Monday, December 31, 2007

Should auld Acquaintance...

My initial intention was to reflect upon the gains I've made this past year. Instead, I would like to raise a glass on the eve of a new year, to toast my family & friends; near & far, old and new and those I have yet to meet.

I am honoured to be included within this circle. Amongst them, they are compassionate, honest, smart, bright, witty, wise, courageous, kind, optimistic, encouraging, supportive, strong, curious, funny and steadfast.

So, here's to all of you - May 2008 bring you closer to whatever it is that will bring you greater joy, health and peace!

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Sunday, December 16, 2007


I have premature hearing loss, most likely due to the following factors: genetics, working for almost 2 decades in noisy swimming pools and teaching in classrooms with tiled floors (no noise cushion).

The impact of this is that sounds in a certain frequency are inaudible while sounds in another frequency become amplified and extremely, unbearably loud.

One of my great joys is going to the pool to swim. I've taken to wearing ear plugs because of the volume of the radio - being young, the lifeguards like the music loud (oh, if they only knew what awaits them decades down the road of life.)
Anyway, despite the earplugs and the bathing cap, I found the music still irritating. It seemed with every length, I was getting more upset. (Yes, I ask the lifeguards to turn it down a notch, which most of them will do. On that particular day, one wasn't close enough to ask.)

I decided to do the a technique as much as possible, and after my swim was done, I realized that the loud music did not become the focus of my swim. I left the water feeling calm and energized.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

What you want...

The other day, a good friend showed up at my door just when I needed a shoulder upon which to lean. We began talking about how, once you start to pay attention, things appear in your life when you need them and if you are open to accepting them.

Reminds me of these lines from a song by The Rolling Stones: "...You can't always get what you want, And if you try sometime, You find you get what you need." (By the way, be thankful that you can't hear me singing this...I'm not known for my ability to carry a tune! Rather the opposite, in fact!) You can thank me (maybe not) for lodging that song in your head for the rest of the day!

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Monday, December 3, 2007


Funny, how milestone birthdays make one reflective. These last 2 years have been, if nothing else, ones of contrasts.

There have been some major challenges in health and in marriage and on the other side, some major accomplishments. While the challenges still exist, I prefer to reflect upon the tremendous personal strides I've made.

Everything from launching this business and learning to ride the waves of self-doubt (what am I thinking?) and to "knowing" that this is a right fit for me. I have learned the importance of maintaining balance and also increasingly, to live in the moment. (Admittedly, if I allow myself to "go there", I could easily start screaming and not stop! So, as my very wise mother would say, "don't do that, then!"

The cornerstone to these magnificent changes is the integration of the techniques that I now love to share through Change of Heart Stress Solutions.

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