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Anorexia, gelato, gratitude

Anorexia, gelato, gratitude

Letter to Uno Gelato, a Vancouver-based business. Dear Paddy Mahony (Owner), Mike Raffan (Managing Partner) and staff at Uno Gelato in Kitsilano, Last summer, our 13-year-old daughter, Nayeli, was suffering intensely with anorexia nervosa. This mental health condition...

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How to deal with our weaknesses

How to deal with our weaknesses

I grew up with the belief that 'fixing' my weaknesses was something I should consistently work on. Given I have no shortages of weaknesses, I had my work cut out for me. 😕 It was only a few years ago, when I was introduced to "StrengthsFinder"1 and trained to become a...

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7 ways to make the most of attending a conference

7 ways to make the most of attending a conference

Conferences present an excellent opportunity for learning and for building connections. They can contribute to your career growth, if you know how to make the most of them. Below I look at 7 ways to make the most of a conference as an attendee who is not presenting....

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Reading more: My 5-month reading challenge

Reading more: My 5-month reading challenge

As an only child, I adored reading. I made frequent trips to the public library and relished the process of selecting and then immersing myself in a book. I rarely read more than one book at a time, but read a lot. Most of the above still holds true, except the 'read...

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Should I celebrate my 50th birthday?

Should I celebrate my 50th birthday?

I'm having a first world problem and it has to do with my birthday. The problem is that I'm highly ambivalent about whether I should celebrate my 50th birthday in a "big" way. Not a big deal, you think? Why I feel stress around this choice It goes something like...

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How to save time by simplifying

How to save time by simplifying

Should I write first or do mindfulness? Should I respond to emails that are piling up or write? Should I check social media or do something more productive? Should I exercise or grade papers? Those might be some of the decisions you need to make at the beginning of...

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Doing meaningful work through volunteering

Doing meaningful work through volunteering

In this post, I describe how my desire to do meaningful work has shaped my career and a recent volunteer activity. I briefly recount an experience I had this summer that brought me great joy because it hit a "10" in my own doing-meaningful-work scale. Finally, I...

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Why we worry and how to worry less

Why we worry and how to worry less

I want to worry less. Are you with me?! This is me The other day, I crossed a small group pre-schoolers walking outside with their teacher. They were taking a slow stroll along the sidewalk of a quiet street on a sunny morning. "Watch out," cautioned the teacher. "Be...

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