By: Tanvi Maharaja The temperature has been going up steadily for a while now. As the pleasant weather keeps up its steady march to turn into a scorching summer, we all tend to resort to that nectar of life – water. As we quenched our thirst and kept watering the lawn, the little red blob … More Waiting for the Hummingbird
By: Heather O’Neill There’s an old tale about a carrot, an egg and a coffee bean. If you haven’t heard it, it’s basically this: There are 3 pots on a stove filled with boiling water. Each pot contains a different item. The first pot contains carrots. The second pot contains eggs. The third pot contains … More How Does Your Child Handle Adversity?
By: Sandy Churchill During this over-the-top academic season as a homeschooling mom, I had a discussion with my super-motivated teenage son about dedication, effort, and “doing your best”. While he is juggling two community college classes as a high school freshman, four co-op courses that meet weekly, a literary theatre class, chemistry, and his own … More Why Your Best is Rarely 100%
By: Martianne Stanger Okay, I admit it. Some days I miss the freedom and adventure that life before children offered me. Other days, I realize that life is still full of adventure: some quite simple and joy-filled and only experienced because I have children. Case in point: the other day when my children and … More Adventure Awaits – Just Look Through a Child’s Eyes
By: Martianne Stanger For several years running, I joined others in the exercise of choosing one word or phrase to act as a guide for the new year. Then, one year, as the old year transformed into a new one, many words and phrases came into my mind and heart: Pause. Reflect. Connect. Relationships. Purpose. … More A Question for the New Year
By: Heather O’Neill A lifetime ago I was a dance teacher. I would teach dance 5 to 6 days a week. I was around young people all the time. As a hip hop instructor, I could pretty much do whatever I wanted, making movement fit the music, and dancers would make it happen. There were … More I Can’t …. The Importance of Good Coaches
By: Deirdre Littlefield Gratitude has shaped every area of my life. It’s become a daily habit that comes as natural to me as breathing at this point. I can see clearly how lucky I am to have wonderful friends, family and neighbors. I feel thankful to live in a safe area with hot water for … More The Gift of Gratitude
By: Sandy Churchill Conflict: you cannot be a living, breathing creature on this planet and escape it. Darn free will! The very choices that bless us with creativity and freedom and individuality help us thrive on this daily journey; but also, at the very core, can be the source of pure hell on earth. The … More Conflict Management: What’s the Goal?
By: Tanvi Maharaja The human enterprise is replete with struggles and stresses of all kinds. These largely arise as the result of their natural antagonism to our own ideals of what is right and what is perfect. What I think my day should look like, or my work environment should be, or what my spouse … More LIFE LESSONS: Picking Your Battles
By: Sandy Churchill Conflict is everywhere. Turn on the news—people can’t seem to have a conversation if they hold different views. Road rage is steadily on the rise. We hurt people without meaning to—and why? Because we are flawed people living in a dysfunctional world. We sometimes say things we don’t mean, step on each … More Flip It: Tell Yourself a Different Story