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Nature’s Reset

For many of us, September serves as a reset in both our personal and professional lives. The don of the fall season is a significant marker for a lot of things: back-to-school, closing the cottage, end of camp, the Vogue September issue (sorry – we’ve all got our things!), and new routines. I personally celebrate a birthday in September and use this time to really evaluate things in my life. What am I doing really right? How can I do…

Inspiration From Nature, Self-Improvement

Shine On!

After completing my 5th year in the TriAdventure, I feel more even more connected than ever. The notion of hard work, training and endurance, coupled with rallying the support of people in my network for a good cause has always resonated with me and I’m very proud of the results. When I first began, there were roughly the same number of athletes participating, as there were children at the African orphanage, Nikibasika – one for one. It was easy for…

Inspiration From Nature, Leadership Insights

Plug In To Nature

In preparation for our upcoming EDGE 3 retreats this September, I thought I’d explore some ideas about nature from my most trusted source…my family! While recently enjoying a ridiculously lazy day at the cottage, I asked them why nature is important to each of them. I wanted to discuss “How nature moves us forward in our day-to-day, and how can it change the way we show up at work?” What fascinated me was that from 10 to 80 years old,…

Inspiration From Nature, Self-Improvement

Asanas On Autopilot

In my last blog I talked about starting the first section of my yoga teacher training. With each module, my peers and I are encouraged to take deeper dives into our learning, our practice, and ourselves, and it’s funny how an 8-day intensive is enough time to have some really profound stuff go down. This last module was an emotional roller coaster – navigating through highs, lows, thrills & uncertainty – but I walked away feeling appropriately overwhelmed, and ultimately…

Inspiration From Nature, Self-Improvement

Taking the Leap into Lotus

Earlier this month, I started the first of three Yoga Teacher Training modules which will prepare and certify me as a yoga instructor.  It’s an endeavour that’s eliciting excitement and apprehension; confidence and humility; growth and acceptance – a journey I’m grateful to be taking with 17 new friends and 3 very inspiring instructors. My intro to yoga was 19 years ago. I had a high school PhysEd assignment where students had to provide the class with a demo of…

Inspiration From Nature, Leadership Insights, Self-Improvement

The Compassionate Inner Voice

  It was surprisingly cool for a summer morning in Toronto as I made my way to the edge of the pier with about a hundred other triathletes. We had heard it was going to be a chilly swim, but it wasn’t until I dipped my toe that I realized my wet suit wouldn’t shut out that kind of cold. There’s really no way to prepare for the uncertainty at the start of a triathlon. It’s controlled chaos much like…

Coaching Tips, Inspiration From Nature

Meditating the Mind Awake

I used to say, “I do my best work when I’m feeling stressed.” Now I read that sentence aloud and think, “Really? Who says that?” To imply that one needs added pressure to function is like saying, “In order to get this project done, I’m going to need some additional hurdles.” I suppose this was my response to feeling stress, and anxiety; labelling it so it sounded like a productivity tool. In the last month, I’ve actually learned I don’t…

Inspiration From Nature, Self-Improvement

Inspired Spaces

When Dave and I first talked about working together, we were at Evergreen Brickworks (http://ebw.evergreen.ca) for Saturday market. We hiked one of the trails, sat atop a ravine, and were taken with the setting; something so organic in the middle of a great urban city. We were impressed with the creative use of indoor/outdoor space, and overwhelming sense of community.  And the true pièce de résistance? The PASSION the owners had for their businesses.  It quickly became inspiration for the…

Inspiration From Nature

BE THE DUCK!

Have you ever been in a situation, where things don’t go exactly as you planned? Meticulous planning is one thing, but the mark of a true professional is how you REACT in that very moment. Sometimes you need to roll with the punches and ultimately, things tend to work out. Michael Caine once said, “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” As a Trip Director, situations come up and I have learned…

Inspiration From Nature

LIFE OVER THE EDGE in Hollywood

“…Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools…” I’ve always loved this line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, IF. A framed copy of the poem hung in my nursery as a child, and it remains my own personal manual for how to live a life. I was able to put the above words into practice a year ago. Like many people, I was hit very hard by the Great Recession. In…

Inspiration From Nature