Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: January 2019 (page 1 of 2)

In Honour of Bell Let’s Talk Day

In honour of Bell Let’s Talk Day, here is an excerpt from my book, The Treasure You Seek.

January 27, 2016
“There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”

One in five Canadians suffers from mental illness. Although the topic is being discussed more and more, there is still a stigma attached to it whether it is at work, as a parent, or among friends. Continue reading

Sam Kass

I read about Sam Kass in Michelle Obama’s book Becoming.  He was the head chef at the White House.  But I didn’t know his back story.  I heard it last week on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and it was so inspiring.  He went to the University of Chicago on a baseball scholarship and did a history degree because he was always interested in how we got to where we ended up.  He mentioned a tidbit about professional baseball that I found extremely interesting.  He said the top professional baseball players have a 30 per cent success rate.  So the best players in the league fail 70 per cent of the time.  How inspiring is that?  They hit more but they also swing more.  A lesson for us all. Continue reading

A good friend of mine said goodbye

This week a good friend of mine said goodbye to her 45-year-old sister Yola who lost a brave battle with cancer.  At the service there was standing room only in the chapel, in the hallways and in a big double overflow room.  What a testament to a life well-lived. Continue reading

The Magic of Thinking Big

I am currently reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.  In it he writes, “Your mind is a ‘thought factory.’   It’s a busy factory, producing countless thoughts in one day.”  He said that you make deposits in your thought bank constantly and these thoughts decide what your day will be like and if you will be successful. Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  A day to celebrate a man who used words to protest and changed the world.  His speeches are timeless.  His message is fearless. Continue reading

Mary Oliver

When I do my presentation at schools and corporations about embracing failure and having grit, I start with the Mary Oliver quote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Continue reading

Becoming

I am reading Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming and it is an excellent book.  What a journey she travelled from the South Side of Chicago sharing the top floor of a house with her parents and brother to the White House.  She remembers being drawn in when she went to listen to her friend Barack, a law student doing a placement where she was a lawyer, speak at a community meeting.  He said, “You can live in the world as it is, but you can still work to create the world as it should be.”  You can have hope. Continue reading

This year they wanted the gold

My 15-year-old son and I are just back from an away hockey tournament.  He’s played with this group of boys for a few years and they have all grown close.  They have been to this tournament a number of times, but always ended up with silver.  This year they wanted the gold. Continue reading

Too much challenge

I’ve decided to take the Too Much Challenge.  What is something that is ‘too much’ in our life?  Too much stress?  Too much sugar?  Too much scheduling?  Too much alcohol?  Too much Netflix?   Continue reading

Add some extra into our ordinary

How can we add some extra into our ordinary in 2019?  Poet Mary Oliver said, “No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. Still, there are indications. Among crowds, in drawing rooms, among easements and comforts and pleasures, it is seldom seen. It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. It isn’t that it would disparage comforts, or the set routines of the world, but that its concern is directed to another place. Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge.” Continue reading

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