Learning while Cleaning House

 

I spent the morning cleaning the house. My friend Dhavita was coming over in the afternoon and I wanted things to look nice. (You should follow her)

I vacuumed, dusted, and even washed the floors. I put away the towel that had been on the leather sofa for weeks. It was there because we have been in the midst of a 30+ degree heatwave for weeks now, and I was tired of sticking to the couch. But I was having company, so away it went. Continue reading “Learning while Cleaning House”

Use The Force: Lessons from Yoda

“May the Force Be With You”

Five years ago, this week I walked out of the job I had into an uncertain future. The geek in me is pleased to say that it was on May the fourth.  I loved the work I had been doing, but the atmosphere of bullying and harassment had taken its toll on me. To be honest, I had almost left several times, but had always talked myself out of it. Worrying about paying bills and having health insurance coverage kept me there longer than I should have been. This time however, I heard myself say the words ‘I have to go” and felt my body get up and move to the door. No time to think about it, no time to change my mind. Continue reading “Use The Force: Lessons from Yoda”

How Shakira and Jennifer Lopez helped me get my fire back.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez helped me get my fire back. Or rather, the fallout from their show did.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez performed at the Super Bowl half time show and the internet lost its mind. That’s the short version of this story. The long version is so much more interesting than that. Continue reading “How Shakira and Jennifer Lopez helped me get my fire back.”

What it means to be a Black Belt.

 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.”

“The Rocky Horror Show” and me

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”

The Goal is Freedom: Other Wise

“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”

Travelling with Grown-up Kids: New Brunswick

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”

Live with Matt from Boss Supplements Moncton

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”