Category Archives: Personal Growth

Planning a WOW! Experience

Soon the hallways and classrooms will be bustling with the first day chaos of students returning to school.  Some kindergartners will be crying and clinging to their parents, and some parents will be crying and clinging to their kindergartners.  Elementary … Continue reading

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Starting From a Place of Understanding

One of the sessions I went to during our recent Teacher’s Convention was a panel discussion about trends in education.  There were four panelists, a former premier and minister of education, an ATA executive officer and adjunct professor of Education at … Continue reading

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What the Heck is a Startup Weekend, and How Did I Ever End Up in One??

That’s me in the picture, with all those handsome young men!  How did I end up there, you ask?  Well, it all started with a couple of friends of mine who somehow seem to persuade me into doing things that … Continue reading

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Being Honest Can Be Messy, Risky and Liberating

Just before heading to bed one evening, I was casually scrolling through Facebook when a friend’s post caught my eye.  It was the “Top 5 Regrets of the Dying” by Bronnie Ware.  A little morbid, I know, but I was intrigued … Continue reading

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In the Midst of a Divorce: 4 Behaviours that Help the Healing Process

Disclaimer Alert!  This is a departure from my usual ramblings, but one that I think still fits under the “purposeful living” theme:) Last week I wrapped up my seventh session of facilitating DivorceCare, a support group for people going through divorce and … Continue reading

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Why It’s Good to Have Good Friends who Get You Into Trouble (aka The Benefits of a Mentor Group)

I have this good friend who keeps getting me into all sorts of trouble.  I first met her on the soccer field.  She could play every position, including keeper, with ease.  That should have been my first warning, but I … Continue reading

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Stressing About Being Stressed

I woke up this morning with my mind churning, and I wasn’t sure what day it was.  From experience, I know this is a sure sign that I have too much on the go, again.  Experience has also taught me … Continue reading

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3 Things Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Teach You

This past week I spent two days at a conference that I normally wouldn’t have attended. It wasn’t in my area of expertise, nor was it in my ‘job description’.  It was the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education annual conference. … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from Unlikely Sources: 3 Things a Feather Boa Taught Me

Just before Halloween, I was in Value Village rushing to put together a last minute costume for a party I was going to later that night.  I was cruising the aisles when I came across some feather boas.  One of … Continue reading

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Multi-Tasking Mondays: Will it Work?

Shortly after the school year started, I had my students write down some goals that they wanted to accomplish during the school year.  The goals did not have to be school related. They could be health, hobby, relationship, or anything … Continue reading

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