Pouring into an Empty Vessel

Pouring into an Empty Vessel

Have you ever been pouring something into a glass and have the contents overflow? We all have. What if that applies to us too. To our lives. We are constantly trying to fit more in. However… “We cannot be filled until we are first empty.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Making Space In my practice, I use clinical hypnotherapy to help people reach down into their subconscious mind. Only so much can be learned about ourselves using our rational brains. Our…

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Shifting the World – One Story at a Time

Shifting the World – One Story at a Time

It has been a year since I began engaging with social media in a meaningful way. Up until then, I had been strictly on Facebook. And, only as a way of keeping up on the family gossip. As an entrepreneur, I began exploring other platforms. Looking for my people. Communities where I could learn and share. There are cool hashtags in the social media world that help bring communities of people together each week. Most people are familiar with #ThrowbackThursday….

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What’s Your One Thing?

What’s Your One Thing?

Do you feel as if you are constantly trying to make sense of the world? Just over a year ago, I lost a friend to cancer. It was the first of three friends that year. Each death brought me face to face with my own mortality. It made everything I did in life feel urgent. At the time, I felt frustrated with how much time I was wasting. I told my family and friends that I wanted to write a…

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Lessons of Life in the Most Unlikely Places

Lessons of Life in the Most Unlikely Places

There was a post on social media the other day – a T-shirt that read, “There is more to life than paying bills and losing weight.” I found it funny. Yet, how much of my life has been consumed by those two things! Yes, I want to be financially responsible and fit. Yes, I want to be healthy physically. But, the reason they take up space in my life is not because I value those things in and of themselves….

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Time for “THE” Change

Time for “THE” Change

March 2018. I had just come back from visiting my brother and could not shake the winter “blahs”. They dragged on into April. It was May when I started thinking maybe it was something else. I had such low energy and had gained 8 lbs in two months (without enjoying it). It just seemed to pop up overnight. I spent the summer seeing a naturopath and trying things with my diet – low-carb, intermittent fasting, cutting out soy. I even…

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A Season for Everything

A Season for Everything

Does that title sound familiar? How about Turn! Turn! Turn!? In the mid-sixties, in the middle of the Vietnam war, the folk band The Byrd’s released a song based on a bible verse in Ecclesiastes. The verse and the song both focus on the fact that seasons are the way of the world. There is a time for everything. The biblical verse covers the main things. Namely: We will all be born. We will all die. But, there are more…

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A Time to Heal

A Time to Heal

It is OK to rest. Our world has become so hurried that any amount of slowing down feels as if we are falling behind. It seems we all race against this invisible clock. We have no time to be still. Clients come to see me at 30, 40…60 saying they feel behind. Their lives are not what they expected at this particular age/stage. When I ask what they expected it to look like, most often they are unsure. Just not…

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Searching for God’s Love

Searching for God’s Love

When people ask about my faith, I tend to begin with a disclaimer: “I was raised Catholic.” I think that gives people a perspective, of sorts. Namely, I was raised in a specific faith. Christian faith. We had lots of rituals and rites of passages. I listened to the gospel. But, I had no idea what it meant. Catholics get a lot of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Pope and the Vatican. To me it felt as if there…

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Loving & Losing a Furry Friend

Loving & Losing a Furry Friend

“He was just a dog”, she said. The tears that threatened to spill down her face said otherwise. “He was your friend for 18 years”, I replied. “But Barb in Accounting lost her mom last year. How can I take time off to grieve my dog when she didn’t take any time for her mom?” Being raised in a culture that encourages competition, we tend to compare everything. So, Joan was faced with a dilemma – give in to societal…

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How to Love Your Life

How to Love Your Life

One of the social media platforms I engage with regularly is LinkedIn. It keeps me updated on my friends and colleagues. It sends nice reminders telling me to say congratulations when someone has a work anniversary. “Congratulate your friend on their 10-year work anniversary.” Ten years is a long time. I always wonder – do they love it? For ease of calculation, let’s say we work 40 hours a week and have 4-weeks’ vacation. We would have spent nearly 20,000…

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