Dear Chronic Workaholics...

Let’s face it- life can be really demanding of our time. It seems like there is never enough time to get everything done that we want to. Whether it is at work or in our our personal life- demands creep up and we tend to give over our control to the outside pressures. Do you ever find yourself like me rushing from one task to the next and not taking the time to stop and smell the roses?

Over this past week I have been forced to take a hard look at my current lifestyle. Over the past year I have been suffering from a weak voice. As most of you know I am a singer and a professional speaker and I use my voice a lot during the day. It has become a very common occurrence that at the end of a singing or speaking event, I will lose my voice for an extended period of time (that can sometimes last up to a week). It is as if I am in a constant state of laryngitis. I have been to several doctors to try and get to the bottom of this issue and finally this week I was diagnosed with a...

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Having An Impact

This weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with 24 high school students from across the city of Winnipeg at a leadership conference called Manitoba Alive. I attended this program when I was in high school myself and have gone back every year since as a councillor, guest speaker and now the program director. It is one of my favourite three days of the year. Imagine three days of your life where you experience no judgement, no competition, no self-doubt and a complete invitation to just be yourself completely. Manitoba Alive is exactly this. It is what I would compare to heaven on Earth for three days. During the weekend we support each other in developing our dreams and visions. We work on our life purpose. We gain knowledge and the tools to help us get to where we desire to go. This year in particular brought together a profound group of students that truly had vision, leadership and an authentic dynamic that made everyone feel included in the group. So often in...

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Thoughts On Slowing Down

Slowing down is not a sign of weakness or failure. It is not an offset of being un-productive. In fact it seems that the most successful people on the planet have mastered the art of doing less and accomplishing more. How do they do it? How do they find that work/life balance? I sat with this question in meditation this week and this is the answer that came to me…

 When your life is filled with urgency notice that you completely cut off the creativity energy that you originated from. Whether you realize it or not, all form in the physical world including yourself originated from a source of non-doing, “no-thing”. You came from a natural place of being. Being-ness is your origin. When you practice slowing down to the point that anxiety, panic, urgency and stress are no longer rushing you into action you will experience a natural, peaceful invitation to move forward in your life with deeper awareness and clarity. Most of us are afraid that if we slow down we...

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Purchase Bewilderment

This past weekend I was having dinner with some friends and we started talking about astronomy. I have always been interested in this topic as it always amazes me when I look up to the sky on a clear evening and see billions of sparkling stars shining down above my head along with beams of white light streaming down from the moon and lighting up the silhouettes of trees and neighbouring houses in my neighbourhood. What is it that makes up our cosmos? Where do science and spirituality intersect? How is it that we can be in space and actually loose years of our life while it is simply the equivalent to a day experienced on Earth? How is it that we are conscious and experiencing all of these natural miracles unfolding around us? Since having dinner with my friends and talking about the multitude of possibilities that make up our reality, my mind has been filled with amazement. I was reminded of a quote by Rumi that states “sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment”.
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Asking Why

In a world that is driven by work, productivity, success and results it can be very difficult to slow down from the rush of it all and ask ourselves one of the most important questions of all questions- WHY? Why am I doing what I do? 
What is the driving force behind all of the actions I am taking on a daily basis? The question of why is a rarity in the rat-race and yet it is one of the most powerful questions to lead us deeper into what our true life purpose really is. For a number of years I wrote government grants for musicians. I would spend hours and hours of my time filling out forms, making phone calls and writing proposals on behalf of artists, to convince a jury of professionals that they should fund my client’s upcoming sound recording project. (Yes, in Canada our government is an incredible supporter of the arts and culture and actually offers government grants to musicians and artists). While working as a grant writer, I quickly realized that these skills were...

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Dealing with Rejection: How A No Leads You Closer To A Yes!

Have you ever had the experience of putting yourself out on there on the line, risking it all for your dream of what you really want- only to get the answer back that it is a “NO”? If you are anything like me you have probably experienced at least twenty of these “no’s” for every “yes” that has happened in your life. Whether it is in our careers or our relationships with others, rejection can really hurt us on all levels. Nobody enjoys being told “no” for an answer. It is amazing how many of my decisions in life have been a dance around avoiding the experience of this two-letter combination in the alphabet N-O! The words NO have scared me and made me seize up at times only to realize that in the end this answer was a gift. 

I have spent most of my life pursuing my dream of being a musician and a motivational speaker. It is a tough, competitive business and almost everyday I experience rejection when I put myself out...

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What Holds You Back?

In every single person there is an inner critic. A voice that second guesses. We have all had the experience now and then (or for some more often) feelings of doubt and shame for trying to live authentically. I have come to know this voice and feeling as “the saboteur”. This is the name I have given to the inner voice that comes up and tells us that "we are not good enough" or that we will "never get to where we want to go". It is the part of our mind that sabotages us and keeps us trapped in the places of fear, doubt, worry and anxiety. In our world, so many of us struggle because we have become slaves to the saboteur. Many of us don’t even recognize that our saboteur is running the show and making our decisions for us.

It is the saboteur's job to keep us in what it considers “the status quo”. In its opinion it is trying to keep us in what it feels is it’s idea of “Safe”. Unfortunately it ends up sabotaging us because it’s idea...

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The World Is What You Think It Is

All healing happens within us. It is our own thinking patterns that determine whether we are sick or healthy. Most of us though have been conditioned to believe that some outside source beyond us is in charge of curing our diseases and illness but there has never been nor will there ever be such a remedy to cure our illnesses indefinitely. Yes, there are medications that will give temporary relief or assist us in changing our minds to believe that it is curing us but the real truth is that “the world is what your think it is”. It has been suggested that our body is made up of an extreme collection of thoughts. The thoughts we think about on a regular basis shape the world around us. Thinking is an inside job.

Although thinking is an inside job, the outside world has an extremely significant influence on the way we think. Whether it is advertising on billboards, television commercials or You Tube Ads our minds are constantly bombarded with possibilities of what to think...

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