How I’m making 2024 the year of change

While it’s been no surprise to those of you reading and / or following me online, if you’re new to the blog, I should admit that my 2024 hasn’t started off very well at all. I, like most people, kicked on Jan 1 with energy and excitement and before I knew it so many things abruptly changed that I am still left reeling from the process.

Since January I’ve had to overcome some pretty incredible hurdles, some of them not so gracefully, and amid online support groups I was already aware of, my current psychotherapist and a new mental health expert I am meeting later in February, I find myself looking for support and a sense of community in the world. Let me tell you about one I was recently introduced to and how it may just be a fit for you as well.

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So I’ve been told Summer is “Cancelled”, Now What?

After a busy week in Ottawa both professionally and personally, I got news that the summer is “cancelled” for many of the in person events in the coming months that most of us were looking forward to. While my initial reaction was like many – somewhere in between knowing it was coming, disappointment and frustration – I also realized that things could be worse. After the shock settled down I got to thinking about the ways that I can make myself happy and enjoy the summer I wasn’t expecting, but that I am still going to enjoy to the best of my abilities. Here’s hoping it helps to remind you that there are still reasons to smile and things to be excited for amid a year of disappointing moments and obstacles.

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“Are You Carving Out Time For Your Health & Mind?”

That’s a question that was posed to me recently by a dear friend during a discussion we were having while catching up. And to be honest, one that I struggled to answer. The funny thing about happiness, or mental health, or spiritual fulfillment, or heck.. even love, is that it’s not a destination to reach and then yours to wear like a badge. It takes work, every single day.

I picture my life like a beautiful wall of cogs of various sizes, all moving in harmonious balance with one another. Except, if I don’t give them all the attention and care they need, one might get a little rusted. As that one slows down or stops, they are all affected. Every action causing a reaction in my life. And lately I’ve been feeling a little rusty I guess.

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What Does It Mean To Respect Your Universe?

a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
“the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor”
synonyms: esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, honor
“the respect due to a great artist”
a particular aspect, point, or detail.
“the government’s record in this respect is a mixed one”
synonyms: aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, particular, point, detail
“the report was accurate in every respect”
So, do YOU respect yourself?

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