary party. The weekend was a ton of fun as we connected with family we haven’t seen for a long time. However, the travel was filled…

Trudeau on tour: a study of a leader’s body language

How the prime minister presented himself during his town hall meetings across Canada tell us a great deal more than he may have wanted to reveal

Trudeau on tour: a study of a leader’s body languageWhat does the body politic learn from a political leader's body language? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's town hall tour of the nation offered a tremendous opportunity to study how he interacts with average Canadians – and to try to understand the subliminal messages his body language and speech patterns sent to us all. Maya Angelou…

Focus all that is required to master the game of life

A little practice, a steady gaze and a belief in possibility will go a long way to winning at the game of life

Focus all that is required to master the game of lifeIt’s the long weekend and I have a tee time booked for Monday morning. This will be my first time out in the 2016 season and I want to warm up with friends before I find myself playing with my fellow Rotary members in June. This probably means that I will be playing in the…
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