This week the final episode of This Is Us will air. For those who watched the series, we learned about love, loss, parenting, grief, shame, trauma, and how to deal with losing a loved one, among many other invaluable lessons.
It was sometimes hard to watch, and often heavy, but in the end This Is Us is all of us. Continue reading
I can’t believe my birthday is almost here. I’ve learned a lot over four plus decades and thought I would pen a piece about the 46 things I have learned in 46 years. Continue reading
When it comes to greatness, it’s inside all of us. And the only thing that lets it out is action.
Mozart composed over 600 musical pieces. Picasso created over 50,000 works of art. And Van Gogh painted 900 paintings. Continue reading
I named my book, The Treasure You Seek, after a quote by mythologist and author Joseph Campbell. He said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” He wrote a book called The Hero With A Thousand Faces that talks about the story of the hero and how it is told in a similar fashion in myths from all cultures and religions. His book has inspired many including George Lucas when he was writing the saga Star Wars. Continue reading
Poet Rachel Richardson said, “Whatever makes a thing unmakes it too.”
Powerful. So all the qualities we have that make us successful can also bring us down. It could be perfectionism or work ethic. It could be our ability to multi-task or focus on one project. It could be our unending ability to say yes. Or our need to help anyone who asks.
The thing is, that’s what makes us who we are. We can’t unlove the part of us that brings challenges because that same DNA helps us climb the mountain as well. Continue reading
John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” So often we are laser focused on what we think should be happening and we miss what is really going on. Our very own story. Our quest. Our legacy. Continue reading
I’m a big believer in the arts. I feel the arts stretch our thinking and no matter what our career is, we’ll always do better if we colour outside the lines. I’m also a big believer in dreams and taking action to make them come true. Continue reading
This was a very exciting week. As some of you know, I decided to publish a book in the year 2000 and made a goal of 100 rejection letters because Dr. Seuss got 43 for his first story. To date I am at 32 rejections for various manuscripts. Then on January 1, 2016 I started a weekly blog which gave me a reason to write consistently and I turned the first year of that blog into a book entitled The Treasure You Seek. Continue reading
My mom grew up in a tiny village in County Mayo, Ireland on a farm with no running water or telephone. They milked the cows, churned the butter, cut the turf from the bog to burn for heat, and fed the chickens who gave them eggs. They didn’t have a lot of money but they had a dictionary and lots of love. My grandma valued education although she didn’t get the chance herself, and she rode her bike six miles to a convent school in another town to register my mom to attend classes there after she graduated from the local school house. My mom’s brothers sent money home while working in England for my mom to go to that school. I am in awe of my grandma for knowing to do this and for making it happen. Continue reading
There’s an advertising agency that I drive by multiple times a day as I cart the kids to and from school. Because I’m a freelance writer, it’s the kind of place where I might be able to get some work. I’ve often thought about contacting them, but never got around to it.
Then yesterday, I decided to leave my comfort zone and take action. I dropped the kids off in the Kiss ‘n Ride, changed into a dressier coat and boots, and parked in front of the agency. Continue reading