Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

Tag: grit

An Irish dance competition

This past weekend I travelled to Cleveland, Ohio on a bus trip to an Irish dance competition with my three kids.  I know they won’t be dancing forever, so I jump at the chance to see all three of them participating in an extracurricular activity together.  I love how all the dancers cheer each other on from the sidelines, congratulate those who reach a goal and support those who didn’t end up where they wanted on a given day. Continue reading

Whirlwind weekend

Just back from a whirlwind weekend at the Eastern Canadian Irish Dance Championships.  The boys came first and second in their solos and my daughter danced wonderfully in a group of 43 dancers including many from higher levels.  They competed in teams as well and all three kids were on first place teams in multiple categories.  Continue reading

The World Cup

I don’t usually watch sporting events in bars.  Or change my schedule to catch a game.  But there is something about the World Cup.  The idea that the country you live in or the country of your roots is vying to win a World title in a game that is played around the globe by every age group.  A game that only needs a ball, a net and some grit. Continue reading

One year ago today

One year ago today I was told that my book was live and available at Indigo and Amazon.  I grabbed a copy, ran outside and got my son to take my picture.  Then I shared my story and never looked back.  What a whirlwind year.  I’ve done book signings, spoken to students and executives, and been honoured each time someone decided to purchase a copy of The Treasure You Seek. Continue reading

Women who lead

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to 80 team members at a corporate lunch and learn about women who lead.  I shared my publishing goal of one hundred rejections and all the lessons about success, failure, grit and resilience I learned along the way.  I spoke about famous failures and regular folks who never gave up. Continue reading

The call he had been waiting for

After playing for ten years in the minor league, and working as a math tutor, Andre Ingram got the call he had been waiting for.  At age 32, he made his debut this week in the NBA for the LA Lakers.  Scoring four three-pointers and 19 points overall, it was a night that dreams are made of.  The crowd started yelling, “M-V-P!”  Some of the players on the team his age had already played almost 1000 NBA games.  And this was Ingram’s first.   Continue reading

And now there are 12

There were 13 NFL teams that had never won the Super Bowl.  And now there are 12.  The Philadelphia Eagles had been to the big game twice before and lost.  But not last night.  The underdog took the biggest prize. Continue reading

Sit in the turmoil

When I was at yoga this week, the instructor said something that struck me.  She said that when you meditate or breathe during a trying situation, you don’t send what is troubling you away.  You calm yourself enough to sit in the turmoil.  To ground yourself in the eye of the storm and know you can survive it. Continue reading

Some good old grit

All parents want their children to succeed in life.  To be happy, healthy and do something they love.  But the one thing I truly hope my children have in life is some good old grit. Continue reading

First day at a summer job

I remember my first day at a summer job during university.  It was on the production line at a brewery.  It smelled like the morning after a keg party which was not very pleasant.  But I soon equated that smell with a great pay cheque as I was making a lot more than my previous student jobs in retail or lifeguarding.

However the very first day was one of the toughest.  That morning at 6 a.m. as I sat eating breakfast, wondering what it would be like to work in a beer factory, a long distance ring jangled the phone.  It was my uncle in Ireland.  He said my beloved grandma had just passed away. Continue reading

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