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Archive for the ‘Stress’ Category

Robin Williams and The Stigma of Depression

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

In light of yesterday’s tragedy, I wanted to republish an older post on crushing the stigma of depression. I read online, “Maybe Robin Williams‘ legacy won’t only be the humor he gave us. Maybe it will be that he brought depression to the forefront.”

It feels today as though a bright light has gone out.

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By Guest Blogger Daisy

The first time I was diagnosed with depression, I took three weeks off from work but still managed to keep my job. I wasn’t sleeping well at night. Worries kept me awake, and when sleep did come, I’d awaken in a head to toe sweat. Stomach aches every Monday morning, heartburn and headaches Sunday nights. There were too many symptoms to ignore.

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22 Ways To Stress-Free Living and Uncluttering Your Mind

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It’s just about that time – the evenings are getting darker, earlier, the kids are prepping for back to school, summer feels like it’s going by in the blink of an eye, and we’re getting ready to put away our white skinnies. It’s for this reason that I decided back in May, that this summer, I would come from a place of YES instead of my usual place of NO. “No, you can’t stay up 30 minutes later,” “No, you’re in your pi’s, we can’t go to Dairy Queen tonight,” or “No, I can’t meet you for coffee, my friend, because I have too many deadlines.” I decided that “no” was not going to dominate my vocabulary. Summer is a perfect time to say YES to our life. I woke up this morning and had a big ‘AHA moment’ as I felt the ‘No’s’ creeping in again… and want to make sure I’m still seizing the moments.

In my AHA moment this morning, I realized that we are SO MUCH IN CONTROL OF OURSELVES AND OUR LIVES. We are in control of our health, our well-being, our mental state, our marriage, our career, our happiness. Everything. It’s up to us to give ourselves the best life possible. No one else can do it for us, and truth is, it’s best when we can do it for ourselves. It was a powerful realization.

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The Power of Risk Taking and How To Get Off The Fence

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

It’s easy to stay in our comfort zones – to sit perched on our fences. The familiar far too often keeps us stuck right where we are and prevents us from experiencing personal growth, happiness and manifesting our dreams. But, venturing out into the unknown can seem terrifying and virtually impossible to achieve.

But what if taking the risk, taking that leap off the fence actually led us closer to our hopes and dreams? Led us right to our ideal life?

The kids are back in school soon, making it a perfect time to finally start getting unstuck and start making your life happen! This morning on my weekly Lifestyle and Parenting segment on Global TV, I talked about the power of risk taking and how to get off the fence. I have also written out the steps below.


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Summer Camp Madness

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Happy Monday, Chiquitas! Hoping everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Father’s Day yesterday.

I have a cute (maybe not so cute) story to share. Our wonderful Bubby Sarah turns 95 next week and the whole family came in from Toronto to share in the festivities. You should know, Bubby is in better shape than me, and as sharp as a razor blade. The 95th birthday luncheon was all planned. The only issue? Bubby was a no-show. When we called her in the morning to confirm pickup time, she uttered, “I’m an old lady, and I just don’t feel like going today…”

So guess what? We figured, at 95, you definitely earn the right to skip your own party! So, we partied without her.

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Bubby last week with her grandson (hubby) and great grandsons (the boys)

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Look UP

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Take five minutes to watch this. You will not regret it.

I saw this video ironically while having breakfast with my husband in Paris two weeks ago, and if I am to be honest, it stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a cold, harsh reality check that made me recognize some bad habits I have formed over the past few years. That many of us have formed over the past few years.

Look Up is a spoken film in poetic form created by Gary Turk. ’Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. Alone looking down at our phones.

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8 Habits of Highly Successful Working Mothers

Monday, June 9th, 2014

By Guest Blogger Liz O’Donnell

The life of a working mother can be one of the most rewarding lifestyles a woman can choose. Modern women are lucky to have the opportunity to pursue both personal and professional fulfillment. But managing career and family can be incredibly challenging. Many women feel like there’s no end to their to-do lists and no time for relaxing and making time for themselves. A myriad of roles and competing priorities isn’t easy to balance and can leave most working mothers exhausted rather than exhilarated.

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It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Wordless Wednesday: Midnight In Paris

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Bonjour de Paris!

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I’m here celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday. Leaving the kids on Sunday was quite stressful with a lot of tears (we have never left them for more than four days). The first day away was very difficult. The second day, a little easier. Now it’s like… WHAT KIDS?! ;)

We’ve settled into a well-needed vacation together and surrendered to the magic of this romantic city.

Just a few moments…

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