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Your Network Creates your Net Worth!

This article is for all business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, and sales people. People usually spend most their time developing a product, service, or something else to bring to consumers, but I always see people who are struggling seem to neglect one very important part of their business…their relationships!

The saying “Your Network equals your net worth” i…

Your Habitual Habits and What to Do

Habitual : done or doing constantly as a habit
  ——> Habit : a settled or regular tendency or practice

Today I mention both for a double-whammy of importance.
Not only do your actions speak, but your words, your thoughts- they all are synonymous AND they are revealing more than you may realize!

You see, I look at ...

How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Living paycheck-to-paycheck is much more common than you might think!

Living paycheck to paycheck, and struggling to get by month after month happens to many more people than we likely realize.

Earlier this year the Financial Post …

8 Tips to Get Better at Small Talk

Small talk has earned a bad rap, because it usually represents meaningless and trivial conversation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Research shows that those who have more meaningful conversations are happier and more fulfilled, and sma...

Decluttering Your Brain

So many of us get up fatigued, stressed, overwhelmed! So many thoughts in our heads, so many things to accomplish, so many people to look after. We get to the stage where we can’t do this anymore and we don’t see the point. We don’t see anything wonderful happening in our lives. We get stuck!

Let me explain why! Our brain is like a bedroom full of so many things. It …

5 Tips for a Successful Job Transition

My job recently changed. I was given the opportunity to work on a high-profile, complex, challenging project with an incredible manager. While I loved the role I was in, I was ready for a new challenge and this one fit my key criteria. With transition and all its excitement, however, comes discomfort, ambiguity, confusion, and uncertainty and that’s what I want to talk…

OK Ethel…Here We Go!

2017…I’ve got this…I think!

Inspiration (Scale damnit)…check!

Pinterest Board ~ Yoga…check!

Yoga Mat…check!

Exercise outfit…check!

Proper shoes…check!

A bra that won’t let me down ( I know Lucyyyyyyy)…check!

Girlfriends that will encourage me (I know Vickyyyyy!!!)…check!

Cleaned out the cupboards…sigh…check!...

Becoming A Best-Selling Author With The 4 C’s

It is my firm belief that everyone has the desire to write at least one book over the course of their lifetime. However, writing requires time and energy. The entire writing and publishing process is long and grueling, and most people find themselves feeling so overwhelmed that they don’t even know where to begin.

With more and more people writing books — and over a m…

Proper Goal Setting (Part 2)

Step 4 – Make a list of everything you will need to do to accomplish your goals!

-Put everything on the list, no matter how big or small. If one of the things you need is to get pencils and pens, write it on the list. 

-Add to your list every time you think of something else you have to do.

-Keeping a written list helps for a few reasons. One, it helps ...

The Power of First Impressions

You have all heard the expression, you only have one chance to make a first impression. In life, as in business, that rings true almost always. I am going to tell you a true story that happened to me last week, and how I used it as a reminder to myself about the importance of your first impression.

 I recently decided that I was getting too busy to do everything in...

30 of Canada’s Best National Parks


This week I’ve decided to compile a list of 30 Canadian National Parks.

2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and Parks Canada is offering free admission to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for the entire of 2017. 

Here are my top 30 national parks in Canada, although there are over 200 sp...

Passion, Purpose, Persistence!!!

Ha, Ha, Ha…get my Ducks-in-a-Flow not having my Ducks-in-a-row. Thanks Stan Holden for putting the proverbial finger on it! Now where’s my hammer???

If you haven’t read “Giving Candy to Strangers”, make it your next read! It’s not about what you get, but rather about what you give, without thought of being compensated. 

I sit here laughing as I read about “Te…

What do you want? Think it clearly and it shall be

For me, this is the perfect subject to start a new year with. Making resolutions, setting goals, implementing plans, are what is predominant in what I’ve been doing this past week. So, I started this year with a big question and broke it down into achievable tasks. Now, let’s dig into my why & how to make that happen.

In Chapter 5 of TJ Hoisington’s…

Building Trust in Teams

How Important is Trust in a Team? Firstly if there is no trust in the team, you haven’t really got a team! It is just a group of individuals, working together, often making disappointing progress, often really only doing things for themselves internally but externally appearing to be working towards the teams goals. They may hide information from one another for fear that t…

Setting Your Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year! The ball has dropped… it’s 2017. Hopefully we’ve all enjoyed the holidays and now we’re back and it’s time for a better you in the New Year.

I’m sure many of you have spent time over the holidays thinking about what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be.

Did you decide to get up extra early to pack your own lunch every day in…

My first FAM trip to the Occidental Grand Xcaret

I have been asked by many of you what I thought of the Occidental Grand Xcaret and as a woman that is known to tell it how it is, here goes nothing.

First, I would like to give many thanks to the Occidental Resorts and Air Canada Vacations for inviting me to be part of their FAM trip. For those of you that don’t know, FAM is short for “Familiarization.” It was a…

Kids’ Cognitive Process and Screen Time

Screen time is an inescapable reality of modern childhood, with kids of every age spending hours upon hours in front of iPads, smartphones and televisions.

That’s not always a bad thing: Educational apps and TV shows are great ways for children to sharpen their developing brains and hone their communication skills—not to mention the break these gadgets ...

CC Reward Update: Earn 5-10% on Gas & Cabs Jan-Mar

I am posting this as an update to my 10/4/16 article, titled “How I made $1,500+ with Credit Card Cash Back!”. Now that Q4 of 2016 is coming to a close, the Credit Card Reward programs I discussed will be changing in January and rolling over to new Cash-back categories.

These are the cards that I will be focusing on in Q1 2017 (January through Marc…

It’s Not Always About You

I like to think that we all see the world through our own lenses. Sometimes they are rose-coloured, painting everyone and everything in positive, glowing light; other times they may be grey, causing everything in sight to somehow appear bleak. Our past experiences, victories and challenges, upbringing and environment shape the very makeup of these lenses, and their comp…

Proper Goal Setting (Part 1)
Step 1 - Decide EXACTLY what it is you want in life! 
-Don’t put down a goal because it sounds good, make sure it is something that you actually want and can commit to. For instance, if you want to open a coffee shop, but you think that it might be a lot of work, don’t write down that you want to get a job in a Starbucks. Those are ...
Stop Worrying About What Everyone Else Thinks

We all like to be liked, but it can come at a cost.

To feel accepted is a nearly universal human desire. After all, we evolved to survive better in groups, where fitting in and having the trust and respect of our peers are the measures of success. The need to belong is in our DNA.

But sometimes that need takes center stage, and what o…

Why You Should STOP Saving Money!

Although one of my mantras is that you should be saving money, I need to be clear that saving is not the be-all and end-all of life.

Your financial goal should not be to get as much money as possible, stuffed away under your mattress or in your bank account.

I do think that saving is a good idea, but not to be taken to such an extreme that it gets in the w…

The Power of the Power Nap

I can’t think of a more enjoyable experience than taking a nap in the middle of the day. If you are like me, then I imagine sometimes you feel guilty about taking a nap when you have so much stuff to do. It wasn’t until a long talk with my mentor, and a little bit of knowledge about the subject that I decided to make napping a daily part of my everyday life. There are vast ...

Boost Your Marriage Now!!

Ok, people, the perfect formula for making a marriage last is pretty close to impossible. What I do know is all committed relationships need love, mutual respect, trust, loyalty, and commitment. However, there are also some things that can help to boost your marriage and strengthen the union over time. While I don’t have all of the answers, I do have some pretty ...

Do What’s Right When No One Is Looking

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst notthen be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

This is a short article for a very good reason, because this is neither the place nor the time to preach to you. This is, after all, a business book, albeit…


Time truly is a remarkable thing. It has the ability to pass painfully slow when in distress, and entirely too fast when riding the euphoric wave of bliss - that of course, took forever to finally experience. Thing is, regardless of how tightly we try to grasp the notion of living in the moment, once time is gone - it’s gone. Only leaving...

How to Make Extra $$$ While Sitting on Your Couch

It might be hard to believe, but you can make extra cash while you watch TV on your couch at home. All you need is 1) a laptop and 2) an opinion. Seems too good to be true… right?

That’s what I thought at first as well, but have come to find out that Market Data companies are willing to pay normal people, like you and I, to take short online ...

Decluttering 101: 4 Steps toward a Simpler Life.

This week I was involved in an avalanche- granted, it was from my Tupperware cabinet, but an avalanche nonetheless. It was then that I realized it was time for one more room in my house to be decluttered, the one I’d been dreading and putting off, the kitchen. Thankfully, by the time I got to the kitchen it didn’t feel as daunting as it once had since my family had been …



How do you feel when someone says they will do something for you and they don’t?

Do you say “yes” with the thought and intention that you will do it, but then you don’t follow through? Are you afraid of disappointing people?

I experience friends and others sayin...

6 Tips for Long-Term Love

A romantic relationship can be easily recognized by its intense and sometimes irrational driving force of emotion. Passion fuels our behavior, guides or distorts thoughts, changes physical and chemical functioning, and alters lives. 

The romance might begin with a “...

“Mothering” my dying Mom

I consider this to be role reversal in its worst form…..experiencing the illness and death of my mother.   I share yet another of the most difficult times in my life, with the most heartfelt hope that some part of my experience will help you or someone that you love. I will outline just a few important things to consider in caring for a dying parent and then I will tel…

4 Personality Types – Part 1

It has always been my belief that being good with people is as marketable of a skill as anything else in the world. So many people, regardless of the industry they are in, are in the people business. The problem is, most people don’t know anything about people.

I am going to take you on a 5 step journey on people. We are going to dive into the 4 main personality …

Saving Up for Your Down Payment? Battle of the Tax

Congrats, you’ve made the wise decision of buying a home. Purchasing real estate offers many benefits – forced savings, a tax-sheltered long-term investment and the ability to turn your home into an income source by renting it out, to name a few. With almost 70 percent of Canadians choosing to own their homes instead of rent, many feel the same way.

While many Cana...

Master Your Thinking & Gain Focus On Your Goals

“The Quality of your thinking – the thoughts and beliefs you entertain, WILL make all the difference in the quality of your life. PERIOD!” Nowhere in T.J. Hoisington’s book “If You Think You Can!”  is there a better explanation of the practice of ma…

Vulnerability is Key

A book that changed my life is “The Gift of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. My social worker at the CLSC at the time gave me this book when I was going through my separation and she said “Read it, it will help you.” She told me there is a section in it about vulnerability. I read it and at first could not understand it. I had always thought of vulnerability as such a weakness…

Books vs Movies: A Letter to Hollywood

Dear Hollywood,

Please stop making great books into movies….you ruin them I’m sorry to say. Each time I hear about a new movie coming out based on a book, I get excited, until I see said movie then become nothing but disappointed or even sometimes angry.

I have watched you butcher books by James Paterson, Margaret Mitchell and Dan Brown to name but a very s…

First Time Authors Can Find Space On Store Shelves

As I have traveled around NA over the past 6 years talking about books and the success of our company, I have had the chance to speak with thousands of authors. From our conversations, I have realized that there is a complete lack of understanding of the bookstore system or the retail trade channel, as some would call it. There seems to be this crazy idea that the only books…

Shedding more light on Introverts

According to the dictionary, an introvert is a shy, reticent person. Do you know an introvert or maybe you are one yourself and you feel misunderstood all the time? If only people could understand you better and you did not feel like you always had to defend yourself and your actions and why you do the things you do. I hope this touches light on some topics, and if you h…

Letting Go!

Whether it's a toxic relationship, unfavorable behavior patterns, hurt and anger, we all can agree there are some things we must let go. Sure, letting go can be difficult, but how much strife are you willing to endure? You see, each day presents a new opportunity for endless possibilities- An opportunity to rid yourself of old baggage and live your best life. Your past doesn't have t...

Facts Tell, But Stories Sell, for Authors

Having spent over 20 years in various sales positions, I have heard (or said) the old saying, “facts tell, but stories sell” thousands of times. In sales, the saying means that when you are prospecting or selling you should focus on the stories. Your new customers want to hear about stories other consumers are having with your product, they want to hear the success stories …

Stress Nothing, Not Even the Small Stuff

Speaking through the wide open trap of a habitual stressor, I have decided here on out that I am a bellyacher no more. 

As I lay awake at the wee hour of 4 am, my eyes pierced, I focus on the one and only crack on our bedroom ceiling. A wave of an anxiety has managed to paralyze me. 

The contents of our sewer line have decided to grace us with it’s presence…

The Lying Game

Detecting deception using verbal cues remains a difficult task. The best method to predict deception compares what a person says against external evidence or known truth. At best, certain statements can indicate a higher probability of deception, but there’s no one verbal cu...

Be Nice To The Gatekeepers

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers,it shows he is a citizen of the world.” – Francis Bacon

“If you weren’t so worried about your ugly haircut, you probably would have gotten my food here faster.” I actually overheard this one evening as I sat in a booth at a café.

Next time you are out to lunch or dinner at a restaurant, observe how the peopl…

Maintaining a winning perspective

Chapter 9 of T. J. Hoisintton’s “If You Think You Can” starts with this amazing statement: “In the real world, moments of devastation are likely to come your way… It’s part of the process. Consequently, setbacks drive some to fight harder. For others, it provides a reason to quit. The difference is all in your perspective.” Nowhere, so far…

Finding the Best Deal on Tickets to Events!

Today I want to share an iPhone app / website that I discovered about a year ago when I was searching for tickets to a White Sox game in Chicago — tickets are only a fraction of the cost to attend a Cubs game 🙂

The iPhone app / website is called “SeatGeek”, and it serves as a ticket search engine (kind of like Google, but specif…

4 Personality Types – Part 2 (The Shark)

Hopefully you got a chance to read my previous article, 4 Personality Types – Part 1, where we broke down the best ways of finding out someone’s personality type by asking a few key questions.

We are now going to look at the first of the 4 Personality types, The Shark.

Sharks are easily my favorite personality type, because they are easy to attract. You can s…


I think that one of the greatest secrets to living a purpose filled and truly effective life is understanding the power of priorities. I believe life was designed to be simple, not complicated, and the key to simplifying life is proper  prioritization.  So exactly what is a priority? A priority is defined as:The principal thing. Putting first things first. Establishing the…



It all started with a little mascara…we exchanged pleasantries until she asked me ‘what do you do?’ I answered with zest ‘I am a public speaking coach.’ Can you do a workshop with my grade 8 students?’ In business, they tell you to say YES to anything and figure it out later. That is how TEEN TALK wa…

The Lost Art of Repentance

I remember a hot, fresh tear sliding down my face as my mom half whispered, half cried the words in a broken voice, “I’m sorry Abi, I’m just so sorry.” I knew I was hurt, but hearing those words began to mend something in me that I didn’t even know was broken. Looking back, even though it wasn’t the first time my mom had apologized to me for something, I think it was …