I tested for my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in December 2009. I wrote this essay for Master Lessard, who was one of my instructors. Patrick, Meaghan and I started off as his students, and when he moved to Chung Won Tae Kwon Do, we followed him there. When Patrick and Meaghan tested for their first Dan Black Belt, they had to complete 200 double kicks on the heavy bag, without stopping, and write a 1000 word essay. Even though it was not a requirement for me, I also completed those tasks. I recently found this essay and realized the lessons still apply, maybe even more than ever.
Four years ago, on September 22, 2005, I tested for my orange belt. This was the start of the journey that has brought me to today, a week away from testing for my black belt. Along the way, I have learned a lot about who I am and what is important to me. Continue reading “What it means to be a Black Belt.”
Science Fiction Double Feature*
I first heard about The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1979, from my friend Laurie after she saw the movie with her older brother. I wasn’t allowed to go to the midnight show, so I learned about it second-hand. She had the soundtrack, and it wasn’t long before our group of friends knew every word to every song, and we did the “Time Warp” again and again. Continue reading ““The Rocky Horror Show” and me”
“How often do you do things for other people that you don’t feel like doing?”—Alicia Stafford, YWWL meeting, Nov 2, 2019.
These words gutted me and brought me to tears for the third time that day. I had gone for my weekly weigh-in at Your Way Weight Loss, and I was up . 8 pounds. Alicia looked at me and asked if I was surprised, and I had to honestly answer, no. It still made me tear up with frustration and anger and self-hate. She repeated the words she had said to me several times before. “We need to work on consistency.” That’s not true. I need to work on consistency. Continue reading “The Goal is Freedom: Other Wise”
Monday Mindset is back, and I recently presented my first speech-the icebreaker, at my Toastmaster’s meeting. I love a good metaphor, so the icebreaker speech turned into a discovery of my own journey. Continue reading “Monday Mindset: Icebreaker”
My daughter Meaghan came home to Moncton this summer and she brought along her boyfriend Ian. We took the opportunity to spend time Travelling with Grown-up Kids to some local attractions.
We are thankful for the complimentary passes from Resurgo Place, Magnetic Hill Zoo, the Albert County Museum and Kings Landing and gift certificate from Magnetic Hill Wharf Village Restaurant. I appreciate the sponsorship from these organizations in our “Travelling with Grown-up Kids” feature. All opinions are my own. Continue reading “Travelling with Grown-up Kids: New Brunswick”
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored in partnership with Boss Supplements Moncton. The content is created by me with quotes from the video conversation between Matt Makischuk and myself, held on September 10, 2019.
In my ongoing fitness journey, I am always on the lookout for people to add to my support system. That’s why I was so glad to meet Matt Makischuk from Boss Supplements Moncton Continue reading “Live with Matt from Boss Supplements Moncton”
Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with uresta®. All opinions are my own.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence is a thing. It’s a thing that I have, and I share with 1 in 2 women, especially those of us past our 40’ s. I managed it with by using pads, but there were times, like during Tae Kwon Do classes that I would have to leave and go to the bathroom in the middle of kicking drills because the leaking was becoming something more.
That’s why I was so excited to try uresta®. It is a bladder support product that is easy to use and has made such a difference for me. You insert uresta® into your vagina, and it supports your urethra, so you don’t leak. Continue reading “The Freedom of uresta® Bladder Support”
One of the places we were Travelling with the grown-up kids in Cape Breton was the Fortress of Louisbourg. It has grown from a small museum to become North America’s largest historical reconstruction. Continue reading “Travelling with grown-up kids:The Fortress of Louisbourg”
To celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2019 I asked Ray to write about his experience at the All Nations Pow Wow held in Fundy Park on Aug 3 and 4, 2019 Continue reading “All Nations Pow Wow”
We are grateful for the complimentary passes and tours from Parks Canada at The Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Museum and The Fortress of Louisbourg. Also, thanks to The Highland Village for the complimentary passes we received. I appreciate the partnerships of these organizations that enhanced our “Travelling with the kids as grown-ups” trip to Cape Breton Island. All opinions are our own.
Our first edition of “travelling with the grownup kids” is about some of the places we visited with our oldest son, Sean and his partner, Meaghan, on our trip to Cape Breton Island. Watch for upcoming location-specific blogs that will describe our visit in more detail. Continue reading “Travelling With The Grownup Kids: Cape Breton”