Recognizing and Building on Your Strengths

As a species, we people are all very different. We all look different, sound different, and act different. We are all good at different things. Everybody also has differing interests – some people may be into sports, others into cooking, still others may be interested in music! This diversity is one of the wonderful things that make living in this world so interesting. But one of the things that f...
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New Year – Rebirth

For many of us, the New Year is a time for a rebirth of sorts; a time to refresh and revive ourselves. It’s not surprising then that this is the time that we make our new resolutions, those things that we want to achieve or change in ourselves over the coming twelve months. While we all have little things about ourselves that we’d like to change, too many of us jump on a bandwagon of societ...
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Taking The Time For You At Christmas

To say Christmas is a busy time of the year is certainly an understatement. Between figuring out what to buy everyone, battling the crowds at the mall, the wrapping, the hiding, the food preparation, the decorating, the baking, and oh yes, the getting together with friends and family; for a lot of people Christmas is a time of major stress! How will it all get done? We know from experience that is...
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The Art of Forgiveness

With the onset of autumn we relish the change in the seasons, the bright colours, the crisp leaves and the cuddly sweaters. It’s also a time of reflection and Thanksgiving; the time of the year that we are urged to count our blessings and give thanks for all that we have. Historically, Thanksgiving was held to mark the end of the harvest season and to celebrate the bounty. Thanks to God for eve...
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Work a Little “Me Time” into Your Life

Now I know what you’re thinking. ‘How on earth do I schedule me time into my busy, hectic, crazy life?’ And while yes, people are busy these days, what are we busy doing, exactly? We are busy with our families, our jobs, our friends and the never ending stream of information that we get from social media. And while it’s great to be engaged and in touch it is also a blessing to have dedicated time ...
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Universal Requests

You know when you have things in your life that you know you really want, but you have a feeling that the timing just isn’t quite right? The truth is that there really just is no real way to make things happen any faster than they are going the Universe decides that they are going to happen. It is only when the universal timing is absolutely correct that the things that you want will begin to mani...
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Developing the skill of gratitude

Gratitude is a dying art. If this fact sounds a teensy bit alarming to most of you, then you are not alone! Gratitude (like its cousins – kindness, love, charity, empathy and more) just seems to be one of those skills that people simply aren’t bothering to really learn any longer. But working daily on your gratitude and appreciation for just everything and anything in your life will pay off in mor...
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Celebrating Death

Some things in life are absolutely certain, including death, taxes and winters in Canada being colder than many would like. Taxes are easy enough to deal with (when done properly), and you can always put on a sweater... but there is just no avoiding death. With death comes many emotions, including anger, grief and acceptance. Grief is typically the most difficult emotion to deal with, as it is typ...
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The importance of affirmations

I had a starling realization this week. It would seem that there are an alarming number of people living in our world and our communities that simply are not hearing the affirmations that they need to every day to maintain their optimal level of functioning. The world we live in is such a negative place... we need to counter that by pumping up our own levels of positivity! You can do this by utili...
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Self-kindness goes a long way

As much as it is common sense for people to be kind to others, it is sometimes not so easy to remember to be kind to ourselves. But by being kinder toward yourself, you will become happier, more effective and more motivated. It will ever help you overall to be better (and kinder) in your relationships with other people. Here are a few habits that you could work on developing that will help you to ...
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