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Habits……Like Carbon Monoxide

HABITS……everyone talks about them! The good, the bad and the ugly. Creating positive and effective habits is critical to success in your personal and professional life. This is not news to you. We hear about habits almost every day. Some of the greatest thought leaders and motivational speakers regularly reinforce the importance of creating good habits. One of my f…

“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…

10 Qualities of Strong Women That Men Can’t Handle

What makes a woman strong? We are not talking about Xena the warrior princess, a professional wrestler, or a boxing champion. We’re talking about someone with qualities that make her overcome hurdles and obstacles all on her own.

She takes her vulnerabilities in her stride and shows her flaws to the world with pride instead of shame.

A strong woman is someon…

What You Hate Doing May Be the Key to Your Success

I’m in the midst of preparing for exponential growth for my companies. This preparation stage has left me feeling…sometimes vulnerable and raw, and at other times, insufferably bored. Growth of the magnitude I’m most interested forces me to dig in and work on all of the things I like least in my businesses. It means that “legal” and “accounting” are at the top of my pri…

Take Care of Your Heart…Feed Your Soul!

It has been an interesting couple of months, this 2017.

As I house clean my Heart, throw wide open the closets where I’ve thrown my “Stuff” that I haven’t really wanted to deal with, the dust is profuse and the clutter profound. As an Entrepreneur, a Wife, a Mother, a Grandmother, a Sister & a Friend, there is this delicate thing we all …


“There is the person you were born to be and the person you learned to be.” 

– David Wood 

When I first heard the David Wood quote, it really struck a chord for me. At the time, I felt like I was being slapped in the face with the harsh reality that I was living the life I had learned to cope with, rather than the life I was meant for. I was in a job I…

The Pen is in Your Hands to write Your Life!

All we can do is Control our Efforts, not the Outcomes – so why DO we focus our efforts solely on the outcome? And why boast about our successes or mope around when our efforts aren’t rewarded with a tangible result?  And why do we judge ourselves so harshly when we make mistakes?

Was it our upbringing? Were we disciplined negatively & sometimes …

Cold Calling Tips

Everyone hates cold calling. Well not everyone, but most people hate the idea of having to call a stranger to try and get them to buy something from you. However, getting good at cold calling can make it to where you never have to worry about running out of leads. I am going to take you through a couple of cold calling suggestions that may help you along your journey….

Who am I?

Who am I?

Here I am, sitting down, trying to write my ‘About Me’ for my website. I have been avoiding writing this for so long. I have written six other articles and achieved a lot of other things, but when writing my ‘bio’ I find myself stuck. ‘Why?’ I ask myself. This should be easy. 

I realized that writing ‘who I am’ is the most difficult job of all. W…

4 Personality Types – Part 4 (The Whale)

Hopefully you got a chance to read my previous thee articles, 4 Personality Types – Part 1,2, and 3 where we broke down the best ways of finding out someone’s personality type by asking a few key questions and looked into the first two personality types, The Shark and the Dolphin.

We are now going to look at the third of the 4 Personality types, The Whale.


Education outside the classroom Part 1

After completing my first round of report cards as a teacher and a parent, I spent a lot of time thinking about my students strengths and needs, and how to help them be better learners. After a lot of thinking and conversation, I realized that while I could be doing my best to help students grow at school, there needed to be an equal effort happening at home. I th…

ADHD – My Gift

ADHD for those who don’t know stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. A person who has ADHD is someone who struggles with focusing and being too hyper. That is the shortened version of it. Lots of us struggle with undiagnosed ADHD and a lot of our kids do too.

This is my story on ADHD. I grew up always feeling different. Different to my peers! Black shee...

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…

Raised Beds For City Dwellers

Gardening is part of our DNA. If you believe the scripture, it says that humans were originally created in a beautiful garden called The Garden of Eden. This garden was planted by God and mankind’s only responsibility was to tend the garden and live from the food and enjoy it. So from a creation standpoint, gardening restores humans to a spirituality that we lost long ag…

A unique way to deal with No!

If you are in sales, an entrepreneur, or really any job for that matter, I’m sure you hear no about as much as I do. Sometimes people will not do what they need to do because of that word. It’s crazy how many people I see get knocked completely out of the box because of their inability to deal with rejection. So here is a unique way to deal with No’s.


4 Personality Types – Part 3 (The Dolphin)

Hopefully you got a chance to read my previous two articles, 4 Personality Types – Part 1+2, where we broke down the best ways of finding out someone’s personality type by asking a few key questions and looked into the first personality type, The Shark.

We are now going to look at the second of the 4 Personality types, The Dolphin.

I personally believe th…

In, or out, of the notorious “comfort zone”?

How many times have you heard “get out of your comfort zone”? What is the “comfort zone”? Why would one want to get out of it?

“A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment…

Spirituality – My Journey

Spirituality – My Journey

I know what you are thinking! Here we go again, another person who is going to tell me that they are spiritual. That would have been me 3 years ago. I was brought up a Catholic but honestly was not a practicing one. I would pray at night. Church was not a place I enjoyed as it was in Arabic and didn’t really understand or enjoy the service….

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...

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…

The power of Gratitude

In the years before I began my life transformation, not only was I a huge complainer, but I was also really negative towards myself. I never felt good enough, and I never felt capable of achieving my goals. When faced with a new challenge or opportunity, I would set myself up for failure, practically quitting before I had even started. I would say things like: 


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…

Listening to The Inner Circle

If you have ever read Stephen Coveys book “7 Habits of highly effective people” You will recall him talking about “The Inner Circle” I found this intriguing but it also answered a lot of questions about how I thought about myself. It also gave me cla…

The Curse of the Ambitious

I want this article to stand as a warning to anyone who is going to take on the task of trying to get better. I will promise you that the path to success is littered with obstacles, naysayers, self-doubt, unsupportive friends and family, tons of opportunities to quit, and some very tough years. I can however, promise you that if you don’t quit, it will be the best dec…

Cancer Kills Through the Eyes of a Loved One

It’s with great sorrow to say that in this day and age most reading this article and most of us, in general, have been affected by cancer in some way. Whether it was you a family member, a partner, a friend or whether the cancer affected being was a survivor or not. We all have our stories of this devastating disease, and when I say devastating I sincerely mean DEVASTATING! …

#TeamTrust: Sports Coaches and Business Leaders

Reading time: 90 Seconds

If you are a boss or a sports coach you want to be known as someone who is accountable and trusted. You want people to know where they stand with you. This should give them greater confidence in you and if they feel the same way then the chances are those they work with will feel the same as well.

If this trust is brok…

Don’t Worry Be Happy

I have spent most of my life worrying. Every time I had to make a decision in the past I would think of the worst case scenario. I was brought up with generations of worriers. I didn’t take risks in my life because I was scared things would go wrong so I stayed in my comfort zone.

When I came to move from Dubai to Canada, I had a list of all the worst-case scenarios…

Where is the Love?

The song by Black Eyed Peas asks “Where is the love?” Where is it? All we see these days is fear, hate and evil. Let us go back to finding love. How can we do that? Why not work on making everyday day Valentine’s day. Why don’t we take time everyday from our lives to show the people in it that we love and appreciate them. 

Here are a few suggestions for the different …

Oh Pain in the Neck! 4 Quick Thoughts on Headache

Headaches are something with which every single person is familiar. It’s a simple enough ailment there’s an entire section in the pharmacy devoted to it and complex enough that neurologists can specialize in it. Next time you’re trying to choose amidst the fifteen different types of Tylenol, here are a few things to mull over.

1) Your brain doesn’t have pai…

How your Posture is Impacting Your Health

“For every inch of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol 3.

It is not uncommon that I see patients walk into the office with a head that has moved forward 2 inches in front of their shoulders and their posture is far from perfect. The question I always …

4 Personality Types – Part 5 (The Urchin)

Hopefully you got a chance to read my previous four articles, 4 Personality Types – Part 1,2,3, and 4 where we broke down the best ways of finding out someone’s personality type by asking a few key questions and looked into the first three personality types, The Shark, The Dolphin and The Whale.

We are now going to look at the last of the 4 Personality types, T…

Coincidence or Synchronicity?

Has this happened to you? You think of a person you haven’t spoken to in a long while and get a phone call from them?  Better yet, you bump into them?! Even more so, you see each other in an airport in a city which you both do not live in?!! How about, you were thinking of an occurrence and then it happened?  

These types of “coincidences” happen more often than not. …

Mobile App to help Max your Credit Card Rewards!

Today’s money saving tip: using the Wallaby app available on iPhone and Google devices.

Yet another completely free mobile app that can help you earn FREE money! I have written several articles about earning free cash back through the use of no-fee credit cards. As you might be able to tell, I have many credit cards that I rotate through every quarter – I will c…


The power to forgive is essential to living a healthy life. Easier said than done, though, right? Forgiveness can be difficult to achieve, and the prospect of letting go of your anger — anger at the pain someone else has caused you or the mistakes you feel you’ve made can be daunting. 

Things happen for a reason: every scrape, every tear, every burst of anger is th…

Building New Habits

When I began thinking through this article several days ago, I originally planned to title it “Breaking Bad Habits” but quickly realized the fatal flaw of that mindset. It’s virtually impossible to break old habits without intentionally building new ones. If you decide to eat less junk food then you will almost certainly fail. However, if you decide to incorporate three …

Natural Tea

Whether tea is served hot or cold, tea is a popular beverage but also has major health benefits. Although there are many different types of teas, most of us know the main ones like English breakfast, green tea, chai, chamomile etc.

 Here is a list of natural teas that are good for our health that you may not have considered befor…

I live by The List!

Do you ever feel like your head is going to explode? Do you lay awake at night, mind racing? Thoughts spinning like a tornado?

My brain is often on overload. Think about it, I’m a mom-entrepreneur. I need to manage the child, meals, activities some house chores (I’m lucky, my husband is very good at house keeping), school events, my business, clients, staff, jobs, m…

Writing Workshop Warriors

The desire to write a book is noble but realistically speaking, writing and getting a book published is actually a challenging process. Most people can’t manage it and yet the publishing industry is on fire with self-published authors.

If you are reading this because you have a big book idea itching to get out then maybe you’ve seen them. Those self-…

The Power of Focus

“Too many of us never realize our greatness because we get sidetracked by secondary activity” – Og Mandino

Do you think we are talking about what I like to call The “Oh, look a squirrel” Syndrome? Yes, and no. Yes, we are referring to distractions, but not the fleeting kind. T.J. Hoisington elaborates on several points in Chapter…

Let me introduce myself.

You have known OF me for many a year, but You have never KNOWN me.

We have spoken, eaten, laughed and cried. 

We have loved and made love with everything we were….or so I believed.

Our conversations have been delightful, insightful, educational, motivational, and at times quite frustrating. It is hard when everything is one-sided.

I learned of yo…

The power of words

Words have so much power behind them it is almost scary to a point. Most of us don’t respect this power as well, and we just use them at will. A comic can use these as a missile to make you laugh so hard that you can cry, to one person and the next will be upset. A president can use the words to strike fear into people, or at the same time uplift other people. An employer c…

Creating A Sense Of Urgency

“What ideas or goals do you have that you keep putting off?” That is the overriding question that haunts us throughout the 12th chapter of T.J. Hoisington’s “If You Think You Can”. This short chapter is packed with warnings about how to use y...

Vengeance is Best Served Warm

Warm weather and sunny skies makes the heart leap as the outside beckons you to come join in nature’s song of fun and play. Whether you are 90 years old in a nursing home or, in this case eight years old and out of school on summer break, the perfect weather of a North-West Summer is irresistible. Everything in you wants to be outside! To the eight year old, it is filled wit…

What Now! I’ve Hit a Brick Wall

You’ve run into a brick wall, not knowing what to do. Seems there are no options. Hopelessness & despair are your only companions.  Your circumstances hit you like a big wave at the beach, knocking you off your feet. Inside your soul is crying out from the secret places of your heart ‘what now’.

We’ve all been there when our situation seems hopeless. What do we…

Are You My Soulmate?

Dear Friend:

If you’re drawn to this topic and reading my words, there may be a higher reason for us to meet across this page. Perhaps, just perhaps, we belong to the same soul family. Maybe you and I are soulmates… even from a distance… and even if we barely know each other right now. 

I can just see you. Your eyebrows are…

A Soulmate Forever: Mom’s Legacy, Part I

“We do not choose the work we are brought into this lifetime to do. That work is your soul signature – your unique expression. Your Spiritual DNA.” Panache Desai, “Discovering Your Soul Signature”

    In my last article, I spoke with you about soulmates. If you missed it, I’d suggest reading it over to understand how soulmates help us le…

Law 13 – Live With Purpose

This chapter in T.J. Hoisington’s “If You Think You Can” is both summation of the previous principals and the most crucial of them all, without which no progress can be begun, much less be made. It’s thanks to this principle that I started blogging, pushing…

How To Audit and Update Your Wardrobe this Spring

With Spring newly year upon us, it’s the perfect time to review and refresh parts of our home. While everyone has their own organizing style, below are the steps I follow to update my closets and get rid of things I don’t wear.

1. Start with your existing fall/winter (f/w) closet. Bringing spring/summer (s/s) clothes into the mix too early will mean extra clothes an…

SSL Secure Certificates – Private… but, safe?

HTTPS… secure connection… suggests safety… 

You – can – go – to – this – site… and, if you do, you’re safe. You Believe you’re safe. You think…

But are you? There is a green lock icon, and the word, “Secure.”

What they really say when you click on it…

“Your information (for example, passwords or credit ca…