Small Nutritional Upgrades for Big Results

Small Nutritional Upgrades for Big Results

Baby steps count. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed when wanting to make a change in life whether the goal is to clean up the family’s diet, to institute a budget, to move toward more gentle parenting, or to become more organized. At the same time, it is easy to overlook the transformative power of small steps with consistency. Day after day. Month after month. Until we look back and stand amazed at just how far we have come. Let’s say that your goal is to improve the nutritional quality of the food […]

10 Calming Strategies for When Tension Mounts

10 Calming Strategies for When Tension Mounts

You create your menu plans and a weekly rhythm and have a half-decent system for managing your finances. You work to stay organized and even have a strategy in place for self-care. But life throws you a couple curve-balls and you miss some sleep and someone dies and Revenue Canada audits you. And the tension mounts. Here are 10 strategies I use to calm myself and keep focused on WHO and HOW I want to be in the world when the waters of life become a little agitated: I aim to get quality sleep. When […]

On Body Image & Respecting “Picky Eaters”

On Body Image & Respecting “Picky Eaters”

My parents were hard-working people who did an amazing job at providing my siblings and I with real food. They grew a huge garden, my dad hunted, and my mom made everything from scratch. We didn’t have the money for fancy lunch-box treats and fast food or eating out was a very rare event for us. My mom was ‘weird’ – making homemade yogurt and cooking lentils that nobody liked, and for a while bringing home goat’s milk in big glass jars. She was also the best bun maker ever! But looking back I […]

I Am an Aspiring ‘Good-Enoughist’

I Am an Aspiring ‘Good-Enoughist’

I am a recovering perfectionist and “an aspiring good-enoughist”*. Not that I ever actually thought I was perfect, but I always felt I ought to be and was painfully aware of all the ways in which I never measured up. In university, for example, there were many instances when I tried to take a zero on an exam or assignment because I felt ill-prepared or that my work was substandard. Thank goodness for amazing profs who counselled me to try anyways (of all outrageous notions), that any mark was better than zero. Yikes! Fortunately, I […]

Self Care for a New School Year

Self Care for a New School Year

Like many of you, I am sure, I adore the fall. The changing colors, promise of pumpkin-everything, perfect weather for wearing ‘cardis’, scarves AND flipflops.  As an ISFJ I also enjoy the return to more predictable routine and getting everyone and everything organized for a new school year. At the same time, anxiety and overwhelm can easily creep in during this season of transition as I shoulder responsibility for my family’s physical and emotional well-being. Self care can go out the window. I have one child in elementary (homeschooling), one in high-school, and one returning to […]

On Finding Your Voice

On Finding Your Voice

I love to hear people’s stories. I enjoy discussing and sharing ideas (no small talk, please) and I have always wrestled with a deep-seated, almost painful, need to be heard and understood. To have a voice. But I struggled with speaking up, potentially rocking the boat, learning to speak authentically. It has taken over two decades of work in my marriage, even, to learn and practice vulnerability, to trust that those people who truly love me will not reject me just because we disagree, or argue, or see the world differently. But finding your voice, and learning to use it […]