I am a mother-of-three with two graduating this week. One from Grade 8 and one from Grade 12. So, I wanted to write a note to my graduates as they turn the page onto a new chapter.
You never really know how the story will unfold. No one does. We didn’t know we’d be living through a pandemic, yet here we are. You don’t have to know what you want to be. Just be curious. Take risks. Embrace failure as a lesson. Get up when you fall. Continue reading
I watched one of my favourite movies with my kids this weekend. Dead Poets Society. I remember seeing it for the first time as a 16-year-old high school student and it made such an impact on me. Continue reading
Angela Duckworth mentions in her book Grit that the word competition comes from a Latin word meaning striving together. The definition does not include anything about winners or losers. It’s about growing forward with others. Competing to best oneself. Continue reading
Each day you arrive in your life you are a new person. Yesterday changed you. What you experienced, what you read, who you met, where you went. Your mind sees things differently today. Continue reading
I visited a local burrito restaurant recently that had rave reviews and I wasn’t disappointed. As I waited for my order with a line up of people, I was in awe of the symphony of movement by the team of ten behind the counter. The space wasn’t big but they each had a role and they performed it to perfection. From the cashier to the cooks to those adding the toppings to the gentleman at the end of the line who toasted, rolled and called your number. I told them they were an epic tribe. Continue reading
What do we know for sure? I used to think I knew a lot of things for sure. No grey areas. But the older I get, the more I read books and experience things and meet new people, I feel less sure about what I know. And that feeling keeps me curious and growing and on my toes. Continue reading
As a new week starts, are we where we want to be? Doing what we want to be doing?
I was reminded when listening to a speaker last week that we must set daily goals. Even five small things we want to accomplish. Maybe reaching out to a handful of people to share our story and ask for input. Continue reading
I’m reading a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck. She talks about fixed and growth mindsets and it is so interesting.
If someone has a fixed mindset, they believe they were born as they will always be. They might believe they are good at swimming and bad at math and it can’t be changed. So if they fail at something, they feel it shows their weakness. They don’t think, “I failed.” They think, “I am a failure.” People with a fixed mindset don’t believe you have to work at something you’re good at. If you’re good at it, it should come easily to you. Continue reading
You learn something new every day.
This morning the alarm went off at 6 a.m. I turned on the light and saw a full-on blizzard outside. It’s day 22 of my rental van and I had to be in a city about 40 minutes away for an early morning hockey tournament game. Continue reading