January Full Moon

The first full moon of the year was quite spectacular – you know, the one that was supposed to be, according to many Facebook posts at least, the turning point for massive change for the better and so on and so forth. Have you noticed anything radically different in your life? Probably not. Some people will have had happen the kind of life-changing event that can happen at any time. Death of a loved one, news of serious illness or accident or...

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

For me, Winter is a time to hibernate, a time for reflection rather than action and I believe that’s a big part of why New Year’s resolutions fail, usually within the first week of January. We’re not meant to be taking action then. It’s natural to want to improve and grow. In nature, if a plant is not growing, then it is dying. Human beings are the same. We may stagnate for a long time and that is nothing other than a slow death. How...

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Happy New Year 2020

A New Year for a lot of people means new beginnings – out with the old and in with the new. Many of us have been tolerating things in our lives we can barely stand that have been sucking the life out of us. We go on in the same old, same old way because it seems easier than doing something about it. Change can be difficult and a challenge. It can be scary and seem impossible yet all it takes is making the choice and taking the first step. Then...

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Merry Christmas

The Christmas season is a time of contrasts. For some people it’s the best time of the year – a time to celebrate, party and revel in gift giving and the company of family and friends. For others it’s the worst time of the year. The feeling of loneliness, memories of times past, missing people no longer with you. The first Christmas after loved ones have passed on, just like the first birthday or anniversary, is especially poignant. My...

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Reflecting

What a beautiful winter’s morning by the Mediterranean. People were out walking their dogs, taking a stroll, cycling, on their at to the Sunday market or, as we were doing, enjoying a morning coffee at a cafe and watching the world go by in the warmth of the sun. It reminded me of being on the sea wall in Vancouver – people out enjoying the fresh air and glad to be alive. I was also thinking of this time last year when my brother had been...

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11 things you might not know about me

11 things you might not know about me It’s only 10 really, as 1 is a lie! Which do you think it is? 1. I’ve lived in 5 different countries 2. I have dual nationality – British and Canadian 3. I used to be a dental hygienist 4. I never learned to ride a bike 5. I had lunch with Liam Neeson 6. I speak Swedish 7. I sailed the Atlantic on a 10 metre yacht 8. I’ve been married 4 times 9. I taught scuba diving in the Caribbean 10. I’ve...

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