Tag Archives: Life

How to make resolutions you’ll keep

As the old year winds to a close and you get ready to pop the champagne on a new one, you’ll find lots of advice for making and sticking to resolutions. I’m not a big fan of once-a-year resolutions, but according to the impressively named Statistic Brain Research Institute, “People who explicitly make resolutions are […]

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Frightened? Good, that’s one way to grow

Is your first reaction to something scary to say no? Mine usually is, too. But last year I decided that when my first response to something was “Oh no, that’s not gonna happen,” I was going to say, “Why not?” It was an interesting exercise that led me to accept two speaking engagements (small university […]

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What question drives your life?

Is there one question “you are never tired of asking and will never know the answer to”? This is the question 2014 IABC World Conference* speaker Lesley Jane Seymour referred to in her keynote session, “Discovering Your Life’s Question.” The question was also the subject of her May editorial column. As Editor-in-Chief of More Magazine/More.com, […]

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In which Sue survives a perilous climb

What I was thinking? Months ago, I agreed to do a fundraising event, the 24th annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb. That’s 1,776 steps, from the bottom of that tower on the left, allllll the way to the observation deck. I would be part of the Advantis Communications team, raising money for WWF Canada “to […]

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Don’t let fear stop you from growing

“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” – Astronaut Sally Ride “When you make friends with fear, it can’t rule you.” – Writer Anne Lamott, in Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith With Halloween on the doorstep, it seemed time to talk about things that scare you. No, not zombies and ghosts — I […]

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Why there is a Coming Out Day, and why it matters

October 11 is National Coming Out Day – meant to be a reminder of the power of coming out as gay or lesbian*, marking the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1988. Why is coming out so powerful? Simple. When people don’t personally know anyone who is gay […]

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Thoughtless words do more damage than you know

Can a heart ache with sadness and swell with pride at the same time? Yes, especially if your son writes a wrenching, powerful piece describing what it was like growing up a gay sports fanatic. Matt came out to family and friends a few years ago, which already took courage. This post was an online […]

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Transfixed by doors & gates & paths

Beautiful gardens are part of the charm of Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. While I was there, I found myself enchanted as much by the various doors and gates throughout the gardens as by the colourful peacocks that roam the grounds. If you want to get all analytical, you could probably tie the obsession […]

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Awareness is the 1st step to work/life balance

The hot topic of conversation at a meeting of the Halton-Peel Communications Association last week was work/life balance. HPCA members are all entrepreneurs who presumably have a little more control over our lives than those in the corporate world, which is key. Yet it seems we find achieving that balance just as elusive as our […]

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In praise of us

Happy International Women’s Day to all the fabulous women in my life. You are my friends, my inspiration, my support, my joy. You are brave and strong, beautiful and caring, funny and fun, whether you know it or not (I’m especially looking at you, Mom!). Of course I’ve already heard the question, “So when is […]

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