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How I stopped worrying about my body

How I stopped worrying about my body

bdb9c132b23eb5ca40b01e30ea8299c5I have a confession to make.

I hate working out.

I think it’s stupid, and boring.

I hate the smell of the place.  I hate comparing myself to the other guys working out.  I hate lifting weights.  I hate “pushing through to the burn”.  I hate “just one more”.  I hate asking someone to spot me, and I hate lifting weights alone.

I hate the gym.

And having said all that, I’ve taking up lifting weights…

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One more day.


A couple of weeks ago, I applied to speak at a TEDx event. It’s been a goal of mine for over a year now, but only out loud since last year’s TEDx Victoria event.

Hitting “send” was thrilling and terrifying (were there typos? omigod, what if there were typos! how clear was my idea? omigod, it was probably disjointed and Latin. omigod, I don’t know Latin—what am I doing writing in Latin?). You…

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Thank you

838058db9a02f72e7d3251c0a17bbf18Two weekends past, I finished up a year of training coaches in San Diego.  Our training programs are, by design, intensive, confronting, at times excruciating, always in service of what is best for the participant’s growth, and generate the world’s finest coaches.

Today I want to write a little bit about that experience and thank those involved.

If you’ve ever come across someone calling…

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Jul 5

You tell me.

Another question in the series of things I’m asked by potential clients:

What will we work on? Do I need huge projects? Am I a good candidate for coaching? 

That’s a great question. Often, people come to me with a specific area that they’re really interested in changing up or moving forward. The thing is, though, that rarely does one part of our lives operate separate from the rest. See, there’s…

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Super thoughtful gift from one of my clients.

Super thoughtful gift from one of my clients.

What’s the big rush?

What’s the big rush?

thelifeyouwantI’ve been asked some great questions by potential clients. I’m going to share them, along with my thoughts and responses. There are a lot of questions about coaching, which I think is a good thing. I’m honoured to have the chance to respond!

  • Question: What’s the big rush? Why work with a coach? Aren’t I getting where I need to be? Won’t coaching destabilize that path?

First, the way I (and others…

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Stop trying to figure it out and just do it

Stop trying to figure it out and just do it

fbd556d5afd7f293959f3a2754a109bfI can be so boring and predictable.  I’ve asked myself why I’m not creating more conversations with the people that I want to be working with, and then find myself sitting in coffee shops and at parties, not talking to anyone.  I sit there wondering to myself “Hey look, here’s an opportunity to talk to someone, I wonder why you’re not taking it?”.  Then I ruminate on that.

Hmmm…  Why might that…

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Wednesday Inspiration

I’m not usually a huge Jim Carrey fan, but this may make me reconsider:

“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.”

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

Well. If that doesn’t just sum it up perfectly, I don’t know what does.

If you want to check…

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Jun 7

Another reminder that grammar is important.

Another reminder that grammar is important.

Statue representing the portrait of Buddha in meditation. Copy space.

You can’t buy happiness. And, you can’t do happy, either. Trust me. Lord knows I’ve tried to make a verb out of an adjective. It just doesn’t work.


You know it’s been a decent breakdown when the breakthrough a) takes you completely by surprise, b) causes breath-choking sobs and c) presents an instantaneous and throbbing headache directly behind your right eyeball.

The surprise part was…

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Jun 1

Pretending and problems.

knowknowLast week, I shared that I was having a rough week(technically, it had taken several weeks to get to where I was posting from, in terms of breakdown). I did a whole lot of work, got a whole lot of support and reflection and, after getting annoyed with myself even more for still not “getting” self-compassion (oh the irony). I thought I’d already fixed that problem, see. But we fix things that are…

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